Ice cream parlour

Why are ice cream parlours called parlours, and milk bars are bars?

This is our local ice cream parlour, lit up on a freezing night when no one in their right mind would want ice cream.

Fairy Hills

Salute to an unparalleled serpent

Unusually for a head of state, Saddam Hussein retained a poet in residence.  It is very difficult to make the words ‘unparalleled serpent’ scan in a poem, but he managed it when describing Madeleine Albright, the US secretary of state.

Madeleine Albright was known for wearing ‘big honker brooches’ on diplomatic missions.  This is a quick impression of a bee brooch she wore when wrangling with Yasser Arafat.