No Gain Without Pain

mathnawiTo show that there is no gain without pain in the path Mawlana Rumi tells us the following tale in his ‘Mathnawi’:

The strong men of Qazwin were accustomed to have themselves tattooed. One customer calls for a lion to be emblazoned on his shoulder. The tattooist starts work on the lion’s tale; but the pain is too much for the customer who insists that the tale be left out. The same happens when the tattooist begins to draw an ear and again with the lion’s belly. Enraged, the artist flings down the needle: ‘Whoever saw a lion without a tale, ear and belly? Allah Himself never created such a lion.’ 

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Hot Punch Recipe

punchThis punch recipe is very good for a cold night. It was given to me by my English teacher Mrs Smethurst. I have retained and used it ever since. Never fails to leave a smile on all who drink it.  Enjoy!

Measure 1/4 pint of blackcurrant cordial into a pan and add 1 pint of water. Thinly peel rind of lemon, take two level teaspoons of brown sugar, 3 cloves, and grating of nutmeg. Heat and bring to the boil slowly. Switch off heat and allow to cool and infuse for 30 minutes. Strain and serve just before serving.

Add halved oranges for extra taste.