With Twickenham Stadium about to host two nights with one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, we managed to catch sight of Lady Gaga herself in a Twickenham shop. So what if Angelina Jolie was spotted buying flowers in St Margarets? Pah! We got Gaga!
Wow! She’s really been getting about hasn’t she. Here she is again, expressing herself through the medium of cake, at Sweetie Pies in Church Street.
Lady Gaga at Sweetie Pies
We don’t specialise in positivity here at twickerati HQ. Yes, we do do it from time to time but it’s not our USP. That’s what other local websites are for. But… we have to say that we’ve been more than marginally impressed with the flowers on display in Twickenham town centre over the summer. The hanging baskets, the pots, the planters and even the tubs on the trolley outside Sandy’s Fishmongers – all great. Church Street (which picked up a gong for its troubles) is looking particularly impressive as are some of the local pubs, especially The Eel Pie, The White Swan, The Cabbage Patch and The George. Thanks to all those local businesses, residents and Richmond Council types who helped make it happen. As Young Mr Grace would have so eloquently put it, “You’ve all done very well.”
Some not very good photos:
The Eel Pie, Church Street
The Eel Pie
Church Street again
The White Swan
* Church Street award from Richmond in Bloom
* LBRuT press release
Recognise this? Is that distant turret part of some forgotten castle in the heart of Twickenham? Is it the home of a reclusive, mad millionaire not seen since 1993? Nah! It’s Twickenham Yacht Club taken from York House Gardens and as snapped by @gavinwheeler. We kind of like it.
Pah! What’s Pisa got that Twickenham hasn’t? Not a lot, that’s what. Stunning architecture and a leaning tower? Easy! We’ve got ‘em both… in Radnor Gardens. Where? There!
Next up on our Italian comparisons thread: why England are better at football than Italy.
Welcome to Twickenham where you might not be able to find your way around but at least you’ll know where to put your recycling. We’re just so green here!
It can’t have escaped your attention that there’s a bit of an election coming up this week. On the May 3rd to be precise. And it’s not just any election, we’re talking here about a London election. It’s your chance to decide who should be the next Mayor of this great city of ours, gawd luv it. Should it be the bumbling blond bombshell who’s made a career from “being Boris” or should it be Ken, the “professional maverick politician” who’s manner frequently seems less maverick and more “lecturer in politics at a suburban sixth form college in 1989”. There are other candidates standing but it’s essentially a two horse race… although unlike Boris and Ken there are no recorded incidents of horses squaring up to each other in office lifts over their tax arrangements.
In addition to the Mayoral election you also get to complete two, yes two, ballot papers for London Assembly members. The London Assembly is a bit like a TV show presented by Nick Knowles. You’re aware that it does exist, you’re just not quite sure why. Apologies, that’s harsh. The London Assembly has an important role in holding the Mayor to account, championing the causes and concerns of Londoners and in ensuring certain policy areas get a proper London-wide approach rather than being left solely to the 32 Boroughs. A kind of GLC-lite for those with long memories. On Thursday you’ll get to vote for your constituency representative for south west London. Currently it’s Tony Arbour (Conservative) and he’ll be standing again, trying to fend off the challenges of the other parties represented by Munira Wilson (Lib Dem), Lisa Homan (Labour), Daniel Goldsmith (Green) and Jeffery Bolter (choice party or summat like that). In addition to your constituency member you get to vote for London-wide members. As you’d expect this features all your favourite parties, a couple of independents and a few groups banging on about putting something or other first (England, London, marriage, etc).
Sometimes this whole Mayor thing can seem a bit remote from life in London’s premier suburb, after all, there are no Boris Bikes and no Congestion Charge around here and nor is there much cash coming our way from the Mayor’s Outer London Fund. Yes LBRuT secured some money in the first round but then got nothing from the funding awarded in January 2012. Thanks for that. However, even though some of the priorities for London can seem less pressing in the leafy and (relatively) affluent streets of Twickenham than elsewhere, issues such as affordable housing, jobs, transport and crime are still relevant here. We’re still part of London, after all. Happy voting. What will Twickenham decide?
* London Elects
Sometimes in life you have to make sacrifices. This ageing Twickenham snowman just made the ultimate sacrifice…. for love. (Also looks a bit like a rather pale ET if we’re honest)
This saga is resurrected from December 2010 but as you can see nothing much has changed since then, apart from the approval of the station plans, of course!
IT’S THE TALE OF DICK TWICKINGTON
Narrator: Once upon a time in the County of Middlesex there was a small town called Twickenham. And in that sleepy place there lived a young man by the name of Dick Twickington. Dick was a fine, ambitious fellow but, due to the outrageous cost starter cottages in the area, he still lived with his dear old mother and father in their humble, ivy clad dwelling. One misty morning, Dick stood upright and decided to change his life forever…