Frank Bruno adopts a road
So I am merrily driving along in Howard County, Maryland in the land of America listening to some country music and admiring the scenery when I STOP.
What is that?!
A sign tells me that British celeb Frank Bruno, the boxer/panto star/tragic figure/him of the booming laugh has adopted a road right here in Howard County. Can I be seeing things straight?!
It can’t be Frank ‘You know what I mean Harry’ Bruno off the British telly! What’s he got to do with this area? I think it must be another Frank Bruno, but even my searching on Google does not give me a Frank Bruno connected with Howard County….. so who is this Frank Bruno who has adopted a road sign at Underwood Road, Sykeville, MD? I need to know!
Anyone for Snapdragon?
I heard some Americans talking about the ‘traditional English parlour game Snapdragon’ today. I confess I know not of this game!
Apparently Snap-dragon (also known as Flap-dragon, Snapdragon, or Flapdragon) was a parlour game popular from about the 16th to 19th centuries. It was played during the winter, particularly on Christmas Eve. Brandy was heated and placed in a wide shallow bowl; raisins were placed in the brandy which was then set alight. Typically, lights were extinguished or dimmed to increase the eerie effect of the blue flames playing across the liquor.
I suspect it doesn’t get played as much these days owing to health and safety issues and the fact that you could potentially burn your entire hand/arm/face with hot brandy and flames spraying forth. I think I’ll stick to Twister 🙂
Happy Christmas to me from me!
Look what I’m drinking my afternoon cuppa in!
Yes, that’s my Christmas present to me from me 🙂