Greetings from jolly old England where Fat Cat and PT the Clown have been enjoying some Royal adventures.
Join them on their Where in the World is Fat Cat? tour and read their blog at www.facebook.ca/fatcatfestival.
Being in London, England during the final preparations for the Royal wedding has been a fantastic experience. The pomp and ceremony, the buzz and excitement have been unbelievable.
Around Buckingham Palace the excitement is palpable. Fat Cat tried to get the full scoop from one of the Queen’s Guards at Buckingham Palace and while he got a great photo, unfortunately, he didn’t get insider news to share with our readers. He loved the Changing of the Guard ceremony and was glad he got to see the guards’ famous bear skin hats up close.
There is so much to see and do in London: Big Ben, completed in 1858 and at 16-storeys tall, is the world’s largest four-face chiming clock; the London Eye, the third largest ferris wheel in the world, sits on the River Thames and provides amazing city views. The Parliament Buildings, Westminster Abbey, the museums, Hyde Park , you could spend years here visiting all the sights. The history and grandeur of the city have amazed our intrepid travelers.
However, as it turns out, Fat Cat is a bit of a linguist and he is loving learning about the different languages, fun phrases and local colloquialisms in each place he travels. For London, it seemed like the Cockney slang was the thing to try and crack.
To be considered a true Cockney one must have been born within the sound of “Bow Bells” in the East End of London. Cockney Rhyming Slang was first recorded in 1845. It is thought London street traders (not just Cockneys) started using rhyming slang as a sort of “code”—a way of communicating without “outsiders” knowing what they were talking about.
Here is an example: PT the Clown went up the “apples and pears” (stairs) to say a few “dickie birds” (words) on the “dog and bone” (phone). Fun, right?
Here are a few more for you to try:
“What’s up with your barnet? It’s all over your boat race!”( Translation: What is the matter with your hair? It’s hanging in your face.)
“Have a butcher at me old china, he’s all on his Jack, ‘cos he’s got no bread.” (Translation: Take a look at my friend, he’s all on his own because he has no money.)
Of course even the Queen’s English is a bit different from Canadian English as Fat Cat’s adventures yesterday show. He took the lift up to see a friend in his flat.
They had a spot of tea and biscuits then put petrol in the car, loaded up the boot with crisps and torches for a nighttime snack, and drove to the pub for fish and chips with mushy peas and a chin wag.
Soon it will be time to leave on the next leg of the big tour . Don’t forget to “like” Fat Cat’s Facebook page for a chance to win two tickets anywhere WestJet flies.
For now it is pip pip cheerio and toodle loo from London from Fat Cat and PT.
The Interior Savings Fat Cat Children’s Festival offers performances, arts, workshops and activities for kids of all ages. The Capital News is a founding sponsor of the festival. Join us for a Global Adventure this June 10 and11 as we celebrate “Where in the World is Fat Cat?” at Waterfront Park. You’ll get a taste of Ireland as Chloe and Kyle present their “Around the World in 60 Minutes” show with Irish Dancers from the Blakey School.
Dorothy Birker is a Capital News contributor.