By John Smith • 20 August 2020 • 14:45
IN a similar vein to a bar in Belize which changed its name to The Exocet during the Falklands invasion, a bar in the Finnish city centre of Oulu has changed its name to Covid-19.
Due to a change in its legal status, the bar which was formerly known as the Eight Eight Bar was required to drop that and find a new title.
Owner Phithat Narongphan told local newspaper Kaleva that he had decided on the name as a tribute to those who died in the pandemic and in recognition of the fact that it would be around for some time.
There has been quite a buzz on social media with mainly negative feedback although some have understood his intentions.
One Twitter user described it as “either the smartest or the stupidest business decision ever”.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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