Chickens come home to roost…….

    The idea of bad deeds, specifically curses, coming back to haunt their originator has long been established in the English language and was expressed in print as early as 1390, when Geoffrey Chaucer used it in The Parson’s Tale: Such cursing deprives a man  of  the Kingdom of God, …

A Brief History of Kedgeree…..

    Food always reflects the culture it was born in. There’s no dish for which this is truer than kedgeree. Delicately spiced rice, hard-boiled eggs, smoky fish and butter– this is a culinary fight to the death between Indian flavours and Victorian nursery food. It’s no wonder, then, that …

To make feet for children’s stockings……

  In Jonathon Green`s majestic Dictionary of Slang (2011 )can be found wonderful counterpoints to today’s highly unimaginative, fuck, shag, and screw. Some of the following are so lovely, a campaign should be started to bring some of them back. Give someone a green gown (1351) Play nug-a-nug (1505) Play …

A Brief History of the Bra ……..

  Most cultures have enhanced the penis and breasts in one way or another, sometimes in extremely bizarre ways. Among New Guinea peoples, men wrap their todgers in eighteen-inch-long sheaths to give the appearance of a constant hard-on. But no body part has received as modification, and all round attention, …

Jack and Jill went up the hill…..

  Everyone knows this strange and violent little rhyme. Two children go up a hill to fetch water and Jack falls, breaking his head, or his neck, or something. Not to be left out, Jill takes a tumble after he does. There have been many attempts to source the meaning …

Elegant Basil……

  Rugby international Basil Maclear was capped eleven times for Ireland between 1905 and 1907. He was known as a snappy dresser and a man about town. It seemed that his sartorial elegance followed him onto the rugby pitch. He used to play with a pair of expensive white calfskin …

The first penthouse in London…….

  Brook House in Upper Brook Street is the location of London`s first penthouse and belonged to Lord and Lady Mountbatten. It had thirty rooms including eighteen bedrooms. The Earl however, had very modest sleeping quarters. They were modelled upon a ships cabin aboard a warship – a small bunk …

Business before pleasure…..

  During the mid 19th century Letitia Elizabeth Landon ( 1802-1838 ) was the most widely read woman of her day. A hybrid of Agatha Christie and Enid Blyton she managed to write some very successful novels, children stories, short stories and even found time to pen a few plays …

Bloody but unbowed and Long John Silver….

  A line from the poem ‘Invictus’ by William Ernest Henley(1849-1903). Henley suffered tuberculosis of the bone and had one leg amputated when he was a teenager. The other leg was also targeted for amputation, but Henley wouldn’t allow this and remained in hospital for three years, supervised and assisted …