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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

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elderberry - 23 Apr 2021 09:53:09 (#1 of 463)

Is this like my father never quite forgiving Japan for being north of the equator? I was very fond of my father, but he could be a bit odd. Shouldn't bet money unless you know.

elderberry - 23 Apr 2021 09:54:01 (#2 of 463)

Suriname, that's the one that confuses me, should be in S E Asia with a name like that, obv.

Agaliarept - 23 Apr 2021 09:56:18 (#3 of 463)

Durham - Down Cornwall way somewhere.

County Durham - Growing up always had this down as being in Ireland. Probably because of the "county" bit being said first which I associate with Ireland..

HorstVogel - 23 Apr 2021 09:59:03 (#4 of 463)

hmm, interesting. When I was really young I got Africa and America mixed up, I blame it on Tarzan.



Guinea and its variants, well spread across the equator.

BenVrackie - 23 Apr 2021 10:00:00 (#5 of 463)

Friockheim - not in Germany

Lamancha - not in Spain

Chatelherault - not in France

Portobello - not in Italy

coshipi - 23 Apr 2021 10:00:54 (#6 of 463)

Moscow and Egypt are actually just west of Bradford in Yorkshire, but I'm sure that's not where they're supposed to be.

Likewise, people keep telling me Melbourne is in Australia, but it's not, it's in Cambridgeshire. And Houston is west of Glasgow - no, not that far west of Glasgow!

TheExcession - 23 Apr 2021 10:02:03 (#7 of 463)

I often find that I have a mental image of the layout of certain cities that's probably been assembled somehow from seeing them on television, and then when I get there I find that they aren't like that at all.

ReverendBlueJeans - 23 Apr 2021 10:02:03 (#8 of 463)

Garstang does definitely sound Scottish.

Pontefract is one of those exotic names that don't seem to belong anywhere, not in the 21st century, anyway. Never been there but other entrants in the category can be frightfully dull holes, eg, Alexandria, Aspatria.

ReverendBlueJeans - 23 Apr 2021 10:02:44 (#9 of 463)

Houston is west of Glasgow - no, not that far west of Glasgow!

And Dallas is in Moray.

darkhorse - 23 Apr 2021 10:02:50 (#10 of 463)

Dewsbury - in Manchester (perhaps thinking of Didsbury)

Halifax - the Midlands (think I have it and Walsall mixed up)

Penarth - Cornwall (Look, it's starts with "Pen", alright?)

coshipi - 23 Apr 2021 10:03:53 (#11 of 463)

Alexandria is indeed a dull hole, but it doesn't take long to get out into the most glorious scenery. Actually, Aspatria likewise.

OldLefty - 23 Apr 2021 10:06:51 (#12 of 463)

Pen-y-ghent obviously should be in Wales, and Chapel-en-le-Frith in France.

breakfast - 23 Apr 2021 10:06:54 (#13 of 463)

Halifax is a very Northern name to me. Don’t know why especially -

The town's name was recorded in about 1091 as Halyfax, from the Old English halh-gefeaxe, meaning "area of coarse grass in the nook of land".

Could be anywhere. With coarse grass. In England.

OldLefty - 23 Apr 2021 10:07:36 (#14 of 463)

And when did Kirklees get moved from Scotland?

darkhorse - 23 Apr 2021 10:09:35 (#15 of 463)

It isn't?!

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 10:09:58 (#16 of 463)

New York is near Summerbridge in North Yorkshire.

breakfast - 23 Apr 2021 10:10:07 (#17 of 463)

Ally fax sounds more Northern to me than Leeds really. Leeds is a peculiar name.

Sabacious - 23 Apr 2021 10:11:10 (#18 of 463)

Leeds is in Kent, of course.

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 10:11:18 (#19 of 463)

I remember embarrassing myself massively when Argentina invaded the Falklands.

I thought they were off the coast of Scotland.

quartus - 23 Apr 2021 10:11:46 (#20 of 463)

Newton St Boswells sounds archetypically Southern English to my ears, but it's in the Scottish Borders.

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 10:12:07 (#21 of 463)

Leeds is a peculiar name.

We posh folk still refer to it as ‘Leodis’.

breakfast - 23 Apr 2021 10:12:54 (#22 of 463)

The name derives from the old Brythonic word Ladenses meaning "people of the fast-flowing river", in reference to the River Aire that flows through the city.

Like the Aire is fast. Pfft.

pranzingfrogg - 23 Apr 2021 10:15:57 (#23 of 463)

For a while in my young days I was sure Torquay was in France (probably mixing it up with Le Touquet).

And I still don’t accept that Fitzrovia is in London. It’s an exotic behind the times principality next door to Ruritania.

RosyLovelady - 23 Apr 2021 10:18:28 (#24 of 463)

Saltaire is a daft name.

breakfast - 23 Apr 2021 10:19:07 (#25 of 463)

Drop a letter and it could be in Scotland.

Tomnoddy - 23 Apr 2021 10:19:33 (#26 of 463)

Leith Hill shouldn't be where it is.

pranzingfrogg - 23 Apr 2021 10:19:57 (#27 of 463)

It should have its own flag

ReverendBlueJeans - 23 Apr 2021 10:20:17 (#28 of 463)

New York is near Summerbridge in North Yorkshire.

And at the south end of Loch Awe. Really.

Funny how places like Dallas, Boston, Washington etc sound American, noo.

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Tomnoddy - 23 Apr 2021 10:21:44 (#30 of 463)

Athelstaneford should be somewhere in the deep south-east.

ReverendBlueJeans - 23 Apr 2021 10:22:36 (#31 of 463)

Equally, the nearby Huntington.

staticgirl - 23 Apr 2021 10:22:48 (#32 of 463)

#4 I also have the same problem with Guinea.

breakfast - 23 Apr 2021 10:23:24 (#33 of 463)

#30

Or Wessex.

ReverendBlueJeans - 23 Apr 2021 10:25:32 (#34 of 463)

The appearance of a 'z' in a name - common in Cornwall - gives a false exoticism. From Marazion to Brazzaville doesn't sound very far.

pranzingfrogg - 23 Apr 2021 10:28:31 (#35 of 463)

Ashby de la Zouch, now there’s a puzzler

RosyLovelady - 23 Apr 2021 10:30:27 (#36 of 463)

Chapel en le Frith

Newton le Willows

TheExcession - 23 Apr 2021 10:31:16 (#37 of 463)

#24 Well it was essentially made up in the nineteenth century combining the name of the man who built it (Titus Salt) and the name of the river Aire.

Ben Rhydding in nearby Wharfedale is another made up Victorian name and I don't think it means anything at all.

thisonehasalittlehat - 23 Apr 2021 10:31:31 (#38 of 463)

Northampton.

Delighted_User - 23 Apr 2021 10:31:33 (#39 of 463)

I am always slightly surprised that Rotherhithe isn't in Scotland, having muddled it at an early age with Rothiemurchus.

I always think of Leicester as further east than it is, roughly on the same longitude as Peterborough. Periodically I look at a map and readjust my mental image, but it always shuffles back.

RosyLovelady - 23 Apr 2021 10:33:14 (#40 of 463)

Norwich is north of Birmingham which should be ok on account of the "Nor", but really isn't.

HorstVogel - 23 Apr 2021 10:33:18 (#41 of 463)

#38, you're right, far too north of Southampton, yet not North enough.

Shadrack22 - 23 Apr 2021 10:34:20 (#42 of 463)

Brazzaville. I assumed it was in Brazil.

Delighted_User - 23 Apr 2021 10:35:40 (#43 of 463)

Norwich is north of Birmingham

My God, you're right.

coshipi - 23 Apr 2021 10:39:00 (#44 of 463)

Saltaire is a daft name.

No it's not! I taught - several part-time temporary contracts, on and off for three years - at Shipley College, which is in Saltaire. And the name just seems to fit the place perfectly.

Oh, okay. Daft it is.

HorstVogel - 23 Apr 2021 10:44:21 (#45 of 463)

keeping with salt, Salthill in Galway, I was wondering why this name?



It's even got a football team - Salthill Devon F.C.



Humans are bonkers

coshipi - 23 Apr 2021 10:47:16 (#46 of 463)

Humans are bonkers

Indeed they are. That's how the species is still around.

limegreen - 23 Apr 2021 10:48:03 (#47 of 463)

Billericay should be in Ireland, not Essex.

Glamorgan should be in Scotland, not Wales.

coshipi - 23 Apr 2021 10:49:25 (#48 of 463)

Glamorgan should be in Scotland, not Wales.

What? When it's two-thirds Morgan?

ReverendBlueJeans - 23 Apr 2021 10:50:01 (#49 of 463)

Devon - Bottom-right of England

Devon Valley - emerges from the Ochil Hills in Central Scotland.

Duke of Devonshire - family seat is near Bakewell in Derbyshire.

Weird, intit?

Tomnoddy - 23 Apr 2021 10:50:25 (#50 of 463)

Sandbach should be somewhere in Germany. Or at least pronounced like it.

ReverendBlueJeans - 23 Apr 2021 10:50:37 (#51 of 463)

I know it's there but I'm puzzled at a Leicestershire village being called Great Glen.

HorstVogel - 23 Apr 2021 10:50:51 (#52 of 463)

I learned Leeds Castle was not in Leeds when playing Kingmaker during lunch break at school.

WibbleAgain - 23 Apr 2021 10:51:31 (#53 of 463)

I used to think Margate was somewhere near Blackpool, because they were often mentioned together in old novels, as cold and wet holiday resorts.

RosyLovelady - 23 Apr 2021 10:52:15 (#54 of 463)

Hainault shouldn't be up the Essex loop of the Central line, and Theydon Bois of course is simply up itself.

coshipi - 23 Apr 2021 10:52:32 (#55 of 463)

used to think Margate was somewhere near Blackpool

When it ought to be a street in York.

limegreen - 23 Apr 2021 10:52:53 (#56 of 463)

#48 It must be Glen/Glam thing. Maybe the existence of Glasgow doesn't help. And Glamis Castle. It's purely a feeling thing.

