Things I’ve Learned This Week.

Happy Friday!  Yes, it’s THAT time of the week again.  And, as usual, it’s come around waaay too quickly.

It’s been a ‘difficult’ week this week.  I was of the impression during the Easter weekend, that I had been turned into Super Woman …. and consequently did a little more than my body is currently designed for.  Me body went on strike!  How very dare it!  It’s partially still on strike, but I’m hoping that me pretending to be fine and groovy will kick it into action again and we’ll be rocking and rolling as per usual very soon.

Well, as well as learning that I’m not Super Woman – which was a great .. no … HUGE disappointment to me,  I’ve also learned one or two other things, and I’m here to share them with you, so that you can be as educationamalised as what I is.  As what I am.  As what I woz?  As what I’m now?  As what…  erm….  As what you should be?

As you will be after reading this post.  (phew … that was touch and go there for a minute!) lol  😊

Ok .. let’s get going, shall we?

I learned this week, after watching a TV special, that there is rather a swish hotel in Marrakech which I’d really LOVE to visit.  It’s the most beautiful, (if not the best) hotel in the whole world.  It’s called:  The Royal Mansour,  and I know that I couldn’t do it anywhere near justice in describing it here, but boy oh boy I wish I could share the programme with you.

It was commissioned by King Mohammed VI, who often hosts his guests in its 53 private riads, which are situated in almost four hectares of fragrant Moorish gardens.

It has 53 two-storey villas which are set in beautiful, manicured gardens which have lily ponds and fountains dotted around them.  Privacy is at a premium there and even staff scurry between salon, pool and private patio via a network of subterranean passages, silently and almost unnoticed.  Each of the staff is so well-trained, and follow the ‘rules’ and guidelines of the hotel to the letter.  Service is impeccable and hyper-discreet.

Above ground, opulence is the name of the game.  Rooms are strewn with suede and silk carpets, velvet brocade sofas and crystal do-dads and chandeliers from Lalique, Baccarat and Venice.  breathtakingly beautiful, and if there, you’d have to throw yourself into its opulence or you’d feel out-of-place and possibly even alienated.

When there, the Villa you’ll rent is assigned 10 staff, to serve you with everything you could possibly need.  Silver Service meal?  You got it.    One, two and three bedroom villas are available, all with roof terraces shaded by a Bedouin tent and private patio plunge pools.  In addition to lavishly decorated bedrooms finished in the most exquisite detail, each villa has a salon with an open fireplace and a dining room.  You wouldn’t need to leave the hotel … in fact, you probably won’t want to.  They have everything you need right there.  Even a large library!

I’ve worked out that from where I live, I could take a flight to Marrakech and be there in just under four hours, and I’d pay roughly £190 for flight for a two day break.  Ok ..  this seems do-able … so far.    From my research, I’ve learned that the best time to visit is between March and May when the roses are in bloom and the days fresh and sunny.  So, right now would be a great time!  Things are looking hopeful!

I’ve been on the website ... and ‘pretended’ to book just a two night stay, from Sunday (23rd April) to Tuesday (25th April) and …. THEY HAVE A VILLA AVAILABLE!!!   Ohhhh this is looking so hopeful now!  (I just have to talk Mr. Cobs around to this idea … but I could ‘sell’ it to him because our 36th Wedding Anniversary is coming up in a few short weeks ….  ok … now I’ll go and check out how much this would cost (I have to protect the moths in his wallet from shock!)…  ok… it’s telling me that it will cost 27,198.00 but that’s in Moroccan Dirham, so now I have to work out what that means in British Pounds … hang on right there while I get that sorted out.

Now see, here’s the problem.  Cobs the Bogeyman doesn’t like anything costing over the amount of loose change he has in his pockets, so talking him into a two night stay at this lovely place, with just breakfast included (the man LOVES his stomach so breakfast alone won’t keep him going), is going to send his blood pressure up the scale and probably burst the blood pressure machine  …  for this will cost £2,119.45 for just two nights, plus the travel costs.  And what’s more … that’s the cheapest quote.  If I go for the luxury package for two … it would cost:  £10,920.55 for a two night stay, again with only breakfast included in that price.  In US dollars, that equates to: $13982.67.

