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764225.  Wed Dec 01, 2010 5:38 pm Reply with quote

Hansaplast goes back all the way to 1922, though, so I guess Elastoplast was originally an unrelated product that was actually discontinued when Beiersdorf came in and replaced by Hansaplast under the Elastoplast brand. Beiersdorf are also the guys behind Nivea, btw.



764236.  Wed Dec 01, 2010 6:20 pm Reply with quote

Is hoover now a regular word on both sides of the Atlantic?

764244.  Wed Dec 01, 2010 7:12 pm Reply with quote

Pretty much, yes.

It's perhaps not as commonly used as a generic name on the left of the pond as it is on the right, but there's no danger of it not being understood.

Peregrine Arkwright
764285.  Thu Dec 02, 2010 4:35 am Reply with quote


Another worlwide battle is between Gillette and Schick razors. Except that here in the UK the local brand name of Schick is Wilkinson Sword.

The other beauty was Exxon. Some French guy opened a chain of porno cinemas, or some such, called Sexxon with exactly the same typeface log etc so that he could have a court battle at which Exxon bought him out. He then invested the proceeds in an attempt to repeat his financial success formula here in the Uk, again setting up a chain of seedy whatevers called Sexxon.

Unforunately he miscalculated, because the UK was one of the few markets where Standard Oil had then retained the old Esso branding. So the oil major simply left the French guy to wallow in his expensive flop of a chain of sexy cinemas, where he lost every penny he had made off them in France. Or so the story goes.
Peregrine Arkwright
1382295.  Thu May 27, 2021 2:00 pm Reply with quote

imaginer wrote:

Phil Redmond then went on to write Brookside, which was very successful... he then got the sack and Brookside became bland and failed as a show!

Although it sounds like their work the theme tune to Brookside was not written by Vangelis or Jarre but by Steve Wright and Dave Roylance, two blokes from the Wirral.


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