Archive of posts from September 2010

Strawberry Hill House Reopens 2 October 2010

“An 18th century Gothic castle in Twickenham will open its doors to the public after a £9m restoration project.

30 September 2010 | news

Spring Heeled Jack

Springheeled Jack

A group of girls crossing Barnes Common reported that a man dressed in a dark cloak vaulted the railings surrounding the churchyard, tore at their clothing then ran off laughing. Similar assaults took place the following month on Clapham Common. This time the cloaked assailant left footprints showing “machines or springs” built into his shoes. On October 11th a barmaid was assaulted at Blackheath Fair by a man with ‘fiery eyes who spat blues flames and smelt of sulphur’. He too ripped at her clothes with what felt like iron claws then ran off laughing. The barmaid said that “he looked like a nobleman”.

30 September 2010 | around_town

Event Reminder: Nearly New Sale - 2 October 2010

It is time for the 1st St Margarets Scout Troop’s Nearly New Sale at the St Margarets Catholic Church from 12.30 this Saturday, 2nd October 2010.

30 September 2010 | around_town

Richmond Furniture Scheme - Open Day

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30 September 2010 | around_town

The Ghost on Richmond Green

Ghost Lady

The Richmond and Twickenham Times sold on Saturday 23rd October 1886 was the usual mix of court reports, news items from the surrounding parishes and the familiar advertisements – “Blair’s Gout Pills, the great remedy for Gout, Sciatica and Lumbago”, “Mazawatte Tea – for City Men, Brain Workers and those of weak indigestion”, “Clarke’s B41 Pills, guaranteed to cure all discharges from the urinary tract” and even more unlikely “Messrs Tomlinson, Estate Agents – for houses to be let or sold in St Margarets from £20 to £300 per annum.”

24 September 2010 | around_town

Mrs Moon Crochet Course


Before I start, I must confess to being a complete crochet novice, having never even picked up a crochet hook before…

23 September 2010 | around_town

Monday Night Special at the Turks Head

Every Monday evening, 5pm – 10pm, Eat for £1* at Turks Head.

23 September 2010 | around_town

Event Reminder: Older People's Day 2010


22 September 2010 | around_town

A Superhero for Our Time


The Return of Wilson

In August Dr. Sharon Lamb from the University of Massachusetts told the annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in San Diego, California, that modern superheroes may not be the best image for boys to look up to if society wants to promote kinder, less stereotypical male behaviours.

She said that unlike the superheroes of the past who often held ordinary day jobs and believed in social justice, the new breed are playboy millionaires who are aggressive, sarcastic and rarely speak about the virtue of doing good for humanity. She said that original superheroes like Superman, a reporter by day and the Green Lantern, a railroad engineer, were invented to fight for social justice and were a reaction to the rise of fascism. But the new superheroes only thought about themselves.

“Today’s superhero is too much like an action hero who participates in non-stop violence;… When not in superhero costume, these men exploit women, flaunt bling and convey their manhood with high-powered guns. The comic book heroes of the past did fight criminals, but these were (role models) that boys could look up to and learn from because outside of their costumes, (they) were real people with real problems and many vulnerabilities.”

16 September 2010 | around_town

Event Reminder: Singing Workshop - 18 September 2010

2x2 opera

16 September 2010 | around_town

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