Nominative Determinism is the phenomenon whereby people end up with jobs suitable for their name. Perhaps your surname is Cure and people often joke about you growing up to be a doctor when you’re young. You start investigating how to become a doctor and end up making it your profession. There’s actually a carpet shop in Exeter that claims to be run by one Walter Wall. The reason this came to mind was reading about the attempted arrest of a major drug dealer in Jamaica this week, Christopher Coke.
I spent last weekend at a bridge congress in Poland, a beautiful part of the country near Gdansk. A memorable quote from was from from a friend who shall remain nameless (all right, her name’s Jane) about religion in Poland. When it was stated that it was traditionally a very Catholic country she came out with the observation:
Oh, of course, the last pope was Catholic wasn’t he?
Discovering the pope’s religion leads on to the news from today that a stall holder has been fined for having a hoopla game that was too difficult to win. Unlucky victims included a doctor who spent £1200 trying to win what turned out to be an empty bottle of champagne. Just remember that when you’re about to ask your doctor for advice on things non-medical. So now you know, the pope’s Catholic and carnival games are a bit of a con. Coming up next an article about bears.