Time for some trivial knowledge about walls. Why walls, why not?

Twelve-angled stone – found in a wall in Cuzco, Peru, how this stone was cut so perfectly is not fully understood.

When Donald Trump’s hero, Hadrian built his wall the Romans had no aubergines, peppers, courgettes, green beans, or tomatoes, staples of modern Italian cooking.

Dry stone walls have different designs in different parts of the country, often due to the types of stone used – Cornish Walls are often herring-bone.

THE WALL THAT SURROUNDS THE ancient fort of Kumbhalgarh is one of the best-kept secrets in India and perhaps the world. Protecting a massive fort that contains over 300 ancient temples, the wall was constructed half a millennium ago in tandem with Kumbhalgarh Fort itself.

The Berlin Wall was in existence from 1961 to 1989 and divided / isolated part of the city from Soviet influenced East Berlin.

Western (or wailing) Wall – Built by Herod the Great in 19BC, this ancient limestone barricade once formed part of an important Jewish temple.

Great Zimbabwe Walls – Great Zimbabwe was the onetime capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe, but today this former city lies in ruins. Those ruins are, however, surrounded by towering walls, which stand as a formidable reminder of the might of this once great empire.

The medieval city of London had 7 gates (and some water gates). The gates were Aldgate, Bishopsgate, Moorgate, Cripplegate, Aldersgate, Newgate and Ludgate.

When is a wall not a wall? When it is a Ha-ha.

And finally the best song title with wall in it! Another brick in the wall – Pink Floyd


Green Eggs and Ham by Dr.Seuss was written as a bet to contain less that 50 different words.

The Doomsday Book was kept in Bodmin Jail during WWII.

Hot water freezes faster than cold water!

I am is the shortest sentence in the world.

The recipe for Irn Bru is known by only 3 people.

All smartie flavours are the same except for the orange ones.

Smarties were originally called rabbit droppings (in French).

Bacon frazzles are suitable for vegetarians.

Jelly Babies were first launched in the UK by Bassett’s as “Peace Babies” in 1918

Kia-Ora takes its name from “kia ora”, a Māori language greeting that means “be well/healthy”.


Someone should have bought the cabinet an atlas for Xmas! Shop local is a growing trend, and supported by brexiteers, so far so good; but then they tell us we can have great deals with the USA and Japan – please look at a map. Distance equals pollution – simple. We do not want deals with far away countries, just the closest.

Scotland wants to be able to determine its own future. How is that different to Brexit?