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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).

So Near.......
Walking past a car recently there was a text transfer sign on the rear which read, perhaps not verbatim, ' you are so close behind you might as well get in'. I chuckled quietly to myself because I have muttered similar words to myself when driving. Perhaps most drivers have at some time.

It Just Fell To Pieces
A few years ago we had a new kitchen fitted and the sink unit came supplied complete with a dish drainer. This drainer was metal coated in white plastic and for quite a long time looked as good as the day we first had it. However, by and by, one day a small crack in the coating appeared then several more. Then rust began to appear along the cracks until recently it became impossible to wipe without pieces falling off. Time for a new one! Fast forward and we now have a brand new one, stainless steel to make sure that it will not just do the job but last. We could have had a cheap chrome one for £3.49 but definitely inferior quality and durability. My father always used that well known phrase, “you get what you pay for”. There is also another saying, “buy cheap buy twice”.

Is That Bad Or Sad?
Passing by a group of chaps having a discussion, I overheard one say, “they reckon if you want to meet famous people, you should join Alcoholics Anonymous”. A whole range of thoughts went through my mind.

What Can You See?
I was recently looking at a cartoon which depicted two cleaning ladies together with heir mops and buckets. It seemed that they were cleaners for the BBC and were reading a staff notice board. One was making a comment on the salaries of the company executives to the effect that they were way overpaid which had caused many problems for the company. What made me laugh aloud was the fact that the two ladies were dressed up to the nines in ball gowns, tiaras and bling. Hypocrisy or what!?

Oh Crumbs!
I remember when I was giving a lecture once to a group of students in the mid-nineties. My subject on this particular course was the legal component and I was talking about the risk of making assumptions.

How Dare You!
Amongst the younger population (as well as a few older ones who maybe like to be considered ‘with it’) that goes “How very dare you”. That said, phrases do get picked up and become more widely used. I have always heard it in the context that indicates that the speaker was perhaps not one hundred per cent satisfied with a seemingly critical remark received but wanted to make that known in a softer way, a way not designed to hurt or provoke anger but nevertheless just wanted to give some indication of that point.

There Is Many A Slip…….!
I have always had the ability to gather and store sayings and proverbs, a fair percentage of which have been handed down to me via my Mum.

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