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.