It must be something in the air. This week has seen the very best of Twitter in the Borough of Barnet. The last few weeks have seen some amazing tweeting both by our regulars and by accounts new to me. To be a successful tweeter, to my mind, means posting interesting content. I hope you'll agree some of this weeks contributions are spectacular! I'd suggest that you have a look through the time lines of these wonderful accounts. I've followed four new accounts today, which may be a record for this feature!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed putting this together. As for my week? Been a bit quiet. Everyone in the house apart from me is isolating. I've tested negative thus far, but I cancelled a couple of arrangements just to be on the safe side. The highlight was Echo and the Bunnymen at the Roundhouse on Monday, then all down hill from there!
1. I'll start with this brilliant thread from @Time_NW, with a fantastic contribution from the rather wonderful @IanMcGreevy on the subject of the Old Welsh Harp pub, demolished in 1971, the site of which is a sliproad to the Edgware road at Staples Corner
With so many pubs closing, it can be very easy to always mean to go to a particular one, and then it's too late. Luckily, I have been to the Ye Old Fighting Cocks in St Albans, however, there is one legendary pub that I would never have had a chance to go to.....— NW London TimeMachine (@time_nw) February 13, 2022
2. A new account for me. This is wonderful.
#LoveLondonWalkLondon in Burnt Oak this afternoon (1st time I've ever got on/off a tube here) to check out the Silk Stream & the 'Homes for Heroes' inter-war Watling Estate https://t.co/ArmwxP8oPs— walking class hero 💙 (@walkngclasshero) February 11, 2022
& I'm not even looking for a new England but I would like to change the world 🚶♂️👣 pic.twitter.com/P36jk4crEr
3. Another rather wonderful new account for me. A wonderful picture from one of the hidden gems of Edgware, that I'd guess 99% of locals are unaware of
Statue of #StScholastica at Benedictine Community of St Mary at the Cross, Edgware Abbey. 🙏— Sr Pat B (@SrPatB) February 10, 2022
Feast Day of St Scholastica, twin sister of St Benedict. 🌹 pic.twitter.com/YWXr27XqNK
4. I've always said that if you want to get a tweet in here, feature some local music history! Remember Eater well, local heroes. Another new tweeter
Eater , The band was formed in 1976 by four high school friends from Finchley, North London pic.twitter.com/xJsLZcAPYd— Schnitzel (@Schnitzel63) February 7, 2022
5. This is wonderful. I was an alter boy at The Sacred Heart at the time of the Jubilee. I've got a copy of that programme somewhere. I especially love the old adverts. I remember Letts well and Derek Tyne (who featured in Richard Wilkinsons list of top Mill Hillians) who owned Mill Hill Television was a mate of my Dad's. I decorated his house when I left school.
Very reasonably priced souvenir programme from Sacred Heart and Mary Immaculate Roman Catholic Church with 1970s Mill Hill adverts @sacred_rc pic.twitter.com/GGuR0d2Xg3— Mill Hill Hist Soc (@MHHistSoc) February 13, 2022
6. This next post, by one of our fave regulars is an excellent example of how to use Twitter for good. Check the replies
Calling on @Halfords_uk @Wickes @PetsatHome to clean your yard.— Friends of the Welsh Harp (@welshharpies) February 12, 2022
These stores border a protected nature reserve. Litter must be cleared to avoid it flying into the Welsh Harp SSSI, or dumped over the fence.
How about a corporate volunteer day to clean the area? We can help! 😊 pic.twitter.com/lGCTa1kSRw
7. Did you know London's first nightbus ran from Cricklewood to Liverpool St? You do now, thanks to @Historygirl
London's first ever night bus outside Piccadilly Circus Underground. The 94 from Cricklewood to Liverpool Street Station in 1913— Historygirl (@janeyellene) February 11, 2022
Photo is probably taken outside the old Haymarket entrance. A few more services were introduced over the following decades, but all stopped during WW2 pic.twitter.com/8kubUtaVPc
8. This is another new 'stumble across' that I found putting this together. I'd strongly recommend checking Gordons tweets, they are amazing.
Popped over to Brent Cross Shopping Centre in NW4 today, Sat 12 Feb 2022 at 10.30am. I haven't been there for approx three years. The view from the car park looks like Disneyland📸 pic.twitter.com/AKagiIYCmz— Gordon Hawtin (@GordonHawtin) February 12, 2022
9. I went to school in Finchley, and attended my sisters wedding in Minsk but had never heard of the Belarus library until I saw this
Inside Belarus' hidden library > https://t.co/THFfBhaHoE@bella_saltiel visits the Francis Skaryna Library and Museum in North Finchley. pic.twitter.com/gbje34X7Np— BarnetPost (@BarnetPost) February 12, 2022
10. And finally, a date for your diary. This should be good!
A date for your diary -#LocalGigs #Keepmusiclive @SaveLondonMusic #Barnetgigs https://t.co/jofYOxkV44— #MillHillMusicComplex (@MillHillMusicCo) February 8, 2022
That's all folks apart from a little plug for a video by my Band, The False Dots, which I think contains some excellent footage of Mill Hill in the early 1970's even if I say so myself.
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