Pam


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Take a Letter
“Take a letter, Miss Jones, or Smith or Brown”... for example, was common in the days beforeelectronic equipment was introduced into the office.

What’s­her­name?
Names can be very meaningful for many reasons. Above all a name gives an identity to a person, an object, a building, a road and so the list goes on. and makes organisation that much easier. I am not a cuddly toy collector, never have been, but I do have a rather attractive teddy bear about 10 inches in height with a neat little scarf around his neck – and, no, I don't know what that is in centimetres! He was given to me quite some time ago by one of my daughters. I use the word 'he' because it does have a name, I called it Wordsworth after the poet.

Food of Love
“If music be the food of love, play on...” is the opening line of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Of the plays I have seen or read, this is one of my favourites and contains the famous 'The Box Tree' scene and is a marvelous example of the humour of the times although you need to to read from the beginning of the play because it leads up to the scene. Read on it's own it would not be at all funny.

Exactly!
I wonder whether you like a good joke, I would imagine that most people would and it is good to have something to laugh at because the weather certainly isn't too good right now!

Green, Yellow and Bent!
There is a great deal that could be written on the subject of bananas, but I'll restrain myself – really I will.

A Signal From Falling Leaves
Here’s a tale for you which is still the source of merriment in our family today.

There Was This Little Girl...
I heard this story recently and thought it rather amusing. It is of secular origin but I could see how well it could be applied to a church setting.

Coming And Going
‘Come ye thankful people come’ is one of my favourite harvest hymns since childhood. I love both the tune and the words but for a long time I just thought it was all about picking the fruit and vegetables then one day I paid close attention to the words later in the hymn and realised that it was referring to two kinds of harvest. There was the growing and harvesting of produce but there was also the harvest of God’s people, that it gives a description of how one day he would gather the believers to himself.

Can You Hear Me Mother?
This phrase became very well known in the 1930s and 40s when it was coined by a radio comedian called Sandy Powell.

What Did She Mean!?
Done it again, another overheard snippet (see Is That Bad Or Sad).

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