Why are they called Arms?

So, here is the thing. While on my way out and about in London especially in the North West parts, this is what I had observed and since my friend-cum-guide doesn’t know about it and since I couldn’t find a reasonable explanation about it either, I had to blog about it to get some answers if any one of you know about these.

I saw three pubs and there is a pattern to them.

a) They are in the corner or junction of two roads.

b) Their names end with Arms

c) They are black in color

d) They have names which resemble the names of dukes probably.

Here are those

(i) Devonshire Arms


(ii) Oxford Arms


(iii) Lyttleton Arms


Some say they are named thus because they were earlier almhouses close by which were supported by those families and later they changed the names to arms instead of alms and such. Of course not all of them agree to this and there is no definite explanation as such when I tried googling about them.

In case you know of their history or any other such ‘Arms’ based pub names, please do let me know 🙂


Quotable Discussion!

An imaginary discussion about my excessive usage of ! ,

F. Scott Fitzgerald: ‘Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.’

Albert Einstein: ‘There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.’ Clearly she looks life the other way.

Terry Pratchett: As long as she knows that ‘Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.’

Joey Santiago: Well, ‘It’s always nice to end your sentences with an exclamation mark, and not a comma.’

Must you question everything! 


What would be your option?

If you had to either ‘cheat’ or ‘disappoint’ a person (only one of the two) what would you do ? I know both are not good things, but considering that you had to do one of these two evils, which do you think is the lesser evil?

There was this discussion that happened over a very trivial matter between us friends. And as a result of that discussion this question came up.

I will update the post sometime later about that very trivial matter and what my answer was 🙂 I am very interested to know your selection and why. Care to share?

SoCS: What a question!

I thought long and hard (first time I had to do that since I started taking part in this prompt) and finally decided to go with this.

Some personal questions and answers:

  • (My Manager) What is the status of the work today?  

(After the first half of the day lost in the conference call and the next half trying to actually figure out what to do and having my lunch and tea time in between and with down time with my friends etc etc. Well, actually nothing really happened. But what do I answer him at night? ) I am almost done with the design that we discussed in the morning, I will send an update by end of day (that which never comes). 

  • (My Niece) When are you coming home ?

Soon dear, I am there for almost 4-5 days next month during the holidays.

  • (My friends) When will you learn that we are pulling your leg and stop defending yourself ?

May be never. Half of my life I had to defend each of my action to someone. So it became an habit. But I am really trying. Watch me next time (But again I fall for their good nature ribbing)

  • (My fitness acquaintance) You look fit and healthy. Why do you even have to join the gym or any fitness class? 

Because I don’t feel fit that is why and yes, I have been trying to shed that 6 extra kilos for almost 7 years now. 

  • (My nephew) What are you planning to get for me when you come ? 

The same red car that I have been getting you forever.

Well, enough of the same boring personal ones. Here are some funny questions and their answers (read these in the Internet of course):

  • Why is the word abbreviation so long? 

To demonstrate the need for it 🙂 duh!!!

  • What is the funny and ultimate irony ?

I read a lot of answers to it, but the one I liked was 

The doctor hopes you fall ill ,
The police hopes you become a criminal ,
The lawyer hopes you get into trouble ,
The coffin maker wants you dead .
Only a thief wishes you prosperity !! 

  • If Cinderella’s shoe fit properly, why did they fall off while running ?

Because heels are not made for running. 

  • Have you considered that the phrase “IGNORE ALL THE RULES!”…is a rule itself ?


  • When you talk to yourself, who is talking to whom?

No one had a proper answer for this. Can you please let me now when you do, because I do that a lot of times.

And with that we come to the end. What do you think ? Did you enjoy my take on the prompt? Do you have any questions that you would like to add ?

Post for this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. Your Friday prompt for Saturday’s Stream of Consciousness post is, end your post with a question. Extra points if you fit an exclamation mark somewhere in the body of your post.