Rebecca Connop Price

I’m losing my Canadian English

Pic by Graham Roumieu.

English, I have learned, isn’t just one language. Depending on where you live in the English-speaking world, words can develop new meanings or spiral into new directions.

When I prepared for my move to Britain, I didn’t think my English would be much different from that of my British peers. I was wrong. My job as a writer and editor has forced me to examine these differences closely, and it has made me realize just how much language can create – and change – your identity.

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Rosslyn and an autumn journey to Edinburgh

Here is my review, in full, of a trip to the Scottish borders in October 2010. A version of this appeared in the South Wales Evening Post on Saturday, October 30, 2010.

THE best-selling Da Vinci Code book and film inextricably changed the face of Rosslyn Chapel, on the Scottish borders.At one time, the relatively small chapel attracted 3,000 visitors a year.

But Dan Brown’s international best seller threw the decaying building into the limelight. At the height of the book’s popularity, 175,000 visited the chapel, and, in 2009, visitor numbers were still well above the 100,000 mark.

Although a visit to the chapel wasn’t our only aim on travelling to Scotland, it was most definitely one of the highlights.

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