Archive for July, 2011

Today’s clever Google Doodle

July 13, 2011

Today’s Goodle Doodle celebrates the 200th birthday of the architect Sir George Gilbert Scott with a detail from the gothic building at the front of St Pancras Station – to many Londoners at least the most familiar example of his work.  The doodle is a clever piece of visual design because the two Os and the L in the word Google are formed by architectural features, leaving just the Gs and the E to be represented by letters.

For a business which is usually associated with very sparse, simply designed web pages, Google is very inventive in its use of little decorative flourishes like this one

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The end of cheques

July 13, 2011

In the UK at least, the end of cheques has been postponed indefinitely – they may only be used for a small proportion of banking transactions, but the 2018 deadline that the British banks had set for their abolition has apparently been deferred indefinitely.

So, as an exercise to anybody with a keen eye for banking stationery, readers are invited to guess the age of the photo used to illustrate http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2011/jul/12/cheques-abolition-plan-scrapped .  No prizes, just a bit of kudos to anybody who can improve on my (fairly precise) guess.  Answers in comments on the blog please