MISC and MASH around BLUNHAM
by Bill Exley
1 . Do you realise that Today, was the Tomorrow that you were worried about Yesterday, and all seems well...29/07/21
2 . Worry is like a Rocking Horse, it gives you something to do, but you get Nowhere at the end of the day ..Or.. People quite often don't say what they mean, .. but they also, invariably mean what they say ..
3 . There is a Past which has gone Forever, but there is a Future which is still our own ... Origin... An ornate flat pebble, bought on a beach in Victoria, Australia...4 . Now, don't ever forget , that if you go into a .. / .. ?
5 . I was told years ago, that the only silly question, is the one that's 'Not' asked, it's the only way to learn ...Or... Don't forget that arguing with a fool proves there are two...
6 . It's Nice to be Important , but it's 'more' Important to be Nice ... Or... If you try you might, if you don't, you wont ! ..Or ... People can't hear you Thinking. always Speak Up...
7 . Measure twice , then Cut Once, a carpenters' Tip... Or... If things don't change , they'l stay as they are ! ...Or...Don't ever be Backward, at taking that step Forward...
8 . If you think 'near enough' is 'good enough' then work for our Competitors (A local Ad. for skilled metal workers)... A fully paid up member of - The Ivor Sawnitoff Group, and the 'Antidisestablishmentarianism'. Soc. 1757...
9 . Do you realise, that if a 'Nano - Second' (10 to the -9 ) became a Second, a second would then have to Equate to '32 Years' ! ! Do the Maths (or Math) 60 = 1 Min , x 60 = 1 hr , x 24 , then x 365 etc , // so Seconds in a year = 31.5 million, x 32 = 1,008, million , now we have our +9 zeros. / It is a 1,000-millionth of a Second ...Or... could we ever visit Kepler 90 in a Dream?...
10. In the 'realms' of Time and distance, the speed of Light as we know, is 186,000 miles travelled in One Second, or 670 million mph, so one light year is a fair distance. One Star we know of is 'Kepler 90' and it is 2,840 Light Years from the Earth ! ! Johannes Kepler was a 17th century Astronomer and Mathematician and has a Telescope named after him, a retired one is now in space launched by NASA... Ref. - Stephen Hawking, Scientist. / b. Oxford, U.K. 1947 / d. 2019 / U.K...
11. All over the World People are saying. " just wait until I get around to it ", or is it,
a 'ROUND TUIT' ?
At long last we have just been informed by the Barnsley (Yorkshire, U.K.) company of 'ARKWRIGHT & SON' that they have now sufficient quantity for each of you to have his (or her) own, so GUARD IT WELL. These 'Tuits' have been hard to come by, especially the Round Ones. This is an indispensable item, it will help you to become a much more efficient worker. For years we have heard people say, " I'll do that when I get around to it'' Now you have a 'Round Tuit' of your very own, many things that have needed to be accomplished will get done. Origin - on a 1960's kitchen plate.
12. 'THE BEERHOUSE' A Beerhouse was typically a Pub, but 'No Bar' just a cosy room with your Beers being Hand - Delivered to the tables. A License could be obtained for Two Guineas a year / £2 .10p / by anyone to sell Beers on their own premises, but Not to be taken away, this Beerhouse Act came in during 1830 but altered in later years.
One Beerhouse in the nearby village of Ravensden, The Case Is Altered was set amongst a row of cottages on a hill in the village, but sadly closed during the 1990's, always a popular Must visit by American visitors to Bedford. The room where you drank was like a Time Machine, set in the 1950's, with prints of our Royal Family, flags and ornaments of a bygone era. / For examples, see paras-4,5, on my Index page
A 'Public House' or Pub, was licensed by the Brewers Act of 1828 so liable to a random Police Inspection at any time, day or night, this made sure that the drinking times were observed. A Beerhouse was within a Cottage or House , the 'Cellar' or 'Tap - Room' usually in a nearby spare room, where the casks of Ale would be 'tapped' and kept to the required conditions, as near as possible.
