A quiet week in Lake Wobegon

I’ve been re-reading Garrison Keillor’s tales from Lake Wobegon on holiday, which always begin: “Well, it’s been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon”.

Mid-August is the quietest time of the year in our own small town, but still while I’ve been away Chiswick has gained a new pub – The Steam Packet freehouse on Strand on the Green – and lost another business from the High Rd – the Kitchen & Pantry cafe.

39 year old Darren Blake of Harvard Road in Chiswick has been charged with attempted murder after two people were assaulted in Guildford. He has been remanded in custody to appear at Guildford Crown Court on 5 September.

The RNLI boat based at Chiswick Pier rescued a black Labrador who fell in the river by Kew Bridge, despite the animal’s best attempts to avoid capture.

And developer Fruition has won the case to build flats on the site of Pissarro’s restaurant at Corney Reach. The Planning Inspector granted the development on second appeal in the face of opposition from both Hounslow Council’s Planning Committee and local residents.

Congratulations to all those who have received the exam results they wanted. Commiserations to those who didn’t. TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson posted his usual words of encouragement on Twitter: “Don’t worry. I got a C and two Us and I’ve rented this place for the summer,” with a picture of his holiday pad in France.

17% students at Chiswick School achieved A*-A grades at A Level (against a national average of 25.2%). 30% Arts Ed students achieved A*-A grades. Arts Ed had their best A level results ever, with 78% achieving grades A* – B.

Almost up to the standards of the (fictional) citizens of Lake Wobegon, ‘where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average’.

And the gardens are looking good from all the rain. Thanks to Ray Marsh for the picture above of Southfield Recreation Ground.

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See also: Profile of Chiswick School Head, Laura Ellener

See also: RNLI Open Day