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05 August 2016

Business English by the Beatles: Ringo talks about Brexit

"I voted for Brexit, because I thought the European Union was a great idea, but I didn’t see it going anywhere lately. It’s in shambles, and we’re all stuck with people who want to make arrangements for their own country and don’t think for the other countries. Britain should be out and get back on its own feet."

Ringo had no education to speak of - not just higher education, but also ordinary schooling as he spent so much of his childhood in bed as an invalid. YET, he understands how to use English - and the key word is SIMPLY. 

Read the interview in the link below, in which he discusses the music business as it affects the Beatles today, and you will see what I mean. But I particularly liked this quote above as it encapsulated a complicated issue in less than 50 words. Like many non-native speakers, he survives a grammatical mistake (see if you can spot it) without worrying. THAT is how to write, or speak, English:



  1. don't think OF the other countries? That is the mistake? :)

  2. That is not the one I am thinking of, though arguably that is one too. Well spotted!

  3. 'a shambles' rather than 'shambles'?