If you are lucky enough to have a few spare dollars and fancy a trip overseas then a writer at The Guardian suggests that a trip to Greece would be a way to help the country out! It doesn’t sound like a huge sacrifice to leave the Christchurch winter behind and land on the sunny shores of a Greek island. The writer has ideas for how to deal with the issue of money, and suggests spending what you can with local businesses.
The library has plenty of travel guides to help you on your way, suggestions for Greek recipes to get you in the mood, and history books to fill in those gaps from what you learnt in Classical studies at school.
If – like me – the money won’t stretch to an overseas holiday, then perhaps a bit of Armchair Travel will have to suffice.
My Mum is a fine one for idioms and phrases. When I was heart-broken it was “there are plenty more fish in the sea” and when I was being smart it was “pride goeth before the fall”. I find myself saying these same phrases now and again and feeling terribly wise and knowing. Like I should own a pipe or robes like Gandalf the wizard?
Recently the Oxford English Dictionary entered “twerking” into its dictionary. They found it was originally used in 1820 when referring to a “twisting or jerking movement”. So although Beyonce and Miley may have brought it mainstream, I can safely recline back in my leather chair and declare to anyone who would listen that “twerking” is “as old as the hills”.
Another word that has recently entered the OED is e-cigarette so maybe I can puff away on one of those in lieu of a wizard’s pipe? That would not really have the same gravitas though would it? I would be “barking up the wrong tree” trying to emulate Gandalf with one of those! What idioms do you use? Where did you pick them up from? A penny for your thoughts?