We saluted a local hero, Andrews at Kensal Green train station, on our Facebook page after being inspired by Alex Pawlowska’s Instagram account, and it’s elicited so much LOVE… Have a look. It’s incredibly touching. 

Andrews, Kensal Green“Meet Andrews. He is 51 and smiles all the time. He gives people a smile that comes from his heart. Andrews thinks he has the best job in the world. He has been a customer service assistant for 10 years. He likes it because it gives him an opportunity to interact with people. He loves people a lot.
Andrews has a way of making a commuters’ days better. Every day he writes quotes on the entrance board.
Today’s quote was:
“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust the direction of my sails to always reach my destination.”
Andrews is a hero because he devotes his heart to his job and to the people. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter what you do. It’s about how you do it.”

— at Kensal Green London Underground and London Overground Station.


Hello Park Life readers…

I am a 22-year-old female who has lived in the area all their life. A few days ago, I passed the local primary school on the corner of Okehampton and Chamberlayne Road. It was just after midday and a group of builders working on the school were sitting in the playground, by the fence, having lunch. I had not paid the group any notice until I hear one of them growl at me the words:

“I like your p**sy. Very nice.”

The tone was disgusting; not one of the builders in the group challenged it. All laughed along.

I turned shocked to stare at them. Then continued along. Later, I wished I’d challenged them further, and decided to report what was said to me to both the building company and the school where they are working. 

Park Life is very interested on hearing your thoughts on this?  

When it was reported to the contractors employing them, there was no apology (see below), and without irony, they didn’t take it very seriously as there was not anything ‘more concrete to go on’ (building materials are obviously TRC‘s forte over charm).

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Locomotive personal training is inviting one local mum with a baby to win 10 free personal-trainer sessions. Maciej has a play pen in his studio in the Tay Building which you can pop junior in while you train…

To enter, send us a photo of you with a sentence on why you most deserve and need to get in shape soon – email park_life@me.com by the end of August. Important: to qualify, you need to live in the Kensal and Queen’s Park area, and be prepared to train twice a week between 9am and 3pm.

Maciej (pronounced Ma-cheh) is looking for one lucky mum to have five weeks’ intensive results-focussed fitness plan with a bespoke exercise and diet plan (worth almost £500) as a competition prize. Photograph, left: Lydia Evans Photography.

One-to-one physical education: Maciej Gross is a fitness guru who manages to make exercise enjoyable by identifying the weaknesses in an individual’s body and tailoring exercises that build and balance their strength and improve their overall physical condition, and attitude to exercise. He specialises in fat loss, postural and movement correction and works with you to do exercises and circuits you enjoy, with the potential to incorporate martial arts and kettlebells.

Training is usually up to £50 a session, and Maciej knows a lot about nutrition and physiology so he works with you throughout the week to counsel you on what you should and shouldn’t be eating. The rate is negotiable when longer term programmes are booked. There’s a weekly weigh-in and body-fat analysis, plus printed nutritional advice and gentle exercises and sympathetic stretches and his cheery conversational which makes it all more a pleasure than pain.

photoFREE TASTER SESSION: Maciej is also inviting Park Life readers to have a free taster session: email him now to book it at info@locomotivetraining.co.uk

Maciej Gross has his studio in the Tay Building, Unit 10, Tay Building, 2a Wrentham Avenue, London, NW10 3HA; locomotivetraining.co.uk) but he may be able to come to you. Read testimonials from some of his clients, here.



T-Rex to Tarantino: the Nomad comes home!

July 29, 2014

Lewis the Camel has been roaming London this summer, hoisting with him The Lexi’s wandering, pop-up sister, The Nomad Cinema… Lewis will be sauntering back to his own back yard in Queen’s Park, with four distinctively timeless classics. We’ll swap the park farm’s goats and chickens for dinos with Jurassic Park on 16 August; take off with above selfie taking Sarandon in Thelma and Louise on [...]

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Ghee whiz

June 30, 2014

It’s a wonder what a difference that clarified butter can make – at least if it’s organic. I first made the acquaintance of Pukka’s good-for-you ghee when testing out an ALKALINE DIET for foodzine, Flavour First, and I turned to Anu at Jivita Ayurveda for some advice… ‘Two thirds of our diet should be alkaline,’ says [...]

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RIP Ron the Golborne greengrocer

June 3, 2014

Chic cafés and stylish boutiques new to the neighbourhood are all very well, but it’s sad when you have to say farewell to local characters such as Ronald Price, the greengrocer on Golborne Road, the ever-smiling octogenarian (guessing) at the time capsule that is E Price & Sons.  What next at 96–98 Golborne Road, W10? Maybe something cool, [...]

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Caldo means soup in Spanish. But it’s all about the small plates. And the sherry.

May 20, 2014

The sun is out… And the mood is Mediterranean: which prodded me to write this long overdue post about Spanish tapas restaurant Caldo Bar & Kitchen in Queen’s Park… Having walked past at the weekend as its front windows were flung completely open and I was reminded how Penks’ reincarnation as a tapas bar looks about the [...]

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4 May: Social Book Week launches at the Lexi

April 26, 2014

Make the most of a bank holiday Sunday with a very special afternoon screening of the classic A Bridge Too Far on 4 May at the Lexi Cinema. An intro from Al Murray will launch London’s first Social Book Week (4–15 May #sbw14) in support of the Reading Agency charity… Richard Attenborough’s 1977 film is based on Cornelius Ryan’s 1974 bestseller and has a [...]

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Dora Martinkova: a very special storyteller

April 9, 2014

Dora Martinkova is an inspiration. Not only has she conjured entertaining movies with kids from our neighbourhood, but their animations have started clocking up awards. ‘Lost in London Town’ (2010) was shown at the Museum of London and now ‘Mutiny in the Aquarium’ (2013) is featuring in this year’s Take One Picture display at the National [...]

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Kensal Review in Paradise / Tuesday 6 May

April 8, 2014

“Hello my name is Anne-Celine and I’m a bookoholic” For one night only, during Social Book Week, the locally-based Kensal Review opens its doors to the public for a relaxed discussion of Elizabeth Smart’s By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept to raise money for The Reading Agency. Here Anne-Celine Jaeger looks at [...]

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