The Independent London Newspaper



The Xtra Diary - Running the extra mile or two for a good cause

Nick and Paul Thompson
councillor Jonathan Glanz

Published: 20 April, 2012

ON Sunday thousands will stream through London as part of the mammoth London Marathon, and a fair few of the runners have a connection to Westminster City Hall.

They include Nick Thompson, 29, an athletic press officer for Westminster City Council and former sports reporter. Nick will be running in aid of charity Children with Cancer together with his father Paul, 64, an electrical engineer from Shepshed.

The duo (pictured top) have trained over 100 miles apart for months and will be reunited for the run.

Paul admits he is nervous about completing his first marathon but is determined to get across the finishing line at The Mall in view of Buckingham Palace.

Also running is West End ward councillor Jonathan Glanz (pictued above) who is raising cash for The Connection at St Martin in the Fields.

The best of luck to them all – may they make lots of dough for their chosen causes.

Name game

AS the area takes its first step towards reviving an ancient form of local government, perhaps it’s time to decide just how Queen’s Park (or, if you prefer, Queens Park) is spelt.

Westminster City Council’s cabinet this week approved plans to hold a referendum on the question of whether to proceed with setting up a community council, an urban equivalent of parish councils, in its northerly ward.

But perhaps City Hall should add on another question: should the area’s name be spelt with an apostrophe or not?

Official council literature seems undecided on the subject, as do press releases sent out by City Hall’s housing management body CityWest Homes, although both organisations tend to include the punctuation mark more often than not.

Signs at Queen’s Park station also lack consistency in this regard.

Both the council and CityWest confirmed the official spelling was with an apostrophe and, to be fair, even this esteemed organ has in the past been guilty of misspelling names.

Meanwhile football club Queens Park Rangers is spelt without an apostrophe.

To make things more complex, the area is split between Westminster and Brent and, as with many a divided territory, the two authorities seem unable to agree on the correct spelling.

Can a grammatically savvy reader please explain this?


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