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Stroud Green Residents Association newsletter

 

Stroud Green Residents Association has published its Summer newsletter:

 

SGRA%2012%20Summer%2011.pdf

Added by Clive Carter on July 20, 2011 at 14:40 — 2 Comments

Forum Ownership

I've stopped a couple of times lately to think about the ownership of a forum.

By writing this I am admitting ownership.

The first time was when a correspondent asked me if I was the owner of OpinioN8 and went on to ask "Do you think a photo of the owners with their biography and motivation, to welcome new members like me, so we know who we're dealing with and why, is mandatory?"

The second time was when I attended a …

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Added by Adrian Essex on July 9, 2011 at 23:13 — No Comments

Summer goes with a Swing

Ah June, not so much busting out all over but forcing us to run for cover.  We seem to have spent a lot of time indoors this month, snapping our fingers at raindrops and hoping that the roof wouldn’t spring any more leaks.  The May Gala to celebrate Spring Bank holiday in Stationer’s Park was a little damp towards the end but the children very much enjoyed painting a tipi and making hand decorated wings.  There were jams, chutneys and a colourful assortment of knitted items for sale and…

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Added by CrouchEnd Cupcake on July 7, 2011 at 11:00 — 3 Comments

Board Rigid

MANY will be aware of the long-term issues at our major Charitable Trust nearby. The problems of the un-reformed council committee known as Alexandra Palace "Trust Board" may be summarised thus:

 

  • Lack of continuity and long-term vision
  • High turnover of chair and Board members
  • Highly politicised…
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Added by Clive Carter on July 6, 2011 at 8:00 — No Comments

Parliamentary Select Committee on effects of the Gambling Act (2005)

PLEASE note that if anyone wants to make submissions to this Inquiry, they need to do so by this Thursday.

More information here.

Added by Clive Carter on June 27, 2011 at 20:10 — 1 Comment

Mid life crisis continued

I am now the proud owner of  a Honda CBF125. An earlier blog sets out how I come to be a motor bike owner. Not only am I a proud owner but I have also thoroughly enjoyed the process of acquiring the bike.…

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Added by Adrian Essex on June 23, 2011 at 0:00 — 2 Comments

STALL4ALL – an opportunity for local growers, makers and producers!

 

STALL4ALL – an opportunity for local growers, makers and producers!



If you  have surplus fruit or veg from your allotment/garden, produce small quantities of food at home - pots of jam, cakes etc. or are a local producer of  arts and crafts, read on!   From June 30th, you’ll be able to sell these direct to the public on the Thornton's Budgens Stall4All outside both stores in Belsize Park and Crouch End!

Thornton’s Budgen’s, in collaboration…

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Added by Anna on June 21, 2011 at 11:24 — No Comments

The Pig Face Scares Me....

....it does though.

I set my avatar as Betty Blue Eyes (animatronic pig) just because....she's my current wallpaper on twitter (because I've shot her and seen the show and I love her!) and also because the default avatar is a pig face. But it's (the default) a scary pig face - it is A Very Sinister Pig.

 

Please could either of the following happen...?

 

1. the default is changed to something less disturbing

or

2. everyone on here changes…

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Added by CalamityJane65 on June 5, 2011 at 22:39 — 4 Comments

The Portable Bookshop

the portable Bookshop is a pop up bookshop that can be set up in venues around Crouch End and provide all the things a proper bookshop can....it is a project done in conjunction with the Big Green Bookshop, myself and the Unlibraryour regular venues are so far.... Devonshire House pub, wednesdays 2-9pmBudgens, thursdays 11am-6pm

Added by Robin Stevenson on May 19, 2011 at 9:29 — No Comments

Winners or losers - right or wrong - a sense of perspective

What is right and what is wrong depends a lot on your vantage point, as in the cliche "one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter". A couple of things have cropped up this weekend to…

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Added by Mac Heath on May 17, 2011 at 0:23 — 3 Comments

