The BBC website is my favourite website. They cover a lot of things I like, including football, politics, technology and languages. I’ve now discovered that they also have a section which covers writing. I saw the BBC College of Journalism (CoJo) website two nights ago, and I spent a long time reading through it.
I first looked at a Writing Masterclass video presented by Allan Little. He works for the BBC as a special correspondent. The video was created for radio journalists, but a lot of the advice was useful for print journalists too. He said that journalists need to use short, clear words in their writing. I don’t think I do enough of this. I’m going to focus on keeping my sentences short and simple.
Read read read!
He also said that writers need to spend a lot of their time reading. We should read novels and poems, and make a note of the sentences that we like. I need to do more reading. I’ll try to read novels by respected writers like Ernest Hemingway, O. Henry, Virgina Woolf, George Orwell and Agatha Christie.
Writing do’s and don’ts
I also looked at the Writing section. It is divided into the following sections:
More reading to do
I thought I had read everything in the above sections, but today I realised that I hadn’t. I had ignored many ‘boring’ sections to get to the ones which looked more fun and interesting. I want to learn as much as possible from this website, so I’m going to go back to the sections I that I’d ignored. I still have lots of reading to do.
Happy birthday to Nigeria! We are celebrating our 50th year of independence today. Nigeria became independent on 1st October 1960, and the country has been on a rollercoaster of fortunes ever since. I lived in Nigeria from 1987 to 1994, and I had a great time while I was there.
Today’s celebrations were marred by two bombs blasts in the capital city Abuja, and the BBC reports that at least 8 people were killed in the explosions. MEND (the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta) have claimed responsibility for these heinous terrorist attacks.
I do not want to spend today talking about Nigeria’s many problems, but I intend to do so in the future. I hope that we successful solve the majority of our problems over the next 10 years (another 50 years would be way too long).
Most of our problems are man-made ones (e.g the corruption of government ministers, the destruction of the Niger Delta, the religious conflicts in Jos, the lack of constant electricity…)
Blog editor: I thought you weren’t going to talk about Nigeria’s problems today.
Moja: Oh yeah, you’re right. I just can’t help myself!
Happy birthday Nigeria! I hope our current president Dr Goodluck Jonathan (aka “the Facebook President”) wins next year’s general election; we need intelligent leaders like him to lead our country to a future of peace and prosperity. God bless Nigeria.
From the BBC News website:
“Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa are leading a global decline in new HIV infections, the UN has said. UNAids said 22 countries in the world’s worst affected region had seen a drop in new cases of more than 25%. The fall was because of greater awareness and better use of preventative measures, it said.”
Check out the rest of the story here.
I’m glad to hear it because at one point it seemed as if HIV/AIDS was going to wipe out generations of Africans. Many people either denied it existed, or used crude and ineffective methods (such as having a shower after sleeping with an HIV victim) to avoid catching it.
Preventative measures such as using condoms were discouraged by misguided religious leaders. Even the ex-president of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, questioned the link between HIV and AIDS, preferring to link AIDS with poverty instead.
I found an interesting website which talks about the history of HIV/AIDS in Africa. It’s very long, but it explains in great detail how the HIV virus spread throughout Africa. It also talks about the steps that countries are taking to combat the disease. I think this kind of good news is long overdue!
I know the BBC announced this a while ago, but I just wanted to say how happy I was when I heard that Luther would be returning to our screens.
Luther was crime drama about a brilliant yet highly strung detective who had just returned to work after a suspension. The show had a variety of interesting characters including a pretty sociopath, a crazy ex-soldier, dodgy police officers and the lead character Luther, played wonderfully by Idris Elba from The Wire.
Ah, The Wire! Apparently, there are two kinds of people in this world: those who haven’t seen The Wire yet, and the rest of us who feel really sorry for you! 🙂 The Wire was an excellent American crime series created by Simon Davies. Some say it was the best TV series ever made.
Anyway, back to Luther. It consisted of 6 episodes and each one was a gem. I’d love to write more about it, but I’m running out of time! We’ll have to finish this another time! 🙂
I have a confession to make. I am The Stig.
There, I’ve said it. I know I’m kissing goodbye to a lucrative contract with the BBC. I also (sadly) accept that I’m saying farewell to being able to speed around roads as fast as I could without being stopped by the police. 😦
I’ve enjoyed having a secret identity, and I wanted it continue. However, I felt I had no choice but to reveal who I was after this guy and this guy and even this guy started claiming to be me! How dare they use the identity of The Stig to promote themselves online! 😉
Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi says Nigeria should be divided into several states along ethnic lines – comments which are bound to anger Nigeria’s government.
Personally, I think Gaddafi should mind his own business!!! Most of the problems in Nigeria are caused by poverty and corruption, not religion! Also, lots of Nigerian families have both Christian and Muslim members. Which ‘new country’ are they supposed to move to??? Idiot!