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4253.  Mon Jan 12, 2004 8:39 pm Reply with quote

George Bernard Shaw springs to mind. And Bernardo Bertolucci. And St.Bernards. And Bernie Winters. And Bernard Ingham. Bernard Hermann. St. Bernard of Clairvaux. Bernard Cornwell. Bernard Hill. And so forth...

4254.  Mon Jan 12, 2004 8:42 pm Reply with quote

George Bernard Shaw was a coitophobe. He lost his virginity at 29 to an elderly widow and found the whole experience so alarming he was 44 before he had another go.


4255.  Mon Jan 12, 2004 8:43 pm Reply with quote

I sat under my umbrella in my Aquascutum, like a putrid mushroom, while a drenched mariner rowed me round the cliffs and told me lies about them.
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW on a visit to the Giantís Causeway, 1954

4256.  Mon Jan 12, 2004 8:44 pm Reply with quote

In Lytham St. Annes they don't bury the dead, they prop them up in bus shelters to make the place seem more active.

4257.  Mon Jan 12, 2004 8:47 pm Reply with quote

Honore de Balzacís father was called Bernard Balsa.

(Or Balssa or Balsas).

s: EBR 11th Edition, 1925

4272.  Mon Jan 12, 2004 9:43 pm Reply with quote

St. Bernard dogs are named after St.Bernard of Montjoux, the Patron Saint of Skiers and Mountaineers, whose Saint's Day is May 28th.

In the 11th century, St. Bernard (an Augustinian monk) established two hospices for pilgrims (travelling to Rome from France and Germany) at the top of the two high Alpine passes that still bear his name.

Much later, his successors started breeding the hairy dogs for which he is remembered*.

s: SPU

*Whether they ever had tiny brandy barrels round their necks, we have yet to discover.

4275.  Mon Jan 12, 2004 10:09 pm Reply with quote

At the hospice mentioned above, the handsomest dog in the kennel always takes the name Barry, honoring a famous animal that rescued some 40 persons.

Source: article in National Geographic magazine, January 1957

4276.  Mon Jan 12, 2004 10:11 pm Reply with quote

According to monks at the hospice, the dogs have never carried brandy kegs in rescue work. They often pose with the traditional casks for the benefit of visitors. This legend probably dates back to an artist who drew the original Barry with a cask simply because he thought it would add interest. The public loved the idea and would not be told otherwise.

Source - the article linked to above in post 4275

4277.  Mon Jan 12, 2004 10:15 pm Reply with quote

Although the dogs do not carry anything, the monks who go with them carry (or at any rate they did in 1957!) a flask of hot tea and wine.

4306.  Tue Jan 13, 2004 5:05 pm Reply with quote


That's excellent. I always suspected that brandy barrel thing.

Would you care to transfer it to the Question Basket or perhaps to General Ignorance?

4318.  Tue Jan 13, 2004 6:40 pm Reply with quote

Me too.

Some actors who have played characters called Bernard in films written by Richard Curtis:

Alan Cumming (Bernard & the Genie)
William Wadham (Love Actually)
Dominic McHale (Bridget Jones's Diary)
Hugh Bonneville (Notting Hill)
David Haig (Four Weddings & A Funeral)

4323.  Tue Jan 13, 2004 7:11 pm Reply with quote

I'll put it in both for safe keeping, Jack.

805751.  Thu Apr 14, 2011 3:27 am Reply with quote

Our street named is Bernard )

hassan el kebir
805782.  Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:12 am Reply with quote

My middle name is Bernard, not that it's ever been used.


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