Christmas Repeats

Her Brittannic Majesty's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, pictured, has been at Saddam's Auntie's house in Basra. He has blogged about it here, though not about the cakes he had. He wants to see a Dad's Army in Iraq. And...

oh, I can't go on parodying this PPE person. How about a piece on the back of seventeenth century wigs? I got my legal wig and gown from Ede and Ravenscroft on Chancery lane the other day, having won them in a moot at the Middle Temple, and they gave me a copy of Tomas Woodcock's Sartorial History gratis.

It's full of interesting tidbits. For instance--the back of a periwig contained a curl which used to be known as a 'dildo' or 'pole-lock' (giving rise to the pungent British expression 'pillock' as a term for an unworldly or privileged person). It's detailed in Randle Holme's Academy of Armory, or Storehouse of Armory and Blazon as the third sort of periwick. You can waste some time looking for the origin of obscure phrases, not including pillock at the Phrase Finder here.

Milliband. Here's how he was described by the great Robert Marshall-Andrews QC MP, who is also a Bencher of Gray's Inn.

What a virus to catch at Christmas. Pity me reader, whoever you are. There follows an extremely silly and vulgar instructional video with some British children's puppets being rude.

I should point out that the intimation that the video was produced as a blackmail threat to 'Rainbow' producers is in no way true.


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