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It seems that everywhere I go this week I see Nigella Lawson. I’m out buying a newspaper and she’s staring out at me from the magazine racks. I switch on the TV and there she is, doing that whole soft-focus suggestive thing in the kitchen that’s part Delia Smilth, part Sylvia Kristel. It seems TV’s pouty domestic goddess is plugging a brand-new series on the BBC, Nigella Express. Good on her, I say.

Here’s what bothers me about Nigella Lawson: her father is former Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson. Now, far be it for me to criticise anyone’s parenting skills – let alone a former Tory front-bencher – but am I the only person here who thinks the Lawsons’ could have put just a wee bit more effort into coming up with a name for their daughter? I mean, I know these Champions of Industry types are busy people, but to me adding the suffix ‘ella’ to the father’s bloke-ish forename and trying to pass it off as a girl’s name seems self-indulgent, uninspired and possibly even lazy.

Thank God this kind of thing hasn’t caught on, otherwise Salmon Rusdie would have called his daughter ‘Salmonella’.


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My name is Tom Lennon and I'm a freelance writer who specialises in humour at the geekier end of the pop culture spectrum. I'm based in Birmingham, UK, and my work has recently appeared in BuzzFeed and Time Out.

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