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In the 60s I served my time as an apprentice at the Lancashire School of Fettling and Fine Arts. The hard-won skills, honed and perfected there, have served me well throughout life, and have ultimately led me as a mature student to taking a masters degree in Fog Plaiting. I have recently completed a paper (yet to be peer reviewed) on the Propagation of Excrement of Bovine Origin, on the strength of which, I hope to pursue a career in politics. In Lanky Twang i.e. Lancashire Dialect, to “fettle something” means to make, fix or repair it. Example: See my Audio sample above Q. “Asto fettled it yet lad?” (“Hast thou / Have you mended it yet lad?). A. “Aye, it’ll bi aw reet neaw”. (“Yes, it will be serviceable now.”). To fettle means to trim or to clean the rough edges of (a metal casting or a piece of pottery) before firing. The origins of fettle are: late Middle English (as a verb in the general sense ‘get ready, prepare’, specifically ‘prepare oneself for battle, gird up’): from the dialect fettle ‘strip of material, girdle’, from Old English fetel, of Germanic origin; related to German Fessel ‘chain, band’.


Serendipity Limerick A brave knight called Eric N. Dipitous, Spied a damsel on a cliff quite precipitous, So he raced to the bottom, Shouting “I’ll catch you blossom”, Then she fell for her fate Serendipitous.

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