As we age we regret things we did when we were younger. Tattoos, inappropriate photos of ourselves – or inappropriate names, as this Brit discovered.

Kenny Kennard changed his surname to Fu-Kennard as a joke several years ago. He had no problem getting a driver’s licence, but he cannot get a passport on the grounds his name could cause offence or was vulgar.

“On the one hand, I find the whole thing funny — as do all of my friends,” he said. “But I’m also finding it hard to believe the name could be construed as anything but funny and slightly ridiculous.

“It’s just a joke. Fu-Kennard is not offensive, and I object to them denying my chosen name.”

As always, supporters are telling anyone who cares to “sign the petition”. In isolation it’s easy to say he should’ve thought it through – but then again the Poms were OK with the name Boaty McBoatface.

Our markets have rebounded after a dour couple of days.

Going up

Eye disease fighter Opthea (ASX:OPT) is up nearly 130 per cent today after announcing its Phase IIb clinical trial was a success.

Meanwhile, explorer Classic Minerals (ASX:CLZ) and battery tech player UltraCharge (ASX:UTR) both gained 50 per cent on no news.

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at lunchtime, Wednesday August 7:

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Code Name Price % Chg Market Cap Volume
OPT Opthea Ltd 1.98 +129.48% $215.7M 4.7M
CLZ Classic Minerals Ltd 0.0015 +50.00% $4.2M 2.3M
UTR UltraCharge Ltd 0.003 +50.00% $2.2M 728.3k
AOA Ausmon Resources Ltd 0.004 +33.33% $2.2M 250.0k
DRE Dreadnought Resources Ltd 0.004 +33.33% $4.4M 57.7k
GPP Greenpower Energy Ltd 0.002 +33.33% $2.0M 250.0k
NAE New Age Exploration Ltd 0.004 +33.33% $2.7M 3.2M
SBR Sabre Resources Ltd 0.0065 +30.00% $2.0M 30.9M
FHS Freehill Mining Ltd 0.014 +27.27% $9.0M 50.0k
BUY Bounty Oil & Gas NL 0.005 +25.00% $3.8M 799.7k
ECT Environmental Clean Technologies 0.005 +25.00% $19.2M 4.7M
DEV DevEx Resources Ltd 0.08 +20.97% $8.3M 516.2k
KGM KalNorth Gold Mines Ltd 0.006 +20.00% $4.5M 331.2k
AMD Arrow Minerals Ltd 0.013 +18.18% $4.1M 4.6M
GTE Great Western Exploration Ltd 0.0035 +16.67% $3.8M 4.7M
OVL Oro Verde Ltd 0.007 +16.67% $10.5M 3.3M
WBE Whitebark Energy Ltd 0.007 +16.67% $11.8M 1.1M
SVL Silver Mines Ltd 0.11 +14.58% $72.3M 5.8M

Going down

Mineral sands and gold explorer Austpac Resources (ASX:APG) slid 50 per cent after responding to a cash flow query from the ASX.

Oil and gas explorer Emporer Energy (ASX:EMP) dropped 33.3 per cent on no news.

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at lunchtime, Wednesday August 7:

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Code Name Price % Chg Market Cap Volume
APG Austpac Resources NL 0.001 -50.00% $5.7M 500.0k
EMP Emperor Energy Ltd 0.002 -33.33% $3.4M 1.5M
MSR Manas Resources Ltd 0.003 -25.00% $10.6M 300.0k
DTR Dateline Resources Ltd 0.003 -25.00% $32.5M 7.9M
PPY Papyrus Australia Ltd 0.007 -22.22% $1.7M 176.0k
CWZ Cashwerkz Ltd 0.2 -20.00% $32.6M 5.5k
MCT Metalicity Ltd 0.008 -20.00% $5.0M 11.7M
RNX Renegade Exploration Ltd 0.0025 -16.67% $1.4M 1.3M
CTO Citigold Corp Ltd 0.005 -16.67% $13.0M 450.0k
NWE Norwest Energy NL 0.003 -14.29% $11.8M 150.0k
LLO Lion One Metals Ltd 0.78 -13.81% $93.1M 24.1k
BAR Barra Resources Ltd 0.02 -13.64% $11.9M 840.0k
IHR intelliHR Holdings Ltd 0.07 -13.16% $10.1M 136.6k
QTM Quantum Health Group Ltd 0.02 -13.04% $25.3M 140.0k
RFR Rafaella Resources Ltd 0.17 -12.82% $7.4M 50.0k
DGO DGO Gold Ltd 0.68 -12.82% $25.4M 4.5k
ALT Analytica Ltd 0.0035 -12.50% $14.1M 600.0k