Sunday, 31 July 2011


It's time to round up the month of July for Bird in the Bush.

The most read and therefore, I assume rightly or wrongly, the most popular post was the one where I talked about my favourite road in Shepherd's Bush. Some argued it wasn't Shepherd's Bush, and I counter-argued that I wasn't a fan of post code borders, but many other Bush residents agreed and some also offerred further historical insight to why the road is so pretty in pastel colours.

My personal favourite post was about my brother's wedding as it was a special highlight of my month, my year and, I guess, my lifetime.

It was made all the more special by the name of the table we were sitting on for the wedding breakfast.

My favourite thing about the Bush this month has been finding out about Bush Festival and meeting Philippa who is tirelessly working towards creating a very special event for the local community. Please do come down to Shepherd's Bush Green to join in the fun on Saturday 13th August 2011. I will be there and hope to be involved in a small but special way so I will blog about that soon.

In other Bush Events news, Oxjam Shepherd's Bush Takeover continued to get ready for their arrival in the Bush on Saturday 29th October and they held a fundraising pub quiz just last Thursday. For anyone who attended you can try spot yourselves in these photos on their Facebook page. Special well done mention to "Two in the Bush" team which featured some of the finest Bush Twitterati, fresh from their rise to fame as reigning champions of the Crown & Sceptre pub quiz. It was lovely seeing them briefly on Thursday.

The all day festival event will feature live music and comedy acts over 8 venues. More details are to be announced soon.

I got nostalgic again with this fabulous video and screen shots of the 607 as a trolley bus in Shepherd's Bush from over 50 years ago. If you haven't watched it already I thoroughly recommend you do and play spot the local landmarks in their former glory.

I also took a walk down TV production memory lane in honour of the new BBC drama The Hour which is set in TV studios which once graced Lime Grove Studios. Sadly sightings of Dominic West were low this month (I must up my game!).

Personally I kept it vintage too adding more and more retro gems to my Etsy store, Funtime Frocks Etc. There is still free shipping (i.e. I will hand deliver!) to all Bush locals so contact me for a code and get in touch if you have any questions about any of my lovely vintage bits!

This month was short on restaurant and grub reviews (thanks to diet on both my budget and butt) but that doesn't mean it was without its food, thanks to my guest post for Best of Hammersmith & Fulham about the best places to eat out in Shepherd's Bush, my discovering another local blog "Food is the Theme" and I did make a very satisfying trip to King Solomans on a rainy day.

July was also the month I took my very special life long friend to K Spa for a day of pampering and poking. It was so lovely I broke the review into two parts (one and two) so I could drag out my memories of the day.

Again it would seem I had a busy month in Shepherd's Bush (and beyond) and I'm still amazed that I find enough, if sometimes too much, inspiration for writing about life in the Bush. I love this! That's not to say I don't still need ideas so if you'd like me to write about something particular or if you think there's a bar, restaurant, shop I should try in Shepherd's Bush do let me know.

I leave you with some photos of other posts I did featuring my own walks around the BushShepherd's Bush signs (good and bad), photos taken by lovely Bush Bloke Sacha and Shepherd's Bush street art.

Saturday, 30 July 2011

I saw the sign

There are a lot of signs in Shepherd's Bush; some important, some iconic, some amusing. Here are some of the signs I've collected photos of over the last few years.

And sometimes you see a sign that really just makes you question everything, like this one on the corner of Shepherd's Bush Road...

Friday, 29 July 2011

I've got a bike, you can ride it if you like...

Source: Guardian

I'm sure you've all seen this photo of Boris and a few chums cycling through Westfield yesterday, one such chum was apparently slightly unsteady on her two wheeled friend. The photo op was to mark the first year anniversary of the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme that I know many of us have used. Previously on this blog and on twitter I have bemoaned the fact that the nearest station to the Bush is near Olympia station or up Notting Hill and so took it upon myself to give one Boris Bike a tour of the Bush myself earlier this year.

But my moans and our prayers have been answered! Thanks to a healthy cash injection from Barclays and I believe, Westfield, it was reported yesterday that Boris Bikes will land in W12 early next year. Get ready to get on your bike, Shepherd's Bush!

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

The things you see...

Other people are bonkers for the Bush too, as these brilliant photos taken by Sacha show. He describes his photos as showing the Bush to be colourful and it's hard to disagree.

Where is this sea life wall mural? I'm fairly sure I've seen it before but I can't recall where. I love it.

Sacha also included an up to date photograph of the Octopus I referred to in yesterday's post about Bush street art

Also on the subject of street art, can you spot an slightly amateur if not very enthusiastic attempt at the Pickles bear I was talking about?

If you have any photos of the Bush you'd like to share on here do drop me a line.

All photos used with Sacha's permission. You can follow him on Twitter. Photos from his Flickr are all rights reserved.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Street Life

It's the only life you know?

Well in Shepherd's Bush street art is alive and well. I'm not sure why but in recent months I've been more aware of the street art in and around Shepherd's Bush. It is possibly also because other Bush dwellers on Twitter have also been commenting on new and old street art and graffiti in and around W12. One of the things I am noticing is the increase in stickers; graffiti style illustrations or drawings on adhesive paper slapped all over various signs around the Bush. They don't appear to be commercial or promotional, instead choosing to make a statement or catch the eye in the same way graffiti does.

I have very limited knowledge of the street art, but I have a deep appreciation of it's accessibility, what it represents and what it says about the world around us. Even the small stickers I find interesting because they are a product of somebody's thought and effort, though I appreciate they are bloody annoying to anyone who's job it is to clean them off.

These are some of the examples of various forms of street art I've spotted in Shepherd's Bush. I'm sure there are many, many more and I haven't included here the rather famous Octopus (of which there are excellent photos here, though most of this artwork has since gone). I would also like to add that I use that term as loosely as a girl should when she doesn't really know what it means.

I tried to do some detective work to find the people behind some of these pieces but have pretty much failed other than establishing that the chemist shutters were done by "some guy whose girlfriend picks up her prescriptions" there.

I particularly like this little fella, the Pickles bear who I've seen in many places around the Bush and other areas of West London. I would love to hear more from you if you can offer any insight!