Friday, 28 November 2008
Thursday, 27 November 2008
Having sat in the car park that is shepherds bush green too many times to ever bother again I’m in two minds over today’s announcement that the Western Extension of the C-Charge is going.
On the one hand Ken imposed it against the manifest majority wishes of west Londoners, revealed by even his biased consultation, which has been a hallmark of TfL. (A strange decision from a man that used to rail against rigged elections when Labour didn’t select him as candidate – against the wishes of most Labour Party members)
But on the other, when do we depart from majority rule in favour of breaking some egg shells in favour of the environment? And when is that justified?
I was in Kathmandu, Nepal, seven weeks ago. The air pollution there has to be experienced to be believed. The air is basically corrupt – so full of grit, smoke and chemicals that you choke. Even if you’re Nepali. And cut the smug feelings guys because at the present rate that’s where we’re headed.
Ken gambled that he could stick two fingers up at West Londoners and paid for it with his job. He now cuts a very sad figure still turning up at City Hall for meetings, as if he can somehow guarantee his election that way next time round. Boris has been politically very clever in doing this early in his term. No-one will remember it come election time. But does that make it right?
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
This is from ShepherdsBushw12.com
We asked Burger King when they would be opening, why they had chosen to open up in Westfield and whether they would be doing anything to ensure litter from takeaway packaging did not become an issue.
A Burger King spokesperson said: “Burger King is the home of the quality burger where customers can choose to ‘Have it 100% Your Way’. We offer customers a wide range of menu options and passionately care about what goes into those menu choices.
Monday, 24 November 2008
Apparently there's liberal use of "pyrotechnics" and "real life scenes" (fake blood) to make it all, well, real.
And when have I been lucky enough to go on it? Yes, thats right, the coldest spell of the year thus far!
Sunday, 23 November 2008
Saturday, 22 November 2008
Anyway this is the website of Hammersmith and Fulham Labour Party and it is pretty poor - months out of date in fact. As you will see from the post about Shepherds Bush tube being out of action.
This is a knife edge borough and they need to scrap for every vote - shouldn't they at least update their own site?! Scrutiny of the Tories follows...
But the publication this week of the BNP's membership list showed us two things. Firstly that their membership is tiny, which most people would see as reassuring. Secondly however, quite a few of them seem to have a W12 postcode, which is perhaps less so.
But should we be worried? The Bush has never to my knowledge experienced race related conflict, of the kind I was hearing about ona recent peacebuilding event I took part in 2 weeks ago in Bradford West Yorkshire. And the only time you ever see big blokes in boots stomping down the road its either 11th November remembrance or Millwall fans on derby day (I still thank the day they were relegated having seen them attempt to tear up Loftus Road and then marched in columns to the tube by riot police down Uxbridge Road)
But what do you think? And have sales of bomber jackets in Shepherd's Bush Market been kept going by these people?
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
They apparently have a cult following but dont make a great deal of money. The Council want to close it down by not renewing the lease and then fill it up permanently. They say that its effectively being subsisdised and is a waste.
Ginglik's owners say that's rubbish and that in the long term their rent outstrips any money H&F might need to spend on the upkeep of the property as a landlord.
With Westfield radically altering the face of Shepherds Bush already I'm inclined to say keep Ginglik. But what about you?
Sunday, 16 November 2008
Thats part of the reason why I love Shepherd's Bush so much. For all its problems, and it has many, it is a world away from what most human beings call life. That's my perspective, and in an area as rich in diversity as W12 there must be so many others.
Saturday, 15 November 2008
This week however the rat catchers have obviously been in - I havent seen a single one!
Monday, 10 November 2008
You would think that a gym membership would be pretty near the top of most people’s lists of things to cut back on as we go into recession. And therefore you might think that gyms themselves would make a little bit more effort to keep their customers.
Not so Fitness First in Shepherd’s Bush. This morning we all trudged in and did our thing only to find that their showers didn’t work. Nobody had thought to tell us this when we arrived.
We all therefore left, to find showers elsewhere, happily sweating into our work clothes and thanking our good fortune to members of this establishment. Just as I left I asked why no-one had told us. The reply – “we’re fixing it now. Have a nice day.”