This is really good news, I think, and well done all, especially Fleur Anderson, who lead the appeal for it to reopen:http://www.putneysw15.com/default.asp?section=info&page=conqmhhosp004.htm
Richard Carter ● 10d1 Comments ● 10d
The Savoy, The Strand, London https://flic.kr/p/2jiwN7N
Michael Ixer ● 10d0 Comments ● 10d
Can anyone recommend someone to repoint a small area of brick where the gutter leaked on a bay window?
Katrina Black ● 11d0 Comments ● 11d
From BBC's rolling news:England's NHS Test and Trace service has announced its worst performance figures since late June - with just over 62% per cent of close contacts of people who tested positive for Covid-19 being reached in the week to 7 Octoberhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-54550644Any hope anywhere?
Ivonne Holliday ● 14d5 Comments ● 11d
Human hamsters ... https://flic.kr/p/2jmJjhT
Michael Ixer ● 11d2 Comments ● 11d
LTNs seem to be attracting as much support as opposition. These two articles are from today's Wandsworth Times (both re Lambeth borough not ours, but I imagine the same divergence of views exists here, especially after the failed West Putney/Dover House trial).https://www.wandsworthguardian.co.uk/news/18797768.lambeth-call-scrap-low-traffic-neighbourhoods/https://www.wandsworthguardian.co.uk/news/18797778.lambeth-call-low-traffic-neighbourhoods/The idea is a great one but like all traffic schemes it has to be carefully planned and then residents of affected roads consulted before anything goes ahead. That didn't happen in Wandsworth or Lambeth first time around (not sure about Hammersmith & Fulham) so maybe this is a failure of planning rather than anything else.I hope the council tries again before too long. Money may still be available from central government.
Jonathan Callaway ● 14d5 Comments ● 11d
Don't know if anybody else noticed on the front page of the forum, another mugging on 8th October. This was off Lacy Road, Modder Place, got away with the mans watch. They seem to be targeting this area for some reason and Modder Place is off Quill Lane which is pedestrians only.
Barbara Stevens ● 12d2 Comments ● 12d
Palma di Mallorca. https://flic.kr/p/2jutRYF
Michael Ixer ● 12d0 Comments ● 12d
Reading the story about the tragic night 81 people died off PHS by a bomb during WW2 and the call for a plaque to commemorate the lives lost. In Brewhouse Street on the building on the right hand side going down from what was the Laura Ashley shop (where the Cedar Tree Pub was) there is a plaque commemorating 81 lives lost from a bomb in WW2. Does anyone know if its the same bomb or a different one? a bit of a coincidence if not.
Jill Johnson ● 18d9 Comments ● 12d
Apparently we have tiers now!I couldn't find definitions on the government web page.Is it the old Tier system as defined below?Tier 1: Government, MP's, SPADS do anything you like.Tier 2: Everyone else - do as you are told.
Ed Robinson ● 15d38 Comments ● 12d
https://therestartproject.org/news/repair-day-and-repair-week/Sadly no Restart Parties because of the pandemic but there have been online tutorials.It would be so good if there were more places that we could look for repairers for all the items that we have that aren't working and that we would dearly like help with returning to working condition.Check out what you've missed here:https://therestartproject.org/news/repair-day-and-repair-week/https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/news/october-2020/london-repair-week-repair-reuse-or-donate-unwanted-items/There are loads of videos online from all the different councils and waste authorities and organisations taking part.
