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February 29, 2012

Leap Year 2012

One of the most famous Leap Year traditions is women may propose to men during this period. According to custom if they are rejected they can claim a silk gown as compensation. One of the people apparently responsible for this is Queen Margaret of Scotland (1286-1290). In 1288 a law was passed in Scotland stating … “during the rein of hir maist blissit Megeste… at lepe yeare, a mayden ladye shal hae liberte to bespeke ye man she like, albeit he refuses to taik hir to be his lawful wyfe, he shall be mulcted in ye sum of ane pundis…”

(It is worth noting that:-

  • Queen Margaret who was living in Norway at the time, was only 5 when this law was passed.
  • This Queen Margaret of Scotland is not the same Queen Margaret of Scotland (1045-1093) who was canonised in 1250 as St Margaret and whose name we have borrowed for our own small corner of paradise.)

We are at the beginning of a Leap Year with 366 days to look forward to rather than the standard 365 and this is the week when the additional day makes its appearance — 29th February.

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29 February 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

February 26, 2012

Looking Good Martyn Day!

Weekender: Martyn Day
Photograph: Emily Stein for the Guardian

When we opened this Saturday’s Guardian, the last thing we thought we would see staring back at us was our own Martyn Day. But there he was in his Nark Drool Crepe and Drape!

“When I put on my outfit, I do feel a bit mean. I feel mean, moody and magnificent.”

Martyn, you look great!

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26 February 2012 | Category » editorial | Comments [0]

Petition to Save Twickenham Film Studios

We have no time to waste! Twickenham Film studios has gone into administration and word has it that property developers are moving in. Please sign our petition to help stop the developers in their tracks! We don’t need more executive…

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26 February 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [13]

February 25, 2012

Joe Moretti - A Tribute to a "Session Musician"

 Joe Moretti

In the mid 1950’s a new type of singer appeared on the music scene - the teen idol. They were young, appealing and some of them were even able to hold a tune. With a little work and a change of name to something meaningful like Danny Trouble, Billy Sincere or Ricky Livid, they and their managers hoped to open a door to fame and fortune. The problem was for all their toothy smiles these performers weren’t smart enough to turn the lacklustre songs of the time into hit records. The Dannys, Billys and Rickys needed a new type of musician to support them. They had to be young, talented, in step with rock ‘n’ roll music and above all busting at the seams with new and exciting ideas. These were the players who would come up with the musical licks and hooks that would catch a listener’s attention and hold it. These were the musicians who could turn garbage into gold and in the coffee bars and skiffle cellars of Soho they found them - the session men.

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25 February 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [2]

Sushi Saturdays - Photo

sushi Saturday

photo from Maddie Menzies

How are people liking the sushi?

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25 February 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [1]

Event Reminder: Dance for Justice - 3 March 2012

3 March 2012 at 7.30pm, St Stephen’s Church A dramatic evening of dance, music and fundraising for Hope for Justice, performed by students from the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and Richmond Upon Thames College.Your support will…

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25 February 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Book-Keeper/Administrator Wanted - Part-Time, St Margarets

We are looking for an experienced book-keeper/administrator to join our busy public relations agency. Your role will include the preparation of invoices and monthly accounts, credit control, payroll and VAT admin, as well as general office duties to support the…

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25 February 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Review of Dolce Divas 4 Concert

An audience were treated to a wonderful concert on Saturday by the St Margarets based quartet The Dolce Divas 4 at All Saints Church, Isleworth. Consisting of two flutes, cello and piano they played a variety of different pieces ranging…

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25 February 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

River Crane Pollution October 2011 - was it the only time?

In late October 2011, when the major pollution occurred in the Crane, I posted the following to the St Margarets site.

“Just in case my comment didn’t get through to this subject - we alerted NRA on 9th Oct that the river was deep black & stank. We saw a crab trying to climb out near the Hill View Rd bridge. NRA phoned next day for details. Are they saying that there were 2 leaks?”

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25 February 2012 | Category » news | Comments [0]

February 18, 2012

Twickenham Film Studios put up for sale

Twickenham Film Studios is being sold one year before its centenary. A current freelance worker at the studios, where films including Alfie and the Italian Job were produced, said staff had to leave the premises by July. Future projects already…

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18 February 2012 | Category » news | Comments [8]

February 16, 2012

St Valentine's Day

St Valentine

Last Tuesday, the 14th February, was St Valentine’s Day when lovers who remember will exchange gifts and romantic cards plighting their troth etc etc and lovers who don’t will exchange apologies and excuses.

There were lots of Saint Valentines - 14 according to some sources and all martyred!- but most authorities, including the Catholic Church, have settled on Valentinus who lived in Rome around 200 AD as the saint behind the annual smooching. This was a period in Roman history when Christians faced relentless persecution and Valentinus was accused not only of being a Christian, but of helping other Christians to escape and marrying Christian couples. This last activity particularly upset the Emperor Claudius. He was trying to raise an army and believing that married men made bad soldiers he had banned marriage… and here was Valentinus secretly marrying people. Mistake No. 1.

