The very latest International round up of English news.
Veering off-topic now this excellent tournament has ended, I was impressed by the standard of English of all the competitors. How is it that English appears to have become the 'lingua franca' of the chess world? I remember when Karpov came to England in 1977 - his English was almost non-existent. He needed an interpreter. Kasparov also struggled with English for many years, if I remember rightly. These days, almost every top player appears to have an excellent command of the language. Can anyone think of a top player who hasn't?
Baseball is by no means the best comparison.
If a barrister loses a difficult case, in which they feel they have been mistreated by the judge and/or might have handled it better, they just get on with the next one. They have little choice, if they wish to earn a living.
If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever.