British Town Distances Itself From Ali G
Staines to rename itself to avoid connotation to Sacha Baron Cohen.
Web2Carz Contributing Writer
Published: May 25th, 2012
acha Baron Cohen is famous for his outlandish characters like Borat and Ali G, and now, the town from whence Ali G "came from" has decided to rename itself in efforts of erasing the connotation to the comedian. Staines has officially changed its name to Staines-upon-Thames, which we are certain no one will ever shorten to just regular ol' Staines...not.
Spelthorne borough council pushed for the change and hopes it will bring more business to the town. Colin Davis, one of the council members, told the BBC, "Ali G may have had a role [in the name change], but I think it goes back further than that." He says that the new name will help people from outside of the town learn where it is and make them aware of its riverside location.
Staines has officially changed its name to Staines-upon-Thames, which we are certain no one will ever shorten to just regular ol' Staines...not.
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