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Sunday, 9 October 2005

Greetings from Luton.

Definitely a blog entry of miscellany, this one! Yesterday went away far too quickly, with a day spent doing various bits of housework and shopping, and the evening entertaining Beth's family for a tasty shop-bought chinese meal.

The conversation turned, at one point, to shop names and their derivations. Here, in case you're interested, are some of the ones I know:

Asda:Associated Dairies
TescoFounder Jack Cohen and one of his first suppliers, T.E. Stockwell
Waitrose:Founders Wallace Waite, Arthur Rose, and David Taylor
Londis:Originally formed from the London District of the council of the National Grocer?s Federation
Arndale Centre:Founders Arnold Hagenbach and Sam Chippendale
Lunn Poly:London's first polytechnic created the Polytechnic Touring Association, which was subsequently bought by Henry Lunn Ltd.
MFI:Mullard Furniture Industries - Mullard being the maiden name of the wife of one of the founders.
Oxfam:Oxford Committee for Famine Relief

During my research, incidentally, I discovered that Matalan wasn't founded by two men called Matt and Alan (don't you just love urban legends?); it was formed by John Hargreaves, which sounds nothing like the name.

'Greetings from Luton' postcardOn other matters, I found a postcard on my arrival home from holiday, addressed to me, saying "Greetings from Luton." I didn't know such things existed (it's not in the premier league for vacation destinations!) When I turned it over, though, it bacame clear that it was a rather ingenious piece of junkmail/spam, since the stamp was from The Netherlands and the message simply said "Your world is expanding. Curious? visit www.jameshart.isaglobalcitizen.com". It turns out that it's from Liverpool University, but full marks for the concept of a postcard from Luton (although I don't recognise the scene in the picture!)

'Citiskate's Friday Night SkateWhile waiting for the coach (which, as happens more often than I'm comfortable with, didn't turn up) on Friday evening, I was witness to one of the (I'm sure there are many!) more unusual sights of London life. The picture to the right doesn't really do it justice - there must have been over a hundred people, most of whom were on rollerblades, zooming up Gloucester Place. I tried to shoot a brief video (685kB Windows Media) of them, but it was a bit dark.

Subsequently, I discovered that it's called the Friday Night Skate, organised by a company called Citiskate. If I were ten years younger - oh - and able to skate without falling over, I would love to do that. Especially since it's free!

Day off tomorrow (hooray!) although I'm going through the ol' car rigmarole again. Wish me luck...

Posted by james at October 9, 2005 11:12 AM

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