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Sofa Sunday

This space on a Sunday will probably be reserved for more personal stuff and for my friends who want to have crack at blogging. Think of it as an experimental Sunday supplement of…experiments.

Cycling to a semi-ghost town

I don’t normally ditch my early Sunday morning journey to Notting Hill but the London-Surrey Cycling Classic, a race in preparation for the London 2012 Olympics, was going through Fulham and Chelsea, meaning that me and a lot of other residents were sort of forced to remain in the borough(s) for the day. Cycling to get to Notting Hill or even to the race would have been a good idea if I wasn’t a little light headed.

As a cycle geek, I wanted to get a good spot to catch the action so I left my house at around 8:45 and got to Fulham Road at around 8:55 ish. Surprise, surprise, the area was practically empty – it’s a Sunday!

A few moments later, the cyclists were in view at around 9:05. I got my camera ready and began to record and in no time at all, they swarmed past my spot.

Then like a small puff of smoke, they were gone.  It took them just over ten seconds for the cyclists to leave my view.

All this for ten seconds? No wonder why I left feeling amused and bemused.

Film review: Attack the Block

Written by Seyi Odusanya. He is studying Film Studies at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. He’ll be posting some of his film stuff on here on a regular basis. In this piece, he takes a look at British film Attack the Block and gives it a positive review.

Howdy folks, I’ve got the pleasure of telling you all about this lovely film that surprised, scared and amazed me in equal measure: Attack The Block is about a gang of London youths who must defend their homes from an alien invasion. If that doesn’t intrigue you, well then you’re no fun. Joking! You’re cool in my book. But seriously, this film is a mix of the Goonies, The Warriors and E.T.; that is if the Goonies where hoodies and E.T. wanted to eat your face.

The film (written and directed by Joe Cornish & produced by Edgar Wright) starts off with the gang, comprised of Moses (John Boyega) leader of the gang, Pest (Alex Esmail), Jerome (Leeon James), Dennis (Franz Drameh) and Biggs (Simon Howard) mugging a young nurse named Sam (Jodie Whittaker) on her way home.

During the ordeal, something falls from the sky and crashes onto a nearby car, the boys investigate the disturbance and find a ferocious looking alien inside, a scuffle ensues and the alien flees into the night. Now where any normal person would either run off home like Sam does, or call the police to report what’s happened, these boys chase after the alien, kill it, and return to their block with a new trophy to celebrate. Huzzah! However, before the boys can call it a night, more objects carrying bigger, deadlier aliens start to descend, and before they know it, our anti-heroes have an alien invasion to contend with.

Now I have to say the characters are the film’s biggest strength, but unfortunately also its greatest hindrance. I’m not going to lie, at the start of this film the kids are scum, shamelessly mugging a helpless Sam and showing no remorse whatsoever. But as the film develops, you begin to realise that there’s more to them than meets the eye – they aren’t exactly the scum we thought they were, and as they come to realise the true gravity and danger of the situation they’re in, they develop into characters I actually came to care about.

There are other characters for the audience to enjoy: Jodie Whittaker gives a great performance as Sam; the nurse who must join forces with the gang; even becoming almost like a surrogate mother to them. Nick Frost joins the fray as laid back drug dealer Ron providing some comic relief along with Brewis (Luke Treadway), a client who gets caught up in the whole mess. Also be keep an eye out for the characters Probs and Mayhem; two little boys who idolise Mosses and the gang, whom also get into some trouble of their own.

All in all Attack the Block went above and beyond for me, delivering thrills, action, comedy and some genuine terror and providing a unique film going experience that I’ve not had in a while.

VERDICT: In my book, best film of the year so far. BELIEVE IT!


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London-Surrey Cycle Classic lands in Fulham & Chelsea today

Originally seen on kingsroad.co.uk – created on 4 July, posted on 12 August.

Another fantastic cycling event is going through Fulham and Chelsea this morning, so get up early and watch top cyclist zoom past our homes and local haunts.

Here’s an excerpt:



This Sunday (14 August) sees elite cyclists and teams from across the world race in the London-Surrey Cycle Classic and Chelsea has the honour of being part of it.

Read the rest on kingsroad.co.uk.

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Local news hangover

All news were originally posted on kingsroad.co.uk, nottinghillgate.co.uk and fulhamroad.co.uk unless stated.

Morning all and hope you’re all having a sleepy start to the weekend if you’re a night owl or an energetic one if you’re an early bird. As the title suggests, I’ll be rounding up all the local news that you’ve seen streaming through the site in bite-sized chunks.

Closer to home






H&F Council to sell buildings to repay debts

In a bid to reduce Hammersmith & Fulham’s £133 million debt, the Council has decided to sell Fulham Town Hall and  Sands End Community Centre. The Council sees no reason to have 2 town halls in the  borough – the other Town Hall is on King Street, Hammersmith –  and the Community Centre hasn’t been attracting that many locals.

Get on your bike

Plenty of cycling news to go around during the past week. Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced that Hammersmith and Fulham will be one of the few London borough’s to get their hands on his blue bikes.

Later this month, elite cyclists will pass through Fulham and Chelsea in the London-Surrey cycle classic. Expect road closures if you’re travelling on the 14 August otherwise, get your cameras at the ready.

RBKC’s cycling initiative, Bikeminded, has loaned a range of cool bikes to locals or ‘Bike Heroes’ for them to get around Kensington and Chelsea (links to kingsroadrocks.com) .


At the Hill





It’s nearly time for Carnival!

It’s August meaning the Notting Hill Carnival is just around the corner. Of course, that does mean a crackdown on idiots/ nobodies/ mobs/ anarchists (take your pick) and Operation Razorback is in full swing and has already arrested more than a hundred people. There are also concerns for the identity of the Carnival as its organisers may commercialise it in order to fill the funding gap. I don’t like the idea of the Carnival being sponsored by McDonalds or Sainsbury’s.

Pedal-power-big screen

Oh yes, more bike-themed news. As part of RBKC’s weird and wonderful inTRANSIT festival, a stop-animation film was show for free but with a catch: visitors had to hook up their bikes to generators and power the big screen.

My former English teacher amusingly said:”I can’t believe they think that sounds like an appealing idea. Don’t people like to relax when they watch films?”

Hence why I described inTRANSIT as ‘weird and wonderful’.


Chelsea made, Chelsea style







Speaking of Chelsea made….

Oh yes, the daughter of Sir Philip Green, Chloe Green, joins the cast of E4’s reality TV show Made In Chelsea. If you can’t wait to see what she’ll be doing in series 2, they’re currently filming in Chelsea at the moment. You more or less have to play the spot-the-camera-crew game.


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London-Surrey cycle classic to go through Chelsea, Fulham and Richmond

Originally seen on fulhamroad.co.uk – posted on 24 June. 

More cycling news as the London-Surrey classic comes to town on 14 August as elite cyclists zoom through Central London, Chelsea, Fulham and Richmond. Expect road closures so plan your journey ahead of time.

Here’s an excerpt:



Fulham will have the privilege of being part of the London-Surrey Cycle Classic this coming August as elite cyclists and teams race through the heart of London and Surrey.

Read the rest on fulhamroad.co.uk.



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