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Village Raw Crowdfunding - a new free magazine for this area

Started Apr 11 0 Replies

A group of local creatives want to start a new free magazine, using your money.The magazine will be called…Continue

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Another W7 bus song - Disembodied Bus Voice

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Debut (and possibly only) single from emerging collective Disappointing Lunchbox. Exploring…Continue

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Don't vote - it only encourages them

Started Apr 9 0 Replies

Apparently the LibDems were campaigning in Crouch End at the weekend. Local elections on May 3rd, don't you know. Apparently a local Labour follower tried to prevent them talking to a passer by.This…Continue

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Labour tells you what to do with it

Started Apr 9 0 Replies

Your postal vote application form, that is.All our political parties have cunning plans to get you in their grips. The LibDems run lots of what they call 'consultations' or 'petitions'. What they…Continue

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Adrian Essex replied to Nick Rider's discussion Fait accompli in visitor parking charges in CPZs
"One is reminded of that famous misquote from "Lives of a Bengal Lancer"  - 'Well, gentlemen? We have ways to make men twalk.' Apparently Haringey are simply following orders. The good news is that I will be…"
Apr 11
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Village Raw Crowdfunding - a new free magazine for this area

A group of local creatives want to start a new free magazine, using your money.The magazine will be called Village Raw . Click on the link to go to their crowdfunding page, where you can watch a video.This might be considered good timing. They plan to launch at the…See More
Apr 11
Adrian Essex replied to Adrian Essex's discussion Do we have a say in what happens in the Town Hall square?
"The Crouch End Festival has published a poster and a note . The poster says “Last year on the Green and Square” which sounds final and very bad news, while website note says “This might be our last Crouch End Festival for a while…"
Apr 10
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Apr 9
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The Lib Dems want you to vote for them

Dear Adrian, In less than a month, Haringey residents will be voting to decide who gets to run our local council. The winning party will set Council Tax rates, manage key local public services and determine how public money is spent for the next four years.Last week we launched our manifesto, which sets out our positive vision on how we would build a better Haringey through six main priorities, giving our borough the fresh start it desperately…See More
Apr 7
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#HTHBadDeal - crowdfunding success - now bring political influence to bear

The HTHCIC crowdfunding campaign has got off to a good start. The initial tranche of cash, needed to seek barristers' opinion, was raised by teatime of the day after launch.Now is our opportunity to bring some political influence to bear.Over the next four weeks our buzzers, bells and knockers will be fingered by bright eyed hopefuls desperate for our votes for the May council elections. We must get the message to them that that the biggest CE issue (among the many challenges to the borough…See More
Apr 6
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#HTHBadDeal - such a bad deal it can be challenged in the courts

A determined group of local people has not given up the fight to prevent the outgoing, discredited and largely now resigned Labour administration from completing its sale of Hornsey Town Hall. The Town Hall is currently a fully functioning, self financing Arts Centre, capable of being so much more than a hotel and a block of flats, owned and profited from by an owner based in the British Virgin Islands.There is a limited amount of time in which a judicial review can be launched, and the first…See More
Apr 5
Adrian Essex replied to Adrian Essex's discussion Do we have a say in what happens in the Town Hall square?
"I asked "Do we have a say in what happens in the Town Hall square?"  Well, it would appear someone does. Did you know that the Crouch End Festival has been holding meetings and coming to agreements about how the Square should be laid…"
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Mar 29
Clive Carter replied to Adrian Essex's discussion Lorry loads of cash for Finsbury Park festivals - whither and in what quantities?
"I attended the final Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting last night that included items of Finsbury Park (annotated video). There—and from the Cabinet Member signing last week on further events in FP—we heard from the Council Cabinet…"
Mar 27
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Lorry loads of cash for Finsbury Park festivals - whither and in what quantities?

The Friends of Finsbury Park are definitely not happy that Haringey uses Finsbury Park for music festivals. Their appeal against the failure of their judicial review against the legality of hiring out the park in this way has not put them off. They are now demanding that all the income form the festivals be spent purely on the upkeep and improvement of…See More
Mar 27
Adrian Essex replied to Adrian Essex's discussion One Bourbon - lease still for sale - #N8shopsunderrepair
"I shared this photo on Facebook. So far it has 93 likes and assorted positive comments. I do hope that they are not disappointed"
Mar 27
N8Princess replied to Adrian Essex's discussion One Bourbon - lease still for sale - #N8shopsunderrepair
Mar 23
N8Princess replied to Adrian Essex's discussion One Bourbon - lease still for sale - #N8shopsunderrepair
"And it is about to reopen as Florians 2. Hooray. I hope they do the two course deal and the amazing sauté potatoes that made Florians 1 such a great place."
Mar 23
Luke Cawley-Harrison replied to Adrian Essex's discussion #HTHBadDeal - 'clearly surprising' or perfectly predictable
"The whole process goes from bad to worse, to completely unfathomable. What an absolute shambles! Based on our dear Labour Councillors already promising the land receipt will go towards more affordable homes off site (before the actual project was…"
Mar 20

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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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