What Is In A Name Incredulity

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 15th May 2013


I sometimes cannot believe what I read in the papers – total stupidity, ‘yuman rights’, political correctness but this one really takes the prize.  If it had been April 1st I would have assumed it to be an April Fool's joke but we are in mid-May.

Apparently an old lady wished to send an email Birthday greeting to a male friend through M & S. (Didn’t know they did them – I use Jacquie Lawson).

A message came back indicating that the message was unacceptable. She tried altering and resending with no luck. Finally it was explained that the name of her friend was the reason for the rejection. His name is Richard which in the old days was abbreviated to ‘Dick’.

My own father’s name is Ivan – which I understand is the Russian equivalent of Richard and his sister called him ‘Dick’. So, if she were still alive and wished to send him an email Birthday greeting, she would be censored.


My condolences to anyone called John Thomas.  I was actually introduced to a gentleman by that name many many years ago.  What idiocy will they think up next.  And so much of  supposed offence is actually in the minds of the 'correctness brigade'.  I would never in my wildest dreams have thought of the nickname 'Dick' as offensive.


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