Thursday 24 August 2006

Lucky Coin

George "Beau" Brummell, for a long time the arbiter of fashion in Regency London, believed that the loss of his lucky coin occasioned his subsequent bad luck.

His gambling debts became so vast, that he had to flee to France in order to escape his creditors. Things were never rumptitum for him again. He died in poverty in 1840 aged 61.

It would be interesting to know if anyone found his coin and whether it still exists. If it does, does the current owner enjoy good fortune?

Wednesday 23 August 2006

A Mouldering Thought

A friend of mine is 87 years old, but does not look a day over 70 now that he has had a knee replacement; and has lost 24 pounds in weight.

Seeing him so sprightly prompted me to wonder how I would look at his age. If I am in the grave, I might be a pile of ash or something rotten.