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Chris -- 2011-03-08
Some names seem to come complete with cultural or social class markers. Now Sebastian, unlike Marmaduke for instance, isn’t exclusively a toff’s name, but I’ve encountered only one who wasn’t. And I haven’t actually met any of the others. Perhaps that Sebastian Flyte from Brideshead helps maintain such exclusivity, with the only other literary character I can recall being S. Dangerfield, Donleavy’s Ginger Man, to provide a bit of ballast.
The name is rare enough further down the social scale to allow an eggcornish reinterpretation and while most examples of Sir Bastian/Bastion are deliberate wordplay there are a few that seem genuine.
A constituent in Cornwall, assuming his MP had been knighted, once addressed him as Sir Bastian Coe. In fact, Coe’s pedigree is half colonial …
But it might easily have been Steve Davis, Steve Ovett, Sir Bastian Coe, Kenny Dalglish etc). These were the sporting reference points for …
And, as Sir Bastion Coe pointed out, there will be fewer people in London during the Olympics than there are during any given February.
Sir Bastion makes a round trip and comes back in Lehman’s terms. You know, that biblical story of the last Sebastian.