Great 1960s video of a Cornish fishing village.
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airs and graces
Alight – official, used in tfl
Arse – common. Ass
Aubergine – food
Bacon – Back bacon
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
Bloody – common, profanity
Bloomer – Food. loaf of bread
Bobby – Common. Policeman or woman
Boffin – egghead
Book – reserve a ticket
Bollocks – Priests, testicles
Brew – tea, not beer
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.”
Chuffed – wodehousian
Coach – Bus
Copse – Not a spinney
Crack – conversation
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.
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
Haitch – ‘aitch
Have a go – try it, sometimes “it” means “sex”
Hen Party – also Hen do
Hob – stovetop
Home Counties – South east England
How’s your father
Jab – injection. Get your flu ~.
Joggers – sweat suit
Jolly – Useful adverb for emphasis
Knackered- Tired. Rhyming slang: creamed and crackered.
Lie-in – sleep in
Mains – electricity
Mains – Food. Main course
Mash – Food. Mashed potatoes.
Odds and sods – usually less useful than bits and bobs
Page three – Archaic. Of or relating to female frontal nudity.
Posh – port outbound starboard home
Quite – not really
Reckon – used equally by mountaineers in the U.S. And by RP announcers on BBC 4.
Return – round trip ticket
RP – Received Pronunciation. The way people talk on the BBC. Accent in the Home Counties.
Spinney – Not a spinney (see also copse)
Spiv – invented as if there weren’t enough words to put down people.
States, the – the U.S.
Streaky bacon – bacon
Ta – Irish. Ta ta. Occasionally overheard in London outside of Kilburn.
Take the piss
Tommy – it’s Tommy this and Tommy that. Most of us can’t remember why.
Track suit – sweat suit
Tosser – no good. Connotations of drinking. A toss pot.
Twat – Vulgar. Vagina. Used as a put down. Pronounced with flat “a”.
Valve – Electrical. Tube.
Well – like jolly, used for emphasis. He was ~ up for it. Can even be used in tandem with jolly. “He jolly-well better be.”
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.
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.
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.
David Bellisario introduces a speaker from Here East.