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12:49 am: I think I just succesfully persuaded someone on IRC that I lived in the Welsh town of Caerlŷr in Far East Wales (people sometimes assume I am Welsh because of my nick, he asked what part, and I was being silly). Hence new usericon to celebrate, showing location of said town.

I really should stop making up geography as a hobby. There's enough of it already.

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From:reddragdiva
Date:January 5th, 2006 12:54 am (UTC)
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Stamfordshire.
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From:abigailb
Date:January 5th, 2006 12:58 am (UTC)
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The next mystery is

        WHAT GOES HERE?

  Wessex  Middlesex  Essex
          
           Sussex


The answer, of course, is Nossexpleasewerebritish.

'll ge' me coa'
From:marnanel
Date:January 5th, 2006 01:59 am (UTC)
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I'm sure some Welsh people would be happy at the idea of reclaiming the occupied territories. :)
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From:abigailb
Date:January 5th, 2006 08:02 am (UTC)
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I daresay they'd annex Oswestry first.
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From:ellyll
Date:January 5th, 2006 08:09 am (UTC)
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*giggle* that's quite amusing :)
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From:hairyears
Date:January 5th, 2006 10:57 am (UTC)

Just tell them you come from Ratty

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Hmmm, is it true the name is derived from the original site of King Lear's castle?

Not that you'd hear any of the old dears referring to the Soar and the Grand Union as the 'Lear Cut'. Or, for that matter, shouting after the Yeomen* 'Ooo shot the pump, Then?

History is dying, if not already dead.

* The Leicestershire Yeomanry are now part of the Anglian Regiment. Bonus marks if you can identify the source of the remark about the 'Pump', though: I haven't heard that in more than 20 years.

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From:abigailb
Date:January 5th, 2006 11:26 am (UTC)

Re: Just tell them you come from Ratty

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No - the name appears to predate the legend, although as usual its unclear whether it was a real legend or whether it was just something Geoffrey of Monmouth made up.

What it was probably named after was the river, which is thought to have been called the 'Legre'. Of course, the Saxons also renamed the river the Soar, obscuring this.

Looking at a list of Welsh version of English city names I realised that the Welsh "Caergrawnt" (Cambridge) = "Grantchester". Someone may have pointed this out to me before, but I think its pretty cool anyway.
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From:tea_cantata
Date:January 5th, 2006 12:02 pm (UTC)

Re: Just tell them you come from Ratty

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And there was me thinking My Lovely Hometown was named after Cary Grant...

-the cheerful Dem Rhydd :)
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From:abigailb
Date:January 5th, 2006 12:35 pm (UTC)

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I wonder then what the actual Welsh for Grantchester is.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 6th, 2006 08:09 pm (UTC)
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on a completely unrelated topic, i have blue fluffy hair-ness with plastic in for you- woo!
From:cyniborg
Date:January 6th, 2006 08:10 pm (UTC)
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oops- that was me..
sorry!
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From:abigailb
Date:January 6th, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC)
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Hooray! When can I pick it up from you? :)
From:cyniborg
Date:January 8th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
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well, i can either bring it for you next time we're both out, or arrange some sort of a hair-picking-up..

i live just off london rd (on tichborne street) so there, or anywhere within walking distance of there, is fine for me. as for when, i'm pretty much perpetually free as i don't actually DO anything :)

albeit discounting this coming weekend, as i won't be in leicester..
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From:abigailb
Date:January 8th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
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Ah, that's quite handy, as I work just on the other side of London Road (Granville Road). Could come round some lunchtime coming week, maybe? My phone number is here if you want to text me details.
From:cyniborg
Date:January 10th, 2006 01:14 am (UTC)
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right- well i'll be in all this week, so anytime you're free is fine..
i'll text you my address, and you can come collect woolliness when you like :)
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