John, DP-J really did say “ass over t*t” to me — I suspect he Americanized it for the benefit of my understanding! I’ve learned quite a few British locutions from him. “In the event” — we never say that. (We would be more likely to say, “as it happened.”) David will say something like, “Indonesia looks like blowing up.” We would say, “It looks like Indonesia’s about to blow up,” or something like that. I do love this stuff. A break away from the grim business of worldwide war, etc.
By the way, in my family back in Michigan, we used to say “ass over elbow.” Forgot to include that in my remarks, for some reason.