Philippa Bond ● 12d0 Comments ● 12d
If there is a Wandsworth Councillor on this site, please please can they arrange for the Wandsworth Park Gate from Deodar Road to be permanently open. Deodar Road is like a motorway for the runners now and they along with cyclists and those of us with dogs have to congregate while waiting for access to the gate and try to pass through without touching it in these days of lockdown and Covid virus - a couple of weeks ago someone actually padlocked the gate open and it made life so much easier for everyone for a while til it was shut again and the padlock removed. So many people have to touch the gate to open it - it must be a health hazard. So please Wandsworth Council for parks please think about the health of those who use the park on a daily basis. Thank you
Caroline Hutchings ● 13d20 Comments ● 12d
A reconstruction of the Zuse Z3, the first electronic computer, at the Berlin Technology museum. Like Colossus it was built using mainly telephone electrical relay switches (not much else available at that time?) but I don't remember anything, mentioned about this computer at the Bletchley Park computing museum - seems, like jet aircraft and nuclear weapons, a lot of parallel research was going on in this area before and during the second world war. The Germans seemed to be using their computers for aerodymnamic modelling, etc rather than code breaking. The original was destroyed by bombing in 1943 but this one was recreated by the son of the Z1 and Z3 designer. (The Z1 was a mechanical digital computer.) https://flic.kr/p/2jve7uB
Michael Ixer ● 13d0 Comments ● 13d
The RIBA have a campaign Retrofit First. We have a lot of old housing stock and a lot of that could do with better insulation but insulation can sometimes cause problems. It would be good to see a lot of solutions from elsewhere in place so that we can be happier allowing random new companies created to take advantage of new Govt grants to work on our homes!https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-the-green-homes-grant-scheme
Philippa Bond ● 16d10 Comments ● 13d
This September was the hottest on record: yet more evidence of the dangers of our current policies. And almost 30% of the greenhise gas, CO2, comes from motorised traffic. It's not just the deadly pollution or the thousands of killed and seriously injured caused by cars but the very real threat to the planet through global heating: all of these mean that reducing our reliance on motor vehicles is absolutely essential. Sadly, there's little sign that either national or local government really grasps this.
Richard Carter ● 22d22 Comments ● 13d
Friday sees the start of the 19th annual Baby Loss Awareness week, when the major baby loss charities (Sands, Tommys, Lullaby Trust and others) come together to raise awareness of the impact of baby loss on the parents and wider family. It’s a sobering and disgraceful fact that in the UK 14 babies are lost every day throughout the year, every year, many of them unnecessarily.So if you notice public buildings lit up Blue and Pink during the week they too are helping to raise awareness. Our own Town hall will be lit up this year to join a whole host of other landmarks and buildings nationwide. Ribbon badges are available.On Thursday 15th at 7pm we are asking people to place a light in their windows to set a wave of light up to our Angels. You may wish to join in to support those families that have suffered loss in this way.Thank you.
Andy Pike ● 23d22 Comments ● 13d
Community Fibre salesmen still have access to our Ashburton Estate via keys - given to them by Wandsworth Council!!Knocking on doors- which when you haven’t given them access to your blockcan be quite daunting!
Lyn Saron ● 17d3 Comments ● 14d
The National Archives, Kew https://flic.kr/p/2jhxx7X
Michael Ixer ● 14d1 Comments ● 14d
The National Archives, Kew https://flic.kr/p/2jhxx7X
Michael Ixer ● 14d0 Comments ● 14d
Published on NextdoorLocal Public ServiceMayor of LondonSadiq Khan • 12 mins agoImportant Coronavirus update. “It is clear that the virus is now spreading rapidly in every part of our city, and hospital and ICU admissions are steadily rising. Time and again it has been shown that it is better to act earlier than to act too late – which would cost more lives and damage more livelihoods. I am not willing to put Londoners’ lives at risk and we must do all we can to minimise economic damage.“That is why, following discussions between me, ministers and our city’s senior health advisers and council leaders, the Government will move London into tier 2 restrictions - alert level high – from the start of Saturday. This will mean Londoners will not be able to mix between different households indoors - which includes in their homes and inside pubs and restaurants. Londoners should also aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible.“There are no good options. I know these further restrictions will require Londoners to make yet more sacrifices, but the disastrous failure of the test, trace and isolate system leaves us with little choice. I am well aware that these restrictions will have a further significant impact on businesses in our city, which is why the Government must come forward with more financial support for affected businesses and local authorities immediately, as well as for vulnerable Londoners struggling to get by.“I still believe that, as SAGE recommended to ministers, the immediate priority should now also be a short national circuit breaker. This would allow us to get the reinfection rate down to a manageable level and give the Government more time finally to get a grip on the failing test and trace system.“But moving London to the next tier of restrictions from Saturday will, we hope, help slow the spread of the virus, take pressure off the NHS and help avert the possibility of a full lockdown lasting months – which would be the worst possible outcome for Londoners and our economy.”
