“Ecce Eduardus Ursus scalis nunc tump-tump-tump occipite gradus pulsante post Christophorum Robinum descendens.”

Eduardus Ursus … Online jigsaw target time 4:48
Source: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2022/jul/17/a-love-of-latin-far-away-from-grammar-grind

I’ve done my best all my life to be a Diamond Geezer* and today I may have achieved it … 75 years makes me a geezer for sure.

* “a good ‘solid’ reliable person”
http://www.LondonSlang.com/db/d/ [account required]
* “A really wonderful man, helpful and reliable; a gem of a man.”
http://www.peevish.co.uk/slang/english-slang/d.htm via

both links via http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/000642.html

Following up on my Once Upon a Time post six years ago, here’s a picture of me on the last day at Normandy Primary School in June 1958, I’m on the right end of the back row. A surprising number of our class went on to Erith Grammar School thanks to the excellent teacher, Frank Durrant.

We haven’t had an actual Christmas Tree since we first moved to Owen Sound and took possession of our house on Christmas Eve … there were no trees to be had, so we decorated Jeremy the Giraffe. Every year since then we have made it a tradition to decorate the long-suffering Jeremy, who seems to take it in good spirits.

This year I decided to add a minimalist fireplace on which to hang the stockings.