Russell Kirkpatrick's Journal
Children's names can also be bizarre. Witness the New Plymouth judge who temporarily deprived parents of custody of their child 'Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii' (last name withheld). http://www.stuff.co.nz/4628719a10.html
Other names mentioned in the article are Fish and Chips (twins), Masport and Mower (twins); boys Yeah Detroit, Spiral Cicada, Kaos, Stallion and Hitler; girls Cinderella Beauty Blossom and Twisty Poi; and sex unknown Keenan Got Lucky and Sex Fruit.
I personally knew the Pacific Island cousins Hurricane and Relief: Hurricane was a week or so older than his cousin. You can work out how they got names, right? Another great island name was Hitro Okasene (he played rugby league for the Warriors) - Hydro Oxygen, or water.
Come on, then ...
Havign worked in a Children's court, where child welfare amtters are heard, I have some really good ones, but I can't mention them for legal reasons. Doh!
Glad you are feeling well Russell. I'd take those names with a disprin if I were you.
Try Sabah and Sarawak for brand names used as first names - Benson, Hedges, Macdonald, Maklaren (spelling a bit wonky sometimes), Winston are favourites. Other oddities I have come across:
Jacklon, Liberia, Rhodes, Y-Physter, Rainy, Krist, Onnin, Joliwon, Bassilous, Jayrose, Yute, Pit, Folasia, Ramba, Romieo, Verlina, Malo, Faranica, Charles II, Erce, Fredoline, Cede, Lemony...
One I always remember from Samoa - lima sene = 5 cents. But 'Sex Fruit' what is that all about???
Surely the child is the fruit of sex????
I feel that I have failed somewhat, my kids are boringly named Liam and Charlotte...when I think of all the missed opportunities for future embarrassment and confusion for them, what was I thinking????
You're on to it, Jo - I bet that's exactly why Sex Fruit got his/her name. And I'm shocked, Jo. In the tradition of 'A Boy Named Sue' you ought to have made life far more difficult for your kids. I didn't bother - just being my sons was handicap enough for my boys.
I do like Lima Sene, Kylie!
And wow, glenda, what a list!
I remember when there were lots of kids named after day time soap characters. Storm, Breeze, Summer, etc. In my kids school classes were Moonbeam, Shylock, Raven, Winchester and Crew (yes spelt like that), probably more I didn't know. But how about odd names that don't really go together. When I had my daughter, the lady in the same room called her son Malcolm....their surname was Powder. I had a customer called Richard Sole, and a friend whose initials spelt a rude word. What is wrong with parents? Would they have wanted to be called any of those silly names in the paper Russell? Perhaps the law should make them change their names as well. My kids have boring names too Jo. I think they are happy with their lot.
I was sitting in the convocation ceremony at Sabah University - those darn ceremonies take hours. What else was there to do but take a note of some of the names in the graduation book??
The one that sprang instantly to mind for me was an Aboriginal boy I taught called Bimbo. Most of the names up there were quite reasonable, but the spellings were interesting. Speaking of spellings, I got a shock when I taught in Alice Springs and there were four Ashley's in the kinder class (all girls) and all four were spelt differently - Ashley, Ashlee, Ashleigh and Ashlea. Unbelievable!
Hey Russell, there's some pretty nasty weather over there, is it affecting you? (My knowledge of New Zealand geography is not good) Hope all is well with you.
Made golf a little more difficult over the weekend, Jo, but otherwise it was rather a 'fizzer'. The forecasters have to predict using a worst-case scenario otherwise they get blamed for not forecasting bad weather. So we get serious alerts which often don't come to much.
What about the 4 people that were killed Russ, thats pretty serious weather. I also see on the news it snowed in Sydney??
Linda, my five year old son saw the same report and was quite indignant because "Mummy, it DOESN'T snow in AUSTRALIA!!!!" He is quite fascinated by the weather, he sits and copies the forecast from the Weather Channel and keeps it close by for reference.
I thought there were only three deaths, Linda. And they were killed not by the seriousness of the weather, but by poor judgment - out they went on to the sea in fishing boats and kayaks. A fourth person died in a house fire tenuously connected to the storm - using candles because of a power cut.
The storm may well have been an unusually deep depression, but ts effects here were no greater than any other winter storm - the worst of it missed the country to the east.
Yes Russell you are right. Who in their right mind would go out to sea in that weather!!! Worse weather today, it seems from the news, and severe wind for us tomorrow....must have been all those baked beans!
Now today's storm is more like the real thing. Houses damaged all over the country, storm surges, tornadoes, widespread flooding, power cuts, landslips, and general mayhem. I know people's lives are badly affected by such weather, but it stirs my blood. Wahoo!
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