In team sports noted for breakdowns into disorder, such as Australian Rules Football and ice hockey, the television commentators often call it a Donnybrook.” Next week: Narcissistic, self-congratulatory, humblebraggy, sick-making ballads (just in time for Christmas) Coming soon: People who lost two elections in one year (inspired by Zac Goldsmith) Listellany: A Miscellany of Very British Top Tens, From Politics to Pop, is available as an e-book or an ideal Christmas present small hardback.
“Known only as the place they invented Strontium, atomic number 38, which was an impurity in the local lead mine,” said Guy Cudmore. Legend has it that it was sold in a coaching inn in Stilton, which is on Ermine Street and the Great North Road, according to Guy Cudmore again. Finally, thanks to Guy Cudmore again for this: “There is a suburb of Dublin called Donnybrook, which in medieval times had an annual cattle fair, which by Victorian times had degenerated into an annual excuse for drunkenness and brawling, so much so that the city fathers bought back the royal charter and closed it down for bringing the town into disrepute, but even today a Donnybrook is a brawl, drunken or otherwise.
“It was an aeroplane, but one that sounded in a lot of trouble.” A devastated Vickers Mark 10 Wellington bomber suddenly lurched into view in the night sky.
While on a training flight, it had been struck on the starboard side by a Mark III Stirling bomber, whose crew were returning from Amiens, France, after completing their first mission.
Coldstream is situated on the north bank of the river Tweed and Northumberland in England, lies on the south bank.
Marriages, particularly higher in society, were often political in nature and the subject of complex negotiations over the tocher (dowry).
The legal minimum age to enter into a marriage in Scotland is sixteen years and does not require parental consent at any age.
There is a distinction between so called religious marriages, conducted by an authorised celebrant, and civil marriages, conducted by a state registrar but anyone over the age of 21 can apply to the Registrar General for authorisation to conduct a marriage under s12 of the Marriage (Scotland) Act 1977 and no form of religious ceremony is necessary.
Some mothers took a leading role in negotiating marriages, as Lady Glenorchy did for her children in the 1560s and 1570s, or as matchmakers, finding suitable and compatible partners for others.
Berwickshire is on the Scottish Borders and borders with England. Duns Castle is an historic house with a massive Norman keep. The nature reserve near here is one of eight in the Borders and maintained by the Scottish wildlife trust.