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Podcast Ep081: Performance Filmed in Notting Hill

After Killing a Rival in Self-defense, Hoodlum Chas (James Fox) Must Flee Both From The Law and From His Boss, Harry Flowers. He eventually moves into a house owned by Turner (Mick Jagger), a former rock star who lives with female companions Pherber (Anita Pallenberg) and Lucy (Michele Breton). Chas and Turner initially clash, but Turner becomes fascinated with Chas' life as a criminal. Through drugs and a series of psychological battles with Turner, Chas emerges a different...

Duration: 00:23:39

Podcast Ep080: Portobello Radio

This is the second time I’ve had Piers Thompson on the show and I wanted to see how far Portobello Radio had become since the previous I Love The Grove episode? As Piers himself puts it “Going great guns!”, The radio show celebrate the rich cultural and ethnic diversity of Portobello Road. Portobello Radio, a station (online) run by Ladbroke Grove residents Piers Thompson, Chris Sullivan and Greg Weir being listened to all over the world via the KPH; and on Saturdays from the Westbank on...

Duration: 00:25:07

Podcast Ep079: 1950s Films Shot Around Ladbroke Grove

In This Episode Aidan McManus Talks About his Favourite 1950s Films Shot in and Around Ladbroke Grove. Finishing off the 1950s Films in this episode, I had never heard of Seven Days to Noon. Nor Secret People. Nor Turn The Key Softly. Nor Sapphia. As a kid however, I had watched The Blue Lamp on many many occasions. Seven Days To Noon An English scientist runs away from a research center with an atomic bomb. In a letter sent to the British Prime Minister he threatens to blow up the...

Duration: 00:27:29

Ep078 - RIP Lucky Gordon, Darcus Howe, Johnny Shannon

Lucky Gordon found himself at the heart of the Profumo Scandal. Darkus Howe was one of the Mangrove Nine and Johnny Shannon a Law abiding Actor, always played the villain. So in this episode recorded in Ladbroke Grove’s spiritual home, Aidan I sat down to enjoy a pint and have chat about three men that recently passed away. All three men were connected not only to each other, but to some of the biggest and most scandals on British Shores. Well, two if them. Johnny Shannon got to play the...

Duration: 00:32:59

What Happens To Soldiers When War is Over?

More British Soldiers die as a result of committing suicide than are killed in Battle figures suggest. Disclaimer: If you watch this video, some of you will not like what you hear. For those of you that know me, some of you will know that I suffered with PTSD after my tour of Iraq 2003. If you watch the video to its end, you will not like what you see. I have blended my own thoughts and feelings of what I went through with the story of others who felt unable to cope anymore. This...

Duration: 00:28:36

Ep076 Imagine Being Able To Climb Like Molly Thompson-Smith And Love Every Minute Of It

Renowned Climber Molly Thompson-Smith trains at WestWay Climbing. Everyone’s welcome at Westway, whether you’re a first time or an experienced climber. Hope you enjoy the podcast

Duration: 00:21:21

Ep075 Old Notting Hill/North Kensington Facebook Page

Starting DJ-ing in about 1981 Hucker first arrived in Ladbroke Grove working at the Electric Cinema from 1972 and speaks to I Love The Grove. We spoke about, Ladbroke Grove, the Electric Cinema, his DJ career and the absolutely fantastic facebook page Old Notting Hill/ North Kensington ‘82 he opened up a club night on Thursdays at an atmospheric Colombian venue called the Sol y Sombra in London's Charlotte Street. This night rapidly became legendary and one of the best club nights in...

Duration: 00:31:57

Ep074 Social Cleansing | Fighting Gentrification | Refreshingly Controversial

Kensington & Chelsea Born & Bred, Labour Councillor For The Golborne Ward Fighting Gentrification and Has a Blog That Can Only Be Described As Wonderfully Brutal! Emma Dent-Coad has been a writer and author on design, architecture and planning for 30 years; in 2006 she was elected as local Councillor to Golborne Ward in North Kensington, home to Kensal House by Grey Wornum and to Trellick Tower and the newly listed Edenham Way by Erno Goldfinger. Writer and Researcher On Architecture and...

Duration: 00:22:21

Ep073: Ray 'Rougher Jones', Crime, Prison, Drug Addiction, Alcoholism

Brought up in a working-class area of Swansea, Ray veered into a life of shoplifting and small-time drug dealing fuelled by alcohol and driven by gambling. Inevitably, Ray was sent to prison and eventually left Swansea for London such was his growing notoriety with the police and magistrates in his home town.ᅠ He settled in Ladbroke Grove and became a key figure in the burgeoning music and art scene emerging from the boho pubs around Ladbroke Grove. He toured with Joe Strummer, hung out...

Duration: 00:18:29

Event: The Colville Project & Tom Vague Presents 1966

Renowned Local Historian Tom Vague & The Colville Project Bring 60’s Ladbroke Grove To Life The Year This Decade Exploded! Book & Kitchen 31 All Saints Road London W11 1HE 6pm to 9pm Tuesday 26th July Local History Free Entry Whether you grew up in Ladbroke Grove or one of the other K&C wards during the 60’s or simply fascinated by what was happening in W11/W10 in 1966, Tom Vague and Colville Project bring this era of West London History to life. This event will feature Tom...