Ivonne Holliday ● 15d0 Comments ● 15d
I've been trying to build up a repertoire of things on toast as a light meal - preferably healthy - and I've tried to move our main meal (not enormous just bigger) to lunchtime so that we can go out for a walk afterwards.There are practical as well as health reasons for this. I'm generally presented with a large loaf of brown bread each week (when we shopped more often we could get a small loaf - bread according to WRAP (www.wrap.org.uk) is one of the foods that is wasted most in the UK) and there's a limit to the amount of space in the freezer for frozen bread). I have also been trying to reduce our own weight and the amount of food we waste for a long time.I'd started on this long before Covid 19 but since I haven't been to the shops since this all started for me it has definitely been Ready Steady Cook for every meal! I think a lot of my cookery offerings are repetitive but my other half is happy so I guess I shouldn't worry too much.Apparently cheese on toast is many people's first choice. My version is cheddar and studded with sliced tomatoes before it goes under the grill. However I have tried to reduce the amount of cheese we eat as it is very fattening and moreish. So I moved to poached eggs on toast as the store-cupboard meal of choice after coming back/before going out to the cinema/meetings etc. We have other favourites as we've increased the range.We've now both lost weight and we've also walked a couple of hundred miles.What are your go-to meals on toast?
Philippa Bond ● 94d32 Comments ● 15d
A fixed penalty charge for illicit barbeques and errant apostrophes? https://flic.kr/p/2jn5PNg
Michael Ixer ● 15d0 Comments ● 15d
Good news for Putney and The Exchange.Sportsdirect are opening in the corner of Putney Exchange mid-November which will be very good for footfall and the Exchange.This news courtesy of our good friend Nick G! Thanks Nick
Victoria Diamond ● 17d9 Comments ● 15d
Some local news. Duck Tours make a bid for ferry service at Hammersmith:http://googlenewspost.com/2020/10/09/duck-boats-could-return-to-the-thames-as-a-ferry-service-while-hammersmith-bridge-is-shut/
Michael Ixer ● 19d14 Comments ● 15d
The track and trace system is malfunctioning as is being frequently reported by everyone not in the government. Someone’s counting the days:-Days since WHO said "test, test, test": 210Days since PM promised world-beating track & trace: 144Days since he promised all test results in 24 hrs: 112Test results in 24 hrs: 25.7%Days when test & trace has done its job: 0Are they just counting the days till a vaccine comes along? Despite much progress that’s still many months away from becoming generally available.
Jonathan Callaway ● 17d12 Comments ● 16d
The Dutch House, Canvey Island https://flic.kr/p/Xxn9eC
Michael Ixer ● 16d0 Comments ● 16d
MPs have rejected the latest attempt to require imported food to meet domestic legal standards from 1 January.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-54506185Unbelievable and very sad news indeed!
Ivonne Holliday ● 17d18 Comments ● 16d
I think not! EU leaders to debate contingencies for failure of UK talkshttps://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-10-13/eu-leaders-to-discuss-contingency-plan-for-failure-of-u-k-talks?srnd=brexit&fbclid=IwAR0zjGVrlgz6H2ohhcAq-7ghDWyatOlMRsk2qDGKAAYYVu2cqhEQrHcTJts
Ivonne Holliday ● 17d8 Comments ● 16d
I was deeply sad to read Nick's last post What an indictment on what this forum has become. Although I have no impact at all on posts, just my general opinions, I will be following Nick's example.
