Happy New Year

A very Happy New Year to all the readers and friends of The Write Corner. We reproduce here an all time favorite by Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Ring Out, Wild Bells

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light;
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more,
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes,
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease,
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

How did English evolve?

Apologies

I’d like to apologize to my readers for not being around for some time. I’ll soon be back with more posts on a more regular basis. In the meantime, do read and comment on the previous posts.

Happy reading!

Best Place to Work

This is for all the freelance writers who work from home: What is the best place you can work without any distraction? Do you have any specific place, or can you work anywhere?

Please share your views and experiences here. We’d like to know what suits most writers.

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New Year Quotes

Hello, Friends.  Hope the festive season is keeping you healthy and happy. Here things have been extremely busy. I’ve hardly had time to post anything. But I promise to make up for all the lost time as soon as the new year begins … uh, is that a new year resolution? Well, sort of.

Talking of new year, here are some interesting quotes on the new year:

*  Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

*  New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.  ~ Charles Lamb

*  Never tell your resolution beforehand, or it’s twice as onerous a duty.  ~ John Selden

*  Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.           ~  Alfred, Lord Tennyson

*  New Year’s Day:  Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions.  Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.  ~ Mark Twain

*  For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make beginning.                   ~ T.S. Eliot

*  Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.  ~ Oscar Wilde

*  One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this:  To rise above the little things.  ~ John Burroughs

*  May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.  ~ Joey Adams

*  A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I’ve played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.                                ~ Edgar Guest

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Happy Holidays

A simple wish for joy.

A heartfelt wish for love.

A lasting wish for peace.

A special wish for you.

Season’s greetings and best wishes for a peaceful and prosperous new year, 2010.

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What is a White Paper?

One of my students recently asked me exactly what a white paper was since he had seen it used in different ways. He was right – it is used in different ways. There’s the American way and there’s the British way.

In American English, a white paper is an authoritative report, or a guide, that addresses issues and problems, and the different ways of solving them. It is generally used by businesses as a marketing or sales tool. For example, a white paper of a business that deals in technical products is a document that promotes the products by giving their details, their benefits, and if there are problems, ways of solving them.  This information may be given separately, or all together. That is – there may be white papers giving technical details of the products (like how the products work), or white papers stating the benefits of the products, or those which are troubleshooting guides, or they may be combinations of two or more of these. The purpose of these white papers is to inform and educate prospective buyers about the products.

In British English, a white paper is a parliamentary paper stating government policy on a certain issue or issues. The topic is usually a current issue which the government talks about in detail in the white paper – what the issue or concern is, the government’s policy on the issue, how it proposes to deal with it, and whether a law will be passed or not.

In Britain and the Commonwealth countries, the term “white paper” has been used for several decades. The term originated when a shorter version of a “blue book” (a detailed government policy report bound in blue covers) was introduced for wider use. This shorter version was bound in the same white paper as the ones on which the text was written – hence the name “white paper”.  But the use of the term in America and elsewhere is only as recent as the early 1990’s. It was adopted by the IT industry to describe technical documents (as defined above).

A relatively new term is a “video white paper’. This is the same thing as a “white paper” (as in the American sense) with the only difference that it is presented in video format. The information of the white paper is presented not only verbally, but also involves the use of graphics, graphs, and animations.

Do you know of any other definition of “white paper”? How would you describe it?

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