NAME SHAMED

Don’t talk to reader Crossie about so-called stolen generations:

I’ll tell you what a stolen generation is. We named our first daughter Monica in the 70s and just before she becomes an adult some bastard American president makes her name a swear word. Where is his apology? Where is the compensation for the damage to her reputation? For a number of years there everyone snickered when they heard her name, including her parents-in-law.

I named my daughter the prettiest name I could find and then someone ruins it. My only compensation is that I am also Sylvia’s mother. OK, Dr Hook, cough up. She was born before your song.

As the son of Ken and Barbie, I empathise with Crossie’s name-rage.