Twickerati

News, comment & ill-informed opinion for the Twickerati of Twickenham

Your Twickenham News & Views

Got something to say about Twickenham, a local event to promote, an opinion to air or a question to ask? Do it here. Yes, you heard us, do it here. Just post it as a comment below and that’s it.  Yes, it really is that simple unless you post a ridiculous sales pitch or do a party political broadcast in which case we’ll trash it. It’s a page for your Twickenham news & community views. Scroll to the very bottom of the page (or do ctrl end) to find the “Add Comment” box for new items. For the best ones, we’ll tweet links back to your post to help spread the word.

(And if you’re looking for the very old thread, after over 300 comments we’ve put it out to pasture but you can still find it here.)

780 thoughts on “Your Twickenham News & Views

  1. Richmond Film Society’s 55th Season continues on Tuesday, 14 November with the screening of ‘Tangerines’ an Estonian-Georgian film directed by Zaza Urushadze. This powerful, multiple-award-winning drama was nominated for Best Foreign Language film at the Oscars and at the Golden Globes.

    In 1992 Abkhazians are fighting to break free from Georgia. In an ethnically Estonian village Ivo and Margus have stayed behind to harvest the tangerine crop. Two wounded men from opposite sides are left at Ivo’s door, and he is forced to take them in…

    *** Please note that this film will be preceded by the RFS AGM which will commence at 8.00pm. It is anticipated that the film will commence at approximately 8.30pm ***

    “Ivo, a taciturn grandfather with a straight back and a silver beard, makes wooden crates in his workshop. He hopes to make enough to contain the harvest from his neighbor Margus’s tangerine grove. The two men are among the last Estonians remaining in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia during the 1992 war in the Abkhazia region.

    That remote conflict — part of a flurry of ethnic and regional wars in the immediate post-Soviet era — is the setting of Zaza Urushadze’s “Tangerines,” a humanist fable that was among this year’s nominees for the best foreign-language film Oscar. The mountain valley where Ivo (Lembit Ulfsak) and Margus (Elmo Nüganen) live seems quiet enough, a place of rural rhythms and ancient routines. (Their families returned to Estonia when the fighting started). But the tranquillity is disrupted by a skirmish between Georgian soldiers and Chechen mercenaries fighting for the Russian-backed Abkhazian separatists.

    There are two survivors, one from each side, both wounded and both reluctant beneficiaries of Ivo’s hospitality. Ahmed (Giorgi Nakhashidze), the Chechen, has the milder injury and the hotter temper. He swears that he will kill Niko (Mikheil Meskhi), the Georgian, as soon as he can, but promises Ivo that he won’t do it under the old man’s roof. A tense period of convalescence follows, during which Niko and Ahmed glare at each other over cups of tea, Margus frets about the state of his fruit and Ivo sternly tells everyone to calm down.

    The audience, meanwhile, has time to meditate on the stupidity of war and the nature of honour. The film, beautifully shot and cleanly edited, has the economy of a short story, unfolding in a mood of slightly sentimental masculine stoicism. There are no women to be seen — a photograph of Ivo’s granddaughter is the only female presence — and occasionally some more fighting men show up, to increase the tension and underscore the themes.

    “Tangerines” is a modest film, sure of its proportions and clear about its intentions. The key to its effectiveness lies with the actors, in particular Mr. Ulfsak, who radiates wry, weary wisdom and Mr. Nakhashidze, who is as charismatic and menacing as a mastiff at rest. The friendship that develops between Ivo and Ahmed is touching and credible, and seems like a small mercy in the midst of cruelty and hatred.”
    O. Scott, New York Times

    All are very welcome. Admission is free to RFS Members. Tickets on the door for non-members are only £6 (students £4).

    Films are shown on alternate Tuesdays on a state-of-the-art screen in the Pete Postlethwaite Picture House (Room G5) at St Mary’s University, Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, TW1 4SX.

    Please come along and join us.

    Best regards
    RFS

    1. I belong to ‘Force’ a local community group who meet to clear up our stretch of the Crane river..WE always need more volunteers. I also daily pick up litter and other peoples dog mess when I walk my dogs..If more people had a social conscience about our environment perhaps the stretch of river you are talking about would not be such a mess… There are other groups too who care about the river..and they need more members too .. everyone can join

    2. Unfortunately there is a bit of land housing an electricity sub station, this and portable rugby loos including all the litter thrown in by passing pedestrians is a private fenced in patch of ground. Additionally the sorry mess of Heatham House bordering the river and overgrown foliage/tree is not within the public domain but require maintenance. The river bridge itself could be beautified.

