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10 signs you've lived in Dorset a long time

Bournemouth Echo: The Dorset flag The Dorset flag

How do you know if you're a true Dorsetarian? Do you fly the Dorset flag outside your house? develop a country accent? 

Here are ten signs you've lived in our beautiful county for a long time...

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1. Someone tells you they are going on holiday and you reply: “Where to?”

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2. You still sometimes call the Dolphin Centre The Arndale Centre 

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3. You know what a grockle is and you use the word in your vocabulary

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4. You can drive past Maiden Castle without craning your neck to look at it

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5. You nod knowingly at most of the old photos in our Echoes pages

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6. You know at least one person who refers to car indicators as ‘winkers’

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7. You’ve stopped sniggering when you hear the words Dorset Knob

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8. You’re amused to see visitors buying up postcards of beauty spots because you see them all the time 

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9. You'd choose Dorset Apple Cake over Victoria Sponge anyday

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10. You’re getting less and less inclined to move anywhere else in the world

Do you have a suggestion to add to our list? let us know in the comments below

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10:19am Fri 6 Jun 14

Lord Spring says...

Do us Hampshire Hogs who got transplanted in 1973 into Darset have a say in this.
Do us Hampshire Hogs who got transplanted in 1973 into Darset have a say in this. Lord Spring
  • Score: 28

10:29am Fri 6 Jun 14

hamworthygirl says...

I was born and bred in dorset and lived here apart from 2 years of my 60 years, i have to be honest and admit i didnt know we had a flag.
I was born and bred in dorset and lived here apart from 2 years of my 60 years, i have to be honest and admit i didnt know we had a flag. hamworthygirl
  • Score: 11

10:42am Fri 6 Jun 14

smhinto says...

You feel a lump on your head after being mugged in Boscombe High Street.

You look around and see silly 'Diddley's getting away with parking on private land.
You feel a lump on your head after being mugged in Boscombe High Street. You look around and see silly 'Diddley's getting away with parking on private land. smhinto
  • Score: 37

10:48am Fri 6 Jun 14

Chriswood says...

Lord Spring wrote:
Do us Hampshire Hogs who got transplanted in 1973 into Darset have a say in this.
Yes, those of us who wish we were still in Hampshire.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: Do us Hampshire Hogs who got transplanted in 1973 into Darset have a say in this.[/p][/quote]Yes, those of us who wish we were still in Hampshire. Chriswood
  • Score: -3

10:51am Fri 6 Jun 14

MrEdge says...

This has to be the worst click bait article I've seen on the Echo. Almost completely devoid of content to boot.
This has to be the worst click bait article I've seen on the Echo. Almost completely devoid of content to boot. MrEdge
  • Score: 20

11:03am Fri 6 Jun 14

EGHH says...

You write comments on the Echo website!
You write comments on the Echo website! EGHH
  • Score: 20

11:11am Fri 6 Jun 14

muscliffman says...

Those of us born in Bournemouth before 1st April 1974 are not of Dorset origin, our County heritage belongs to Hampshire.
Those of us born in Bournemouth before 1st April 1974 are not of Dorset origin, our County heritage belongs to Hampshire. muscliffman
  • Score: 12

11:17am Fri 6 Jun 14

Lucky Rich says...

Lord Spring wrote:
Do us Hampshire Hogs who got transplanted in 1973 into Darset have a say in this.
I had just got the hang of spelling Hampshire as well ! wish they had done it sooner Dorset is shorter, & then they went & changed all our money......:-)
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: Do us Hampshire Hogs who got transplanted in 1973 into Darset have a say in this.[/p][/quote]I had just got the hang of spelling Hampshire as well ! wish they had done it sooner Dorset is shorter, & then they went & changed all our money......:-) Lucky Rich
  • Score: 1

11:22am Fri 6 Jun 14

Victor_Meldrew_Lives! says...

You remember The Hampshire Centre.

Before Tower Park was built.

