Post 1518. Friday April 28
Tales of everyday life in the coastal village of Amble Bay
You may have noticed that many of the Amblers have nicknames. I’m known as Keith the Chef by the way which I don't imagine requires explanation!
You see the guy leaning on the bar chatting to Dapper Dan and Mike the Bike? That’s Mark Xavier. He’s got a mean left hook as Sarky Bart recently found out, and I don’t mean he’s a pirate! No, he’s a very keen boxer. He wins nearly every bout because punch bags don't punch back and he rarely finds anyone interested in taking him on in Amble Bay.
Mark and I were at school together. Back then he was known as Spotty, but not due to a complexion malfunction! It started one day when Mark X shouted ‘X marks the spot’whilst studying a map during a geography lesson. He always hated the name, so a few years ago we held a Nickname Committee meeting and renamed him X-Boxer!
He’s not our only X. There’s also Raymond who works in the fractures clinic at Bustleton Hospital. He’s known as X-Ray. He couldn’t tell a lie if he tried – you can see right through him. Don’t groan!
Just a reminder that as tomorrow is your last full day, I'm having a farewell barbecue at my place at lunchtime, then it's off to the pub in the evening. Sunday we'll get together for coffee and a chat before you head off back home. Bye for now!
To read a brief description of Amble Bay and see a scribbled map just click HERE
I was glad to read in your comment about xenology that you will continue to guide us around Amble Bay even after tomorro barbie. I have a cousin, Fleur, visiting Australia from England and she is horrified how we Aussies abbreviate anything. My husband has nicknamed her Fleurso.ReplyDelete
X is for destruction of a piratical fleet in Xiānggǎng (Hong Kong)
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That should have read xenagogy. Spell check yet to learn the word :)Delete
Xenology is far easier to say! I have always found Australian, sorry Aussie abbreviations very amusing. See you at tomorrow's barbeque, sorry barbie! Thanks for my first smile of the day Anne.Delete
You can add me as another person who has no interest in engaging in fisticuffs with X-Boxer!ReplyDelete
He really needs someone to take him on. Are you sure?Delete
Wow Xavier and Raymond who works in the fracture clinic and is called X Ray. You can see right through him. What a turn of phrase.ReplyDelete
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Haha! I'm glad it worked. Cheers KalpanaaDelete
Hi Keith - Eggscellent or Excellent or just Xcellent ... what fun you've had with these ambles around Amble Bay ... tomorrow ... the last oh how sad, but then a get together on Sunday - sounds good to me! Cheers HilaryReplyDelete
I've had enormous fun with this. Amble Bay will certainly feature on my blog in the future! Thanks Hilary.Delete
It should do!! Cheers HDelete
I am a fan of Amble bay and everyone there...and I think I am the biggest fan of Keith........the chef writer :-)ReplyDelete
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Aww, you say the nicest things DeeDee. We need to start a mutual admiration society!Delete
Love the nicknames :-) Happy A-to-Z-ing.ReplyDelete
In the village I lived in, everyone had nickmames from John the Wobbler to Pilot Paul! Such is rural life. Thanks RonelDelete
I don't want to go home! ~pout~ I'm enjoying this tour.ReplyDelete
Oh dear, where's the ~grin~ gone? Sorry...Delete
If Mark wants to play some Roller Derby I am more than happy to take him on, but no hands. I think a left hook might be an egregious high block and will get him expelled from the game.ReplyDelete
Also, what do you need us to bring to the BBQ?
His hands get everywhere, so I'd keep well clear if I were you! A couple of beers would be nice Morgan!Cheers!Delete
Sounds like you have it all planned out!!! What are you going to do for your roundup post? :DReplyDelete
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Everything is planned out - except for my roundup! I'll discuss with the villagers. Cheers Calen~Delete
Are you amazed you had a character with an X to start his name? I too have an X-named character in my book. It seemed unusual.ReplyDelete
There aren't very many that's for sure! Thanks Jacqui.Delete
What a lovely time it's been visiting Amble Bay! I love the nicknames people get stuck with, sometimes all the way back to school days! :-)ReplyDelete
It's a typical village. I've lived in villages for most of my life and that's the way it is!Delete
So the Nickname Committee took a pencil and X-ed out "Spotty" and declared him Xavier-Boxer or X-Boxer for short? Spot on!ReplyDelete
Do they have elections for the committee? I'd like to serve on that one!
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Perfect timing, we have an empty chair!Delete
That's a neat strategy to win every bout--just punch a punch bag. Mark X may have given us a solution to deal with the growing violence in society. Clever.ReplyDelete
X is for X shaped stitches on a Xmas stocking
That's right. Every country should replace their soldiers with punch bags! Brilliant Arti.Delete
Nickname Committee haha do they keep minutes? fun to go through them sometime...ReplyDelete
I'll be here for the barbie...can you believe it's almost over already?!
Not minutes, hours - yawn! See you tomorrow NilanjanaDelete
X-Ray had me chuckling :-)ReplyDelete
Cheers my friend!Delete
You've brought a welcome smile to many AtoZers this month. Many thanks and looking forward to the bbq and pub later today.ReplyDelete
Looking forward to seeing you there. Don't be late!Delete
I love puns! So no groaning here. :)ReplyDelete
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Me too Sara! I guess we've never really grown upDelete