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« Reply #30 on: May 08, 2017, 07:44:25 PM »

Avon might hark back to the past, but is simple and most people remember it.

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« Reply #31 on: May 08, 2017, 09:27:25 PM »

The Rugby Union's South West Division goes from Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire right down to Cornwall.

The Royal Mail's South West Region includes the RG and OX postcodes (as all mail from there goes to the Swindon Mail Centre) so that includes Banbury, Bracknell and Basingstoke.

Makes me ask, "what's in a name"!
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« Reply #32 on: May 08, 2017, 10:10:36 PM »

The Rugby Union's South West Division goes from Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire right down to Cornwall.

The Royal Mail's South West Region includes the RG and OX postcodes (as all mail from there goes to the Swindon Mail Centre) so that includes Banbury, Bracknell and Basingstoke.

Makes me ask, "what's in a name"!

And MK Dons were once seriously considering a move to Ireland.

Avon remains too toxic to be resurrected. West of England will have to do. It remains to be seen what practical effect the new post will have. The councils have all had to make some swingeing cuts in expenditure, and therefore services, yet we have a new layer of local government with a 30 million a year purse. Which isn't frankly, a great deal considering the remit. He talks of improving services from Shirehampton and Sea Mills. Repair the bridge over the Trym and redouble the line, and it's sorted, but that's more Network Rail's business, surely?

He knows my views on MetroBust. He is right in saying that the South Bristol Link Road makes it slightly easier to get to the airport from South Bristol, but it was always ludicrous to dress it up as a public transport initiative, even if the A4 bus from Bath to the airport now uses it. Radical thinking is called for now.
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« Reply #33 on: May 08, 2017, 10:31:51 PM »

As people are fond of rivers to name the area, why not Avonside?

It is slightly different from Avon and agrees with Merseyside, Teesside and Tyneside
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« Reply #34 on: May 09, 2017, 12:19:28 AM »

Alternatively you could go for Fromeside, but BANES has no attachment to it. It'd be amusing to hear commentators mispronounce it though. 
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« Reply #35 on: May 09, 2017, 01:03:04 AM »

There are three Avons within an off-peak day return of Bristol. "Afon" being Welsh for "river", we run the risk of calling the new guy the "River River (but not Welsh) Mayor". We could call him the "Wye Mayor?", with obvious wuoestion asked.
Maybe by the next election, if there is one, we will have agreed the nomenclature. My friend, here and elsewhere, has offered the "Western Super Mayor", which I like!
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« Reply #36 on: May 09, 2017, 06:43:09 AM »

Alternatively you could go for Fromeside, but BANES has no attachment to it. It'd be amusing to hear commentators mispronounce it though. 

But people would then relate it to the Town of that name further South
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« Reply #37 on: May 09, 2017, 07:15:16 AM »

Alternatively you could go for Fromeside, but BANES has no attachment to it. It'd be amusing to hear commentators mispronounce it though. 

But people would then relate it to the Town of that name further South

Do you mean Frooooooooome?  Smiley
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« Reply #38 on: May 09, 2017, 10:27:46 AM »

I am now proud to be an Atrebaton and have this wonderful new mode of transport:

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« Reply #39 on: May 09, 2017, 04:35:10 PM »

Is there a secret government plan to drag Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the rest of Somerset into this area?


You may jest but I think that Wiltshire was being encouraged to consider joining MetroWest. I suspect that the complication for the mayoral deal is that only North Somerset and Wiltshire are unitary authorities. 
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« Reply #40 on: May 10, 2017, 11:31:04 AM »

Atrebatia goes quite a long way east...

...as just south of Aldermaston is the old Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum, now Silchester. Maybe there is a case for  East and West Atrebatia or Upper and Lower Atrebatia or even Atrebatia Major and Atrebatia Minor?  Wink
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« Reply #41 on: May 10, 2017, 12:58:25 PM »

Is there a secret government plan to drag Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the rest of Somerset into this area?


You may jest but I think that Wiltshire was being encouraged to consider joining MetroWest. I suspect that the complication for the mayoral deal is that only North Somerset and Wiltshire are unitary authorities. 
That would extend the combined authority, which already seems more dispersed than most of the others, to the point where it no longer had a single focus. In part this might be inevitable in that Bristol simply doesn't have the mass of Birmingham, Manchester or Liverpool, but it would certainly change the nature of the region and therefore the mayor's task.
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« Reply #42 on: May 15, 2017, 08:31:05 PM »

At least they agreed on a name for the Titanic before starting to rearrange the deckchairs...
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