ReverendBlueJeans - 23 Apr 2021 10:52:54 (#57 of 463)

arrives off ferry on Isle of Wight

gets on train

gets off train at Sandown

approaches rustic local

'Which way to the racecourse, mate?'

cozzer - 23 Apr 2021 10:57:35 (#58 of 463)

I always think Thurrock is in northern Scotland, possibly conflating it with Thurso/Wick.

Crayola - 23 Apr 2021 11:01:05 (#59 of 463)

Thurrock is defo in Scotland for me. Fortunately I found that out before I went to visit a call centre there that I was in charge of comms for. oops.

pranzingfrogg - 23 Apr 2021 11:04:35 (#60 of 463)

Chipping Ongar must have slipped eastward in the past. It should be in the Cotswolds somewhere along with Norton and Campden.

ReverendBlueJeans - 23 Apr 2021 11:06:13 (#61 of 463)

Dr Zhivago should have been filmed in Stepps.

Actually, no it shouldn't.

staticgirl - 23 Apr 2021 11:12:37 (#62 of 463)

I keep getting Chelmsford and Cheltenham mixed up.

HorstVogel - 23 Apr 2021 11:16:54 (#63 of 463)

Crayola, wise, especially if one has picked a cheap flight from an airport that is somewhere else. eg, a former boss thinking Airport Düsseldorf Regional was actually Düsseldorf Express Airport Mönchengladbach thus missed his flight as Weeze was about 50 miles away.

DonkeyOT - 23 Apr 2021 11:29:26 (#64 of 463)

#6 - There's also a Melbourne in Derbyshire.

There are three quite separate places called Crewe, one is in Virginia USA, the other two are both in Cheshire, and quite a few miles apart (but not as far as the one in USA).

ReverendBlueJeans - 23 Apr 2021 11:30:15 (#65 of 463)

And there's a Crewe Toll in Edinburgh.

elderberry - 23 Apr 2021 11:34:21 (#66 of 463)

Places with the same name both in the same county are very annoying, a former colleague had the embarrassing task of retrieving the box of books, posters etc from the Carrig primary school that hadn't won it so that she could give it to the Carrig primary school that had. Weeping children, distraught teachers, outraged elected representatives.

elderberry - 23 Apr 2021 11:35:42 (#67 of 463)

Of course, neither school was in an actual village called Carrig, that would be way too easy.

DonkeyOT - 23 Apr 2021 11:38:08 (#68 of 463)

# 65 - I went to Edinburgh to renew my wife's Spanish passport, just after the independence referendum, I thought my English accent would provoke contempt - on the contrary they were the epitome of friendliness!

Delighted_User - 23 Apr 2021 11:42:00 (#69 of 463)

Devon - Bottom-right of England

Has it moved?

coshipi - 23 Apr 2021 11:42:35 (#70 of 463)

Fordham, Cambridgeshire is at least in a different county from Fordham, Norfolk - but they're only about twenty miles apart.

There are loads of Fordhams around the place.

cozzer - 23 Apr 2021 11:43:43 (#71 of 463)

I keep getting Chelmsford and Cheltenham mixed up.

I know someone else who does that.

cozzer - 23 Apr 2021 11:43:54 (#72 of 463)

There's a Pennsylvania just outside Bath.

throstledoffer - 23 Apr 2021 11:44:29 (#73 of 463)

My friend's mum, on a first visit to Scotland for a family wedding, leapt off the train in panic on Penrith station. She thought she was in Cornwall.

ReverendBlueJeans - 23 Apr 2021 11:48:04 (#74 of 463)

My friend's mum, on a first visit to Scotland for a family wedding, leapt off the train in panic on Penrith station. She thought she was in Cornwall.

Heh! Remembering the stops on a childhood train journey from Glasgow to Blackpool, for years I wrongly remembered Penrith as being in Scotland.

bossab2 - 23 Apr 2021 11:49:27 (#75 of 463)

It took me a while to figure out that their are 2 Newcastles.

DonkeyOT - 23 Apr 2021 11:49:39 (#76 of 463)

Re my #68:-

Hour and a half to wait for the return train - went for a snack and a pint on station; barman amiably said, "What brings you guys up here then?" - "Spanish consulate to renew passport". He replied, "I've never been there", "Well no - why would you?". He said "Because my name's Juan García Martínez" as he pulled his i/d badge from his pocket and pinned it on.



True story!

HorstVogel - 23 Apr 2021 11:54:10 (#77 of 463)

remember on a holiday trip to Loch Ness. Anyway, looking at a road map I discovered there we two places call Moy, one on the road going East, one o the road going West.



good job neither were our destination.

JennyRad - 23 Apr 2021 11:57:37 (#78 of 463)

Some years ago I was playing an augmented reality game such that I sat at home and directed people to drive around doing things in specific places. I told a man in Manchester to go to Gosforth and gave him a CA20 - i.e. Carlisle - postcode.

Some hours later after we were deeply mystified by his disappearance he came back online to say he couldn't find where he was going, and it turned out he'd driven all the way to the Gosforth in Newcastle, because instead of putting the postcode in his satnav he'd just put Gosforth in.

That was annoying.

JohnIlly - 23 Apr 2021 12:04:43 (#79 of 463)

Devon - Bottom-right of England

Has it moved?

Looking down from Scotland, like the Rev, it is to the right.

ReverendBlueJeans - 23 Apr 2021 12:06:40 (#80 of 463)

My apologies. I do sometimes mix up left and right.

It is just as well I don't drive, right?

JohnIlly - 23 Apr 2021 12:07:59 (#81 of 463)

It took me a while to figure out that their are 2 Newcastles.

At the mail order firm I worked for the chap in charge of looking after the addresses decided to do some tidying up. He used a program we had written to do this sort of thing and so put in a card to add UPON TYNE to all NEWCASTLE addresses.

elderberry - 23 Apr 2021 12:08:09 (#82 of 463)

Newcastle Co Down, Newcastle Co Dublin, Newcastle Co Tipperary, Newcastle West, Newcastlemountkennedy.

I'm sure there are loads of others.

JohnIlly - 23 Apr 2021 12:09:46 (#83 of 463)

We only dealt with the UK, but the embarrassment was still great.

elderberry - 23 Apr 2021 12:11:01 (#84 of 463)

Co Down = UK

Catspyjamas17 - 23 Apr 2021 12:12:31 (#85 of 463)

I get Swinton and Swindon mixed up. So Swindon sounds like it's in North West Manchester to me.

I thought Glamorgan was in Scotland for at least some of my childhood and the impression still remains. It reminds me of Moffat and Glenmorangie. And Glamis.

Also thought Andover was in Belgium. Like Anderlecht.

DonkeyOT - 23 Apr 2021 12:13:54 (#86 of 463)

Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Staffs.

Where the honourable poster Mrs Lovelady was at university!

HorstVogel - 23 Apr 2021 12:16:53 (#87 of 463)

there's a Newcastle castle located on Newcastle Hill, Newcastle, Bridgend.



Don't know the post code off hand.

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 12:29:21 (#88 of 463)

Saltaire is a daft name.

No, it’s a perfectly logical name. It was built by Titus Salt on the banks of the river Aire: hence, Salt-Aire.

DonkeyOT - 23 Apr 2021 12:29:23 (#89 of 463)

# 87

TauCeti will know, he lives in that neck of the woods.

ReverendBlueJeans - 23 Apr 2021 12:29:41 (#90 of 463)

I get Swinton and Swindon mixed up. So Swindon sounds like it's in North West Manchester to me.

Oddly, there's a Swinton in the East End of Glasgow.

Newcastle = unimaginative name for a castle that's new, so no surprise there are loads of them. Then there's an archaic Scots/Old English term for building or 'work' - 'wark'. Hence Newark in Notts and the Newark Castle there. But there's also a Newark Castle in the borders and a well-known one in Posrt Glasgow.

RosyLovelady - 23 Apr 2021 12:42:33 (#91 of 463)

Saltaire may be logical but it's still daft.

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 12:43:35 (#92 of 463)

No, it’s a lot less daft than other place names.

Explain Thornton-le-Beans. Or Blubberhouses.

elderberry - 23 Apr 2021 12:44:18 (#93 of 463)

There are hundreds of Newtowns in Ireland, townlands, villages and small towns, dating medieval to 18th century - actually, come to think of it, it's Newtownmountkennedy in Wicklow, not Newcastlemk - there's a separate Newcastle in the same county.

RosyLovelady - 23 Apr 2021 12:44:24 (#94 of 463)

It may be fewer daft, but it's stll daft.

SinnerBoy - 23 Apr 2021 12:53:23 (#95 of 463)

limegreen #47

Billericay should be in Ireland, not Essex.

It always makes me think of Lancashire.

Catspyjamas17 - 23 Apr 2021 12:54:13 (#96 of 463)

Essex sounds perfect to me, or east London anyway. BilleRICKAY!

bossab2 - 23 Apr 2021 12:58:18 (#97 of 463)

Saffron Walden always sounds too posh to be in Essex

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 12:59:29 (#98 of 463)

It does. Dagenham, OTOH ...

TommyDGNR8 - 23 Apr 2021 13:04:53 (#99 of 463)

Or Blubberhouses.

Or Spacey Houses. One of these days I'll actually take a detour to see Spacey Houses, though I know I'll be disappointed that it's not where the local pod people live in plastic bubbles.

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 13:06:35 (#100 of 463)

You’ll be hugely disappointed. It’s a large BMW dealership, some new houses and a couple of bus-stops.

TheExcession - 23 Apr 2021 13:15:23 (#101 of 463)

"Spacey Houses"

I just imagine it as a town filled with identical clones of a certain now disgraced actor.

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 13:16:40 (#102 of 463)

It’s not a town - it’s not even big enough to be a suburb. It’s often frequented by red kites though.

Macpaddy - 23 Apr 2021 13:17:12 (#103 of 463)

Mountain Ash. A small rural town in Oregon, built with timber frame houses on wide unpaved roads.

