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Cruel blues

Wandsworth Guardian:

5:54pm Monday 1st September 2014

There has been much talk about a return of warmer weather over the past couple of days but it clearly hasn't got here yet. This morning there were tantalising strips of blue in the sky over Croydon before the grey moved in...

Mum About Town with Angellica Bell: 'It's all about cramming things in'

Wandsworth Guardian: Busy mum: Angellica Bell.

5:00am Sunday 31st August 2014

This week, the One Show presenter reflects on the busyness of life.

Bridge Banter: Have Everton found the key to unlock Chelsea?

Wandsworth Guardian:

7:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

Everton’s scouts believe they have found a chink in the Blues armour ahead of this weekend’s clash at Goodison Park.

It looked so promising this morning...

Wandsworth Guardian:

1:23pm Friday 29th August 2014

First thing this morning the sky over south London was blue. Now and it's lunchtime and what do we see from the 10th floor? A huge bank of gloomy grey...

A spacious bar in The City with it’s top button undone, that does good reasonable food, great cocktails and often has live music: Review of Forge Bar, The City

Wandsworth Guardian:

9:00am Friday 29th August 2014

Food Bites: That’s almost my full checklist of a good night out.

Ominous grey...

Wandsworth Guardian:

4:45pm Thursday 28th August 2014

This bank of grey cloud with rain falling out of the bottom was looming to the west of Sutton... Keep that rain away from Sutton...

Hazy hope

Wandsworth Guardian:

1:27pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

The summer heatwave may have passed but there was hope for better weather than yesterday's dampness as the sun rose over Croydon...

Last chance for a summer salad

Wandsworth Guardian:

1:25pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

You can still grow all the perfect ingredients for a salad before Autumn arrives

Reviewed: Million Dollar Arm (PG)

Wandsworth Guardian:

11:10pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

Mark reviews Million Dollar Arm. More than just a movie about baseball.

Lighting up for drivetime

Wandsworth Guardian:

7:01pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

It's been a long day and the light is getting dim as yet more rain rolls over Sutton. These drivers on their way home found it necessary to put their headlights on for the journey.

Nature Notes: Insect migration

Wandsworth Guardian:

8:32am Tuesday 26th August 2014

Sitting on a Dorset beach on a warm August day, I became aware of an occasional large white butterfly flying in fast from the sea, carrying on up the beach and finally homing in on the cliff face vegetation.

Obituary: Sir Richard Attenborough (Actor / Director)

Wandsworth Guardian:

12:25am Monday 25th August 2014

Mark pays tribute to local Legend Sir Richard Attenborough

Reviewed: Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For 3D (18)

Wandsworth Guardian:

7:53pm Sunday 24th August 2014

Mark gives his view on the return to Sin City.

Movie Preview Show: Bank Holiday Special

Wandsworth Guardian:

12:48pm Sunday 24th August 2014

Movie Preview Showcase Bank Holiday Special.

Mum About Town with Angellica Bell: Where is the time flying to?

Wandsworth Guardian: Mum's the Word with Angellica Bell: 'I have the patience of a saint'

6:00am Sunday 24th August 2014

It’s been a landmark week for my son, as he’s graduated to a toddler bed. I must confess though, it was much more of a big deal for me.

Blue and grey

Wandsworth Guardian:

5:19pm Friday 22nd August 2014

This afternoon the sky is filled with dappled clouds between the odd patch of blue. From the 10th floor, it can look like one huge bank of grey but there seem to be patches of sun on the ground. Have a good bank holiday!

If I choose to eat at a new opening twice in one week, the place is doing something right: Review of Lima Floral, Covent Garden

Wandsworth Guardian:

9:00am Friday 22nd August 2014

Food Bites: With some of the best pisco sours in town.

Morning sun

Wandsworth Guardian:

5:41pm Thursday 21st August 2014

This church to the north of Sutton is not very easy to photograph. It is a little too far off to capture well without a very expensive zoom lens and the light can be a little hazy. However, it's always worth trying to get a shot if you can so here it is...

Hey honey, take a walk on the wild side!

9:58am Thursday 21st August 2014

Foraging for wild food? Nothing tastes sweeter!

Cosy and Chic...The Oversized Cardigan

Wandsworth Guardian:

10:39pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

Style Theory: Cosy and chic, a comfy, soft oversized cardigan to wrap around you as the evenings become colder or to make coming back from a hot summer holiday just a bit easier.

Something nasty in the sky

Wandsworth Guardian:

9:14am Wednesday 20th August 2014

There may be a clear blue sky outside this morning, but there is also an ugly dark layer of pollution...

Just before the rain

Wandsworth Guardian:

5:40pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Dark clouds have been advancing from the west and the rain could be seen rolling over towards Croydon. Conditions like this can provide strong contrasts of light and dark in the clouds as captured here...

Nature Notes: Bird Watching

Wandsworth Guardian:

10:11am Tuesday 19th August 2014

Birdwatching steadily increases in popularity while the enjoyment we derive from feeding garden birds supports a major industry supplying a range of nuts and seeds and ever more sophisticated designs for feeders.

St Helier against the grey

Wandsworth Guardian:

2:24pm Monday 18th August 2014

During the middle of the day, the white St Helier building is lit front-on by the sun. On days like this, when the light is patchy, it can stand out very brightly.

