Small Streams


The Sound of England
May 2, 2015, 3:11 am
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Great 1960s video of a Cornish fishing village. 



British Expressions
May 1, 2015, 4:28 am
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Definitions under development. Please leave suggested words in comments or send to mstroup at gmail.com.

airs and graces

Alight – official, used in tfl

Anti-clockwise

Arse – common. Ass

Aubergine – food

Bacon – Back bacon

Bang on

Bang to rights

Banger, food, sausage

Banter – chat, used more extensively than in the states

Bap – food. sandwich. 

Beadle – clerical term, like vicar, verger, warden, etc. Not necessary to learn unless you get into Anglican Church governance or are a reader of murder mysteries. 

Beetroot – Food. Beet. 

Bespoke – custom, tailor made.  

Bin – more polite than trash

Bit of a – diminutive used for purposes of meter

Bits and Bobs – odds and ends

Bloke

Bloody – common, profanity 

Bloomer – Food. loaf of bread

Bobby – Common. Policeman or woman

Boffin – egghead 

Book – reserve a ticket

Bollocks – Priests, testicles

Boot 

Boot Sale

Brew – tea, not beer

Brilliant

Builder’s – Short for a builder’s tea, teabag, milk, and two sugars

Butchers – Rhyming slang.  to look/butcher’s hook. “The Apple watch is out. Let’s go to Regent Street store and have a butcher’s

Butties- bacon and butter sandwich (cf. sarnies, toasters, and roasties)

Car Park – garage

Chav – vulgar. White trash

Cheek(y) – common term. to have a lot of nerve. As in Mike Meyers’ “cheeky monkey.”

Chippy

Chips

Chuffed – wodehousian

Coach – Bus

Copse – Not a spinney 

Courgette 

Crack – conversation 

Cracking

Crisps

Cuppa – common, cup of tea

Daft – crazy

Do – party

Donkey’s – a long time. “I haven’t seen you in a donkey’s” might be vulgar

Diversion – official. Detour. “This bus is on Diversion.” You’r about to get off two stops away from where you thought it would. 

Earth – electrical. Ground. 

Fag – Common. Cigarette. 

Fancy. (V.)

Fanny – Vagina

Flat – common term. Apartment. 

Flyover – official. Elevated Highway. Descriptive. 

For shite – vulgarity, not good for anything

Fringe – using the American expression gets the English all a Twitter because why would you use a word that means sexual congress for something else(cf. bang on, bang to rights, banger)
Fuck all – Vulgar. Nothing. He didn’t do ~.

Full English – one egg, bacon, sausage, baked beans, tomato, mushroom, toast 

Full stop

Fully cooked

Gherkin 

Green man

Gutted

Haitch – ‘aitch

Have a go – try it, sometimes “it” means “sex”

Hen Party – also Hen do

Hob – stovetop

Holiday

Home Counties – South east England

Hoover

How’s your father

Innit

Inverted commas 

Jab – injection. Get your flu ~. 

Jacket potato

Joggers – sweat suit

Jolly – Useful adverb for emphasis

Jumper

Kitchen Roll

Knees up

Knackered- Tired. Rhyming slang: creamed and crackered. 

Knickers 

Lad

Legend

Lie-in – sleep in

Lift

Loo Roll

Lorry

Mains – electricity 

Mains – Food. Main course

Mangé tout 

Massive

Mash – Food. Mashed potatoes. 

Mate

Maths

Meal deal

Mental

Mind

Mod cons 

Mods

Naff 

Nicked 

No Worries

Nosy Parker

Odds and sods – usually less useful than bits and bobs 

Page three – Archaic. Of or relating to female frontal nudity. 

Pants

Pissed 

Plaster

Pleb

Pollard

Posh – port outbound starboard home 

Pram

Punter

Proper

Punnet

Queue

Quite – not really

Random

Reckon – used equally by mountaineers in the U.S. And by RP announcers on BBC 4. 

Return – round trip ticket

Roastie

Rollie

RP – Received Pronunciation. The way people talk on the BBC. Accent in the Home Counties. 

Sarnie

Seeing to

Shag

Skint

Spanner

Spinney – Not a spinney (see also copse)

Stag do

Standards

Starters 

Surgery

Subway

Sorry

Sorted 

Spanner

Spiv – invented as if there weren’t enough words to put down people. 

States, the – the U.S.  

Streaky bacon – bacon

Stitched up

Stuck in

Ta – Irish. Ta ta. Occasionally overheard in London outside of Kilburn. 

Take the piss

Taps

Telly

Tied House

Tills

Toastie 

Tommy – it’s Tommy this and Tommy that. Most of us can’t remember why. 

Torch

Tot 

Track suit – sweat suit

Trainers

Top upTrousers 

Tosser – no good. Connotations of drinking. A toss pot. 

Trousers
Twat – Vulgar. Vagina. Used as a put down. Pronounced with flat “a”. 

Tube 

Uni

Valve – Electrical. Tube. 

Waster

Way out

Well – like jolly, used for emphasis. He was ~ up for it. Can even be used in tandem with jolly. “He jolly-well better be.”

Whinge 

Zebra Crossing

Zed 



A Toy Store
August 16, 2014, 4:25 am
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Whirligig Store

Me with a metal whirligig in front of the Whirligig store preparing for the Lorne Michaels Look-Alike Contest.

Whirligig is the name of a toy store in Brighton, England, that gets it. They have items and kits with which kids can actually engage: paper toys, wooden toys, automata, etc. It’s run by two people who don’t just sell toys but take delight in them. The owner, Peter Allinson, I believe, creates crocheted versions of the some of the town’s landmarks including a Ferris Wheel.  

The whirligig itself is a pinwheel. I consider a Gyroscope a type of whirligig with an added dimension. Sometimes whirligigs can be windmills to drive automata. They can be used to create additional Holland or to make a gnome wave.

 

 



Volvelle Possibilities
August 14, 2014, 4:08 am
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Volvelles

Volvelle Possibilities

Just a little doodle to set me thinking. Even limiting myself to concentric circles for the most part, I kept coming up with possibilities for using Volvelles. I started with the idea of surveying what could be done with a circle and a pivot. Information can be obscured, indicated, or illuminated with a Volvelle. The second circle below could be a changing face. I’m not sure how you illustrate or derive a function with such a thing. But, like I say, “just a little doodle.” Transparent colored circles could illustrate combinations and layered traces could illustrate circuits. The final Volvelle on the bottom right plays with the idea of a spiral around a pivot, that is a turntable. Is the needle on the top or the bottom? Is there a needle guide? Maybe musicians could use them to demonstrate a musical passage. Just run an amplifying stylus through the grooves and you have yourselves a tune. 



Copper Tape Switch
May 6, 2014, 3:57 am
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Copper Tape Switch.



Matilda
May 5, 2014, 3:46 am
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Matilda

Lollie M. as Matilda. She was wonderful singing “Naughty,” which reminded me of what a Billy Bragg song would sound like if it were made for the West End. The play amazed me, made me cry, and made me laugh with my belly. I’m not a fan of musicals, many times there’s too much spectacle and glitz that the book doesn’t warrant, but I’d place “Matilda” up there with “The Music Man” as reasons why we need musical theatre in our lives.



Hardware Startups
April 23, 2014, 4:57 am
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http://www.meetup.com/Hardware_Startup_Lab/Image

 

David Bellisario introduces a speaker from Here East.




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