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Letter: We Know Where Oakham Is

Published on: 1 Aug, 2022
Updated on: 1 Aug, 2022

From: David Roberts

In response to: Diary of an Ockhamite

We of a certain age all know where Oakham is. It was the default station for Hornby Double-O model railways.

Little-known fact: there is an Occamstrasse in Munich. It’s where local-boy-made-good William of Occam (spelling optional) died in 1347, missing the Black Death by a whisker.

What a shame that signs around the village celebrate various local worthies (including Lord Byron’s gambling-addict daughter Ada Lovelace) but not the scholastic philosopher William, of Occam’s Razor fame.

Editor’s response: Some of the village signs do appear to mention the Ockham Razor:

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test 2 Responses to Letter: We Know Where Oakham Is

  1. Emily Inge Reply

    August 1, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    Lord Byron’s gambling addict (and only legitimate) daughter Ada was a mathematical genius and is the founder of modern computing, having written the first ever computer programme.

    It’s a shame her mathematical brain didn’t serve her so well when it came to the races, but given her incredible legacy I think we can forgive her that.

    Emily Inge is a Guildford Dragon reporter.

  2. Frank Phillipson Reply

    August 1, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    The “Oakham” station model railway kits were by Airfix. See: –
    https://picclick.co.uk/Airfix-Platform-Fittings-HoOo-Series-1-Airfix-314088826414.html#&gid=1&pid=2

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