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Bluhm: Turn off the telly, go out for a jolly good time!

The British are coming! Yes, it is that time of year again! Would you like some chips? No, not potato chips! I mean delicious French fries that are perfect with battered fish — which is a staple in all pubs in Great Britain. The annual British Fish & Chips Night is a fine time for those of us in Prescott who want to enjoy a wonderful meal, plus Old English entertainment.

But first, let’s get in the “British mood.”

Did you ever leave the brolly (umbrella) in the boot (trunk) when it started to rain? And have you ever tried to find a loo (bathroom) that you were told was next to the lift (elevator)? Well, if you were looking forward to having a jam butty (sandwich) and a cuppa (cup of tea) and then a bobby (policeman) told you to be careful while walking because the dustcart (garbage truck) is coming, it might be time to call for interpreter. Or, you could possibly be visiting Great Britain or be a Brit yourself. Whoever said that we Americans speak English, hasn’t been across the Pond!

Actually, Dear Readers, I have been practicing my “proper English” ever since joining the Florence Nightingale Chapter of the Daughters of the British Empire (DBE). Open to all women of British or Commonwealth birth, marriage or ancestry, it is a national, non-profit, non-political organization that helps raise money for British Homes in the U.S. (retirement homes for men and women) and to support local charities.

This brings me to the baffling Britishisms, which are so endearing (frustrating).

I have visited England many times and my first trip left me dazzled by words and phrases I never knew. My mother is English and my husband was born in Scotland, so I certainly should know something about the phrases and accents.

Well, evidently not, because I would get lost in the middle of a conversation wondering what foreign tongue was being spoken! What am I to think when a helpful stranger tells me that the “best bits and bobs (odds and ends) are on high-street (main street)” and that I better “wear trainers” (sneakers) to walk that far. What?

Oh, but I want to invite you to the Fish & Chips Dinner & Fundraiser on April 6! The eighth annual Florence Nightingale Chapter fundraiser will be held at The Moose Lodge 319 in Prescott Valley. Delicious fish and chips, Renaissance Faire Actors, entertainment, music, and a raffle will surely make it a “spot on” evening to remember! Proceeds go to charities.

Dear Readers, join in on the fun!

Make Saturday, April 6, special by turning off the telly, going out for a great meal and a jolly good time! Not British? No worries! Like good fun and a party? Then fish & chips it is! You’d be off your trolley not to join us! Ta and cheerio. See you there!

Space is limited — so order tickets by March 30 for the April 6 event. Tickets are $25. Complete meal is included. Contact Diane Reddy for tickets at theladydiane@gmail.com or 928-642-5751. Or you can email judy@judybluhm.com.

Judy Bluhm is a writer and a local Realtor. Have a comment or a story? Email Judy at judy@judybluhm.com.

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