I always think that it’s a sign of sheer ignorance to travel abroad and make fun of things that have names which sound amusing or rude to us. However, having always been a bit immature, I couldn’t help but smile today as I passed through towns and villages called Chilly, Pus-Mange and Bras, the latter of which is believed to be a settlement founded centuries ago on two quite pronounced hillocks connected by a springy bridge.
How I would have loved it if the village of Le Piquet in France had been twinned with Nelson in Lancashire and then, just to piss people off, they’d got Michael Schumacher to come and switch on their Christmas lights.
This funny name infatuation of mine is nothing to do with xenophobia though. The proof in the pudding is that my favourite town with a funny name in the entire world is Wetwang in East Yorkshire, and which has an archaeological site there called Wetwang Slack, which is even more amusing.
I couldn’t be bothered to get out of the car to take a photo of any of these ridiculous French places so I’m afraid you’ll have to settle for a Wetwang. Sorry!
Anyone for Wetwang?