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I am a little intrigued by the names adopted by members of this forum. Some are related to their actual name, others are far away in
imagination. Today, I wrote a reply to peregrine and was wondering why name that seemed familiar. Memory finally helped. I grew up on the northern shores of Auckland Harbour in New Zealand. To get to town (and in later years my workplace) we had to travel by steam ferry.
These ferries could carry about 800 passengers, but they were slow. Where I lived, the longest journey, we had a couple of old boats with
two stage steam engines. However, occasionally when one of these regulars was off for maintenance, the spare ship Peregrine was called in. Peregrine was a big boat with a triple expansion engine. More work for the stoker, shovelling coal to keep the steam pressure up, but for we passengers, there was a fast trip in a comfortable ferry. Computers were not even thought about by humble citizens.


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You probably never heard about the peregrine falcon, NZ being the only landmass where the Peregrine Falcon does not exist.....:-)

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My name is much more prosaic. Gaer is from the Welsh for fort and is the name of the estate where I was born and brought up. The fort in this case is an Iron Age fort - in the group of trees at the left of the 1931 aerial photo.
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Interesting topic Gordon. Hope we get more replies.

I have always had a difficult time coming up with names. When I was starting my web design business one of my daughters suggested peregrine concepts. I had found an abandoned sparrow hawk chick on our farm and had been caring for him - not a falcon like the peregrine but he was a bird of prey. Peregrine means alien which fits well with my interest in the unknown.

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With me, it was a mistake. I'm always Amra Leo online...not my real name, in the real world, but everywhere online. When I registered for this forum, for some reason the "Amra" didn't take, so here (and only here) I'm Leo. I just went with it.

Just as FYI...when Conan from the Robert Howard books was a pirate, he was known as "Amra the Lion", I like Conan, am a Leo, so...


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peregrine wrote:
Interesting topic Gordon. Hope we get more replies.

Well OK then...

I'm in a second relationship with a lady who has five grandchildren. (I also have five - Xmas gets a bit expensive!) We wanted something that the kids could call me, and we didn't like the idea of things like 'Granddad Chris'. I have a habit of introducing myself to babies by putting my finger in my mouth, then flicking it out to make a popping sound, so my lady friend came up with the name 'Chrispop'.


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These are fun to see--wish I had something interesting to add. Name + address = boring.

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While I'm not Greek, I am fond of Greek mythology. My Dad was an Oracle DB programmer, and one day I'm signing up for an account, and I need a username (my previous choice having been taken by someone else). So looking around the room I see a Oracle Delphi programming book. So I tried Delphi Oracle, which was also taken (naturally). Delphi has a connection with Apollo, who visited the city as a dolphin, so dolphin oracle I became.

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I must have been drunk.


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I was definitely too sober.

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