The New Climate War – The Fight to Take Back Our Planet

Image above: cover of The New Climate War by Michael E. Mann by Nanette van der Laan Drive less, fly less and turn off the lights. These are some of the ways we've been told that we can save the planet. But, as the pandemic has shown, our individual actions help very little when it comes to making a dent in CO2 emissions. Some climat

Man in the Middle 75: Who do you think you are?

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 obsolesce. 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 b

Chiswick Cheese Market, Sunday 19 September 2021

Guest blog by Donna Freed Our 19 September Cheese Market is set to be the best yet! We are hosting our first Cheesewick event to coincide with the next Cheese Market on 19 September, an exploration of Irish cheese with the Queen of Irish Cheese, Marianne Kelly of Heritage Cheese (who will be selling their cheeses as usual). The mission of Heritage Cheese is to unea

Upstaged by a Muppet

Images aboave: Anthony Burgess, author of A Clockwork Orange; Kermit of The Muppets

Why no blue plaque for Anthony Burgess?

By Torin Douglas It was a bit of a week for Anna Eavis, curatorial director at English Heritage. She organises the London Blue Plaques scheme and some weeks ago she accepted my invitation to brave the lions’ den and speak at th

Brentford 0, Brighton & Hove Albion 1

Photograph by Liz Vercoe

Brentford v Brighton & Hove Albion

It had to happen sometime, but few among the Brentford faithful expected it to be delivered by a Brighton side as polished as the front room sideboard but with more perspiration than inspiration. We’re talking of course about the Bees’ loss of their slender unbeaten record – three Premier League games and

Man in the Middle 74: Pig in the Park

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 obsolesce. 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 b

Episode 65: Painful testimonies of racism shake the culture of denial of apartheid in South African 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

Episode 17: Afghanistan – A rehash of imperialism

Writer and broadcaster Mihir Bose, Economics editor of the Sunday Times David Smith and political commentator Nigel Dudley, aka The Three Old Hacks, discuss Afghanistan in their podcast this week. "The great opinion makers

Episode 64: Who needs the Hundred when Two Hundred Parents Start Playing 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

Afghan refugees: can I make a difference?

Guest blog by James Thellusson

My daughter suggested Unicef. My son was for donating to Care4Calai

Mind Matters – Mental health: nature or nurture?

This is a question which is probably as old as humanity itself but first credited to psychologist Sir Francis Galton in 1869. Ever since, many studies have been conducted, trying to discover the reasons behind the most common mental health problems. The appliance of scientific study to human behaviours generally serves only to raise more possibilities and lines of enquiry. And whilst much greater

Emery Walker’s House opens its first exhibition

Image above: Emery Walker's house, in Hammersmith; photograph Peter Dazeley Guest blog by Lucinda MacPherson Emery Walker’s house has opened its first exhibition, displaying examples of some of the most beautiful private press books ever published and illustrating Walker’s revolutionary book printing techniques & legacy in his former home in Hammersmith.

Chiswick Auctions is on the look out for silver

Image above: An early 20th century Iraqi silver and niello cigarette case, Basra dated 1938, sold for £350 including premium It's amazing how something picked up as a souvenir is valued by the buyer, kicks around in the family for a few generations, loses its personal sentimental value but can be worth a small fortune in monetary value when discovered decades later in

Traffic data shows effects of traffic restrictions in south Chiswick 

Image: Fox in the street; photograph Jon Perry

Counting cars again

Guest blog by Michael Robinson In a Chiswick Calendar article back in February I analysed the impact of measures to restrict traffic in the South Chiswick area. Hounslo

Just two more weeks left for the Garden Pavilion restaurant at Chiswick House

One of the unexpected pleasures of this summer has been the Garden Pavilion restaurant in the marquee in the gardens of Chiswick House. Definitely a treat destination rather than your every day, but you certainly feel that you have been treated if you are lucky enough to eat there. Larry Pryce has this review.

Pop Up Paradise

A welcome breath of fresh air after the rigours of lockdo

Episode 63: South African cricket – still haunted by its unacknowledged legacy of white supremacy

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, Arsenal 0

This was no flash in the pan, no riding of luck by new boys of the Premier League. Here we saw the dismantling of one of the most famous teams in football by a side offering a total of less than an hour at this level; a club that arrived a

Man in the Middle 73: Don’t leave me hanging on the telephone

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 obsolesce. 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 b

Mind Matters – Knowing when to give up

Image above: American athlete Simone Biles Coverage of the mental health of Olympians raises the question ‘should you push on through or step back?’ One of the differences about the Tokyo Olympics seems to be the increased focus on mental health. Sports psychology is nothing new but it seems that the decisions of athletes and their behaviours is causing a lot of debate, some

Episode 16: Remembering the 1964 Tokyo Olympics

The Three Old Hacks are old enough to remember the 1964 Olympics, the last time Tokyo hosted the Games. There were fewer events and so the people who won medals stayed in the memory longer, like long jumper Lynn Davies, whose l

Man in the Middle 72: The right to make eccentric decisions

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 obsolence. 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 b

Episode 62: Lonsdale Skinner: a cricket career blighted by racism

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 – Being able to talk about trauma

The word trauma is one that is being increasingly used, understood but also misunderstood. Often there is something really powerful when someone realises that the feelings they are struggling with are those of feeling traumatised. Once identified

Man in the Middle 71: De Pfeffel’s Day of Freedom Just Went Wrong

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 obsolence. 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 b

Record breaking month for house sales

Image above: Five bedroom Victorian terraced house currently on the market with John D Wood & Co Guest blog by Julian Masson The property market for sales in the second quarter of the year was extremely b

Do I need to see a Chiropractor, Osteopath or Physiotherapist?

Guest blog by David Harvey, DC, MChiro This is something all manual therapists will have to answer at some point or another; I have certainly been asked this question a fair few times. I was faced with this question initially when I was in secondary school — during my GCSE years I made the decision to study chiropractic at university. When I told my teacher, she asked

Episode 61: “Caught Eagle bowled Eagle” and other highlights from a political cricket lover

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

Episode 15: Politicians jumping on the bandwagon of football – Twas ever thus

Mihir Bose, David Smith and Nigel Dudley - aka the Three Old Hacks - are old enough to remember 1966 and all that. It comes as no surprise to them therefore that politicians should be falling over themselves to haul themselves

Euro final flop

Image above: Bill Hagerty

Tears before bedtime

In the end, it was tears before bedtime. But what dreams of glory had flourished throughout the country before England’s impressive challenge for the European Championship fizzled out as midnight approached last Sunday. The day it seemed just like that on any other sleepy weekend. Pubs with gardens or terraces in Chiswick

Episode 60: The hidden history of a huge success: women’s cricket in Britain

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