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One for the road

Wandsworth Guardian:

5:51pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

It's the middle of week - what the Americans call "hump day" - and the weekend is in sight. These drinkers were enjoying an after work treat on the sun deck at the Old Bank pub in Sutton. Cheers!

At Growhampton we love to grow our own mulch

Wandsworth Guardian:

12:18pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

Mulching is the practice of applying a protective layer on the soil surface. It’s usually made of decomposable organic materials and is a must in an organic garden as it helps to conserve soil moisture and improve fertility.

A sword in the sky

Wandsworth Guardian:

11:47am Tuesday 29th July 2014

Two aircraft trails appear to cross forming an image of a sword over Sutton.

Blue sky for Sutton

Wandsworth Guardian:

9:14am Tuesday 29th July 2014

After yesterday's grey, the clouds have decided to let the sun show itself over Sutton and a fine day is promised...

Nature Notes: Marbled marvel

Wandsworth Guardian:

8:35am Tuesday 29th July 2014

One of the most attractive of our high summer butterflies is the marbled white,having a checkerboard wing pattern of black and white (see photo).

Steely sky

Wandsworth Guardian:

5:32pm Monday 28th July 2014

It's been a mixed day in Sutton with rain clouds rolling by. Here is the church spire at Cheam lit up by a sunburst against a very ominous steely grey sky.

Reviewed: Guardians of the Galaxy 3D (12A)

Wandsworth Guardian:

12:22pm Sunday 27th July 2014

Mark finds out if Guardians of the Galaxy lives up to the hype.

Bridge Banter: We all have to start somewhere, just ask Chelsea skipper John Terry

Wandsworth Guardian:

8:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

I suppose we all have to start somewhere. It’s just a shame that most young players will not make the big time.

We weren't expecting this...

Wandsworth Guardian:

4:08pm Friday 25th July 2014

Rainclouds swept over south London and gave the ground a welcome soaking earlier today. Here are some shoppers spotted scuttling for their car in the Sutton B&Q car park as the deluge eased off.

If the intention is to make guests feel as though they’ve been welcomed into the home of a Jewish family, they’re nailing it: Review of The Palomar, Soho

Wandsworth Guardian:

10:21am Friday 25th July 2014

Food Bites: Food from modern-day Jerusalem, with influences from southern Spain, Italy, north Africa and the Levant.

The Khaki Summer Saviour

Wandsworth Guardian:

10:57pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Style Theory: The Khaki Jacket...the ideal layering item to throw over your vest tops and denim shorts on cooler summer evenings and days.

Beware of trains

Wandsworth Guardian:

4:52pm Thursday 24th July 2014

I'm not sure what these rail workers were fixing at Sutton station but they looked very busy...

Marching into the sun

Wandsworth Guardian:

9:04am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Two shadows cast by the late afternoon sun on the march home from work. This was supposed to appear yesterday but there was a technical hitch - let's see if the system will oblige today...

Is organic food really better for you?

2:54pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Latest research shows that organis food really can make a difference.

Nature Notes: Ant Eaters

Wandsworth Guardian:

7:55am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

On a warm humid late afternoon in July I'm in Bushy park,sitting on the rotting stump of a massive old oak in the long grass.

Obituary: James Garner, Actor (1928 – 2014)

Wandsworth Guardian:

10:30pm Monday 21st July 2014

Mark bids a fond farewell to Actor James Garner

Homeward bound

Wandsworth Guardian:

6:05pm Monday 21st July 2014

The sun looks inviting outside and it's definitely time to pack up and head to the station for a homeward train...

Mum about town with Angellica Bell: The last bits for baby have gone to the charity shop

Wandsworth Guardian: Busy mum: Angellica Bell.

5:00am Sunday 20th July 2014

It seems like once you have turned your back on one milestone, you are staring another in the face. When will it stop?

Few other places can offer such uninterrupted late-night leisure - with that holy trinity of good food, good drink and great surroundings - at such value: Review of Brasserie Zédel, Soho

Wandsworth Guardian:

9:43am Friday 18th July 2014

Food Bite: A capacious slice of 1940’s Paris that I don’t think everyone knows about.

Competition: WIN exclusive Dawn of the Planet of the Apes merchandise

Wandsworth Guardian:

10:13pm Thursday 17th July 2014

As promised we have some great 'Apes' goodies to give-away

Movie Preview Showcase July 17 2014

Wandsworth Guardian:

11:35pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

Mark picks three films from this week's Video trailer showcase.

Joel shares the joys of growing baby leaf kale

Wandsworth Guardian:

11:00am Wednesday 16th July 2014

Kale is hardy and ideal to start early in the season. Just keep well watered and you can make your first cut in just 4-5 weeks.

To The Max...

Wandsworth Guardian:

10:12pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

The longer just a has morphed into a 'gown' and is looking like it will play a large part not only in your summer '14 wardrobe but Autumn/Winter too. Luxuriously floaty and extremely comfortable, an elegant addition to your holiday wardrobe. Wear dressed up with heels and fine gold necklaces in the evening, or during the day dress down with sandals.

Busy Bluebirds

Wandsworth Guardian:

8:57am Monday 14th July 2014

Nature Notes: On a rainy afternoon recently,I watched what must be second brood youngsters being fed both in mid-air and perching on boats.

Mum about town with Angellica Bell: The last week has hit nine on the Richter scale

Wandsworth Guardian: Mum about town with Angellica Bell: I've become an over-excited mother

6:00am Sunday 13th July 2014

Forget “mum about town”, as it’s been more like “mum all over the place” this week.

