Highly recommended. Also recommended are the other titles;
1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off
1,411 QI Facts To Knock You Sideways
QI: The Book of General Ignorance
QI: The Second Book of General Ignorance: The Discreetly Plumper Edition
These books are all excellent and completely blow your mind. Saying that, I am wowed at the time but have completely forgotten everything by the next day! Which is actually quite good as I can re-read them and be wowed a second and third, usually fourth time anew, great! Who needs short or long term memory anyway?
Much to my surprise, I haven’t managed to find that many quotes considering
how many people have (for the last thousands of years!) and do use a walking stick. I have included the best
ones below. If you know any quotes, poems, articles or interesting facts please do send them in!
“The best, the most exquisite automobile is a walking stick; and one of the finest things in life is going on a journey with it” Robert Coates Holliday
“When you have no companion, look to your walking stick” Albanian Proverb
That is why, no matter how desperate the predicament is, I am always very much in earnest about clutching my cane, straightening my derby hat andfixing my tie, even though I have just landed on my head. Charlie Chaplin
$3000 for a walking stick…sounds reasonable. Scott Disick
Depend on your walking stick, not on other people.~ Japanese Proverb
Names, names, names!! Probably the most famous person that carried a stick was Charlie Chaplin with his “Little Tramp” character who carried a bamboo wangee cane. Most people in the western world would recognize the infamous Charlie Chaplin walk with the wangee cane twirling around and a distinctive hat on his head. The Little Tramp character appeared on film for the first time in 1914 and the hat and cane were sold last year in Los Angeles for almost £40,000!
Another character from more recent times on the television that we get enquiries about is Dr Gregory House in the TV show “House”. Dr Gregory, the protagonist, is played by Hugh Laurie in the hit American medical drama. In the series, the character’s unorthodox diagnostic approaches, radical therapeutic motives, and stalwart rationality have resulted in much conflict between him and his colleagues. Dr House is also often portrayed as lacking sympathy for his patients, a practice that allots him time to solve pathological enigmas. The character is partly inspired by Sherlock Holmes. A portion of the show’s plot centres on House’s habitual use of Vicodin to manage pain stemming from a leg injury some years earlier, that forces him to walk with a cane. This addiction is also one of the many parallels to Holmes, who was a habitual user of cocaine.
The walking stick he uses looks quite like one we sell, the snakewood Derby cane if you want a similar one!
Some other notables;
Oscar Wilde ‘wore” one; so did the Marquis de Lafayeete and George
Washington; George Bernard Shaw had several; Prince Albert was never
without his; and Queen Victoria had an impressive collection.
In ancient Egypt everyone from royalty to peasants used a cane. King
Tutankhamen had no less than 132 sticks buried with him.
King Henry VII of England carried a multi-purpose cane finished in
gold which contained a perfume dispenser in the top, a pair of
tweezers, two compasses of gold, a foot rule of gold, a knife and a
file, and a “haft” of gold.
Louis XIV was never seen in public without his cane, and his court
jeweller actually fashioned one stick for him with twenty-four
We have been in the business of selling walking sticks for eight years now and we have learnt more than we thought possible about sticks and canes from our customers, stick makers and from our suppliers.
One of the areas of particular interest to us is discovering the different terms used and their meaning in other languages. When we first started out, the thing that used to amuse me most (especially when you do a Google Images search) is searching the term “walking sticks” on google.com.
As you have probably come across before, Americans call stick insects walking sticks and this used to cause much merriment in the office. Another one I like is “Puffer” or “Gummipuffer” which translate to ferrule and rubber ferrule respectively. I’m not sure why I find that amusing but I do!
There are such variations for our familiar English walking stick. The french “canne de marche” rolls along nicely but the slovak “vychádzková palica” is a different story altogether. There’s käveykeppi in Finnish, wandelstok in Dutch and bastone da passeggio in Italian. Wherever you are and whatever language(s) you search in, you are sure to find a huge array of walking sticks online around the world!