Aberpennar. Why they use the English 'Mountain Ash' puzzles me. It is surrounded by Welsh named towns.

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 13:19:20 (#104 of 463)

Bill Bryson described a place called Pine Mountain that he visited on his travels around the US. He commented that when he got there ‘Pine Flat Place’ would have been a more appropriate name.

DonkeyOT - 23 Apr 2021 13:21:35 (#105 of 463)

"Pine Plain" would be better.

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 13:22:18 (#106 of 463)

It would, but it lacks the comedy value.

GrrrIbdis - 23 Apr 2021 13:23:38 (#107 of 463)

I am always surprised to hear that Hartlepool is up in the north east. My head has it next door to Clacton.

Eligelis - 23 Apr 2021 14:02:12 (#108 of 463)

Chorley should surely be a suburb of London.

HorstVogel - 23 Apr 2021 14:03:47 (#109 of 463)

with its posh wards Clayton-Le-Woods and Whittle-Le-Woods

Zymurgy1 - 23 Apr 2021 14:05:19 (#110 of 463)

New South Wales should be in Cornwall

browserbutton - 23 Apr 2021 14:07:16 (#111 of 463)

Ashby-de-la-Zouch sounds like it belongs in the pages of an Alexandre Dumas novel, rather than in Leicestershire.

JohnIlly - 23 Apr 2021 14:10:03 (#112 of 463)

When I first heard of Biggleswade I assumed it was in Yorkshire.

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 16:02:28 (#113 of 463)

Cullercoats doesn’t even sound like a real place.

Macpaddy - 23 Apr 2021 16:52:38 (#114 of 463)

Nempnett Thrubwell.. Doesn't even belong in a novel.

JohnIlly - 23 Apr 2021 17:00:25 (#115 of 463)

I thought he was a LibDem MP.

TommyDGNR8 - 23 Apr 2021 17:05:41 (#116 of 463)

Looks like an anagram

coshipi - 23 Apr 2021 17:37:56 (#117 of 463)

Cullercoats sounds like a paint company.

coshipi - 23 Apr 2021 17:38:40 (#118 of 463)

Or an Old Testament nickname.

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 17:39:17 (#119 of 463)

Hah, both of those!

DonkeyOT - 23 Apr 2021 17:55:11 (#120 of 463)

You lived somewhere that way didn't you, Coshipi?

Oh - and Indian Queens is in:-

Cornwall - as any fule no.

thisonehasalittlehat - 23 Apr 2021 18:03:39 (#121 of 463)

Devizes should definitely not be in England what with that Z. It sounds suspiciously foreign.

coshipi - 23 Apr 2021 18:04:31 (#122 of 463)

You live somewhere that way don't you, Coshipi?

Near Cullercoats, you mean? Well, Greenock is 182 miles from Cullercoats, so, no, not really. Thirty-five years ago, I did live the other side of Newcastle - close to Durham - for a year, and my sister's lived there almost all her adult life.

thisonehasalittlehat - 23 Apr 2021 18:06:28 (#123 of 463)

Thirty-five years ago, I did live the other side of Newcastle - close to Durham

Hmm... Barnard Castle.... eyes Cohsi suspiciously.

AdonisBlue - 23 Apr 2021 18:08:21 (#124 of 463)

Quite a few places on the north east coast should be on the south coast or in Florida e.g. Flamborough head, Miami Beach, Sandsend etc. Corby should be further north, Royal Leamington Spa further south. Bognor Regis should be up north.

I struggle to point out on a map where Kettering is.

thisonehasalittlehat - 23 Apr 2021 18:12:10 (#125 of 463)

It is in northamptonshire. Which is in the wrong place. Neither north. Nor very close to hampton. Which is a tiny place that does not deserve to have two much larger places named in relation to it.

OldLefty - 23 Apr 2021 18:23:26 (#126 of 463)

Hampton Court Castle, which is nothing to do with Hampton Court, but is a castle in Herefordshire. It was bought in the 1990s by a rich American, who renovated it to his idea of what a medieval castle should look like, which is how it would have looked in a 1940s or 50s Hollywood epic. It is gloriously naff, and well worth a visit.

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 18:24:57 (#127 of 463)

Devizes should definitely not be in England what with that Z. It sounds suspiciously foreign.

Except for being very useful for limericks

thisonehasalittlehat - 23 Apr 2021 18:31:05 (#128 of 463)

There was a bad blossom from devizes

Who secretly stole all the prizes

She used to be thin

But when she hid them within

Her dress she went up five sizes.

OldLefty - 23 Apr 2021 18:32:05 (#129 of 463)

The last line doesn't scan.

OldLefty - 23 Apr 2021 18:32:43 (#130 of 463)

Nor does the first for that matter.

OldLefty - 23 Apr 2021 18:33:03 (#131 of 463)

Or the next to last.

thisonehasalittlehat - 23 Apr 2021 18:33:22 (#132 of 463)

I'm not constrained by the chains of metre.

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 18:33:25 (#133 of 463)

Or the fourth.

OldLefty - 23 Apr 2021 18:33:43 (#134 of 463)

The third one's OK though.

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 18:34:08 (#135 of 463)

I'm not constrained by the chains of metre.

e e cummings there!

Antimatter - 23 Apr 2021 18:36:20 (#136 of 463)

Corby should be further north.

Corby should be towed out to sea and detonated.

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 18:40:20 (#137 of 463)

I can’t argue with that.

coshipi - 23 Apr 2021 18:44:15 (#138 of 463)

Hmm... Barnard Castle....

Esh Winning actually.

bossab2 - 23 Apr 2021 19:00:59 (#139 of 463)

Devizes should definitely not be in England what with that Z. It sounds suspiciously foreign.

With that z it definitely should be further west in Devon or Cornwall.

Until I had the missfortune* to have to drive through it one day I really did feel that it should be somewhere near Exeter.

(*It is a depressing dump)

quartus - 23 Apr 2021 19:02:29 (#140 of 463)

My first intuitive (mis)pronounciation of Wisbech made me imagine it was once a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

RosyLovelady - 23 Apr 2021 19:13:53 (#141 of 463)

This is the version of the limerick my mother taught me.

There was a young lass from Devizes

Whose knockers were different sizes.

One was so small

It was not there at all,

But the other one won several prizes.

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 19:24:51 (#142 of 463)

Or, in the spirit of equality:

There was a young man of Devizes

Whose balls were of different sizes.

One was so small,

It was no use at all

But the other one won several prizes.

coshipi - 23 Apr 2021 19:30:19 (#143 of 463)

Or the English version (according to Microsoft at least):

There was a young person from Devises ...

thisonehasalittlehat - 23 Apr 2021 19:30:45 (#144 of 463)

Yes but I wrote mine for fluer and yours would be horrible inappropriate you monsters.

FleurDuMal - 23 Apr 2021 19:44:26 (#145 of 463)

Are you calling me fat?

bossab2 - 23 Apr 2021 19:56:59 (#146 of 463)

There are bits of London that I would struggle to place correctly on a map

Eg Crickleworth

deadmanwalking23 - 23 Apr 2021 20:10:17 (#147 of 463)

Easy to get Bromley-by-Bow and Bromley confused. I used to live in the former and was asked where the cinema was and the guy got confused when I said there wasn't one.

RosyLovelady - 23 Apr 2021 20:10:59 (#148 of 463)

#146

And Wandswood, presumably?

RosyLovelady - 23 Apr 2021 20:12:14 (#149 of 463)

There are two Plaistows as well, but I'm not sure if both of them are equally mispronounced.

deadmanwalking23 - 23 Apr 2021 20:15:53 (#150 of 463)

East Peckham is not in London.

Tomnoddy - 23 Apr 2021 20:39:05 (#151 of 463)

California is just south of Falkirk. It bears no resemblance to its namesake.

thisonehasalittlehat - 23 Apr 2021 20:44:51 (#152 of 463)

Only when hiding all the prizes.

JohnIlly - 23 Apr 2021 23:14:33 (#153 of 463)

Speaking of the letter Z, if you don't know the place, where would you think Frizinghall was located?

GrrrIbdis - 23 Apr 2021 23:48:25 (#154 of 463)

Bet it's near Liverpool. Like Fazackerley...

thisonehasalittlehat - 24 Apr 2021 06:32:32 (#155 of 463)

Frizinghall sounds very cold.

coshipi - 24 Apr 2021 06:39:16 (#156 of 463)

Having lived not far from Frizinghall, I can assure you it's not all that close to Liverpool. Wrong side of the Pennines.

The reason I know where Fazackerley is is that for a few months I had a boss called Fazackerley, who came from Fazackerley. That was 1968 - I wonder if he's still alive? He'll be a very old man if he is.

FleurDuMal - 24 Apr 2021 07:47:08 (#157 of 463)

It’s near Bratfud

browserbutton - 24 Apr 2021 08:14:09 (#158 of 463)

Idea for an Asian restaurant: The Wok King of Woking.

You can also have ham.

CarlosFandango - 24 Apr 2021 08:15:54 (#159 of 463)

Bratfut, please.

TommyDGNR8 - 24 Apr 2021 08:23:50 (#160 of 463)

Nah, definitely a fud.

CarlosFandango - 24 Apr 2021 08:25:26 (#161 of 463)

Studley Royal ought to be just outside Newmarket.

I like the fact that both Catherine de Barnes and Hampton in Arden are not in some twee part of Surrey, but nestle together at the end of Birmingham airport's runway.

CarlosFandango - 24 Apr 2021 08:26:44 (#162 of 463)

Nah, definitely a fud.

Ha. Actually neither, rather a hard, unvoiced glottal stop.

Fud is too soft, and the t isn't really there.

Bratfuh' maybe.

coshipi - 24 Apr 2021 08:31:53 (#163 of 463)

Lived there for eleven years. It's Bra'fu' with two hard unvoiced glo'al stops.