When there weren't pointless traffic lights on roundabouts or bus lanes for
50yds that caused delay to the majority of road users.
When the area wasn't one giant car park.

Hopefully one day Poole Bus Station will be demolished and erased from everyone's memories.
You remember The Hampshire Centre. Before Tower Park was built. When there weren't pointless traffic lights on roundabouts or bus lanes for 50yds that caused delay to the majority of road users. When the area wasn't one giant car park. Hopefully one day Poole Bus Station will be demolished and erased from everyone's memories. Victor_Meldrew_Lives!
  • Score: 45

11:45am Fri 6 Jun 14

Rach70 says...

I remember Bournemouth being in Hampshire.
I remember Bournemouth being in Hampshire. Rach70
  • Score: 6

11:52am Fri 6 Jun 14

Netjunky1971 says...

I havnt lived in Dorset for over 11 years now and I can honestly say I miss it so much. I always wish I had my job here now in Germany back in Dorset. Such a beautiful county.
I havnt lived in Dorset for over 11 years now and I can honestly say I miss it so much. I always wish I had my job here now in Germany back in Dorset. Such a beautiful county. Netjunky1971
  • Score: 22

12:05pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Hessenford says...

Remember Bournemouth as a bustling shopping centre.
No bus lanes.
No cycle lanes
Plenty of affordable car parking.
Hardly any yellow lines.
No surf reef.
No Imax
Bournemouth bus station.
That's the Bournemouth I remember before senile old duffers decided fix things that weren't broken.
Remember Bournemouth as a bustling shopping centre. No bus lanes. No cycle lanes Plenty of affordable car parking. Hardly any yellow lines. No surf reef. No Imax Bournemouth bus station. That's the Bournemouth I remember before senile old duffers decided fix things that weren't broken. Hessenford
  • Score: 47

1:15pm Fri 6 Jun 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Hearing Ken Bailey saying Nhello boys
Hearing Ken Bailey saying Nhello boys kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 22

1:20pm Fri 6 Jun 14

boyerboy says...

You stop to read crass articles like this one.................
.........
You stop to read crass articles like this one................. ......... boyerboy
  • Score: -4

1:30pm Fri 6 Jun 14

clavier king says...

O've just flewn down to Dorset. Moi arms arnt arf toird!
O've just flewn down to Dorset. Moi arms arnt arf toird! clavier king
  • Score: -5

2:18pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Gordon Cann says...

Born in Dorzett!- cant quite remember when six farm labourers from Tolpuddle were sent off to Australia for daring to try and form a trade union.or when many people finished their lives in workhouses or when mental hospitals were called lunatic asylums

Of course Dorset is a very beautiful county- but it conceals the scars of many social injustices.
Born in Dorzett!- cant quite remember when six farm labourers from Tolpuddle were sent off to Australia for daring to try and form a trade union.or when many people finished their lives in workhouses or when mental hospitals were called lunatic asylums Of course Dorset is a very beautiful county- but it conceals the scars of many social injustices. Gordon Cann
  • Score: 2

2:37pm Fri 6 Jun 14

anika says...

Remembering getting off the Royal Blue coach at the coach station in The Square! Also watching the trolley bus turntable turning the trolley bus round in Christchurch High Street - it wasn't then Dorset of course...........
Then there was the Winter Gardens theatre and C&A and Bobby's (is that still there?) don't go near The Square now. In hospital in Kent a few years back I was told they could tell I was from Dorset because of my accent!.......(that'
s worrying as I was born in London but my husband is Dorset born and bred) All Dorset folk think I'm a cockney which I am not
Remembering getting off the Royal Blue coach at the coach station in The Square! Also watching the trolley bus turntable turning the trolley bus round in Christchurch High Street - it wasn't then Dorset of course........... Then there was the Winter Gardens theatre and C&A and Bobby's (is that still there?) don't go near The Square now. In hospital in Kent a few years back I was told they could tell I was from Dorset because of my accent!.......(that' s worrying as I was born in London but my husband is Dorset born and bred) All Dorset folk think I'm a cockney which I am not anika
  • Score: 9

