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.