Mind Matters – Two years of COVID how are your relationships?

A number of very welcome announcements have been made recently to highlight the role of talking therapies (counselling and psychotherapy) and the range of services available for young people and adults. In this article I thought it worth

Man in the Middle 81: Fathers and Sons

Man in the Middle is the fictional diary of a Boomer coping with the demands of an ageing mother with dementia, his millennial children and his own impending obsolescence. Bowed down by Brexit, Covid and self-pity, all he wants is more ‘me time’. Will he succeed? Or is he destined to be stuck forever in No Man’s Land in the war between the generations? If you’d like to begin at the

Brentford 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2

Images above: The line up: so far so normal Most fans would agree there’s never a dull moment when watching Brentford, but this encounter took the zany entertainment to a new level. It might have been suitable for developing for th

Brentford 1 Manchester United 3

Image above: Brentford v Manchester United, Wednesday 19 January 2022; last time these two faced each other in the same league was 1947 If ever a game justified the cliché of football being a game of two halves, this was it. For forty-five minutes Brentford pummelled the visitors, with only inadequate finishing and the brilliance of keeper David de Gea preventing them reaching

Abundance London’s year 2021 in review

Image above: Mediaeval farming calendar I wasn't aware of 'guerilla gardening' until I came to Chiswick. Planting flowers on bits of ground not used for anything else - taking the time and trouble to make a bit of land look nice that isn't your own garden, for the enjoyment of all - had just not entered my sphere of being at all. If I ever noticed the flowers, I probably just th

Mind Matters – New year but old patterns of negative thinking?

Rather than write about new year resolutions I’ve decided to write about what usually prevents them from being achieved - negative thinking. Everytime you see a news article about COVID do you think about it in terms of what it

Chiswick Cheese Market Sunday 16 January

Image above: Blue cheeses from the Chiswick Cheese Market

Guest blog by Lucy Cufflin

After nearly two years of never knowing what’s round the next corner, locking and unlocking, mask wearing and not mask wearing my only resolution this year was to have no resolutions at all but to simply enjoy life and make the most of things as they came along. And so, I find myself in t

Culture is ‘alive and well and thriving in Chiswick despite Covid’, says Torin Douglas

Image above: Torin Douglas at the Chiswick Book Festival; photograph Roger Green

Guest blog by Torin Douglas

Culture is alive and well and thriving in Chiswick, despite Covid - but it’s not been an easy two years. As director of the Chiswick Book Festival, I’d normally be speaking this week at the New Year ‘arts and business’ drinks we hold with

Episode 75: The Graces CC, the club which opens up cricket to LGBT people

Cricket authors (and obsessives) Peter Oborne and Richard Heller launched a podcast early in 2020 to help deprived listeners endure a world without cricket. They're no longer deprived of cricket, but still chat regularly about cricket topics with different guests each week – cricket writers, players, administrators and fans - hoping to keep a good line and lengt

Brentford 2 Aston Villa 1

Image above: Brentford v Aston Villa, 2 January 2022 It is a much-repeated maxim that Brentford always play much better against highly talented teams. Witness their bravura against Manchester City when edged out by the only goal of the match just four days prior to Aston Villa’s visit to the Community Stadium. Witness also their uncoordinated scramble in the early stages of this

Discover Bedford Park with poet WB Yeats

Images above: CGI of new Yeats sculpture planned to be unveiled in June; WB Yeats

LB Ealing pledges £8,000 to Yeats project

London Borough of Ealing have just pledged £8,000 to the project, Discover Bedford Park with poet WB Yeats, as one of a number of community-led projects to receive grants under the Future Ealing transformation programme to improve the boroug

Man in the Middle 80: New Year Dreams

Man in the Middle is the fictional diary of a Boomer coping with the demands of an ageing mother with dementia, his millennial children and his own impending obsolescence. Bowed down by Brexit, Covid and self-pity, all he wants is more ‘me time’. Will he succeed? Or is he destined to be stuck forever in No Man’s Land in the war between the generations? If you’d like to begin at the

Brentford 0 Manchester City 1

What a memorable evening at the Community Stadium, with Brentford punching above their weight despite having to field a makeshift side against the Premier League champions. No wonder head coach Thomas Frank expressed his pride in what he described as ‘a masterclass in defending’, restricting the visitors to just three shots on target while breakaways full of promise by the Bees constantly thre

John D Wood & Co report an outstanding year for Chiswick’s property market

Guest blog by Julian Masson As we take down the Christmas tree and stash away the decorations, I think it’s safe to say we all hope that 2022 will be a slightly more normal and familiar year. Interestingly, the property

Brighton & Hove Albion 2, Brentford 0

Image above: Courtesy of Brentford FC With trains as rare as stray reindeer, it was no surprise to see many empty seats at the Amex Community Stadium as Brentford set out to give themselves a Christmas present of three points. But fans of both sides who managed the journey on Boxing Day evening – shamefully an 8 o’clock kick-off – contributed to a special atmosphere that the