2:43pm Fri 6 Jun 14

anika says...

anika wrote:
Remembering getting off the Royal Blue coach at the coach station in The Square! Also watching the trolley bus turntable turning the trolley bus round in Christchurch High Street - it wasn't then Dorset of course...........
Then there was the Winter Gardens theatre and C&A and Bobby's (is that still there?) don't go near The Square now. In hospital in Kent a few years back I was told they could tell I was from Dorset because of my accent!.......(that'

s worrying as I was born in London but my husband is Dorset born and bred) All Dorset folk think I'm a cockney which I am not
Another one - Dorset folk say the snow is pitching when it's settling..........
and ants are emmetts and wasps are waasps
[quote][p][bold]anika[/bold] wrote: Remembering getting off the Royal Blue coach at the coach station in The Square! Also watching the trolley bus turntable turning the trolley bus round in Christchurch High Street - it wasn't then Dorset of course........... Then there was the Winter Gardens theatre and C&A and Bobby's (is that still there?) don't go near The Square now. In hospital in Kent a few years back I was told they could tell I was from Dorset because of my accent!.......(that' s worrying as I was born in London but my husband is Dorset born and bred) All Dorset folk think I'm a cockney which I am not[/p][/quote]Another one - Dorset folk say the snow is pitching when it's settling.......... and ants are emmetts and wasps are waasps anika
  • Score: 3

2:57pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Redgolfer says...

Chriswood wrote:
Lord Spring wrote:
Do us Hampshire Hogs who got transplanted in 1973 into Darset have a say in this.
Yes, those of us who wish we were still in Hampshire.
Count me in on that Lord Spring, another waste of time as we became a County Borough as did Poole !!!
[quote][p][bold]Chriswood[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: Do us Hampshire Hogs who got transplanted in 1973 into Darset have a say in this.[/p][/quote]Yes, those of us who wish we were still in Hampshire.[/p][/quote]Count me in on that Lord Spring, another waste of time as we became a County Borough as did Poole !!! Redgolfer
  • Score: -5

3:01pm Fri 6 Jun 14

i have heard it all now says...

Lord Spring wrote:
Do us Hampshire Hogs who got transplanted in 1973 into Darset have a say in this.
No you were lucky to be let in!
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: Do us Hampshire Hogs who got transplanted in 1973 into Darset have a say in this.[/p][/quote]No you were lucky to be let in! i have heard it all now
  • Score: 16

3:28pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Deke Leonard says...

I fly the flag with pride! :)
I fly the flag with pride! :) Deke Leonard
  • Score: 6

4:41pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Lord Spring says...

i have heard it all now wrote:
Lord Spring wrote:
Do us Hampshire Hogs who got transplanted in 1973 into Darset have a say in this.
No you were lucky to be let in!
Oh why did you. could you have not Black Balled us.
[quote][p][bold]i have heard it all now[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: Do us Hampshire Hogs who got transplanted in 1973 into Darset have a say in this.[/p][/quote]No you were lucky to be let in![/p][/quote]Oh why did you. could you have not Black Balled us. Lord Spring
  • Score: 0

5:30pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Lucky Rich says...

I remember as a kid in the late 60s fishing on Bournemouth pier then getting the bus home from the bus station back to Christchurch , i left my rod at the bus stop there one day & when i went back on the bus an hour later it was still there against the railings where i left it ........happy days
I remember as a kid in the late 60s fishing on Bournemouth pier then getting the bus home from the bus station back to Christchurch , i left my rod at the bus stop there one day & when i went back on the bus an hour later it was still there against the railings where i left it ........happy days Lucky Rich
  • Score: 24

