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Loch Lomond chart pulped because of names


UPI News Service, 03/10/2011 

Residents of the bonnie banks of Scotland's most famous lake were infuriated by a map that renamed one litter-strewn bay with a slang term for a welfare check.

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Loch Lomond National Park officials have promised to pulp all 3,000 copies of the offending chart, The Guardian reports. Fiona Logan, the park's chief executive, described the new place names as an "error in judgment."

The navigational chart was the first in more than a century. Park officials followed the habit of 19th century explorers who named mountains and islands after patrons, expedition members and others they wished to honor -- with Chimmo Rocks, after one of the loch's original surveyors, and Cameron's Shallows and Archibald's Abyss, after current park employees.

But the name that really got local knickers in a twist was Giro Bay, a beach on Inchmoan Island, which rangers say has become a magnet for litterers. They complain of young people who party on the island, use historic ruins for toilets and leave tents and trash piles when they depart.

Giro is local slang for a welfare check.

"Calling something Giro Bay is dreadfully offensive to people who are unemployed and naming bits of the place after yourself really isn't an appropriate or sensitive thing to do," said the Rev. Dane Sherrard, who ministers to a congregation in Luss on Loch Lomond's west shore.


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