NEWS DIGEST 27.06.2020: Stanley Gibbons stamp shop to reopen, other stories

  Today’s News Digest is brought to you from my personal Twitter account @VShah1984. World famous stamp collectors shop Stanley Gibbons @StanleyGibbons, based in the heart of London, has announced via Twitter that it will be re-opening its newly refurbished … Continue reading NEWS DIGEST 27.06.2020: Stanley Gibbons stamp shop to reopen, other stories

VIJAY’S VIRASAT: Restaurant with a familiar name

Those of you who have been following this blog since the earliest days will now that the editor/blogger/journalist (i.e. me) who runs the blog is named Vijay. Those who know me in real life also know of my reputation as a bit of a foodie. So the next bit will be quite interesting. I live in Ilford, just east of the big smoke in the United Kingdom they like to call London, and within a 5 or so mile radius from my home are three establishments involved in the food industry that bare my name. First, there’s Vijay’s Chawalla, a … Continue reading VIJAY’S VIRASAT: Restaurant with a familiar name

BIRTHDAY SPECIAL: Vijay turns 30

Say R.I.P. to your amazing twenties As you enter your boring thirties Say goodbye to your crazy ways Say hello to monotonous days Bid adieu to irresponsibility As you strive towards accountability Don’t worry, I am just fooling around Don’t let this rhyme bring you down You will have the best time at thirty So chill out, relax and take it easy Happy 30th birthday Yesterday, Saturday 4th October 2014, I officially kissed my eventful years of being a twenty-something goodbye and said “Oh hi…er…Hello” to my third decade and thirtieth year of milling around on this green, green planet. … Continue reading BIRTHDAY SPECIAL: Vijay turns 30

WHAT’S IN A NAME: Vijay – the story

So, what is in a name? This special May Bank Holiday feature is dedicated to me. Well, my name anyway. I am sure that many of you are aware that my first name is Vijay. You however may not know its meaning or how I came by it. A month after I was born, I was registered at the Barking & Dagenham Sub-District registry office of births and deaths under an English name by my father, who was from that ethnicity – my mother is Indo-Mauritian. However by my 16th birthday, the family dynamics had changed and I was taken … Continue reading WHAT’S IN A NAME: Vijay – the story

BEAUTIFUL DARDO OF VERSATILITY: HEM scoops another three awards

Our awards season continues relentlessly as the Half-Eaten Mind scoops another three awards to cram onto our mantelpiece.   Firstly our new friend Mahesh Nair of the blog “Write Might” who only last week  presented to us the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award, has now sent the Versatile Blogger Award our way. This blog’s rules stipulate that only one award per badge can be accepted to prevent duplication, however I have made a one-off exception for Mahesh and will include this award in my own nominations. Mahesh announced the nomination of my mind half-eaten with this comment left on one of … Continue reading BEAUTIFUL DARDO OF VERSATILITY: HEM scoops another three awards

DESIGN YOUR OWN NUMBER PLATES: The Half-Eaten Mind’s personalised registrations

By Vijay Shah In the James Bond film Goldfinger, the well-spoken secret agent drives to his missions in an Aston Martin DB5 luxury motor with a distinctive feature – a revolving set of number plates (license plates). At the flick of a button, 007 can choose from one of three plates. The personalised registrations for that car, now in the hands of a private collector, include “JB 007”, “007JB” and “GOLDFINGER”. The  plates proved to be a very useful tool for Bond to give his enemies, and the authorities, the slip. Personalised number plates are a popular, and undeniably lucrative … Continue reading DESIGN YOUR OWN NUMBER PLATES: The Half-Eaten Mind’s personalised registrations