name that town!

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** Click here for Episode 170 **

Jon in Sussex:

Just listened to 170 when you ask if anyone had named a military operation. Well I haven’t, but when I was 22 I did get to name four housing estates in London. I got packed off to the local library for a day or two to find anything of interest in the local history and then drew up a shortlist and made my recommendation.

Unfortunately, some of the more obscure names were rejected, such as Ethlered, Immin and Peada – that last one would have been a bit of a disaster!

So, answer me this: if you could rename the town where you were born, what would you go for and why?

I wonder whether Tunbridge Wells would continue to be such a stuffed shirt if it was renamed Zaltzman-on-Sea (yes, I know it’s miles from the sea, but it’s nice to give people hope (Hope that one day, rising sea levels will take care of the place.)).

Kids, it’s time for you to mosey to the comments to play Fantasy Council Expensive Rebranding Exercise. The best one gets to spearhead a letter campaign to the Governer of St Petersburg to see if they’d be up for another name change, seeing as it’s been 20 years since the last one.

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4 Responses to “name that town!”

  1. pete from somerset Says:

    My hometown is castle cary, there aren’t even any fucking castle’s or castle remains there… I’d name it Your Mum’s Womb. So when people say “where are you from?” I can say “Your Mum’s Womb!” 😀

  2. Adam Says:

    I was born in a town called Penistone, so I’d change it to pretty much anything else.

  3. Thomas Says:

    My hometown is Cumming, Georgia. Why would anyone want to change that? Maybe “Curled Toes”? “Heavy Breathing”? meh…

  4. Jessica Says:

    The name of my hometown (Portland, Oregon) was decided in a coin toss. Two men wanted to name it after their respective hometowns (Francis Pettygrove of Portland, Maine and Asa Lovejoy of Boston, Massachusetts). I love the name Portland, but an appropriate change would be “Beertopia”.

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