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I thought I'd better let the guy that's interested, know that I'm still working on It's All In The Mind. I'm well into chapter four now, though progress has dropped off a little in the last few weeks. Don't ask me why, I have no more idea than you do.
Back to my title. When I was taught English, about fifty-five years ago, I was always taught that a conjunction was used to connect two simple sentences into a complex sentence, and should always be preceded by a comma. In fact, that last sentence demonstrated that usage ( ...sentence, and ... ), as far as my English teachers were concerned, starting a sentence with a conjunction was a definite 'no-no'.
The point is, why do I see so many authors on SoL starting sentences with conjunctions? (Particularly 'and'!) Is this just the way the language is now taught in Amerenglish? Have the rules changed? I know there are cultural differences in English usage between the UK and the US, but this seems a little too fundamental. I've said before that English teachers in the US don't teach English, but the dialect I call Amerenglish. Is starting sentences with conjunctions part of that dialect? Maybe there are some readers just out of high school who can tell me how English is taught in the US?
Anyway, I hope I haven't upset the sensibilities of any of my colonial cousins, I love you all really.
Do you ever get the feeling there are some questions you should never have asked? Well ... that applies to my last entry on here!
I've had a flood of replies, and I'll answer them all individually ... eventually, but guys, don't get upset if it takes me a while, it's almost like writing a novel!
The general consensus of the replies, is that combi systems (by combi system I mean combined hot water heating, and hot water central heating; not quite the same as on-demand hot water!) are not common in the US, and that you're well behind the times, mostly due to inertia, and lack of foresight of course. Just because something has always been done a particular way, doesn't mean it should always be done that way!
Over here, we see the use of immersion heaters to heat our hot water in tanks as incredibly expensive, and wasteful, and many households are moving to solar hot water heating to supplement that. It's also increasingly common to see Photo-Voltaic Arrays on south facing roofs nowadays. I'd have thought both of those systems would be de-rigueur in places like Texas! (That generally held belief in the US that it's always raining in the UK is a load of bollocks!)
I know housing is geographically less dense in the US, but those areas that don't have mains gas could use oil, or LPG, fired combi-boilers. I'm no expert, but I would guess the type of systems used in the UK would be eminently suitable for the colder, and more temperate areas, like the Pacific North West, but not so suitable where you need air conditioning more than you need heating, in those situations I guess HVAC rules.
What I do know is, that if I was ever to emigrate to the Southern US, I'd want on-demand hot water for my shower! :o)
Why do all the showers in America, except for those in hotels and motels, run out of hot water? Is the combi-boiler unknown over there? Is the device unique to Europe?
The combi-boiler is an ingenious device that takes mains fed cold water, and heats it up to supply the household hot water system; as long as you have gas and water, you have hot water, ergo, your shower never runs cold. I do know what I'm talking about, I have one in a cupboard in my bathroom! All this, and it runs the central heating system too!
The reason I mention this, is that I've just been re-reading some of Losgud's stories, and I think in every one I read, there's a scene where the main protagonists are enjoying a shower, and the water runs cold. Either that or one protagonist showers, leaving no hot water for the next.
I'm not just ragging on Losgud, I can't recall a story on SoL, (and I've read a lot!) where there was unlimited hot water other than in a hotel or motel scenario. Is US boiler technology so far behind us here in England?
My last blog, and the posting of Angel's Wood, certainly created some feedback!
I'm trying to answer every email, and I'm definitely making headway, but every time I clear my inbox, it fills up again. I will get back to everyone who wrote though!
For those who wanted to write anonymously ... 'Tough shit!'
I'm not really sure how many of you lovely people are interested, but I've recommenced writing Ch. 3 of It's All In The Mind, I'm already around 3000 words into it.
Don't get too excited though, I've decided that I won't post anything until I've completed the story, as I did with Angel's Wood, that way I don't feel so under pressure. Another thing is, I've made some minor edits to the first two chapters, so when I repost, I'll repost the whole story.
Just keep your fingers crossed, if you're interested, and I'll do my best. I'll try and keep you up to date on here. Namaste.
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