Friday, 21 January 2011

Friday 21/01/11

Here's a trivial, relatively entertaining story that just happened and I really really liked and I thought I'd blog it (I can't blog long entries like I used to, because I'm writing the book during the day and I'd rather keep any proper material for that, you understand).

Note for anyone who doesn't know: I changed my name about five years ago from a Greek name to an Anglo-Saxon name. Let's pretend the Greek Name was Yannis Papadopoulos and let's pretend my current Anglo-Saxon Name is Firstname Surname. Firstname Surname is an obscene preppy name that no one in real life is called. I chose it for larfs.

Now that we're all up to speed, the story:

Ages ago my friend Nathan was telling how his boyfriend, Alejandro, had overreacted about something and apparently to this I replied: Oh, it must be the "o" at the end of his name that's causing him to behave like this.

Now I was just sitting at home this evening and I received the following email from Nathan:

"So I just told Friend X how a friend once said 'it must be that o at the end of his name' in relation to Alej's overreaction. He said: 'Firstname?' I said correct. And Friend X replied: 'I suppose with a name that WASP-y overreaction in his family results in the Martini glass being overfilled"

[I should point that I don't know Friend X and he doesn't know me. He must have just seen my name on facebook as a friend of Nathan's]. And Nathan continued to me:

"So I said to Friend X 'Please. He was born Yannis Papadopoulos'. In brief: you have them fooled, Firstname. Well done, well done indeed."

And that was my story. I've never been happier about changing my name. Well, apart from that time when I met Bret Easton Ellis and he asked me what my name was and I said Firstname and he wasn't getting it and then my friend that I was with commented: Your name is so ridiculous that the king of 80s preppy Americans himself couldn't believe it. That was a good day.

So in conclusion, change your names. All of you. It's such fun.

23 comments:

Alex T. (soon to be F.) said...

Good for you!

I finally got around to doing just that - got my deed poll and all, and from the 1st of March I no longer will have a shitty Russian surname with "shch" in the middle (and also a very English second name which I took because I want to have letter J in my initials). My first name was quite Western though - so I did not change it (yet).

Considering that I decided to change my name after reading your blog about a year ago or so, you are officially my inspiration (OK, I did think about it before - but you've reminded me that I'm finally able to do it!).

Nathan said...

I believe I said:

"Please, his name is Yannis Popadopoulos"

Or perhaps:

"His maiden name is Yannis..."

What I certainly did NOT say was anything that even tangentially validated your 'new' name.

London Preppy said...

alex f: YES. Result

nathan: When I tell the story, I tell it how it should have happened

Anonymous said...

Do you happen to watch the British sitcom 'Miranda', LP? Something in this post makes me think that you do.

Andrew Royce Prescott II said...

Okay I'll change it I guess.....

London Preppy said...

anon: I've never seen it, no. What goes on there? Name changes galore?

george said...

you convinced me to change my name cos when i was little my chinese name was changed to an anglo name which happens to be a very popular greek name.....so my new name is LEGO BLOCKS. thanks you're great mate

Anonymous said...

It's just a silly, overly-positive sitcom really. One of the posh stuck-up women says "such fun" all the time.

In Search Of said...

This is the first time that made me really want to know someone's firstname and surname.

Frontier Psychiatrist said...

If anything, WASPs overreact with joy when a martini glass is overfilled.

creme brulee said...

Miranda is comlplete pish. I can't believe it just beat the amazing "getting on" in the british comedy awards.

I have become a Vampire Weekend fanatic thanks to you LP..your preppinessness is infectious.

London Preppy said...

in search: It's not that good, trust

frontier: Yeah, that quote confused me as well, but I'm transferring something that was transferred to me, so perhaps something was lost along the way. What I keep is: WASPy / Martini glass. Those will do

creme: Oh is that what's been happening this evening? I've been watching Big Business. Now that's an amazing comedy

Jules said...

I bet it's Connecticut, WASP country.

pain in the butt said...

that is such a racist comment

so what if my name is Shevernadtsze

I dont want to change it to Paul Smithers the III


PS they just hadnt heard your accent

London Preppy said...

jules: Now that's a good suggestion

pain: Zing!

Anonymous said...

I hope you understand that Ellis hates the characters in his book. That's the whole point.

London Preppy said...

anon: Nooooooooo!!!!!!??!!!?! You mean his work isn't aspirational? I read his books like I'd watch an episode of Gossip Gurl

creme brulee said...

"In the 1940s in the small town of Jupiter Hollow, two sets of identical twins are born in the same hospital on the same night. One set to a poor local family and the other to a rich family just passing through. The dizzy nurse on duty accidentally mixes the twins unbeknown to the parents. Our story flashes forward to the 1980s where the mismatched sets of twins are about to cross paths following a big business deal to closedown the Jupiter Hollow factory."

Is this the same one?...sounds like utter crud...I'm defo going to watch it sometime!!

However, I suggest you do yourself a favour LP and get the box set of "getting on" with your book advance...unfortunately it couldn't in any way shape or form be described as preppy ..but it's good. It can be our dirty little secret. You could stare a the "contra" album cover for an hour or so afterwards if your feeling sullied by it's non-preppiness..

London Preppy said...

creme: That's the one. Utter crad and unmissable are the two most accurate ways to describe it.

You mean the Jo Brand sitcom? Yep, I definitely want to see that

creme brulee said...

tut tut LP, it's "crud" not "crad"...you may have changed the name and fooled everyone, but your remaining assimilation issues occasionaly surface I see. Or do you just make typos like everyone else occasionally...too used to having proof readers at your publishers mate! that's your problem these days!

Aye Joe Brand/peter capaldi and a host of others..it's pure dead brilliant..series 2 better then series 1, so it's a big relief they avoided second album syndrome.

The best bit is of course is that it's set in a hospital so it's "dizzy nurse on duty" a-go-go!

London Preppy said...

creme: Oh deer, you would have thought I'd be abel to copy words that are write in front of me better than this, wouldn't you? *hangs head in shayme*

creme brulee said...

you have a nise set of pacs- ergo all is forgiven.

Tommy said...

Oh that made me laugh, thank you that.