Fanny Fanackopan

Jan Leeming

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Me looking brave before taking to the air (and the wing) of the plane. Wow, it was cold !! But the whole experience was totally exhilarating.



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Date: 24th March 2016

I was just interviewed on Talk Radio by Paul Ross - the subject was 'Laughter Yoga' as seen on the Real Marigold Hotel.

I'm not sure how it came out but I said my father when I was little,  used to call me Fanny Fanackopan. and that I had no idea where it came from.  Of course I should have thought of looking it up on the Internet.

There was no definitive answer but the best one was this which was the answer Spike Milligan gave to a person who queried his use of the term in a poem.

A 'fanackapan' is a Lincolnshire term meaning 'little dear' - it is a term of endearment from a mother to a daughter.

My father was born in India and, so far as I knew, had no links with East Anglia - but it is a rather lovely term.  Where Fanny came from I have no idea.  In his later years he very occasionally called me Fanny which made me feel like a well loved little girl.

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