What have I missed since April 23rd?

In a week where Rupert Murdoch skewered everyone in reach, a man threw computers out of a 5th floor window, and where it just kept on raining, was there any news in West Hampstead to make the headlines… You bet.

Camden police are trying to find 27 year-old Richard Gent, last seen at his West Hampstead home on Saturday. Call 0800 555 111 or 101 with any information.

The Neighbourhood Development Forum continues to make progress. It “can’t ban Tesco’s but can encourage retail diversity”.

In other planning news, I wrote about The mayor’s final report on 187-199 West End Lane, and
The new(ish)/revised plans for Gondar Gardens will go before the planning committtee on May 10th; Camden’s recommendation is to approve it.

Smoke from a big fire at a scrap metal yard at Willesden Junction was clearly visible from across London.

At the first ever #lovewhamp singles night we raised £195 for The Winch.

The Black Lion opened on West End Lane after a major refurb and repositioning. Initial reports have been positive.

Armed police were spotted on Quex Road, but were executing a pre-planned search.

Four teens were convicted of the murder in Swiss Cottage last April.

Local lobbying and campaign group WHAT is meeting street inspectors to get rid of rubbish,fly tipping and broken computer boxes. If you have examples, please let them know via Twitter or e-mail ().

WHAT’s March meeting with First Capital Connect discussed improvements to the Thameslink station.

Team Roast completed their review of local Sunday lunch options.

Read a review of April’s supper club at The Kitchen Table.

Today is the last day to put your name in the hat for #whampreview at One Blenheim.

The seemingly struggling Sea Lantern is changing tack again. The sign says it’s “under new management”, I’m left wondering if it’s still the same ownership though.

Ladudu meanwhile celebrated a year of operation.

75 years ago, there was a report of a “singing mouse” in Finchley Rd, meanwhile, in 1942 there was a murder in Kilburn.

Due to a typo, there has been some confusion as to where Iceland is opening on Finchley Road. It’s moving into the old Peacocks née Woolworths site.

The well-liked Sgt Parry of Swiss Cottage Safer Neighbourhoods has been replaced by Sgt Jason Collins.

Apparently OxjamKilburn could make a welcome return in the autumn.

Camden’s full parking review has been pushed back to May, though some changes have already come into effect.

Another person fell under a train at Finchley Road, the air ambulance took them to hospital.

A new Olympics travel congestion map was published, but yet again it says that West Hampstead won’t be busier than normal, which is simply (literally) incredible, especially when you remember that as well as having two routes to Stratford, we are also en route to St John’s Wood and Wembley – two other Olympic venues. Mind you, the regular failures on the Jubilee Line last week suggest it’s the last way you want to use to get to the Olympic Park even though the Jubilee is one of the three lines TfL believes will be under severe pressure.

Coming up
Want to get involved at The Winch? Tonight could be your chance.
There’s also an exhibition of iPhone photographs of West Hampstead tonight from 7.30pm at West Hampstead Community Centre.
Don’t forget to vote on Thursday for the Mayor of London and the Barnet & Camden London Assembly member. If you don’t vote, you can’t whinge about it afterwards. Them’s the rules.

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