From a Roman Wall #50

graphics-romans-528700“I need that caffeinus this morning, Nellus.” Secundus entered the Forum Cafeterium despondently. “Salve”. He added belatedly. “Good morning all.”

“Ave, Good Morning back atcha, Secundus” replied Literatus. “You sound down in the dumps this morning.”

“Yes, I went to the Coliseum yesterday.” said Secundus.

“That would have been good fun. I hear they have some new big cats there to fight the Gladiators.” Literatus commented.

“Yes they do.” grumbled Secundus. “I heard on good authority that the smaller cat had no chance against the retiarius it was due to fight. That net and trident was obviously going to be more than a match for it. I wagered a whole denarius on that gladiator.”

“And you lost?” asked Literatus in surprise.

“Yes. That little cat was so fast it avoided the net and got in underneath the trident. It won!” complained Secundus.

“Well what did you expect?” asked Verbo Ipsum. “You thought you were making a fair bet but have you ever heard of an honest cheetah?

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From a Roman Wall #49

romanscribe“Salve, Good Morning.” Libertinus arrived at the Forum Cafeterium. “Da mihi sis crustum Etruscum cum omnibus in eo.”

“You want a pizza with everything on it? At this time of the day?” a horrified Nellus exclaimed.

“Yes. I’m starving!” said Libertinus, stifling a yawn.

“You should get some sleep at night.” said Literatus the Librarian. “This wild lifestyle of yours will get you into trouble. You’ll end up like your sister. At one time she was a good and productive citizen. Now look at her.”

“Latronus the Pirate?” asked Libertinus. “What is wrong with her? She has had a very good life as a war-lord – or should that be a war-lady – in Gaul. Raiding the villages and carrying off their treasures on her horse. She always paid her taxes to Caesar.”

“Yes!” added Secundus. “Now she is a pirate hunted by Caesar and hated by all.”

Verbo Ipsum commented, “When she switched from horses to sailing, her life took on a new tack.”



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It Tickled Granny’s Fancy

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The Australian Women’s Weekly, Saturday 26 August 1944

Lots of Fun


In the 1930′s & 1940′s when these were published in The Western Mail,

PCishness was not a consideration.

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From a Roman Wall #48

graphics-romans-528700“I went to that new food stall last evening.” Libertinus opened the morning conversation at the Forum Cafeteria. “The one run by the Sons of the Silken Empire.”

“Ahh yes.” said Zoophilus the explorer. “From far to the East. They have some strange foodstuffs there.”

“Yes.” replies Libertinus. “They mix foods and flavours like Verbo Ipsum here mixes words and meanings.”

“I’m not sure I liked the food I saw there.” said the aforementioned Verbo. “Some of it looked most unappetising although the aromas were fascinating.”

“Yes. Appearances can make all the difference in the enjoyment of food. I notice they have a lot of those exotic lanterns lighting the tables.” Nellus interrupted from behind her counter. “It is very bright there.”

“The owner managed the situation well. Once he realised it was too well lit,” said Verbo, “he managed to dim sum.”



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