Barbara Shillabeer ● 23d17 Comments ● 17d
Piercing the Moon over the Baptistry, Pisa, 3rd October 2018 https://flic.kr/p/2jNJBVY
Michael Ixer ● 17d2 Comments ● 17d
Here we go again ...🙄Now 12,000 scientists and medics have signed anti-lockdown petitionhttps://mol.im/a/8818993
Sue Hammond ● 22d32 Comments ● 17d
Two years ago Putney Plumbers installed a new Worcester Bosch gas boiler. Work done by a nice young man who had started with them as an apprentice on leaving school. He serviced it last year.A couple of months ago I had a reminder letter about the service and this week got round to booking the appointment. Last night and first thing this morning the house was pleasantly warm. A different heating engineer came at 9am and was here just over half an hour. I asked him to bleed the radiators and he said this wasn't necessary. This evening the bottom of the radiators are stone cold, the top not exactly stone cold, but not even tepid or lukewarm. I am wrapped in my dressing gown.I have just phoned Putney Plumbers who say whatever the problem is it is not related to the service and I will be charged for the visit I have requested to correct the fault. I wonder if anyone who understands these things better than I has any thoughts. I only had the service because I thought this was sensible not because things weren't functioning.
Elizabeth Balsom ● 21d26 Comments ● 17d
Apple AirPods Pro found on Putney Embankment this morning with an engraved name and very distinctive case. Hoping to to return it to its owner?
Charlie Colquhoun ● 18d1 Comments ● 18d
The above repeated recorded message is all I can get as, for over 6 minutes, I listen to the ringing tone while trying to report a dangerous structure to Wandsworth Council Building Control. I also wrote to Councillor Locker on 21 September and, apart from an acknowledgement, have heard nothing more. What can I do to report this and get some action?
Catherine Schade ● 18d1 Comments ● 18d
The Thames from Blackfriars https://flic.kr/p/2jhMARS
Michael Ixer ● 18d0 Comments ● 18d
Noticed they have been repainting today, obviously never got it right the first time. Should have left it as it was with a coloured picture of the Bridge. Now heard they are going to paint White Ghosts and Goulies to get you in the mood for Haloween.
Barbara Stevens ● 18d2 Comments ● 18d
HalloI can recommend Mayfair Heating as absolutely wonderful. Anthony installed our new boiler after our old Potterton Commodore became non-viable after 35 years and has been looking after our new (not quite so new now) boiler and heating for 15plus years and his charges are not excessive and he is knowledgeable, reliable, punctual and nice!!!
carole tanner ● 18d0 Comments ● 18d
Difficult if you want to check if it's going to your destination? I guess it's sort of in line with Grayling's advice to the railways ... no wonder they went off the rails https://flic.kr/p/2jfG1V3
Michael Ixer ● 19d0 Comments ● 19d
As residents all over London have found street signs can change and routes may need to be reorganised. Most of it happened so very quickly that many residents were taken by surprise and were unable to cope. The rush all over the country to make changes in the middle of a pandemic also seemed to cause a shortage of particular roadsigns and also showed that the "Evil Kneivel" one is not understood - or is it that drivers particularly on their routine journeys and perhaps under stress just don't want to understand it?Here is an interesting read: https://inews.co.uk/news/green-cycling-revolution-causing-road-rage-703827Interesting to see that in other parts of London residents have chosen to replace and replant the tipped over and vandalised containers.
Philippa Bond ● 19d0 Comments ● 19d
Sunset over the south downs https://flic.kr/p/2jhC27A
Michael Ixer ● 20d0 Comments ● 20d
There's a very disturbing report from the RAC (see https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-54448476) to the effect that the very dangerous (and of course illegal) use of mobile phones whilst driving is rising and is at its highest level since 2016.Furthermore, the RAC says that younger drivers are more than twice as likely to say they make or receive video calls while driving, and almost one in 10 drivers aged 17-24 say they play games on their phones while doingso. One 24-year-old interviewed admitted that he's happy to use his phone whilst driving, adding that "everyone does it," though he admits that he'd feel guilty if he was on a call and had an accident. A bit late then, though, isn't it? If he's killed someone, his guilt won't bring them back to life.It's time that using mobile whilst driving was treated with as much disdain and concern as drink driving.
Richard Carter ● 21d10 Comments ● 20d
Philippa Bond ● 27d4 Comments ● 21d
I heard American Dry Cleaners is closing on the High Street. Such a shame as always good service any good recommendations for other dry cleaners nearby?
