World Walking the Plank Championships. (Kent).
Biggest Liar in the World Competition. (Cumbria).
Tuna Throwing. (Australia).
Penny Farthing World Championship. (Tasmania).
Bognor Birdman Competition. (West Sussex).
The Great Tomato Fight. (Spain).
Scarecrow Festival. (Lancashire).
Australia Day Cockroach Races. (Australia).
World Elephant Polo Championships. (Nepal).
World Pea Throwing Competition. (East Sussex).
Where did the word ‘bungalow’ come from?
I have it on good authority that that this word came about when builders employed to build a three-storey house ran out of money after completing the ground floor. When asked by the workers what they should do, they were told to just ‘bung a low’ roof on it.
Where did that saying come from?...
To rub salt into the wound
Meaning: To increase someone’s pain or shame. The phrase alludes to an ancient nautical punishment for misbehaviour by members of a ship’s crew. Errant sailors were flogged on the bare back, and afterwards salt was rubbed into the wounds. Salt is a well-known antiseptic so it helped to heal the lacerations, but it also made them much more painful. An extension of this phrase is the saying ‘Don’t rub it in’, an admission that one may have made a fool of oneself, but people should not carry on reminding one.
Starkle, starkle, little twink,
Who the hell you are, you think?
I’m not under the alcofluence of incohol,
Though some thinkle peep I am.
I fool so feelish, I don’t know who is me
For the drunker I sit here, the longer I get.
Interesting Local History
The Jarrow Kino Picture Hall
In the days before television, or even radio, evening entertainment in industrial Tyneside would have consisted mostly of live performances at an impressive array of venues. Then during the 1890’s, the pioneering work of Edison, the Lumiere Brothers, and others, added a new dimension - the cinema. The novelty of this new form of entertainment overcame its technical limitations, and the whimsical appeal as such early classics as ‘Le Voyage dans la Lune’ (1902) and ‘The Great Train Robbery’ (1903) made it highly popular. Enterprising individuals were quick to exploit its money-making potential, and small cinemas opened in many towns. One of the first was the ‘Jarrow Bioscope Theatre’ which opened in December 1907 in the former Salvation Army Hall in Grange Road. On 7th September 1908 the ‘Kino’ opened its doors for the first time. This first Kino must have been a success, for by 1910 an impressive new theatre was opened on the site. This catered not only for movies, but lectures, various live performances, and, importantly, as a venue for boxing matches, which were extremely well attended. In later years the building became known as the Regal, and continued as a cinema for many years.