Friday Five Favourite: Simon McCoy moments

31 05 2019

On the Royal Baby/ies
(Three examples ‘cos they’re just so good!)


On a slow news day

Has a nap

Holding a ream of paper instead of an iPad

On the Dusseldorf plane landing in Edinburgh






Internet highlights – w/c 26th April 2015

2 05 2015

What it’s like to live with anxiety – so very well written and clear

Claude’s best putdowns on The Apprentice

Christian insults

Amazon has doubled it’s minimum spend to qualify for free super saver delivery

Stephen Hawking’s daughter has written an open letter to Katie Hopkins

Adorable bouncing lamb

Notes in a waterfall

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Royal Baby: It’s a girl – name guessing time

2 05 2015

I was halfway through my blog of guessing boy and girl name predictions, looking forward to Simon McCoy on my TV, when the announcement came through that at 8.34am, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a little girl!

When Prince George was born I put forward ten potential names, I guessed at Alexandra for a girl before we knew the gender, but as Alexander is one of George’s middle names, I think this is less likely now. Here are my guesses for this time around.

  • Elizabeth – I think this would be a lovely middle name, I don’t think they’d make it a first name while Her Majesty is still on the throne, but you never know! It’s also Catherine’s middle name, so it would be quite adorable.
  • Diana – Again probably not a first name, but I think this would be wonderful as a middle name in tribute.
  • Victoria – One of the most incredible Queens in history, a very royal name, and not all that old fashioned once shortened.
  • Mary – I’m not sure that this is that likely, but it’s a name of Queens in the past, and one of Queen Elizabeth’s middle names, and not of any current senior royal.
  • Rose – Again probably not that likely, but it’s a beautiful name, and middle name of the Queen’s sister, Margaret. I thought about putting Margaret forward, in fact, yea maybe I will.
  • Margaret – A cute little Maggie could be quite lovely, but will all the links to Thatcher, would it be too political, especially right before an election?
  • Carol – This is Catherine’s mum’s name, and she’s said to be helping out a lot and quite involved, so it could pop up in the middle somewhere
  • Alexandra – You know what, I’m going to keep this on my list, other than it being George’s middle name, there’s no other good reason why not.
  • Alice – This time I heard the bookies favourite before I put my list together, and this is the top one
  • Charlotte – Again, this is another top one at the bookies, who knows.




Royal Baby – it’s a boy! Next: guess the names!

22 07 2013

How exciting! So although most people thought they were having a little girl (I’m afraid that teddy probably went to the dog), the Prince of Cambridge was born this afternoon!

The next guessing game is going to be on the name! When William was born his name wasn’t announced for a week, but Harry was the same day so who knows when we’ll hear!

In my last blog I said my money was on George William, but we know they tend to have a lot of names, and more have come to light over the day, so here’s my list of 10 of the possibilities. I’d like to think that if he has 4 names, which seems to be fairly normal, he’d have at least a couple from this list!

  • George – This is the bookies favourite, one of Charles’ middle names, name of the Queen’s father and many British Monarchs, but importantly, not the name of any current senior royal.
  • James – Another name going back in British monarch history, also the name of Catherine’s brother, which I don’t knnow if it’d be enough to make it less likely, but again, not a current senior royal name.
  • Spencer – This was Diana’s surname, William’s uncle is the Earl Spencer, it’d be a nice tribute for a middle name as Diana is obviously now out of the question this time around.
  • Charles – Lots of family links here. William’s father and uncle, also a middle name for Harry and lots of British Kings of the past. But maybe a bit confusing to have Grandad’s name?
  • Arthur – A middle name for Charles and William so probably a strong candidate for a middle name again, obviously a pretty famous King too!
  • Philip – Name of the Queen’s husband, also another middle name of Charles and William, but a bit close to home with his current health?
  • John – Again no senior royals of this name currently and t was the name of one of the Queen’s uncles.
  • Louis – the last of Williams middle names, maybe a little French but it’s maybe more likely than Tyler!
  • David – a good King-y name, but not very likely. I don’t think they’d want people thinking he was named after the Prime Minister! Though it is one of Harry’s middle names.
  • Michael – Not sure where this stands in British history, but it is the name of Kate’s Father, so not out of the question, maybe a middle name?

So there we go – what do you think they’ll call him?!





Royal Baby on the way!

22 07 2013

It’s a VERY good job I have today off of work – I can’t imagine I’d be able to leave BBC News alone if I was in the office!

There’s rumours everywhere about her due date, the gender etc, but it turns out they’re based on nothing! Here’s some bits and pieces from the BBCs article this morning:

  • Although we all said Kate was a week late, the due date was never announced, it was a guess at ‘mid July’, but even that is not certain!
  • Although everyone said she let slip she’s having a girl (a child gave her a toy and her response was “Oh thanks, I’ll give that to my d.. baby” – was that daughter or dog?!), she and William don’t even know what they’re having!!
  • The Queen, senior members of the Royal Family, and the duchess’s family – if they are not at the hospital – will be told about the birth first. (Not a tonne of politicians as some have thought)
  • Then the birth announcement will be displayed on an ‘ornate easel’ in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, followed by a Twitter/Facebook announcement and then the Media will be informed
  • As for names. Royals often seem to have about 4 first names, but I’m just going to put two in for each gender – no one would ever manage all 4, surely?! If it’s a girl, I’m guessing Alexandra Diana, if it’s a boy, George William. To be honest I’m more confident in the middle names than the first as there’s reasoning behind them! For the first names I just chose royal names that no senior royal currently has!

    What are your guesses for the names?!

    **EDIT** So I’ve just read that Alexandra and George are the bookies favourite names, I honestly guessed them before hearing that!!! ****