5:39pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Lucky Rich wrote:
I remember as a kid in the late 60s fishing on Bournemouth pier then getting the bus home from the bus station back to Christchurch , i left my rod at the bus stop there one day & when i went back on the bus an hour later it was still there against the railings where i left it ........happy days
That was Lucky Rich.
[quote][p][bold]Lucky Rich[/bold] wrote: I remember as a kid in the late 60s fishing on Bournemouth pier then getting the bus home from the bus station back to Christchurch , i left my rod at the bus stop there one day & when i went back on the bus an hour later it was still there against the railings where i left it ........happy days[/p][/quote]That was Lucky Rich. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 6

6:02pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Lucky Rich says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Lucky Rich wrote:
I remember as a kid in the late 60s fishing on Bournemouth pier then getting the bus home from the bus station back to Christchurch , i left my rod at the bus stop there one day & when i went back on the bus an hour later it was still there against the railings where i left it ........happy days
That was Lucky Rich.
Thats where the Lucky bit started & ended Mr Sir Beachy .....:-) i dont think i would try it now..........:-) Ps your last comment at 3.44 gave me a little giggle .
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lucky Rich[/bold] wrote: I remember as a kid in the late 60s fishing on Bournemouth pier then getting the bus home from the bus station back to Christchurch , i left my rod at the bus stop there one day & when i went back on the bus an hour later it was still there against the railings where i left it ........happy days[/p][/quote]That was Lucky Rich.[/p][/quote]Thats where the Lucky bit started & ended Mr Sir Beachy .....:-) i dont think i would try it now..........:-) Ps your last comment at 3.44 gave me a little giggle . Lucky Rich
  • Score: 2

6:11pm Fri 6 Jun 14

GarrySibbald says...

Lucky Rich wrote:
I remember as a kid in the late 60s fishing on Bournemouth pier then getting the bus home from the bus station back to Christchurch , i left my rod at the bus stop there one day & when i went back on the bus an hour later it was still there against the railings where i left it ........happy days
I remember that rod of yours: you couldn't give it away if you tried! Have you still got it?
[quote][p][bold]Lucky Rich[/bold] wrote: I remember as a kid in the late 60s fishing on Bournemouth pier then getting the bus home from the bus station back to Christchurch , i left my rod at the bus stop there one day & when i went back on the bus an hour later it was still there against the railings where i left it ........happy days[/p][/quote]I remember that rod of yours: you couldn't give it away if you tried! Have you still got it? GarrySibbald
  • Score: 0

6:13pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Phixer says...

MrEdge wrote:
This has to be the worst click bait article I've seen on the Echo. Almost completely devoid of content to boot.
Probably plagiarised from one of those Dorset Life magazines at the doctor's surgery
[quote][p][bold]MrEdge[/bold] wrote: This has to be the worst click bait article I've seen on the Echo. Almost completely devoid of content to boot.[/p][/quote]Probably plagiarised from one of those Dorset Life magazines at the doctor's surgery Phixer
  • Score: -5

6:17pm Fri 6 Jun 14

BIGTONE says...

You know where all the speed cameras are.
You run when you see a jasper.
You've never had pudding,chips and peas on a tray with gravy from a chip shop.
You know where all the speed cameras are. You run when you see a jasper. You've never had pudding,chips and peas on a tray with gravy from a chip shop. BIGTONE
  • Score: 9

6:24pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Joylene says...

Chriswood wrote:
Lord Spring wrote:
Do us Hampshire Hogs who got transplanted in 1973 into Darset have a say in this.
Yes, those of us who wish we were still in Hampshire.
Please feel free to leave at any time. I admit that it was a huge mistake moving Bournemouth into Dorset and I for one would be happy to see it safely returned to Hampshire.
[quote][p][bold]Chriswood[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: Do us Hampshire Hogs who got transplanted in 1973 into Darset have a say in this.[/p][/quote]Yes, those of us who wish we were still in Hampshire.[/p][/quote]Please feel free to leave at any time. I admit that it was a huge mistake moving Bournemouth into Dorset and I for one would be happy to see it safely returned to Hampshire. Joylene
  • Score: 16

7:33pm Fri 6 Jun 14

alasdair1967 says...

