Posts Tagged With: Christos

Spot of the Week: Jubilee Weekend

You may be wondering where I was yesterday and why I didn’t post this yesterday (although with the magic of blogging, this post will appear to have been posted on Sunday, as it should have been). I was in London, sadly not stood in the rain waving a Union Flag enthusiastically in the rain. I’m just not that into the whole concept of getting soaking wet. Where was I?

Here:

Games Maker Training HQ

Yes, I am now officially volunteering during the Olympics, well, strictly speaking I’m on Paralymic duty, but I’m still chuffed to bits because I’ll be hanging out at the Olympic Stadium itself. Fun fact: My Dad is at the Olympic Stadium to volunteer during the frickin’ Opening Ceremony. Jealous.

But anyway, it’s almost a good thing I held off until today to talk names because I have plenty to talk about.

First up, on the way to the Olympic Park last night to meet up with my Dad, I shared the tube train with several sodden Brits who had braved the weather. One particular family caught my eye because they’d obviously come prepared with spare jumpers. The name of the two kids? Bernie and Teddie. I can’t confirm as to whether they are Bernie and Teddie or Bernard and Theodore, but either way kudos to the parents, I love their names.

At my actual training day event thingie, I was sat between a  20-something Ruby and a Christos. Both were Uni students, one studing medicine, the other finance. A word on Ruby though, she was a Chinese girl I believe, and Ruby is just her English name. Her real name? Lok. It reminded me of my sister’s Chinese friend, and her English name is Yoyo.

Oh, and one of the less enjoyable parts of the day was that I tackled the M1 for the first time, ever. Normally I take the train to London, but since I’ve just recently passed my driving exam, the motorway was my method of travel. For those not familiar with the whole driving licence scheme is the UK, it boils down to this:

  • Age 17, one can apply for a provisional licence, which allows you to drive with an ‘L’ plate.
  • With a provisional licence you cannot drive on the motorway (which are the big daddies of the road system) and you must be accompanied by someone over 21 years of age, who has held their licence for more than 3 years.
  • If you pass driving an automatic, you can only drive an automatic, i.e. your licence does not allow for you to drive a manual. If you pass driving a manual (like me, woop!) then you can drive both.
  • You must pass the driving theory test before sitting the practical driving test.
  • Once you’ve passed, it is optional to display ‘P’ plate, which signals that you’ve only just passed your test. It’s like a call for other drivers to play nice, as you’re still new to the road.

What this has to do with names is that I passed in a Vauxhall Corsa, so have naturally been thinking about the name Corsa? Yes, it’s the name of a car, but it reminds me of sweetly Cora. I may be tooting an unconvinced audience, but it made me ponder for thought.

As for pictures, I joyfully introduce you to the name of two London Underground/Overground stops, one is for ye who likes place names-with-an-x-in them:

Hoxton Overground Station

The other is for those who secretly crush on the name Dolly:

Dollis Hill Underground Station

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Sibset of the Week: The Paphitis’

Theo Paphitis, from fhm.com

He’s best known as a dragon on the popular business show Dragon’s Den, and owns such brands as Rymans. If that wasn’t enough, he’s also a part of a rather noteworthy sibset, which originate from the Mediterannean island of Cyprus. Although I imagine they may have mixed up their names at some point, since out of the 5 of them, 3 end with –os:

Theodorus

Xanthos

Christos

Marinos

George

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Name Spot of the Week: Eurovision

Alexander Rybak, 2009 winner, from aardling.com

The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the entertainment highlights of the year for me, although I abstain from getting too tied up with the block voting that’s more or less taken away the competition part of it. What Eurovision is still great for is the names.

A mad fiddler by the name Alexander Rybak from Norway won it in 2009, and ever since I’ve had a name crush on Rybak, and let’s not forget the genius, and mostly gibberish lyrics that was Ukraine’s entry two years before, from Verka Seduchka – and for those who do click and watch his entry, he came 2nd. It’s that kind of competition.

But onto Eurovision 2011, which came with some interesting names, both in the semis and final:

Alexey (Russia) – Known as Alex Sparrow in the International Market.

Amaury (France)

Aske ‘A Friend in London’ (Denmark)

Aurela (Albania)

Axel ‘Paradise Oskar’ (Finland)

Christos (Cyprus)

Dino (Bosnia&Herzegovina)

Verka Seduchka, 2nd Place in 2007, from culch.ie

Duncan ‘Blue’ (United Kingdom)

Edward ‘Jedward’ (Ireland)

Eldar ‘Ell and Nikki’ (Azerbaijan)

Eric Khaled (Sweden)

Esben ‘A Friend in London’ (Denmark)

Getter (Estonia)

Glen (Malta)

Katalin ‘Kati’ (Hungary)

John ‘Jedward’ (Ireland)

Lena (Germany)

Loukas (Greece)

Nina, representing Serbia, from zimbio.com

Magdalena (Poland)

Maja (Slovenia)

Mihai ‘Zdob shi Zdub’ (Moldova)

Mika (Ukraine)

Nigar ‘Ell and Nikki’ (Azerbaijan)

Danica ‘Nina’ (Serbia)

Raffaele ‘Raphael’ (Italy)

Roman ‘Zdob shi Zdub’ (Moldova)

Sebastian ‘A Friend in London’ (Denmark)

Simon ‘Blue’ (United Kingdom)

Jedward, representing Ireland, from eurovisionmania.net

Sophio ‘Eldrine’ (Georgia)

Stella (Norway)

Valeriu ‘Zdob shi Zdub’ (Moldova)

Yuksek (Turkey)

As for elsewhere, I discovered this week that an aquantaince of mine, called Mollie, has two sisters: Maisie and Maude.

My sister Sophie, known to most as Dopey, announced this week that she wants to be called Jaguar, I take comfort from the fact she didn’t say Audi or Renault. She’s also recently aquired the new Jacqueline Wilson book, Lily Alone, which features siblings Lily, Bliss, Baxter and Pixie.

The last note-worthy name spot of the week comes in the form of a champion Irish surfer: Easkey Britton. Her younger sister is called Becky-Finn.

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