My Corona – with apologies to Samuel Beckett

During the first lockdown period in March 2020, Keith Richards started writing the My Corona blog for The Chiswick Calendar – a mix of his observations from his daily constitutionals and the quiet enjoyment of his record collection. Since then he has continued to document the every day occurrences of this most peculiar time. “Talking about things that are understandable<

Episode 43: Kashmir – where cricket has become a political statement

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

Man in the Middle Chapter 60 – A Right Royal Valentine

This is the diary of a middle aged man. A man who walks the tightrope between the demands of his Mother, wife and kids when all he wants is more ‘me time’. Post Crash, Post Covid, Post Libido, Past Caring. Ecce homo. Ecce Boomer. Ecce Man in the Middle. If you’d like to begin at the beginning and missed the first instalment, you can read No. 1: The Letter 

Property sales and residential lettings very busy at the start of 2021

Image above: Terraced housing in Chiswick

Guest blog by Julian Masson

The end of 2020 and the start of the New Year brought fresh impetuous to the sales market and despite the Prime Minister’s announcement to enter a third national lockdown on 4 January, buyers were still keen to make the most of the stamp duty holiday. For us, this was demonstrated by the fact that we

Chiswick Reconfined – Lockdown 3: Now is the winter of our discontent

During the first lockdown period in March 2020, Keith Richards started writing the My Corona blog for The Chiswick Calendar – a mix of his observations from his daily constitutionals and the quiet enjoyment of his record collection. Since then he has continued to document the every day occurrences of this most peculiar time. “Thou knowest, winter tames man, woman, and bea

Episode 42: Maurice Turnbull – and other heroes of cricket in Wales

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 8: The Quality of Leadership

Mihir Bose – former BBC Sports Editor, David Smith – Economics Editor of the Sunday Times and political commentator Nigel Dudley have been friends since they first met

Chiswick Reconfined – Lockdown 3: From the Mundane to the Magical

During the first lockdown period in March 2020, Keith Richards started writing the My Corona blog for The Chiswick Calendar – a mix of his observations from his daily constitutionals and the quiet enjoyment of his record collection. Since then he has continued to document the every day occurrences of this most peculiar time. “I intend to live forever, or die trying”

Episode 41: A great historian’s love affair with 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

Man in the Middle – Chapter 59: Hurrah for my free bus pass!

This is the diary of a middle aged man. A man who walks the tightrope between the demands of his Mother, wife and kids when all he wants is more ‘me time’. Post Crash, Post Covid, Post Libido, Past Caring. Ecce homo. Ecce Boomer. Ecce Man in the Middle. If you’d like to begin at the beginning and missed the first instalment, you can read No. 1: The Letter 

Chiswick Reconfined – Lockdown 3: Going Walkabout

During the first lockdown period in March 2020, Keith Richards started writing the My Corona blog for The Chiswick Calendar – a mix of his observations from his daily constitutionals and the quiet enjoyment of his record collection. Since then he has continued to document the every day occurrences of this most peculiar time. “A cold Ravenscourt Park was calling one day T

Fiona Crumley obituary: “a warm, welcoming, knowledgeable and intelligent friend”

Episode 40: Another fast-scoring innings by Mahela Jayawardene

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 7: The inauguration of a new president

Mihir Bose – former BBC Sports Editor, David Smith – Economics Editor of the Sunday Times and political commentator Nigel Dudley have been friends since they first met

Episode 39: The sky is the limit for Alsama Cricket Club, where refugees from Syria get new lives

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 Reconfined – Lockdown 3: #moodweird

The runner’s dilemma – where to run during a pandemic

Twice now, a local runner has made national news after an altercation with a Covid marshal. The first, Mark Meghezzi was fined for spitting when he was running in Ch

Episode 38: What happened to the magic of Sri Lankan 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 6: Assault on the US Capitol

Mihir Bose – former BBC Sports Editor, David Smith – Economics Editor of the Sunday Times and political commentator Nigel Dudley have been friends since they first met

Chiswick Reconfined – Lockdown 3: Thank You NHS

During the first lockdown period in March 2020, Keith Richards started writing the My Corona blog for The Chiswick Calendar – a mix of his observations from his daily constitutionals and the quiet enjoyment of his record collection. Since then he has continued to document the every day occurrences of this most peculiar time. These are the hands That touch us first

Outrage and dismay that British musicians will need visas to tour Europe

Image above: David Juritz playing in concert with the Soloists of London in Lisbon As the details of the post Brexit trade agreement with the EU have become known, after a trade deal was finally struck at the eleventh hour, on 24 December 2020, musicians have realised that they are not part of the deal. They will have to apply for visas to travel in Europe, which adds an extra laye

Episode 37: The United States: Paradise Regained For 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

Julia Fullerton-Batten: Contortion

Image above: Julia Fullerton-Batten
Julia Fullerton-Batten is a worldwide acclaimed and award winning Fine Art photographer who uses photography as a means of story telling. Julia’s use of unusual locations, highly creative settings, street-cast models, accented with cinematic lighting are hallmarks of her very

How to end a perfect year

Our reaction to news of the pandemic, individually, varies from denial and complacency at one end of the spectrum, to anxiety and extreme caution at the other. Julian Worricker, BBC broadcaster and journalist and resident of Chiswick, is at the cautious end. He has psoriatic arthritis and takes the immuno-suppressant drug adalimumab to combat inflammation in the joints. Since March he's been la

Dog or husband? Brexit quandaries

Image above: Angela and Jim at their home near Carcassonne Angela Corden and her husband Jim live part of the year in Chiswick and part in France. Howard, their dog, has an EU pet passport, but in the fevered pre-Christmas days of the EU trade negotiations, the all consuming question was: would Howard have to go into quarantine? What to do?

Guest blog by Angela Corden

Top four categories vaccinated by mid Feb “if things go well”

Image above: Prime Minister Boris Johnson announcing that Britain is re-entering national lockdown Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday 4 January that as we go into the third national lockdown, there is one key difference compared to last year. We now have effective vaccines. He described as a "realistic expectation" that by the midd

The Brexit effect – What it means to be French in England now

We ended our membership of the EU with more of a whimper than a bang in the end and the whole event was overshadowed by the pandemic . It will be a while before we've worked out the effects, but for some residents of Chiswick, coming to terms with the changes is a more urgent task than it is for others. EU nationals living here have until 30 June to register on-line for 'Settled Status'. Refusa