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The Travels Of Odysseus

by | 25th, November 2004

‘WE should go easy on Victoria Beckham – she is not the only poncho-wearing mother of a child with a ridiculous name in the world.

”Odysseus was excited about his date with rosy-fingered Dawn”

Hell, she’s not even the only poncho-wearing mother of a child with a ridiculous name in this week’s Hello!

Let us introduce you to Marie-Chantal, wife of Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, owner of a cream woollen poncho and – since two months ago – mother of Odysseus.

Of course, we all know that Odysseus is to Athens what John is to London and Romeo is to, well, Rome – and that there is nothing peculiar about naming your children after Homeric heroes.

Paris Hilton was, we are sure, named after Priam’s son; Neighbours’ Helen Daniels was the original face that launched a thousand ships, and the 1970s children’s favourite Hector’s House was an oblique reference to the city of Troy.

But this is something of a novelty for Hello!, which thumbs through its Greek Myths For Dummies book to discover that the baby’s many-wiled namesake was something of a traveller.

And so it is that we learn that Odysseus “is already living up to his name” and has been “getting his travels off to a good start with a trip to Paris en famille”.

And we hear that the plan is to take Odysseus to Athens to be christened, thereby “further ensuring that he lives up to his name”.

With such similarities in mind, may we suggest that they don’t make the trip by sea – there’s only so many shipwrecks, one-eyed monsters, pig-loving witches etc. that a small boy can take…’



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