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68620.  Fri May 05, 2006 6:38 am Reply with quote

What nationality is Children in Need presenter, Terry Wogan?

F: Irish

A: Welsh

Wogan is anglicizing of the Welsh name GWGYN meaning to scowl. The origin of the name goes back to around the late 1000-to the early 1100s when a marriage took place in Wales either in Rudaxton or Wiston The marriage of Gwenllian, heiress of the line of Wizo, with Gwgan ap Bleddyn, lord of Llangors, in the county of Brecon, whose son Walter assumed the surname of Wogan, together with the arms, 'or on a chief sable three martlets of the field,' and became the founder of a family of great importance in the history of Pembrokeshire. Wizo the Fleming built Wiston Castle and also the Church across the road. Wiston gets its name from Wizo the Fleming known as Wizo's Town then shortened to Wiston. So from the onset of the name we have been in High society and stayed there until we lost favour with the protestant English Royalty.

68653.  Fri May 05, 2006 9:21 am Reply with quote

Pudsey in Yorkshire, after whom the bear is named must have something interesting about it - at least as much as Didcot anyway.

For instance, to celebrate the repeal of the corn laws they baked a 1000lb "Pudsey Pudding", it took 3 days to make and was served with a spade.

68655.  Fri May 05, 2006 9:30 am Reply with quote

Matthew Hoggard, Len Hutton, Herbert Sutcliffe and Raymond Illingworth all seem to have been born or brought up in Pudsey.

Per capita, it must be one of the great providers of English cricketers.

(even though it is in <spit> Yorkshire)

68661.  Fri May 05, 2006 10:12 am Reply with quote

That is bloody hilarious. I'd like to eat my dinner from a spade.

68666.  Fri May 05, 2006 10:21 am Reply with quote

The only two England captains ever to win back the Ashes in Australia, Hutton and Illingworth, were both Yorkshiremen. In fact, they both came from the same village, Pudsey.

Duncan Fearnley also came from there...


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