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The prisoner

I’m now out of prison. Did I learn anything from my two-and-a-half years? Yes, actually—and I’d recommend jail to almost anyone

By CAR Hills   October 2009

I had my prison epiphany on 5th January 2009 when I realised what the name of my mother’s last cat meant. I asked her about it many times when she was alive, but she just laughed. Well, Mum, I know now. The cat had the strange name of Chapitucho, which belonged to no language I knew. But with help from my Spanish teacher Suzy, and the Romany guys at HMP Lowdham Grange, I discovered where it had come from.

“Chapi” is the Romany word meaning “great,” and “-ucho” is a cod Portuguese version of the Italian diminutive “-uccio” meaning “naughty…

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