The origins of the term "whip-round", I haven't the foggiest on, I'm afraid.
But the meaning is basically, lots of people quickly pooling together to raise a bit of cash.
So what I mean was, if all you Yanks on here quickly looked in your pockets and pooled together your resources, to get me a copy of Paul Is Live, then, you know . . .
The difference between genius and insanity is merely the difference between success and failure.