Well done to Cathy Maund, Kate Fishenden, Sarah Heaton, Liz Clark, Web Whizz Annie Pennington and everyone else who has contributed to bringing a proper Spring to Askew Road. As part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival and as a way of promoting local businesses tens of fruit trees can now be found outside shops, restaurants and cafes along the two main shopping sections of the Askew Road. This must have taken an enormous amount of unpaid hard work. Our own tree sits happily outside Cafe Louche and will remain there along with the others for three weeks after which the trees will be off to local schools, charities and other suitable homes. Not only does this brighten up the area, it also reflects some local history as to the west of Askew Road there used to be many allotments and orchards. The gardens of Emlyn Road are still home to many surviving fruit trees and some can even be found to the East side in the far more built up areas of Shepherds Bush.
Installing all that wiring and new multi media systems for homes we are constantly asked by families with growing kids how to manage PC / Internet access. The first one is about computer time. If all user accounts are properly set up and password protected you can set a daily amount of computer time allowed and if it runs out and home work still needs to be done you can easily add more time. The biggie of course is “the other stuff”. Well we’ve pretty much got that one sorted by using OpenDNS. Google and read up on it. This is the same system as used in many American schools and works by you changing the DNS settings in your router. It is very easy to do and means all your pc’s and wireless devices are covered throughout the house. Most mobile phone providers also offer content blocking services. It wont get them off the xbox or playstation or stop the kids looking at cats doing strange things, but at least the net at home becomes that much safer.
With planning rule changes in the papers again we will be keeping you informed once we have spoken to our contacts in planning departments in various London boroughs. Watch this space for more information.