FleurDuMal - 24 Apr 2021 08:44:04 (#164 of 463)

I like the fact that both Catherine de Barnes and Hampton in Arden are not in some twee part of Surrey, but nestle together at the end of Birmingham airport's runway.

Those are lovely names!

coshipi, I disagree; it’s definitely a pronounced ‘t’ in the first syllable.

CarlosFandango - 24 Apr 2021 08:51:26 (#165 of 463)

My mum taught ESOL in central Brat'fu' before ESOL/TESL/TEFL were even a thing, and one of her colleagues was known for his ability to tell where any kid was from, to within about three streets.

The t is sometimes there, sometimes not, depending a lot on cadence of speech, I think.

Either way, a much nicer accent than S. Leeds.

CarlosFandango - 24 Apr 2021 08:52:02 (#166 of 463)

Better curry houses too.

FleurDuMal - 24 Apr 2021 08:55:40 (#167 of 463)

Oh yeah!

The Islamabad up by the uni is especially good.

CarlosFandango - 24 Apr 2021 09:00:28 (#168 of 463)

Oak Lane is wick wi' 'em.

coshipi - 24 Apr 2021 09:04:52 (#169 of 463)

The t is sometimes there, sometimes not, depending a lot on cadence of speech, I think.

It's also possible that it varies with time or location within the city, or social group. I was there 72-83.

When the Karachi on Neal Street was surely the best curry house...whence came the chappati in this little recount:

http://clive.semmens.org.uk/Fiction/Penny/CarTroub
le.html#chappati
- written as though Penny's story, but actually (like many) one of my own. "Alf" was really Sid, sadly long since passed away of the massive heart attack his lifestyle almost inevitably led to.

CarlosFandango - 24 Apr 2021 09:30:24 (#170 of 463)

I believe I have been there cosh - certainly been to many of that ilk.

Both my parents worked in central Bradford for decades and were very much involved in the whole multicultural scene. Mohammed Ajeeb used to visit our house on and off.

Drummond, Belle Vue, Ray Honeyford and the CRC... Strange how things seem to be able to get both better and worse at the same time.

But there's always curry.

bossab2 - 24 Apr 2021 09:42:41 (#171 of 463)

Wheres Micheldelver

Approximately

No googling.

FleurDuMal - 24 Apr 2021 09:44:26 (#172 of 463)

It sounds like a place from Lord of the Rings.

bossab2 - 24 Apr 2021 09:52:17 (#173 of 463)

This reminds me of geoguesser.

https://www.geoguessr.com/

A game which using streetview maps plonks you randomly in the world and you have to figure where you have landed.

99% of the world is covered in dirt tracks surrounded by trees !

bossab2 - 24 Apr 2021 09:55:00 (#174 of 463)

Maybe we could do an NTT version called 'down your way'.

Where someone picks a teeny tiny village, and has to find something interesting to say about it ?

coshipi - 24 Apr 2021 09:56:17 (#175 of 463)

Yeah. My cousin and his wife are great geoguessers. I've played a few times, usually with hilariously wild results, but occasionally astonishingly accurately. But then if it will offer me places I actually recognize...

coshipi - 24 Apr 2021 10:18:07 (#176 of 463)

Ooh. Geoguesser's changed since I last played. Accounts? Heigh ho, I don't think I'll bother again.

DonkeyOT - 24 Apr 2021 13:41:45 (#177 of 463)

Boosab - # 174 - Franklyn Engleman did it on t'wireless yonks ago.

It were grand as owt.

TheExcession - 24 Apr 2021 13:47:41 (#178 of 463)

"When the Karachi on Neal Street was surely the best curry house"

Still going and the curries are still great.

wickeltisch - 24 Apr 2021 13:50:41 (#179 of 463)

Kalifornien (California) is only a few kms away from Brasilien (Brazil). Both are near the Baltic Sea not far from Kiel in northern Germany.

https://www.google.de/maps/@54.4248749,10.3814577,
14z

Macpaddy - 24 Apr 2021 14:04:58 (#180 of 463)

Aberfeldy in....Scotland. Obviously stolen from Wales by the wild marauders.( Scottish Rugby U fans.)

FleurDuMal - 24 Apr 2021 14:06:57 (#181 of 463)

Balerno. It should be in Sicily instead of being just outside Edinburgh.

coshipi - 24 Apr 2021 14:09:36 (#182 of 463)

Was Aberdeen also stolen from Wales?

Ecclefechan is also obviously originally Welsh, meaning "Little Eccle."

Macpaddy - 24 Apr 2021 14:15:50 (#183 of 463)

No, cos, Aberdeen is all Scots, they just stole the idea of 'Aber' from the Welsh.

coshipi - 24 Apr 2021 14:17:15 (#184 of 463)

#183

Yup, that makes perfect sense.

How Ecclefechan got its Fechan - and for that matter how it's pronounced - has me mystified though.

wickeltisch - 24 Apr 2021 14:24:01 (#185 of 463)

they just stole the idea of 'Aber' from the Welsh

Aber Wrac’h is in Brittany (also formerly inhabited by Celts). Doesn't aber mean river?

Macpaddy - 24 Apr 2021 14:25:11 (#186 of 463)

Mouth of or estuary - aber.

wickeltisch - 24 Apr 2021 14:27:02 (#187 of 463)

Ah, thanks. I got it nearly right.

Macpaddy - 24 Apr 2021 14:29:59 (#188 of 463)

Welsh for river is Afon, pronounced Avon.

HorstVogel - 24 Apr 2021 14:31:38 (#189 of 463)

But the River Avon isn't in Wales! Well, not the well known one.

wickeltisch - 24 Apr 2021 14:33:53 (#190 of 463)

So the river Avon seems to have had that name for a very very long time. Or did the incoming Saxons just think it was the name of this one special river and used it as a proper name?

wickeltisch - 24 Apr 2021 14:36:04 (#191 of 463)

#189 All of England was inhabited by Celts who were then driven away by the Saxon hordes. So Celtic languages were spoken in all of England.

TommyDGNR8 - 24 Apr 2021 14:38:40 (#192 of 463)

A River River to go with the Hill Hill Hill Hill.

ReverendBlueJeans - 24 Apr 2021 14:41:42 (#193 of 463)

Re Balerno - there is a trend for -o endings in Fife and Lothian: Balmanno, Balmullo, Monboddo, Cambo.

OldLefty - 24 Apr 2021 14:41:55 (#194 of 463)

The Celtic languages (Scots Gaelic, Irish, Welsh, Cornish, Breton) are related and have words in common.

wickeltisch - 24 Apr 2021 14:45:04 (#195 of 463)

In northern France you'll find place names that do not sound French at all, towns like Ochtezeele or Volkerinckhove. The area belonged to the NL until the 17th century but the place names were never frenchified.

Macpaddy - 24 Apr 2021 15:06:56 (#196 of 463)

# 193. Glasgo.

wickeltisch - 24 Apr 2021 15:09:52 (#197 of 463)

Linlithgo

browserbutton - 24 Apr 2021 15:14:56 (#198 of 463)

There is a Hermannsburg in Germany, as you might expect. But there is also one in the Australian outback, 125km south west of Alice Springs. This was missionaries at work, spreading terror among the indigenous people.

wickeltisch - 24 Apr 2021 15:18:11 (#199 of 463)

Settlers often took their place names with them to new settlements, as Boston for example proves. The first English settlers there probably also spread terror among the indigenous people.

bossab2 - 24 Apr 2021 15:24:43 (#200 of 463)

I assumed Louth was in Scotland

Delighted_User - 24 Apr 2021 15:28:54 (#201 of 463)

Hayes may not be quite where you think it is, depending on where you think it is.

wickeltisch - 24 Apr 2021 15:30:13 (#202 of 463)

I'd think it's in England. Where ist it?

wickeltisch - 24 Apr 2021 15:31:58 (#203 of 463)

I googled and found the world is full of Hayes.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayes

bossab2 - 24 Apr 2021 16:43:38 (#204 of 463)

Hayes is a strip of 30s shops opposite the train station in southeast London.

There used to be an Iceland

JennyRad - 24 Apr 2021 17:00:04 (#205 of 463)

That's only one of the Hayeseseses. I used to work in one of the others.

quartus - 24 Apr 2021 20:20:22 (#206 of 463)

Another's neighbour to Hillingdon in Middx.

bossab2 - 24 Apr 2021 21:01:04 (#207 of 463)

I have been to Hay on Wye

It was fun and querky.

InternationalVicar - 24 Apr 2021 21:03:28 (#208 of 463)

Kalamazoo, a boring town in Michigan.

InternationalVicar - 24 Apr 2021 21:06:43 (#209 of 463)

Liverpool, posh shops in Mexico.

JennyRad - 24 Apr 2021 21:11:05 (#210 of 463)

Another's neighbour to Hillingdon in Middx.



That's the one I used to work in. Main redeeming feature: a branch of Wilko. (Also, was a fantastic place to go and stretch your legs after work before driving home on Diwali - lots of lovely fireworks and the streets full of people in amazing clothes.)

barkis - 24 Apr 2021 21:13:14 (#211 of 463)

Unless I've missed it no-one's mentioned Scotch Corner.

JennyRad - 24 Apr 2021 21:14:47 (#212 of 463)

Good point, barkis - in fact I'm alarmed to find out that I'd actually temporarily forgotten Scotch Corner even exists.

Others in the niche of "service station that isn't where you think it should be" - "Pease Pottage". I really do think that should be in the North - possibly around about where Scotch Corner actually is, thinking about it.

InternationalVicar - 24 Apr 2021 21:16:10 (#213 of 463)

And just as near Scotland for a five year old in the back.

ReverendBlueJeans - 24 Apr 2021 21:16:48 (#214 of 463)

Wilko is great.

There's a ruined cottage miles up a glen near the Rest and Be Thankful (summit on road that's always closed by landslides) that has stolidly been shown on maps for years as 'Abyssinia'.

The theory is that some ghillie or whatever came back to Scotland after years of military service and he named it after one of the places he'd served in.

