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Pubs, Trains and too much rich food. [Nov. 23rd, 2004|07:36 pm]
Miss Von Trapp
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Today has been spent in bed - after a long night at work last night, and an emergency trip to Safeway in the morning on account of mi madre's birthday today (card and chocs). I am somewhat tired and slept through my lecture and everything else I intended to do today. Mum got a digital camera from dad which also does 3 minutes of film - so we have had to sit through about ten minutes of cats yawning and walking from the kitchen to the living room...


Ok, so here's 'wot I did on teh weekend':


Stayed up from 3pm Friday - awake after work and got the train at 9:30. Only slept an hour and a half on the train due to the fact that I was sat opposite THE BIGGEST CHAV FAMILY EVER!!! Picture a big, fierce-looking bloke, with one of those peculiar beany/baseball type hats on, HAUGE inchwide link gold chain round his fatneck and two on each wrist, gold rolex, mobile on chain round neck, Harlem sweatshirt and Harlem Globetrotters puffer jacket... Two chav kids, one with mp3 player, the other with mobile on chain round neck - both about 4 years old... plus Chavwife with white handbag, greasy ponytail and morrisons bag with sausage rolls and jam butties in. All four watching Outkast on a portable dvd player...

Then there was the peculiar old man opposite who rubbed vicks all over his neck, borrowed my teaspoon to take benylin, gave me a leaflet for a castle near Leeds and told me about train routes EVERYWHERE!!!

By the time I got to London I was already knackered so I met Mike and we went to the pub.

Met vashe in the Dev - was damned good to see her (gorgeous dress!!), then Caligari turned up - new haircut which looked damned good, followed by a surprise visit from _frog and _killmefaster_. Also spent some time talking to elvenforest and a whole gang of random people. Was a tad drunk as I'd been up so long, and had TEN PRO PLUS!!! Oops!!

After we left the Dev, we went along to Balham - the Bedford was full so we ended up in a random free-pouring license bar where I had a VERY STRONG vodka and coke (on top of the four pints of Stella and a double Baileys I'd had in the Dev...) followed by a taxi journey home, watched a bit of 'Hero' on the projector screen and ate THE YUMMIEST CHINESE EVER - mock chicken stuff and noodles etc etc. YUM!!


Woke up hungover as expected - pink whites and blue/grey greens. Went to the pub for lunch about 3pm...

Roasted vegetables and cous cous thingy which was yum - then travelled over to Woolwich to meet up with Royston in the Earl of Chatham. Roy eventually turned up around 7pm, and we were in the pub till about 10:30, talking bands and gigs and whatnot... Crawled off to a noodle bar afterwards where I had Ho Fun soup - way way too much food and I couldn't finish it all...

And because it was uber-late we had to get the nightbus back to Streatham - changing at Elephant and Castle... So I got a nighttime tour of Greenwich, Black Heath, lit up Canary Wharf on the horizon, Old Kent Road, Brixton... All the way along... Twas fun and most fascinating. Most areas along the route looked SO MUCH like Smithdown road in Liverpool. Long road of little shops that goes on and on forever...

And I saw three grandfather clocks in the window of the British Red Cross society shop somewhere near Brixton too. WANT COVET WANT!!

Got in about 1am and collapsed in exhaustion pretty much!!


Up at 9am, didn't want to go:/ Got trains and stuff from Tooting Bec onwards which got us to Paddington an hour early, so we sat in the pub until I could board my train. Train left at 12:35, and I started to read Pride and Prejudice - Mike says my dad is EXACTLY like Mr Bennet... The more I read the more I make comparisons, oh yes, and mother is very much a Mrs Bennet as well, only with a fraction more brain. (I think - see link above). I fell asleep after Reading and woke up somewhere near Ivybridge having slept about 3 hours in a VERY uncomfortable position. Got in at 4pm, knackered as hell, and didn't make it to Art College - went home and went to bed until 7:30 before work last night.

In conclusion: A very busy, pub-filled weekend which I enjoyed every minute of - but when I come up on the fourth I think I'll make the pub night one night only - perhaps Sunday at the Dev, and spend the rest of the time keeping my boyfriend to myself hehe...

He's coming back down Thursday. Rar!!


Ok, so Tuesday today, the parents, my youngest sister and Steve have gone out for a meal and I think I'm going to have tea, toast and retire to my room with a book. Catch you all later:)

You scored as Sloth.
















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[User Picture]From: incantrix_uk
2004-11-23 12:08 pm (UTC)
"I was sat opposite THE BIGGEST CHAV FAMILY EVER!!!"
You poor darling....lucky there were no sharp/blunt/heavy objects to hand. Glad you got through it and hope the mental scar will soon heal *hugs* :D
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2004-11-23 12:11 pm (UTC)
And I spoke to them - told the kids to hold their breath through the tunnels at Dawlish Warren lol!!

(it was scary)

The dad did this whole 'overlong shush' thing to quieten his kids when they spoke to loudly, and threatened to 'take off his belt and beat' one of them...


Thankfully, they got off at Slough;)
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[User Picture]From: yesdarlings
2004-11-23 12:17 pm (UTC)
was so great to see you!! we need more of these random meetings <33
ps- did you try to txt me? i have a really old phone that doesnt recived double-part msgs, so they came through as well, as blankness =(
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2004-11-23 12:51 pm (UTC)
More random meetings!! Oh yes!!

I did try to text you - was on Monday afternoon to say it was good to see you, and that next time I should save that much drinking for Sunday afternoon lol;)

I'll be up on the fourth, and maybe will meet up in the Dev on the Sunday afternoon/evening.

