Remeber giggling at this the other night when I was strung out on something. Came back to check it was real. It is, and again I feel strangely elated. Answers the question: "whippets, what are they for?" They're for laughing at innit.
Just finishing John Irving's latest, "Until I find You". Fascinating read; still 'imagining truly' even when his main character lives in a 'unreal' world. Not his best (that would be 'Cider House Rules', 'Owen Meaney' or 'Garp' depending on mood), but worth a look.
You're right, it has been used for a long time in the north Kent area, in fact I heard that the word actually derives from the town of Chatham, and not the gypsy word for child mentioned further up. Have been unable to verify that though.
Books I liked, there's loads, but books that changed me...
Toni Morrison - 'Pair of Blue Eyes' - opened my blue eyes for sure
John Fowles - 'The Magus' - a real discovery, the first book that really focused my interest in reading into a quest for good literature
Angus Wilson - 'Anglo-Saxon...
1. mandy - barry manilow. If not, then anything by leo sayer especially orchard road.
2. toffee apples on really really long sticks.
3. er... that forensic files thing on UK death (or whatever it's called).
4. ... i've not really thought this through, can I have more time?