The Anonymous Widower

A Satisfied Lumo Customer In Marks & Spencer

I got talking to an assistant in Marks today and noticed she had a Scottish accent, which isn’t that common in my part of London amongst the young. So I remarked on it.

It turned out she was a student from Fife at University in London, so out of curiosity, I asked her, if she’d heard about Lumo?

She said yes and indicated she was going home on Friday and very much liked the price.

Is Lumo’s message getting through? I think it is!

October 23, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | Leave a comment

An American Take On Lumo

One of my Google Alerts picked up this article on an American site called Travel + Leisure, which is entitled A Brand-New Train Launched In The UK Today — Linking Cities Like Edinburgh And London For As Little As $20.

As I have sat next to American and Canadian couples and families on Anglo-Scottish trains, I hope that Lumo’s website is friendly to those living outside the UK.

Will The Lumo Concept Take Off In The United States?

I’m no expert, but on the right route, I don’t see why not!

After all, easyJet, Go and Ryanair took on the concept of the low-cost airline, which was pioneered by Pacific Southwest Airlines in California.

October 23, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , | 3 Comments

Street Burger – Islington

Regularly in pre-pandemic times, I would go to Carluccio’s at The Angel in Islington for a quick lunch after doing my shopping on a Saturday.

But unfortunately, Carluccio’s is no more!

Now there is a Street Burger by Gordon Ramsay between Marks and Spencer and one of the bus stops, from where I can get a bus home.

Before I continue, I should say I have form with Gordon Ramsay, as I once talked to him on Radio 5 about gluten-free food in a restaurant.

He said that if you book at least 24 hours before and say you want a gluten-free meal, the restaurant has no excuse for not giving you what you need.

He also said that if they think they’re a good restaurant and can’t offer gluten-free food, then they’re not a good restaurant.

Since then, I’ve eaten a couple of times in his upmarket restaurants and he’s not broken his own rules.

Today, I broke his rule, by just turning up. But I did know, they did gluten-free options.

Note.

  1. I forgot to take a picture of the burger before I started to eat it.
  2. The decor is simple and practical.
  3. What car did the seats come from?
  4. You can have as much soft drink as you like.

The pictures don’t do the meal justice, which was upmarket for a burger.

I shall use the restaurant more often, as it’s so conveniently placed, close to Angel tube station, which is one of my routes  home.

October 23, 2021 Posted by | Food | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Moonshot Is The Spanner In The Covid-19 Works The Country Needs

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on The Times.

This is the sub-title of the article.

Antivirals like molnupiravir are the third line in our long-term fight against coronavirus.

The article describes how scientists in Oxfordshire looked for an antiviral that could be Covid-19’s nemesis, which Tom Whipple called molecular kryptonite.

The American pharmaceutical[ molnupiravir has been the first antiviral to be licenced for Covid-19, but it is pricey.

But helped by the Diamond Light Source, it appears that, progress has been made in Oxfordshire.

Tom Whipple says this.

After 18 months of study they last week gained funding from the Wellcome Trust to narrow the options to one, in a project called Covid Moonshot.

And this.

The goal of Moonshot is a generic drug that is cheap, plentiful and, a stipulation of the project, off-patent from the beginning.

Has the Diamond Light Source has struck again?

The Diamond Light Source might have cost £ 400 million and needs a budget of £ 40 million a year to run, but it is certainly starting to pay back the investment.

 

 

October 23, 2021 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Chancellor To Fund £710m Merseyrail Expansion

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Liverpool Business News.

This is the first sentence.

In his Budget on October 27 Chancellor Rishi Sunak will hand Liverpool city region £710m to extend the Merseyrail network using battery-operated trains.

I wrote about Merseyrail’s plans in Liverpool’s Vision For Rail.

This is a map of how the network might look.

Battery trains might serve Preston, Skelmersdale, Warrington, Widnes, Wigan and Wrexham.

There is also this tailpiece to the Liverpool Business News article.

In August LBN also revealed Mr Rotheram was in talks with senior Government officials about taking full control of the Merseyrail network, including the physical infrastructure, Full devolution of the network would give the CA direct control over significant areas of land, opening up the opportunity for new development.

That seems very sensible.

October 23, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , | 7 Comments

Planning Permission Granted For The First New Railway Station On The Northumberland Line

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on ITV.

This map from ITV shows the Northumberland Line.

Ashington station has been given planning permission.

Facilities include.

  • A hundred metre platform and all the gubbins. The platform length would accommodate a five-car train.
  • A 270 space car park with facilities for the disabled and electric cars.

It is due to open by 2024.

It looks like it’s just five new stations to go.

October 23, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , | 1 Comment