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Tim Martin, educated in NZ, started a chain of pubs in Britain, of which there are now 850. He is now the No 1 pub owner in Britain.
They’re all called  “JD Wetherspoon”. Why?

Because he once had a teacher named JD Wetherspoon who told him that he would amount to nothing in life.

Wikipedia accounts for this in a much more sanitised way.

J D Wetherspoon plc (LSE: JDW) is a British pub chain based in Watford. Founded as a single pub in 1979 by Tim Martin, the company now owns 815 pubs. The chain champions cask ale, low prices, long opening hours, and no music. The company also operates the Lloyds No. 1 chain and Wetherspoon Hotels.

It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.

The Company was founded in 1979 by Tim Martin, who opened the first Wetherspoon pub, ‘Marler’s Bar’, at Colney Hatch Lane in London.[2] Many of the other early Wetherspoon pubs were also in the same part of Haringey. The J D Wetherspoon name comes from one of Martin’s teachers in New Zealand who could not control his class.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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