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Kilburn Station Book Exchange

The bookshelf is a series of lime green squares, each holding a haphazard collection of books. Titles range from ‘Hermeneutic Philosophy and the Sociology of Art’ to ‘Around Bruges in 80 Beers’, from ‘Fundamentals of Industrial Administration Vol. 1’ to ‘Dragon Bones’. I crouch with curiosity, head tipped to read the vertical spines. My fingers track through tall hardbacks and thin dog eared paperbacks as I assess the titles, often pulling books out to read the blurb. I’m at the…

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Added by Helene Latey on April 8, 2017 at 20:02 — 1 Comment

Refugee Allotments at Queens Park Allotment

“We journey towards a home not of our flesh. Its chestnut trees are not of our bones.”

                                             – Mahmoud Darwish We Journey Towards Home[i]

“My hometown, like the stars just blinking on,

Is somewhere on the other side of a wide, wide river  -

More sensation, more memory than town.”   …

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Added by Helene Latey on March 28, 2017 at 20:16 — No Comments

Worm Delivery

"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow" - Audrey Hepburn

I arrive home, arms weighed down with Kilburn High road spoils, to find a small square box nestled against the door. The shopping bags thunk disregarded to the ground as I kneel to read the label on the box: “If not home…

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Added by Helene Latey on March 16, 2017 at 21:12 — 1 Comment

Meanwhile: Endings and Beginnings

January: darkened days, morning frosts melting into winter gloom, and an email sent around from the Meanwhile @ the Corrib organising team confirming that we’ve pulled out. We’re no longer going ahead with Meanwhile @ the Corrib community hub.

There’s a moment of mental disconnect when you receive bad news about something for which you’ve been holding out hope, however tenuous. Time seems suspended as your brain absorbs this disappointing information and then, with an almost…

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Added by Helene Latey on March 4, 2017 at 23:14 — No Comments

Meanwhile @ The Corrib: Beginnings

The Corrib Rest, 76-78 Salusbury Rd, NW6 6PA

October 18th 2016

Hub:

1. The central part of a wheel, rotating on or with the axle, and from which the spokes radiate.

2. The effective centre of an activity, region, or network.

The large downstairs room at the Corrib Rest was positively thriving. Long held friendships and connections were evident as people grouped together, conversing with familiar ease. …

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Added by Helene Latey on December 8, 2016 at 14:57 — No Comments

Meanwhile @ The Corrib: Planning

11.10.2016

“In every one of them, in spite of their diversity, their different people and settings, he found the same spirit, the same sense of people coming home to the place, to each…

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Added by Helene Latey on December 8, 2016 at 14:55 — No Comments

Meanwhile @ The Corrib: The Vision

I enter the flat to the overwhelming smell of buttery popcorn. The scent brings such strong associations that my mind relaxes into the expectation of passive movie night viewing. While we, the Meanwhile @ The Corrib planning group, are gathering together to view something, it will be a much more active viewing process than the popcorn suggests. We are at our ‘vision’ workshop, facilitated by local ideas development coach Emma Rae. The plan is to extract the individual Meanwhile @ The…

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Added by Helene Latey on December 5, 2016 at 14:04 — No Comments

Consulation for new bike infrastructure at Queens Park Gyratory

One minute action:Go to the consultation http://lcc.org.uk/articles/take-action-support-brents-carlton-vale-tracks  and click on Start survey.

Click "Yes" to agree to the proposals and give your details on the second page.

Ideally, in the comments box, add your thoughts on the scheme in your own words. Brent Cyclists suggest asking for: semi-segregated measures or "stepped" tracks on the…

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Added by josie warshaw on November 25, 2016 at 17:28 — No Comments

Consulation for new bike infrastructure at Queens Park Gyratory

One minute action:Go to the consultation http://lcc.org.uk/articles/take-action-support-brents-carlton-vale-tracks  and click on Start survey.

Click "Yes" to agree to the proposals and give your details on the second page.

