Once upon a time

Once upon a time …. These words have excited us through the ages, suggesting the start of a pleasant bedtime session (for kids I hasten to add, not adults).  From time immemorial, until the written word gained currency and people could afford published works, community folklore and family traditions were transmitted orally.  Ancient scriptures, religious …

Poppycock!

Recent news headlines have reminded me of this expression, hardly ever heard these days.  It means “nonsense, rubbish, meaningless” etc., and is possibly a legacy from the days of the British army officers in India.  A storm in a teacup, is how I view Mr. Cherry's recent diatribe respecting the Remembrance Day Red Poppy. A …