This is where the term a 'Tap - Room' originated , as opposed to the 'Best Room' or 'Lounge Bar' for the Ladies.They would then be apart from the mens' smoke and language used by the Factory or Land Workers. The Drinking room would have had a nice Open Fire for the drinkers' comfort on a chilly night, the men enjoyed a drink, as Pubs were all open most of the day until the introduction of more rigid drinking hours. I thought that Beerhouses had all gone by the 1930's, being so quaint and old fashioned, but there were exceptions e.g. The Oak up to 1958
In Yorkshire homes, around the 1950's and - 60's, the Front room, or Best room of a two up / two down terraced house (Our 'Lounge' of today) - was where the cherished minature china was on show with special crystal glassware, all proudly displayed within a Mansion - Polish aroma, so only used when visitors arrived. ,, .Origin - my Auntie Floss, Barnsley...People were very Houseproud and spotless.
13. 'Our English Language'
I take it you allready know, of tough and bough and cough and dough
Others may stumble, but not you, on hiccough , thorough, dough and through
Well done ! and now you wish, perhaps, to learn of less familiar traps.
Beware of heard, a dreadful word, that looks like beard and sounds like bird
And dead , it is said like bed, not bead , for goodness sake don't call it "deed" !
Watch out for meat and great and threat (They rhyme with suite and straight and debt.)
A moth is not a moth in mother, both in bother, broth in brother, and here is not a match for there
Nor dear and fear, for bear and pear. Then there is dose and rose and lose, just look them up ,
and goose and choose. and cork and work and card and ward, and word and sword and do and go.
Thwart and cart. Come, come I've hardly made a start ! A dreadful language.
Man alive I'd mastered it when I was Five !
ref ... 'Trivia' collected over 60yrs.. / 12th Oct. 2020 / B. Ex
Just as an afterthought, I would like to Choose to sing in a Choir, at the bottom
of a Chasm in the Peak District. - ( The Phonetics of c,h,'s )
14. 'Detail' ? - In this sentance, there are Three misteaks, what are they ?- (see end of The Horseshoes)
15. 'A bit of Lateral thinking, me thinks' - With assumptions - An English Engineer . working in the Middle East is sentenced to Death for a crime by Beheading. The local Prince shows mercy to him, as a fellow Graduate from the U.K. - So spares him, but puts him in a cell for Life, but fed. In the cell are two Exits , say 1 and 2, controlled by two guards , say Guard A and Guard B.
Now one guard will Allways tell the TRUTH and the other, Allways tells LIES. - Exits 1 and 2 lead to certain Death, or certain Freedom and known by both guards. . The Prince says to the prisoner, "You are allowed 'only' one question to ask any of the Guards , they know the outcome of the exits," - What is the question?. The prisoner works out how to walk to freedom by asking the one question, with a certain result, what is it ? - For the Answer to solve this . - - . Ask the - Queens Head
16 . 'Mash', A mixture of Grain or Malt, steeped in Hot Water to form a Wort , part of the Beer making process ... Or... it could be the smashing up of freshley boiled potatoes as part of an English dinner, like 'Bangers and Mash' .. Or ..In Yorkshire, to make a 'Mash' (a mug or Pot of Tea) - a Brew up - (Brewery) ... Or ..." Hey-up si'thee we'ill all have a Brew " ! - (Listen up to you, we will, - have/take a break now)
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During my researches of Pubs & Beerhouses in Blunham I came across some interesting facts of nearby villages, but relevant Only to the year 1903. These were NORTHILL, MOGGERHANGER and SANDY, copied from a large 'Brewery Ledger' (Apprx. 18'' x 8'' when closed) seen in a Sandy pub. There was a 'staggering' 16 Pubs or Beerhouses in Sandy during 1903, but only 2 known of in Moggerhanger, THE ROSE with a Thomas Mardlin behind the bar and THE OLD GUINEA with Fredrick King. - followed by the -
NORTHILL Pubs / Beerhouses, 11 in all in 1903
The Crown / Martha Marson ,
The Kings Head / Henry Brinklow ,
The Rose & Crown / James Nottingham
The Royal Oak / Authur Woodward
The Sugar Loaf / Samuel Matthews
The Lion / James York
The Queens Head / Sidney W. Ebbs
The Gardners Arms / Samuel Stanford
The Barley Mow / George Truin
Two recorded, No Name/Sign at all, so probably just an old cottage / Beerhouse - see Ref 12 entry above
1 - Sarah, Ann Darnell & 2 - Joseph Nottingham
It was a pleasure to discover the above information as it was recorded in the typical Ornate style of the time
Ref - a Brewer's Ledger seen 39yrs ago in Sandy
Last Revision - by Bill Exley on - 20t - Aug / 2021.. /.. Ret to Index Page