I don’t think that two night stay is ever going to happen!

It’s a truly magnificent place.  If you’d like to check it out, I give you the link to their website.  Have a good look around and check out all of the various different Riads.  There are five of them altogether.  The Royal Mansour Hotel

I also have a link to the programme … but I don’t think it will work for those of you outside the UK, as it’s a BBC programme … but you could give it a try and see, just in case!  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08n8xhb

I also learned this week more about Pandora’s Box than I knew before.

Pandora’s box is an origin myth – which basically means the attempt to explain the beginning of something.

People have always wanted to know why things happen in the world the way they do. Before there was ‘science’, they didn’t have much understanding of how the world works, but they still wanted to know,  just as much as we do.  Human curiosity always asks why .. and then human creativity finds ways of giving an answer.

The story of Pandora and her box comes from Ancient Greece and is very old. Because of this, there are several versions of the myth.

Pandoras Box

Pandora trying to close the lid on the box that she had opened out of curiosity. On the left are the evils of the world who are taunting her as they escape. The engraving is based on a painting by F. S. Church

In Greek mythology, Pandora (meaning ‘all-giving’) was the first woman on earth.  Before humans there were the immortals (the Gods and Titans). The brothers, Prometheus and Epimetheus were Titans (Giant people) who had fought on the Gods’ side in a war. Some say they were cousins of Zeus, King of the Gods; he asked Prometheus to create man out of clay and water (in many versions Hephaestus helps in this).  Epimetheus had to create the animals and give them their gifts of courage, swiftness etc.  He gave out all the gifts and had none left for Man.  So Prometheus decides to make man stand upright, like the gods, and give them fire (which Zeus did not want them to have – some say he had removed it as a punishment).  So Prometheus stole fire – some say from Zeus’ lightning, others from the sun and yet others from Hephaestus’ forge.

In classical Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman on Earth. Zeus ordered Hephaestus to create her.  So he did, using water and earth.  The gods endowed her with many gifts: Athena clothed her,  Aphrodite gave her beauty,  Apollo gave her musical ability, and Hermes gave her speech.

According to Hesiod, when Prometheus stole fire from heaven, Zeus took vengeance by presenting Pandora to Prometheus’ brother Epimetheus.  Pandora opens the box containing death and many other evils,  which were then released into the world.  She hastens to close the container, but the whole contents had escaped except for one thing that lay at the bottom – Elpis  (translated as ‘Hope’,  though it could also mean ‘Expectation’).

In the original Greek stories it was a jar and did not become a box until the Sixteenth century AD.

A scholar called Erasmus, who lived in Rotterdam in Holland, translated a story of Pandora from Hesiod’s work. Hesiod was a Greek poet who lived about 700BC. Erasmus was translating the Greek into Latin (which scholars did all their writing in, in those days) and translated the Greek word ‘pithos’ meaning jar into the Latin word ‘pyxis’ meaning box. And a box it has stayed to this day!

Waterhouse's, Pandora, 1896)

Pandora, 1896, by John William Waterhouse

The myth arose as a way of explaining why dreadful things happened, such as people getting sick and dying.

As in many origin myths,  man had lived in a world without worry – until this jar/box was opened, which contained ills for mankind.  Zeus knew that Pandora’s curiosity would mean that she could not stop herself from opening it, especially when he had told her that she must not do so!

You can read more herehttps://www.greekmyths-greekmythology.com/pandoras-box-myth/

I also learned this week:  that the iconic ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ posters were never used in wartime.

And ….  That Gorillas can be put on the pill.  (But why would they want to be?)

That the longest palindrome in the Oxford English Dictionary is ‘tattarrattat’.  James Joyce used it in Ulysses: ‘I knew his tattarrattat at the door.’

