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Bobbies on the Beat in Spain's Ibiza

Spanish authorities on the Balearic Islands vacation spot of Ibiza have arranged for a dozen British police to work with Spanish Civil Guards this summer when British tourism is at its height. The idea is that the British cops, who will have free hotel accomodations, will help keep tabs on British drug gangs reputed to operate on the island as well as help out because they speak the language of the visitors. From Telegraph (UK), DETAILS

The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

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Has that gone out of style? It's what we were always told you call them (when not calling them something worse)! Here, from Brittanica:


  • derivation of name

    Scotland Yard
    The London police force was created in 1829 by an act introduced in Parliament by the home secretary, Sir Robert Peel (hence the nicknames “bobbies” and “peelers” for policemen). This police force replaced the old system of watchmen and eventually supplanted the River (Thames) Police and the Bow Street patrols, the latter a small body of police in London who had been...
  • role in United Kingdom

    United Kingdom: Security
    The British police, popularly known as “bobbies,” wear a uniform that is nonmilitary in appearance. Their only regular weapon is a short, wooden truncheon, which they keep out of sight and may not employ except in self-defense or to restore order. Police on a dangerous mission may carry firearms for that specific occasion.

The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

Haven't heard the name "Bobbies" ( on bicycles two by two) since Roger Miller sang about it in the 60s.

We have a long list of things that have been attributed to us.

Things that belong in a time capsule.

But it keeps the tourists happy !


I love researching the origins of words.

A word you use in the US more than we do.

"Sherriff" has its origins in the English middle ages.

But from where ?



Last edited by GarryRF

Just as I suspected Paul !

The History of Britain you quote is written by

Paul R. Josephson

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