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Sunday, 02 August 2009

Mystery person answer

Anyone work out the quiz question in my last post? The man from Bristol who links the sea with sports shoes is Samuel Plimsoll (1824-98).


<brThe 'Plimsoll line' was an important reform which helped to improve sea safety. It forced ship-owners to paint a line on the hull of a ship, indicating how high it was in the water. This prevented the overloading cargo, a major cause of fatal accidents. The Plimsoll line was internationally adopted and is still in use today.

The connection with sports shoes? In British English a certain type of gym shoe is called a plimsoll

glossary

reform - change in the law
cargo - goods carried by ships

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Ths for your answer,I am keenly avare of my ages,but I did not know an answer.As you know, it is not late to learn a new things.Better ever no never.Do you share my opinion?GOOD LUCK

Hello, Kieran. I would never guess the right answer. But it's nice to know about the Plimsoll line. It was a very smart solution to improve the security of the ships. Looking forward to your next entry.

Very interesting. Now, I Know what means the line in my shoes!

Hi Kieran, Lot of welcome, Happy to see you and at the same time thank you for introducing a great personalities of your town whose contribution in shaping the modoern world, is unforgetable. These active Iron man, really make the UK great.Have a good day.

Dear Mr. McGovern, I made a small research into the name of the city “Bath” and discovered that the founder of the city – a legendary king of the Britons who supposedly lived in the 8th century B.C. – contracted leprosy when he was a young man and he had to start his ascension to the throne as a swineherd. He noticed that his pigs used to go to a moor in cold weather and return covered in mud. The mud was warm and it cured the pigs of all skin diseases. After King Bladud took the same medicine (the warm mud from the moor), he recovered from his illness and was enthroned. That fact explains why over one hundred decorated pig sculptures were on display throughout last summer around Bath and beyond (the celebration was called King Bladud’s Pigs in Bath). Later the pigs were sold at an auction for the benefit of the city. This ability of the British people to bring together their past and present is amazing!

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