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Guerrilla gardening on Crouch Hill?

Guerrilla gardening on Crouch Hill – or some kind of odd council gardening? It is right on the border of Haringey and Islington so it is not really clear who is responsible…. i might slip some daffodil bulbs in late at night!

Crouch Hill

Crouch Hill


Cheecky Blighters!

Thanks to the Stroud Green Residents Association for this!!

A CAR rental firm has landed itself in hot water for using a
residential street as an overflow car park.

Staff at the National Car Rental in Pentonville Road, King’s Cross,
have been parking cars they can’t fit on their premises
four-and-a-half miles away in Mount View Road, Finsbury Park.

Link to whole article in the Islington Gazette:

Hornsey Road Baths

I was inspired to dig a bit deeper after seeing this picture come up on my Flickr feed of the Haringey Flikr picture pool (which has some severe reflection on it if you look closely!). It’s a photo of a painting that has been sat in a painting shop in Crouch End for about a year, and i’ve often  stopped to look at it. The actual state of Hornsey baths is less impressive, in fact the painting alludes to the bath’s heyday whereas now they look much like this shot from Derelict London, and if you sit on the top deck of the 91 bus coming north you can get a good look at the site on the right hand side of the road as you begin the climb up Hornsey Rise.

A bit more digging reveals that the baths are due to be turned into flatsdespite some campaigning to keep them as a leisure facility.

Island Queen – Islington

not me inthe pictureLast night’s drinking was at the Island Queen pub, Islington for my friends birthday. Sore head today is is mostly due to this stuff, Weston’s organic Cider Westons cider It’s far too nice, and i forget how strong it is.

At some point i’ll get round to putting up a page to the summer cycle tour that I took with a friend around Somerset, Devon and Cornwall – cider-tasting as we went.

That’s an aside.

The Island queen was much busy than I remember it being when i’ve been there before.

It’s off the beaten path a little which means that it gets a different crowd to those of upper street, bit quieter less random.

It has an amazing wood and glass interior, rather disturbingly the back of the pub seems to be held up by scaffolding

– at least that’s how it appeared after a few Westons…..

And i’ve had the chance to update the video of the birthday girl finishing off her pint