Brentford 0 Chelsea 1

Image above: Brentford v Chelsea Carabao Cup - No 8 v No 8 Jensen v Kovacic There was little preventing Brentford scoring against what is possibly the best team in the Premier League; little except Edouard Mendy, Chelsea’s Senegalese goalkeeper, and those sundry defenders who put their lives on the goal-line to keep out a marauding Bees side determined to plunder a point. What

Episode 74: Two festive offerings from Henry Blofeld

Cricket authors (and obsessives) Peter Oborne and Richard Heller launched a podcast early in 2020 to help deprived listeners endure a world without cricket. They're no longer deprived of cricket, but still chat regularly about cricket topics with different guests each week – cricket writers, players, administrators and fans - hoping to keep a good line and lengt

Chiswick wildlife – Birds

What's happening at the birdfeeder?

Guest blog by Jo Gilbert, WildChiswick  A lot more than you think you see! A fascinating and informative talk by Mike Toms from the British Trust of Ornithology (BTO), hosted by WildChiswick, revealed some facts that may surprise you. BTO is one of those fantastic British institutions that has been around many

Christmas is coming – get the cheese ready! Sunday 19 December

Guest Blog by Donna Freed

The December Chiswick Cheese Market will be amped up for Christmas this Sunday, 19 December. Think a Christmas market – gifts, the waft of pine, warming wassail wine – with a cheesy flair!

Brentford 2 Watford 1

In Brentford’s topsy-turvy history, ten minutes of this game will rightfully claim to remain long in the memory of those privileged to have been at the Community Stadium this chilly December evening. Remove those specific ten minutes – including five added for stoppages – and it is a different story. For during much of the action, such as it was, the crowd could have been forgiven for thi

Man in the Middle 79: My Covid Diary

Man in the Middle is the fictional diary of a Boomer coping with the demands of an ageing mother with dementia, his millennial children and his own impending obsolescence. Bowed down by Brexit, Covid and self-pity, all he wants is more ‘me time’. Will he succeed? Or is he destined to be stuck forever in No Man’s Land in the war between the generations? If you’d like to begin at the

Mind Matters – Lost and found

In something lost, something is found and in something found something is lost. I don’t know about you but the extent to which the last couple of years and the pandemic appear to have accelerated changes to how I live my life re

Tottenham Hotspur 2, Brentford 0

Just when we thought the Bees had overcome their drop in form, Spurs handed out a salutary lesson while proving that new Italian manager Antonio Conte fully deserves his stellar reputation. Thomas Frank fielded the same starting line-up as that which saw off Everton just four days previously, and they again looked handy enough during the exchange of opening salvos. But after only 12 minutes an

Best Books for Christmas

Image above: Jessica Bloom, Bookcase London Books are usually a good bet for ideas for Christmas presents. Jessica Bloom at Chiswick's independent bookshop Bookcase London has some suggestions. Bookcase has been in Chiswick High Rd for 28 years and specialises on good books at discount prices. More recently they have expanded their range to include all the latest books, which th

Episode 73: Tanya Aldred and the global pressure to save cricket from climate change

Cricket authors (and obsessives) Peter Oborne and Richard Heller launched a podcast early in 2020 to help deprived listeners endure a world without cricket. They're no longer deprived of cricket, but still chat regularly about cricket topics with different guests each week – cricket writers, players, administrators and fans - hoping to keep a good line and lengt

Brentford 1, Everton 0

Image above: Ivan Toney slips the ball past Jordan Pickford; photograph by Will Hagerty Whenever the lyrics of Hey Jude are sung lustily by the Brentford crowd along with the Beatles’ recording, Paul McCartney would be forgiven for taking delight in this West London devotion to one of his most famous songs. But not, perhaps, on Sunday last. After all, McCartney is an Everton supp

Episode 19: That Peppa Pig Moment

The Three Old Hacks discuss this week whether or not the prime minister has lost it. He appears to be "teetering on the edge of appearing out of control" they think. It's hard to bluster your way through a speech when someone else

Episode 72: Scyld Berry – England’s greatest cricket-watcher – shares highlights from over forty years of England on tour

Cricket authors (and obsessives) Peter Oborne and Richard Heller launched a podcast early in 2020 to help deprived listeners endure a world without cricket. They're no longer deprived of cricket, but still chat regularly about cricket topics with different guests each week – cricket writers, players, administrators and fans - hoping to keep a good line and lengt

Mind Matters – The ‘kind’ communication that really isn’t kind at all!

Since the pandemic I’ve noticed an explosion of public communications that I’m not sure never existed before. Alongside public communications that give straightforward instructions such as ‘Mind the gap between the train and the

Episode 71: The great commentator Fazeer Mohammed brings up to date the stories of BlackLivesMatter and West Indian cricket

Cricket authors (and obsessives) Peter Oborne and Richard Heller launched a podcast early in 2020 to help deprived listeners endure a world without cricket. They're no longer deprived of cricket, but still chat regularly about cricket topics with different guests each week – cricket writers, players, administrators and fans - hoping to keep a good line and lengt