The first, and perhaps the best, of the stories tells of a boy, something of a smart-alec
, who discovers that his grandfather is still suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder incurred in the Vietnam war.
And the music, so deftly delivered, unfortunately draws attention to the archness of the composer --prim counterpoint contradicting the vernacular of Eric Crozier's chatty libretto, smart-alec
references to Verdi, Wagner, even Britten himself - though the Purcellian ground-bass to "In the midst of life is death" is one of Britten's greatest achievements.
It may be that a smart-Alec
local lawyer can bamboozle an Inspector from Bristol, but to resort to this claim is something that I deplore.
It's occasionally a little too smart-Alec
for its own good but it's funny, uplifting and highly recommended.
The advert was for something called 'covered warrants', which seem like the kind of incomprehensible, smart-alec
securities which got us - and RBS - where we are today.
INEVITABLY, when the media launches attacks on the political elite for their expense claims, some smart-alec
politician will demand, "Ah, but why don't you journalists publish your expenses?
Mackay tried to land the claimer in smart-alec
fashion, checking over his right shoulder time and again up the home straight to ensure he had the measure of his rivals.
So in my harassment, I went through, forgot to lift the newspapers and some smart-Alec
The sooner we all get "smart meters" instead of smart-Alec
companies, the better.
teenager David continues to skip his exams - but how long before his mother finds out what he's up to?
His rehabilitation is helped, and hindered, by his two troubled teenage children; Chris, an opinionated and obnoxious smart-alec
, and Cathy who despite being Jewish is converting to Catholicism, albeit in a confused manner.
While Mitnick's tone can sometimes take on the patronising edge of a smart-Alec
sysadmin, he is never too damning.