What’s in a name?

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I was busy pissing myself laughing the other day when I saw the picture I’ve used above. Then, a few minutes later as if the great wheel of irony had inexorably turned there was an item on the local news about Gravesend.

Now Gravesend is, to be fair, a bit of a dump. In 2013, it was voted the sixth worst place to live in England by the website Chav Towns, which stated that it was home to some of “the most grotesque, loathsome, vile and vulgar” people in Britain. A view which seemed to be shared by the locals they interviewed on the vox pops who agreed it was a bit of a dump.

But apparently the local council think that they can give it an image makeover by changing the name to Gravesend-upon-Thames. Their argument? Apparently it worked for Staines. Really? I used to work in Staines. It’s still a dump…

Cllr Meade, cabinet member for tourism and youth, said a name change would “end some of the stigma” attached to the town and bring about a much-needed boost to tourism. He said at a meeting: “For too long, we have looked at tourism as a cost instead of looking at the potential economic benefits. Tourism is on the up in the county, but we are not seeing that trend reflected in the borough.”

He seems to think it will allow them to compete with places such as the Lake District on a more even keel.

He’s seriously deluded. You can’t polish a turd!

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6 responses to “What’s in a name?

  1. Cllr Meade might have more success attracting tourists if he renamed Gravesend to Cocking Fuckborough. They’d be streaming in just to get photo’s taken of the Town name sign.

    But hey, what do I know ?

  2. But if you start your tour or holiday in Gravesend, anywhere else looks good.

  3. Isn’t Gravesend so named because it was the site of the last great plague pit in 1665?

    • Possibly, but it was called Gravesham in the Domesday Book. (There are various disputed meanings for this, possibly Grove or Graf (Count) for Grave.)
      Pocahontas died and was buried there in 1617. The Luftwaffe did a good job demolishing much of the town, but the regeneration/redevelopment after WW2 was poorly handled and did not improve the look much.

  4. I had to check this one out…according to the Electoral Commission, there’s no such town as 40.

  5. “For too long, we have looked at tourism as a cost instead of looking at the potential economic benefits…”

    I’m struggling to understand how you can look at tourism as anything other than a benefit but then the local government mindset has long been incomprehensible to me. Maybe he means that they can’t get their head round that thing that wealth creators do: speculate to accumulate.