Notes from West London

21 today, reflections on vehicle licence plates

Here in the UK today is one of the two dates in the calendar for new car registrations. For the 20th year in a row licence plates issued on 1 March (standard issue, not “cherished” or customized plates) reflect the year of registration in a straightforward way. The conventional format is for two letters, then… Continue reading 21 today, reflections on vehicle licence plates

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Word of the week: variant

Another month, another variant. A year after we first heard of the COVID-19 strain of Coronavirus, which has transformed all our daily lives, news emerges of another variant, from South Africa. This follows on from the UK variant announced late last year. Here in the UK, over 100,000 people have died in the last year… Continue reading Word of the week: variant

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Presidential calculations: dates and ages

Joe Biden is the 46th President of the United States. I have waited until now, two days after his inauguration, to write these words although he was declared the winner of the US Presidential Election by most media organizations over two months ago. He is the sixth Democrat to hold the office of President in my lifetime. There have also been six Republican Presidents in that time.  … Continue reading Presidential calculations: dates and ages

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“Blue Monday” and the Henry Fern Collection

Today is known by some as Blue Monday. This piece in The Scotsman describes as “the most depressing day of the year”, for the following reasons:  “It’s the day when the financial pressure of the Christmas just passed hangs over us most, the weather is at its worst, and the extra pounds we’ve acquired over the holiday… Continue reading “Blue Monday” and the Henry Fern Collection