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« Reply #2550 on: June 11, 2019, 10:18:32 PM »

G'day Jack

Everybody here is moaning about the rain & the fact that it's bleedin' freezing cold!  We all had to switch our central heating on yesterday evening.  Flaming June!  I think not!
.  Perhaps the Cricket World Cup is to blame for our dreadful weather laugh  Never Mind it's Wimbledon soon that'll probably bring snow this year!
   

Work beckons... Sad

 Pen



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« Reply #2551 on: June 12, 2019, 03:12:11 PM »



Pen, you have excelled yourself again, so today I have a challenge for you. Although it might have an obvious answer for a local like yourself, it has me stumped.

When my spy was looking for optometrists in your area, she stumbled on a cluster of restaurants in the MK CBD in the block between Saxon Gate and Witan Gate.  What puzzles me is why these streets are called gate. If MK was a medieval walled city I could see some logic, but my understanding is that it is a New Town that was built from a plan and not "growed" up like Topsy as older towns were.  What’s the answer to how does a gate become a street.?

I did find out that a “Costa” was your equivalent of our “Coffee Club”, although the American imports “Starbucks” and “Gloria Jean’s” are better known here.  I never knew that before.  But it gives me an idea for a theme before I go random.

     

     


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« Reply #2552 on: June 12, 2019, 07:30:14 PM »

  JACK

May I compliment you on your choice of cartoons laugh

Your question has me well & truly stumped Huh?  I don't know why some streets in the centre are called "gate".  I also don't know why we have "boulevards" (Midsummer & Silbury) either laugh  I can remember Milton Keynes being built.  It's very modern & soulless - based on an American grid road system.  We've had Starbucks in the UK for donkeys years.  Costa have actually got a cafe here in our hospital.  Very very lucrative considering the prices they charge. A captive audience & there's always a queue.  I will investigate further & try to come up with an answer about gates!

Now if you want a proper "gate" try this one for size

I can't remember if you visited York on your trips over here.  Now that's a wonderful old walled Roman city Smiley  Bags of character.

       

I was looking for a cricket joke as the World Cup is still struggling along not helped by the bloody awful cold wet weather we're having at the moment Sad  Found this instead which made me smile Smiley
There are few greater culture clashes than a coming together of a brash Australian cricketer and a member of the English aristocracy. When the Queen and Prince Philip were introduced to the Aussie cricket team at Lord's in 1981 an over excited Rodney Hogg bellowed to a team-mate: "Jeez, she hasn’t got bad legs for an old sheila, has she?"

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« Reply #2553 on: June 12, 2019, 08:04:32 PM »

OJ and Hobbit and all the other ad hoc contributors to this thread, I'd just like to say that I thoroughly enjoy reading it all, including all the hilarious picture jokes.  It's a bit of a shame that the originator of this post is no longer with us.  But you have certainly kept both your ends up, so to speak.  Thank you for the entertainment!  Val
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« Reply #2554 on: June 12, 2019, 09:04:27 PM »

Hi Val
Jack & I very much enjoy our exchanges & banter.  It's a double bonus if they're enjoyed by others along the way Smiley  As you say it's a shame that the originator of this thread is no longer with us.
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« Reply #2555 on: June 13, 2019, 01:35:43 AM »

 York is far from the only city in the UK to have great street names. Whilst at Uni in Hull ( sorry Kingston upon Hull!) I loved wandering around the old town and especially The Land of Green Ginger. This was also used as the title of a novel by Winifred Holtby who is best known for writing "South Riding". (Yorkshire has only West , East and North Riding's in reality.)
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« Reply #2556 on: June 13, 2019, 02:29:11 AM »

Hi Christine,

Two good ones that Dr Google has just pointed out to me are:
  • Cavalier Approach, Leeds
  • Letsby Avenue, Sheffield, an old joke made real as the address of South Yorkshire Police's operations centre.
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« Reply #2557 on: June 13, 2019, 02:51:57 AM »

Hi Valerie,

Good to hear from you.  Ditto what Pen said.

Click here for an article on Funny New South Wales Names
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« Reply #2558 on: June 13, 2019, 03:30:41 AM »

I can't remember if you visited York on your trips over here.  Now that's a wonderful old walled Roman city Smiley  Bags of character.

Hi Pen,

I just whipped down the hall for a quick Pit Stop and thought I would respond to the posts I read in bed..  The house is cold and and it would take some time to try to match your last post and so this is a quickie.  I'll try to do better later in the day.

We visited York on two of our trips and really enjoyed it.

