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Elsie Paine Part 2: Elsie recalls how the community pulled together during World War II and the horrors of the Blitz

BRACKENBURY BORN AND BRED In the second and final part about her life lived on Cardross Street in the heart of Brackenbury Village, Elsie Paine recalls how the community pulled together during World War II and the horrors of the…

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Nicos and Stavros: Hammersmith Barbers with a head for business

The barbers are back and this time they mean business When Nicos Pavlou and Stavros Christoudolakis were told their barber shop business was to be evicted from the premises where it had been for 102 years they were as shocked…

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Father Christmas goes high-tech

Speaking in a booming voice down a crackling telephone line from Lapland in the Arctic Circle, Father Christmas reveals the history of his many names, his reliance on technology and the challenges of not waking children when delivering presents Q.…

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Talking turkey with the Brackenbury Village butcher John Stenton

Listening to Brackenbury Village butcher John Stenton reel off the list of different meats he will sell this Christmas is in itself a mouth watering experience. ‘We sell about 8,000 items for about 800 Christmas dinners. It’s a logistical nightmare.…

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History: Caroline MacMillan – The artists of Hammersmith riverside

‘In a fit of pique Cobden-Sanderson threw all the type into the river from Hammersmith Bridge’ What can be more pleasant on a sunny day than to walk beside the river at Hammersmith Mall? Sir Joseph Bazalgette’s magnificent suspension bridge…

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Caring in the community: A heartfelt ‘thank you’ from Manjit Rana of Tipsy Toad

A heartfelt ‘thank you’ from a well-known shopkeeper whose sad loss saw many of her considerate customers offer support and compassion in her hour of need. Wiping a tear from her eye, Manjit Rana admits that the death of her…

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Recipe: Chintan Patel’s Saddle of Rabbit

Try out this recipe by Chintan Patel, chef at the Andover Arms, Thatched House, and Lord Palmerston pubs: Rolled loin of rabbit with confit of leg & potato puree For the confit of leg: 2 whole farmed rabbits, butchered so…

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Recipe: John Stenton’s Turkey Tip – Turkey and Creamy Stilton Pies

A great recipe suggestion from John Stenton for the Christmas season. Turkey and Creamy Stilton Pies Makes 4 50g butter 1 tbsp rapeseed oil 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped 250g chestnut mushrooms, sliced 400g leftover roast turkey, brown…