Thursday, 27 November 2014

London Issues: Help Save Our Local Libraries #3BadOptions



Daily Constitutional Editor Adam writes…


My local library in East Finchley is under threat of closure.


The East Finchley Library Users Group needs your support to spread awareness of our impending loss. 

Please help us by joining the campaign Facebook group - one of our great fears is that these changes will be pushed through while busy locals are "looking the other way".

Here's what the East Finchley Library Users Group website has to say…


Weare a group of local volunteers, established in 2004, who support and promote our local library. We are now in campaigning mode as East Finchley Library (along with most of Barnet's libraries) is under serious threat. 

Barnet Council has proposed three future options for East Finchley Library as part of their cost-cutting. All three options we see as unacceptable and lacking in vision. They leave us either with no library in East Finchley or one the size just of the current computer room. The very special building that houses our library is Grade 2 Listed.

We are engaging with Barnet Council’s current consultation, despite the fact it’s rather loaded and designed to generate data they can use to drive through one of the three unsatisfactory options. 

We are also looking to respond with a more imaginative, community-minded and sustainable vision for our 21st century library which will properly serve our community in all its diversity.

The website is here: www.eflibrary.com

The Facebook Group is here: www.facebook.com/groups/EFLUG


Thanks for your time on this Thanksgiving day. I am thankful for my local library. Please help us keep it open.

A.S
East Finchley, North London N2

27th November 2014




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Happy Thanksgiving!

Best wishes to ALL our London Walkers this Thanksgiving!




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Hats: Size Matters

We're talking headgear this month. It was only a matter of time before Brunel expert Robert threw is hat into the ring. Here he is…













Well yes of course!

Well I don’t mean to be vulgar, but frankly size matters. To make a big statement you need to get a big top hat. Actually it’s a stove pipe hat, as sported by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and recently by Kenneth Branagh in the Olympics opening ceremony. Brunel built the biggest ship in the world three times. He built the longest railway tunnel in the world. He built the fastest railway in the world at Box so trains could enter it, with whistle blowing, at that important moment in scenes of seduction. Ask a cricketer what he puts in his box…

The late Bob Godfrey made a wonderful film about Brunel called Great , the first British Animated film to win an Academy Award. Learn the words from Brunel's Hat song in the Bob Godfrey film. Come on Brunel’s London, the Boat trip 10.45am any Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday. Come on Mayflower to Brunel’s Tunnel, the Walk, any Sunday 10.45am or Wednesday 4.30pm. Learn the words of the song, come in your biggest hat and sing loudly as you swagger, along pushing the smaller hats out of your way:

Get a big top hat if you want to get ahead,
It doesn't really matter if you're not at all well-bred.
You're certain to be treated as a great success,
By adopting an inordinately tall head dress.

As the Queen once said to Albert,
'We are not amused by that.
But one thing tickles my fancy -
That's Brunel's big... top hat.'

Get a big top hat if you want to get ahead,
He always has it off when he's lying in bed.
He wears it to the opera and the London zoo,
And he'd feel undressed without it sitting on the loo.

He went to the Crimea,
The guns went rattatat.
They shot off all the Balaclava helmets,
But they couldn't hit his big... top hat.

Get a big top hat if you want to get ahead.
He wore it on the happy day he first got wed.
He wore it on the honeymoon day and night,
And he asked her if it fitted and she said, 'Just right'.

His wife, she was delighted.
He said, 'I'm glad of that.
I wouldn't like a woman who said "No, no"
To my bloody great big... top hat.'

Get a big top hat if you want to get ahead,
It doesn't really matter if you're not at all well-bred.
You're certain to be treated as a great success,
By adopting an inordinately tall head dress.







Robert

Robert is allowed to drive sheep across London Bridge. An Oxford graduate, he's an actor, museum director, author and holder of the Freedom. Let alone the first person since Brunel to organise an underwater fair. He's got the keys.







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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The London Nightly Photoblog 26:11:14

It's the last few days of our London Nightly Photoblog series in which we round-off the London day with one final glimpse of our beloved city.

We dedicate this recurring series to all our Daily Constitutionalists. 

To those of you who are far away (hopefully you're planning your next visit) and to those of you right here in the Big Smoke, resident and visitor alike, thanks for reading, thanks for walking with us. We look forward to seeing you all soon.

Cyclists: that's just the way they roll



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Do Any London Walkers Know Of A Church in the Twickenham Area Selling Card Aid Xmas Cards? @CardAid

This just in from a London Walker… can you help?

Good afternoon,

For the last 30 years or so I have always known where to get my selection of Card Aid charity Christmas cards – in the big old church behind the main street in Richmond on Thames.

Imagine my frustration therefore when I visited the church yesterday only to find they were not selling any there this year. Shock horror.

Could you please let me know if there are any other churches near Twickenham where I can go now.
I can get to Teddington, Kingston, Sunbury, Staines, Walton on Thames  and Weybridge

Hoping you can help
Many thanks

John Whitbread




Thanks John, we'll put it to the guides and also to our London Walkers, see if anyone can help. Good luck!


We blogged about Card Aid last year – you can catch up with that post HERE.






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