Allow me to explain a few things.
I was born on the evening of December 20th 1941, at the time The Luftwaffe was bombing the shit out of Manchester in an attempt to knock out the docks.
They didn’t succeed but they did manage to bomb Old Trafford, Man. Utds ground (thank you Adolf, you did have at least one redeeming feature)
Anyway: During WW2 births had to be registered within 24 hours for obvious reasons, same with marriages and deaths.
My father was in the Western desert fighting the beastly Hun (all on his own apparently) and my mum had a bad time giving birth. The duty of registering my birth fell to my uncle Leonard who was home recovering from a slight wound.
So Lenny boy tootles down the the registrars office stopping on the way for a few jars of falling down water, the conversation at the office then went something like this:
LB…“Oh wait, you mean the babies name?”
REG…“Of course, are you drunk?”
LB…“Well the name is Paul actually”
REG…“No it isn’t, it’s Leonard”
LB…“Bugger, she’ll kill me”
I must explain that during the war the first name given to the registrar was IT, no crossings out, that was that.
So I was named Leonard :smack:
Nobody EVER called me that, my name is Paul. Anyone that called me Leonard suffered torture and other indignities.
Just recently I applied for a photocard driving licence, paid my dosh and sat back and waited.
I just had a letter from DVLA telling me that my name is wrong, I’m not Paul I’m Leonard. As such they can’t issue me with a photocard DL. They did have the good grace to refund my payment
My passport, bank accounts,credit cards, and other stuff are all in the name of Paul…even my paper driving licence says PAUL.
In order to get a photocard DL I have to change my name by deed poll which will cost me about £50. After changing my name I have to notify about eleventymillion departments of this change :eek:
The really odd thing is, my state pension is paid to Paul, any tax letters are addressed to Paul, nothing is ever and has never been addressed to Leonard.
If anything Lenny doesn’t exist whereas Paul is alive and kicking
My current DL doesn’t expire until 2011 so I’ll try again nearer the time