from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A U.S. military decoration awarded for distinguished performance in a duty of great responsibility.
  • n. A British military decoration awarded to noncommissioned officers and men in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines for distinguished conduct in war.


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  • Whilst Bookhound is falling asleep in the sun, this the most reliable of all harbingers.

    A host of harbingers

  • Bookhound is staying behind as he has fishing on the Tay to prepare for; flying and the idea of sitting still and floating around for a week or so in very hot weather being his idea of purgatory.

    Happy Father's Day

  • Purpose of the day was to end up at Hall for Cornwall in Truro wearing our 1970's bling, tank tops and old folkie sandals, for a concert with that old troubadour himself Ralph McTell in the evening, but Bookhound is a great one for doing at least four things on the way to anywhere.

    54 entries from April 2007

  • Last Saturday morning and Bookhound is out for the day helping the Gamekeeper do what the Gamekeeper does.

    Saturday on a Thursday and my old friend Gwen.

  • Bookhound is the master of the correctly built garden dwelling and I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a woodshed in a finer location.

    The Woodshed

  • Today we're quite excited because Bookhound is waiting at Heathrow with fleecy blankets and woolly socks to receive Offspringette arriving back from the Boardfree Oz challenge.

    52 entries from February 2007

  • Currently I am mostly wrapping frantically, Bookhound is stuffing (the turkey) the Kayaker insisted on watching Jamie Oliver and suddenly had to make something with filo pastry and mincemeat or Christmas would go all wrong, the Gamekeeper is out feeding the pheasants and Offspringette has still to arrive so it's the usual chaos.

    My Christmas presents - advance info

  • Bookhound is first out and he brings me breakfast in bed at about 7. 15am.

    52 entries from October 2006

  • I usually leave all this to Bookhound because when you've worked as I have in and around the town for so long you know 99.9% of the people and it can take forever to walk 20 yards.

    The cat's leg, my skirt and a vacuum cleaner.

  • Me ... with a cup of tea in bed shouting down to Bookhound in the kitchen.

    dovegreyreader scribbles


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