    3. Well how about looking at what you personally could do to help resolve this issue ?
      ie: Clear up your local space your good self.or with friends ,,,,,
      .Engage with groups that would help you and help to create and keep clear yet another great local asset.. or continue to complain. from your comfortable chair like so many
      Twickenham residents do …

  2. This is a wonderful park and it is great to see an event based on its historical merits. I am an everyday person who looks at and values the Crane rivers contribution to our natural environment we must support it & Thank You to all who work for this

  3. 11th November-Free Family Event at Crane Park Island – Explosive History.An event to commemorate the work of the Hounslow Gunpowder Mills during the First World War.
    Meet George the gunpowder maker and go on a guided walk with him to learn about the site
    Find out about WW1 herbal remedies
    Make willow lanterns
    Try WW1 themed cafe with bully beef and good strong tea
    All free 2.30-6.30 at the Shot Tower Crane Park.

    1. I stumbled on this yesterday, really good to see the shot tower thriving and full of life, and adding encounters with History to the fantastic chance it has always offered to teach and inspire our children about wildlife. To Twickerati who don’t like to venture over the A316 you really should……

  4. Richmond Film Society’s 55th Season continues at 8.00pm on Tuesday, 31 October with the screening of ‘Chevalier’ directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari. This comedy drama won the best film category at the London Film Festival in 2015. The jury statement reads:

    “Chevalier is a study of male antagonism seen through the eyes of a brave and original film maker. With great formal rigour and irresistible wit, Athina Rachel Tsangari has managed to make a film that is both a hilarious comedy and a deeply disturbing statement on the condition of western humanity.”

    “Promoted as “the buddy movie without the buddies” Athina Rachel Tsangari’s third feature outing as director finds six men on a fishing trip on the Aegean Sea in a luxury yacht.

    Friction develops when the men play a game in which one player thinks of a person and the others have to ask metaphorical questions – such as what type of animal that person would be – in order to identify the individual in question. As an alternative one of the guests suggests playing Chevalier.

    In Chevalier the players set up tasks for all participants to perform and whoever wins the most rounds wins a Chevalier signet ring. However, for one of the men on board this is not enough. They must compete for who is the “best man” in general. All onboard immediately set about judging each other’s actions and abilities in competitive and mundane tasks with uncomfortably funny and increasingly absurd darkly comic consequences.” – David Mahoney

    All are very welcome. Admission is free to RFS Members. Tickets on the door for non-members are only £6 (students £4).

    If you would like to become a member (or renew your membership), you can join on the night before the film, but please arrive no later than 7.45pm so that we can complete the administration before the film begins. Membership is £60 for the season of 15 films (full time students £35).

    Films are shown on alternate Tuesdays on a state-of-the-art screen in the Pete Postlethwaite Picture House (Room G5) at St Mary’s University, Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, TW1 4SX.

    Please come along and join us.

    Best regards

    RFS

  5. Diwali started this week on Wednesday 18th Oct and runs for five days until Sunday 22nd October. It is a celebration of Light over Darkness ; Truth over Falsehood ; and Love and Gratitude for all Life. River Crane Sanctuary supporters are raising awareness of the wealth of wildlife along the River Crane Corridor from Kneller Gardens to the Shot Tower and asking local walkers and neighbours to help protect this important space from developers by recording what they see along the route and posting it onto the GIGL database:Record What Where When and Who sees it on:
    http://www.gigl.org.uk/recording-spreadsheet/ Some species are now on the Red List which says they are globally threatened: Bats,Hedgehogs,Red Admiral and Comma Butterflies,Stag Beetles. Please see our flickr album on River Crane Sanctuary Home Page for new photos of Windsong in the Trees and Sparrows in the Hedges. Just because you do not see a nest does not mean it is not there!
    http://www.voice.org.uk/rcs/
    Thanks to all Nature Lovers for taking time to stop and stare and hopefully also take Action!

  6. Richmond Film Society – 8.00pm Tuesday 17th October screening of ‘The Salesman’
    Richmond Film Society – 8.00pm Tuesday 17th October screening of ‘The Salesman’

    Richmond Film Society’s 55th Season continues at 8.00pm on Tuesday, 17 October with the screening of ‘The Salesman’, Asghar Farhadi’s absorbing psychological drama and winner of the 2017 Foreign Language Oscar.

    A schoolteacher, Emad, and his wife Rana are playing the unhappy salesman Willy Loman and his wife in Arthur Miller’s ‘The Death of a Salesman’ (the play to which the title alludes), when they are forced to leave their flat in Tehran because of structural problems. They are more than happy to take up the offer of an empty apartment from a fellow cast member but, unfortunately for them, it transpires that the previous tenant had regularly entertained numerous male clients there. When one of them visits the apartment and finds Rana alone, it results in a traumatic event.

    A decision is made not to involve the police but Emad, consumed by righteous indignation and aggrieved male pride, embarks upon a relentless and obsessive pursuit of the perpetrator, notwithstanding his wife’s traumatised objections. Farhadi’s film, set against the backcloth of Iranian middle-class marriage and society, examines the corrosive effect of this incident on the couple’s relationship and their conflicting responses to it.