The second man to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel, Bobby Leach, survived the fall but later died as a result of slipping on a piece, of orange peel.  (forgive me … but I did have a little chuckle at the irony . . .  until I gave myself a stern talking to.)

I also learned ….  that at the end of August this year, it will be 20 years since the death of Princess Diana.  This shocked the heck out of me, for it really doesn’t seem like 20 years ago.

So … has your brain exploded with all this new information?  I certainly hope not.  The only reason mine is still going is because I learnt all this over a period of 7 days … where-as you are learning it over a coffee, and that’s a lot of new information to deal with all at once.

Well  … you’re here not only for the edumacation … I know you’re also here for a handful of jokes … so pin back your lugholes … we’re going in!!

The Jokes!

How do you throw a party in outer space?  . . . . You planet

Why is the letters  ‘P’  a pirates’ favourite letter of the alphabet?  . . . .  Because without it they are irate.

Two peanuts are walking down a dark street.  One of them is assaulted.

What did the bra say to the hat? . . .   You go on ahead. I’ll give these two a lift.

Q: Did you hear about the Mexican magician who told the audience he was going to disappear on the count of three?  . . .  A: He said, “Uno…dos…” then vanished without a tres.

Q: You know why you shouldn’t go to the bathroom next to a Pokemon? . . .  A: Because he might Pikachu.

Q: If you’re American outside the bathroom, what are you inside the bathroom?  . . .  A: European.

and finally …  a little helping of Grandad jokes, for you to share with your Grandad, or, if you’re a Grandad yourself … to make you smile.  (or… if you’re a Grandma – pass them on!)…

Grandad is always complaining about how much things cost.  “£3.50 for a cup of tea!”,  “£1.50 for two custard cream biscuits!” ….  so I told him:  “Look Grandad, you just popped round.  I didn’t invite you!”

(give that one chance to sink in before you move on). lol

Grandad was remembering the days when “everyone could leave their back doors open …  which is probably why his submarine sank.

Grandad died, and we didn’t get chance to say goodbye Which was all the more poignant because he drowned in a bowl of Cheerios.

Tell your friends!  I’m here all week.  😀  [drums heard in the distance]  badabum!!

All that’s left for me to do now is wish you a fabulous Friday, and a truly wonderful weekend.

May the weather be mild and may each hour of each day bring you something to be thankful for.

Have a blessed day my friends.  Be good to each other.

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37 thoughts on “Things I’ve Learned This Week.

  1. I do so love Greek mythology. The years that I did mythology units with my students were some of my favorites. It’s amazing how children devoured every little piece of information they could find. The discussions we had were high-spirited. Thank you for sharing a variety of versions of the box.

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    • Hello Scrappy. Like you, I rather enjoy the ‘stories’ which come with Greek mythology. They’re so rich and detailed, and you can actually see how they came about.

      Many thanks for coming and for leaving a comment, Scrappy. Great to see you. 😀
      Have a fabulous day. ~ Cobs. x

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  2. Wow, that hotel sounds amazing. I felt like a princess buying furniture from our local (but posh for the area) department store instead of argos, I’d be lost at your super duper hotel! The bra joke tickled me too, and poor Grandad in his cheerios. Have a lovely weekend, don’t overdo it this time! X

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    • Hello Mrs.Craft! 🙂
      I know exactly what you mean about buying furniture from the posh department store .. I felt that fabulous rush of delight and giddiness when I ordered a sofa and chair from different ranges, but covered in the same fabric so that they made a ‘team’, from Laura Ashley. I thought I was going to pass out at one point. LOL.

      I would stick out like a sore thumb at the Royal Mansour Hotel … but I’d SO love to be cared for, looked after, and pampered in the way that the Mansour do.

