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What Is The Origin Of (260)?…
2019-12-06 19:00
Cloak-and-dagger There is a lot that is mysterious and intriguing about the phrase cloak-and-dagger and that is appropriate as it denotes the sense of subterfuge, deceit and acting underh… Read More
2019-12-05 19:00
The power of the ginaissance is such that distillers have to be imaginative to ensure that their product muscles its way into the consciousness of gin lovers. One way is to do it by the desi… Read More
2019-12-04 19:00
Something Fresh – P G Wodehouse I always find the world that Wodehouse constructs is the perfect antidote to the madness of modern life and also a form of light relief from some of… Read More
What Is The Origin Of (259)?…
2019-11-29 19:00
Beyond the pale If your behaviour is described as being beyond the pale, it is unacceptable and beyond the accepted norms of decency. The pale in question is a noun, not the adjective to… Read More
Gin O’Clock – Part Eighty Five
2019-11-28 19:00
The second and final gin I picked up at Vancouver airport’s duty-free shop was a bottle of Victoria Premium Cocktail Gin, in for a cent in for a dollar, as they say. The ginaissance ha… Read More
Book Corner – November 2019 (4)
2019-11-27 19:00
The Amateur Cracksman – E W Hornung It is good, every now and again, to turn literary conventions on their head. The classic crime novel has a detective, often an amateur sleuth, to… Read More
You’re Having A Laugh – Part Thirty
2019-11-25 19:00
The Princess Caraboo hoax of 1817 The bucolic calm of the Gloucestershire village of Almondsbury was disturbed on April 3, 1817 when the local cobbler came across a young woman, seemingl… Read More
What Is The Origin Of (258)?…
2019-11-22 19:00
A snowball’s chance in hell I’m back on the trail of phrases which denote impossibility and a snowball’s chance in hell is both perfectly understandable in its figurativ… Read More
2019-11-21 19:00
I have recently commented on the growth of gin distilleries in British Columbia, particularly in Vancouver. Pleasurable as it would have been, time precluded me from visiting more than the c… Read More

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