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Started by TommyDGNR8 on Apr 23, 2021 9:41:43 AM
Places that aren't where you think they should be

This is probably another "just me" thing, but does anyone else associate place names with entirely different locations?

A few examples:

Durham - Down Cornwall way somewhere (this possibly stems from childhood confusion with durum wheat and the notion that arable farming was common in the deep south.

Pontefract - between Pontypridd and Pontypool, obvs.

Ramsbottom - faded south coast holiday resort

Garstang - a dodgy Glasgow housing scheme

FGBFGB - 29 Apr 2021 22:09:23 (#421 of 463)

Yes.

FGBFGB - 29 Apr 2021 22:09:46 (#422 of 463)

And detached portions, mostly.

ReverendBlueJeans - 29 Apr 2021 22:47:06 (#423 of 463)

I'm a Detached Portion of Dunbartonshire boy.

Really slips off the tongue, that.

bossab2 - 29 Apr 2021 22:52:39 (#424 of 463)

Ok lets up the ante:

local council borders

JohnIlly - 29 Apr 2021 22:58:13 (#425 of 463)

Cockermouth always sounds like it should be on the coast.

Stop sniggering at the back

bossab2 - 29 Apr 2021 23:00:24 (#426 of 463)

Your starter for 10

Elmbridge

Verdigris - 29 Apr 2021 23:01:06 (#427 of 463)

Surrey

Eligelis - 29 Apr 2021 23:21:58 (#428 of 463)

I be always thought that Aldershot should be in Purgatory.

FGBFGB - 29 Apr 2021 23:22:49 (#429 of 463)

Wait until you die.

RosyLovelady - 30 Apr 2021 08:12:10 (#430 of 463)

Staines should be in Essex, with a sprawling, neglected, facility-free council estate.

wickeltisch - 30 Apr 2021 08:41:41 (#431 of 463)

My Nephew lives in Kempton Germany

Do you mean Kempten (much preferable to Kempen)? Kempton is in South Africa.

TommyDGNR8 - 30 Apr 2021 08:42:17 (#432 of 463)

Does it have a racetrack?

wickeltisch - 30 Apr 2021 08:43:31 (#433 of 463)

No idea.

hailesaladdie - 30 Apr 2021 09:11:36 (#434 of 463)

Chertsey should be a mostly-uninhabited island in an inhospitable part of the North Sea, with a large sea bird population and a shipping area named after it.

It would certainly make Thorpe Park more exciting.

hailesaladdie - 30 Apr 2021 09:12:54 (#435 of 463)

Happisburgh, with its spelling and "only prounounce a random selection of letters" style, should be in the East Neuk, with an award winning chippy and a disturbing number of arranged dog fights.

hailesaladdie - 30 Apr 2021 09:13:44 (#436 of 463)

Ben Rhydding should be a village in mid Wales with a large population of paranoid far-right and well-to-do English settlers, who spend most of their time complaining about the broadband speeds.

OldLefty - 30 Apr 2021 09:15:55 (#437 of 463)

I think I live there.

They are right about the broadband speeds though. There have been a lot of Openreach vans around recently, so perhaps things are going to improve.

hailesaladdie - 30 Apr 2021 09:16:27 (#438 of 463)

Fort Matilda should be in a nondescript midwest US state, with little around, but a slightly secretive government installation providing the major source of employment for the entire area.

hailesaladdie - 30 Apr 2021 09:18:08 (#439 of 463)

Yeah, rural broadband connectivity should have been sorted years ago. TBH, it's pretty shaky in a lot of small towns too, where they've stretched the exchange way beyond its capacity, so half of the town is a couple of miles away, barely getting a drip feed of bandwidth.

hailesaladdie - 30 Apr 2021 09:20:13 (#440 of 463)

Crossmyloof should be an area of Northern Ireland with a troubled past, nervous about the current situation reopening old wounds.

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