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September 20, 2011


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Jemmy Hope

Of houses that presented a smart looking frontage my wife's grandmother used to say, "There's more walk past than go in."


My Aunty Violet had a piano in her 'front parlour' at her very proper Welsh terraced town house. She also had a 'back parlour' where the gossiping was done. On high days and holidays, everyone would cram into the front parlour for a sing song. The Christmas tree would always be placed in an alcove of the front parlour, so that anyone walking past the front window could look and admire.

Virtual Linguist

Thanks, both, for your interesting comments. Seems a pretty universal phenomenon to want to put on a good display to the world!

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