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

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

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

Putting the cheese back in Cheesewick

The Cookbook Kitchen has put in an application to run a cheese market on the third Sunday of each month in Chiswick High Rd, where the Chiswick Flower Market takes place in the Old Market Place outside the police station.

On the trail of Christmas presents in Chiswick

By Barbara Chandler

The prezzie pressure is building up and it’s lovely, safest and most convenient to buy local. No problem here, as Chiswick is five-star for gifts. Over the weekend I did some feisty footwork on your behalf – and came back with a couple of carrier bags myself, which is about par for the course for this type of exercise. I live at the “far end” of the High Ro

A new recruit enjoys her first day out with the RNLI

There is an initiation rite apparently. But it's not as bad as you might think. Chiswick's Lifeboat station relies on volunteers, as does the whole of the RNLI, as they receive no government funding. Georgie Cannock, 18, had her first day out on the river as an RNLI volunteer last week, and they haven't put her off yet.

Will I ever get to travel again?

The experience of this year has had many of us asking that question. We have become used to going online and booking anything from a weekend at an airbnb in Brighton to a safari in the Serengeti and it came as a rude shock to find that all of a sudden we couldn't. John Haycock has spent ma

Urban designers discuss a better future for Turnham Green Terrace

Image above: Turnham Green Terrace

Better streets for the future

Guest blog by Peter Murray There has been a lot of anger in Chiswick in recent weeks about traffic changes in the are

Fireworks: Sound and Fury Across The Pond

Guest blog by Madeleine Royal Madeleine is an American married to an Englishman, who has lived in Chiswick for several years, as well as spending time in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, where she grew up. Image above: Celebrations outside the White House in Washington DC

Thanks, Your Majesty!

Her Majesty the Queen passed through Chiswick last week. The royal cavalcade is not an uncommon sight in Chiswick, but this time the motorcycle outriders and blue flashing lights were to no avail. Reportedly, she sat in traffic like the rest of us. Journalist Julia Langdon chooses to see thi

Stealing Dan & Don review

Images above: Stealing Dan & Don, Steely Dan tribute duo; Steely Dan LP cover for Pretzel Logic

Review of Stealing Dan & Don, Jazz at George IV, Thursday 22 October

by Keith Richards One of the genuine bug-bears of the various Covid restrictions has been the loss of live music so it was such a thrill when it was proclaimed that Jazz at George IV

House sales up 26%

Images above: Julian Masson, Associate Head of Sales, John D Wood & Co; Four bedroom house currently for sale on Wavendon Avenue Over the past few months understandably there has been a lot of speculation and uncertainty surrounding the property market. What I can say is that since returning from the lockdown period, we witnessed a surge in activity levels with a substantial in

Play Scrabble with a friend

Guest blog by Julia Langdon

Nigella has produced a new cookbook. Ali Smith has written and published another novel. Others have written operas and poems and life plans. The creativity of this most extraordinar

Oodles of Poodles at Chiswick Auctions

Images above: Staffordshire poodles from the collection of Mrs Patricia Rose Included in Chiswick Auctions Interiors, Homes and Antiques sale on 30 September is a large private collection of 19th century Staffordshire poodles. They belonged to internationally renowned breeder of Miradel poodles, Mrs Patricia Rose of the miniature Poodle Club of Great Britain. The hist

Trials without juries?

The Coronavirus pandemic has led the Government to consider doing away with jury trials. According to the Times, ‘sources’ suggest the Ministry of Justice in considering bringing in a law when Parliament reconvenes n

What is the future of the Liberal Democrats?

“I can’t live in Hounslow”!

In the July 1 issue of The Times, Hilary Rose wrote that her online house hunting had led her to discover a place called Chiswick in the borough of Hounslow, the mention of which, she said, prompted declarations of horror and peals of laughter from friends. In a thinly veiled request to be sent property particulars, she proceeded to tell readers (presumably assuming Chiswickites don't read The Tim

Street Cat

Guest blog by Julia Langdon

The trouble with most cats is that they are greedy, indolent and utterly egotistical. They demand impatiently to be fed, according to a strict timetable of their own devising, just in order to go and lie down somewhere in cushioned comfort, preferably in the sun. After some languid attention to grooming, the rest of the day can then be spent in a leisurely f

Foreign holidays back on

Under 30s are a car-free zone

Images above: Grove Park Rd in spring; Cameron Kerr By Cameron Kerr Residents are losing their minds over a ‘car-free Chiswick’, but for some under 30s, that’s the norm. In case you missed it: Covid 19 turned TfL’s motto from ‘every journey matters’ to ‘are you sure your journey really matters?’. Because a Boris Bus has become a potential biohazard, the govern

Bedford Park Online Festival

By Torin Douglas When it became clear that the COVID-19 lockdown meant Chiswick’s annual Green Days weekend and Bedford Park Festival could not take place in their usual form, Bridget Osborne and I put our heads together. Surely we could rescue some of it online? The Chiswick Calendar had organised the Photographic Exhibition last year, so that was an obvious starting point - they could pu

Black Lives Matter protest: “I’ve been in turmoil all week”

By Joanna Raikes The peaceful anti-racism protests currently taking place are a controversial issue. I rarely share my opinion like this on social media but felt that, since I posted pics of the protest I attended yesterday, I should explain my position on the matter. There also seems to be a lot of anger towards protesters which I feel is unfair. I'll start by saying that I believe the beha

Radical plans for south Chiswick

By Michael Robinson If you sit and have coffee outside The Coffee Traveller on Thames Rd, you quickly notice how many lorries and large vans there are bumping along the residential road with its small rank of shops, post office, primary school and riverside pubs. Over 70% of traffic entering Hartington Road from the A316 by Chiswick Bridge is driving straight through the area. Sutton Court R

Chiswick Landlords and Tenants Group formed to help businesses

With the summer rent quarter coming up, businesses which have had little or no income for the past ten weeks are wondering how they are going to survive the rest of this year. When we held the public meeting to launch the