Reviewed: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 3D (12A)

Wandsworth Guardian:

10:15am Saturday 12th July 2014

Mark enthuses about this follow up to Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Bridge Banter: Old Chelsea boy Luiz is about more than just inconsistent performances

Wandsworth Guardian:

8:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

There has been little banter over the past couple of days that has not revolved around Brazil’s capitulation in the semi-final of the World Cup.

The brand has blossomed into a devilishly handsome young buck that flirts with wild abandon from the menu: Review of Arabica Bar & Kitchen, Borough Market.

Wandsworth Guardian:

9:00am Friday 11th July 2014

Food Bites: Making people happy through that age-old winning combination of warm hospitality and very good food.

The true magic of Hampton Court Flower Show revealed

Wandsworth Guardian: Pictures from the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2012.

3:00am Thursday 10th July 2014

June Sampson: I have not missed a single show since it started in 1990. I've seen it grow from a modest event over 10 acres to the largest show of its kind in the world.

This week Joel shares 6 simple steps to sowing seeds

Wandsworth Guardian:

11:27am Wednesday 9th July 2014

Gardening with your children is a great way to keep your little ones occupied through the summer holidays.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Trailer and Q & A with Andy Serkis

Wandsworth Guardian:

9:16pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

Andy Serkis talks about the making of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Pattern on Pattern

Wandsworth Guardian:

1:06pm Monday 7th July 2014

Style Theory: High streets stores are awash with fabulous prints this summer, it is all about the 60s and 70s boho look which will continue into AW14. Contrasting prints are clashed against one another on garments, to create a bold, new look. Small, repeat patterns are mixed with larger exaggerated whimsical prints. It is a move on from previous years stripes and florals it is time to be brave and start mixing it up!

Deformed bird still visits after three years

Wandsworth Guardian:

8:58am Monday 7th July 2014

During a visit to most garden centre open air cafes we are often joined and entertained by a few chaffinches.

Mum about town with Angellica Bell: Be careful what you wish for with kids

Wandsworth Guardian: Busy mum: Angellica Bell.

6:00am Sunday 6th July 2014

I always tell my wonderful husband to be careful what he wishes for

Movie Preview Showcase: Films on release from July 10.

Wandsworth Guardian:

10:59pm Saturday 5th July 2014

Showcase for movies on release at the end of the week.

A new Mexican restaurant encouraging diners to succumb to the pleasures of life: Review of Comensal, Clapham.

Wandsworth Guardian:

9:00am Friday 4th July 2014

Food Bites: There are a lot of good things going for this place before the food even passes your lips.

WIN fantastic prizes in our How to Train Your Dragon 2 competition

Wandsworth Guardian:

11:16pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Merchandise to be won.

Flying saucers in the west

Wandsworth Guardian:

4:26pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

There are hardly any clouds in the sky this afternoon, the few we can see from the 10th floor look a little like flying saucers if you really think about it...

Clouds marching in

Wandsworth Guardian:

5:39pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

The clouds were marching in from the south west today. The sky was a brilliant blue earlier on but it now looks rather white.

Joel's top 5 tips for organic growing

Wandsworth Guardian:

10:00am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

This week I'm sharing my 5 top tips on growing organic at home

WIN A ‘Belle’ movie goody bag.

Wandsworth Guardian: Belle

9:40pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

More 'Belle' prizes to be won!

It's All White

Wandsworth Guardian:

9:57pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

Style Theory: It's high summer and it is all about White....

Fisheye clouds

Wandsworth Guardian:

2:16pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

Fisheye lenses produce striking, rounded and intriguingly distorted images. Sadly, they also cost a heck of lot and, for best results, you need to be using them on a similarly expensive camera.

Rain in the air

Wandsworth Guardian:

2:05pm Monday 30th June 2014

Grey cloud has been building up over south London this morning and it looks like patches of rain are rolling by to the west

It's the summer of the lawn daisy

Wandsworth Guardian: Unfortunately the little flower is often mown to extinction on pristine lawns.

11:37am Monday 30th June 2014

Nature Notes: Only in sunny weather does it open,closing in rain and at night when few pollinating insects are around.

Mum about town with Angellica Bell: Am I a nag?

Wandsworth Guardian: Busy mum: Angellica Bell.

6:00am Sunday 29th June 2014

So my other half called me a “nag” the other day, which I thought was funny! I decided to look the word up in the dictionary and the definition is, “to harass someone to do something they are averse to”.

Reviewed: How to Train Your Dragon 2

Wandsworth Guardian: How to Train Your Dragon 2

9:51pm Sunday 29th June 2014

The Dragons are back!

Lunch on the wing

Wandsworth Guardian: Peregrine falcon dines on pigeon

11:55am Friday 27th June 2014

When you're a busy peregrine falcon with a growing family to care for, you have to grab lunch whenever you can...

A bar you would equally be chuffed to discover was the destination of a first date, or the location of today’s business meeting: Review of Scarfes Bar, Holborn.

Wandsworth Guardian: Scarfes Bar

11:21am Friday 27th June 2014

Food Bites: Good Indian food and potions that make you squiffy after one.

WIN a merchandise goody-bag for The Fault in Our Stars

Wandsworth Guardian: The Fault in Our Stars

10:55pm Thursday 26th June 2014

WIN a merchandise goody-bag for The Fault in Our Stars one of the top ten movies in the US this week.


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