THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU DIDN’T KNOW
* Scientists in Norfolk need more volunteers to test whether eating chocolate can help women with diabetes;
* An earthquake has moved New Zealand a foot closer to Australia;
* Birds in towns get up later than birds in the countryside;
* Every week, 52 pubs close in Britain;
* The verb ‘go’ has no past tense of its own - it has to borrow the past tense of ‘wend’;
* In a recent pile-up involving 259 vehicles near Hanover in Germany, no-one was killed.
THE SMALLEST MUSEUM IN BRITAIN
...has finally achieved national recognition. It’s the Ferryman’s Hut Museum in Alnmouth, Northumberland. Unaware of its significance, I co-presented the Blue Bus programme from there in 2005 (on the anniversary of the Great Alnmouth Inundation). I stood outside it and mithered on about the Great Storm which changed the map of the town in 1805 - and didn’t mention the hut I was sitting outside even once.
Up to the 1960s it was used by the ferryman who would conduct people back and forth across the Aln’s mouth. It now contains framed photographs of its own history, as well as trinkets and memorabilia of the town.
If you’re in Alnmouth - and there aren’t many nicer places to spend some time - you’ll know the Ferryman’s Hut Museum is open because its curator will be sitting on a deckchair outside.
Sounds like a good place for an AGM.
‘THE MOST REVOLTING DISH EVER DEVISED’
Those are the words of renowned cookery writer Elizabeth David. She was talking about a concoction called Italian Salad. Here is the recipe, should you wish to chance your arm - or your tastebuds/stomach. Or not, as the case may be.
Please note that I do not accept responsibility for any consequences - gastric, marital or otherwise.
1 pint of cold cooked macaroni
0.5 pint of cooked or tinned pears
0.5 pint of grated raw carrot
French dressing to moisten
2 heaped tablespoons of minced onion
0.5 pint of cooked or minced string beans
Mix the chopped macaroni and vegetables. Moisten with French dressing, flavouring with garlic, if liked. Serve on a dish lined with lettuce leaves. Decorate with mayonnaise and minced pimento or chives.
Just a reminder that the next AGM will take place on Sunday 6 September at Tynemouth Station Market at about 1100. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.
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