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When you begin to drive a wooden wedge under an object you are trying to lift, the major problem is getting it started: in other words, getting the 'thin end of the wedge' under the object. Once you have the thin end in place, the rest is inevitable and much easier - you keep driving the wedge until it's all the way in place. So the 'thin end of the wedge' is the difficult start of a process which will inevitably lead to something much more significant happening.

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KSD said…
This is the kind of thing knowledge does to you, isn't it?
rosy said…
Gosh! I certainly didn't know that! Love random facts like that . . .
On the houseboat issue . . . we had a boat holiday on the Norfolk Broads once years ago and it was tremendous fun. Here in England it is a popular type of holiday ~ mostly on the canals ~ and the barges always look very inviting and the canals are usually peaceful. Can't comment on houseboat holidays in the States but I can't imagine that they would be very different from here. Hope you have a great time if you do decide to go . . .
Best Wishes
Rosy in England