A good fortnight

When I was a boy when on rare occasions my dad happened to see a black person on a beach he would love to say "They've 'ad a good fortnight down 'ere". It's racist, of course, but I like the phrase in some ways as it betrays a very working class mindset. The use of the word fortnight rather than week not only suggests that it would take two weeks to get such a tan but reminds us that factory shut down was two weeks long and best spent down at the beach. The object of such a holiday (long before any skin cancer scares) was to lie on the beach and get as brown as ... that reminds me of another thing my dad would say that is not pc any more.


Skivers, Moochers

I have a clear memory of the first time I heard the word skiver. It was my first year, the first weeks probably, in Grammar School. Our class (1E) was in a demountable classroom near the woods - out of bounds, of course. From the woods we heard singing it was Chirpy chirpy cheep cheep by Middle of the Road. A helpful voice said "Skivers miss". I wasn't a hundred per cent sure what the word meant but no doubt it referred to what I had until then known as moochers (everyone else says mitchers). I think I assumed that skiving from Junior School was mooching and mooching from big school was skiving. Mark Twain called it playing hookey I later discovered.
I see mooch is listed here
mooch Verb. 1. To idle away time, to loaf around. E.g."The kids were just mooching about the streets looking for something to do." 2. To amble along, to walk casually. 3. To play truant. [Welsh use] Noun. 1. The idling away of time. 2. The act of ambling or walking casually. E.g."I'm going for a mooch around the shops."


You have to eat a peck of dirt in a lifetime

There is a proverbial phrase
"You have to eat a peck of dirt in a lifetime (or before you die)"
A peck is an old imperial measurement still recognised in the USA and equivalent to two gallons or nine litres.
The point of the saying is that no-one can escape eating a certain amount of dirt on his or her food or more broadly that everyone must endure a number of unpleasant things in his or her lifetime. It is often said to console someone who has eaten some dirt or had to endure something unpleasant.
My grandfather's twist on it was that
"You don't want to do it all at once"!
It can't be unique to my granddad as it occurs in that modified from in L M Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables.



"Old Princeton theologian B B Warfield used the striking word repristination to sum up Paul’s way of describing regeneration. The word means ‘restoration to an original state’. The soul is made pristine or pure again. This alerts us to the fact that new birth involves restoring God’s image in us. Christ has come so that his people might also be sons of God:."
From my book What the Bible teaches about being born again, p 38

God the New Creator

"When we consider that God alone has the power to create (as opposed to merely fashioning) things, then we see that ‘new creation’ must be his work. Regeneration is a new creation, one that surpasses even the first creation. In Exodus 4:11 God asks Moses: ‘Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD?’ ‘Ears that hear and eyes that see,’ comments Proverbs 20:12, ‘the LORD has made them both.’ If this is true in the physical realm, surely it also holds good in the spiritual realm."
From my book What the Bible teaches about being born again, p 36


Flat Earth Axioms 15

15. Three things to beware of
  • Demonisation
  • Conspiracy theories
  • Blanket condemnation
(This is the last in this series of 15)

Flat Earth Axioms 14

14. Journalists love a story

Flat Earth Axioms 13

13. Zeal proves nothing

Flat Earth Axioms 12

12. Trying to prove something from wrong motives is likely to lead to trouble

Flat Earth Axioms 11

11. There is money to be made from exploiting people's ignorance and curiosity but it takes shamelessness and some skill.