Thursday, May 11, 2006

Sublime and ridiculous

Its amazing how quickly my posts have strayed from the heavy theology of asking about 'the nature of prayer' and 'Ruth offering a perspective on postmodernity' to 'what time of day am i' and, my favourite, motorbikes!

Having said that i make no apologies for the motorbike stuff, am looking forward to picking up my new machine on Saturday week and riding down from Peterborough on it! I can only describe the feeling i had on my test ride as a bit of 'Nempnett Thrubwell' which is taken from the book 'the meaning of liff' (or its later reissue 'the deeper meaning of liff') by Douglas Adams and John Lloyd...

This wonderful book uses odd place names, mainly in the UK, to give us 'a dictionary of things that there aren't any words for yet' very funny, and perhaps you will find a few cropping up in other posts.

Nempnett Thrubwell (n.)
The feeling experienced when driving off for the very first time on a brand new motorbike

Douglas Adams & John Lloyd The Meaning of Liff Pan Books

There's also a website with the definitions! Link in the title of this post too!

1 comment:

Jem said...

I'm kind of having a Nempnett Thrubwell experience by e-osmosis here!