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Started by MestangloMan on Jan 31, 2018 4:49:50 PM
Where the hell is Hemel Hempstead and how does it relate to the USA?

Um, I've seen references to this for almost 11 years. I saw another situation just last week in relation to my nick of almost 11 years.

Help me with this. I've been to London, Cambridge, Stratford upon Avon, Stonehenge, Canterbury, other English towns I may not even remember. This one does not register except that some long ago nicks have been associated with it. I do know that The Zombies and Argent hail from St. Albans.


Arjuna - 31 Jan 2018 16:51:16 (#1 of 274)

Not far from St Albans

staticgirl - 31 Jan 2018 16:54:28 (#2 of 274)

About 7 miles west of St Albans. Hemel is a town split in two. The old town (early medieval) is pretty. The new town (post World War 2) is very much less so. In fact some might say it is legendarily ugly.

FleurDuMal - 31 Jan 2018 16:56:11 (#3 of 274)

I’ve never been to Hemel.

I have been to me though.

Rendered - 31 Jan 2018 16:56:27 (#4 of 274)

It's very much a game of two halves, Monglers

browserbutton - 31 Jan 2018 16:56:48 (#5 of 274)

There is plain old Hempstead in USA, must've lost its Hemel somewhere.

WibbleAgain - 31 Jan 2018 16:58:36 (#6 of 274)

Hemel Hempstead is probably where Mondeo man used to live, wearing shell suits.

What's the updated version of that, people?

FleurDuMal - 31 Jan 2018 17:00:44 (#7 of 274)

BMW man wearing suits with too-tight trousers and too-short jackets

MestangloMan - 31 Jan 2018 17:00:52 (#8 of 274)

I do have an affinity for The Zombies and Argent and that's about as far as my knowledge of this "legendary" place on the USA folder will take me.

And I hope I don't regret starting this thread. Thanks for the info, folks.

About 7 miles west of St Albans.

Interesting that St. Albans doesn't come up in these "discussions", staticgirl.

Who is Mondeo Man, btw? I've missed this person.

Geribaldi - 31 Jan 2018 17:01:47 (#9 of 274)

Is Stratford Upon Avon the biggest tourist trap in the UK? Seemed like it when I visited.

The biggest tourist trap I've ever experienced? Raffles Bar in the Raffles Hotel in Singapore where they charge $25 for a Singapore Sling. It's not even the original bar where the drink was invented.

AdrianNTierney - 31 Jan 2018 17:05:04 (#10 of 274)

Where the hell is Hemel Hempstead and how does it relate to the USA?

Think of it as the Brit version of East Muleshoe, TX.

MestangloMan - 31 Jan 2018 17:06:52 (#11 of 274)

Is Stratford Upon Avon the biggest tourist trap in the UK? Seemed like it when I visited.

I really can't answer that, Geri. I was there in 75. And, yes, we saw one of the plays.

There was a chap in Cambridge who had an American parent. He claimed to be a member of Family at one time. Looked up the personnel on one of their websites. Lo and behold a gent who looked like the guy was on one of the rosters.

This Hemel Hempstead thing may have finally caused me to snap. Haha. On one of your threads, too.

FleurDuMal - 31 Jan 2018 17:07:49 (#12 of 274)

Where’s horsey these days?

RosyLovelady - 31 Jan 2018 17:08:25 (#13 of 274)

Been put out to pasture.

MestangloMan - 31 Jan 2018 17:08:41 (#14 of 274)

Think of it as the Brit version of East Muleshoe, TX.

That does really put some of the politics on his folder into perspective, I suppose. But, lordy, twisted as hell perspective.

OK, Hell is far too simple a concept. Ha. And over the course of several years, btw.

Jacob_Richter - 31 Jan 2018 17:09:17 (#15 of 274)

Is Hemel that place where you get a nice view of a motte and bailey castle from the train when in station?

browserbutton - 31 Jan 2018 17:11:12 (#16 of 274)

Hope, Arkansas -- famous for one of its famous sons:

It's the county seat of Hempstead County -- where all the cows are real!

Eligelis - 31 Jan 2018 17:13:45 (#17 of 274)

All hail to the great hero, Horserider

To find a better Scotsman you would have to go far;

But his fame would precede you, wherever you did go,

For the Horserider is known and loved in the Highlands, and low.

William Topaz McGonnegal

MestangloMan - 31 Jan 2018 17:19:06 (#18 of 274)

OK, for some basic perspective. Real basic.

Btw, has anyone actually visited this joint?


Intowntonight - 31 Jan 2018 17:23:03 (#19 of 274)

Mestanglo, it was also the British home of Kodak - that unfortunate company, and boasts a massive Holiday Inn:

MestangloMan - 31 Jan 2018 17:24:31 (#20 of 274)

There's a 20th century connector. Thanks, ItT.

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