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Who are Punch and Judy anyway?

The Worldwide Friends of Punch and Judy

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Encyclopedia on Punch and Judy

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Punch magazine Web site and Punch Cartoon Library

Punch, the magazine of humor and satire, was a very British institution with an international reputation for its witty and irreverent take on the world. It published the work of some of the greatest comic writers (Thackeray, P G Wodehouse and P J O’Rourke among others) and gave us the cartoon as we know it today.

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Enjoy (or torment yourself with) these quizzes from The Guide to Grammar and Writing, sponsored by the Capital Community College Foundation of Hartford, Connecticut.

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pink bullet Catastrophes of Apostrophic Proportions


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Creative catalysts, pithy quotes, food for thought and other random irreverence


Capturing creativity
How to enhance the creativity of a person and figuring out the mysteries of the creative process.
By Robert Epstein - From Psychology Today

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quotes Television has raised writing to a new low.”
         — Samuel Goldwyn, American film producer and motion picture studio founder          (1882-1974)

quotes If you have a big enough dictionary, just about everything is a         word.”
        — Dave Barry, humorist and columnist

quotes One of the great joys of life is creativity. Information goes in, gets         shuffled about, and comes out in new and interesting ways.”
        — Peter McWilliams, author of best selling self-help books (1949-2000)

quotes To be clear is the first duty of a writer; to charm and to please are         graces to be acquired later.”
        — Brander Matthews, American writer and educator (1852-1929)