Novel explanation for presence of volcanoes and river gold in the Pyrenees

James Howell, Epistolae Ho-Elianae: Familiar Letters, Domestic and Forren (1688, on GBS): There is a Tradition, that there were divers Mines of Gold in Ages pass’d amongst those Mountains; and the Shepherds kept Goats then, having made a small Fire of Rosemary-Shrubs with other combustible stuff, to warm themselves, this Fire grew along, and grew…

Electrician

— I haven’t brought the component I need. I’ll come back tomorrow, but I’ll bill you now for today. — But you haven’t done anything. — Sorry, company policy. — OK, give me the bad news. — Right, that’s 20€ travel and one hour’s labour @ 35€, 55€ plus VAT. — But you’ve only been…