Greetings! Season’s Greetings, that is

No platitudes from me other than to wish all of you a 2014 filled with good health, love, peace and some wealth and in that order. As is said, “May the best of 2013 be the worst of 2014.” After more than 70 years of explaining the origin and pronunciation of my surname, Hough, a kind member of The Jassman Family sent me the following with an attached note that reads, ‘All those ough affixes should be banned from the English language. Try reading the ‘attached’ and get a feeling for how screwed up our language is. “A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.” Yep! That about adds it up. My family nearly missed a flight in the (then) Congo when my mother did not recognize being called for a flight as Mrs Hugger. The local Afrikaans guttural version is so similar to the original Scots. I never did understand the American word hoe for whore, but no matter, my wife has been called a hoe. This is a hoe: So, I accept either Hoff or Huff. Any other pronunciation is consider an expletive. I have included two ‘musical pieces’ in this magazine, so please try them on pages 8 and 12. This is one of the advantages of an online magazine.
16I have started a series on local (SA) jazz and have had difficulty contacting Afribeat. Their website offers no contact numbers. If anyone can assist me in making contact, please let me know. Let’s all swing through 2014.
Brian Hough
The Jassman