Fa – the Green Dragon

A Place for the Odd Musings of an Expat Bristolian

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4th September 1949

Seventy-one years

Since the Brabazon took flight

Test pilot, Bill Pegg

Footnote:  I wrote this in April and scheduled it for publication on September 4th, the anniversary of the maiden flight. In the meantime, WordPress changed its format nd my scheduled post disappeared. So here it is resurrected.


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Obscure words explained 82 – abracadabra

I have written three versions of this word because it is very complicated to explain in 17 syllables.

ABRACADABRA – Ab’r achad ab’ra (Aramaic and/or Arabic origin

1.Concerning the bull

it’s  the one and only one

a name for the sun

2. Used by magicians

to perform their magic tricks

a magical spell

3. A magical spell

inscribed on an amulet

to cure deadly ills

For those readers with a mind to do so, I hope you ask yourself the question: is there such a thing as magic?  Sir James George Frazer in his book the Golden Bough thought so.

He explained that contagious and homeopathic magic (both generally referred to as sympathetic magic) were valid and practiced throughout the world in one form or another. This magic (these magics) basically formed the basis of our religions.

I have always wanted to throw the cat among the pigeons Ah yes! it’s a full moon.


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Unusual U.K. place names 69. = Trewhiddle


Francis P. Pascoe

noted entomologist

studied beetles here


Unusual U.K. place names 51. – Stow cum Quy

STOW CUM QUY, Cambridgeshire

Stow means a high place

Quy  from Cowey, cow island

cum Latin for with



Unusual U.K. place names 31 – Bungay

BUNGAY, Suffolkshire

Called Bucincga Haye

after Bonna, Saxon chief

Now a market town

Note: Met a fellow from Bungay yesterday so I decided to write this piece.


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Unusual U.K. places names25. – Stert

STERT, Wiltshire

On the Devises

Andover road diversion

of Etchilhampton hill