It was only when I was almost mown down by a silly little moped carrying seven rat-arsed
students and a tricolor that the truth dawned on me.
If you're at one of these big Hogmanay parties in Edinburgh or Glasgow, chances are you'll be frozen stiff, rat-arsed
and snogging the face off everyone around you.
And so it came to pass that the Bishop of Southwark got monumentally rat-arsed
after a Christmas party at the Irish Embassy in London, so drunk in fact that he climbed into the back of a Mercedes that wasn't his and started hurling the toys inside the car out of the window.
In an era when the slightest off-the-field misdemeanour is usually pounced upon by the press, was Freddie Flintoff really totally exonerated for turning up to meet the Prime Minister when completely rat-arsed
(brilliant official explanation: "I'm struggling, to be honest") and made Sports Personality of the Year for his trouble?
Or he could have said drunk as a lord, drunk as a skunk, trollied, legless, mashed, mullered, blotto, out of my tree, rat-arsed
, Brahms & Liszt, shedded, sozzled, rubbered, clobbered, wellied, pickled, inebriated, full of loud- mouth soup, squiffy, stinko, kaylied, off my head, newted, bombed, popped, sauced, wrecked or hooched.
there's tar, too," because they can't admit to themselves that they simply like getting rat-arsed
, so most anglers and hunters can't admit to themselves that their pleasure causes pain to others, and that "the thrill of the chase" is a very one-sided affair indeed.
These are the same kids you see if you walk down any main street on a Friday night and feel threatened by a mob of rat-arsed
12-year-olds smashing Buckie bottles against the walls or kicking hell out of some passer-by.
Casual Friday indeed, when the office workers dress down, get rat-arsed
over a liquid lunch, and generally adopt the line that there's nothing that needs to be done that can't wait until Monday.
He means: `We actually got rat-arsed
in a lap-dancing club - now where did I stuff that Amber's knickers?
And the reality is that in about two months' time, they'll be working in some bar in Greece, getting rat-arsed
and telling anyone who will listen about their adventures in a Greek jail.
But they had to get rat-arsed
on the plane and ruin things for everyone.
And if he's man enough to get rat-arsed
, smoke cannabis and go scrapping with photographers, then he's man enough to take responsibility for it.
She's either falling out of some nightclub rat-arsed
, brawling in the street with one of her scuzzy boyfriends, or ranting and swearing at photographers (she calls them f***heads), who are the only people keeping this stuck up little madam in the public eye (it sure as hell 'ain't her talent any more).
So, in the academy we will be having a beer but we won't be getting rat-arsed
Quite simply, Euan Blair got rat-arsed
- hardly surprising when you consider he did five GCSEs last year and eight in the past couple of weeks with the expectation that, having been sent to a posh grant-maintained school instead of the local comprehensive, he'd justify the privilege by getting A-grades in all of them.