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5:46pm on Friday, 15th December, 2006:



I went to Tamworth today, for my yearly meeting with my dad and my brother to exchange Christmas presents. Getting there is fine, but coming home isn't as every junction to the M6 seems to be incomplete: you can join the M6, but only if you're going to Birmingham. Every time I try to get home, by whatever route, I hit the M6 and have to go in the wrong direction until I can find some exit road that has a roundabout attached.

Anyway, while studying the map of the area in the naïve hope that I could find a route home that didn't involve doubling back, I noticed the astonishingly impressive array of weird place names in the area. Here's a map:

They almost all have something weird about them: Cotin in the Elms, No Man's Heath, Burgoland, Newbold Verdon, Fenny Drayton, Norton Juxta Twycross, Moira and Heather (hi girls!), the amazing Barton in the Beans, ...

My favourites have to be Sheepy Magna and Sheepy Parva. Those are first class bizarre.

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