Notes from West London · Sport

The 50th Premier League team

The Premier League began last weekend. As I’m sure you know, it is the top division in English football. This is the League’s 30th season. If you are under 40, or do not follow football closely, you might not remember its predecessor, Division One of the Football League. None of the current squad members played in that division. If they had, they would be at least 46 now, and the oldest player… Continue reading The 50th Premier League team

In the news · Lyrics · Music

Don Everly RIP, Guns ’n Roses and stories behind the songs

Rest in peace Don Everly, one half of musical duo The Everly Brothers. He died this weekend, seven years after his brother Phil. You will know plenty of their recordings: “All I Have To Is Dream”, “Cathy’s Clown”, “Wake Up Little Susie”. In this 2014 Guardian obituary for Phil Everly, Graham Nash (of The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young) is quoted about the effect of hearing… Continue reading Don Everly RIP, Guns ’n Roses and stories behind the songs

Tenable · Trivia

“Tenable” questions, Series 1 Episode 17 (repeated again Tuesday 17 August 2021)

ITV continue to broadcast repeats from the first series of their quiz show “Tenable”, first shown in the last two months of 2016. Questions and answers from Episodes 11-15 were recorded in this piece from last year, and the shows were repeated again last week. Yesterday, (Monday 16 August 2021), Series 1 Episode 16 (S1Ep16)… Continue reading “Tenable” questions, Series 1 Episode 17 (repeated again Tuesday 17 August 2021)

Tenable · Trivia

“Tenable” questions, Series 1 Episode 16 (repeated again Monday 16 August 2021)

ITV continue to broadcast repeats from the first series of their quiz show “Tenable”, first shown in the last two months of 2016. Questions and answers from Episodes 11-15 were recorded in this piece from last year, and the shows were repeated again last week. Earlier today (Monday 16 August 2021), Series 1 Episode 16… Continue reading “Tenable” questions, Series 1 Episode 16 (repeated again Monday 16 August 2021)

Notes from West London

Reflections on Friday 13th

Today is Friday 13th. Mind how you go, especially if you believe that unlucky things happen on days like this. If you do attach significance to this date, you may be relieved to find that it is the only time in 2021 that Friday will fall on the 13th day of the month. Next year it will also happen just once, in May.   Last year it happened twice, as it… Continue reading Reflections on Friday 13th

At the movies · Home life · Sport · Word of the week

Word of the week: Sayonara

The Tokyo Olympics finished yesterday. We had got used to the Olympic Breakfast programme every morning on BBC1, catching up on the overnight action, and we’ll miss it. The show usually involved news of gold medals for Team GB, right up to yesterday morning when Jason Kenny (Keirin, cycling) and Lauren Price (boxing) completed the medal tally to leave GB fourth… Continue reading Word of the week: Sayonara