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Guy Potger
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sorry.

Word or two missing there.

The phrase "both of them" should've been used; given spies would be taught all of the anthem of the country they were infiltrating, whereas the residents would only be aware of them, rather than have memorized them.


[And in any case, the baseball idea prove counter-productive - as didn't Quark familiarize himself with baseball, mainly to ingratiate himself with Sisko - but which then turned out to be useful when he fetched up at Roswell/Area 51 in 1955?]

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Fatbastard, Hugh Fatbastard
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There was (is ?) a Chinese Restaurant in town called, simply, 'Good Food Chinese Restaurant'.

They had a bright neon sign out front proudly displaying the name.

Then some of the letters disappeared and the place became known as 'The Goof'. It stuck.

I reckon that's what happened to this Featherstonehaugh - a phonetic interpretation of an abbreviated version has simply overshadowed it's traditional form.

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Andy C
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There's a village in Dorset called Okeford Fitzpaine. Try to guess how the locals pronounce that.
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Robin Carmody
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Unbelievably, the last steam locomotive built in Britain entered service as late as March 1960. Eight years later, they were all gone.

It is indeed true that many Beeching-closed lines - the Somerset & Dorset is a prime example - were never even tried using a more 'economical' manner of running, i.e. diesel multiple units, unstaffed stations, etc. They had steam haulage, what even a staunch socialist should admit was overstaffing, etc. right up to the end. They could easily have been run economically - it was simply never tried, doubtless for political reasons.

But I would partially blame Wilson for making the 'white heat of technology' speech. When the report was published, he'd just become opposition leader, and he initially strongly opposed it (the Labour Party in general certainly did). But at the time, railways and modernism were seen as irreconcilable, and he was politically trapped - by the criteria of the time - into continuing the process once elected.

There's also 'The Great Railway Conspiracy' by David Henshaw (which appeared in at least two editions, the second of which went up to the start of the privatisation process).

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