Thursday, 29 April 2010

Hey, did you know.....

That there is an old Hotel/Pub in Marble Arch which use to have gallows adjacent. Prisoners were taken to the gallows (after a fair trial of course) to be hung. The horse drawn dray carting the prisoner was accompanied by an armed guard who would stop it outside the pub and ask the prisoner if he would like one last drink. If he said yes it was referred to as 'one for the road' and if he declined the prisoner was 'on the wagon'.

They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot and then once a day it was taken and sold to the tannery. If you had to do this to survive you were 'piss poor' but worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't even afford to buy a pot they 'didn't have a pot to piss in' and were considered the lowest of the low.

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500's:

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June. However, since they were starting to smell brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odour. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women, children and finally the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying 'don't throw the baby out with the bath water'.

Floors were dirt. Only the wealthy had something other then dirt. Hence the saying 'dirt poor'. The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery when wet so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor to keep their footing. As winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance way hence a threshold.

In those old days, they mainly ate vegetables but sometimes they could get pork. When visitors came over they would hang up thier bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could 'bring home the bacon'. They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and 'chew the fat'.

Lead cupsw were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.

Who said history is boring?

(Thanks to Ann who sent me this via e-mail)

Friday, 23 April 2010

It's bread....but would you be able to eat it?

A friend of ours in Bangkok sent this over via e-mail and I just had to share it with you!! (sorry if it's grossed you out)

A bakery in the Thai province of Ratchaburi (which is about 100km east of Bangkok) wanted to highlight the Buddhist principle that you shouldn't always believe what you see and they came up with this little delight ....

So the question is.....Would you, or indeed could you, eat it?
(I'm really not sure...I know it's bread but....)


I do have the feeling that this guy's talents are waisted in a Bakery....he should be doing Hollywood Make-up!!

Monday, 19 April 2010

Just a quick one...

How on earth is it the run up to assignment time already?....it seems like only two minutes ago that I was trying to get the last lot done!! *Sigh*

I have had two assignments to do every week since I started this semester....the learning log (which I've blogged a couple of entries for...you can read them here and here) and a weekly question based on social policy and structures....the learning log is due on the 5th of May, the weekly questions on the 12th and I have a 3,000 word essay on the history of Patient and Public Involvement in Health due on the 19th. The other module is based on Organisational Management and is based on the work I've been doing setting up the Community Partnership (Which I've also blogged about)....I've a ten minute verbal presentation to give on the 18th and a 3,000 word essay to hand in on the 25th. Roll on the end of May.....at the moment it feels like it's never ending!!

Anyway, three of my lovely blog friends have given me this award....isn't it gorgeous! Thank you Lily at When life gives you lemons..., DJ at Chez Aspie and Sue at Writing Life. You guys are great :-D

You all know what I'm like for not sticking to the rules of these awards so it will come as no surprise to you all that instead of selecting 10 bloggers (which is what I'm supposed to do) I'm selecting all of you that are in my 'and I read these' section on the right side of my blog. I love blogging that think your all fab!!

Thursday, 8 April 2010

I'm feeling rather proud of myself....

Now, those of you that know me will know that I am not the most technically minded of people!! Christ, I can't even cope with the amount of wires that are behind our TV never mind deal with complicated computer technical stuff! However......I have astonished myself (and Chris) by actually managing to remove a virus from my netbook!! (and I did it all by myself!!)

I don't know how I got it (I do have anti-virus and am not a total moron when it comes to not opening suspicious e-mails) but on Sunday morning my netbook started going a bit bonkers. First it did a scan and told me I had 11 viruses, then it kept pinging pop ups at me saying things like 'You are being hacked right now' or 'Your identity is at risk' (Yeah, you can imagine how calm and controlled I was!!)...anyway, it kept taking me to this website and telling me that the only way to get rid of the virus was to buy this software but there was something odd about it so I restrained myself!! When Chris got up (Poor soul, he had only been awake for about three minutes and had a hysterical wife on his hands and a netbook thrust under his nose) he had a look at it and then looked online...turned out I had a nasty virus that mimics Microsoft's security settings and it was blocking access to everything we tried to do to remove it.

Yesterday I called war on the virus (I didn't actually say it out loud...that would just have been weird) and, after an afternoon spent swearing at the bloody thing, I fixed it!! I used the other laptop to download a malware programme (oooh get me with the techy jargon!!), started up my netbook in safe mode and tried to install the programme....the virus shut it down....bugger!! Then I had a brain wave....what if it only blocked .exe files? I could access other things on it sooooo if I changed the file name would I be able to access it? I changed the file from .exe to .com...and it worked!! It identified and then got rid of the virus so my lovely wee netbook is lovely again!! (and not a blue infected monster)

Go me!! I think I should don a cape and wear my pants on the outside of a pair of leggings (I'm sure I've got an old pair at the back of the wardrobe somewhere)....I could be called.... *said in dramatic voice over voice*... 'Virus Woman'.....hold on, that makes me sound like I have a virus...what about 'Virus Fighting Woman'?.....No?? Oh!