THESE are the real reasons behind your local pub names

EVER wondered how your local got its name?

Albert Jack, who did exhaustive research for his book The Old Dog And Duck, The Secret Meanings Of Pub Names, says: “There’s something about a good honest boozer that can’t be beaten so I decided to find out where their names come from and what they mean.”

Some of the most interesting names are unique and don’t appear on the list.

For example, the longest pub name in the world is The Old Thirteenth Cheshire Astley Volunteer Rifleman Corps Inn in Stalybridge, near Manchester, named after a Victorian army corps. Oddly, the pub with the shortest name is also in Stalybridge – The Q Inn.

And in Hampshire there’s an inn called The Pub With No Name. It used to be called the White Horse but it’s said the locals tore down the sign to make it hard for strangers to find. Here’s the history of some of the most popular names [ . . . ]

Read Full Story at: The Express
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UK Vinyl Sales At 25-Year High

Sales of vinyl released by labels reporting to the BPI were at a 25-year high in 2016, according to new figures.More than 3.2 million records were sold in the UK last year, the BPI reports, which suggests a 53% rise on 2015. The most popular record was David Bowie’s Blackstar which sold more than double the copies of 2015’s biggest seller, Adele’s 25. [ . . . ]

Read entire story at: The Quietus | News | UK Vinyl Sales At 25-Year High