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Clichés – ‘rolling hills’, again

[8 Dec 2016] It seems no newspaper is complete without that dire cliché ‘rolling hills’ and its many egregious variations, eg:

  • The rolling hills and mountains are as verdant and fertile as any of the Latin poet Virgil’s descriptions… (Victoria Hislop, Daily Mail, 4 Sept 2016)
  • That home [owned by opera singer Daniela Dessi] was a beautiful house tucked among the rolling Franciacorta vineyards near Genoa. (Times obituary, 29 Aug 2016)
  • The same goes for much of northern Scotland, for the rolling hills around Rhydowen in the county of Ceredigion… (Times editorial, 18 July 2016)

There’s also been an epidemic of moving mounds on the broadcast media, particularly the BBC’s Countryfile.

If you notice any hills, mountains and vineyards rolling off somewhere – on trucks, ball-bearings, bogies or just of their own accord – please make a movie on your smartphone and let us know.

UPDATE [29 May 2017]. Tonight's opening episode of BBC's Springwatch series wasn't 20 seconds old before presenter Chris Packham began eulogizing the 'rolling countryside' of Gloucestershire. Somebody should have a word.

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