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Thread #60691   Message #972309
Posted By: HuwG
25-Jun-03 - 04:43 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: What is a 'furtive Jodrell'?
Subject: RE: What is a 'furtive Jodrell'?
All the above confirms that a "Jodrell" is not something you want to be caught doing. They all omit to mention what the reference is. The answer is Jodrell Bank, the home of what has since been renamed the Lovell Radio Telescope.

There was similar discussion in the pages of the Guardian some years ago, when Steve Bell's lovable cartoon character, former Able Seaman Reg Kipling, also used the phrase. Some people then suggested that a "Sherman" was an american ("Sherman Tank" = "Yank") and that a "J. Arthur" was indeed the sin of Onan.