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A look inside the Telegraph style book: banned words

I love style guides and think they are important for the future of the newspaper industry. A newspaper should not make sweeping statements or use colloquial terminology; I look to newspapers for the facts and to blogs for interpretation.

That said, style guides are always an amusing read. Today I stumbled across the Telegraph’s style guide and couldn’t resist a peek at their list of banned words. Here are a few of my favourites:

  • bloodbath
  • boardroom antics
  • boffin
  • bubbly (both for champagne and young women)
  • budget airline
  • come out (for homosexual and lesbian people)
  • disgraced managers, innocent victims and all their tribe are out
  • frail grannies
  • perverted Scout leaders

Best of all, the words ‘toff’ and ‘Europhobe’ are also banned from the Telegraph. I wonder why…!

Lloyd’s of London Building

The Lloyd’s building at 1 Lime Street is one of my favourite buildings in London. One of the most controversial buildings in the City, and is currently home to Lloyd’s of London.

Designed by architect Richard Rogers, Lloyd’s shares similar design features with the Pompidou Centre in Paris. It took eight years to build and 33,510 cubic meters of concrete, 30,000 square metres of stainless steel cladding and 12,000 square metres of glass were used during the construction.

The building has many notable features, with all lifts, staircases and toilets to be found on the exterior of the building, conserving space within. There are 12 external glass lifts and apparently all offer a great view across the city.

3 way to visit the Lloyd’s of London building

  1. Lloyd’s generally participate in the Open House programme which takes place in September each year.
  2. A number of private tours are conducted each year – but you have to meet certain criteria to stand a chance.
  3. Start studying finance and land a job at the insurers.

Alternatively, take a virtual tour.

What do you think of the Lloyd’s of London building? Post-modern genius or sore sight on the skyline?