I went in the Post Office this week for a few stamps. I wanted twenty 1p stamps and twenty 2p stamps.
Unfortunately the young lady behind the counter and I came across a communication gap when I asked for “Twenty one p stamps and twenty tuppenny ones, please”.
“Sorry? Tuppeny? What’s that? You’ll have to translate!” she said.
“Tuppence. Two pence. Two p.”
So when did ‘tuppence’ and ‘tuppenny’ disappear from the English language? And I conclude they have because my Spillchucker doesn’t recognise them as English. It’s sad when you find you are old enough to be using archaic English…
Who remembers Pink Pills?
I remember Mum talking about “Pink Pills for Pale People”. Englishman Dr Williams’ (1850-1920) ‘Pink Pills’ were advertised as an iron rich tonic for the blood and nerves to treat anaemia, clinical depression, poor appetite and lack of energy. I’m not sure about some of the symptoms but lack of energy is something for which I need the odd pink pill.
Alternatively I could use Davis & Kidder’s Patent Magneto Electric Machine For Nervous Diseases. A great piece of 19th-century medical quackery that consisted of a brass mechanism that is cranked so that a static charge is built up and delivered through the two handles that the afflicted person is supposed to hold or apply to themselves. Ouch.
A 30 foot long Giant Squid in good condition was found by beachgoers in Spain last week. Read more about it here. The deep-sea denizen—the fabled and mysterious Architeuthis dux - weighed nearly 400 pounds.
It was delivered to the Maritime Museum of Cantabria, where it was cleaned and frozen, while a decision is awaited between museum scientists and the government as to what will be done with the colossal cephalopod. They must have a fairly big freezer. I bet they could get a lot of fish fingers in it.
Political hot wind…
Here is the actual quote:- "Wind is God’s way of balancing heat. Wind is the way you shift heat from areas where it’s hotter to areas where it’s cooler. That’s what wind is. Wouldn’t it be ironic if in the interest of global warming we mandated massive switches to energy, which is a finite resource, which slows the winds down, which causes the temperature to go up? Now, I’m not saying that’s going to happen, Mr. Chairman, but that is definitely something on the massive scale. I mean, it does make some sense. You stop something, you can’t transfer that heat, and the heat goes up. It’s just something to think about."
Packing my suitcase
Partner-who-loves-tea and I are off down South on Tuesday. We are going down by a route we haven’t used before and taking a couple of days en route to Daughter-who-takes-photos and then another couple of days coming back. It will be a well-earned break for PWLT after her moving offices and also holding a Residential for one of her student courses this weekend. Although she will be doing all the driving I hope the gentle trip down and back will allow her to relax a bit. So you may see us walking hand-in-hand through Tewkesbury and Glastonbury this week.
Getting her own back...