Monthly Archives: January 2014

Doughnuts are from Hertford

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…

The ‘New’ Bridge

new tyne bridge 1925

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

Happy 2014

Happy New Year. It’s great boon to know that 2014 has been designated International Year of Family Farming.

pet sheep pet bear pet buffalo