The Anonymous Widower

Eviation Alice Illustrates The Choice Of A Good Name

I have set up a Google Alert for Eviation Alice and it is finding a lot of articles.

It not only illustrates that the arrival of an electric airliner excites people, but also that the choice of name is a good one.

June 22, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Graham Miller Doesn’t Exist Any More

Yesterday, I got a letter from the Inland Revenue and it used the name I have on my passport, which I’ve used since I met my late wife in 1967.

As Hackney Council have also finally got round to changing my name on the Electoral Roll, the only place that Graham Miller exists now is with junk mailers and cold callers, who bought it off a list from an old Electoral Roll.

So I can now bin all mail addressed to Graham and be rude or humorous to cold callers who ask for Graham, in addition to those who ask to speak to Mrs. Miller.

Incidentally, it should be a criminal offence to ask for someone who has died in a cold call.

March 24, 2015 Posted by | World | | 2 Comments

TfL’s Big Problem For 2015

look at this map for the London Overground.

TfL's Big Problem For 2015

TfL’s Big Problem For 2015

When the Lea Valley Lines come under the control of TfL in 2015, it’s going to give them a terrible problem about how they incorporate them into the maps.

But that’s only the start, as Crossrail will appear in 2018.  But that has already shown on a map.

Map At Kings Cross

The picture shows the short-lived Lego version at Kings Cross station, this summer.

they’ve also got the problem of what to call Crossrail, if they do change the name. there has been some talk of calling it the Queen Elizabeth line, by such as Boris Johnson. I suspect, it’ll be called Crossrail or something similar like Across or EastWest line, if Boris doesn’t get his way.

If we called it Across, then Crossrail 2 could be called the Diagnonal line!

Of all the wonderful feats I have performed,  I think yesterday I performed the most wonderful. I produced unanimity among 15 men who were all quarrelling about that most ticklish subject — taste

I think Brunel would have loved this problem, judging by this quote from the engineer.

It’s not a problem, I would like to have to solve.

December 29, 2013 Posted by | Transport | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Who Called His Daughter Orienta?

It was Julian Lloyd Webber, as he is a massive Leyton Orient fan.

December 18, 2013 Posted by | Sport | , , | 1 Comment


What better name is there for a bus terminus, than Termibus.



Surprisingly, Termibus in Bilbao, would appear to be the only place the name is used.

December 9, 2013 Posted by | Transport | , , , | 1 Comment

Travelling With Michael Palin

The Class 153 train, that shuttled me to Felixstowe was named after Michael Palin.

Travelling With Michael Palin

Travelling With Michael Palin

I wonder how many other trains have been named after comedians?

December 4, 2013 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

London’s Name Advantage

It has just been announced that London has now acquired the .london domain name extension.

If you go through the major cities of the world, it generally would seem to work for many like Paris, Berlin, Rome and New York, but it doesn’t work for cities with longer names like Edinburgh, San Francisco and Copenhagen.

So do the short-named cities like London have an advantage? try typing in the domain name for the mayor of Vladivostok!

November 15, 2013 Posted by | Computing | , , | Leave a comment

C Would Have Laughed At This

When we were in Liverpool in the 1960s, Widnes was the butt of lots of jokes as it had rather a nasty smell.

C Would Have Laughed At This

C Would Have Laughed At This

So to see a block of flats in Islington given the same name made me titter.  C would have laughed like a drain.

But compared to some street names it isn’t the most romantic place to live.

The next door block was called Tranmere.

November 2, 2013 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

Did These Adverts Affect The Choice Of The Royal Baby’s Name?

These adverts are on the Tube all over London and have been for several weeks.

Did These Adverts Affect The Choice Of The Royal Baby's Name?

Did These Adverts Affect The Choice Of The Royal Baby’s Name?

Was it a subtle message? As the Queen was obviously very interested and probably went on Saturday, it was perhaps a name in the forefront of the whole family’s minds.

My youngest son, was called George, so I have no objections to it as a name, but to me, it’s probably an unlucky one.

I don’t know whether, I could have a lady friend called Georgia or Georgina.

July 31, 2013 Posted by | Sport, Transport, World | , , , | Leave a comment

I Can’t Believe Kia Called A Car A Soul!

Just say Kia Soul and listen to yourself.

I wonder if Clarkson has picked it up!

July 2, 2013 Posted by | Transport | , | Leave a comment