I’m in a writers’ group with author Chris Ward. (Buy his books. He’s a wonderful writer.) On a regular basis, Chris throws out British expressions that I have to look up. So I decided to create a blog feature about it.
So, what did Chris say today?
“Broke my duck” — Originating from cricket, it comes from the phrase “to break your duck’s egg.” It means to do something for the first time. For more info, click here.
“Big girl’s blouse” — a wuss
The other day, he said something about a kip. — It means to get some sleep or take a nap.
This is the first book series I remember reading. Fond memories.
A Red, Red Rose
Read by the wonderful Alan Cumming
Plans for a housing development near the old home of Dorset author Thomas Hardy have been dropped.
Kingston Maurward College wanted to build 70 houses on parkland at Lower Bockhampton, near Dorchester.
It said “several important issues” were raised during the consultation and it was withdrawing the plans.
The Open Spaces Society, which had campaigned against the development, said Hardy would have “breathed a sigh of relief”.
The author was born at Higher Bockhampton in 1840, and wrote Far from the Madding Crowd there.
Take a look at this sneak preview of Less Than Nothing from my friend, R.E. Blake. It’s really good!