Thursday, 1 September 2011

In August

In many ways August was a very good month in Shepherd's Bush.

The sun may not have shone every day but there was lots of sunshine to be found in the Bush leading up to and following on from the successful Bush Festival.

I felt honoured to be part of the process (by doing one of my favourite things on the day - tweeting!) and to meet all the volunteers led by the inspirational Philippa.

Online London magazine Londonist also asked me to write an article about Bush Festival which I oh-so-proudly did and the article featured some beautiful photographs by local photographer Selina.

It was also thanks to Bush Festival that I found and devoured a beautiful cupcake by Queen of Hearts Cupcakes, a new local business led with mixing bowls full of energy and enthusiasm by Valeri.

August also saw a few days when the sun certainly wasn't shining as a minority took to the streets bringing chaos, fear and unjustifiable violent behaviour to various boroughs of London. Though (thankfully) Shepherd's Bush was relatively untouched all of us residents know that it in many ways it could have been us. This is what I wrote about it all.

I got out and about around the Bush to find out more about the local initiative Books for Free. I also featured more information and some artwork for Bush pop-up gallery event (coming soon in September) orgnised by OpenDoors London, a local creative project all about W12 art and inspiration.

OpenDoors London were also one of the lovely people who did guest posts for me this month as I gallavanted off on yet another holiday. Here is a full run down of all the Bird in the Bush guest posts we enjoyed:

It's the way that we bring this sound - find out all about free drum and bass night coming to the Bush in October.

Right people, right time - information about a local guy's social media project which is obsessed with retro Shepherd's Bush pop culture - fascinating!

Paint your love all over my world - Tom and Katy from OpenDoors London explain more about their art, vision and inspiration from and for W12.

Fun, fun, fun - A gem in our community, Masbro Centre share some photos from their successful family summer party.

It's the food baby! - Local foodie blogger, Iain, shares his expert tips on how to find the best ingredients on Uxbridge Road. Two words: Yum yum.

Thank you to all the writers of these brilliant guest posts. Thank you also to Stuart who shared with us some of his Bush photographs.

Aside from my delicious massage at Happiness Centre, the unexpected highlight of this month was receiving such lovely messages and comments from many of you after I explained that I was flying the Bush very soon. It's been a bizarre few weeks of decision making, panicking and planning and one of the things I dreaded most was breaking the news on the blog. I seriously underestimated you all because your support has been heartfelt, encouraging and in true Bush fashion, overwhelmingly positive when I least expected it. Thank you.

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