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Spot of the Week: Inspire a Generation

All through the Olympics I’ve found myself grabbing my copy of the Official Olympic Programme, which details each and every sport in the back. It’s been an invaluable source of information, and is a treasure-trove of names. The tagline for London 2012 is Inspire A Generation, and on each page dedicated to each sport is a mini-feature of a so-called star of tomorrow of Team GB.

Some of their names are downright interesting, and it’s an insight into the types of names in the Team GB of tomorrow:

Anastasija, 18 (Synchronised Swimming)

Dominick, 17 (Gymnastics)

Fiona, 25 (Water Polo)

Gemma, 19 (Beach Volleyball)

Jermaine, 17 (Volleyball)

Kenta, 20 (Mountain Bike)

Leonora, 25 (Rowing)

Matthias, 18 (Football)

Mervyn, 27 (Javelin)

Ranvir, 17 (Wrestling)

Sonny, 18 (Weightlifting)

Remember how the Olympic cauldron was lit by 7 unknown athletes-of-tomorrow, picked by the greats of British sport? Their first names were Adelle, Desiree, Callum, Jordan (m), Katie, Aidan & Cameron.

To end, I hear often about how Jemima is unusable in the North America region because of a brand of syrup, thus I present to you the British version:

Lyles

For those wondering about what type of cuisine Rosa’s served (featured in last week’s post), it’s Thai.

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Horrid Henry

One of the first Horrid Henry books, from scholastic.co.uk

I still have a slight penchant for young children’s books, I don’t read them per se, but they’re always great for a quick through when one’s waiting for someone and time is short, or, and I may be in the minority on this one, but I always like to challenge myself to see how many things I can get done in the time it takes for the microwave to ping – and today’s activity in the 3 minutes I had was to flick through a Horrid Henry.

Created by Francesca Simons and illustrated by Tony Ross these beauties first hit the shelves in 1994 – meaning that I was amongst the first small children of Britain to become familiar with the story – especially when a TV series followed. The book I flicked through today happened to be one of my old copies that I gifted to my sister several years ago. If that wasn’t enough, a live-action version hit cinemas in July 2011 – but I’ve yet to go and see it.

The premise of the books is startlingly simple: Henry is a young boy who isn’t particularly nice. I like to think of him as a younger version of Sid from the first Toy Story film, you know, the one who taped Buzz to a firework?

Either way, there’s a wonderful selection of names mostly of a British vein to look through from the books in question, although they are all stylised the same was as Horrid Henry:

(Fiery) Fiona, often taken as the feminine form of the name Fionn, which means fair.

(Goody Goody) Gordon (friend of Peter), commonly believed to mean great fort, although there are other theories.

(Great Aunt) Greta, a diminutive of Margaret. This character believes Henry is actually called Henrietta.

(Magic) Martha, derives from the Aramaic and means lady.

(Perfect) Peter (Henry’s younger brother), derives from Greek and means rock/stone.

(Prissy) Polly, derived as a nickname for Mary.

(Rude) Ralph (friend of Henry), from Old Norse meaning wolf counsel.

(Singing) Soraya (class-mate of Henry), an Arabic name meaning the Pleiades.

(Vomiting) Vera (baby cousin of Henry), means faith in Russian, also associated with the Latin verus, meaning true.

(Vain) Violet, the name of a colour and a flower.

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Name Spot of the Week: BBC Pundits

The Royal Wedding coverage was interesting for many reasons, but more so when watching the BBC coverage, as they seemed to have chosen pundits based on their names:

Huw Edwards: Main Anchor

Fiona Phillips: Main Pundit

Fearne Cotton: Outside Buck Palace

Sophie Raworth: Inside Westminster

Jake Humphrey: On Board the legendary Lancaster

Paula Reed&Phillipa Lepley: Dress Discussing

Edith Bowman: St. Andrews

Alex Jones: Buckleberry

Anita Rani: Parliament Square

Chris Hollins: The Mall

I have several observations on these names:

  • Huw is welsh, and thus, bears the welsh version of Hugh.
  • Edith is in her mid-30s. Sophie is mid-40s.
  • Alex Jones was born Charlotte Alexandra, but bears a professional name which is gender neutral
  • Fearne’s spelling of her name has always intrigued me, but it suits her, since she is outspokening vegetarian and all things world-friendly.

Then we have the park incident. No, I’ve stopped talking about the Royal Wedding, the local park near me was the location of another ‘name spot’ last week. A lady shouted ‘ Ashbeck’, and there I was, comtemplating the name when I saw a young boy and a young girl running towards her, clearly, she meant to shout ‘Ash, Beck’, but the two got smooshed together in the shout. I have two other observations about this:

  • I late discovered the boy to be named Ashley, due to his father calling him so.
  • Yesterday, whilst shopping, I happened upon a bottle of water branded Ashbeck.

And onto name spot #3: Yesterday on the train, I do get about, I happened upon a gossip magazine, and inside it talked about a Z-Lister (Gary Lucy) who’d just welcomed a son, Elvis, to join big sister India.

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