What Movies we're watching in 2014

Wandsworth Guardian:

12:08pm Sunday 17th August 2014


Bridge Banter: Getting the best out of Chelsea's new talisman Diego Costa

Wandsworth Guardian:

8:00am Sunday 17th August 2014

The good news is that Diego Costa looks the real deal as a powerful, hungry Chelsea striker.

Better news from the west

Wandsworth Guardian:

1:45pm Friday 15th August 2014

The rain usually move in from the west but today when I looked out there was blue sky and friendly-looking clouds. No idea if it will stay that way but it looked good at the time...

The food is not ground-breaking but it’s solid; middle-European classics executed well: Review of Fischer’s, Marylebone

Wandsworth Guardian:

9:00am Friday 15th August 2014

Food Bites: The menu is full of umlauts that are fun to pronounce with your best Schwarzenegger drawl.

Brighter times ahead - I hope

Wandsworth Guardian:

4:56pm Thursday 14th August 2014

As the rain was falling on Sutton, the clouds to the west were being lit up by the sun. It wasn't quite the famous silver lining but they looked interesting. And the rain seems to have stopped now - good news if you decided not to bring a jacket today...

Obituary: Lauren Bacall (September 16, 1924 – August 12, 2014) Actress

Wandsworth Guardian:

10:00pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

Hollywood Legend dies at 89

Best view in Croydon

Wandsworth Guardian:

6:00pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

The operator of this crane close to West Croydon station must have the best view over the town. Today it was standing out in the sun against the grey sky behind.

Top tips for dealing with slugs

Wandsworth Guardian:

4:12pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

Slugs and snails are quite possibly a gardener’s biggest foe!

Obituary: Robin Williams 1951 to 2014 (Actor / Comedian)

Wandsworth Guardian:

10:40pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

Mark bids a fond "Nano Nano" to comedy genius Robin Williams.

Fine Tuesday clouds

Wandsworth Guardian:

9:03am Tuesday 12th August 2014

The breeze on the ground may have died down since last night but there are strong winds blowing a few thousand feet up.

Here comes the rain

Wandsworth Guardian:

1:28pm Monday 11th August 2014

Grey clouds are marching in from the west with plans to drop rain on Sutton and its neighbours.

Nature Notes: Denbies delights

Wandsworth Guardian:

9:00am Monday 11th August 2014

Surrey certainly has some glorious countryside.One of my long-term favourite locations is Denbies hillside near Ranmore.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Breaking records

Wandsworth Guardian:

10:29pm Saturday 9th August 2014

Guardians beats the competition.

Tubbs has the hunger for goals ahead of AFC Wimbledon's big kick-off

Wandsworth Guardian:

8:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

New AFC Wimbledon hitman Matt Tubbs has arrived at the Cherry Red Records stadium hungry for goals, and is convinced he can end Dons’ scoring woes this year.

Bridge Banter: If you listen closely, you can hear a door quietly closing at Chelsea

Wandsworth Guardian:

7:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

Stamford Bridge’s revolving player entrance may have been spinning this summer, but one door has quietly closed.

Work in progress

Wandsworth Guardian:

2:23pm Friday 8th August 2014

Work on upgrading the walkway by Sutton station and the Quadrant has been going on for several months but it's starting to take shape.

Competition for Indian cuisine in London is tough and standards elsewhere are too high for me to hurry back: Salaam Namaaste, Bloomsbury

Wandsworth Guardian:

9:00am Friday 8th August 2014

Food Bites: It’s ‘fine’ in that it did the job - it fed us and we ate (most of) it.

Reviewed: Before I Go To Sleep (15)

Wandsworth Guardian:

1:39pm Friday 8th August 2014

UK Best selling novel transfers to the big screen. Read Mark's review

Hazy start

Wandsworth Guardian:

9:21am Thursday 7th August 2014

It looks like it's going to be a hot day for Croydon... stock up on ice.

Clouds from Croydon

Wandsworth Guardian:

5:42pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

All traces of last night's rain have gone. The sky is blue and big, friendly-looking clouds are marching across from Croydon...

Discover the wonders of growing radishes

Wandsworth Guardian:

11:00am Wednesday 6th August 2014

You will be amazed at how easy and quick it is to grow Radish.

Movie News Update: Brent and Jurassic World

Wandsworth Guardian:

11:05pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

Brent and Jurassic World...Now there's a combination!

Trinity's tower

Wandsworth Guardian:

3:48pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

Today I wanted to try some more tests with an infrared filter and decided the ornate tower of Trinity Church in Sutton would be a good candidate.

Nature Notes: Speeding summer

Wandsworth Guardian:

8:44am Tuesday 5th August 2014

Summer speeds by.Blink and we may miss the rest of it. Weathermen predict an early autumn and already crispy brown leaves are falling and grasses readily seeding.

Experiment in black and white

Wandsworth Guardian:

6:37pm Monday 4th August 2014

I saw some examples of pictures taken with an infrared filter recently and decided I wanted to join in the fun. This is the result of shooting out of the window just to see what would happen...

Bridge Banter: This is your life...... Drogba is back in the blue of Chelsea

Wandsworth Guardian:

8:30am Sunday 3rd August 2014

So Didier Drogba is back in the blue of Chelsea.


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