Here’s a scene that raises one simple question. Why? These new flats on Heath Road, called Twickenham House, have given rise to some comedy paving or perhaps it’s actually modern art, we’re not entirely sure. What seems to have happened is that once upon a time there was a pavement with a line of edging stones next to a building, then some hoardings were put up to allow construction work to take place and then the builders decided to make the line of the hoardings the precise line for the intersection of the old pavement and their attempt at new paving. The result? Something that looks like this…
But is it art?
If that’s the quality of finishing for the outside space we can only hope that they’ve done a better job on the inside. Is it actually finished? We don’t know but we hope Richmond Council’s planning bods are taking a long hard look at it, assuming their eyes can stay focused on it. Paving stones? Paving stoned more like.
new flats with ‘comedy paving’ on Heath Road
You may recall that these are the very same flats where the developers’ boards promised views across Mediterranean rooftops rather than of a suburban railway bridge and a Tesco Express. I suppose we now have to call these things ‘alternative facts’. It’s a funny old world.
Twickenham House on Heath Road
Room with a view… of the Med.
Views across the Med
Top tip: If you forget your PIN there’s no need to lose your rag and take it out on the machine. At around 2.30am on Saturday morning a loud bang rang out along Heath Road in Twickenham. Was it an explosion of some kind? It certainly sounded like one. The result? One mangled cash machine… devoid of cash. The ex-stand-alone cash machine is located on the corner of Heath Road and Heath Gardens, opposite Tesco Express. By the morning, the scene was taped off and police officers were busy looking for evidence in the debris strewn across the pavement and talking to locals who may have seen something.
The incident is similar to one on the morning of August 10th when thieves used propane to blow open a cash machine at an Esso petrol station on Hounslow Road in Hanworth. And there are more examples around of this type of cash machine robbery. Propane, petrol, sensible stuff.
If you have any information that might be of interest to the boys in blue, we’re sure they’d love to hear from you.
Well out of order
Looking for clues…
The former cash machine
If you can’t always remember what’s great about living in Twickenham then spring mornings and spring tides should be near the top of your list. Need some photos to remind you? Here’s four for you then.
Looking up river towards the Heart of Darkness (aka Teddington)
The Thames, early doors, Twick-side
Oh no, you’ve only gone and bloody parked there again.
Arriving at The White Swan in style
There are probably a bunch of other reasons too but we’ll come back to them another time (when we actually remember them).
New flats going up on Heath Road offer the prospect of stunning views. The building, Twickenham House, has images on the hoardings showing the type of accommodation you can expect and we have to say that having a view across Mediterranean rooftops as opposed to the Tesco Express and the railway line will be a very attractive proposition for some.
Views across Tesco and the railway
Views across the Med
Twickenham House on Heath Road
It’s amazing what they can do these days, isn’t it?
The last few days have seen some very high tides in Twickenham complete with the usual array of flooded cars on Embankment. We especially liked this photo from near St Mary’s Church taken by @twickerman and posted on Twitter. Not bad, eh?
Eel Pie Island, High Tide (Feb 2016)
Photo credit: @twickerman
Take care out there… and park wisely!
* Government Flood Warnings Map
* Environment Agency Flood Alerts
It’s the beginning of January and the daffodils are out at Orleans House Gallery. In fact, this lot were already up and blooming before we’d said goodbye to 2015. Perhaps we’re in the middle of ‘the winter that never was’. Whether or not that proves to be the case we wish you all very best wishes for 2016. Happy New Year!
January daffs at OHG
“It’s beginning to sound a lot like Bublé, everywhere you go”. That’s right folks, the Canadian crooner is blocking the airwaves, annoying people (i.e. other people generally) are clogging up the shops and pavements, and it’s wet and cloudy outside, all of which are sure signs that it’s almost Christmas. With that in mind, and also because it’s quick and easy to do, we thought we’d share some Twickmas photos with you. And that really is all there is to it.
Diamond Jubilee Gardens
Festive or what! Any plans for Christmas, etc, etc?
Twickenham’s Church Street showed its solidarity with Paris in the wake of Friday’s terrorist attacks in the French capital. The street is well known for putting out the flags for big rugby matches as well as a host of other occasions and only weeks ago the town welcomed thousands of French rugby fans during the World Cup. Decking out the road with the French tricolor made for a fitting show of support and respect after the horrific events of Friday night.
Church Street, Twickenham