Review of 2013: February

Actors Ricky Gervais and Warrick Davis were spotted filming in a fish and chip shop in Bushey.

Watford Observer:

Joanne Johnson, the owner of the shop, said: “It is quite surreal seeing your cafe on the telly because you think ‘oh that is mine’.”

Radio One presenter and long time Hornet Chris Stark interviewed film star Mila Kunis, and wanted nothing more than a nod in his local paper, so much so that he called this reporter pretending to be an anonymous tipster. Needless to say his ruse quickly dissolved.

However the resulting conversation, complete with our catchy hold music, was played out on the airwaves, so who really had the last laugh?

Shoppers also had their first look at the rebranded Harlequin Centre, after the owners of the centre announced the name would be changed to “intu Watford”.

A whopping 95 percent of respondents to our online poll said the town’s shopping centre should still be called The Harlequin.

Residents struggled with the concept of the centre’s new moniker in the comment section of the Watford Observer website.

One said  “Clearly nobody has thought about how people say sentences: ‘I'm going into the Harlequin’...will now be...’I'm going into 'intu' Watford’.

Another, not directly opposed to change, suggested a better name for the centre would be simply “Watford Shops”.

Microsoft Word on the other hand is doing its best to correct the spelling of intu Watford by changing it to “into Watford” every single time we type it.

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