Category Archives: folklore

Tweed Memories

There can be fewer more fascinating things than a part-frozen river. The banks are solid with ice, thicker than a hand-span, gleaming silver, white and blue in the winter sun, and great chunks, sometimes six, seven, eight inches thick float … Continue reading

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The folklore behind common phrases

On the television news yesterday, one man gave his opinion that racism was ‘beyond the pale.’ It was a throwaway remark that he probably said without any consideration for the original meaning of the phrase. It did set me thinking though, … Continue reading

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