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Hearken back to Farking Blarkirgle

Tongue-in-cheek campaign turns 40 next year

Farking Blarkirgle is more than just a mouthful to say and difficult name to read, but to longtime Gatineau Hills residents and Low Down junkies it is a magical place and a reminder of a more mirthful time long past.

Farking Blarkirgle was the sort of saga one would expect to read in The Onion or Beaverton, but back in the early ‘80s when locals didn’t take themselves so seriously, it ran in the pages of the very paper you, dear reader, hold in your hands.

In the early 1980s, a referendum to rename West Hull – now Chelsea – began. The options were Municipalité du Canton de Hull – Partie Ouest, the Algonquin name for the Gatineau River Tenakatin, or Castenchel — a name combining CAScades, TENaga and CHELsea. The remnants of that last name option live on today through the Castenchel Choir.

Well, some West Hull residents living outside of Cascades, Tenaga and Chelsea feigned outrage and took that mock anger to the precursor to social media: the local newspaper’s letters pages.