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Although Latin has always been thought confusing, if you consider how it approaches words it is quite a clever language.  For example, in Latin:


Audio to us is all about listening and hearing different types of sound and media.


Video for us is all about watching footage whether it’s on television, social media, DVD or computer.

Seems quite sensible to me!

Camera, Film Camera, Film, Recording, Watch Tv

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Did you know……..


The much loved, and very clever, Walt Disney did not have an easy start before he became one of the most famous men in the world, with his name mentioned in almost every house in the world.

We all love Disney’s films and characters, from Mickey Mouse and Snow White to Bambi and the Lion King, but before he became a successful animator, voice actor, and film producer, winning twenty-two Oscars, Mr Disney faced many rejections.

Walt Disney was born on the 5 December 1901 in Chicago and was brought up in Missouri and later Kansas City. At the young age of five he began to show an interest in drawing and later moved on to using water colours and crayons.  He had quite a talent, particularly for cartoon drawing.

In 1919, Disney had one of his first jobs working at the Kansas City Star newspaper but he was soon fired as he was told by the editor that he wasn’t creative enough and ‘lacked imagination and had no good ideas!

He then started up his company Laugh-O-Grams, an animation studio which unfortunately resulted in bankruptcy.

Poor Walt Disney – not a great start!

However, things started to improve in 1923 when he and his brother Roy moved to Hollywood and decided to set up a company drawing cartoons, known as Disney Productions.  He began to create his characters – Mickey Mouse (who was originally named Mortimer Mouse), Snow White, and Pinocchio.

However, as much as we love these characters today, opinions were negative in Disney’s creations.  Apparently, when Walt Disney attempted to persuade MGM studios to distribute Mickey Mouse, he was advised that a giant mouse on the screen would terrify women and children and wouldn’t work.

It has been reported that The Three Little Pigs was also rejected as it only had four characters and it was considered that there should be as many characters as possible in a cartoon.

On top of that, there are claims that the first audience of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs walked out halfway through a first screening, and the making of Pinocchio cost so much more than budgeted that it lost a million dollars on its first release.

The final cherry on top has to be that when Walt Disney came up with his idea for the character-based family theme park – Disney Land, apparently he was turned down over three hundred times by investors and banks, who considered the idea a complete no go.

All I can is well done Walt and thanks for your perseverance – many children’s lives and memories wouldn’t be the same without you!

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Word of the Week……..


An unusual one for this wet, miserable day….


Simply means the day before yesterday.  It derives from the Latin term – nudius tertius, literally meaning today is the third day.

It never ceases to amaze me of the weird and wonderful words that you can find. Just imagine asking someone on a Monday morning – how was your nudiustertian?  I believe the look we would get would be of utter confusion…….!

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Word of the Week……..


Well, what could we find for today?  Given our love of books we thought this would be quite apt.


This very long word simply means a person who reads in bed.  This is one of my favourite pastimes, particularly on a cold dark evening with a nice glass of wine, or curled up on a Sunday morning with a hot chocolate.

I only wish you could be a full time Librocubicularist – a perfect career!

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Word of the week…….


So, after a little break and with the New Year here, we are now back into the wonderful world of words and books.  We picked two today, one is something that every single one of us experiences every day:


Refers to the first person one comes across upon leaving his or her house, more historically the first person on New Year’s Day or a special occasion.

Now, the question that arises: would that be the first person you spoke to, or the first person you saw?  For us, particularly me, if it was the former it would be the shop assistant in Waitrose, if the latter, it would be my cat if animals are included, if not my next-door neighbour!

Who was your Qualtagh this morning?

The second word is because it made us smile:


A mental condition where a person believes that they have become a cat! People regularly comment after visiting our cats here, that they would like to come back as a cat as ours are so spoilt.  We can understand the want to believe that you’re a cat – sleeping all day, cuddles, strokes, eating and then sleep again – in the warm!  Perhaps you could pretend for a day. 😊


Word of the Week……..


An interesting one this week. . .


I think we all, at some point in our lives, will come across someone who is ultracrepidarian – a person who criticises, judges, expresses opinions or attempts to give advice on a subject that is entirely outside of their expertise!

Perhaps you know someone who suffers with Ultracrepidarianism, the habit of being an ultracrepidarian on a regular basis.   Agghhhhhh!


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Word of the Week……..


It’s been a little while since we posted due to moving house and offices, but we are back into the swing of things now.   We thought we would find something a little different for this week:


Drapetomania was a problematical mental illness in the 1800’s (mainly identified in America) and in 1851, Samuel Cartwright, an American Physician, theorised that this was the cause of black slaves fleeing captivity.  It was not a term necessarily recognised in medical terminology, but Cartwright said, when describing the illness, that it was . . .

‘unknown to our medical authorities, although its diagnostic symptom, the absconding from service, is well known to our planters and overseers”.

He advised that preventative measures and cures would involve ‘whipping’ them until they were too scared to run or, in severe cases, cutting off their big toes to stop them from running.

The term was last published in a 1914 medical dictionary, when it offered the definition of – ‘vagabondage, an uncontrollable or insane impulsion to wander’.

I know my mind loves to wander off and does so regularly, perhaps we could start a new term – Mindtomania!


Did you know……..


The beloved Roald Dahl has been all over our social media sites, newspapers and televisions this year with it being the 100 year anniversary of his birth.  A celebration of the characters and wonderful stories he created.  We found out a few random facts about him and his stories and thought we would share a few with you to brighten up this Tuesday afternoon:

  • Apparently, Mr Dahl hated beards – he had a severe dislike of them and this was the idea behind ‘The Twits’, he had a desire to ‘do something against beards’!
  • With the outbreak of World War II, Dahl joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot, although following injuries suffered as a result of a horrific crash in 1940, he was medically retired.
  • In 1942, Dahl became a spy for the British Embassy based out of Washington DC and worked alongside Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, as well as many others.
  • Whilst at school, Dahl and a few of his friends were given the annual job of chocolate tasting for Cadburys’ new products, providing him with the thought and ideas behind ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory‘.
  • James and the Giant Peach was originally called James and the Giant Cherry but Dahl felt that a large, squishy, pretty peach was much more appropriate and changed it.
  • Dahl invented two key pieces of medical equipment during a troubling time in his life, when his four-year-old son Theo was knocked over and suffered a traumatic brain injury resulting in cephalous. In order to drain the fluid from the brain Dahl, along with neurosurgeon Kenneth Till, came up with the idea of what we know today as the ventricular catheter and shunt valves, used over the decades thousands of times during neurosurgery.
  • In 1971 a real person called Willy Wonka wrote to Roald Dahl – he was a postman in Nebraska.
  • Dahl did dabble in writing for the adults as well and one short story of his was even published in Playboy Magazine!

I’m sure you have read and seen many more weird and wonderful facts about the lovely Mr Dahl, but these were a few of our favourites.

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