In the news · Language · Notes from West London

“Dump Rubbish … and we’ll fine you up to £400”

There are signs on some of the busier roads here in West London which read as follows: “Dump rubbish in the street and we’ll fine you up to £400”. The text is laid out rather more dramatically than that, all in upper case, and is printed in different colours and font sizes. It’s on a… Continue reading “Dump Rubbish … and we’ll fine you up to £400”

Gigs · Shakespeare

More thoughts about Shakespeare’s Globe (23 down, 15 to go) and other venues

Last week’s trip to see “The Two Noble Kinsmen” at Shakespeare’s Globe prompted some familiar thoughts about venues and performances. There are certain theatres that I have been to many times over the years and whenever I return to them my mind is always taken back to previous visits. The Shepherds Bush Empire is one… Continue reading More thoughts about Shakespeare’s Globe (23 down, 15 to go) and other venues

Home life · Sport · Technology

World Cup viewing, with distractions

Monday night’s World Cup game between Spain and Morocco was more dramatic than we expected. (We’re dealing here with the Football World Cup, currently taking place in Russia, in case you’re not following it too closely.) Morocco took the lead, twice, and Spain equalized in the final minute to make it 2-2. At one point… Continue reading World Cup viewing, with distractions

Trivia

Real Names: 21 questions and a list for reference

Real names, or birth names, are a regular feature of quizzes. A question on Pop Master earlier today asked the following: “What is the original shared surname of both Cliff Richard and Gary Numan?” I have been meaning to write something about this topic for a while, and that question has prompted me to draft… Continue reading Real Names: 21 questions and a list for reference