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  • Several years ago, I remember a collector who was interviewed on the local TV news. He collected books. Nothing unusual in that you say, but he collected books just for their titles. He collected books whose titles today have a different meaning to what they had when they were written.

    He had a few books with him to illustrate what he meant.

    It was a 'Boys Own' adventure and the title was 'Gay Boys in Bondage'. When it was written back in the 1950's, Gay Boys were happy chums, pals, mates who stuck together, whilst Bondage implied they were captured, tied up and held hostage. How different that title is today.

    I took this picture outside The Hartsead Inn at Ashton-Under-Lyne near the Pennines National Park. The name of the original farm is engraved into an old granite Mill Stone.

    In the 1911 census, in the Ecclesiastical Parish of Mosley St George, there were a number of properties listed, including Hartsead Green, Top o' th' Heights, House near the Reservoir, Yarn Cross Farm and Tongue Bottom Farm.

    I'm not even going to delve into, oh, sorry, Freudian slip.

    I'm not even going to ponder over the meaning of the name today, but, Tiana, I can't imagine the company you mention has such an 'entertaining' name.

    It certainly makes people smile as they pop in ..... erm, I'll stop there!
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