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16 February 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

St Margarets Book Club?

I have recently moved to St Margarets and am looking to set up a book club. The Club would meet on the third Thursday of each month at 8.00pm at the Turk’s Head Pub in St Margarets. To get the…

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16 February 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [2]

Event Reminder: High Tea and Drawing with Axel Scheffler - 4 March 2012

High Tea with live drawing session with renowned children’s illustrator Axel Scheffler on Sunday, 4th March 2012. Come and join us for High Tea at the Bingham Hotel in Richmond and help the UK charity Hope for Konya build…

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16 February 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

February 15, 2012

Sushi Saturdays

Sushi Flyer

The St Margarets Traders Association is delighted to announce the opening of a new Sushi stall in St Margarets. Starting this Saturday 18th February 2012, local resident Eddie Holmes will be running a sushi stall on the paved area outside Armstrongs Butchers in St Margarets Road. Operating from 10am to 2pm.

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15 February 2012 | Category » news | Comments [2]

February 10, 2012

The Temporary Rules of Golf

Golf has many stories and jokes associated with it. Here’s an example….

Vintage golf photo

GOLFER 1: I’ve got a golf ball that is impossible to lose.
GOLFER 2: Really?
GOLFER 1: Yes. Knock it into water and it floats. It glows in the dark and has a radio tracking device and GPS system built into it. It is specially scented to draw tracker dogs - and if you hit it into long grass it cries out “Over here! Over here!”
GOLFER 2: _That’s fantastic! Where did you get it?
GOLFER 1: I found it!

(Loud rattling noise as people with expensive sticks collapse on ground with laughter.)

One of the most popular golf stories is the one about the set of Temporary Rules drawn up by Richmond Golf Club during the early days of the Second World War. It goes like this…

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10 February 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Linked Primary Schools to be Scrapped for Orleans Park from 2013

As expected, the February 6 meeting of the Richmond Upon Thames Admissions Forum decided (9 to 2, 4 abstentions) to recommend “that Cabinet should approve the proposal to remove the links” for September 2013 admissions and beyond, affecting current year…

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10 February 2012 | Category » news | Comments [3]

Event Reminder: Dolcedivas 4 Concert Supporting St Stephens School - 18 February 2012

We are a quartet based in St Margarets- ’ Dolcedivas 4’ — and are giving a fundraising concert for St Stephens School building and refurbishment on Saturday 18th February at All Saints Church Isleworth at 7.30. Entrance is free…

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10 February 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Mogden Works to Improve Capacity 50% by March 2013

The half-way line to completion has been crossed in the £140m improvement work at Mogden Sewage Treatment Works. Thames Water remains on track to finish work to boost the site’s treatment capacity by 50 per cent by the end of…

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10 February 2012 | Category » news | Comments [1]

Event Reminder: Celebrate Orleans Infant's New Hall - 24 February 2012

The Orleans Infant School PTA (FOOI) has booked St Margarets favourites Fake Tan on 24th February to celebrate the opening of the new school hall. Tickets are £20 and include a glass of bubbly and Indian snacks. Funds raised…

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10 February 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Still Wondering What To Do For Mid-Term Break Next Week?

What about a 5 day filmmaking course where children get the chance to make their own film under instruction from industry professionals? LAST FEW PLACES LEFT!! Dreamcatcher Media have been running Summer holiday and mid-term break film camps for several…

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10 February 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

New Local Free Secondary School for Twickenham Proposed

A local parent steering group has joined forces with an educational trust to create a proposal for an 11-18 secondary free school in the Twickenham area. The New Local School for Twickenham Steering Group is proposing an innovative and inspirational…

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10 February 2012 | Category » news | Comments [0]

February 6, 2012

St Stephen's Table Top Sale - 3 March 2012

It’s the perfect time for a good Spring clean, so why not clear out all those unwanted clothes, bikes, toys and household goods… they may be just what someone else is looking for… and could earn you some extra cash….

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6 February 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

February 3, 2012

30th January - Dinner at the Calves Head Club

Calves Head Club

“A meal is made by the company you keep - so be careful who you dine with!”

When despots fall and regimes crumble it often results in unease amongst the populace. There will be some - Group A, who are happy to welcome the new system with the optimistic hope that it will lead to better times. There will be others - Group B, who will mourn the passing of the old arrangement but do it rather quietly fearing an adverse reaction from Group A. There will be Group C whose lives, brief and brutish, will remain unchanged - and there will be group D who will celebrate the change in circumstances loudly with a slap up meal.

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3 February 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [1]

Richmond May Fair Ball 2012

Friday 11 May, The Green, Richmond Over 200 eager Ball fans have already reserved their tickets for the Richmond May Fair Ball, which takes place on Friday 11 May in a beautiful marquee on Richmond Green. In this, its 19th…

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3 February 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Governor Vacancy for Orleans Infants School

Orleans Infants School has a vacancy for a Local Authority Governor. Governors are vital to the running of the school and it is exciting being involved in new developments and helping the school improve and meet its targets. Having been…

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3 February 2012 | Category » news | Comments [0]