Win the lottery!
Ordered some stuff on the internet the other day and I used my donor card instead of my debit card by mistake. It cost me an arm and a leg.
Did you know…..
Chocolate Easter eggs first appeared in the early 19th century in France and Germany. In the UK, J.S.Fry (now owned by Cadbury) produced its first Easter eggs in 1873. They were made of dark chocolate and filled with sweets.
Eggstraordinary facts about eggs...
In the UK, we eat 10,234 million hen’s eggs a year - that’s 28 million a day.
White eggs are produced by hens with white feathers. Brown eggs are produced by hens with red feathers.
Boiled eggs are the most popular way to eat eggs in Britain followed by scrambled and fried.
I got a phone call from British Gas to say my bill was outstanding. I said, “Thank you very much.”
Interesting facts about the North East
Mosely Street in Newcastle was the first street in Britain to be lit by electric light bulbs (1880) and is said to have been the first in the world (1818) to be lit by gas.
In 1941 the battleship King George V, the flagship of the home fleet, the cruiser Sheffield and the aircraft carrier Victorious took part in the sinking of the Bismarck. They were all built on the River Tyne at Walker.
Zeppelins raided the North East in 1916 and bombs fell as near to Newcastle as Cramlington and Ponteland.
A cartoonist was found dead. Details are sketchy
Every so often I like to stick my head out of the window, look up and smile for a satellite picture. Well, you never know.
What does it mean and where did it come from...
As happy as a sand boy
To be very happy and content. American readers will probably be more familiar with 'as happy as a clam', which originated in the USA in the 19th century. The Australian version is 'as happy as Larry', which (probably) originated there. Other creatures that are reputedly more than usually happy are 'larks', 'dogs with two tails' and 'pigs in muck'.
The word 'sandboy' brings to mind images of a child playing on the beach, making sand-castles and the like. In fact, sandboy was the name of those who delivered sand to public houses, theatres and homes in the 18th and 19th centuries. Children were used in that trade, but most sandboys were adults. This use of 'boy' has frequently been used for low-status male workers, as in tea-boy, barrow-boy, house-boy etc.. The use that the sand was put to was as a crude floor covering - a precursor to sawdust in what later became known as 'spit and sawdust' establishments - public spitting wasn't then reviled as it is now. Charles Dickens made an oblique reference to the variant form of the phrase, 'as jolly as a sand-boy', in his 1840 novel The Old Curiosity Shop, in which the inn The Jolly Sandboys features. Carting sand may have been hard and dusty work, but the sandboys' reputation for happiness seems more straightforward than with clams or 'Larry' - they were often intoxicated.