InternationalVicar - 24 Apr 2021 21:20:38 (#215 of 463)

Most modern places (early 19th C.) called Egypt, except Egypt per se are named after a sense of bohemian free will, apparently.

barkis - 24 Apr 2021 21:28:01 (#216 of 463)

Both in Leeds where I live now and Stoke-on-Trent where I lived a few years in the past there are places called Botany Bay. I know the S-o-T one was the name of a pottery that was founded in what was regarded as a remote place, I don't know about the Leeds one.

FleurDuMal - 24 Apr 2021 21:33:30 (#217 of 463)

There’s an area of Leeds called Belle Isle. It sounds way more lovely than it actually is.

barkis - 24 Apr 2021 21:38:05 (#218 of 463)

See also Nice Avenue, which used to be just behind Kwiksave when I lived in Harehills.

FGBFGB - 24 Apr 2021 22:05:11 (#219 of 463)

There was Nice View, too (dubious). I lived a little way down Harehills Rd, in the Bayswaters.

SinnerBoy - 24 Apr 2021 22:06:19 (#220 of 463)

ReverendBlueJeans #193

Re Balerno - there is a trend for -o endings in Fife and Lothian: Balmanno...

Bogindollo, between Dundee and Aberdeen. I always imagine a half Scot, half Yorkshireman telling his missus,

"That's boggin, Dollo!" regarding something unpleasant.

SinnerBoy - 24 Apr 2021 22:07:06 (#221 of 463)

How about Scots Gap and Scotswood?

FGBFGB - 24 Apr 2021 22:08:32 (#222 of 463)

#215 There was an area called Egypt in the east end of Newcastle, named because of transcribed set up there during the Napoleonic Wars. The name persisted in the Egypt Cottage pub on City Road, much used by people from nearby Tyne-Tees TV, and music luminaries guesting on The Tube. Also, the Hairy Bikers first met in the Egypt Cottage.

FGBFGB - 24 Apr 2021 22:09:13 (#223 of 463)

Cotswold was the wood owned by a chap called Scott.

A very appropriate predictive thingy, there. Scotswood is so like the Cotswolds.

bossab2 - 24 Apr 2021 22:10:23 (#224 of 463)

Rugby sounds like it should be more Home Counties.

JohnIlly - 24 Apr 2021 22:29:37 (#225 of 463)

There's a farm called Egypt near Hebden Bridge. It's at the end of Noah Dale.

carterbrandon - 24 Apr 2021 22:40:22 (#226 of 463)

Rhodesia is in Worksop.

Macpaddy - 25 Apr 2021 00:25:06 (#227 of 463)

I suppose someone must have mentioned Little France, in Edinburgh.

coshipi - 25 Apr 2021 06:57:19 (#228 of 463)

Scotch Corner isn't as daftly named as it seems: it was (and for many still is) where you choose between heading for Edinburgh or Glasgow. Whether that was the original reason for the name, I don't know.

#214 As for Abyssinia near Rest and be Thankful, the tale I heard was that a traveler ended up staying at an inn at the foot of the pass (Ardgartan? Doesn't seem to fit, but who knows?) and as the ghillie departed into the night, asked, "Where's he going on a night like this?"

The Ghillie, not having heard the question, shouted to the landlord, "I'll be seeing you!" and was misheard by the traveler, to much hilarity.

Catspyjamas17 - 25 Apr 2021 07:15:46 (#229 of 463)

I'm still trying to reliably place Brentwood and Brentford correctly in my head.

thisonehasalittlehat - 25 Apr 2021 07:16:31 (#230 of 463)

I mean that's just not physically possible.

HorstVogel - 25 Apr 2021 07:28:12 (#231 of 463)

I can't even place Bedford.

thisonehasalittlehat - 25 Apr 2021 08:11:57 (#232 of 463)

Places like Bedford, Luton, Watford, it doesn't really matter where they are geographically only how far on a train from London.

coshipi - 25 Apr 2021 08:45:07 (#233 of 463)

Getting to any of them from Cambridge (or Ely) is a pain by train - you have to go via London.

From our point of view now, they're just so far down south as to be not worth the bother.

InternationalVicar - 25 Apr 2021 09:05:56 (#234 of 463)

Bedford has direct trains to Brighton, Sheffield and Nottingham.

And possibly both Oxford and Cambridge by the year TwentyEleventy.

FleurDuMal - 25 Apr 2021 09:10:10 (#235 of 463)

I suppose someone must have mentioned Little France, in Edinburgh.

Leeds has Little London and Bradford, Little Germany. There’s a road called Hamstrasse there.

JohnIlly - 25 Apr 2021 10:28:32 (#236 of 463)

That's because of the twinning with Hamm. See also Coutances Way in Ilkley.

HorstVogel - 25 Apr 2021 10:29:26 (#237 of 463)

Bedford is South? That is where I go wrong, thinking it should be midlands.

coshipi - 25 Apr 2021 10:31:15 (#238 of 463)

Bedford is South? That is where I go wrong, thinking it should be midlands.

It all depends on your point of view, dunnit! The English midlands ARE South from a Scottish Central Belt point of view. Far south.

HorstVogel - 25 Apr 2021 10:33:23 (#239 of 463)

True, but say much closer to Brum than the smoke.



Actually I'll duckduck it.



Halfway!

GrrrIbdis - 25 Apr 2021 10:40:47 (#240 of 463)

Bedford can't be very close to Brum or I'm sure I'd have heard of it, while growing up there.

coshipi - 25 Apr 2021 10:41:47 (#241 of 463)

Well, it's closer to London than to Brum, but that's because Brum's quite a bit further west, not because it's much further north.

InternationalVicar - 25 Apr 2021 10:44:28 (#242 of 463)

East and West Midlands don't have much to do with each other.



East Anglia was famously cut off by sea on three sides and the rail service on the other one.

FleurDuMal - 25 Apr 2021 10:44:46 (#243 of 463)

See also Coutances Way in Ilkley.

I’ve been to Coutances and it’s nothing like Ilkley.

On a similar note, I have no idea how Le Mans came to be twinned with Bolton.

TommyDGNR8 - 25 Apr 2021 10:49:18 (#244 of 463)

Twinning has led to all sorts of wierdness. I was disappointed to discover the tunnel on the Huddersfield Ring Road was called Unna Way because the town's twinned with Unna in Germany and not a play on words with the local accent.

coshipi - 25 Apr 2021 10:50:28 (#245 of 463)

Could be both, of course.

wickeltisch - 25 Apr 2021 10:50:37 (#246 of 463)

a road called Hamstrasse

Which is a bit wrong pronunciation wise, correct is -straße with a long -a, -ass is pronounced with a short -a

wickeltisch - 25 Apr 2021 10:57:51 (#247 of 463)

Cologne is twinned with Liverpool. There's a 'Liverpooler Platz' (Liverpool Square) in a poorer part of the city which is mainly known for being a social problem area.

Fitting or not?

JohnIlly - 25 Apr 2021 11:18:01 (#248 of 463)

That's a bit wrong because in English there is no such word as Liverpooler.

JohnIlly - 25 Apr 2021 11:22:39 (#249 of 463)

There are several geographical features etc. in the South Pennines called Hades. Hades Hill, Hades Edge, Hades Farm for example.

I think it's pronounced Haids, though.

wickeltisch - 25 Apr 2021 11:23:03 (#250 of 463)

Even more strangely a person from Liverpool would be called a 'Liverpooler' here, not a Liverpudlian.

OldLefty - 25 Apr 2021 11:39:39 (#251 of 463)

When I was at school, we were told off for using the word Liverpudlian. The accepted term was Liverpolitan.

They were wrong of course. It wasn't a good idea to tell them though.

carterbrandon - 25 Apr 2021 11:47:00 (#252 of 463)

Liverpudlian follows English rules. Liverpooler follows German rules, which is quite right, when speaking German.

HorstVogel - 25 Apr 2021 12:07:39 (#253 of 463)

No wonder scouse is used, much better than pudian or politan.

RosyLovelady - 25 Apr 2021 12:09:59 (#254 of 463)

I remember thinking the song I've got a gal in Kalamazoo was about someone whose girlfriend worked in the accounts department.

FleurDuMal - 25 Apr 2021 12:12:32 (#255 of 463)

Which is a bit wrong pronunciation wise, correct is -straße with a long -a, -ass is pronounced with a short -a

We’re talking about Bradford (pronounced ‘Bratfud’).

JohnIlly - 25 Apr 2021 12:18:55 (#256 of 463)

Nobody in Bradford ever actually has to say Hammstrasse. There are no properties on it and therefore it is not part of any address. It is a new road built in the late 80s as a sort of internal bypass. I worked near there when it was built and I think calling it "that new road" persisted.

GrrrIbdis - 25 Apr 2021 12:19:16 (#257 of 463)

#250 But if the name is originally Welsh, ie Lyfrpwl, it could follow Welsh rules. Any welsh-speakers care to comment?

FleurDuMal - 25 Apr 2021 12:19:26 (#258 of 463)

Or ‘the road with the big mosque’.

JohnIlly - 25 Apr 2021 12:20:59 (#259 of 463)

The "pudlian" part of "Liverpudlian" arose as a humorous reference to puddles.

thisonehasalittlehat - 25 Apr 2021 12:37:43 (#260 of 463)

Not a Liverpool but a liverpuddle?

TommyDGNR8 - 25 Apr 2021 13:19:57 (#261 of 463)

Nobody in Bradford ever actually has to say Hammstrasse.

See also: Halifax's Aachen Way (the A58 to anyone I've ever met).

wickeltisch - 25 Apr 2021 13:33:10 (#262 of 463)

I wonder how English speakers pronounce Aachen. The Scots will get the -ch sound right though.

FleurDuMal - 25 Apr 2021 13:34:13 (#263 of 463)

I always find American pronunciation of British place names quite amusing.

wickeltisch - 25 Apr 2021 13:37:32 (#264 of 463)

Pronunciation of British place names seems often very illogical to foreigners.

