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Prepare to be outraged

Care of 24dash, Dorchester (of all places) town council has turned down Prince Charles' (or his staff's) suggestion that streets in his Petit Trianon of a town, Poundbury, be named after locally connected war heroes and battles.

And do these Dorsetshire men at arms have particularly odious names? Nope. They include Private Samuel Vickery, VC. Vickery Street sounds pleasant enough to me, as do Kellaway, Queripel and other suggestions.

Based on district results the town looks to be Lib Dem run, although it has not proved easy to lay hands on town results.

On this basis, I look forward to the renaming of Waterloo station, the 80 odd Wellington streets, roads in the London area, 50 odd Blenheims etc etc.
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Blogger istanbultory said... 10:31 am

I guess they will have less difficulty with the issue of a "Nelson Mandella Street" or "Mahatma Ghandi Avenue". All Gordon's heroes....  

Anonymous mahatma kane jeeves said... 10:34 am


Blogger Croydonian said... 10:39 am

Captain Lionel Queripel, an Arnhem VC :

"Later in the same day Captain Queripel found himself cut off with a small party of men and took up position in a ditch. By this time he had received further wounds in both arms. Regardless of his wounds and of the very heavy mortar and Spandau fire, he continued to inspire his men to resist with hand grenades, pistols and the few remaining rifles.

As, however, the enemy pressure increased, Captain Queripel decided that it was impossible to hold the position any longer and ordered his men to withdraw. Despite their protests, he insisted on remaining behind to cover their withdrawal with his automatic pistol and a few remaining hand grenades.

This was the last occasion on which he was seen.

During the whole period of nine hours of confused and bitter fighting Captain Queripel displayed the highest standard of gallantry under the most difficult and trying circumstances. His courage, leadership and devotion to duty were magnificent and an inspiration to all.

I think that the gallant captain deserves to have his name commemorated.  

Blogger Ed said... 11:03 am

Remember recently when the French asked us to rename Waterloo station as it was "triumphalist" for French people to arrive in England at such an aggressively sounding station?


Blogger Croydonian said... 11:09 am

Not that they are prepared to change the names of the gares Austerlitz or Verdun, which are a bit mean to our Teutonic friends.  

Anonymous IanCroydon said... 11:15 am

There was some urban myth I remember where a housing developer bought land off the council on the basis they agreed to develop some low cost housing.

Afterwards they changed plans, and built luxury homes instead, so the council decided to name the streets after German war criminals, like Himmler Avenue and such.

If true, then how times have changed.  

Blogger The Hitch said... 11:20 am

How about Basra cul de sac?
Theres no way out.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 11:20 am

There's a tale I've heard involving Liverpool taking up naming rights in the same way and coming up with 'Low Sex Drive', which shows a degree of wit, I think.  

Anonymous Mo said... 12:10 pm

...'Low Sex Drive', which shows a degree of wit, I think.

or, from the Simpsons:

Frigid Falls
Lake Flaccid
Mount Seldom  

Anonymous verity said... 12:57 pm

Ed - I remember that demand from the French that Waterloo station be renamed, and a fellow wrote in to The Times saying, "Why certainly! We'll change it to Eau de Toilette."  

Blogger Ed said... 2:10 pm

Good one verity!

Indeed re Austerlitz... you can't really expect consistency from the French though!  

Anonymous Victoria La Croix said... 4:55 pm

I was querying the name Queripel. Altho the good capt was from T/Wells, turns out it's a Channel Island/Iles A-N name. Of subjects of H.M. le Duc de Normandie.  

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