What have I missed since January 23rd?

I’ve got over the snub of not being invited to Davos this year to join the world’s most influential people. Nor have I been troubled by the ethics of accepting a large bonus from taxpayers, so all in all it’s been a quiet week personally… but LOADS has happened in the area, so lets crack on!

On Monday, a Thameslink train overshot West Hampstead and had to reverse. Rush hour fun.

And on Tuesday, a motorbike caught fire on Shoot Up Hill. Luckily no-one was hurt.

Time is ticking on when you can submit your views on the 200+ apartment development on West End Lane.

West Hampstead’s Placeshaping plan is available in draft form.

Local actor and author Edward Petherbridge (whose blog is a treasure trove of West Hampstead history by the way) penned an ode to Mill Lane.

Camden has had to axe the play service that accompanies the award-winning adventure playground in Kilburn Grange Park.

Remember the consultations over 20mph speed limits and two-way cycling on one-way streets? Some of it’s being implemented, and some of it isn’t.

A dog from Fortune Green was kidnapped, held for ransom, and then reclaimed in a police sting operation. It’s really like we’re living The Wire here.

Does this mean all dogs in the area are now shitting themselves in fear?

Movers and Shapers on West End Lane has a new physio service starting Feburary 8th run by HFS Clinics.

Karl Pilkington and Warwick Davis were filming in West End Lane Books on Friday.

Camden’s “Impact of the Olympics on your business factsheet” doesn’t mention West Hampstead – a key transport interchange – at all. Let alone the fact that nearby Wembley and Lords are both Olympic venues.

In Olympics and Jubilee year, the council is expecting a surge in temporary event notices, so plan ahead.

The Ham & High’s Heathman diary has caught up with the late 20th century and gone online. It launched with a little West Hampstead story (albeit one that confuses Maxine Peake and Claire Skinner).

The issue of trees in Priory Road has been causing concern.

At least two (that I know of) #whampers have made it through auditions and will appear in the Olympics opening ceremony. Congratulations to Laura and Kate.

Those of you the Brent side of the High Road might be interested in this application to turn a 79 room hostel on Priory Park Road into a 176 room hostel.

The new Thameslink station was covered in The Architects’ Journal.

Another global #whampgather took place – this time in Sydney.

@LuckyLuque is trying to start a Subbuteo league. If you have to ask what that is, then it’s probably not for you.

I posted a few alternative local Valentine’s Day suggestions – getting in early.

Coming up
Monday: Learn how you can contribute to The Winch. Maybe you don’t think you have the skills it needs? Well, you probably do.
Tuesday: Nasim Ali, leader of Camden Council will hold his first ever webchat at 3pm and is soliciting questions.
Tuesday: #whampbooks From 7-9pm call in to West End Lane Books, where blog readers and twitter followers can get free wine and 20% of all books. Should be a great night.
Friday: Legendary Notting Hill born DJ Norman Jay plays his first London gig of the year at The Westbury.

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