It has been a hard week for us citizens of the Borough of Barnet. A new lockdown, freezing cold weather, atrocious happenings in the USA, inspired by a discredited President who has shown that he cares for nothing but his own vanity. For me the situation was rammed home to learn that my beloved cousin Tessie, who is six months younger than me, has covid and is in intensive care in the Royal Free. This is not one of my tweet picks, but I am overwhelmed by the kindness of all those of you who responded both privately and publicly to this tweet. I just wanted to say thank you before I started with the selection this week
My cousin Tessie is 4 months younger than me. She’s in the Royal Free with Covid. I’m not in the mood to deal with anti Vaxxers & Covid deniers right now, so if I see any of that shit here I’ll block you. This blog has a lovely pic of Tessie & I in France https://t.co/72hJEiScoQ— Roger Tichborne/RogT #CTID 🏴☠️🇬🇧 (@Barneteye) January 7, 2021
And so on to our selection. Despite the gloom, there have been some rather nice tweets. Thanks to all of you who work so hard to keep our spirits up by posting such great Tweets. I hope these brighten up your Sunday.
1. There really could only be one place to start this week. Mark Amies, on his @time_NW account, has published some amazing clips taken from the iconic series Budgie, filmed in Mill Hill. It was great to see footage of the Broadway. I remember seeing this being filmed as I returned from St Vincents school as an 8 year old. It was very exciting. I loved seeing the front of the New China Garden restaurant, which I loved as a kid. This morphed into The Moon House, then Hee's takeaway, and is now a (closed) spa
One for fans of Mill Hill, and 'Budgie'. Here were see Adam Faith's character climbing off the M1, and down onto the Broadway, pursued by John Rhys Davies, in the 1972 episode, 'Our Story So Far..' (ep5, S2). Filmed before the Budgens supermarket, (now M&S Food Hall) was built. pic.twitter.com/ayRzxEYsb3— NW London TimeMachine (@time_nw) January 9, 2021
2. A double dose from two of our best loved local accounts. A nice pic from our unofficial local nature corresepondent Samuel Levy and some great pre murmation action in Burnt Oak from Donald Lyven. Nice work chaps!
Burnt Oak in autumn often sees a little murmuaration action; & there's still house sparrows around in certain roads there, where hedges remain. The starlings sit on roofs or in trees and when disturbed wheel around in a great flock. pic.twitter.com/VijM9rKFs6— Donald Lyven (@barnet_rebel) January 7, 2021
3. Barnet has a new blogger, who tells how he got into music.
https://t.co/RjbDkFxFvG This blog post is a “must read” blog. Blog about my original music & how I came up with nickname after started to make music of my own. If you are interested, read my blog about it. 🎵🎶🙂🎸— Calvin Casino (@calvincasino) January 10, 2021
4. These guys do great work. If you have anything to spare, please consider a donation. My wifes mothers best friend was cared for by them in her final days and I cannot praise them highly enough
New lighting now illuminates our #Finchley garden ensuring our outdoor space looks as good at night as it does during the day, providing a peaceful view for our patients on these cold & frosty nights ❄️🌿💚#hospice #wellbeing #garden #outdoorspace #feelgoodfriday #NorthLondon pic.twitter.com/AH8oaK9eKg— North London Hospice (@NLondonHospice) January 8, 2021
5. An interesting tweet from the the Mill Hill historical society. A rather interesting gravestond in St Mary's cemetery
The quirky gravestone of Robert Thomas Crossfield at St Mary's churchyard in Hendon, in 1796 he was tried for High Treason for his part in the "Popgun plot" to assassinate George III with a poison dart. He was acquitted. pic.twitter.com/h0u6XB4Eey— Mill Hill Hist Soc (@MHHistSoc) January 7, 2021
6. Some nice tweets from Eva Cohen, taken on High St Mill Hill, outside the former Cook's store
7. It is only right and proper that we mourn the passing of Dame Barbara Windsor, long time resident of the Borough and a hero to us all, buried in Golders Green. An icon. RIP Barbara
Something I'll always treasure ♥ My signed picture from the most wonderful Dame to ever grace our screens - Dame Barbara will be laid to rest at 2pm today at Golders Green Crematorium all my thoughts are with Scott , her family and friends 🥺😢 pic.twitter.com/uuINmEPDXZ— Yootha’s forever fan♥︎ (@Little_YoothaJ) January 8, 2021
8. Some nice pictures of a rather picturesque looking Mill Hill in the winter sunshine, from our friends at A Better Mill Hill
Had an amazing walk around Mill Hill yesterday, views from the school fields, Arrendene and Mill Hill park. A very pleasant stroll pic.twitter.com/k2LlnpI8Za— A Better Mill Hill (@ABetterMillHill) January 10, 2021
9. You can see what is possibly Londons oldest tree in Totterige. Thanks to @Kekhmet
I love trees too much to have 1 favorite, but over the summer I had the honor of being in the presence of the most Ancient Tree of London. The yew in the churchyard of St Andrew's in Totteridge may be as much as 2000 years old. pic.twitter.com/zTQ9T9Fnaf— Kekhmet (@kekhmet) January 10, 2021
10. We like this. Contrasting views from Victoria Park, from the rather marvellous Barnet Society
Contrasting silhouettes against the winter sky, Victoria Park. pic.twitter.com/p6rlbniaMO— The Barnet Society (@barnetsociety) January 7, 2021
Please have a safe, peaceful and fulfilling week.