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What did Chris say?

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.

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BBC News – Lower Bockhampton Kingston Maurward housing development plans dropped

BBC News - Lower Bockhampton Kingston Maurward housing development plans dropped

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.

BBC News – Lower Bockhampton Kingston Maurward housing development plans dropped.

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Folk Soul Revival – Sweet Virginia on the new stage @ The Hangar during Hale-Raiser 4 Brandon Hale – YouTube

Folk Soul Revival – Sweet Virginia on the new stage @ The Hangar during Hale-Raiser 4 Brandon Hale – YouTube.

There was a fantastic turnout for this fund raiser concert, which speaks well for the kind of guy Brandon Hale is. Brandon’s got quite a journey ahead, so I hope you’ll consider contributing to help him on his journey by clicking this link.

J.L. JARVIS