|Where's my Ice Cream?|
A story and ... some snippets of life by the sea ... photos that don’t match the text – but who worries once in a while ... a few time capsules .. . and of course a little history ...
You’d never have thought language could get so ‘complicated’ ... a friend’s email starts ...
So if you take off your high heels, cowboy boots, or ballet slippers to change into shoes for a walk and could not locate said walking shoes you might you might think to yourself or say out loud, "My plimsolls. My plimsolls ... Wherefor art my plimsolls?"
|Pile of 'athletic shoes'|
Or if you walked into a sporting footwear store, you might ask for running plimsolls? And would you say soccer plimsolls? And is a boot really a bonnet, a crisp a chip, a chip a fry and ... so we could go on .. but we won’t!
Should you investigate the historical facts further (c/o Wikipedia) .. you’d run into:
- trainers (British English)
- sandshoes, gym boots or joggers (Australian English)
- running shoes, runners or gutties (Canadian English, Australian English, Hiberno-English)
- sneakers, tennis shoes (North American English, Australian English)
- gym shoes, tennies, sports shoes, sneaks, tackies (South African English and Hiberno-English)
- rubber shoes (Philippine English), or
- canvers (Nigerian English)
- plimsolls (English English)
- daps (Welsh English)
|Girls' Annual - for the girls - Jannie and I|
more my age than hers ...
Just because via email (Jannie and I) .. we’d got into this discussion re sneakers and Jannie thought that was tennies to us Brits .. back came plimsolls from me ... and:
plimsolls?? Noooo way!!
Me: Yup! .. plimsolls .. so called after the guy who invented the Plimsoll line on ships ... more Plimsoll history here ...
|Colman's Mustard - copy of postcard from|
the Museum of Advertising and
Charles Goodyear invented the vulcanisation process (eventually .. he tried and failed many many times) – and is the first of the ‘Firsts in Springfield, Massachusetts’ – the town where so many things have been invented.
But my history lesson is not quite done .. ‘gutties’? and Hiberno-English? ... well I’d never heard of that language ... simple really: it’s ‘Irish English’ ... and is the dialect of English written and spoken in Ireland.
“Beyond the pale” – does that phrase ring a bell? ... English was first brought to Ireland during the Norman invasion (12th C) ... and was mainly spoken in an area known as the Pale around Dublin – with Irish being spoken throughout the rest of the country. Now we can see where ‘Beyond the Pale’ came from ... the English referring to the ‘infidels’ elsewhere ..?
|My mother's uncle, family and friends at the beach 1920s|
Enough of my ramblings ... there’s some scatter pictures of seaside Britain through the ages ... my mother’s uncle and some relations on Porthminster Beach (next one along from St Ives in Cornwall) in the early 1920s ... an advert for mustard, Girls’ Crystal Annual 1954, World Belly Board Championships 4th September 2011, a Ghost Sign ... remember those shrinking woollens? .. Donkey Rides – boy ... more interested in “Where’s My Ice Cream?”!
|World Belly Board Championships of fun ...|
notice the stockings, wig and tutu ... need I say more
(Held in Cornwall)
All’s well here – we’re gearing up for the Red Arrows ... this middle weekend of August is our fire-power, our weekend for the boys, or those who love aircraft from British Aerospace Hawks, to a Typhoon F2 Swing-role combat aircraft, Battle of Britain Memorial planes – the Spitfire, the Hurricane Bomber and the Lancaster – and all possible types of aircraft in between ....
|Wonderful 'Ghost Sign'|
Anne from a Jobbing Writer 'collects' signs and knows a lot about history ... and found this one ... remember those saggy bathing costumes ... just loved this ...
It’s summer – time to use those sneakers, tackies, gutties et al!! To all on vacation happy holidays ...
An archive of ghost signs ... should you wish to look ...
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