RosyLovelady - 25 Apr 2021 13:45:16 (#265 of 463)

It is very illogical.

InternationalVicar - 25 Apr 2021 13:48:32 (#266 of 463)

I wonder how English speakers pronounce Aachen

Aix-La-Chapelle

Unless they've learned German.

Heathrow airport is there as a welcoming gift to German speakers.

wickeltisch - 25 Apr 2021 13:51:38 (#267 of 463)

Aix-La-Chapelle

The French pronunciation might also be a bit of problem.

wickeltisch - 25 Apr 2021 13:55:36 (#268 of 463)

Btw, why mention Heathrow? Do you think the -th is a big problem?

InternationalVicar - 25 Apr 2021 13:59:22 (#269 of 463)

I've heard it happily mangled in several ways.

Hay-AT-Rov Airport please.

Taxi: Wot Gatwick?

I'm sure your pronounciation is excellent, wickel

thisonehasalittlehat - 25 Apr 2021 14:02:37 (#270 of 463)

The best thing about London is watching Americans take the tube from Leicester Square to Covent garden.

The second best thing is watching Americans arriving at Stratford and going through a process of realisation.

FleurDuMal - 25 Apr 2021 14:03:38 (#271 of 463)

“Ly-sess-ter Square”?

thisonehasalittlehat - 25 Apr 2021 14:04:27 (#272 of 463)

Marylebone is the hardest I think.

Macpaddy - 25 Apr 2021 14:05:05 (#273 of 463)

"Worcester" causes some problems.

thisonehasalittlehat - 25 Apr 2021 14:05:59 (#274 of 463)

And no circuses anywhere.

Macpaddy - 25 Apr 2021 14:06:11 (#275 of 463)

"Bwlch" in Wales is a favourite.

wickeltisch - 25 Apr 2021 14:12:52 (#276 of 463)

I've heard it happily mangled in several ways

The most common mistake Germans make is pronouncing -th like -s.

Worcester is tricky, I've heard people talk about Wor-kester sauce.

wickeltisch - 25 Apr 2021 14:14:33 (#277 of 463)

re Stratford: it took me some time to realise there's a Stratford in London. The one on the Avon is better known abroad.

GrrrIbdis - 25 Apr 2021 14:40:01 (#278 of 463)

It's the American-English-using Japanese that I feel for, getting in a London taxi to go shopping and being driven to Oxford.

OldLefty - 25 Apr 2021 15:01:45 (#279 of 463)

"Bwlch" in Wales is a favourite.

W and Y are both vowels in Welsh.

bossab2 - 25 Apr 2021 15:07:12 (#280 of 463)

My son went on a school trip to Stratford.

I thought 'thats nice'

Turned out it was the inner city one.

JohnIlly - 25 Apr 2021 15:11:52 (#281 of 463)

There are a few Stratfords around the country. It just means "street ford" so you'd expect more than one.

browserbutton - 25 Apr 2021 15:13:44 (#282 of 463)

American Tourist: "Say, can you direct us to Hi Why Kombi?"

Yokel: "Keep going. By the way, it's pronounced Hoi Wiccum."

DonkeyOT - 25 Apr 2021 15:14:09 (#283 of 463)

What was Iceland called before it was changed to "Iceland"?

JohnIlly - 25 Apr 2021 15:14:33 (#284 of 463)

Tesco.

DonkeyOT - 25 Apr 2021 15:14:46 (#285 of 463)

No.

Macpaddy - 25 Apr 2021 15:16:53 (#286 of 463)

Snowland?

DonkeyOT - 25 Apr 2021 15:17:10 (#287 of 463)

No.

OldLefty - 25 Apr 2021 15:20:08 (#288 of 463)

Are we talking about a country or a supermarket?

Macpaddy - 25 Apr 2021 15:20:46 (#289 of 463)

Santaland.

GrrrIbdis - 25 Apr 2021 15:20:52 (#290 of 463)

Bejabbers it's brass monkeys - abbreviated to Bejam.

coshipi - 25 Apr 2021 15:32:38 (#291 of 463)

What was Iceland called before it was changed to "Iceland"?

Depends whether there really were Irish monks there before the Vikings arrived. It's extremely likely that the Vikings always called it Ísland (pronounced Ee-Slunt) as they do today. What the Irish monks called it, if they did, I've no idea.

wickeltisch - 25 Apr 2021 15:35:47 (#292 of 463)

the Vikings always called it Ísland

I think Scandinavian is means ice.

coshipi - 25 Apr 2021 15:36:15 (#293 of 463)

Definitely does. In Icelandic there's an acute (or an interestingly placed comma, take your pick) over the I.

HorstVogel - 25 Apr 2021 16:32:14 (#294 of 463)

Interestingly* Germans call Iceland Island rather than Eisland.



* or not

DonkeyOT - 25 Apr 2021 16:38:51 (#295 of 463)

# 290 is indeed correct - Bejam!

Frozen food retailer.

Macpaddy - 25 Apr 2021 17:01:11 (#296 of 463)

BOO!

InternationalVicar - 25 Apr 2021 18:29:06 (#297 of 463)

Much less icy than Greenland

coshipi - 25 Apr 2021 18:49:57 (#298 of 463)

But the origin of the name Greenland is well known to have been PR.

InternationalVicar - 25 Apr 2021 19:10:32 (#299 of 463)

Or subterfuge, and it was greener then.

carterbrandon - 25 Apr 2021 20:30:28 (#300 of 463)

Looga-Borooga is Australian for Loughborough.

wickeltisch - 26 Apr 2021 08:37:04 (#301 of 463)

it was greener then

In the northern hemisphere there was a warm period during the Middle Ages (10th-13th century) and the climate in Greenland was warmer than today. The following Little Ice Age changed vegetation.

ReverendBlueJeans - 26 Apr 2021 08:39:31 (#302 of 463)

Kirkoswald in Cumbria sounds screamingly Scottish.

wickeltisch - 26 Apr 2021 08:40:46 (#303 of 463)

English Dunkirk for French Dunquerque sounds Scottish too.

widenation - 26 Apr 2021 09:22:48 (#304 of 463)

Bognor sounds like it should be in North Wales

Lower Basildon on the Thames Estuary.

FleurDuMal - 26 Apr 2021 10:02:25 (#305 of 463)

East Keswick is in West Yorkshire. It should be in the Lake District.

browserbutton - 26 Apr 2021 10:03:36 (#306 of 463)

I reckon Chippenham should be oop in Yorkshire.

TommyDGNR8 - 26 Apr 2021 10:26:15 (#307 of 463)

#305, see also, pretty much everywhere north of Keighley.

GrrrIbdis - 26 Apr 2021 10:27:57 (#308 of 463)

#307 Keighley? Isn't that in Australia? Everywhere's north of that!

TheExcession - 26 Apr 2021 10:30:28 (#309 of 463)

Lots of people can't pronounce Keighley, largely because the actual pronounciation sounds like it should have a 't' in it.

enidcoleslaw - 26 Apr 2021 10:39:40 (#310 of 463)

To me, Maida Vale always sounds like it should be in Wales, rather than a few minutes up from Marble Arch

widenation - 26 Apr 2021 10:54:44 (#311 of 463)

St Pauli sounds like a med resort/caribbean island.

ReverendBlueJeans - 26 Apr 2021 11:09:48 (#312 of 463)

Lots of people can't pronounce Keighley, largely because the actual pronounciation sounds like it should have a 't' in it.

See, a few hundred miles north, Keith.

Another Scottish -o, of course, is Balado, late home of T in the Park. It doesn't sound like an Italian place, more like the surname of a panic Italian signing by, say, Sunderland, who turns out to be rubbish and is eventually punted to Falkirk on loan.

bossab2 - 26 Apr 2021 11:11:33 (#313 of 463)

I reckon Chippenham should be oop in Yorkshire.

Wheras Huddersfield should be near Worchester.

FeudalClink - 26 Apr 2021 11:11:54 (#314 of 463)

Ashby de la Zouch, now there’s a puzzler

My home town. Granted by the Norman kings to the La Zouche family by Henry III. An 'e' fell off somewhere.

ReverendBlueJeans - 26 Apr 2021 11:12:31 (#315 of 463)

holds up an 'e'

Here it is.

bossab2 - 26 Apr 2021 11:14:04 (#316 of 463)

Fingringhoe shouldn't be in Essex either.

Somewhere near Plymouth would be better

sloanepeterson - 26 Apr 2021 11:27:18 (#317 of 463)

Brunei should be in the Middle East.

FeudalClink - 26 Apr 2021 11:29:13 (#318 of 463)

No Man's Heath should be in Flanders

TommyDGNR8 - 26 Apr 2021 11:29:44 (#319 of 463)

Fingringhoe shouldn't be in Essex either.

Oh, Fingringhoe sounds like something that happens every night between the bins out the back of every Essex pub.

ReverendBlueJeans - 26 Apr 2021 11:30:39 (#320 of 463)

Aspatria should be a picturesque Italian coastal resort with a famed fine china factory. Not one of the least attractive towns in Cumbria.

TommyDGNR8 - 26 Apr 2021 11:31:00 (#321 of 463)

Brunei should be in the Middle East.

It has never occurred to me that it isn't.

wickeltisch - 26 Apr 2021 11:34:38 (#322 of 463)

No Man's Heath should be in Flanders

I can't see it there. Imo a heath should be in a hill region and look dramatic, Flanders is flat throughout, either fields or pastures, quite boring.

FeudalClink - 26 Apr 2021 11:45:56 (#323 of 463)

I was going on the lack of live people Wicks

wickeltisch - 26 Apr 2021 11:47:29 (#324 of 463)

I'd rather see it around Verdun then.

ReverendBlueJeans - 26 Apr 2021 11:48:44 (#325 of 463)

Scottish Borders have Deloraine and Lamancha. Both of which John Buchan used as surnames for characters recurring in his novels.

