One Stop Short of Barking (formerly Mind the Gap) - Making of the Book by Mecca Ibrahim

One Stop Short of Barking (formerly Mind the Gap) - Making of the Book by Mecca Ibrahim

Friday, September 19, 2003


Very exciting day, we now have a definitive title for the book which is .......

One Stop Short of Barking

which is certainly memorable and will get people talking.

It's the idea that sometimes on the tube you always feel as though you are one stop from Barking, and not the station but from going barking mad.

Also I came across the phrase for the first time on EastEnders. Hardman Phil Mitchell and his mate "Minty" were talking about a guy going crazy and agressive. "He's a bit Dagenham", Minty said. "Wot?" grunted Phil. Minty, completely deadpan, replied, "One stop short of Barking!" (Dagenham's actually quite a few stops further on from Barking - but when could you rely on EastEnders to be accurate)

I've since discovered that it's actually quite a popular phrase and many people actually say that someone's "East Ham", meaning "One stop short of Barking" or "One sandwich short of a picnic" or basically not "quite the full shilling", or not all there... I think you get my drift.

Another piece of great news is that now the book is going to be full colour, which I'm particularly excited about.

Watch this space for a new cover very soon.


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