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Sayings, legends and customs.

Nico

master brummie
“Daft as a brush”. Why a brush ? What’s daft about a brush - a very useful thing.

My (Yorkshire) Mum used to say “Daft aperf”.Not sure if this is used in Brum, think it might be a northern thing. Certainly don’t hear it down south.

Viv.
I know? Like mad as a box of frogs. As right as ninepence. Why ninepence? Brown as a berry. Cool as a cucumber, drunk as a skunk, bold as brass, it goes on.
 

Sugar

master brummie
When I worked in a florists mixing red and white flowers as a gift for anyone in Hospital was a definite no-no (unless specifically asked of course!)
Yes I was told the same red and white was unlucky to have in flowers as the red represents blood and the white represents bandages.ALso two of my friends had red and white theme at their weddings and they are both divorced now !!!!!!!!
 

Nico

master brummie
Yes I was told the same red and white was unlucky to have in flowers as the red represents blood and the white represents bandages.ALso two of my friends had red and white theme at their weddings and they are both divorced now !!!!!!!!
My parents did too, not in the same bouquet though. It also rained. They were married 52 years.Mum did say don't put them together though. Wouldn't have lilac in the house, said it foretold death, partner says it is lucky to have it. She won't have chrisanths or kalenchoes as they are only for graves and Lily of the valley given as friendship on May 1. Nan called arum lilies death lilies which seem to be fashionable as a cut flower now. Like snapdragons and ronunculous I saw yesterday. Neither would have hyacinths though, yet they both had bluebells. Bizarre.
Friend always had the Easter Palm cross up till the next year.
 

mw0njm.

brummie dude
“Draw the fire” (with a newspaper). If you said that to youngsters today, they wouldn’t have a clue, except that it might involve a pencil and paper and a nice picture as a result. I doubt many people ‘draw the fire’ to get it started anymore. Viv.
hold the paper until it sets on fire. loose it, and it shoots up the chimney:(Now i use a draw tin made from an old washing machine lid.it's safer...... in case no one knows what one is this is a pic of one....1579676837265.png
 

sospiri

Ex-pat Brummie
Yes, we used a copy of the Birmingham Mail, then when the old firegrate was replaced with a tiled fireplace, it was the Mail over the fireguard - but not very effective, and then as you say, Pete, a drawtin. Happy days and a few close shaves! :)

Maurice :cool:
 
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