The next few nights are going to be a perfect opportunity to see this spectacular cosmic lightshow, apparently, because it's a new moon, and clear skies are likely. I'll be out there looking, wrapped up warm, cricking my neck and trying not to fall over backwards. And maybe mouthing a wish or two.
By the way, I've always wondered why meteorites, which sound small, are the big ones, whilst meteors, which sound big, are the little shooting stars. It seems the wrong way round.