JohnIlly - 26 Apr 2021 11:49:50 (#326 of 463)

When I was going for university interviews it involved several unfamiliar railway journeys. When the train stopped at Etruria I did a double-take and wondered where I was.

SinnerBoy - 26 Apr 2021 11:51:07 (#327 of 463)

ReverendBlueJeans #312

See, a few hundred miles north, Keith.

Alford, Keig, Tough....

OldLefty - 26 Apr 2021 11:51:21 (#328 of 463)

Brunei should be in the Middle East.

<<Googles>>

You learn something new every day.

JohnIlly - 26 Apr 2021 11:53:56 (#329 of 463)

Grimsby should be in the Middle East. It would serve it right.

Verdigris - 26 Apr 2021 11:54:32 (#330 of 463)

Ventongimps should be in Lord of the Rings, rather than Cornwall.

Similarly, London Apprentice should be in Norn Iron.

wickeltisch - 26 Apr 2021 11:58:12 (#331 of 463)

Batman should only be in a comic and not also a town in Turkey.

returnofthepowermonkey - 26 Apr 2021 12:21:32 (#332 of 463)

There are loads of places in ENgland called Kirk

RosyLovelady - 26 Apr 2021 12:23:26 (#333 of 463)

And Kirkby.

coshipi - 26 Apr 2021 12:25:33 (#334 of 463)

And a few called Kirby.

Crayola - 26 Apr 2021 12:26:06 (#335 of 463)

I think the Brunei thing comes from it having a rich Sultan, so feels more middle eastern.

RosyLovelady - 26 Apr 2021 12:26:33 (#336 of 463)

West Kirby: very snooty.

FleurDuMal - 26 Apr 2021 12:28:01 (#337 of 463)

Grimsby should be in the Middle East. It would serve it right.

A bit unfair on the Middle East though - haven’t they got enough problems?

returnofthepowermonkey - 26 Apr 2021 12:28:17 (#338 of 463)

On the other hand, there are only 2 -zances, which are surprisingly far apart.

TommyDGNR8 - 26 Apr 2021 12:30:50 (#339 of 463)

West Kirby: very snooty.

Get a grip.

coshipi - 26 Apr 2021 12:31:16 (#340 of 463)

You have a rhyming gazetteer, Monkey?

FleurDuMal - 26 Apr 2021 12:43:19 (#341 of 463)

Talking of Grimsby, this is my favourite Grimsby image:



https://images.app.goo.gl/JdHB4SeoHmLPqM659

returnofthepowermonkey - 26 Apr 2021 12:53:20 (#342 of 463)

You have a rhyming gazetteer, Monkey?

No, I just knew it. DO you give in? The other one is PENzance.

HorstVogel - 26 Apr 2021 12:57:46 (#343 of 463)

Brunei should be in the Middle East.



but it isn't full of Arabs? It had a fair amount of tv coverage in the age before the internets.

cozzer - 26 Apr 2021 12:59:24 (#344 of 463)

Marazion sounds like it should be on the Caribbean coast of Central or South America.

Verdigris - 26 Apr 2021 13:00:55 (#345 of 463)

The other one is PENzance.



That one was obvious. What's the other one?

RosyLovelady - 26 Apr 2021 13:02:19 (#346 of 463)

I used to know someone who was sent to an institution in Marazion in the early 1970s to overcome a heroin habit. That is my Marazion story.

returnofthepowermonkey - 26 Apr 2021 13:02:26 (#347 of 463)

That one was obvious.

I know, it was a joke.

Guyzance

Verdigris - 26 Apr 2021 13:04:06 (#348 of 463)

Ah. I thought I had skipped a page.

bossab2 - 26 Apr 2021 13:11:41 (#349 of 463)

Thorpe should be a town on the East Coast

Not the village Thorpe Park (Surrey) is named after.

wickeltisch - 26 Apr 2021 13:14:13 (#350 of 463)

Inhabitants of Bitche and Condom might wish to live elsewhere, no matter where, just a different name.

OldLefty - 26 Apr 2021 13:19:30 (#351 of 463)

I see Fucking in Austria has changed its name, for some reason.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fugging,_Upper_Austr
ia

RosyLovelady - 26 Apr 2021 13:20:45 (#352 of 463)

Meols, and Meols Cop, shouldn't be anywhere.

barkis - 26 Apr 2021 13:31:54 (#353 of 463)

Billericay should be in Cumberland.

bossab2 - 26 Apr 2021 13:34:53 (#354 of 463)

Na

Billericay can only be Essex

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billericay_Dickie

bossab2 - 26 Apr 2021 13:35:45 (#355 of 463)

Same a Southend

Pron: sauf end

FleurDuMal - 26 Apr 2021 13:36:51 (#356 of 463)

I agree. Billericay is 100% Essex.

Hatfield Peverel, OTOH, belongs in the Cotswolds.

RosyLovelady - 26 Apr 2021 13:37:58 (#357 of 463)

Sahf End innit.

coshipi - 26 Apr 2021 13:51:48 (#358 of 463)

Guyzance sounds like it ought to be in Brittany.

coshipi - 26 Apr 2021 13:54:43 (#359 of 463)

Lower (and Upper) Slaughter probably don't belong anywhere either. Not far from Rollright Down, which you could, I suppose.

browserbutton - 26 Apr 2021 14:01:17 (#360 of 463)

Slaughter comes from 'slough' (wet land) but the Slaughters don't wish to be associated with the Berkshire town of that name.

wickeltisch - 26 Apr 2021 14:02:59 (#361 of 463)

Guyzance sounds like it ought to be in Brittany.

More like Normandy, next to Coutances and Créances.

Verdigris - 26 Apr 2021 14:03:03 (#362 of 463)

Slaughters don't wish to be associated with the Berkshire town of that name.



In case it Mars their reputation.

coshipi - 26 Apr 2021 14:04:05 (#363 of 463)

the Slaughters don't wish to be associated with the Berkshire town of that name

Can't say I blame them. I rather share Betjeman's view of that dump. Despite the fact that I cycled back and forth between North Hertfordshire and the aforementioned dump many times in the late 1960s owing to having a lady friend at uni from there.

wickeltisch - 26 Apr 2021 14:05:04 (#364 of 463)

Are people from Slaughter called Slaughterers?

coshipi - 26 Apr 2021 14:05:54 (#365 of 463)

Slaughtermen and Slaughterwomen, I think.

Verdigris - 26 Apr 2021 14:07:44 (#366 of 463)

Abattoiricians.

JohnIlly - 26 Apr 2021 14:11:08 (#367 of 463)

Thorpe should be a town on the East Coast

Not the village Thorpe Park (Surrey) is named after.

Probably several villages unimaginatively named Thorpe since it just means "village".

browserbutton - 26 Apr 2021 14:19:18 (#368 of 463)

Just as -dorf is a common suffix for German village names.

e.g. Hahndorf -- except that one's in Australia, SE of Adelaide.

ReverendBlueJeans - 26 Apr 2021 14:27:26 (#369 of 463)

Probably several villages unimaginatively named Thorpe since it just means "village".

Pendle Hill = Hill Hill Hill

Or on JtT Hill! Hill! Hi

wickeltisch - 26 Apr 2021 14:29:16 (#370 of 463)

Just as -dorf is a common suffix for German village names

Not just villages. See Düsseldorf.

browserbutton - 26 Apr 2021 14:35:13 (#371 of 463)

Many years ago it was probably a village, on the Düssel.

wickeltisch - 26 Apr 2021 14:47:44 (#372 of 463)

Evil minds say it's still a village. Or call it Dusseldorf.

(Dussel=nincompoop)

ReverendBlueJeans - 26 Apr 2021 14:49:49 (#373 of 463)

I voss born in Dusseldorf/and zat is why zey call me Rolf

wickeltisch - 26 Apr 2021 14:53:44 (#374 of 463)

Duddeldorf reminds me of Dudelange (Luxembourg).

ReverendBlueJeans - 26 Apr 2021 14:55:52 (#375 of 463)

Fat Finger Syndrome. Have corrected.

wickeltisch - 26 Apr 2021 14:59:40 (#376 of 463)

Fat Finger Syndrome

There is a Dudeldorf north of the river Mosel. You got that nearly right.

ReverendBlueJeans - 26 Apr 2021 15:09:28 (#377 of 463)

If you're born there do you get called Rolf too?

TommyDGNR8 - 26 Apr 2021 15:17:35 (#378 of 463)

That dude Lange produced Def Leppard among others.

RosyLovelady - 26 Apr 2021 17:07:30 (#379 of 463)

I'm sure dudelang has been used in popular song more than once as a sort of doo-wop motif.

RosyLovelady - 26 Apr 2021 17:07:59 (#380 of 463)

Needle in a Haystack perhaps?

carterbrandon - 26 Apr 2021 17:22:52 (#381 of 463)

#379: Jackie Wilson Says, by Dexys

carterbrandon - 26 Apr 2021 17:24:39 (#382 of 463)

#369: You are thinking of Torpenhow (Hill).

Had a holiday cottage there. Lovely cottage, sinister village.

JohnIlly - 26 Apr 2021 17:32:01 (#383 of 463)

Torpenhow Hill is hill hill hill hill

Pendle Hill is just hill hill hill

Crayola - 26 Apr 2021 17:39:49 (#384 of 463)

Anything on the east side of the UK that ends with 'by'. The 'by' is Danish (pronounced 'bu') for town. It's also where you get 'by-law' from as in a town law.

FleurDuMal - 26 Apr 2021 17:41:14 (#385 of 463)

Loads of those names around Yorkshire - Wetherby, Selby, Huby - I could probably find more if I looked.

Crayola - 26 Apr 2021 17:46:02 (#386 of 463)

Yep. All viking names.

FleurDuMal - 26 Apr 2021 17:50:01 (#387 of 463)

Well Yorkshire used to be the stamping ground of a Viking character called Eric Bloodaxe.

RosyLovelady - 26 Apr 2021 17:57:48 (#388 of 463)

There are Viking places on the Wirral too: Pensby, Greasby, Frankby, Irby.