YOU SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FOOTBALL TEAM , through thick and thin not some northern premiersh1te team
YOU SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FOOTBALL TEAM , through thick and thin not some northern premiersh1te team alasdair1967
  • Score: 9

8:07pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Gordon Cann says...

Anyone remember British Restaurant meals for 9 d. in the Pavilion; Jo Lyons,
the pier broken into two , the first time the beaches were reopened, Digby Chambers in Post Office Road for a very cheap meal; the skating rink in Westover Road , cinema organ at the Gaumont Cinema . then the Regent, Beales prewar Christmas fair - even the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in BOURNEMOUTH and many more memories-Bournemouth even had a Town Clerk not a Chief Executive1
Anyone remember British Restaurant meals for 9 d. in the Pavilion; Jo Lyons, the pier broken into two , the first time the beaches were reopened, Digby Chambers in Post Office Road for a very cheap meal; the skating rink in Westover Road , cinema organ at the Gaumont Cinema . then the Regent, Beales prewar Christmas fair - even the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in BOURNEMOUTH and many more memories-Bournemouth even had a Town Clerk not a Chief Executive1 Gordon Cann
  • Score: 10

8:51pm Fri 6 Jun 14

stevobath says...

smhinto wrote:
You feel a lump on your head after being mugged in Boscombe High Street.

You look around and see silly 'Diddley's getting away with parking on private land.
My goodness.

We'll have to put up with your' inane posts about AFCB for another season
not to mention your' reminders of your 'scouting'. Talk about 'irritating'.
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: You feel a lump on your head after being mugged in Boscombe High Street. You look around and see silly 'Diddley's getting away with parking on private land.[/p][/quote]My goodness. We'll have to put up with your' inane posts about AFCB for another season not to mention your' reminders of your 'scouting'. Talk about 'irritating'. stevobath
  • Score: -11

11:34pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Adrian XX says...

I have lived here 20 years and I still don't understand the speech of those born and bred in Dorset.
I have lived here 20 years and I still don't understand the speech of those born and bred in Dorset. Adrian XX
  • Score: 2

7:12am Sat 7 Jun 14

oversee says...

Skin started to grow between your toes..??????
Skin started to grow between your toes..?????? oversee
  • Score: -2

8:10am Sat 7 Jun 14

barnacle boy says...

"Where's that to?"
"Where's that to?" barnacle boy
  • Score: 6

7:16pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Darzet Dumpling says...

anika wrote:
anika wrote:
Remembering getting off the Royal Blue coach at the coach station in The Square! Also watching the trolley bus turntable turning the trolley bus round in Christchurch High Street - it wasn't then Dorset of course...........
Then there was the Winter Gardens theatre and C&A and Bobby's (is that still there?) don't go near The Square now. In hospital in Kent a few years back I was told they could tell I was from Dorset because of my accent!.......(that'


s worrying as I was born in London but my husband is Dorset born and bred) All Dorset folk think I'm a cockney which I am not
Another one - Dorset folk say the snow is pitching when it's settling..........
and ants are emmetts and wasps are waasps
Don't 'e forget the Floies!!
[quote][p][bold]anika[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]anika[/bold] wrote: Remembering getting off the Royal Blue coach at the coach station in The Square! Also watching the trolley bus turntable turning the trolley bus round in Christchurch High Street - it wasn't then Dorset of course........... Then there was the Winter Gardens theatre and C&A and Bobby's (is that still there?) don't go near The Square now. In hospital in Kent a few years back I was told they could tell I was from Dorset because of my accent!.......(that' s worrying as I was born in London but my husband is Dorset born and bred) All Dorset folk think I'm a cockney which I am not[/p][/quote]Another one - Dorset folk say the snow is pitching when it's settling.......... and ants are emmetts and wasps are waasps[/p][/quote]Don't 'e forget the Floies!! Darzet Dumpling
  • Score: 0

10:31pm Sat 7 Jun 14

tim m says...

