City Living, Local Life: Share Ideas, Start Something New!

What is City Living, Local Life? Launched in September 2011, City Living, Local Life is committed to building stronger connections between people in local areas. It enables residents and community groups to take a lead role in bringing about practical, positive change in their neighbourhoods, with Ward councillors in the…

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Young Creatives at the Roundhouse

I think this is worth crossing the Edgeware Road for. Young Creatives at the Roundhouse – Camden – is an amazing program for anyone aged 11-25 who is interested in a career in music and performance. Kinds of things you can try are a DJ drop in session, an alternative…

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Cosi up for the autumn

Cosi Fan Tutte will be at the 20th Century Theatre early next month. The production is by Opera Lyrica a company set up by director Paola Cuffolo and producer Nicholas Simpson for performers, designers and technicians starting out on their careers. Am sure it will be a wonderful evening and if…

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Back to School of Comedy

Sign your kids (5-16) up to the funniest club in the area and laugh your way to Christmas. The School of Comedy is back from 13th September in the Tabernacle in Notting Hill and the Tabard in Chiswick and somewhere in Barnes you don’t need to know about. An improvisation…

Print Room first season in Coronet

The Print Room has announced its new and inaugural season in new home the Coronet. On the 6th October (my old Dad’s 80th birthday) Notes from the Underground opens to 1st November. A one man show performed by Harry Lloyd, this has been adapted from Dostoyevsky’s original by Harry Lloyd…

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Kensington Mums September dates

Kensington Mums – great network for new mums in the area –  has organised a few events to help get you through the next month as autumn approaches – tho’ obvs praying hard for an Indian summer. * Kensington Mums Fit Club, every Saturday 10.30-11.30am in Kensington. * Beauty Masterclass…

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Kelly’s keys to calm

Positive thinking, week two: we know it makes you live longer (last week’s blog) but how do you actually nurture positivity? The truth is it’s hard. Neuroscience suggests our brains are drawn to negativity: dark thoughts stick to our minds like Velcro, while positive ones are Teflon-coated and slide out…

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Council tax identity theft

RBKC has sent out a warning about a gang conning residents into giving them their personal details under the guise of receiving a ‘council tax adjustment’. This is what the council says: ‘Unsolicited emails and phone calls have been received by residents purporting to be from the RBKC Council Tax section. In…

Pass on a poem

Children of War in Palestine by Indian poet Manash Bhattacharjee 1 The little girl Runs after a butterfly Among the graves 2 Their ghosts play cricket In the ramshackle courtyard After the boys leave 3 Her nose bleeding The girl in her father’s lap Shouts at the world 4 He draws…

Holland Park guidebook and bird ringing

There’s a smart new guide to Holland Park which gives a short history of Holland House and information about the tennis courts, playing field, Ecology Centre and the park services with useful contact numbers and a really good map. Useful for all of us, but also really handy to give…

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Avondale Fun Day

Avondale Fun Day took place on the 28th June 2014. It was a festival of a community celebration of Avondale Park. It had been organised by Clarendon Cross Residents’ Association, in conjunction with ward Cllr Julie Mills and Cllr. David Lindsay for Norland and Cllr. Judith Blakemen, Cllr. Robert Atkinson…

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Car-nival, where to park it

It’s carnival time. You may be far, far away or here to party, but either way you may need to move your car or somehow get it moved. Even if you are near the carnival route it is still a good idea to park somewhere quieter as cars are sometimes…

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Sunday: family day

Some say the start of carnival is the best bit, but you’ll have to set your alarm for sparrows because kick-off is around 6am or 7.30am by the time the energetic show gets to Ladbroke Grove (route on pic). Carnival opens with traditional Trinidadian paint splattering j’ouvert or jouvay, a sort of…

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Kelly’s Keys to Calm

As August draws to a close and school looms, I was reminded of a recent history class in which our ten-year-old was asked what it was about the Ancient Egyptians that meant they could achieve the incredible feat of building the pyramids. Was it the slave system? Some technological innovation?…

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Notting HIll Post Fab Edit

I Love this Frank waxy rucksack by Ally Cappellino. Great for carrying supplies around at Carnival and would see you through a cold, dark winter. Frank is a British waxed cotton rucksack perfect for cyclists, me or busy people carrying lots of stuff. Only problem is Frank costs £280. allycapellino

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Reggae, calypso and steel bands

There will be some great music at this year’s carnival. Scratchylus, Best Reggae Nominee (pic) is just back from a sell-out tour of Jamaica and The Gambia and will be performing his hit single Reset the Mindset, you can hear it here … youtube.com on the the World Music stage. Also, dance radio station Rinse FM…

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Carnival cleanse

If you have missed carnival altogether it’s best to try to delay getting back until Tuesday morning, when the streets have been cleaned and everything has settled down. If you get home and someone has been caught short and the smell of urine is too much to bear, you can…

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Syrian Pop-Up in Kensington

Most Pop-ups surface in the East End but this one is at The Mosaic Rooms in SW5 (Kensington and Chelsea- hooray). Here you will find a pop-up supper club on Thursday 28th August with guest chef and author Anissa Helou. She will be cooking a three course, Syrian inspired meal. The…

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How to do Nordic Noir

Local Notting Hill love Mariella Frostrup will be interviewing cool Swedish Actor Sofia Helin who played the extraordinary Saga Norin in the excellent TV series The Bridge. This hot date is on September 11th from 7-8pm at the Emmanuel Centre in SW1. Tickets are £25 or you can shell out…

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Support Dyslexia Teaching Centre

On September 13th this year a group will be taking on the “3 Peaks Challenge” in aid of the Dyslexia Teaching Centre Trust. They will be attempting to reach the summits of the three highest mountains in the UK: Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in…

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The Print Room moves into the Coronet

The Print Room has now moved into its new home The Coronet on Notting Hill Gate. Exploring this vast building is entertainment indeed and the Print Room team has uncovered unknown areas behind the scenes like the upper gallery in the pic. Watch this space for news on the new…

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Kelly’s keys to calm

Still trying to keep steady post holiday robbery episode. I’ve been reminded of the adage that it is only when our hands are emptied that we can receive something new. So it has proved: the Spanish owner of our holiday house has proved a gem of wisdom and kindness –…

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Book now for 5X15 season

The new season of 5X15 evenings, where five amazing people talk for 15 minutes each while you sit and guzzle a glass of white starts on 22 September. Best to book early as they are really popular. The first one has Will Self ranting, Howard Jacobson on the dystopia of…

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Meet your ancestors

There is a brilliant exhibition about ancient Britain on at the Natural History Museum. It shows how the landscapes have changed, what great, great, great, great uncle Alf looked like (pic), There are life size models and loads of specimens and worth a visit before it ends on 28th September….

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London Freecycle

Get on yer’ bike this weekend and join the Ride London Freecycle. An eight mile loop of roads around central London will be closed for bike enthusiasts to pedal round. It is free to join but you have to register (now). Sponsored by Prudential and on tomorrow 9th August from…