sparrowfart


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sparrowfart

(ˈspærəʊˌfɑːt)
n
slang the very early morning: he woke up at sparrowfart.
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Sha Tin meetings start at sparrowfart in Britain, but midweek merriment at the Valley kicks off just after noon and both venues are live on RUK and ATR nowadays.
For with the average age of a biker now 41, unless we start getting some yoof into black leather, before long all that's left will be a bunch of elderly gentleman sitting around a table at the Frog & Ferret and muttering into their pints of Old Sparrowfart: "You know, there used to be these things called motorbikes once..."
For a year, I got up every morning before dawn--at the hour at which the world's Muslims rise for Morning Prayer, the hour before daybreak that the Anglo-Saxons, who had a gift for description, called "sparrowfart"--and I studied Thai.
The sparrow (passer) was particularly libidinous, not only at Rome, Chaucer's Sumner being "as hoot and lecherous as a sparwe." (I won't dilate on British sparrowfart 'dawn,' except to wonder if these birds are really that flatulent and who has actually heard them erupt?) Some interpret Catullus' poem on his mistress' deceased sparrow (clearly Not A Well Bird) as a lament for his sexual impotence, a Northern English expression for which is my bird's' dead.
For with the average age of a UK biker now 41, unless we start getting some yoof into black leather, before long all that's left will be a bunch of elderly gentleman sitting around a table at the Frog & Ferret and muttering into their pints of Old Sparrowfart: "You know, there used to be these things called motorbikes once..."
Up at sparrowfart as usual, the 69-year-old Bradley will have done a good day's work before loading up The Tatling to cross the Severn and trek west for the Berkshire beanfeast.
The man in charge of the hack pack for the 36-hour visit was the senior steward's affable offspring Johnno Spence, who duly managed to load his charges on to the coach in Paris at sparrowfart on Tuesday morning for the quick whizz out to Doumen's Chantilly yard for first lot.
It allows people to be much more hands-on with the experience of owning because they don't have to get up at sparrowfart and traipse all the way up to Newmarket or out to Lambourn.
Mothers clutching babies strain for a sight of the great man and his charges; folk who haven't been up before midday for years are leaping from their beds at sparrowfart and those at the cutting edge of fashion such as H Cecil make sure they are in position when the Stoute string appears on the Heath at eight.