In the news today in Willesden...
The lilacs are blowing in the breeze. A wonderful change in the weather from the mini-heatwave of midweek, to the blowy chill of this weekend (Easter.) Our reporter got this for you, just as the cold winds arrived:
In other news: Exclusive film captured by our non-roving reporter shows the bracing freshness of the cold wind rushing through the rich spring inflorescence. This quick-time movie also gives just a hint of the speed a terrier can attain, as it tells the story of how a dog in a garden thinks before deciding to run indoors and fetch a tennis ball. Here it is: Dog Day Afternoon [Yes! Murphy's Arkle by a short head!. Have some more web space, lads, but don't go mad. Ed.]
Monday, March 17th. SS Patrick, Gertrude & Joseph of Arimathea.
The first annual Willesden St Patrick's Day parade featured a colourful array of float. At one time the procession stretched all the way from the Standard Tandoori to Mona's Shamrock Hairdressers.
St Pat. himself put in an appearance, with his crown, and a selection of balloonage. Fr Horniman gave an oration at the graveside of Mickey the Mynah Bird, whose rebel yells amused patrons of McCartin's pet shop and mortuary, off the High Road, for so many years. (I've censored Mickey's language - Ed.)
Councillor Patel, who organised the event, said it was just one of 600+ cultural events due to be aided this year alone, such as the Hollywood Pantheist RinTinTin Festival, the Humanists for Satan Jamboree, the Witches of Willesden Green Annual Dance etc. He denied that the children from the Mother Mary Aikenhead school had to be forced to march.
January 8th, 2003.
The beast of Willesden
Experts who have examined the photo say that the paw prints are definitely from a beast of some sort.
This painting by Jackson Pillock hangs on the wall between the lifts in the atrium of Willesden Herald House.