Plain, yes. Boring, no. Barbarous, never.
2010 is a big George Orwell year: the 60th anniversary of his death occurred in January.
John Rossi summarises Orwell's life work in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
George Orwell's advice on writing style is recycled over and over again, year after year, all over the world... for a very good reason: it is timeless.
It's hard to beat Orwell's clear, simple, focused tips, expressed in a style both simple and civilised.