Adrian XX wrote:
I have lived here 20 years and I still don't understand the speech of those born and bred in Dorset.
Where did you meet them?
[quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: I have lived here 20 years and I still don't understand the speech of those born and bred in Dorset.[/p][/quote]Where did you meet them? tim m
  • Score: 1

2:59am Sun 8 Jun 14

elfinia says...

Who remembers the original really old The Fox pub (not the new one, now demolished), in Terrace Road and the fisherman's terraced cottages opposite...when Terrace Road was so steep it was hard to drive your car up.

As a child I lived in Broadstone. A housing estate on Canford Heath was an unthinkable idea and Rhodedendrons still blossomed there in all their glory.

We ate strawberry jam sandwiches with wedges of strong Cheddar cheese which you had to cut the rind off and Dorset " Lardy Cake" .....delicious and greasy with raisins.

The " rag and bone " man use to go round.

I also remember when a really good branch of British Home Stores opened in the square near Bobbies. I also remember " PLUMMERS" near the square and their sign that lit up at night letter by letter.
Who remembers the original really old The Fox pub (not the new one, now demolished), in Terrace Road and the fisherman's terraced cottages opposite...when Terrace Road was so steep it was hard to drive your car up. As a child I lived in Broadstone. A housing estate on Canford Heath was an unthinkable idea and Rhodedendrons still blossomed there in all their glory. We ate strawberry jam sandwiches with wedges of strong Cheddar cheese which you had to cut the rind off and Dorset " Lardy Cake" .....delicious and greasy with raisins. The " rag and bone " man use to go round. I also remember when a really good branch of British Home Stores opened in the square near Bobbies. I also remember " PLUMMERS" near the square and their sign that lit up at night letter by letter. elfinia
  • Score: 2

9:55am Sun 8 Jun 14

alasdair1967 says...

If all else has failed in your search for an item you go to boones in Poole high street and curse your self for not going there in the first place !
If all else has failed in your search for an item you go to boones in Poole high street and curse your self for not going there in the first place ! alasdair1967
  • Score: 3

11:12am Sun 8 Jun 14

stevobath says...

You turn into a miserable, whining person who moans about cyclists,kids,buses,
cars,dogs,cats, homeless people.....EVERYTHIN
G & ANYTHING in fact, well at least those living in Bournemouth...
You turn into a miserable, whining person who moans about cyclists,kids,buses, cars,dogs,cats, homeless people.....EVERYTHIN G & ANYTHING in fact, well at least those living in Bournemouth... stevobath
  • Score: -1

11:36am Mon 9 Jun 14

speedy231278 says...

You've seen the council sell land to build something utterly ill-advised at vast cost, and then seen them buy it back and have it demolished some years later as it was utterly ill-advised. But the developers made a mint.

You remember things appearing in Bournemouth that weren't only run by S+D Leisure.

You remember when at least some roads had the national speed limit and not some financially rewarding restriction utterly devoid of any other meaningful purpose.
You've seen the council sell land to build something utterly ill-advised at vast cost, and then seen them buy it back and have it demolished some years later as it was utterly ill-advised. But the developers made a mint. You remember things appearing in Bournemouth that weren't only run by S+D Leisure. You remember when at least some roads had the national speed limit and not some financially rewarding restriction utterly devoid of any other meaningful purpose. speedy231278
  • Score: 0

12:43pm Mon 9 Jun 14

AdelaidePete says...

Yes to them all, except the last one... ( stevo , who sat on your thistle? apologies to A.A.Milne)
Yes to them all, except the last one... ( stevo , who sat on your thistle? apologies to A.A.Milne) AdelaidePete
  • Score: 0

11:09am Wed 11 Jun 14

speedy231278 says...

Why is a picture of Gold Hill captioned 'The Dorset Flag'?
Why is a picture of Gold Hill captioned 'The Dorset Flag'? speedy231278
  • Score: 0

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