What have I missed since October 14th?

The third Gondar Gardens proposal from Linden Wates isn’t radically different from the previous ones – but it may just be different enough to get the green light.

Whampreview gave its verdict on Bellaluna. Thumbs up or thumbs down?

The redevelopment of the Mario’s block on Broadhurst Gardens could still be either traditional or modern in its facade. Plans are for 39 apartments, and the building would be one storey higher than it is today.

Just a giraffe in a car. Standard. Photo via Mairéad Roche

The Overground was severely disrupted for most of the week after a derailment near Camden Road. Normal service should resume in time for the Monday morning rush hour. 

Kilburn ward councillor Mike Katz, having been the wrong gender to make the Hampstead & Kilburn Labour shortlist, is now having a tilt at Brent Central.

In a week where a Guardian article about London property set tongues wagging, this little snatch of overheard conversation shows who’s investing in West Hampstead.

An unfinished drawing of Iverson Road in 1940 turned up in the offices of a Kilburn plumbing supplies shop. “Police interference” was cited for it not being completed.

Local councillors set out their position on the proposed primary school on Liddell Road, which was also the topic of lively debate at this month’s NDF meeting.

The NDF dropped flyers into every property in West Hampstead and Fortune Green wards. It’s really worth filling in the form and dropping it off in the library or complete it online.

Finchley Road post office looks set to move into WH Smith’s next year. Though there is still a consultation stage.

#whampgather tickets came available… and in less than 24 hours, all 250 of them were snapped up. There’s no waiting list, but I may be able to release a few more depending on cancellations nearer the time.

Poco Pizza (which replaced Paya) was giving away free pizza slices on Friday. I saw only one verdict: “Very tasty.”

Here’s the most detailed review of the Czech restaurant for some time (even mentions yours truly).

Captain Phillips is @NxNW6‘s Film of the Week. Full local cinema listings here. Meanwhile, how does the new JW3 cinema measure up?

An easy-to-use ward-level map of 2011 census data, makes it easy to compare neighbourhing areas.

West Hampstead snuck into a silly Evening Standard piece about popular Amazon products in different parts of London. We live up to Nappy Valley stereotype by being the best customers of a posh teether.

A photo popped up of Shirley Bassey in her husband’s record shop on West End Lane at what is now Art4Fun. (Read more about this.)

How was the SkyRide around the borough borders?

Stats on students in Blackburn Road: 62% female, 40% postgrads, 58% are from overseas (49 different nationalities), and 10% have bikes!

The NW6 School campaign wants parents and other interested parties to fill in a survey about what kind of school provision they think the area needs.

Sir Bradley Wiggins’ old school, St Augustine’s in Kilburn, was rated outstanding by Ofsted.

The WI is going burlesque on November 7th. Women only!

Although I was trying desperately not to mention THE BOOK that was released this week, I should at least acknowledge that long-time collaborator Boz Boorer bought his copy from West End Lane early doors. “I can’t believe I was at the local bookshop at 8.59 this morning”, he tweeted.

The Kilburn History blog looked at some tales of poison from the area in the 19th century.

Amaan’s Grill on West End Lane is up for sale as a going concern, £24,000 a year + a “substantial premium”. On Mill Lane, the unit next to Monsters of Art is also available to let (for £15,000/yr).

Swiss Cottage Safer Neighbourhood Team reports crime slightly up compared to last summer. In related news, Superman was spotted using an ATM on Finchley Road on Thursday. Later that day he was spotted being arrested.

The first Women’s Business Network social event took place in The Gallery. More are planned for next year.

Next Sunday, Friends of Fortune Green is hosting a birds of prey event along with a (less fascinating, but presumably very worthwhile) bulb planting session.

Frankie & Benny’s is now slated for an O2 opening – understanding is in place of Rossopomodoro, which had been planning to move there.

Tweet of the Week

We have Wembley on our doorstep, a great world venue, yet all I read is #whampers complaining about crowds/football there, @WHampstead – wow
— John Mennis (@JfmJm) October 15, 2013

  • Hehehe! Thank you for RT and adding my blogpost link here! ^_^ Should come up to West Hampstead more often.

  • Thanks for the mention!