It is easy after a long day of working in front of the computer screen to find one's eyes beginning to close all by themselves. You only know about it when they suddenly spring open again some moments later. I was recently searching to find the plans for the rebuilding of my local shopping centre, when my tired eyes were arrested by the unexpected arrival on the screen of a page of cryptic writing. The unfamiliar squiggles seemed to rearrange themselves in my brain and I quickly typed a transcription before it disappeared. So, with a few grammatical corrections, here it is, an amazing archived report from our friendly neighbourhood Martian newspaper. Fortunately for us, they have unwittingly provided some good shorthand practice in the art of dealing with dictation "bombshells", that is, those difficult words buried amongst the simple ones, for which no outline of any sort comes to mind, resulting in shorthand paralysis and confidence-denting gaps, or worse. Practising all the awkward outlines before taking it from dictation should prevent you from falling by the shorthand wayside.
|Digging into the past|
* Omission phrase "few wee(k)s ago"
This scene of controlled destruction is contained within a perimeter fence of white-painted hardboard, with plastic notice sheets pinned at several places stating that workers inside the experimental area must wear hard hats for their own protection. Little perspex windows have been made in the boards, so that the shoppers can observe the behaviour of the dinosaurs and report any creature nibbling the retaining fences, or run for cover in the event of an attempted breakout. The indigenous Earthlings are all walking up and down past the fences very calmly and continuing with their food gathering, which has led our sociological scientists to theorise that the resourceful Earthlings are either very resilient and adaptable, or extremely obedient to their leaders, or possibly it is just that getting the bread, milk and eggs from their local supermarket is much more* important to them at this cold time of year, when their priority is stocking the larder before the icy winds start to blow again.
* Omission phrase "much mo(re)"
|Our Crystal Dome souvenir|
with model of feathered dinosaur
* The short E vowel dot is the only sign not written inside the Ses Circle
* The contraction is only used for the verb
* Keep the final hook and circle small, so that it does not look like "resources" which has a similar meaning
about to start homework
* Omission phrase "in ord(er to)"
* Omission phrase "tech(nical) colleges"
|Mars before: with water Mars after: without|
Note our recent discovery that
the fabric of space is actually knitted
* "ingots" uses full stroke T instead of halving, to differentiate it
* Always insert the 2nd vowel in "amaze, amuse" and all derivatives
* Omission phrase "Tech(nical) College"