Author Archives: Hazel

Hanwells of Hanwell Rolls Royce & Bentley Specialists

For as long as I can remember, this showroom has been selling secondhand luxury cars on the Uxbridge Road in Hanwell. [Update] A recent revelation via the Twitter account @EalingCinema is that the building was once a cinema called the … Continue reading

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Champagne (1928)

This was silly but reasonably entertaining. For some reason, Gordon Harker playing a Wall Street businessman seems particularly daft but that’s silent films for you. I’ve seen this twice and I can’t remember much of the storyline. Says it all … Continue reading

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Hanwell war memorial

I’ve always wondered why Hanwell doesn’t have a war memorial. I guess it is something to do with the Hanwell Urban District Council being small and then being absorbed into Ealing Council in 1926. I wonder if the Ealing war … Continue reading

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Master of Suspense by Antony Donaldson (2003)

Hidden in a courtyard in the redeveloped Gainsborough Studios in Hoxton is this sculpture of Alfred Hitchcock in weathering steel (i.e. steel that rusts to form a protective layer) by Antony Donaldson. It dominates the courtyard and reminds me of … Continue reading

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The Farmer’s Wife (1928)

The Farmer’s Wife is the first film in this chronological viewing of Hitchcock films that I can say that I have wholeheartedly enjoyed on its own merits. The exception may be The Lodger but it is hard to be sure … Continue reading

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A walk around Walthamstow

I travelled across London to get my haircut. In order to justify this I went for a walk around Walthamstow with a diversion to Chingford. Many years ago I went on a work’s night out at Walthamstow dogs. I’m not … Continue reading

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The Market

I may have lived here nearly 20 years but it was only today that my attention was arrested by this sign for The Market at the top of Studley Grange Road. Essentially it means that SGR begins about 20 metres … Continue reading

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Come See My Cat

I love this quirky graffiti that you can see just before (or after) Berwick Upon Tweed on the east coast line. I’ve tried several times to capture it and have failed to get a useable shot but this time it … Continue reading

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Hanwell Police Station

I have posted an image of the front of the police station so here’s what you can see of the back.

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The Ring (1927)

The story was terrible with the dullest, most unbelievable love triangle. There was no chemistry between Jack and Nellie and her change of allegiance at the end was as unmotivated as the rest of her behaviour throughout the film. However, … Continue reading

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