      Thrilled you liked the jokes – the bra one is a ticklish one, and like you, I love the Grandad ones. lol.
      Ditto to you too… wishing you a truly lovely weekend, and I promise to not overdo it this time. 😖
      Squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  3. Good morning! Friday at last…
    Yes, I’ve had one of those weeks too, so they must be catching… I wonder if they are just confined to England or if they’ve spread world wide..? Well, whoever gave them out can have them back really…
    I was very pleased to see your post and I thoroughly enjoyed the read. Obviously, I shall be booking in for a week’s stay at once in that wonderful hotel…possibly longer…as soon as I win the Lottery LOL! I can always hope, just like from Pandora’s Box…. and a Latin palindrome that I learned at school: signa te signa temeris et angis et tangis…. no idea what it means though! Fab jokes…lol…bras!!
    Have a great day,
    Lots of Love 🙂 xxx

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    • Hello Samantha!
      Although I’m glad to hear that it’s not only me who had one of those weeks, I’m shaking my head and with a sad face I said out loud: “aw, poor Samantha!” … Hope you’ll be feeling back on top and fully in charge, very soon!

      Thrilled to read that you enjoyed the post. And … like you I’ll be booking in for a weeks luxury … when I win the biggest prize on the Lottery.

      The Latin palindrome, … I didn’t know that one either so I went in search of a translation, and apparently it means: “temeris standards and tightens standards will touch”. No, it exlains nothing at all, and still don’t understand it. LOL.

      Have a wonderful day my friend. Thank you so much for coming, and for leaving a chat! Love chatting over a coffee in the mornings!
      Heaps of squidges and love ~ Cobs. x

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      • Good evening!
        Home in time for “Most Haunted” lol..my lovely son took me out for dinner – hope you had a good day too.
        So I am feeling ready and able to cope with the weekend 🙂
        Thank you for finding the meaning out – I do trot that palindrome out as a little party piece without actually knowing what it means…but now I do! As you say, none the wiser though…maybe it meant more to the Romans LOL!!!
        Have a good evening 🙂 xx

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  4. Dear Cobs,
    Wishing you a speedy recovery from your Easter weekend feats of Super Woman strength! If I were a suspicious type (which I am), I would say that someone or something placed a small amount of kryptonite in your Easter basket! You recall our conversation last week regarding laundry baskets and vacuum cleaners.
    On another note, I can empathize completely with you having a frugal husband. Mine is the absolute definition of parsimonious!
    I am so looking forward to next week’s knowledge infused post!
    Have a glorious weekend!
    Brightest blessings
    ~ Tami

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    • Hello lovely Tami!
      GASP!! Kryptonite! In my Easter Basket … I think you’re on to something there. Those bally laundry baskets and vacuum cleaners! Grrrrrr.

      A ‘frugal husband’ …. yes, that’s one way of putting it.
      Personally I tell Cobs the Bogeyman here, that he has a short arm and a long pocket. (either that or he’s just a misery guts who doesn’t like to see me having a little retail therapy happiness)

      Aw thanks for coming Tami… I love having a bit of a giggle with you. 😀
      Sending squidges, and the brightest of blessings to you ~ Cobs. x

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  5. The hotel sounds amazing. Coughed and spluttered a bit at the cost!! Greek mythology is fascinating. OK, I am so slow. I did have to read the first joke a couple of times before it sank in!!! Thanks as always for a fabulous post. Hope you are back to full power soon.
    Have a lovely weekend and take care.
    Flo x

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    • Hello beautiful Florence.
      Yes … the cost of the hotel made me gulp too! lol.

      Like you, I find Greek mythology fascinating and can see how the need for making sense out of things which were beyond their understanding made them come up with their own theories in order to feel comfortable about what was happening.

      LOL .. I knew that joke would probably catch a few people out!

      Thrilled you liked the post Flo. Thank you for your good wishes.
      Wishing you a peace filled, wonderous weekend.
      Squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  6. Good Morning Cobs! 🙂 ( it is here :)) So much educationmalism!!! Give yourself a rest….You are more Superwoman even when you don’t think you are!! You described the lovely Resort or Villas Beautifully, You reminded me of studying Greek Mythology in jr. high!!! Ages ago :))

    Fantastic jokes too!
    Have a Blessed and Wonderful weekend Lovely!! xxxx

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    • Ahh…. beautiful Ruthie! Aw how I love to see you, for you give me an instant smile just knowing you’re there.

