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February 23, 2009

Following in the footsteps ....

"How do you know there's been an elephant in the fridge?" the old joke goes. It sometimes feels a bit like that when you run into signs like the one in the photograph below. Having grown up in Southern Africa where the name I bear is somewhat rare mainly because we were never officially "settlers" - we just went there to build military outposts and roads and railways and harbours and the infrastructure type things - I now find myself tripping over ancestral gravestones (There are five of them in the Abbey!) and finding places where they have left some kind of mark on the landscape.

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I couldn't help wondering if this is the same family surname or a nautical abbreviation of "Coxswain" - whichever, it is amusing to speculate.

The family is still trying to figure out which ancestor founded and named Cox's Bazaar. Go ahead; try a Google Earth - its a small outpost on the border between Burma/Mayanmar and Bangladesh!

Posted by The Gray Monk at February 23, 2009 02:04 PM

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too funny... got anything in China and USA as well?

Posted by: vw bug at February 23, 2009 10:15 PM

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