coals to Newcastle


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coals to Newcastle

Any unnecessary activity. Before the days of railroading, goods and commodities were transported by water. Coal in particular was shipped to port city of Newcastle before being distributed to the rest of England. Therefore, unless you were the captain of a ship laden with coal, carrying that kind of fossil fuel to Newcastle was a waste of your time and energy.
See also: coal, Newcastle
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Yes, apparently selling, carrying, bringing, or taking coals to Newcastle is an idiom describing a foolhardy or pointless action because historically we produced so much of it.
Which again, seems a bit like taking coals to Newcastle, a phrase that has been around since the 16th century when the area around Newcastle had so much coal it was already exporting the stuff.
IT'S the musical equivalent of coals to Newcastle - bringing a Beatles show to Liverpool.
WE'VE heard of selling ice to Eskimos and coals to Newcastle but curry to India?
Mum-of-two Anita, of Houston, Renfrewshire - who runs Jenier World of Teas in Bridge of Weir - said: "It's a long-distance version of selling coals to Newcastle.
IT MAY seem like taking coals to Newcastle, but a Welsh cheese will be making its way to France tomorrow as part of an unusual fundraising event.
It's not quite coals to Newcastle, but vodka to Bulgaria is a pretty close second.
COALS to Newcastle might best describe the latest venture by Belfast-born Vincent Caldwell, who has broken the mould by being granted a wagering licence and will launch a pari-mutuel betting website and call centre for US punters in time for the Kentucky Derby in May.
Within a few years he was supplying the major supermarkets and, in a coals to Newcastle touch, he even won a contract to supply the Marks and Spencer's store in Paris.
ALONG the lines of taking coals to Newcastle and snow to Eskimos, Knowsley-based drinks company Halewood International has been giving vodka to Russians.
May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Considering the fact that every country in the world has glass-making capabilities -- and glass is relatively inexpensive and easy to make -- exporting glass is like shipping ice to Antarctica or coals to Newcastle.
I THINK the idea of piping electricity from Scotland to Connor''s Quay power station inWales, is ridiculous, it's like carrying coals to Newcastle, or ice to the North Pole.
Pincer's chief executive Jonathan Engels said: "It does seem a bit like taking coals to Newcastle but the vodka has gone down very well in Russia.
IT sounds like a case of taking coals to Newcastle.
DIRT tracks to America may seem a bit like coals to Newcastle or fridges to eskimos, but that's the story at Turfway P ark, in northern Kentucky, writes Dan Farley.