A fag hag is a woman who spends most of her time in the company of gay men. As Tom spends most of his time with Shazza, Jude and Bridget, they are the hags he is referring to when reversing the term.
Denis Healey is a seasoned Labour MP with magnificently bushy eyebrows.
Der Struwwelpeter is a book of ten morality tales for children, by German author Heinrich Hoffman. Struwwelpeter, the subject of the first story, finds that his low standards of personal hygiene have lost him all his friends. The name means "Shaggy Peter".
Being found half-eaten by an Alsatian is an image that pursues Bridget relentlessly throughout her darkest moments. It's never clear where this mythic canine beast is supposed to come from.
Albufeira is a popular holiday destination in Portugal, sometimes referred to as 'The Gateway to the Algarve'. Nightclubs and golf courses are both abundant.
Martin Amis is a best-selling contemporary British author, whose works often satirise modern life in innovative detail.
His 1995 novel The Information features the character of Richard Tull, a frustrated writer, who talks about smoking a cigarette in between each cigarette.
Around 34 AD Paul of Tarsus, a former persecutor of the Christians, was travelling from Jerusalem to Damascus. He was suddenly overwhelmed by a blinding light and a disembodied voice spoke to him, asking why he chose to persecute Jesus. Struck blind for three days and forced to fast until he was healed by a disciple named Ananias, Paul converted to Christianity and became one of its greatest apostles.
The Austrian neurologist and founder of pyschoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, believed that actions could be analysed and interpreted to reveal what was taking place in the unconscious mind, where unacceptable or uncomfortable thoughts might dwell.
If one were a Freudian, one might see this action as an accidental manifestation of a repressed sexual or hostile desire.
Miss Havisham is a character from the novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. She is one of the most famous spinsters in literature, having been stood up by her fiancé on their wedding day. She is so disturbed by the experience she remains forever more confined to her house, still wearing her wedding dress and reminiscing about the marriage that never was. The character of Norma Desmond in the film Sunset Boulevard was inspired by her.
Pauillac is a subregion of Bordeaux, France, producing some of the most esteemed and expensive wines in the world.
1982 was a good year. You can buy a bottle of '82 Chateau Latour for a mere £1,993 here.
Brian Rix is an English actor who formed his own theatre company, specialising in farce, in 1947. A number of his productions were televised by the BBC, and Rix, a martyr to the requirements of the genre, would often appear on screen without his trousers.
Noel Edmonds is a television presenter whose popular Saturday night TV show, Noel's House Party, featured a slot in which members of the public were set up by members of their family for the nation's amusement. Like this:
Morris dancing is a traditional English folk dance, performed by groups of men dressed in white, carrying sticks or handkerchiefs, with bells tied to their ankles. It has proved inexplicably popular since the 16th century, when it was first practised.
Germaine sodding Greer is an Australian author and staunch feminist who has written extensively about women's liberation.
Sleepless in Seattle was a 1993 romantic comedy starring Tom Hanks as an amiable widower and Meg Ryan as a winsome journalist, convinced he is her soulmate after hearing him choking back the tears on a radio phone-in. Obviously these two cannot be trusted to get it together by themselves, so in steps Jonah, son of Hanks, to make sure things turn out the way they are supposed to. The movie was inspired by An Affair to Remember (1957).
Nigel Coles's Lepidoptery collection would comprise of the various species of butterfiles and moths he has managed to catch, kill and probably pin to a display board.
The Lancet is a leading international medical journal.