"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Monday, July 17, 2017

On the nail

Another grainy photo and black and white to boot. This time it's myself with a college friend, who came to visit one holiday. On this particular day, we ended up at the Corn Exchange in Bristol. The piece of street furniture that we have appropriated for the photo is a 'nail'. Apparently, merchants used these to hammer out their deals and put down their payments, hence the phrase, 'pay on the nail'.
You heard it here first, folks!


  1. You wait for a blogpost to come and then two appear at once!
    Thanks for the little history lesson.

  2. Well, I like to keep you guessing, YP. ;)

  3. An expression I'd not heard before. "to pay immediately and in full" Must be an English thing. I echo the sentiments of YP: Thanks for the history lesson.

  4. Well, well, well. Every day is a school day.

  5. As you say, Jenny, apologising has become a lost art. It's sad. As a newcomer to your blog please may I enquire as to what Toby needs his injections for?




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