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[User Picture]From: kid_sportswear
2004-11-23 02:32 pm (UTC)
I am very curious about these 'chavs' and 'neds' I hear so much about. We don't get them here.
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2004-11-23 09:57 pm (UTC)

Britain's Peasant Underclass!

Count yourself lucky my dear. As soon as you start to see gold chains and an excess of Burberry either run for the hills or reach for the shotgun because the CHAV will be in town...

Read more here:


Dictionary Corner says:

View the HORROR!! :

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[User Picture]From: kid_sportswear
2004-11-23 11:38 pm (UTC)

Re: Britain's Peasant Underclass!

WOW! I want to play with these folk when I visit England!
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2004-11-24 09:42 am (UTC)

Re: Britain's Peasant Underclass!

Well, you'd better have a good escape route planned - or get some practice in with planks of 2x4 lol!!

That or you can outdo them in car park meets where they all show up to drive like mentalists, show off their go-faster-stripes and torch other people's vehicles for a 'laugh'...

This lot may amuse you: http://www.youknowsit.co.uk/
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[User Picture]From: missbumpkin
2004-11-23 02:47 pm (UTC)
On my last journey up to london on the train there was a guy with THE worst BO ever in my carriage. Urgh! I just wanted to hose him off and dip him in bleach or something. At least the trains tend to be better than buses...
Glad you had a good weekend babe.
Big hugs
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2004-11-23 09:57 pm (UTC)
I would have.

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[User Picture]From: miss_shelley_p
2004-11-23 03:08 pm (UTC)
Pardon my American ignorance, but what does Chav mean?
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2004-11-23 09:59 pm (UTC)

The press in Britain has recently been having fun mocking a group for which pejorative descriptions have been created such as “non-educated delinquents” and “the burgeoning peasant underclass”. The subjects of these derogatory descriptions are said to be set apart by ignorance, fecklessness, mindless violence and bad taste.
To illustrate the last of these, critics point to their style of dress: a love of flashy gold jewellery (hooped earrings, thick neck chains, sovereign rings and heavy bangles, which all may be lumped together under the term bling-bling); the wearing of white trainers (in what is called “prison white”, so clean that they look new); clothes in fashionable brands with very prominent logos; and baseball caps, frequently in Burberry check, a favourite style. The women, the Daily Mail wrote recently in a characteristic burst of maidenly distaste, “pull their shoddily dyed hair back in that ultra-tight bun known as a ‘council-house facelift’, wear skirts too short for their mottled blue thighs, and expose too much of their distressingly flabby midriffs”.

This upsurge of popular distaste towards one group may be evidence for a cultural shift back towards a class-ridden British society—at least the fear that it might be so is causing some alarm in liberal circles. Critics point to the copying of the style by many younger television celebrities as a further dumbing-down of that medium. Much of the attention is due to the experience of a Web site, which was intended to be humorous but which was infiltrated by extremists who threatened to turn it into a hate site.

From a linguistic perspective the most interesting aspect is the wide variety of local names given to the type. Scots call them neds (often said to be an acronym of “non-educated delinquents”, but that’s a folk etymology, given credence by being mentioned as fact during a debate in the Scottish parliament in 2003; it’s actually from an abridged form of the given name Edward, which was attached to this group in the period of the teddy-boys, who dressed in a version of Edwardian costume), while Liverpudlians prefer scallies (a term of long-standing for a boisterous, disruptive or irresponsible young man); Kev is common around London (presumably from the given name Kevin, common among this group and popularised through the portrayal on his television show by the comedian Harry Enfield of an idiotic teenager with that name). Other terms recorded from various parts of the country are janners (from Plymouth), smicks, spides, moakes and steeks (all from Belfast), plus bazzas, scuffheads, stigs, stangers, yarcos, and kappa slappers (girls who wear Kappa brand tracksuits, slapper being British slang for a promiscuous or vulgar woman).

The term that has become especially widely known in recent weeks, at least in southern England, is the one borrowed for the name of the Web site, chav. A writer in the Independent thought it derived from the name of the town of Chatham in Kent, where the term is best known and probably originated. But it seems that the word is from a much older underclass, the gypsies, many of whom have lived in that area for generations. Chav is almost certainly from the Romany word for a child, chavi, recorded from the middle of the nineteenth century. We know it was being used as a term of address to an adult man a little later in the century, but it hasn’t often been recorded in print since and its derivative chav is quite new to most people.
Other terms for the class also have Romany connections; another is charver, Romany for prostitute. Yet another is the deeply insulting pikey, presumably from the Kentish dialect term for gypsy that was borrowed from turnpike, so a person who travels the roads.
Did chavi die out, only to be reinvented recently? That seems hardly likely from the written and anecdotal evidence; what we’re seeing is a term that has been in active but inconspicuous use for the last 150 years suddenly bursting out into wider popular use in a new sense through circumstances we don’t fully understand.

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[User Picture]From: bringmestars
2004-11-24 03:21 am (UTC)
hey baby, how are you? is there a black catz on sat? i may venture up if there is. miss ya xx
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2004-11-24 09:43 am (UTC)
I'm doing well - apart from homework lol!!

I have NO IDEA if there's a Black Catz on Saturday - will have a check and let you all know via LJ:))

Miss you too! xxx
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[User Picture]From: lunar_diablo
2004-11-28 08:02 am (UTC)
chav?..god I thaught maybe it was just a norfolk thing..they go by many names...theyre called Lyynites up here where I live..Im proud AND scared that you managed to interact with them.. umm.. would you mind If I added you on my friends list or If you could add me.. as Im not sure how to do it.. :D...
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2004-12-03 10:42 pm (UTC)
Added you back:)
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