A Crap Shag
Sitting in a pub in Oxford yesterday waiting for Chris Brooke--the bugger was late--I listened in to the conversation of half a dozen British students at the next table. I heard an unfamiliar use of language--the words "crap" and "rubbish" as all purpose adjectives. "Ulysses" was dismissed by one of them as "a rubbish book." The students then discussed the extraordinary misfortune of a friend who had recently lost his virginity to his longstanding girlfriend. The following day, she dumped him on the grounds that he was "a crap shag." We live in a harsh and unforgiving world.