Week 8: Historically inaccurate number plates
We finished watching It’s A Sin. It’s very good, it’s beautifully put together, and it’s emotionally powerful. I think I cried after every episode. It’s really worth watching.
Because I am a number plate nerd, I was distracted by some historic inaccuracies: in the 1988 episode, the bus that delivers the demonstrators uses the narrower post-2001 typeface, and I spotted at least one blue strip (these were also introduced in 2001 and were the reason for the new narrower typeface).
I am available to consult on number plate authenticity for your upcoming historical dramas.
I’m fascinated by the logistics of getting period-accurate cars for filming. There really aren’t very many 80s cars around any more. There are only a few hundred Austin Maestros left, for example, although they haven’t gone up in price due to scarcity. There’s one on AutoTrader for £600 at the moment. Nobody ever really liked them, I suppose.
I wonder if there are people out there buying up superseded cars at the point where they become near-worthless, and storing them for decades until they can hire them out, and how soon CGI will make that completely redundant.
I haven’t killed that Yamaha keyboard after all. I bypassed the power supply, fed it directly with 5V from a USB cable, and it’s fine. I’ll just replace all the components in that part of the circuit next time I’m placing an order with Mouser. That means I need to decide what my next electronics project will be!
It looks like I’ll be getting a vaccine sooner than originally expected. The initial estimate was July or August for a first dose, but now that they’ve said that the 40-49 age bracket will be next after the first nine priority groups, that looks like April. But Reuters says that Boris Johnson fanzine The Telegraph says that vaccines for over-40s will begin in March so maybe it’ll be sooner. (Actually, it says “this month” but it’s clearly tomorrow’s edition, because there’s none of February left.)
Yes, I’ll be getting a vaccine as soon as I’m offered. Not because I’m particularly worried about getting the rona, but because I would very much like it to be over, and I think it’s my civic duty. Realistically, what’s the worst that can happen? I might feel a bit rubbish for a day or two? The Swiss medical agency has a particularly readable page on side effects of COVID-19 vaccinations that makes for pretty reassuring reading.
That bargain darbuka turned out to be a dud. It had a crack in the rim, so I sent it back before the day was out. But I replaced it with a new one at full price. It’s a a lot louder than my little one! I might have to practice in the park. That will be allowed in a week’s time.