more tourism

21 Oct
Just because two things rhyme does not necessarily mean that they are equivalent.
It has been pointed out to me many times that "Melly" rhymes with "smelly", as if this alone proves that people with my name must, as a matter of fact, smell. I’d like to think that’s not inevitable.
"Goring" is a town whose name rhymes with "boring", so I have a bit of sympathy for the place. Sim and I road tripped there. And it wasn’t really boring at all, in fact it is quite charming and full of nice thatched houses with staircases which Simon would love to own, and the river Thames, and fields, and pubs.
It’s one half of a twin town called Goring and Streatley, which doesn’t really rhyme with anything, but in the strange 2-meter stretch between the two (which I can only assume is the part called "and"), you can get married in a restaurant. It must be like international waters, I guess.
Is it really just me and him who sit on the slow train to Reading as they trawl through the absurdly-named stops on the announcement:
".. calling at Radley, Appleford, Didcot Parkway, Cholsey, Goring and Streatley, Pangbourne, Tilehurst and Reading.."
and wonder what on earth is in Goring and Streatley, or Cholsey, or Appleford, and will go there to find out? Be the only tourists Cholsey has ever seen. Goring and Streatley has already had some now, sorry. Along with Cumnor, and Horton-cum-Studley, and Thrupp, and Middle Chinnock, and Kingston Bagpuize…

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