31 Oct 2010
I participated in the late 1980s campaign to save this numinous little Pugin churcn dedicated to S. Wilfrid . It is now a sort of drop-in centre, and the surrounding area is heavily muslim. As with several other churches in the vicinity - redundant or in use, and not yet mosques - the windows depicting the Crucifixion have been smashed. (The reaining ones are now protected on the outside with thick, ugly mesh.)
Wilfrid won't catch on with these people.
1 Nov 2010
Will We Yet See the Return of the Triffids?
Or: Wo Sind All Die Blumen Hin?
Or: Return Of Orcus, The Killer Democrat?
Thanks, Esmerelda, for summoning up memories, probably from that my Walter Mittyish days of skimming that august journal, Soldier of Fortune, of Wilfred "Well-Fed Bullshit" Burchett:
While Burchett seems to have been something of a Soviet "plant," it seems unlikely that we'll see the return of this:
...even though we have seen the return of the very green, and apparently pro-Democrat, Shrek:
Btw., Wikipedia casts doubt on an assertion by Geipel in his The Europeans (still can't find my copy) that ogre is derived from a German corruption of "Hungarian":
1 Nov 2010
I can remember as a kid, a number of older men that my father knew had the first name "Adolph" Looking back, I realize that these men were all born in the twenties or earlier, and those born in later decades were blessed to have been named otherwise. I wonder, will a time come when boys of a certain culture no longer be named after that prophet of peace?
2 Nov 2010
What an enjoyable essay! Having previously given up on Ivanhoe after only a few chapters, I'm determined to try again. Your English readers of a certain generation (like me) probably also found themselves unable to avoid memories of the BBC's Wilfred PIckles . . .
3 Sep 2011
Very interesting essay - thank you ;-)
It seems this is a universal phenomenon. We have the same patterns over here in Denmark, when it comes to names. And we even have the parallel name "Vilfred", which is sadly also very much out of fashon these days.
Actually "fred" STILL means "peace" in Danish - too bad you folks have forgotten so many of your really old words ;-)
12 Sep 2011
I didn't know where to find this info then koabom it was here.