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gerontius grumpus
53072.  Sun Feb 19, 2006 10:43 am Reply with quote

The Dolly Varden is a type of char found in the northern part of the Pacific seaboard of North America. It seems a strange name for a fish and after hearing a decidedly non fishy question about Dolly Varden on a TV quiz show I decided to find out more.
It seems that Dolly Varden was originally a character in Charles Dickens' Barnaby Rudge.

(I was always put off Dickens by the BBC Sunday teatime dramatisations, it reminds me of tuna sandwiches, bought fruitcake and the impending monday morning.)

Anyway, the fish was named after the character because she was described as wearing a pink polka dot dress and the dolly varden, like the European char, has small pink spots.
Another case of life mimicing art perhaps.
I understand there is also a band (popular beat combo) of the same name but I know nothing about them.

 
violetriga
53076.  Sun Feb 19, 2006 11:02 am Reply with quote

gerontius grumpus wrote:
Dolly Varden... seems a strange name for a fish...

...Dolly Varden was originally a character in Charles Dickens' Barnaby Rudge.

...it reminds me of tuna sandwiches


Perhaps the person that named it had the same feeling? ;)

 
djgordy
53081.  Sun Feb 19, 2006 11:09 am Reply with quote

violetriga wrote:
gerontius grumpus wrote:
Dolly Varden... seems a strange name for a fish...

...Dolly Varden was originally a character in Charles Dickens' Barnaby Rudge.

...it reminds me of tuna sandwiches


Perhaps the person that named it had the same feeling? ;)


I thought Tuna Sandwiches was in Martin Chuzzlewit.

 
gerontius grumpus
53178.  Sun Feb 19, 2006 2:33 pm Reply with quote

djgordy wrote:
violetriga wrote:
gerontius grumpus wrote:
Dolly Varden... seems a strange name for a fish...

...Dolly Varden was originally a character in Charles Dickens' Barnaby Rudge.

...it reminds me of tuna sandwiches


Perhaps the person that named it had the same feeling? ;)


I thought Tuna Sandwiches was in Martin Chuzzlewit.



No the BBC only dramatised Martin Chuzzlewit quite recently, I'm talking about the dull old back and white productions in the Sixties.
I seem to remember a lot of salad cream in Great Expectations.

 
Celebaelin
53200.  Sun Feb 19, 2006 3:36 pm Reply with quote

As nothing compared to the amount of honey and Golden Treacle in Oliver Twist.

 
Jenny
53264.  Sun Feb 19, 2006 6:05 pm Reply with quote

There's also a Dolly Varden cake, which is a cake baked in a bowl-shaped cake tin, with the body of a doll put in the narrow part after baking, and the whole thing iced to look like a doll wearing an elaborate ball gown. I made one for my daughter for her fifth birthday. This is not it (though I flatter myself it was every bit as good) but I notice that it was baked for some little girl's fifth birthday.

 
gerontius grumpus
56785.  Fri Mar 03, 2006 1:38 pm Reply with quote

It doesn't look very fishy.

 

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