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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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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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Elsie Paine Part 1: Brackenbury born and bred, she reveals how times have changed but somethings remain the same

Elsie Paine has lived in Cardross Street for all of her 87 years. In this fascinating account of a life in Hammersmith, she reveals how times have changed but somethings remain the same Sitting in her living room, Elsie Paine…

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Thor Gudmundsson and Richard Okroj: The Brackenbury Wine Rooms

The Brackenbury Wine Rooms is the smoking hot destination where more than just the wine is red ‘Bewildered locals spotted the head of a cigarette puffing red stag being carried inside.’ For months the former restaurant on a corner of…

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Caroline MacMillan: What’s in a street name?

Discover the history of family names and royal connections in your road. Location: Brackenbury Village, Hammersmith, London, W6: How often have you walked down a street and asked yourself, ‘I wonder why it’s called that?’. Hammersmith has many fascinating street names…

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Local comparative therapist: Lydia Sinforth

Eminent historian Oliver Cyriax walks the ghostly footprints of time to reveal the ancient civilisation of Bracknor Wot. Lydia Sinforth, Hammersmith’s Comparative Therapist “Imagine an affordable 500 kHz pulse rate city-mapping system that measures high-density strata on the urban floodplain,”…

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Local hairdressers: Marcus Filotrani & Mark McLaughlin

Local hairdressers Marcus and Mark flash their blades and get reflective with Jo Reynolds. What are your surnames? Mark: McLaughlin. Marcus: Filotrani. What tempted a pair of Glaswegians to London? Mark: I came down when I was 17.  I was…