RosyLovelady - 26 Apr 2021 17:59:55 (#389 of 463)

Also Crosby and Formby on the Lancashire side of the Mersey.

Crayola - 26 Apr 2021 18:00:12 (#390 of 463)

We got around.

RosyLovelady - 26 Apr 2021 18:01:15 (#391 of 463)

No one would want to live in Blaby, though.

thisonehasalittlehat - 26 Apr 2021 18:32:26 (#392 of 463)

There's a medieval poem called havelock the dane that's set in grimsby. It's about vikings.

JohnIlly - 26 Apr 2021 18:37:59 (#393 of 463)

. . . and fish?

thisonehasalittlehat - 26 Apr 2021 18:38:23 (#394 of 463)

Fish feature from memory.

bossab2 - 26 Apr 2021 18:52:45 (#395 of 463)

grimsby

is well named

Eligelis - 27 Apr 2021 10:07:25 (#396 of 463)

At least it had it own Composer - Eric Korsicov

Surely everyone has heard of the Grimsby-Korsicov.

coshipi - 27 Apr 2021 11:53:02 (#397 of 463)

Grimsby? Cor, sick of it I am...

SinnerBoy - 27 Apr 2021 12:10:43 (#398 of 463)

Rosylovelady #388

There are Viking places on the Wirral too: Pensby, Greasby, Frankby, Irby.

Nantwich, Northwich, Norwich... All "viks" - creeks.

Eligelis - 27 Apr 2021 12:19:38 (#399 of 463)

so, to go a-viking is to go a-creaking?

coshipi - 27 Apr 2021 13:21:42 (#400 of 463)

Vik is surely more "bay" than "creek"...although I think perhaps it can be any kind of inlet.

Tylenol - 27 Apr 2021 13:24:53 (#401 of 463)

I'd understood -wick and -wich came from the roman administrative district, the vicus.

cozzer - 27 Apr 2021 13:29:06 (#402 of 463)

<Scottish accent>

Nantwich... Northwich... Norwich... Hull

<house music>

bossab2 - 27 Apr 2021 13:30:01 (#403 of 463)

Milton Keynes should be in California.

barkis - 27 Apr 2021 13:31:52 (#404 of 463)

According to Wikipedia

A "-wich town" is a settlement in Anglo-Saxon England characterised by extensive artisanal activity and trade – an "emporium". The name is derived from the Anglo-Saxon suffix -wīc, signifying "a dwelling[1] or fortified[2] place" ... By the eleventh century, the use of -wich in placenames had been extended to include areas associated with salt production.

bossab2 - 27 Apr 2021 13:32:49 (#405 of 463)

Like Northwich ( which sits on a Salt Mine)

TommyDGNR8 - 27 Apr 2021 13:43:12 (#406 of 463)

Nantwich also had a salt mine which became ICI's document storage facility.

DonkeyOT - 27 Apr 2021 16:15:58 (#407 of 463)

Nantwich has a truly magnificently beautiful Parish Church (partly !4th C) paid for Wynkin de Worde, the town was destroyed by a fire caused by a "Dabber" brewing ale. Queen Elizabeth I paid for the reconstruction), despite that the town was passionately Cromwellian.

The "Sealed Knot" commemorate the Battle of Nantwich every year; I never go - they're wankers.

They are called dabbers because their main industry (apart from salt) was tannery, which entailed daubing (i.e. dabbing) hides in shit and piss.

They used to have a magnificent performance of "Messiah" every December - I never missed, not sure why they ceased - money, I suppose.

HTH



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Mary%27s_Church,_
Nantwich#:~:text=St%20Mary%27s%20Church%20is%20in%2
0the%20centre%20of,Cheshire%2C%20but%20in%20the%20w
hole%20of%20England.%20%5B3%5D

thisonehasalittlehat - 27 Apr 2021 16:22:51 (#408 of 463)

wasn't Wynkin de worde from the 15/16th century? I assume he paid for the later bits.

thisonehasalittlehat - 27 Apr 2021 16:23:38 (#409 of 463)

I always think he was lucky printing popped up when it did with a name like that. Or he may have had to have a career associated with Wynkin. And that sounds a bit bleak.

DonkeyOT - 27 Apr 2021 16:24:31 (#410 of 463)

I think he paid for the church re-construction.

thisonehasalittlehat - 27 Apr 2021 16:25:28 (#411 of 463)

I wonder if it saved his soul. Have to ask when I have an opportunity.

coshipi - 27 Apr 2021 16:32:04 (#412 of 463)

which entailed daubing (ie dabbing) hides in shit and piss

Hence Lieđđi's reaction here: http://clive.semmens.org.uk/Fiction/GoingForth/GoF
o12.html#cureleather

InternationalVicar - 28 Apr 2021 10:17:16 (#413 of 463)

Gordano. The M5 Riviera.

Leigh Delamere. The aristocratic part of the M4.

Norton Canes: A day out in itself with complete with entrance fee at the M6 tollbooth.

bossab2 - 28 Apr 2021 10:21:59 (#414 of 463)

Watford

Gateway to the North !

redginger - 29 Apr 2021 21:29:47 (#415 of 463)

My Nephew lives in Kempton Germany. It always sounds as though it should be somewhere in England.

FGBFGB - 29 Apr 2021 21:31:28 (#416 of 463)

Between Hampton and Sunbury, in the flatlands of south Middlesex.

barkis - 29 Apr 2021 21:36:54 (#417 of 463)

Kempten?

FGBFGB - 29 Apr 2021 21:37:28 (#418 of 463)

Kempton Park.

HorstVogel - 29 Apr 2021 21:38:38 (#419 of 463)

Carcassonne, I know where it is as I have been there, before that though for some reason I had thought it was somewhere North East of Paris.



Good job I checked properly before going to holiday there.

bossab2 - 29 Apr 2021 21:53:39 (#420 of 463)

Counties are slippery though:

Can you label your Berks/ Bucks / Herts correctly.

And pin Rutland in the right place on the UK map ?

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.

browserbutton - 30 Apr 2021 09:25:05 (#441 of 463)

Cardiff-by-the-Sea should be in rainy Wales, not sunny California.

mingmong - 30 Apr 2021 09:26:18 (#442 of 463)

Southport should be on the south coast. Near Southampton

TheExcession - 30 Apr 2021 09:32:50 (#443 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."

Aside from the location it's exactly like that.

hailesaladdie - 30 Apr 2021 09:37:29 (#444 of 463)

Thorpe-le-Soken should be in a godforsaken part of North Lincs, long since abandoned by the fishing and shipping it depended on, but seeing some resurgence, thanks to its supply of cheap, attractive cottage-style housing, as a commuter village for Hull.

hailesaladdie - 30 Apr 2021 09:41:12 (#445 of 463)

Kettering should be a small town in the heart of the Netherlands, whose name derives from its place at the centre of the bicycle manufacturing industry. Every year, it has a festival that involves oddly dressed Dutch people riding their bikes in an elaborately choreographed stunt criss-crossing the town's many bridges.

CarlosFandango - 30 Apr 2021 09:44:45 (#446 of 463)

Somewhere along the pathetic country lane section of the main trunk road from London to Edinburgh, around Berwick, I passed a turn off for Oxford.

I also noticed the bizarre Aspatria on the Lakeland coast and had the same reflection as up-thread.

FleurDuMal - 30 Apr 2021 10:08:11 (#447 of 463)

Kettering should be a small town in the heart of the Netherlands, whose name derives from its place at the centre of the bicycle manufacturing industry.

On the occasions I’ve been there, it looks like it’s at the heart of the mobility scooter manufacturing industry.

Oh,and Excession is 100% right about Ben Rhydding.

cozzer - 30 Apr 2021 10:13:21 (#448 of 463)

a commuter village for Hull

Possibly the five most dispiriting words in the English language.

bossab2 - 30 Apr 2021 10:26:46 (#449 of 463)

Pratts Bottom should be...

TommyDGNR8 - 30 Apr 2021 10:29:03 (#450 of 463)

...embroidered on the arse of your jeans?

thisonehasalittlehat - 30 Apr 2021 10:29:19 (#451 of 463)

Locksbottom.

thisonehasalittlehat - 30 Apr 2021 10:29:38 (#452 of 463)

A place not a homophobic statement of unwarranted paranoia.

bossab2 - 30 Apr 2021 10:33:33 (#453 of 463)

Dungeness should be a part of Mordor

DonkeyOT - 30 Apr 2021 12:12:25 (#454 of 463)

I wish I could think of something sparklingly witty and original to say about Scotch Corner, but I can't.

So nothing new there then.

FleurDuMal - 30 Apr 2021 12:22:12 (#455 of 463)

‘Sheerness’ sounds like a description of a pair of tights.

hailesaladdie - 30 Apr 2021 12:24:46 (#456 of 463)

"Oh, you've got a pair of those Sheerness tights?"

"Yes, they're really thick - keep you very warm."

"Just how thick are they?"

"Well, you know the Denier scale? These are Climate Change Denier."

RosyLovelady - 30 Apr 2021 12:30:55 (#457 of 463)

No-o-o-o-o!

wickeltisch - 30 Apr 2021 12:39:16 (#458 of 463)

Dungeness should be a part of Mordor

Dungeness is a very odd looking place.

RosyLovelady - 30 Apr 2021 12:40:53 (#459 of 463)

Lovely bird sanctuary. We were greeted at the entrance by a yellow wagtail.

wickeltisch - 30 Apr 2021 12:41:53 (#460 of 463)

The place would look more out of this world without the power plant.

thisonehasalittlehat - 30 Apr 2021 13:28:36 (#461 of 463)

And the wagtails wouldn't be yellow.

TommyDGNR8 - 30 Apr 2021 14:30:58 (#462 of 463)

Arf!

SinnerBoy - 01 May 2021 08:26:44 (#463 of 463)

Eligelis - #399

so, to go a-viking

Going up creeks is exactly what it means.

And I hadn't known about the Anglo Saxon "wic," ta, Boss.

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