lost opportunities

In the October 25 issue of the New Yorker, Lauren Collins writes about David Cameron’s goals for a “Big Society” in England. She begins the article by writing about a picturesque hamlet in central Dorset, which is, ironically, “bisected by a brook that was once used as a latrine.”  The residents of this town recently each voluntarily contributed to the purchase of a replacement marker after all (3) of their town markers had been stolen over a 5 month period in 2008. Understandably, the residents were determined that the replacement sign would not be subject to the same fate, and have used a one-and-a-half ton hunk of limestone as the new marker.

This is all well and good, but I think they should have taken advantage of this now lost opportunity and, since all physical evidence had been removed, changed the name of their town. Instead, they are, and will remain to be, Shitterton, Dorset.

5 Responses to “lost opportunities”

  1. November 18, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    I agree, they definitely should have changed the name.

  2. 4 charmstep
    November 18, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Nice article.

  3. 5 Boston Margy
    November 21, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Well, that’s one ton of Shitterton.

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