Bringing home the bacon……

  When somebody “Brings Home The Bacon” they have achieved something notable, or won a prize or award. There are two possible explanations for this phrase. The first is an ancient game, popular at country fairs up and down the land. Men would chase a heavily greased pig around a …

It`s in the bag!….

  In The Bag is a phrase used to describe something of an absolute certain outcome. Since the beginning of the English Parliament, tradition has it that all petitions brought before the House of Commons, which had a successful outcome, would be placed by the Speaker in a large velvet …

Murder by fly-paper……….

      In the spring of 1909, Miss Eliza Barrow, a well-to-do 49 year old spinster, moved into the four room top floor flat at 63 Tollington Park in Finchley Green, London. Her landlord Frederick Seddon occupied the ground floor with his wife Maggie, five children and elderly father. …

Riddle me this….

  The Anglo-Saxons delighted in the following riddle: I am a wonderful creature, bringing joy to women, and useful to those who dwell near me. I harm no citizen except only my destroyer. My site is lofty; I stand in a bed; beneath, somewhere, I am shaggy. Sometimes the very …

Temet nosce……..

  “Temet nosce,” the Latin translation of the Greek phrase “gnothi seauton,” which was engraved in the forecourt of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, dates back to the fourth century. It translates as “know yourself ” and carries with it the idea that you must first understand yourself before …

A pickled herring sandwich…….

  “At 6.00 he took a shower. He boiled some potatoes and had open sandwiches of pickled herring in mustard sauce with chives and egg on a rickety table outside the cottage, facing the bridge. He poured himself a shot of aquavit and drank a toast to himself. After that …

To curry favour……

    This is odd…very odd.In fact to curry favour gets odder the more you look at the phrase. That’s because favour is not a favour……..It’s a horse. Confused? Well read on and all will be explained. Once upon a time, six or seven hundred years ago there was a …