Ideally, in the comments box, add your thoughts on the scheme in your own words. Brent Cyclists suggest asking for: semi-segregated measures or "stepped" tracks on the…

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Added by josie warshaw on November 25, 2016 at 17:21 — No Comments

Hedgerow Harvest

Kensal to Kilburn Fruit Harvesters Fryent Country Park Event

Sunday 2nd October 2016

Fryent Country Park, Fryent Way NW9 9SE

The undergrowth within the hedgerow is a tangled mass of thistles, bramble and nettles held together in stringy nets of coiling bind weed.  Littered amidst the tangle lie misshapen spheres of brown, gold, green and red: fallen apples. Crumpled flesh softens through brown bruising, the doomed…

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Added by Helene Latey on October 12, 2016 at 13:22 — No Comments

Treading NW6

Unthinkable Drinkable Brent wine making event

Saturday 24th September 2016

Harvist Rd, Queens Park

 

Tumbling, overflowing crates fill the front garden, mimicking the  flow of people spilling onto the pavement. Convivial chatter, bursts of…

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Added by Helene Latey on September 30, 2016 at 21:30 — No Comments

Resurgence & Ecologist magazines offered

Dear all

I have a series of more than 2 years worth of this wonderful and inspirational magazine (featuring the columnist and TTK2K member Leo Johnson what's more!).  Has been a great bonus to me to have these - but alas as I am travelling away they need a new home.  Do contact me... including ideas of a community space they may go to. 

Added by Carol Low on September 10, 2016 at 9:10 — No Comments

Old Stories for New Times: inspiration for sustainable living

Dear all 

Do have a look at the report Sue Arthur and I have put together about how we went about doing this Transition project.  We have added resources in case you want to do a similar project.  This has also been part of our evaluation to the Heritage Lottery Fund who part-funded the project.  

We would also like to thank TT K2K and the core group who have been and continue to be such supporters of the concept from the beginning.  Your practical support and…

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Added by Carol Low on May 29, 2016 at 11:02 — No Comments

cultural geography of Kilburn

This is about Kilburn by Doreen Massey, a Kilburnite who’s just died and was an author of the Kilburn Manifesto about neoliberalism.

https://www.unc.edu/courses/2006spring/geog/021/001/massey.pdf ;…

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Added by Transition Kensal to Kilburn on March 20, 2016 at 9:50 — No Comments

Energy Coop Blues

Following on from my last post (hopefully not the Last Post!), finally met with the decision makers at Preston Manor School, Wembley: Head, Chair of Governors, Business and Site managers. I presented our offer (Saving on electricity of around £2700 a year, no cost to school, 5% to investors) and got some awkward questions in return.  What if a child were to climb on the solar roof and get injured? What if a hurricane were to blow a panel off and damage people or property? (answer: our…

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Added by Nick Hartley on February 11, 2016 at 13:01 — No Comments

Brent Energy Coop

Just wanted to let you all know that there is an Energy Coop functioning in Brent!

A group of us from TTKTK and Brent FOE started meeting about 18 months ago responding to FOE's campaign to get local schools to 'Run on Sun'.  (i.e install Solar PV panels) We looked at the various ways of raising funds, ranging from local council money (no chance with the cut-backs) through donations (as e.g. organised by 10:10) to forming a Coop, which we have done. I attended a meeting…

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Added by Nick Hartley on January 21, 2016 at 12:46 — No Comments

An Introduction to Harlesden Town Gardens

HARLESDEN TOWN GARDENS AN INTRODUCTION

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THE VISION

The Harlesden Town Garden project was started in March 2013. The main aim was…

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Added by Gabriel Parfitt on September 15, 2015 at 10:38 — No Comments

Looking for volunteers for Brent Mind youth mental health project

Brent Mind is recruiting volunteers for an exciting new peer mentoring service for young people with mild to moderate mental health issues.  Volunteers will be required to meet with their mentee for up to two hours each week to focus on working together to support recovery and build resilience.  If you are interested in volunteering for the service or accessing, please contact Rochelle Batten on rochelle.batten@brentmind.org.uk

Added by Rochelle Batten on August 17, 2015 at 11:23 — No Comments

Nettle pesto, anyone?

Sometimes knowing that you can cook something without too much hassle is not enough for you to try it, even when you are quite curious to try new plant-based food. I’ve been meaning for quite a few weeks now to cook with nettles, for example. But, without the intervention of Kensal to Kiburn harvesters, I would still look at the urtica diodica specimen in my garden with suspicion.

As I had signed up to the workshop organized by Michael Stuart from Transition Kensal to Kilburn,…

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Added by Amandine Alexandre-Hughes on May 19, 2015 at 14:26 — No Comments

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