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Middey's - are you as hacked off as I am

Started this discussion. Last reply by Adrian Essex 4 hours ago. 3 Replies

I've submitted a Freedom of Information request about Middey's. Have we, the council tax payers,…Continue

Tags: spiazzo, crouch end kitchen, middeys

Iconic venues closed after overseas owners buy them up

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Hornsey Town Hall is shortly to pass into overseas ownership. It will in all likelihood be owned by a specially created company the sole shareholder of which is Shevlock Ltd, registered in the…Continue

Tags: tax haven, dorsett, far east consortium, ojeu, hornsey town hall

The Housing White Paper in Haringey / Crouch End

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I don't suppose I will ever read the entire white paper “Fixing our broken housing market”, but I have…Continue

Tags: white paper, housing, HDV


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Adrian Essex replied to Adrian Essex's discussion Middey's - are you as hacked off as I am
"Please do try the councillors. I'm not on their Christmas card list."
4 hours ago
Will replied to Adrian Essex's discussion Middey's - are you as hacked off as I am
"Thanks Adrian. I was going to do exactly that myself. Perhaps our councillors could also help? I simply cannot imagine any business would be happy to leave the premise empty for a year if they are actually paying rent on it. Given its prominent…"
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Adrian Essex replied to Adrian Essex's discussion Middey's - are you as hacked off as I am
"I think there may have been a tenant after Spiazzo, but before Middey's called Crouch End Kitchen. Apologies for missing this."
11 hours ago
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Middey's - are you as hacked off as I am

I've submitted a Freedom of Information request about Middey's. Have we, the council tax payers, at least been getting our rent, while the eyesore continues.Dear Haringey Borough Council, I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of…See More
11 hours ago
Adrian Essex replied to Adrian Essex's discussion Celeste - back on the market already
"There is now a planning application to change the use of these premises, which has been granted for 2 years"
Adrian Essex replied to N8Princess's discussion John Lewis contemporary style glass-top desk. Free of charge. Anyone interested?
"That's a lovely looking thing. If it is still available I would be very pleased to own it. 07970705411 to arrange details."
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Labour councillors' monthly update

Here is the latest update from our Labour Councillors. Yes, despite your votes, all three of them are now Labour.Just a few interesting points.I don't think anything has been secured. I reckon both sides of the latest agreement could walk away if…See More
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Feb 11
Adrian Essex replied to Adrian Essex's discussion Queen of Tarts - an art installation based on tabloid ephemera
"It looks a lot better now, with clean white tiles and a croissant door handle."
Feb 8
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Celeste - back on the market already

Celeste has not long opened (less than a year) but I've just received an email circular with an advertisement for Celeste's premises and fittings.  If you are interested the rent is £24,000 p.a. but there is a hefty premium of £65,000. I haven't looked up the rates.  The agent has included this picture of the basement, which I suspect is unusable.…See More
Feb 8
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Cllr Strickland undertakes some cleansing on Haringey's Council Estates

(Left to right) Homes for Haringey's Andrew Billany and Cllr Alan Strickland with a member of the new mobile estates sweep team:See More
Feb 2
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Jan 27
Adrian Essex replied to Adrian Essex's discussion Miss Information - a Hornsey Town Hall beauty parade
"I have just had the answer to my FoI regarding Income from Hornsey Town Hall. I've done some quick arithmetic which is on the image below. Suggests that never, in any year, has the cost of owning Hornsey Town Hall been 250 grand,even without…"
Jan 25
Betty M replied to Adrian Essex's discussion An old favourite raises its head - Controlled Parking Zones
"Actually your first point isn't true. Before CEA started those of us who were on the border of the Islington CPZ were plagued by people who could no longer park in Stroud Green before they walked or took the bus to Finsbury Park. I still see…"
Jan 25
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HDV and the Mayor of London

The Haringey Development Vehicle continues to get coverage in the Guardian. A broadside against the vehicle from Aditya Chakrabortty  (lives torn apart), gets support from the LibDems (incredibly risky), and stiff opposition from…See More
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To boldly go . . .

Posted on September 1, 2016 at 19:00 0 Comments

 . . where few my age have gone before. 

Every so often something happens in my life which inspires me. Last weekend such a thing happened. I took part in, and did tolerably well at, an icosathlon (from the Greek icos = 20, athlon = contest). Like decathlon, you know, Daley Thompson in the Olympics, all those years ago,  only this is 20 events. Unfortunately for the world what this inspires me to is vanity and dire prose.

So what has inspired me.

1) Camarederie - two…


Medical Matters - optimism , pessimism and David Cameron

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 13:48 0 Comments

This is a blog, and since one of the things I know well and care about a lot is me, I feel entitled to write on the subject. Perhaps my researches might help someone else.

But, to start with a digression, (and a co-ordinating conjunction), I don't share David Cameron's taste for seven day a week General…


I went to a funeral

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 15:21 0 Comments

I tried volunteering as a hobby about three years ago. I'm really not very good at it, the main problem being that a volunteer such as I has to strike a balance between doing what is asked of him, and his desire to more good than is currently being achieved. I am in the fortunate position of knowing more about most things than most people, which obviously enables me to offer enormously useful advice in almost every circumstance in which I find myself, indeed to propose changes to the way…


Chive flower tempura - food from my garden

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 9:05 0 Comments

The garden is looking pretty good at the moment - I like my garden overcrowded and full of stuff. The nettles are doing well  - their purpose is to attract butterflies, but it hasn't happened yet. The apple tree has a lot of tiny apples waiting to grow - the June drop should be a big one. Not sure if I have the patience to follow the RHS advice to thin by hand! The pond is looking very full and clear, now that I have…


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At 13:55 on November 3, 2011, Eugene said…
OK Adrian, in future I'll use the Forum, just feeling my way around.
At 14:35 on March 25, 2011, CrouchEnd Cupcake said…
I think this is a good welcome.  I can't think of anything obvious it needs or doesn't need at the moment.  The terms of service are clear and reasonable too - was that on before or is it a new addition?
At 15:19 on March 19, 2011, Richard Mckeever said…



Hi - next week a couple of members of Bowes and Bounds are meeting up in the Gate Pub with one or two from Harringay Online to have an informal chat about traffic and road planning stuff across the boroufg (yeah geeky I know!) You and/or any trafic enthusiasts fron OpioionN8 would be very welcome to join us. Info here http://www.bowesandbounds.org/events/harringey-borough-traffic-and



At 8:56 on February 12, 2011, Richard Mckeever said…

Thanks Adrian

Our logo was designed for free by a local graphic designer/ book cover artist.

I get a suprising amount of traffic from a one line entry on Wikipedia. We were fortunate to be able to build on some existing community infrastructure when we set up at the end of last summer - the community association circulated info via both e-mail and printed newsletters which helped ... but sign-ups do seem to have stalled.


I do a weekly update (via broadcast message) which seems to generate a bit of a flurry of activity.But I am keen to recruit more members.

I do like the N8 related puns for your sections - very smart idea.

If you fancy meeting up for a coffee (or a beer) sometime to chat about Hyperlocal Websites etc let me know


Good Luck


At 12:07 on November 30, 2010, Caroline Essex said…
I have disagreed with you!

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