Amus­ing time play­ing our name game

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What’s in a name? Quite a lot. The Nuts and Bolts team got into dis­cus­sion the other day about them be­cause our col­league Sam Len­non, when giv­ing his name to some­one usu­ally says his name is “Len­non, as in John Len­non”, of Bea­tles fame.

So it set us think­ing about how in the of­fice we should all start call­ing each other by the first names of fa­mous peo­ple.

So from now on our news editor Alas­tair Irvine should be called Andy Irvine, in hon­our of the for­mer Scot­tish rugby in­ter­na­tional.

Reporter Sam Wil­liams is Rob­bie Wil­liams, in homage to the singer of that name, or Serena or Venus Wil­liams af­ter the ten­nis-play­ing Amer­i­can sis­ters.

Our political editor Paul Fran­cis is hence­forth Pope Fran­cis.

Reporter Ai­dan Bar­low is ei­ther Ken or Deirdre Bar­low, of Corona­tion Street fame, or Gary Bar­low of Take That!

Vicky Cas­tle is now Roy Cas­tle, af­ter the late jazz mu­si­cian, al­though she could also be Leeds Cas­tle, Wind­sor Cas­tle or Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle.

Reporter Rachael Woods is now Tiger Woods, in ref­er­ence to the golfer.

The two dif­fi­cul­ties we have are our editor Robert Bar­man, who be­cause he has no fa­mous name­sakes is ... the bloke that pulls pints in a pub - and reporter Matt Le­clere, as there are seem­ingly no fa­mous or in­fa­mous Le­cleres, al­though there was talk of some his­tor­i­cal Gen­eral Le­clere in the air.

A re­cent sur­vey of 2,106 Bri­tons (oh how Nuts and Bolts loves a good sur­vey) has re­vealed the most com­monly col­lected item in re­gions across the UK.

And in the South East it ap­pears that coin col­lect­ing (13%) is the most pop­u­lar hobby for col­lec­tors.

And did you know that the av­er­age col­lect­ing Bri­ton will spend £1,798.50 on their hobby an­nu­ally.

The study by www. voucher­, the UK’s lead­ing money-sav­ing brand, shows that comic books, stamps and coins are the most pop­u­lar items within the UK to col­lect, whilst more un­usual col­lectibles in­clude dead in­sects, taxi­dermy and beads.

Al­most one-fifth (19%) of those sur­veyed ad­mit­ted col­lect­ing some­thing and their rea­sons for do­ing so were - it’s a hobby (42%), one day the col­lec­tion will be worth a lot of money (40%) and it’s a way to bond with other friends/fam­ily mem­bers (34%).

And while coin col­lect­ing is the South East’s most pop­u­lar col­lectable, in the east of Eng­land it was stamps (16%), in Scot­land it was DVDs (14%) and in York­shire and Hum­ber­side it was war mem­o­ra­bilia (9%).

Chris John­son, head of op­er­a­tions at voucher­cloud. com, said: “Hob­bies are great be­cause they help us to pass the time, give us some­thing to fo­cus on and is some­thing to take plea­sure and pride in, which ex­plains why those with hob­bies that re­sult in pur­chas­ing items and col­lectibles will hap­pily spend so much money on an an­nual ba­sis.

“Comic books, stamps, movie mem­o­ra­bilia; what­ever the col­lec­tion, many even­tu­ally go on to be worth much more than ex­pected – whether it’s be­cause the value in­creases over time or a com­plete col­lec­tion is worth far more than in­di­vid­ual pieces.”

So if you come across that stamp col­lec­tion that’s been stashed away in the loft for years, don’t bin it, it could be worth a lot of money.

A mem­ber of the Nuts and Bolts squad is a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor to the cafe at Ash­ford’s Rep­ton Park Waitrose, where he en­joys a latte or cap­puc­cino on a Satur­day morn­ing. But he’s wit­nessed sev­eral amus­ing ar­gu­ments be­tween cus­tomers and staff there re­cently

The rea­son? Well it’s all to do with the lay­out of the cafe.

The cafe has its own counter, where cus­tomers can get their cof­fees, teas, snack, cakes etc (for which they are charged cafe prices).

How­ever along­side it is a cake counter, where the prices are store prices ie cheaper prices than are charged for cafe items.

But it is very con­fus­ing for those who don’t know that and some­times pick up items from this se­cond counter to in­no­cently con­sume in the cafe (par­tic­u­lar chil­dren’s type cakes and drinks).

The other Satur­day a rather rude mem­ber of staff was re­mon­strat­ing with a cus­tomer that they shouldn’t have bought items from said se­cond counter to eat in the cafe.

The cus­tomer, a middle aged woman with her fam­ily, re­sponded, quite rightly, by say­ing the store should make it clearer the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two coun­ters and any­way she’d paid for ev­ery­thing at the cafe till.

The store worker was adamant she’d have to pay for the se­cond counter items at a main check­out, which the woman even­tu­ally agreed to.

So who said the cus­tomer is al­ways right?

Pic­ture: David Parry / PA Wire

Coin col­lect­ing is the re­gion’s most pop­u­lar hobby

Reporter Sa­man­tha Wil­liams has be­come Rob­bie Wil­liams, right

Waitrose on the Rep­ton Park es­tate

Pic­ture, right: BBC/Far­rell Mu­sic Ltd/Si­mon Ni­blett

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