      Educationmalism … I see I’m ‘infecting’ you with my total sensible, but completely made up, words! LOL. Ah, I love the power words have. lol.

      Aw, I thought I was Superwoman last weekend. I did far too much, attempted to walk a gazillion miles (well, it felt like that anyhow) and when I finally, eventually, sat down … my body gave out a long sigh and promptly went on strike.

      The hotel, isn’t it amazing! I’d love to go there, just to relax and let someone else totally take the strain of daily life and all the humdrum stuff. Oh … and also for all the beauty treatments, afternoon teas, fabulous meals, 10 staff assigned just to me… ohhh I could go on but I’m making myself feel sick at the unjustice of it all. LOL

      Thrilled you enjoyed the post Ruthie, and thank you so much for coming and having a coffee with me, and for leaving a chat behind for me to find like a little golden nugget of wonderment.
      Bless your beautiful heart. Sending big squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  7. 20 years? Boy oh boy time really does fly. Unbelieveable. As for the hotel, sounds like a lot more than a hotel ,but I wonder if jeans and muck boots would be allowed. Don’t think there is any thing in my closet that would be fashionably up to snuff. The ‘P’ joke is cute as are all of them . I’ll think of Johnny Debb(sp) is that his name. Oh well I never have been much of a follower. LOL Been a busy week with the ecourse on line about how to sale my cards. My brain is in default. I’ll get to the blue sky shortly even if I have to find someone else to post it.

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    • Hello beautiful Bev. 🙂
      I trust you are in as fighting fit form as can be expected.

      I know … 20 years (towards the end of August) … I remember the day as if it were just a couple of months ago. Even now I can still feel the shock, the disbelief and the pain on hearing the news on the morning news on TV.

      Johnny Depp .. you were almost there. But hey .. we all know who you were talking about, and that’s what counts. 😀

      You’ve been taking a course on how to sell your cards? Oh how brilliant! I think an awful lot of us could do with some tips on that. You’ll be way ahead of us and be a little richer in no time!

      I know what you mean about your brain being in default. Mine works like that most of the time LOL.

      Sending you love and a whole lorry load of squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  8. Right then, roughly 18,888.00 Canadian!! Maybe on my bucket list IF I ever win a lottery but not in my current financial state. Couldn’t afford to use the washroom there. 😉
    As for the super woman part, well, my body is a little angry with me too, doing way to much yard work. Having painful calcium deposits in my shoulders really limits their movement and overall condition of any outdoor activity involving the arms! Even drinking is a challenge sometimes. 😦 I still have to figure out how to get my old couch out the front door with tons of clutter in it’s path. There is no other direct route to the door without having to move quite a lot of “stuff” out of the way first. A very BIG job, but it has to be done as we have Spring Clean up where the boys all come around and take away your junk. It’s included in our pad rent, and it’s a wonderful service providing you get all your stuff out there first, hence the rush to get the old, worn out couch out the door. This couch has a lot of great memories inside too. My wee dearly departed Mum sat and slept on that couch. My ol’ dear dog sat beside me on that couch, same with my ol’ cats, two of them. The arms are worn down to the stuffing from the dogs sitting on them looking out the window. My brother slept there when he came to town. It has seen a lot of action and I probably still wouldn’t be getting rid of it, but the current cats, two brothers, have destroyed the sides. Such a sad way to go. On a brighter note, a friend is giving me his ol’ couch, that has different stories, but still in great shape. I’ll take it 🙂
    So Cobs as I finish my second cup of coffee I will say good morning to you, or early evening where you are, enjoy your weekend.
    We have sunshine and getting quite warm today 🙂 Finally spring is here.

