What have I missed since January 30th?

Facebook filed for IPO, Sarkozy said France needed German-style reforms, and snow hit London. One of these things received a lot more attention on Twitter than the others.

Yes, there was snow. It led to lots of nice pictures, but surprisingly little disruption on Sunday morning. Camden’s winter weather pages have all the information regarding gritting, closures, helping the elderly etc.

The Lion is closing. It’s hard to get the detailed facts, but the rumours are that it’s going to become a gastropub under new owners. They’ll need to fix the awning.

The Rotisserie, the steak restaurant on Fortune Green, has closed.

The old Thameslink entrance re-opened with ticket barriers, the ticket machine is still a couple of weeks away though.

The gas works at Fortune Green/Finchley Road should be done.

The consultation date for 187-199 West End Lane has moved to Feb 14th, meanwhile, City Hall has said the application is “non-compliant“.

Planning application is also in for 163 Iverson Road (site of the old garden centre).

And for Gondar Gardens  (enter ref: 2012/0521/P).

AND, if you want to look at the plans for the Abbey estates (Belsize Rd/Abbey Rd area), use 2012/0096/P in the planning search engine.

Local lobbying group WHAT has joined Twitter @WHATNW6

Kilburn (Camden) ward councillors published their Jan/Feb newsletter.

The fight is on to save a Cotleigh Road apple tree.

There’s a new blog focused entirely on breakfast in West Hampstead.

Bake-a-boo is making major changes to opening hours.

A West Hampstead small business struck it big after being featured on the BBC’s Sherlock.

Blue Daisy has joined forces with West End Lane Books in a cross-business discount scheme.

Belsize Road’s Cocoa Exchange has joined Twitter.

The King’s Troop leaves St John’s Wood barracks this week, so no more cavalcade of cavalry up West End Lane in the mornings.

A “Lebanese loop” was discovered in West End Lane Sainsbury’s cash machine on Wednesday. Do be vigilant when using ATMs.

In other ATM news – all First Capital Connect ATMs will be free as of mid-Feb/early March and one will be installed at West Hampstead Thameslink apparently.

Swiss Cottage youth charity, The Winch, will take over the running of Belsize Library.

The second #whampbooks event at West End Lane Books  on Tuesday was a big success, with lots of locals dropping in for wine and books. Look out for more events like this in the future.

Tweet of the Week
I don’t normally go for grumbly tweets about businesses in Tweet of the Week, but this one rather tickled my fancy.

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