TOPICS: Fun police hit geographical names board

NOT HERE YOU DON’T: This sign could get the kiss off. POPPING QUESTION: Daniel Eason proposes to Abbey Ellis with a flash mob in attendance. Picture: Darren Pateman
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POPPING QUESTION: Daniel Eason proposes to Abbey Ellis with a flash mob in attendance. Picture: Darren Pateman

POPPING QUESTION: Daniel Eason proposes to Abbey Ellis with a flash mob in attendance. Picture: Darren Pateman

POPPING QUESTION: Daniel Eason proposes to Abbey Ellis with a flash mob in attendance. Picture: Darren Pateman

POPPING QUESTION: Daniel Eason proposes to Abbey Ellis with a flash mob in attendance. Picture: Darren Pateman

POPPING QUESTION: Daniel Eason proposes to Abbey Ellis with a flash mob in attendance. Picture: Darren Pateman

POPPING QUESTION: Daniel Eason proposes to Abbey Ellis with a flash mob in attendance. Picture: Darren Pateman

NOBBYS Road. Blackbutt. In the Hunter, we seem to give names to our prettiest places that sound borderline rude.

But the state’s road naming policy is in for an overhaul, and such fun could be a thing of the past.

The Geographical Names Board is reviewing which new street names it will allow, which are too hard to pronounce and which might flat-out offend.

Titswobble Road, Tuncurry might be a one-off, then.

At a more basic level, the definite article ‘‘the’’ is set to be discontinued, meaning the likes of The Terrace, Newcastle (near The Hill) are an endangered species.

Flannel Flower Fairway at Shoal Bay, on the other hand, could be deemed too hard to say. Topics tried. Our screen is covered in spit.

Do you know a Hunter road name that’s fun? Or dodgy? Or inspired? Share it with Topics – it could be a dying breed.

Some flash proposal

CLOSE your eyes.

Imagine the one you love, moving in slow-motion through that warm, soft light they use on daytime TV, like in that show 7th Heaven.

Now imagine your beloved delivering your dream marriage proposal. Are you at Charlestown Square? In the foodcourt, with a flash mob? Er, probably not.

That’s how it happened on Thursdayfor Abbey Ellis, whose partner Daniel Eason popped the question as part of a radio prank.

The Metford pair were the latest participants in NX-FM breakfast crew Heidi, Heath and Normy’s Indecent Proposal segment. Daniel knew what was happening, but Abbey was surprised. She said yes. It would be hard to say no to a flash mob.

Footloose, fancy-free

TOPICS introduced you to Stumps, a Newcastle seagull without feet.

Reader Glen Fredericks adds: ‘‘We’ve got a one-legged Indian myna bird around our place on Beaumont Street’’.

Asked if the myna has a name, Glen pointed out he doesn’t know its gender.

‘‘If it’s a girl, then I’m calling her Eileen.’’

Loathsome lasagne

WE asked what you hated as a kid but like now. Ken McInnes, of Harrington, has changed markedly. ‘‘When I was aged 12 and under I didn’t like females,’’ says Ken.

‘‘But now I have grown quite fond of them!’’

Reader Michael sounds like he was one fussy child.

‘‘When I was a kid, I hated the one food that no kid hates – lasagne!’’ says Michael.

‘‘Whenever mum was dishing that up for us, I would bung on the sore tummy routine.’’

Take note, young readers. A bout of ‘‘that bug going round at school’’ can get you out of dinner. Just don’t go to the well too often, and don’t ask for dessert.

Michael’s battle with lasagne, meanwhile, took a twist.

‘‘It wasn’t until about age 10 when I had a sleep over at a mate’s house and we had lasagne for dinner that I learned two things: lasagne is actually awesome and some mums just can’t cook.’’

So happy endings for all, unless you’re Michael’s mum reading this.

Have you grown to love something you loathed as a kid?