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Tuesday, November 03, 2009


Even in these days of mass global communication when you can buy pretty well anything you are looking for, there is still place for the old-fashioned bookshop. However, sometimes you cannot find what you are looking for.


Dr Dan Holdsworth said...

This reminds me of a few names of horses. Now, whilst many a horse will likely answer to (and even believe that its given name is) "Yer daft sod", in the field of racing and other equestrian events, a horse can usually only have one name throughout its career, to make tracking said career easier. In racing, the organisation Weatherby's exists as a way of monitoring these names, but occasionally they do mess up.

"Norfolk In Way" and "Norfolk In Chance" were two Irish horses registered in the UK; their owners must've been amazed that these names were approved, but approved they were to the consternation of many a commentator.

A Mr Goode and a Mr Novak were also recorded to have named a horse "Novak and Goode", and were perhaps somewhat relieved when it failed to achieve fame and fortune.

Finally, the showjumper Harvey Smith once decided to exact a terrible revenge on a friend and sometime enemy of his, a commentator of the show rings, by naming a horse "Pheasant Plucker".

Syd said...

I understand that the bookshops name when translated, says - Blackwells

Lars Thomas said...

This has nothing to do with bookshops either, but in Copenhagen we have a karaoke bar owned by an oriental gentleman who proudly displays his name out front:
Xing A. Long