Monthly Archives: February 2016

Yet more good thoughts

Ralph Waldo Emerson commented in the mid 19th century: ‘All sensible people are selfish and nature is tugging at every contract to make the terms of it fair’. The Chinese philosopher Laozi or Laotse is regarded as a founder of Taoism who lived in 4th/5th/or 6th century BCE.  Whenever he did live his words have […]

February 29th

This coming Monday is February 29th – Leap Year Day. So what’s the story behind this ‘once every four years’ event? Well, this is one version of the stories but I’m afraid that I cannot vouch for it in person – and you’ll soon see why! Legend has it that the first Roman calendar was […]

Conundrums for fun 4

Welcome to week 4 of these 19th century conundrums So how did last week’s challenges go? Here are the answers Why is a penny trumpet like an inexpensive repast? ….. Because it’s a cheap dinner. Does an angel have one wing or two?….. That is a mere matter of opinion (a pinion) London was in […]

The trials of a Chimney Sweep

I don’t know about you but there are times that I feel quite proud of being a hoarder. Well, perhaps not ‘proud’, more often it’s ‘relief’ when I find something that I have hoarded in days gone by that now becomes useful. My ‘Boss Lady’ does not agree with this concept but puts up with […]

Four more good thoughts

I hope you find these little tid-bits interesting. Please feel free to post comments and/or thoughts that you have that you feel would fit in here. Here are four for today: The statement that ‘Reconnaissance is never wasted’ is as true today as it was when Napoleon said it. Equally valid is Benjamin Disraeli’s thought […]

Conundrums for Fun 3

So how did you get on with last week’s challenge?   These are the answers: 6.  Why is a convent like an empty house? ……… Because it is a nun inhabited place. 7.  Why did Quintus Curtius jump into the gulf in the Forum? …… Because he thought it was a fine opening for a […]

In times of war

This time last year I was posting the story of the creation of the ‘Corps of Commissionaires’  by Captain Sir Edward Walter KCB in 1859 – the first to find an effective way to provide jobs for ex-servicemen who were willing and able, despite having wounds of conflict, to work on their return after the […]