Monday 8 September 2008

Churchill the last white man to be called Winston?

A few things happened over the weekend that got the old cogs turning in my mind. The popularity of a name and the manner by which it evolves. According to a recent poll 1 in 4 children under the age of 11 are more likely to affiliate the name Winston with the nodding dog from the insurance commercials. The name has also seen a rise in popularity in many African Nations but is seldom heard in British play grounds. The survey also found that nearly ten per cent of the youngsters confused a picture of US presidential candidate Barack Obama with Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton. Is it any wonder Britain's children don't know much about our historical greats? So For all you expecting Mothers out there please allow me to provide you with a few suggestions...... Forget about your Britney's, Justin's, Peaches, Apples, etc. hows about Florence, Randolph, or Isambard.

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