Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Willie's best day ever

This is the jolliest I've seen Willie yet and no wonder - his evening plans involve his favorite things - stealth, theft and the boss's liquor supply.

donkey's breakfast - the straw-stuffed mattresses used on board ship well into the 20th century

cutting the painter - Ships' boats are secured alongside by means of their painters, and a silent or clandestine departure can only be made by cutting the painter and allowing the boat to drift silently away from the ship until it is out of earshot of those on board

bleed the monkey - to remove spirit from a keg or cask by making a small hole and sucking through a straw