It's taken a while but finally some of our wonderful co-op/family/collective/lima bean harvesting units have asked the burning question of the day:
Where the feck does the name come from?
Gather round little ones and I shall tell thee a tale from antiquity. 7 Years ago a group of friends (strangely none of the ones here other than me and MW but there you have it) rented a house down d'country to go on a collective piss-up. I brought a large blue notebook with me.
Over the course of the weekend it became written in by all there.
random threats to murder us all in our sleep
(never did find out who wrote that one!) and what can only be described as blog posts.
None of us here had ever heard of blogs all those years ago (well probably apart from Atreus and Polka) but that's what it was. An analog blog. End of story. Well, not quite.
On a second weekend away with a slightly different group many months later the book came along too and served roughly the same purpose. This group included me, Tiberius, Mr Pink, MW and PiP from our number here. Among the one line "dramatis personae" at the beginning of the second part of the book are the following descriptions of each of us at the time:
Tiberius Gracchus - At his sexual peak!!
Midget Wrangler - Naked ironer
Mr Pink - Johnny (no) mates
pretty in pink - Prefers length & girth
Someone Living - Unemployed
How things have changed.
One of the others was due to follow down later on and a bet was taken as to who would be accompanying him. Money was wagered, one old pound each, nine pounds in total, and the bet was on.
Midge won (doesn't she always!) but over the course of the next few days the nine pounds was bet on a series of dares (one memorable one being if one of us would go up to the request taking elderly lady singing country music in the bar and ask her if she'd do Maniac 2000) changing hands more than once and all recorded on our analog blog.
The fund did increase extremely late on the Saturday night (had we been drinking? I don't remember) to £1000 if Tiberius would give a good seeing too to the asexual virgin friend of a friend who had been showing a highly unusual interest in his youthful charms, but that's his story.
Thus "For Nine Pounds..."
This is much more fun :)