Public Speaker: The Origins of Place Names
Anthony Poulton-Smith is a freelance journalist and author, whose books have mostly been on the subject of the origins of place names.
Anthony currently offers the following talks:
- Origins of Place Names: including towns and villages, hills and streams, even fields and roads.
- Origins of Pub Names: their beginnings, design, meanings and misunderstandings.
- Animal Myths: a look at some of the quite ridiculous explanations given for the fauna we know so well.
- Humorous Etymologies: we know what they mean today, but won't believe how some of these words began and in what context they were used.
- Ley Lines: examination of ancient trackways, how they were laid out and why.
- Salt Routes: the original trade route, why it existed and why these routes are still in use today.
- Watling Street: this famous 'Roman' road and why it is more than one road and was a road before the Romans were ever thought of.
- When Nature Calls: the toilet, the history of the privy.
- Not the Normal Paranormal: looks at ghostly reports covered by the author's writings and asks if there is a rational explanation.
- The Saxon Era: a revealing look at the so-called Dark Ages, revealing why they were anything but 'dark'.
- The Fastener Industry: an engineer's non-technical look at nuts, bolts, screws and washers.
- Talking Butts: the many odd ideas, generally accepted as part of history, which have no basis in fact.
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