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Badly written name amused crowds.

Byline: Denis Kilcommons Looking at life with our ever-popular columnist

RUDE registration numbers that were banned by the DVLA this year included UP15 BUM, PR15 SON and WA15 TED.

Others were even ruder. A spokesman said: "Registration numbers are withheld where they are likely to cause offence.

"Reasons can be political, religious, racial or that they're in poor taste."

PEN15, however, was allowed, possibly on the grounds that it was requested by a graphologist who had 15 pens. It reminded me of when I caught a train from Karachi to Faisalabad in Pakistan, which may sound like a tenuous link, but bear with me.

The train journey involved an arduous process of booking a ticket the day before, during which I was required to write my name on a piece of paper in large letters.

When I eventually boarded the train, my name and those of my three companions, were stuck on the window so we could find our berth.

Before departure I noticed a large crowd gathered on the platform outside our carriage.

An official arrived to check our tickets and asked if I was Mr Kilcommons.

When I said yes, he bowed and grinned, and indicated to the crowd outside that I was the chap they had been waiting for.

They all smiled, laughed and applauded. What a delightful send-off.

Then he pointed to the sheet of paper on the window on which I had written my name.

For the first time I realised that, in my haste, I had extended the stroke of the D in Denis so that it had become a P. "Tell me," he said. "Is this a popular name in England?" Possibly not, but the DVLA apparently have no objection if you want to put it on a motor car.

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion Column
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Jun 2, 2015
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