Shrove Tuesday QUIZ


What do silly Brits, like my driver Carole, do on Shrove Tuesday?

First correct answer* to be posted in the reply box below, gets a VW bumper sticker

* N.B. If this is your first comment, it will not appear until it’s authorized. However each comment received is posted with the time, so I will be able to see who posted the first correct answer.





Thanks to those who answered the question “what do us silly Brits do on Shrove Tuesday?”. You can see all the replies below in the reply box.

Interestingly, I expected the answer to be “make” pancakes, whereas everyone wrote “eat” them. Culturally speaking, eat sounds more passive to me, whereas make is more action oriented. Also, traditionally us Brits make our own batter (from flour, eggs and milk) and a large part of the action is flipping the pancake – which means that it may not end up back in the pan and might never be eaten! Also we have pancake races; just imagine 🙂

Doing this today makes me realize how interesting it is to share each of our country’s traditions. For example today I heard this day referred to as Fat Tuesday for the first time and I’ve been in USA for 17 years! How come I never realized that Mardi Gras was the same as Shrove Tuesday!

Living in a country other than my birthplace leads me to examine my assumptions regularly. And also to look up the meaning of traditions which I previously took for granted. So here’s what I discovered about Shrove Tuesday (source:

Shrove Tuesday celebrations

Shrove Tuesday is a day of celebration as well as penitence, because it’s the last day before Lent. Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up. So Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that aren’t allowed in Lent.

Giving up foods: but not wasting them

During Lent there are many foods that some Christians – historically and today – would not eat: foods such as meat and fish, fats, eggs, and milky foods.

So that no food was wasted, families would have a feast on the shriving Tuesday, and eat up all the foods that wouldn’t last the forty days of Lent without going off.The need to eat up the fats gave rise to the French name Mardi Gras (‘fat Tuesday’). Pancakes became associated with Shrove Tuesday as they were a dish that could use up all the eggs, fats and milk in the house with just the addition of flour.

The origin of pancake racing

Pancake races are thought to have begun in 1445. A woman had lost track of the time on Shrove Tuesday, and was busy cooking pancakes in her kitchen. Suddenly she heard the church bell ringing to call the faithful to church for confession. The woman raced out of her house and ran all the way to church; still holding her frying pan and wearing her apron.

Going for gold in the pancake Olympics

One of the most famous pancake races is held at Olney in Buckinghamshire, England over a 415 yard course. The rules are strict; contestants have to toss their pancake at both the start and the finish, as well as wearing an apron and a scarf. The race is followed by a church service.

Since 1950 Olney has competed with Liberal in Kansas, USA which holds an identical race, to see which town can produce the fastest competitor. After the 2000 race, Liberal was leading with 26 wins to Olney’s 24.

It’s nice to have some silly fun, so from now on I’ll be running a First Monday Monthly Quiz. See you here! 

Nice VWs

Just one of many VW photos on my friend Adrienne’s page at Take a look at this very interesting site.


And here’s another beauty …. with another trailer ….

Appreciations …. on Valentine’s Day

I wish I could find a way to add a ‘subscribe button’ to my blog on the website ‘Vehicles Working for Causes’ but I’ve spent hours trying and failed … so please excuse me for copying today’s post here if you read both blogs …. but this message is too important to miss, especially on a day like today:


Many times on my drive for MG Awareness, I have met patients who have inspired me and made me wonder how they keep so positive in spite of all the health challenges they face each and every day.

So today, when I saw this post on an MG patients’ private Facebook group, I just had to share it with you right away …

“I have to laugh at my own illnesses. I have been diagnosed with very serious things, and if I didn’t find the humor, I’d be in the nut house. Pulmonary Hypertension, Stage 3 Kidney disease, MG, Raynauds, Narcolepsy, Prednisone induced diabetes, Dysautonomia, and I have a spinal cord injury. I’ve been through the mill, but The Lord has brought me through it all, one step at a time, and with lots of humor. I’m on O2, just about 24/7 as well. Have to have humor, and don’t sweat the small stuff. 🙂 “

So if you are HEALTHY and you find yourself thinking about how unfortunate you are, or how life is hard, or why on Valentine’s day you have no-one special in your life, or if you are thinking or feeling anything negative in any way , PLEASE STOP AND REALIZE HOW LUCKY YOU ARE.

And maybe you can also spare a thought for the lady who wrote the post above  …… and if you’d like to support our drive for MG Awareness to get patients noticed, their medical costs reimbursed, research funded and a cure found …. please write below or take a look under the Support our cause section of this website.


Medical terms:
MG = Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune neuromuscular disease leading to fluctuating muscle weakness and fatiguability. It is an autoimmune disorder, in which weakness is caused by circulating antibodies that block acetylcholine receptors at the postsynaptic neuromuscular junction

Dysautonomia (autonomic dysfunction) is a broad term that describes any disease or malfunction of the autonomic nervous system.

Please comment below or on the original post at Vehicles Working for Causes if you would like to show your appreciation today.

Lego VW Bus

I’m so proud that the lego VW bus was designed by a fellow Brit!!! Here he is talking about how both Lego and VW buses are icons and represent fun. He describes the challenges of the design and shows us  fun details of his design.


It would be great if you could write in and tell us if you have one of these lego kits and if you’ve made this yet? We’d love to know what it’s like to build and if you’re happy with the result. Cheers!