Numerous sexual encounters in a single night, theft, deceit and revenge feature in the Reeve’s Tale, one of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. What is or was, a Reeve?
In Saxon times, a reeve was an officer of the court whose duties included executing decisions taken by the court.
I mean, what have you got to lose
You know, you come from nothing, you’re going back to nothing
What have you lost? Nothing!
Part of Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (Monty Python)
Citizens Advice is concerned that an increasing number of people who have very little are being left with nothing through no fault of their own.
“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it”
While you might think ‘evil’ is a bit strong to describe the activities of con men and scammers the effect their activities can have on their victims should not be underestimated and this month it is time to do something about it.
‘Sun forces charity to ditch rip-off helplines’‘(headline on the Sun newspaper website 07 April 2014). Do they mean Citizens Advice?. Well, yes it seems they do.
Imagine a 63 year old man – let’s call him Jim (an entirely fictitious character, so any resemblance to anyone alive or dead is coincidental) –
How do you feel about growing old? Do you agree with the French philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin who said:
“Growing old is like being increasingly punished for a crime you haven’t committed”.
How old is old anyway (especially if as some say sixty is the new forty?) However old you may feel,
The deaf American actress Marlee Martin once said she hoped she could…”change attitudes on deafness and prove we really can do everything except hear.” Stephanie Beacham, another actress spoke about the way in which hearing difficulty isolated her. “I loathe parties. I attend, smile and leave”.
The number of profoundly deaf people in Surrey is not known although it has been estimated to be 350.
The expression “a pound of flesh” has been defined as something to which someone is strictly entitled though which it is ruthless to demand.
This might ring a bell if you have had dealings with a logbook lender.
Aggressive behaviour, sexual harassment and death threats are just some of the brutish tactics logbook lenders used to intimidate customers,
Unable to decide which of his two staff to lay off, a manager came up with the idea of keeping the one who could devise the most secure log-in computer password. The successful password was MickeyMinniePlutoHueyLouieDeweyDonaldGoofyParis. Intrigued, the manager asked his employee to explain how he had managed to create such an unusual password.
What connects a recent news item concerning the Department of Work and Pensions with the English Lake District? Perhaps all that needs to be said is that the four Uldale Fells in the north of the region are Great Sca Fell, Longlands Fell, Meal Fell and Great Cockup Fell. The last of these is a significant Fell with an elevation of over 1,700 ft.