So what if it’s silly season and we’re all scrabbling around for local news. That’s just the way it goes dear friends. Here are three things to help you get through mid August.

Never Mind the Bollards!  That certainly seems to be the case for some drivers in Twickenham. We’re talking about the one on the corner of Wharf Lane and King Street designed to stop people cutting across the pavement as they turn left.  It’s become a bit of a problem for some drivers and, whilst we all enjoy a bit of schadenfreude (don’t we?), it might be time for El Brute to do something about it. Bollard ‘strandings’ seem to happen every few months. Still, it makes a change from watching cars get flooded at the riverside.

The culprit

Ouch! Me bollards!   (as pictured in April by Martin Oxley)



The battle scarred bollard, Twickenham

And here’s one pictured recently as seen by @sockslondon.

Talking of trees, which we weren’t, it looks as if the owners of the new Twickenham House site on Heath Road might be interested in removing three large trees at the edge of the property.  The reason? A new report commissioned by a “third party” says they’re not great trees. Boo hoo. They’re currently covered by a tree preservation order (TPO) and El Brute’s planning committee meeting on 16th August will be considering whether to retain or ditch the TPO in the light of this new “report”. Some might speculate as to whether getting rid of the trees is just an early step on the road to developing that shady corner of the site.  It’s just possible we suppose. The Planning Recommendation is, at the moment, to maintain the TPO but if you do have views on the matter then you can try to get in touch with the LBRuT planning committee.


Trees by Twickenham House


And finally, fans of Dick Emery and residents of Laurel Avenue might like this YouTube clip that twickerati follower Rob alerted us to. If you do the Venn diagram for Emery fans and Laurel residents and you’re in the all important zone for “fans of Dick Emery who live in Laurel Avenue” then you’ll be in comedy heaven right now. All we can say is, “Ooh, you are awful, but we like you”.