STAN’S Strange but true

Stan Bowes, from Diggle, has uncovered some interesting and entertainng facts – you just couldn’t make them up

Father Denham of Warleggan in Cornwall positively hated people. He surrounded the rectory with a high, barbed-wire fence and further alienated his flock by painting the church red and blue.

When parishioners stopped attending his services, he replaced them with cardboard cut-outs and continued to preach to those each week. He led a Spartan life.

There was no furniture in the rectory and, right up until his death in 1953, his diet consisted of just nettles and porridge.

Darsun Yilmax, from Damali on the Black Sea, was so distraught after being rejected by his neighbour’s daughter that he decided to kidnap her.

Climbing a ladder to her room, he threw a blanket over the head of the sleeping figure in the bed, and carried her downstairs to his waiting car.

After whispering lovingly in her ear, he pulled back the blanket to find instead that it contained the girl’s 91-year-old grandmother.


Improve your vocabulary


Agenhina       A lovely Anglo-Saxon habit – in fact embodied in their legal system – whereby any guest who stayed at a house or inn for three or more days was considered to be a member of the family.

Rankle      Simply to bother, irritate, or disturb, but with an interesting origin.  It can be traced back to the Latin dracunculus, meaning little dragon.  It passed through the French, where it meant a festering sore, because it looked like a dragon bite, before becoming ‘English’, having lost the ‘d’.  Rankle then meant the pain from a sore, eventually changing to its modern meaning, any significant irritation or annoyance



Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example

Now that I’ve finally got my act together, I’ve forgotten what I’m supposed to do with it.

Even a fool must now and then be right, by chance.

Wisdom has two parts: 1) having a lot to say, and 2) not saying it.