Gigs · Memories · Music · Notes from West London

And just like that, they were gone: Amy Winehouse, a short-lived band, the 12 Bar Club

Rest in peace Amy Winehouse. As you probably know, she died 10 years ago yesterday, Saturday 23 July 2011, aged 27. The anniversary has been marked by a documentary featuring new interviews with her parents, and plenty of tributes which continue throughout this weekend.   I remember the day of her death well. That night I played… Continue reading And just like that, they were gone: Amy Winehouse, a short-lived band, the 12 Bar Club

Home life · Memories · Notes from West London

The new Sunday evening routine

How are you Sunday evenings? Is there a routine built around returning to school or work the following morning? Does the TV schedule play a significant part in your Sunday nights?   In our household, there are two series that take up our time on Sunday evenings: the “Strictly Come Dancing” results show during the autumn, right through to mid-December,… Continue reading The new Sunday evening routine

Notes from West London · Reading

Vegans and Oxbridge Graduates

Here’s the first part of my favourite joke from recent years:   “Why did the vegan cross the road?”   I was asked this by a very polite, well-brought up woman in her 30s, who I have known since she was 3. Immediately after asking me the question she looked worried and said, “Oh, you’re not a vegan are you?”, as… Continue reading Vegans and Oxbridge Graduates

Catchphrases · Memories · Notes from West London

“You want to take more water with it”

Here’s a catchphrase I first heard in the 1990s and use from time to time: “You want to take more water with it”. You might need to change the pronoun and verb forms as appropriate. I can pinpoint the date and place where I first heard it: St Patrick’s Day 1993, near our local church.… Continue reading “You want to take more water with it”

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