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Friday, April 03, 2020

Les (Non-)Miserables - "One Day More"

"A family from Kent who shared a video of their living room performance of a lockdown-themed adaptation of a Les Misérables song have become a sensation online. Ben and Danielle Marsh and their four children changed the lyrics of One Day More to reflect common complaints during the Covid-19 lockdown. They say the video, which has gone viral, was intended to give friends and family a laugh during this stressful time" (Guardian News - YouTube)

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Test, test, test - explanation and plea (Jeremy Hunt)

Covid-19: We can't move forward till we can see where we are.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

COVID19: How can we control it if we don't know where it is? Test everyone. (Jeremy Hunt)

Vision, having sight of the problem, is vital in order to solve it. Jeremy Hunt cites other countries who have got control of their outbreaks with intensive testing and contact tracing. Let's hope the government understands this message and acts on it.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Self-isolating? Follow Roo's adventures - therapeutic

This is Roo the pig's interpretation of Christopher Isherwood's "I Am a Camera". It's quite fantastic.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Overheard on a Bus #n

Daffodils are ugly, egomaniacs
Blowing their own trumpets,
Playing silly buglers, monotonous
"Does my bulb look big in this" bimbos.
Oh but we love them, we love them senseless
Because we know they're better than us.


For avoidance of all doubt,
daffodils are lovely, hapless
horse-like, handsome flowers.
I apologise to daffodils,
they cannot help themselves,
it's the way they're brought up.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Hard times in the East End, London 1970s - photo gallery

Saturday, March 14, 2020

"If I ever met Jurgen Klopp" by Laura Lexx - hilarious

This is a sort of avant garde short story or flash fiction in a Twitter thread. Follow the link to read to the end.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

20 mph zone implementation

South Vale has been resurfaced, as was badly needed. Additionally speed bumps have been added as part of the new 20 mph zone. (This is a follow-up to our previous report about this area.)

Wood End Road with roadworks roadblock outside Harrow Cricket Club
South Vale newly resurfaced
Example of the new speed bumps
Considering the number of car crashes seen around these back roads, including one where one car ended upside-down on top of another one [Why haven't we got a picture of that?! Ed.], this is a welcome development.

I only came over for a couple of years...

Interviews with London Irish elders.

A film by David Kelly in collaboration with the Irish Studies Centre, London Metropolitan University.

Via: The Archive of the Irish in Britain

Monday, March 09, 2020

Under Fishtail Mountain - Merryn Glover

An evocative short memoir of a childhood in Nepal with parents working in linguistics and literacy. Illustrated with marvellous photos. Follow this link to learn more about a language that had never previously been written down and more.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

No third runway for Heathrow - Appeal Court ruling

Follow the link for more commentary by Friends of the Earth. This is good news for everyone living in West London and, probably, the world.

Friday, February 14, 2020

South Vale has reopened - hallelujah!

New mighty self-draining concrete kerbstones (left) and boundary kerb (right)

Opposite view, showing extent of new drainage system & grass verge relaid

Junction with Wood End Road, Orley Farm Road (private) & bridleway path
Excellent work by Harrow Council on this street, which was regularly subject to flooding near the entrance to John Lyons School playing fields. Note: there is also a planning application in progress to put speed humps on this and neighbouring roads and turn this enclave into a 20 mph zone, which should be welcome.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Cool, sunny interlude between storms Ciara and Dennis

Our favourite view. Chiltern Line from the bridge on Wood End Road.

Corner of South Vale and Wood End Road
South Vale is closed for drainage works. Should reopen soon, a little later than planned. The notice said the work would finish on February 11. South Vale has been subject to flooding and this very extensive and impressive work on the road should help. It's good work but the closure is disrupting traffic locally, especially in rush hours.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Storm Ciara: Mess caused by neglected "Global" billboard

"Global" billboard Sudbury Hill

Detritus from the Global billboard blown around Greenford Road

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Many old trees being cut down

Newly cut tree stumps, Harrow Road (Sudbury)
Similar scenes noted all around Harrow and Brent. Has there been any justification given? The near one in this picture looks like it was healthy, fairly straight and not causing upheaval. The further one appeared to be hollow. Could it be that those responsible are taking every opportunity to reduce their workload by reducing the number of large, old trees?

Related story: Tree felling in South Vale (Harrow)

Friday, January 31, 2020

Fly-tipping, Wood End (Harrow & Ealing)

Wood End Way (Ealing)

Wood End Road (Harrow)
It can be no coincidence that two lots of what looks like topsoil and grass have appeared at the time along a stretch of residential roads that cross the border from Ealing into Harrow. The perpetrators have chosen two spots that are not "overlooked." This is abominable and they should be found and severely punished. The mounds may not be very visible by night and could cause a serious accident.

Update 4 Feb. 2020: Another load dumped further along the same stretch:

Fly-tipping in South Vale (Harrow) beside "Road Closed" sign

There's only one thing to say about Brexit day...

Rejoin the European Union

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Signs of the times?

Junction of Greenford Road and Cavendish Avenue, Harrow
This looks the way England feels, rundown, neglected, demoralised under Bodger Johnson, heading out of Europe to drift alone on an unpowered skiff in the middle of the Atlantic. "Global..."

Saturday, January 18, 2020

I like the way

I like the way birds rise before us
To have quality time they can share,
The way trees go to ground in winter
And turn their roots up in the air.

I like the way redundant leaves
Gather on corners to shoot the breeze,
As the moon becomes a paper lantern,
A holy host or a Camembert.

I like it when someone says good night
And the other says just the same,
And forgetting the cares of the evening,
They sleep till the birds sing again.

Stephen Moran

Friday, January 17, 2020

Friday, January 03, 2020

Mustique by Cold War Steve

They're all in this together.