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The origin of common phrases - episode 1

1. In the 1400s a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have 'the rule of thumb.'

2. Many years ago in Scotland , a new game was invented. It was ruled 'Gentlemen Only...
Ladies Forbidden'... and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.

3. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:
Spades - King David, Hearts - Charlemagne, Clubs -Alexander the Great, Diamonds - Julius Caesar

4. In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes.   When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase......... 'goodnight, sleep tight.'

5. It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink.
Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.

6. In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts...
So in old England , when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them 'Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down.' It's where we get the phrase 'mind your P's and Q's'

7. Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim or handle of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. 'Wet your whistle' is the phrase inspired by this practice.

8. In 1696, William III of England introduced a property tax that required those living in houses with more than six windows to pay a levy. In order to avoid the tax, house owners would brick up all windows except six. (The Window Tax lasted until 1851, and older houses with bricked-up windows are still a common sight in the U.K.) As the bricked-up windows prevented some rooms from receiving any sunlight, the tax was referred to as “daylight robbery”!

 

 

Closure due to Coronavirus

Regrettably the club is closed until the coronavirus outbreak is over.

See you all again in hopefully the not too distant future.

Keep well and busy with our isolation corner and ad hoc puzzles and quizzes.

All contributions welcome.

Friendly Teams League
Friendly Teams League

We have arranged to play friendly teams matches against 5 other clubs during June.

Each team will consist of 20 players of varying levels of experience. Our teams will be different for each match and have been drawn from all members who expressed an interest in taking part.

The fixtures are:-

Tuesday 2nd June 7 p.m St Albans
Tuesday 9th June 7 p.m  Bath
Friday 19th June 7.30 p.m. Chester
Tuesday 23rd June 7.30 p.m Lough/Scunthorpe
Tuesday 30th June 7.30 p.m. York

Any member will be able to kibitz so come along and virtually cheer Hitchin on to victory.

Welcome to the Hitchin Bridge Club
Welcome to the Hitchin Bridge Club

The Hitchin Bridge Club (registered charity number 1140362) meets in the church hall of Our Lady's and St Andrew 16 Nightingale Road Hitchin SG5 1QS near the centre of this historic and attractive market town.

It aims to provide duplicate bridge in a friendly supportive but competitive atmosphere for all levels of players.

Pairs sessions are held on Monday and Wednesday afternoons at 1.30 p.m. and Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7.30 p.m. and there is a monthly teams on the second Friday each month at 7.30 p.m.

A shorter gentle duplicate session is held on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. partners not needed.

Thursdays are intended for less confident players, members moving on from lessons and players new to duplicate. Only simple bidding systems are allowed and partnerships are restricted to an NGS grade of 18.

Hosts are available for Monday and Thursday evenings and Wednesday afternoons. Supervised play sessions are held on Monday afternoons when partners are not required. Mentors are available on request for Thursday sessions.

Classes for beginners run from October to July each year and workshops for improvers are held on the third Friday morning each month.

Visitors are always very welcome. If you are visiting Hitchin and would like a game please contact us.