Northam-Pithara Rd

Road repair Northam-Pithara Rd

Patching and resurfacing the road, today working out at Cunjardine and Rossmore.


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This morning it was ‘cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey.’

Hmm… Interesting colloquial term.

The original term didn’t mean that on cold days you would see a troop of brass monkeys looking for non-ferrous welders. However, I was told it meant that back in the day when cannon balls used to be stored aboard ship in piles, on a brass frame or tray called a ‘monkey’. In very cold weather the brass would contract, spilling the cannon balls: hence very cold weather is ‘cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey’.



There are several problems with this explanation:

  • the term ‘monkey’ is not otherwise recorded as being the name of such an object
  • the rate of contraction of brass in cold temperatures is unlikely to be fast enough to cause the cannon balls to fall off.
  • the phrase is actually first recorded as ‘freeze the tail off a brass monkey’, which removes any essential connection with balls.

It, therefore, seems most likely that the phrase is simply a humorous reference to the fact that its cold outside.



Speaking of things dropping off, anyone missing this?


It’s still out at the SLK:26 Here.. along the Northam-Pithara Rd.

Another thing we found was this…


A big hole over a culvert at the SLK:28.8 Here..  so be aware and try not to run into it. We have coned it off and reported it to mainroads.




The big hole over a culvert at the SLK:28.8 has been filled in. Wow that was quick, guess filling in hazard observations really do work.


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