Duration: 00:16:34

Ep072 The Blue Lamp

The Blue Lamp is a 1950 British police drama, directed by Basil Dearden and starring Jack Warner as veteran PC Dixon, Jimmy Hanley as newcomer PC Mitchell, and a very young Dirk Bogarde as hardened criminal Tom Riley. The title refers to the blue lamps that traditionally hung outside British police stations (and often still do). The film was to be the inspiration for the 1955–1976 TV series Dixon of Dock Green, where Jack Warner continued to play PC Dixon until he was 80 years old (even...

Duration: 00:22:22

Ep071 Sir Alexander Fleming Discovered Penicillin In The Hospital I Was Born

Sir Alexander Fleming Discovered Penicillin In The Hospital I Was Born In St Mary's Hospital - Paddington Sir Alexander Fleming FRS FRSE FRCS[1] (6 August 1881 – 11 March 1955) was a Scottish biologist, pharmacologist and botanist. His best-known discoveries are the enzyme lysozyme in 1923 and the antibiotic substance benzylpenicillin (Penicillin G) from the mould Penicillium notatum in 1928, for which he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945 with Howard Florey and...

Duration: 00:30:24

Ep070 NW Clean Hugely Succesful Cleaning Company Based in Ladbroke Grove

NW Clean Have a Passion For Restoring Your Space and Appliances To Look Like New. When you get to love your spaces and appliances again, you smile, you’ll recommend NW Clean to the people you care about, and you enjoy living with possessions that will last longer. Don't take my word for it. Read what others say! Then, make up your own mind, check out their pricing, or ask them any question about cleaning. Joshy and his team are available day or night and experts in cleaning services...

Duration: 00:14:08

Ep069 The Perfect Tonic in Ladbroke Grove

Tonic, a Clothing Company Based In Ladbroke Grove Is Owned and Managed By Phil Bickley. Tonic offer a carefully edited selection of classic brands at a good price, no hassle, no 'big sell', just sound advice and friendly service. This is the kind of place you'd tell your mates about. Banter along with the perfect pair of jeans. Launched 15 years ago Tonic is thriving and something of an institution, woven firmly into the fabric of the bustling creative community at the northern end of...

Duration: 00:19:40

Ep068 An Amazing World Hidden Within Ladbroke Grove - The Kindred Studios

Kindred Studios are not-for-profit maker-spaces situated just off Ladbroke Grove underneath the Westway, in a building formely known as Maxilla. It was started by two artists Jaime Turner and Angelique Schmitt who were looking for a space for themselves to work and instead found a big empty building and a new project! After hosting two open days and within two weeks, the 14,000sq ft building was completely filled with every discipline within the arts from millinery, sculpture, ceramics,...

Duration: 00:19:57

Ep067 Notorious Slum Landlord Peter Rachman

Stuck Between Hitler and Stalin, Notorious Notting Hill Slum Landlord Peter Rachman Had Nowhere To Go. Having spent time in Stalins Gulag's Peter Rachman a Polish immigrant fought in the second war from 1941 eventually moving to the UK after his Polish Unit was disbanded. Throughout the 50's he had created a property empire which consisted of over 100 mansion blocks including night clubs. No Blacks, No Irish, No Dogs Rachman was portrayed in the British press as enemy number one but...

Duration: 00:19:44

Ep066 Life Coach Louisa Burnand

Imagine as you are reading this right now you feel that there is something in your life at the moment that is not quite how you'd like it to be. Maybe you are in some sort of transition, and would like some help and support with the decisions and struggles that you are facing? Perhaps it's a major cross-roads, or just a small decision, and you just don't know which direction to go? Or are you stuck in a rut and can see no way out? Maybe you just have a niggling feeling that things could...

Duration: 00:19:47

Ep065 Tom Vague the Colville Project

Article written by www.NHH50.com We’re featuring a special series by local historian Tom Vague every day this week. Tom first came to Notting Hill in the late 1970s when he was the editor of the post-punk fanzine ‘Vague’ which was distributed by the first Rough Trade record shop at 202 Kensington Park Road. He also worked as a music journalist for ‘Zigzag’ magazine across Portobello at 118 Talbot Road into the 1980s. Tom recently featured on Notting Hill Housing’s free walking tour...

Duration: 00:41:08

Ep064 The London Free School

A Community Action Adult Education Project ‘The London Free School’ That I Wished Existed Today! It seemed this school consisted of the whose who within the counter culture! Aidan McManus the founder of Flipside London Tours takes us on a wicked journey into the heart of the Counter Culture movement!

Duration: 00:18:52

Ep063 The History of Ladbroke Grove Architecture With Renowned Architect Andrew Hanson

Ever wondered about the properties we live in? When and who built them? Why they were built in such a way? The purpose behind modern and ex local type properties? In this podcast Andrew Hanson the founder of Hanson Architects brings Ladbroke Grove to life in this episode. Hanson was born in London, the son of an architect and educated at the Architectural Association and the University of Edinburgh. In 1990 Andrew formed Circus Architects. Completed over 120 loft apartments, mobile cinema...

Duration: 00:33:29

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