I find the name Waterloo Station offensive as it is deamneaning to French people could we not change it to something more French friendly and also encourage French hypermarkets to move into the Waterloo area and sell us their food?
This would save people having to travel to France on Eurostar to get decent food at decent prices.
Every morning fresh Paris pattisserie could be brought in on spare Eurostar capacity and sold in the SE1 area!
Also Waterloo area needs sprucing up as it looks like a rubbish tip at the moment
Oh not this old chestnut - obviously honky donky is a troll looking to identify Blimpish reactionaries. Well on this, I'm happy to oblige.
Paris remains full of streets and Places named for military victories. Not to mention the Gare d'Austerlitz !?
Some years ago, conservative French politician Florent Longuepee (can't do acute accents here) - a member of President Jacques Chirac's RPR party - wrote to Tony Blair to do something about it and went on to threaten that if Waterloo Station was not renamed, he would fight to have Paris' Gare du Nord Station renamed "Fontenoy," after a 1745 French victory over the British.
The papers had a field day on this at the time, publishing the outcome of a survey that showed that the majority of French students thought that the battle (of Waterloo) was actually won by Napoleon. A military gentleman wrote to the Telegraph about his visit to the souvenir shop at the Mont du Lion, next to the old battlefield in Belgium. Seeing the walls covered with every imaginable kind on Napoleonic memorabilia, he asked Mme le proprietaire if they had anything about Wellington.
"QUI" replied Madame, "qui est Wellington?"
The Times suggested that if the French station must be renamed after a French victory, a better choice would be the battle in 1066 where the French Duke William of Normandy defeated the English King Harold and conquered all of England. But do you think the French are quite ready to have a station named "Hastings?"
Don't forget - Wednesday18th June is Waterloo Day.
By custom, Apsley House, the London Palace of the first Duke of Wellington is open for free for the day (usually £4.50) I think that English Heritage will also be opening the nearby Wellington Arch for free as well.
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Hastings won't do, Normandy wasn't French at the time.
See below courtesy of Bill Gates and Encarta:
Under Roman domination the region formed part of Gallia Lugdunensis (Celtic Gaul). With the Frankish invasions it was made a constituent part of the kingdom of Neustria. It came to be known as Normandy about 911, when Charles III, king of France, turned it over to Rollo, the leader of a menacing band of Viking raiders. In 1066 a descendant of Rollo, William, Duke of Normandy, led an invasion of England and established himself there as king of England, William I, known as the Conqueror. Normandy remained an English possession until conquered in 1204 by Philip II Augustus, king of France. During the Hundred Years' War, the region was held at various times by both French and English forces; it was finally recovered by the French in 1450. The Channel Islands, which were once a part of Normandy, remained in the possession of England.