The critics

A writing tip a budding author offers:
“Learn to take criticism and seek it out at every opportunity. Don’t get upset even if you think the criticism is harsh, don’t be offended even if you think it’s wrong, and always thank those who take the time to offer it.”
I think this is a maxim we can apply even in life although I wouldn’t seek out the criticism. My internal critic does that enough, thanks.

Movies or the Flicks?

Our friend H.W. Fowler strikes again: Under the listing ‘movies’, he says, “Americans go to the movies. English people, after a half-hearted experiment with ‘flicks’, now go either to the ‘pictures’ or to the ‘cinema’.” 
WIth the Americanisation of Australia, I bet we all say ‘movies’ – I know I do. What do you say?