Archive of posts from April 2009

Ziggy Stardust Came from Isleworth


Ziggy Stardust was a rock and roll fantasy created by David Bowie.

Ziggy Stardust was inspired by a bloke from Isleworth called Maurice.

Maurice Brian Holden was born at 30 Twickenham Road, Isleworth on the 14th July 1939 to Herbert Holden, a furniture salesman and his wife Catherine. He was the youngest of 5 children. When Maurice was 11 years old the Holden family emigrated to the US on the SS Mauretania, arriving in New York on 13 November 1950. The ship’s cargo manifest shows that apart from their hopes and dreams all they carried with them were 5 pieces of luggage. The family settled at 4506 Roosevelt Avenue, Merchantville, New Jersey where Herbert, the furniture salesman and former postman found a job in a coalmine.

23 April 2009 | around_town

Recipe: 7 Minute Peanut-Lime Noodles

7 Minute Peanut-Lime Noodles

“This fabulously quick meal can be cooked in minutes, eaten hot or cold and can be made as a vegetarian or meat based meal. It is so quick to cook that the most time consuming part is bringing water to boil and cooking the noodles. Another fantastic thing about this recipe is that it is pretty much “no measure.” As long as the ingredients are in roughly the right quantities the recipe will work well. The shear simplicity of these noodles make them a new favourite!"

Catherine at St Margarets Kitchen

23 April 2009 | food

Event Reminder: Public Speaking and Presentation Techniques

River Road Associates Ltd and JMD Training are delighted to invite you to their joint workshop

22 April 2009 | around_town

CPZ Questionnaire Deadline - 20th April 2009

!(right) 150×150 (poll results)!

15 April 2009 | news

The Turbulent Priest from St Peters Road

Rev Stewart Duckworth Headlam

Stewart Duckworth Headlam was the son of a Christian evangelist. He was born in Wavertree near Liverpool on 12th January 1847. After Eton, Headlam went to Cambridge University where he was taught Moral Philosophy by the radical preacher Frederick Maurice who believed that God would replace a “competitive, unjust society with a co-operative and egalitarian social order.”

Inspired by Maurice’s Christian socialism Headlam was determined to do all he could to reduce working class suffering. He was ordained as a deacon in 1870 and in 1873 became curate at St Matthews Church, Bethnal Green, a working class area of East London. Disturbed by the appalling living conditions of his parishioners Headlam used his sermons to attack the wide gap between rich and poor. He presented Jesus Christ as a revolutionary and when John Jackson, the Bishop of London, heard about this, he threatened him with dismissal. Headlam refused to change his views and in 1878 he was sacked.

14 April 2009 | around_town

CPZ: Beat Figures

Richmond Borough Council conducted a ‘Beat’ survey as a guide to determine what if any parking problems exist in an area. This is done by comparing car registration plates at different times of the day. The 4.30am figure would indicate the total number of residents parked, whilst the day time figures would represent a mix of residents and visitors.

9 April 2009 | around_town

The Rise and Fall of the Diddlers

The Rise and Fall of the Diddlers

The first trolley bus in London pulled out of Fulwell depot, Teddington on May 16th 1931 opening the No. 4 route between Teddington and Twickenham. As it left the depot the District Inspector Charles Gilbert jumped aboard and paid 1 penny for the first ticket. The conductor was Charles Hadland and you can see him in the YouTube film selling tickets to passengers on the top deck.

9 April 2009 | around_town

Event Reminder: Pafties : Music of Love & Laughter

On Saturday, 25th of April 2009 at 7.30pm, join us for a Musical Soirée at the St Margarets Catholic Church for an evening of Music of Love & Laughter

9 April 2009 | around_town

Learn with the Environment Trust... EXPLORING THE RIVER 1

River Drawing: Ripples and Reflections

9 April 2009 | around_town

Learn with the Environment Trust... EXPLORING THE RIVER 2

Boats and Boating: Traditional Timber Boats of the Thames

9 April 2009 | around_town

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