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    • Hello fabulous Soozy!
      Spring is here too, YAY! Some days are warmer than others, but the sun coming through the trees is so so beautiful. I sat out in the garden last weekend, with Little Cobs racing around his racetrack (the pathway which runs around the garden) on his new bike and having a ball of a time. It was so lovely out there.

      Like you, I’m going to add that Hotel to my bucket list. I would love to think that one day … one day in the future, I will win the lottery and will be able to have even a short stay in The Royal Mansour Hotel, Marrakech. [looong siiiiiiiigh]. Ah the stuff which dreams are made of. eh? lol.

      Y’know … everytime I think of it or type ‘Marrakech’ … I instantly start singing the Crosby, Stills and Nash song …. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzB5eRu6HOk

      Aw … the Couch! I can feel both your joy at having a new one … but your deep sadness at having to say goodnight sweetheart to the old one. Parting company with good friends is such a difficult thing to do. And I kind of feel that the removal and struggle to get it out of your house in order for it to leave, is perhaps right, in so much as you have to go through that stress so that the parting has a final memory which sort of closes the door on one thing in order to open the door to a new adventure.

      You’ll have had to clean the hallway out to get the new sofa in … so in a way it sort of an encouragement … an opportunity to part company with anything there which no longer serves you. 😉

      Aw Soozy, thank you so much for coming and leaving a fabulous chat for me to find. I cannot tell you how much I love our chats. It really is like having friends round the kitchen table and we’re all just settling in for coffee and a good old chin wag with each other. I can almost hear the laughter too! lol
      Sending oodles of love and lots of squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  9. Oh I love your post! Such wonderful bits of information! I’m afraid I won’t be able to stay at that hotel…a bit out of my league! My husband’s wallet is a bit tight…so tight you can’t even get $1.00 out of it! Yuck…lucky for my, I have my own wallet! I love your jokes! Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

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    • Hello Nancee, great to see you here.
      You gave me a grin from ear to ear. Husbands .. bless their hearts! lol.

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment, and I’m thrilled you like and enjoyed the post.
      Sending squidges your way ~ Cobs. x

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  10. If you ever get to that snazzy hotel make sure to take some photos!
    Loved the jokes as usual. I did have to also laugh a little (okay maybe a lot) about the guy slipping on the orange peel. How do you survive the Falls and get zapped by an orange peel?
    I know I could …. but I would never go over the falls in a barrel so it makes sense somehow.

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    • Maybe that’s why we haven’t encountered the orange peel. We didn’t go over the falls because we made a choice, before we landed on earth, that we didn’t want to do the ‘over the falls’ jobbie and come out in one pieces. There must have been a catch in the terms and conditions … “if you go over the falls and survive, then you’ll meet with orange peel. Look out for it because it’s a killer!” LOLOLOL
      You and I obviously read that ‘clause’ and totally understood that it meant what it said. Others … or one person, didn’t understand the clause and thought it was just a josh, so he signed on the dotted line! eeeek!

      Chuffed to little bits that you liked the jokes. At some point I’m going to have exhausted my jokes section in my brain, and they’ll all start coming around again. lol.

      As for the snazzy hotel … in my dreams, Chicken. In my dreams. lol
      Sending oodles of squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  11. Greek mythology is fascinating, isn’t it? It makes me a bit sad that it seems to be less familiar now. I saw on tv last week someone who had never heard of Sisyphus. Made me sad! Still, the grandad jokes cheered (sic) me right up again! Hope your week goes better than the last one. Xx

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    • Yes fascinating …. and sometimes just a little bit scarey. And no … it doesn’t seem to be ‘taught’ or even talked about in schools today – and not for some time from what I understand. Big shame.

      Sisyphus … you gotta admit it, the chap had balls …er .. I mean a ball. One Great Big Ball. Serves him right for being a naughty boy.

      Glad the Grandad jokes hit the mark. I can’t have a Paper Puff going round feeling a bit misbiz. It’s not allowed. You have to be a happy girl. I shall continue to try to ensure that you are, coz I luvs you! 😀
      ~ C. xxx

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