Notes from West London

Nearly 13 weeks to fit a new coil

This post is the third and final instalment of a brief series about getting our car repaired. It has nothing to do with birth control.  Yesterday evening I collected our car (a 13-year-old Peugeot 307) from the service department of our local dealership. It had been there for exactly 13 weeks. It cost slightly less to repair than the initial quote, and for almost all of its… Continue reading Nearly 13 weeks to fit a new coil

Tenable · Trivia

The “Tenable” lists are complete 

Last week I posted this piece listing the questions and answers from a Soccer Aid special edition of the ITV quiz show “Tenable”.  It was the 1,000th post on this site and, appropriately enough for such a round number, it completes a set: every “Tenable” episode that has been broadcast since summer 2017 (including repeats)… Continue reading The “Tenable” lists are complete 

Tenable · Trivia

“Tenable” Soccer Aid special, questions and answers: The London City Lionesses [Wednesday 1 September 2021]

Here are the questions and answers from the special edition of “Tenable” broadcast earlier today (Wednesday 1 September 2021), a Soccer Aid special featuring the London City Lionesses. [Episode listed as S5Ep47.] The format here is the same as other pieces about “Tenable” on this Blog: a list of the challenges, a note on how… Continue reading “Tenable” Soccer Aid special, questions and answers: The London City Lionesses [Wednesday 1 September 2021]

Notes from West London · Word of the week

Word of the week: statioons

Our local minicab office has had a refurb. It had lain empty for a year or two but now the single-storey pair of rooms attached to a nearby house has been done up. It doesn’t appear to be open yet, but I hope it will be soon. At the start of 2016 I wrote this piece predicting that I would not be signing up for the ride-hailing… Continue reading Word of the week: statioons

Advice · Home life · Notes from West London

In praise of duvet covers

In the late 1970s my mother made a household change that affected all five of us (my father and her; my brother and sister and me: the three of us were teenagers at the time). She replaced our traditional bedding of sheets and blankets with duvets and duvet covers. Although this switch was made during the summer, I caught a cold within a week of sleeping… Continue reading In praise of duvet covers

Tenable · Trivia

“Tenable” All Stars Panto Special questions and answers [It’s Behind You]

Here are the questions and answers from the Christmas “All Stars” edition of ITV quiz show “Tenable” ,shown on 26 December 2019. Team name: It’s Behind You, captained by the lovely Debbie McGee. I finally got around to watching it today, Friday27 August 2021. The format here is the same as other pieces about “Tenable”… Continue reading “Tenable” All Stars Panto Special questions and answers [It’s Behind You]

In the news · Sport

Football in the afterlife, and a Leeds United starting XI 

Most weeks there are news stories about the chronic health problems and deaths of sporting legends. This week we learnt that former England cricket captain Ted Dexter had died, and that former Middlesbrough, Leeds and England footballer Alan Peacock was diagnosed with dementia in 2018. Like Denis Law, who announced his dementia diagnosis earlier this month, he wanted to raise awareness of the issue. I have supported Leeds United since childhood, and the roll call of former… Continue reading Football in the afterlife, and a Leeds United starting XI 

Tenable · Trivia

“Tenable” All Stars Episode 3 questions and answers [The Party Animals]

Here are the questions and answers from the third “All Stars” edition of ITV quiz show “Tenable” ,repeated in December 2019. Team name: The Party Animals, captained by John Sargent. I finally got around to watching it today, Thursday 26 August 2021. It was listed as S3Ep63 on my multi-channel box. The format here is… Continue reading “Tenable” All Stars Episode 3 questions and answers [The Party Animals]