It has some great street names.  This is an article with 21 of them.

A great number of them have Gates in their name.  Perhaps it is olde English for Street.  Mike will know.

A quick poor joke

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Husband walks into bedroom: Why are you packing your bags?

Wife: I heard in York women get paid £400 for what I do for you for free.

Later that day

Wife walks into the bedroom to see husband packing his bags: What are you doing?

Husband: I’m going with you. I want to see how you live off of £800 a year.


Gotta get back into a warm bed before parts that I value fall off
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« Reply #2559 on: June 13, 2019, 04:23:14 AM »

I am originally from Leeds and had heard of Cavalier Approach. It could be said that a cavalier attitude could possibly be required to live in that general area of Leeds!.
 "Gate" usually does mean street but it still fails to explain why Milton Keynes has so many streets using this archaic form. Perhaps it was an attempt to make a place full of roundabouts and concrete cows seem to have character and history! I understand however that the core of the town was an old established village so maybe it is not too far fetched to play the history card.
Here in Kendal on the edge of the Lake District we have some fairly odd street names too. The  old central area of town  runs parallel to the River Kent and running off from Highgate are what are called Yards. Elsewhere in England these are snickets or ginnels or alleys. We have Dr Mannings Yard and Collincroft  and many Yards named after past and present pubs. Some of my favourite no longer existing Yards are Busher Wife Yard and Two Seater Yard. Of course most are or were named after residents or landlords or the occupation of the principal residents.
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« Reply #2560 on: June 13, 2019, 04:49:01 AM »

Hi Christine.  I always think how lucky you are living in Kendal.  My daughter is travelling up next month to visit a friend of hers who runs a B&B in Kendal.  She's very much looking forward to it. I love all the idiosyncratic names of the Yards.
It would take considerably more than re-christening a few streets as gates to give MK character & history! There is a little village called Milton Keynes which has been gobbled up by all the surrounding development.  There are some old towns on the edges of the city.  Newport Pagnell which you might have noticed if you stop for a pee on the M1!  Stony Stratford & Bletchley where I live.  Our only claim to fame is Bletchley Park.  There is also Wolverton which had The Works which was famous for building railway carriages since Victorian times.  In particular the Royal Train.  Unless it's had a reprieve it's due to be demolished in the next year or 2. Pen
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« Reply #2561 on: June 13, 2019, 05:04:58 AM »

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It has some great street names.  This is an article with 21 of them.

Gotta get back into a warm bed before parts that I value fall off


Hi Jack

Hope all your treasured & valued bits are still intact Demon

I enjoyed the article about the street names in York Smiley

Hear from you later.

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« Reply #2562 on: June 13, 2019, 09:41:12 PM »

 Pen

I got to bed before I got frostbitten. Cheesy

Christine nailed the meaning of Gate but if I hadn’t been so keen to get back to a warm bed and had read the article on York carefully, I would have read:

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The “gate” bit, incidentally, is going to pop up a lot so let’s explain that now. It doesn’t mean gate: it actually, reflecting the city’s Viking links, comes from the Norse for “street” (“gata”). The actual gates, in the actual city walls, are not called gates at all, even if they have the syllable “gate” in their name but are instead called “bars”.  Bloody Vikings.

   

   

Knock, knock     Who’s there?     Scold        Scold who?     Scold outside.

I think you get the picture. Cry



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« Reply #2563 on: June 14, 2019, 01:11:57 AM »

JACK

I got well into my reply to you & hit the preview button & the response I got was that SMF was unable to connect to the database.  I had to sign out & start again Cry

I think we're both struggling with inclement weather at the moment.  I am so very pleased it's friday tomorrow Smiley  Feeling a bit under the weather & I'm sure the weather's not helping!
I decided to stick with the weather theme...
      

      
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This tickled me
In the Tokyo Hotel Shop
1 For your convenience, we recommend courteous, efficient self-service.
2 If this is your first visit to Tokyo, you are welcome to it.
3 Order your summer suit. Because is big rush we will execute customers in strict rotation.
4 Specialist in women and other diseases.
5 Teeth extracted by the latest Methodists.

Nearly home time thank heavens!
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« Reply #2564 on: June 14, 2019, 09:14:28 PM »

Pen]

I pulled up stiff and sore from the gym this morning - it can't be just that I am getting old..  We went out for lunch and tested a new restaurant to entertain some visitors we are hosting next Tuesday.  Two dog walks and one too many glasses of white wine with dinner to recover and now I have to think of something sensible.  I am sure you will be forgiving if this is the best I can do. Huh?

       

       












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