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We had a de­light­ful time this last week learn­ing about a gath­er­ing of Shirleys in Roxburgh.

The Otago/South­land branch of the Shirley club has over 50 mem­bers and is part of an in­ter­na­tional club. Who would have thought?

We thor­oughly en­joyed com­ing up with puns to in­clude in the story, prompt­ing a jour­nal­ist friend to tell us he once wrote a story about a gath­er­ing of women named Lois. The head­line? Lois Com­mon De­nom­i­na­tor.

I have be­come quite keen on the idea of clubs based on peo­ple’s names. I like the fact that the mem­bers may have noth­ing else in com­mon ex­cept their name.

But I do know if I started a club of Deb­o­rahs, chances are we would mostly be aged over 40, from white mid­dle-class back­grounds in west­ern­ised coun­tries.

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to Ur­ban Dic­tionary we are usu­ally so­phis­ti­cated, witty, in­tel­li­gent with a great sense of hu­mour. Sounds like a good time to me.

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