To have your fingers burnt is an expression that is usually connected to the loss of money. For example, as a result of corruption, bribery and fraud a lot of people who bought properties in Spain had their fingers burnt.
The following quote is from a recent article on the BBC News website:
“Many foreigners continue to buy Spanish homes in haste, only to regret their purchase having had their fingers burnt, and their life savings squandered on a disastrous property deal.”
On the 5th of November my family used to build and light a huge bonfire in our garden. We set off fireworks, lit sparklers, baked potatoes and tried to eat toffee apples without breaking our teeth. ( In tomorrow’s post I’ll tell you how to make toffee apples)
Over the years my mother has become less ‘keen on’ this tradition as usually my siblings and I tell her to burn all her junk. My mother likes to collect things. In fact one year, when she wasn’t ‘keeping her eye on’ what was being thrown on the bonfire, my brother burnt an antique table. She was so angry that steam came out of her ears!! However, she was angrier when my brother tried to ‘burn down’ our family home. Truth be told, he was only 5 and he thought he was doing my mum a favour by heating the house.
On Saturday night it was Guy Fawkes Night, or Bonfire Night, as it is more commonly known.
Guy Fawkes was a Catholic who led a plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament and bring down England’s Protestant monarchy. He was caught, imprisoned in the Tower of London, and tortured for four days under personal orders from King James I.
Interestingly over time, Guy Fawkes has become a symbol of equality and social justice. In recent history, a lot of people have worn masks of him during social, economic or political protests.
The Tower of London is the oldest fortress, palace and prison of its type anywhere in Europe. With a long history of executions, murder and torture, ranging from hanging, beheading, to being hung, drawn and quartered, it is the perfect recipe for a haunted history.
It is no surprise that it ranks as one of the most haunted castles in Britain. Hundreds of ghost sightings have been reported in and around The Tower over the years. If you would like to hear 2 minutes of history about the Tower of London then click here.
Trick-or-treating is a customary celebration for children at Halloween. Children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as sweets or sometimes money, with the question, “Trick or treat?”
The word “trick” refers to a threat to do mischief on the home owners or their property if no treat is given. Have you ever played a trick on anyone?