Hertford is, as you know, responsible for many iconic phenomena – notably evolution and toothbrushes. But I’m delighted to report that Hertford is the home of the doughnut, AKA donut if you’re of an American bent. I must confess to…
Loving the story of Jasper the commuting cat, from North Shields near Newcastle, who’s a regular passenger on the Metro.
Mum referred to the ‘new bridge’ in Newcastle the other day and I assumed she meant the Millennium Bridge (2001). But no – she meant the Tyne Bridge (1928).
Newcastle itself isn’t exactly new, as the ‘new castle’ in question dates from 1080. As for other news, they’re all old news …
New College Oxford – 1379
New York – 1664
New Town Edinburgh – 1820
New Mexico – 1912
UK New Towns – 1949
New Media – 1960 (cited in the OED)
Neologism – um, 1772