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origin of ‘barmy’ (crazy)


“T. C. E.” corrects the phrase “balmy in the crumpet.” It should be, he declares convincingly, “barmy on the crumpet”—barmy being derived from the term barm, signifying yeast.

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tace is Latin for candle

The Excommunication of Robert the Pious (1875), by the French artist Jean-Paul Laurens (1838-1921) – Musée d’Orsay, Paris
The officiants have just excommunicated Robert by bell, book, and candle… 1,092 more words


Two street urchins try (and fail) to argue the toss with a magistrate

Charles McCarthy and John Harrison were described by the Standard’s  court reporter as ‘urchins’. We should probably understand that to mean that, in the late 1870s, they were young members of the working class. 527 more words

Marketa Luskacova's street music.

Portobello Rd., 1978.

From London Labour and the London Poor by Henry Mayhew, 1851: Concerning street musicians, they are of multifarious classes. As a general rule, they may almost be divided into the tolerable and the intolerable performers, some of them trusting to their skill in music for the reward for their exertions, others only making a noise, so that whatever money they obtain is given to them merely as an inducement for them to depart. 592 more words

London Types

Dodger, by Terry Pratchett / **** ½

You could be forgiven, I suppose, for spending all of your time reading the works of the late Terry Pratchett simply exploring the wonders of the Discworld. 683 more words

Book Reviews

Writing a transport history of the Great Exhibition I: introductory thoughts

On Wednesday I spent an excellent day at the York Transport Historians workshop “Making the Connections: Transport and its Place in History“. It was a very fruitful day of interesting papers and discussion on everything from canals to Concorde, and every mode of transport in between. 1,028 more words