WELCOME TO OUR THIRD NEWSLETTER
And a warm welcome to the new members who have joined the site during the past month.
Several members kindly have given me reciprocal links to Ariège Aude Forum. Until this week that web address was forwarding automatically to Cathar Country Info but it is now no longer operational and I would be very grateful indeed if members could amend the link for me to http://www.catharcountryinfo.com
Reminder – it is free to advertise on this site – you can put ads in the classifieds section and in the business directory – it’s easy to do
Hugh Nicklin has a new series for us – a history of the Cathars – you can read the third episode here – this one might make you think that modern scandals of the aristocracy are really mild in comparison.
Steve Judd’s Global forecast for April
It’s mad out there, OK? Neptune’s out on a limb, Uranus is going all futuristic and not giving ongoing situations any grief as yet, although that is dependent on April’s developments. It’s termini city out there, changing of pathways and tracks, switching of decisions and dreaming in futures unimaginable even four months ago. At the start of April there’s a warlike, unholy trinity of retrogrades, with Mercury, Mars and Saturn all going backwards and Pluto preparing to join them. By the time of the relatively tame full Libra Moon on the 6th, Mercury has stabilised and begins to move forward, so accuracy may be more forthcoming and conclusions can start to be drawn, although with Mars standing still all month and not inching forward until after the 13th, real answers to current problems won’t be found until the second half of April. Venus starts its four month stay in Gemini, creating a superficial gloss and veneer of living the dream, but the underlying energy of Mars in early Virgo is going to cut away the banal and expose the root core of outstanding issues. More examples of political and economic connivance will surface, and many politicians may lose their jobs. With Uranus opposing a number of British and European interests around the 20th-23rd, I expect this to be a time of big disruption and challenge, with issues around fuel and power predominating. Big change? You heard it here first – 2012 is the final run up, it’s 2013 that will change everything.
You can read your own forecast for the month here
Rob Hesketh continues his weekly commentary on the exchange rate, here is his latest article
HERE ARE SOME OF OUR NEWEST ARTICLES:
STARTING UP AS AN MICRO-ENTREPRENEUR
FLUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON
MYSTERIES SURROUNDING ANOTHER CATHAR COUNTRY ‘PIC’
CANCER IS CURABLE NOW
PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM INVESTMENT FRAUD
INITIATION CAVES OF THE CATHARS
The Business Directory has been completely revamped - currently 249 businesses are advertised there. The categories are now easier to see so if you are looking for an electrician, gardener, British paint, kennels, house sitter…… why not take a look? It is free to advertise in the Directory just become a member of the site and put in your ad.
Some of the latest entries
AUBERGE DE MONTSÉGUR
PROPERTY ARIÈGE AUDE
Gite Ecurie at St Victor du Fau
UNE POULE SUR UN MUR
EN BONNE COMPAGNIE
Curry in France
THE HOUSE SITTING COUPLE
BIOFEEDBACK PRACTITIONER AND KINESIOLOGIST
REIKI AND SPIRITUAL HEALER BRIGITTE CAVADINI
SURVEYORS IN FRANCE
Simply British,St Girons
Alpaca Knitting Yarn & Knitwear for sale
British style sausages and bacon -Ariège/Aude/Pyrenees Orientale & Herault
Events coming up in April
CSF - LIMOUX DROP-IN CENTRE 4 APRIL
Children's Book Exchange
EVENTS AT L'ES PRATX
APRIL WALKS IN AND AROUND TOULOUSE
THE DOTTY KITCHEN BISTRO AND TEAROOMS
Concert - Chateau Cassan
THE DIVINE SARAH BERNHARDT
Book & DVD Exchange
CONCERT Les Cordes des Quatre Vents
jacques van der vaeren observateur attentif
We regularly publish the theme nights at Le Rendez -vous, Vinécole and Château L’Es Pratx these are publicized during the month after this Newsletter goes out so please keep an eye on the special events section on the site.
Don’t forget that you can always take a look on the calendar at the bottom left hand corner of the site to find local fêtes, festivals and other public events in your area; we have many links to sites listing these local events.
Where did "Piss Poor" come from?
They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot
and then once a day it was taken and sold to the tannery. If you had to do this to survive you were "Piss Poor."
But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't even afford to buy a pot --
they "didn't have a pot to piss in," and were the lowest of the low.
The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature
isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.
Here are some facts about the 1500s:
Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May,
and they still smelled pretty good by June. However, since they were starting to smell,
brides carried a “bouquet of flowers” to hide the body odor.
Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.
Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water
The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water,
then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children.
Last of all the babies.
By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it.
Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water!"
Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath.
It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals
(mice, bugs) lived in the roof.
When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof.
Hence the saying, "It's raining cats and dogs."
There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house.
This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings
could mess up your nice clean bed.
Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection.
That's how “canopy beds” came into existence.
The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt.
Hence the saying, "Dirt poor."
The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery
in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing.
As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door,
it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way.
Hence: a “thresh hold.”
In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables
and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers
in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day.
Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while.
Hence the rhyme:
“Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.”
Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special.
When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off.
It was a sign of wealth that a man could, "bring home the bacon."
They would cut off a little to share with guests
and would all sit around and “chew the fat.”
Those with money had plates made of pewter.
Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food,
causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes,
so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.
Bread was divided according to status.
Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle,
and guests got the top, or the “upper crust.”
Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky.
The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days.
Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial..
They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up.
Hence the custom of “holding a wake.”
England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people.
So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks
on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive.
So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin
and up through the ground and tie it to a bell.
Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night ( “the graveyard shift” )
to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be,
“saved by the bell,” or was considered “a dead ringer.”
And that's the truth.
Now, whoever said History was boring!!!?
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