Streatham a place of beauty? These colourful images by artist Karen D Tregaskin certainly paint it that way. Streatham Pulse brings together a selection of her work, including the fated ice arena shown above. The arena and local swimming baths are both due for demolition in preparation for the new Streatham Hub and Tesco development, a controversial scheme Streatham Pulse has elsewhere covered in detail. Meanwhile, more of Karen's work can be viewed on her Flickr stream (well worth a look).
The Aldgate water pump has a long and pukesome history. In 1876, for example, 'the water began to taste strange and was found to contain liquid human remains which had seeped into the underground stream from cemeteries'. Spitalfields Life offers a potted, if not potable, history of this minor landmark on the City fringes.
London Reconnections visits wherever it is that old Tube maps go to die, and pulls this fascinating chart out on day release. It's a map of the Tube network in 2016, as envisioned in 2004. All kinds of highlights are here for the discerning geek: an alternative Crossrail, a Dagenham DLR link and, horror of horrors, the continued existence of the Silverlink (now the northern parts of the London Overground).
Local residents and councillors are a little, ahem, flushed at the potential addition to their area of an entrance site to the proposed Thames 'Super Sewer'. Shepherd's Bush Blog continues coverage over whether it'll be sited in Fulham or Wandsworth, and the ongoing
battle consultation between local residents and authorities with Thames Water.
Lambeth Council are to fine residents £1000 if they fail to separate out their refuse for recycling. Brixton Blog published a couple of opinion pieces, by Clare Richardson and Glenn Guest, who are against and for the initiative, respectively.
A sparrow glued to a cricket ball, an impossible to survive torture chair, and other unusual museum pieces, as compiled by Peter Watts.
This local community site will soon attempt a pub crawl around all 46 Fitzrovia Pubs, Lord help their livers. The feat of endurance will begin at the Green Man on Euston Road, which is here profiled as the first in an apparent series on the neighbourhood's boozers.
Image copyright Karen D Tregaskin, and used with permission.