A Load of Rubbish and Other Stuff...
Posted by John K on May 15, 2020, 9:54 am
Geordie Phrases… |
Hoy the baal up aheyte - Throw the ball in the air
Aa varnigh chowked mesell - I nearly choked myself
Whey its hacky-dorty - Well, it is very dirty
Divvint howk yor sneck - Do not pick your nose
Cloot it wiv a mell - Strike it with a sledgehammer
Pluff it into yor snottercloot - Spit it into your hankie
Noo wor squits - Now we are quits
Whee hoyed that styen - Who threw that stone
It’s varnigh lowse - It is nearly closing time
Lowp ower the waal - Jump over the wall
Random (Useless) Trivia…
The milk of a hippopotamus is pink.
Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
Turkish towels are French and Indian Ink comes from China.
The word yo-yo actually means come-come.
Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
The average woman eats 20kg of lipstick in her lifetime.
The elephant is the only animal that can’t jump.
Fingernails grow four times faster than toenails.
There is a city called Rome in every continent.
Robert Louis Stevenson wrote most of Kidnapped in bed.
Grapes explode if you cook them in a microwave.
Things politicians wished they had never said......
‘There are more crimes in Britain now, due to a huge rise in the crime rate.’ - Neil Kinnock MP
‘I want to wrong that right.’ - John Prescott MP
‘It’s nice to be in Devon again.’ - Paddy Ashdown MP on a visit to Cornwall.
‘People in the North die of ignorance and crisps.’ - Edwina Curry MP.
How many people died in the Great Fire of London?
Despite destroying 13,200 houses, 87 churches, 44 livery halls and over 80 per cent of the city, fewer than half a dozen deaths were recorded.
The dead were: the maid of the baker who started it; Paul Lowell, a Shoe Lane watchmaker; an old man who rescued a blanket from St Paul’s but succumbed to the smoke; and two others who fell into their cellars in an ill-fated attempt to rescue goods and chattels. The true death-toll may never be known. John Evelyn talks of the ‘stench that came from some poor creatures’ bodies’, and modern forensic evidence suggests that, given the intense heat, some corpses would almost certainly have been vaporised and thus not recorded. However, the leisurely pace of the fire (it burned for five days) made it relatively easy for people to evacuate, and the five cited remain the only definite casualties.
The authorities’ response to the fire wasn’t overly speedy. The Lord Mayor, Thomas Bludworth, went back to bed on the first night, and Samuel Pepys found time to safeguard his valuables by burying a ‘large parmesan cheese, in his back garden.
In the previous ‘Great Fire, of London (in 1212), 3,000 people died, and in the two years prior to 1666, the plague had killed 65,000. the fire stopped the plague by destroying the black rats and their breeding grounds but the cost of the damage was estimated at £10 million. With the entire annual income of the City of London running at £12,000, these costs would, theoretically, have taken 800 years to pay off.
Over 100,000 people lost their homes. Many of them camped out in a shanty town at Moorfields, or built shacks near their burned-out properties. But such was the speed of the rebuilding that by 1672 almost all had been re-housed.
The fire started in the King's bakery run by Thomas Farynor in Pudding Lane. Farynor denied this at the time and a deluded French watchmaker called Robert Hubert claimed he did it. Although it was evident to judge and jury that he couldn’t have done, they hanged him anyway. His corpse was torn apart by an angry mob, suspecting a Popish plot.
Justice wasn’t finally done until 1986, when the Worshipful Company of Bakers claimed official responsibility and apologised for the fire.