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Please share widely: SAFDI Meets this Thursday 17th Aug at Woking FC 1000-1300. Everyone is welcome and it’s free and fun. SAFDI supports our armed forces veterans. Our “guest” speaker is John Keegan OBE.
Remember that anyone who has served in the Armed Forces or is a reserve deserves our support.
This blog post was inspired by me watching cookery clips on YouTube – then it kind of mushroomed (excuse the pun) from there.
I honestly thought a Dutch chef had discovered a new seasoning for use in cookery. After all, I had never seen this substance he called “Wor-cest-er-shIre saus” before in my life. Then the camera focused on a bottle of what I know as “Worcester sauce”.
I admit the Dutch have got previous for this! After all, before the discovery of King Richard III in a carpark in the city, and the city’s football team winning the Premier League, the Dutch always pronounced “Leicester” as “Lie-cester”.
Speaking of Leicester (and Leicestershire) there are certain placenames and street names which are pronounced totally differently to the way they are spelled. My favourite one is “Belvoir” – as in Belvoir Street and the Vale of Belvoir. It reads like French, doesn’t it??? However, if you want to confuse a resident of Leicester, feel free to ask for directions to “Belvoir” Street – no such street exists in Leicester. Trust me on that one – your pronunciation will be corrected to “Beaver” Street before you are given directions.
There are lots of placenames in Leicestershire which sound nothing like they are written – I used to work in a place called “Blaby” (Baby – with an “L” between the first two letters), I now live in a district of Leicester called “Aylestone” (Ale-stun).
Of course, there are other places which have names which look nothing like they sound – If you want to annoy a Glaswegian I know try telling him that “Milngavie” is pronounced as it is written (instead of “Mill-guy”).
Sometimes the locals have different names for places – my native King’s Lynn usually gets its name shortened to “Lynn”. As for the seaside place not a million miles away from there – the locals call “Hunstanton” “Hunt-stun”.
Of course – that is only the places in the UK. I remember standing in a phone box with my Mum when I was little and wondering why she sounded so pleased with herself for coming up with “E for Edam” as she spelled out surname to someone. I was later to learn that Dutch people don’t call the place where the cheese comes from “E-dam” – they call it “A-dam” (which has a habit of confusing me as the Dutch sometimes abbreviate Amsterdam to “A’dam” when writing about it).
When people ask me what letter my name ends with they can leave themselves own to confusion as well. “Has your name got an ‘A’ at the end?” – “Depends which language you are spelling it in!”. Seriously – if my Dad were to speak to you about me my name would sound absolutely nothing like it reads to an English speaker (at least I make it slightly easy by using the English “In” at the beginning) – take the “een” From “Been”, add an “uh”, and finish off with a “k” sound (as in the sound the letter “K” makes – not the letter itself).
It is funny how different things can be pronounced in such a variety of ways.
You have probably heard people say to their friends “I am behind you” (meaning they want to show their support)???
If I happen to be the friend in question don’t be surprised if I start acting a little cooler towards you after you have uttered that (potentially) fatal to our friendship line.
This is because if people are behind you they can do all kinds of things – stab you in the back, or disappear, etc, without you noticing before it is too late.
I will never tell my friends I am behind them supporting them in whatever situation they are in – they are told I am next to them. I may not be physically next to them but at least that way they (hopefully) realise I am prepared to help them – as well as seeing our friendship as an equal partnership.
When you look at friendship in the same way as someone physically walking with you you will notice that the best place for a guide or a helper is either next to you (so you can hold onto their arm if you need to) or slightly in front of you (so they can point out obstacles and other dangers before you get too close to them).
Call me crazy if you want to but I like to know where people are in a crowd and – seeing as I am not an owl and I cannot see behind me very easily – the people behind me are the ones I trust the least.
Friendship should be about equal measures of give and take.
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This week has been quite eye-opening for me in one way or another. First we had the Government’s excuse for a “clean air plan” to reduce pollution – then I happened to read a letter in “RAIL” magazine which I agreed with the first paragraph of, thought the rest of it didn’t go far enough, and ended up wondering which planet the writer was living on. Also, there is a continuing debate about the franchises for the operation of the Railways in the UK (and how most of the Train Operating Companies are the “State owned” Railway companies from other countries). As for the debate as to whether the Trains should be taken back into Public ownership (or renationalised) – don’t get me started.
Personally I think the UK could learn a lot from other countries as far as the running of a good quality Public Transport system is concerned.
People are being encouraged to use their cars less and choose other modes of transport where they can.
As someone who is reliant on Public Transport I have a few suggestions which can make it a lot more attractive for people to use.
First – make the buses cheap, comfortable, and reliable. There is no point having a bus service which is more expensive than almost any other form of transport.
Second – instead of finishing the journey in a place apparently picked at random make sure the bus connects with another mode of transport. (More about that in a bit.)
Third – instead of choking city centres with bus fumes consider using teams or underground trains to transport humans across the city centre.
Fourth – have an “all transport modes” ticket which is available nationally as well as being useable nationally. Think “Oyster card” but scaled up to cover the entire UK.
When I go to Holland I am always amazed at how connected the Public Transport is over there. If you are at a railway station you won’t have to look very far to see a bus station (especially if you are at major railway stations). Not only that but some of the service buses run between local railway stations – allowing passengers who don’t live close to them to access them. This has the added bonus of not having Rail Replacement bus services. The letter I mentioned at the beginning of this of blog post suggested running coaches between Railway stations – and not allowing bus passes to be used on them.
I realise there are some cities in the UK which have managed to integrate their transport systems – as well as having trams and/or underground trains in the city centre but most of the country appears to be a disjointed mess.
The only way we are going to reduce pollution in our cities is by encouraging people to use public transport. The only way we are going to encourage them to use it (other than forcibly separating them from either their driving license or their cars) is by making it truly accessible. Oh, and reducing journey times to manageable levels.
Interconnected public transport can be a reality – we just need to make it happen.
The police have been rolling out body worn video (BWV) for many years now. You will notice, if you look at 999 response officers on patrol, many of them have two devices hanging from the upper portion of their protective vests: one of them is usually their police radio, the other, slightly smaller device is […]