A busy Spring with Art, Elderflowers and Pop Up Shops

We’ve had a busy few weeks in the Cupcake household and have seen the season change from wintery gloom to almost full on summer.  The blossoming days of Haringey in bloom were magical and we enjoyed walking round N8 with cherry petals in our hair like wedding confetti.  We’ve seen and celebrated the royal wedding, witnessed the crops of purple bags appearing in Crouch End with the arrival of Veolia, the new council waste management team and watched forlornly as the iconic fort was dismantled…

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Added by CrouchEnd Cupcake on May 11, 2011 at 10:30 — 2 Comments

Mid life crisis? CBT / Harley Davidson

No it can't be that, I'm past middle life, into my 60s fast approaching adolescence. So I went last week to my Compulsory Basic Motor Cycle Training, provided by courtesy of Haringey Council Tax Payers to make the roads safer. Slightly perverse logic that gets me out on the road on a motor bike to make the roads safer! Still, I thoroughly enjoyed the training. At my time of life new skills are trickier to pick up than when younger, though…

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Added by Adrian Essex on April 30, 2011 at 12:36 — 6 Comments

...nate; being a Useful Resource for OpinioN8

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Added by Clive Carter on April 20, 2011 at 21:30 — 1 Comment

More Words

A few weeks ago I had a bit of a go at carelessness in writing, and at the deliberate misuse of words to create the illusion of something that actually was not true.

Today its a similar set of themes, but relates to the misuse of language in a way that prevents us thinking accurately. All of these have cropped up repeatedly in recent days. 

I was pleased to note that Haringey has put up CPZ signs …

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Added by Adrian Essex on April 16, 2011 at 0:00 — 2 Comments

Alexandra Palace BBC Studios: future world heritage site?

THAT the Alexandra Park & Palace Trust Board, with support from London Borough of Haringey, should apply for UNESCO World Heritage Site recognition for the South-East wing of Alexandra Palace. To include the BBC television studios, control rooms,dressing & transmitter rooms,telecine area,tower offices & transmission tower…

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Added by Clive Carter on April 11, 2011 at 9:30 — 5 Comments

Cupcake Crusader

Fantastic on Vanessa you're getting across an issue that effects all boroughs and its disgusting well done for taking on this Crusade

Added by Jill Ansell on April 8, 2011 at 11:44 — 1 Comment

Take a Walk on the Wild side...

...and shop in Wood Green for a change. 

According to Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management “A necessary qualification for a housekeeper is, that she should thoroughly understand accounts” 

My housekeeper has a limited grasp on such matters and regularly fritters away the housekeeping on baubles and balloons.  I’m taking her in hand and trying to educate her in the art of thrift.

Monday was my fortnightly foray into Wood Green.  I have…

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Added by CrouchEnd Cupcake on April 6, 2011 at 8:30 — 7 Comments

Knitting Myself Into A Frenzy

Sunday was Knitting Day at the Big Green Bookshop.  This group have met regularly for a few months to stitch and natter and I popped along with my mum.

If anyone thinks knitting is a dull old hobby, I can assure you it's not.  Amongst our little group on Sunday we had:

  • One lady who was knitting little jackets for rescued battery hens, whose feathers had not grown back
  • One lady who was knitting deep…
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Added by CrouchEnd Cupcake on April 5, 2011 at 11:00 — No Comments

Response to Children's centres

It's a very long time since I read 1984, Brave New World and Fahrenheit 451, so my recollection of them is hazy and there's a good chance that my view of them has merged into one. It was so long ago that I was young and impressionable and possibly even idealistic, so perhaps their effect on me was greater than it need have been. But the picture I carry with me, and fear, is of a dark, unsatisfactory world of oppression and sterility created by state interference in the lives of its citizens.…

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Added by Adrian Essex on April 3, 2011 at 18:52 — 1 Comment

What's in a name? Unfortunate Epithets.

Have just read the news that a new head teacher has been appointed at my daughter's potential primary school for September.  
I'm sure he's a fabulous teacher with a winning personality which will be necessary to fill the large shoes of the outgoing head. …
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Added by CrouchEnd Cupcake on April 1, 2011 at 0:30 — 5 Comments

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