Conor Sherrard ● 21d4 Comments ● 21d
Citroen car keys lost on Danemere St today 9/10/20 around 1pm. If found please call 07768072043
Julian Giliberti ● 21d0 Comments ● 21d
I, like others, have been following the responses to Nick's unfortunate withdrawal from the Forum. I see two main reasons for regret. 1. He stood out as a positive contributor whose knowledge and commitment will be sorely missed. 2. I get the impression that he became fed up with the consistently bad temper exhibited by just a few contributors. I find it sad, but revealing, that one or two of the people in the latter category are now shedding crocodile tears at his departure.
Alexander MacLeod ● 23d39 Comments ● 21d
Just walked along URR and saw a queue of well over 100 people queuing for the medical centre. Having asked what for, apparently, the centre is offering Covid tests.Given Wandsworth has relatively few cases (52 across the whole Borough last week, I believe) are these people being sensible or simply wasting limited resources?
Craig Fordham ● 34d37 Comments ● 21d
Does anyone know of a good local carpenter? I am planning to subdivide a room and I have made arrangements with a company to do electrics and plumbing but I need a carpenter who can build a stud wall and doorways, make good the wooden floor after, and repair holes in a ceiling, also plaster it. Grateful for any recommendations!
Heather Christie ● 44d2 Comments ● 21d
The Telegraph Pole Forest at Yarnsfied Training and Conference Centre. It started life as a Post Office then BT training centre and after passing to Accenture for a while it's now privately owned. Used for some physics and atronomy revision courses arranged by the OU Physics Society. I guess one day when BT Openreach completes its plan to rollout FTTP to all subscribers and decommission the copper PSTN (2030?) there'll be no use for these …https://flic.kr/p/2jfSTo1
Michael Ixer ● 21d0 Comments ● 21d
I,too, was thinking of our Nick as I passed the blue plaque commemorating famous Putney resident and Antarctic explorer Capt. Lawrence Oates on a house on the Upper Richmond Road today. I was wondering whether that particular property attracted a premium because of its association with the brave Captain.My first thought was to get on here and ask Nick - imagine my dismay when I sadly remembered he was no longer with us. Perhaps we should have a whole column dedicated to "sightings" of Nick around Putney rather like the one in The Times about the first Cuckoo every Spring.
Timothy Horgan ● 23d10 Comments ● 21d
Ex-Journalist Allegra Stratton to lead No 10 TV briefingsAllegra Stratton - who has worked for both ITV and the BBC and is Chancellor Rishi Sunak's spokeswoman - will become the government's new press secretary.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-54468229It is also true that she is married to James Forsyth, the political editor of The Spectator, who works alongside the commissioning editor, Mary Wakefield who happens to be married to Dominic Cummings, the Chief Advisor to Boris Johnson.A question of who you know? Really awful!
Ivonne Holliday ● 21d12 Comments ● 21d
Sue, be careful the post that was bottom of New Kings Road, Bunny put a message and hers was removed.
Barbara Stevens ● 21d6 Comments ● 21d
Goodness knows, Wandsworth are pitifully slow at implementing measures against traffic, as the recent debacle over LTNs illustrates, so it's good to see that they are, at last, moving ahead on school streets :https://new.putneysw15.com/#!home|page/shared:common:wandroad007
Richard Carter ● 26d11 Comments ● 21d
Johnson, in his speech yesterday to the virtual Tory party conference, had a go at fools who were critical of wind power "I remember how some people used to sneer at wind power, twenty years ago, and say that it wouldn’t pull the skin off a rice pudding. They forgot the history of this country..."The only problem with that otherwise fine statement is that the fool who claimed in an interview on LBC in 2013 that "Labour put in a load of wind farms that failed to pull the skin off a rice pudding." And that particular fool was ... Boris Johnson!
Richard Carter ● 23d5 Comments ● 22d
Waterfall in Skye https://flic.kr/p/2je78so
Michael Ixer ● 22d3 Comments ● 22d
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000n990This report has been on a couple of times this weekend while I was working. It is happening all over. Have a look.
Philippa Bond ● 25d7 Comments ● 23d
Sienna - when a very wide angle lens would be helpful https://flic.kr/p/2je8vr2 https://flic.kr/p/2je8vr7
Michael Ixer ● 23d0 Comments ● 23d