Friday, 16 November 2012

Footloose on Friday

 Anna Mae Dickinson

Anna Mae Dickinson was eight when she lost her father and narrowly escaped death herself on the Titanic.

She was 11 when she lost her Aunt Olivia in the torpedoing of the Lusitania.

She was 31 when she lost her first cousin Alfred in the Hindenburg explosion.

She was 37 when she lost her nephew Thomas in the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

And she was 97 when her tiny apartment was shaken and battered by the collapse of the twin towers on September 11, 2001.

 We do!

Perfect Fried Egg...


Raymond the orphaned baby Koala was found abandoned on the side of the road in Brisbane, Australia. He was named after the man who found him. It was thought Raymond wouldn’t survive because he weighed so little and wouldn’t feed properly.  His caretaker said: “He had to be coaxed to feed. He was frail and his future was uncertain. Suddenly, one day he decided life wasn’t so bad and he has been absolutely powering along ever since…”  Now Raymond sits at his caretaker’s desk all day and is fed by a bottle every 3 hours.

Hump Day
One of the bloggers I follow said 'Happy Hump Day' on a posting the other day.  I thought, OK, there is a potentually rude interpretation of that in British English slang but that blogger is unlikely to have used it in that context.  So I looked it up in the Urban Dictionary. 
Apparently it means - The middle of the working week (Wednesday); used in the context of climbing a proverbial hill to get through a tough week.
All these new words are making me feel like SMH. 



  1. Is that first news clip really true? Normally I would check it out on Google, but having just been hijacked by Snap Do and paid $100 to get rid of it (It's malware that wants to become your browser and gathers info by the ton) I'm reluctant to wander far. It seems so much of a coincidence. I'm getting so cynical about news reports these days, on both sides of the pond.

  2. Probably not but it sounds good doesn't it. The first cluer is that there were no Dickinsons aboard the Titanic but she could, of course, have married since. The New York Intelligencer reckons it's fictitious.

    1. P.S. but the fried egg method works if that's any consolation...

  3. IDNKWTS! (...I don't know what to say...) My mum had metal frames with a "handle" just like the one in pic No 1 for frying eggs in. Back in the days when using a cast iron frying pan... I like my eggs fried on both sides though (is there a special word for that in English?) and never mind the shape!

    1. I'm sure there is an expression in American English but I'm not sure if there is one in British English. We just tend to take fried eggs as they come...
      (I'm not sure why the circular frame - which we also had at one time - was in the photo at all since the cook didn't use it! Confusing.)

  4. In US parlance, an egg fried on both sides is "over easy" and one fried on only one side is "sunny side up." Personally, I like my eggs fried like rocks, and the waitress at the cafe where I used to meet my friend Margaret for breakfast told me that's called, "over hard!"

    1. I like mine 'Over soft' in that case, please Carol...

  5. Interesting post. I love the way you "ramble".

  6. Loved the baby koala bear story.
    Is it still Hump Day when you're retired?


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