    Benefitting from powerful and naturalistic performances from the leads, the film is shot in the director’s familiar realist style, whilst his carefully crafted script gradually provides a nuanced view of the characters and their motivations as events unfold. ‘The Salesman’ is the fourth of Asghar Farhadi’s films screened at RFS in the last five years following ‘About Ely’ (2009), the Oscar-winning ‘A Separation’ (2011) and ‘The Past’ (2013).

    ‘The Salesman’ garnered multiple awards worldwide, including Best Actor and Best Screenplay at Cannes, and it went on to win Farhadi his (and Iran’s) second Foreign Language Oscar in February 2017.

    All are very welcome. Admission is free to RFS Members. Tickets on the door for non-members are only £6 (students £4).

    If you would like to become a member (or renew your membership), you can join on the night before the film, but please arrive no later than 7.45pm so that we can complete the administration before the film begins. Membership is £60 for the season (full time students £35).

    Films are shown on alternate Tuesdays on a state-of-the-art screen in the Pete Postlethwaite Picture House (Room G5) at St Mary’s University, Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, TW1 4SX.

    For further information, please email us at richmondfilmsociety@btinternet.com or visit our website at http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk

    Please come along and join us.

  7. FILM SCREENING WITH DIRECTOR Q&A

    When: Tuesday 17th October

    Time: Doors 6.30 Screening 7.30

    Where: St James’ Church, Hampton Hill,

    SPEAR, the local charity helping individuals suffering homelessness will host a screening of Daisy May Hudson’s acclaimed documentary, Half Way. Documenting her own family’s experiences with homelessness the film offers a fascinating and personal insight.

    Daisy, herself, will join us at the event for a director’s Q&A after the screening, chaired by film maker, Morag Livingstone.

    Admission for this screening will be just £8.

    There will be complimentary Ben & Jerry’s ice creams for guests plus soft drinks and hot food available to buy.

    For more details see here bit.ly/SPEARfilm17 and to book tickets from Eventbrite see http://bit.ly/SPEARhalfway

  8. Fireworks Night
    St James’s Primary School, Wellesley Rd, Twickenham
    Friday, Nov 3rd
    Join us to see the night sky illuminated by a dazzling display of firecrackers, fountains, rockets and comets from the folks that staged the Olympics fireworks.

    For your delectation will be a gastronomic feast of gourmet hot dogs, sourdough pizzas, posh burgers from local providers Dough & Deer, The Flying Frenchman and Heena’s Kitchen. Hot drinks and cakes will be provided by The Wacka Wagon Co. while Sweet Dreams of Surrey will keep the kids happy as the adults head to the bar. Finally a stunning array of glow-in-the dark accessories will be available for purchase to adorn big and little kids alike.

    Advance tickets £6 each / £22 family ticket
    On the gate £7 / £24
    Doors open at 6pm. Tickets available at http://www.stjamespfa.co.uk

  9. TALES FROM CONCRETE JUNGLES
    an evening with David Lindo, aka The Urban Birder, in aid of the Environment Trust
    Sat, 14th October, starts 7.30 pm, at the Duke Street Church, Richmond, TW9 1DH
    Tickets only £11. BOOK YOURS NOW!
    https://environmenttrust.co.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=179

    Have you ever wondered what prompts people to take up field-glasses and rise at dawn? Birders and non-birders will enjoy this dynamic and inspirational talk by David Lindo (a.k.a. The Urban Birder) about his adventures in urban settings and the fascinating – and sometimes surprising – wildlife he discovered there. You will be amazed, intrigued, and laugh out loud at David’s incredible tales. Expect to leave feeling inspired to grab a pair of binoculars, rush to the nearest bit of open sky and “look up”! Not to be missed.

    David Lindo is The Urban Birder – broadcaster, writer, speaker and tour leader. His mission is to engage city folk around the world with the plentiful urban nature that surrounds them. He is a regular television and radio presenter and has been featured on the BBC’s The One Show, Radio 4’s Open Country, ITV and Channel 4. David is currently a judge on the Observer’s Ethical Awards and was recently named as the 7th most influential person in wildlife by BBC Wildlife Magazine.
    Website: http://www.theurbanbirderworld.com

    This is a fundraising event on behalf of the Environment Trust, a small charity based in East Twickenham, and will enable us to continue our nature conservation work in Hounslow, Richmond and Kingston.

    David’s books (The Urban Birder, Tales from Concrete Jungles: Urban Birding Around the World, The Urban Birder’s City Guide) will be on sale, so pick up a copy and get it signed!

    EVENT INFO & TICKETS
    https://environmenttrust.co.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=179

Add a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: