Have you had your fingers burnt?

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.”

Have you had your fingers burnt?

Bonfires, Toffee Apples and Baked Potatoes

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.

Gunpowder, Treason and Plot

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.

If you want to know the origin of this British custom please click here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Fawkes_Night

Tomorrow I’ll let you know what my family used to do to celebrate this festival.

Horror Movies

Don't look back!

What makes a great horror film?

The Halloween franchise has earned, worldwide, just under 367 million dollars.  That’s a lot of money!!!!

Truth be told, I hate horror films because I always have nightmares and I have to sleep with the light on for about 2 weeks afterwards.  This is not good for the environment or my electricity bill.

Are you a lover or a hater of this genre?

The Tower of London

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.

Does anyone know of a haunted place in Málaga?

Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat?
Trick or Treat?

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?

Happy Halloween

Halloween is a holiday celebrated on October the 31st. Although it is thought to be a secular celebration some Christians and pagans believe it has strong religious connections.

The day is often associated with the colours orange and black, and is strongly associated with symbols such as the jack-o’-lantern.

Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, wearing costumes, ghost tours, bonfires, costume parties, visiting haunted attractions, carving jack-o’-lanterns, pranking people, reading scary stories, and watching horror movies

If you want to know how to make a jack-o’- lantern then follow the simple steps here:  Make your own lantern in 15 minutes