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pooksahib

9th March 2009, 20:01
"London wife about our age drinks to boost confidence" = 'Dutch courage'. I'm guessing 'Dutch' is some kind of Cockney slang for wife? I've heard of 'trouble and strife' but Dutch is a new one on me, me old china's...

"Brown fan supplies some old money to" = -A-N-R which will nae doot be 'tanner' but why, exactly? (tan=brown and tanner=old coin, that much I can see...)

Many thanks
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bees

9th March 2009, 20:08
There's a very old song that goes "There ain't a lady livin' in the world As I'd swap for me dear old Dutch". In the song, Dutch is a cockney term for wife.
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terry

9th March 2009, 20:10
1. You are right about Dutch being cockney slang. And you will kick yourself over the explanation for courage. (about)=c + our age (in the clue).

2. Someone who likes (is a fan of) sun-tans could be said to be a tanner (someone who gets a tan).
This is also old money to (should be too really).
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pooksahib

9th March 2009, 20:17
Thanks both. Terry, I was happy with 'courage' that's why I never mentioned it...
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terry

9th March 2009, 20:19
sorry.
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pooksahib

9th March 2009, 20:33
Nah, nutataaaal... Just didn't want you thinking I was completely useless.
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bees

10th March 2009, 19:37
If anyone's still reading this...
Dutch is short for Duchess.
The Rhyming slang is Duchess of Fife = wife.
The song My old Dutch was written by Albert Chevalier in 1893.
Check him out on Wikipedia to see if you believe his full name.
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pooksahib

17th March 2009, 18:54
Wow. Some handle...
Thanks, Bees.
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bees

18th March 2009, 12:34
Just to cross-check Wikipedia:

Oxford Biography Index entry

Albert Chevalier
Chevalier, Albert Onésime Britannicus Gwathveoyd Louis (1861–1923), comedian and actor

(Let's just call him Al).
Nice to know you're still there, Pooksahib.
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