Crufts and other words I don’t know . . . yet

Continuing our exploration of all things unknown on the pages of The Unbearable Lightness of Scones by Alexander McCall Smith . . . we find the words:

Crufts.  When a stranger issues a compliment, Angus Lordie declares that his puppies are “hardly likely to win at Crufts,” but what does he mean?  For the uninitiated Crufts is, according to the website http://www.crufts.org.uk/search/node/Crufts “the worlds largest and greatest dog show.” And it is not too late to catch this year’s show, March 11-14 at the NEC in Birmingham (NEC? whatever that is! I will have to ask my son-in-law who went to university there ).  According to the website, competitions include the International Agility Championships and the ever popular Friends for Life contest, as well as best in show for which you win a silver cup large enough to hold your dog. This is not to be missed even if Cyril’s six puppies will not be featured . . .

Minger is apparently informal British for “an unattractive or unpleasant person or thing.”

And lastly for today, take a tour of Edinburgh courtesy of google maps.  See Howe Street, Scotland Street, Moray Place and other now familiar locations.  It all makes more sense even when only spied from a birds-eye view but how much more when you click on the little golden man and place him on the street of your choice. This link will bring you to Howe Street: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=howe+street+Edinburgh&sll=55.954786,-3.201482&sspn=0.010403,0.025706&gl=us&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Howe+St,+Edinburgh,+Midlothian+EH3,+United+Kingdom&ll=55.956384,-3.2023&spn=0.010307,0.025706&t=h&z=15&layer=c&cbll=55.956106,-3.20218&panoid=ESGaH33nmfcL76x1LN_SvA&cbp=12,114.06,,0,5

And this incredibly long link will take you to Scotland Street (where there is no 44):

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Scotland+street+Edinburgh&sll=55.956106,-3.20218&sspn=0.004901,0.012853&gl=us&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Scotland+St,+Edinburgh,+Midlothian+EH3,+United+Kingdom&ll=55.959339,-3.194768&spn=0.005153,0.012853&t=h&z=16&layer=c&cbll=55.959509,-3.194869&panoid=-wRZpcRkTo8P17bHwk3b9Q&cbp=12,316.09,,0,5

I hope Bertie lives behind one of the lovely blue doors.

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