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In praise of…the river

A meeting of cloud, sky and sun over the Thames

A meeting of cloud, sky and sun over the Thames

Yes, yes, it’s an obvious choice and hardly needs pointing out, but then again it’s perhaps because it is so obvious that it does need praising. Aren’t we just so lucky to live on the River Thames?

Growing up far from London the idea you could live within strolling distance of the Thames would have been met with incredulous scoffs about price, availability of places, and other derision, and many friends in other areas of London often seem surprised by the closeness of the river when they come to visit: “What, it’s just down there?” “Yeah, come on I’ll show you.”

What’s so nice, so engrossing, is the endless change that it brings to the area. Any stroll down to the banks and you’re greeted by the tides in various states of rising and falling, sometimes pouring over the edge of the pavements, other times leaving huge expanses of dry shingle shore expose for dogs to charge along and children to play on, even runners to jog across.

Heading across Putney Bridge, on the tube or on the foot bridge, always brings pleasure, even surprise, no matter how often you do it, that you should be greeted to such fine views from a tube carriage – so often that clichéd-comic concept of sweaty armpits shoved in your face. Those people have obviously never travelled in through the back street houses of Fulham and out onto Putney Bridge to be greeted by the beauty of an ebbing tide and a long, slow sunset flitting between the cast-iron fittings into the carriage as you rattle home from work.

River Thames on New Year's Day 2013

River Thames on New Year’s Day 2013

Then, for running, walking, cycling, as you curve up and around to Hammersmith Bridge, as the road gives way to a woody, earthen track, perfect for a feeling of escape and wildlife, the rowers stroking in sync,  the birds circling around. You can follow it for miles if you wish, or just loop back around through Barnes, Putney Common, or back on the north side past Fulham FC.

The boat race – we’ll save that for another time – and the boats you can ride up the river to Embankment, Blackfriars to get to work – we’ll also save that for another time…there’s so much to enjoy and be intoxicated by, to help you ruminate, to escape the London that can get you down – the mad, over-the-top, over-priced, endless-battle city it can sometime seems.

But there, at the bottom of the hill, Old Father Thames – the same river the Romans saw when they first arrived, the same river generations of Kings and Queens have ruled over, the same river that has inspired Shakespeare, Dickens and Wordsworth, just keeps rolling in and rolling out.

We should remember this, and praise it, because right now in all that rich span of history, stretching out over millennia, it’s ours.

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A late night Putney stroll

With the mild weather making the start of January feel more like April The Putney Paper took a lovely evening stroll down the river and snapped some pictures as we did so. Some of our favourites are below:

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The sweep of the river away to the West.

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Blues lines in the water.

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The old and the new, side by side.

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Is that the time?

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The welcoming lights of home.

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2013 – starting as we mean to go on

For various reasons beyond our control The Putney Paper has been in hiatus for far too long. However, with 2013 now upon us and the pressure of resolutions to be made, we will return bigger, stronger, faster than ever before, with a guarantee of at least one blog a week! Stay tuned and make sure you’re following @theputneypaper on Twitter to be informed about the weekly posts as soon as they’re live!

To celebrate here’s a lovely New Year’s Day photo of the river.

River Thames on New Year's Day 2013

River Thames on New Year’s Day 2013

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The Putney Paper returns!

Hello! The Putney Paper is back! After a too-long hiatus due to reasons beyond its control, the blog of SW15 has, admittedly, been a rather quiet place, but now everything should be back to normal, with regular updates, insights and photos to come from all the comings and goings of this fair suburb.

What’s changed since we’ve been gone? We’ll HMV has gone, and been replaced by Poundland, which doesn’t quite seem in keeping with the more salubrious nature of Putney but it does offer some pretty good bargains – for £1 surprisingly – so we shouldn’t complain too much.

The Boat Race came and went without much incident…oh wait, no it didn’t, a chap jumped in the river, almost got his head bashed in by an oar, then one of the boats’ oars broke, and a chap collapsed after the race had ended, and a submarine surfaced right at the finish line. Well, the last thing didn’t happen, but the rest did, making it one of the most interesting and enjoyable races in recent memory.

Elsewhere a burst watermain caused some middle havoc to Putney Hill, along with some fun it has to be said as people had to leap a full metre to cross the road, while since then nature has done its best to show it’s still better at sending gallons of water cascading downhills, with about a month’s worth of rain falling in a few days. Still, once it’s all done the greenery of Putney Common, Putney Heath, Wimbledon Common and the rest should look spectacular, something to look forward too.

Also, The PP noticed we’ve received quite a few follows on Twitter, which is great, as we’re now up to 143. So if you’re reading this and following us, please say hi, and if not, you can follow our updates and various musings via @theputneypaper on Twitter.

Let us know if you have any comments, questions or ideas of what else we should cover, or if you’ve got an idea for something you’d like to write for us, drop us a line at theputneypaper@gmail.com – we’d love to hear from you.

Thanks!

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Byron Hamburger – a welcome to Putney review

This week, with a rare glimpse of sun shining through the cloud on the longest day of the year, The Putney Paper headed to the newly opened Bryon Hamburger on Putney highstreet to partake of a sumptuous burger and see if it’s somewhere worth your time.

It’s certainly nice inside, with a narrow entrance widening to reveal a mish-mash of 1950s diner style seating with wood floors and a cavenous back section where chefs prepare the burgers, chips and milkshakes on offer, among other items. They also have a unique selection of beers, rather than the standard fare, which is a nice touch.

Both The PP and friend went for a burger which was well-cooked and served in that time frame of long enough to know it’s been cooked but not so long you worry they’ve got bored and forgotten about it. Chips were acceptable and we had plenty of condiments to keep us going with taste variations. Staff were pleasant, doing the usual staff based things they should, and the toilets were more than acceptable.

It was at least as good as GBK, a mere 50 metres away, so choosing between the two really is like arguing if you like reaching 6 by 3+3 or 2+4 but Byron certainly has both the more interesting layout and more seats, so you have more chance getting on on a busy Friday or Saturday.

Overall, another welcome addition to the high-streets, but nothing to set the world on fire, it is only a burger joint after all.

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Made in Chelsea (courtesy of Putney)

The brainless socialities of Made In Chelsea get about a bit. This week’s mad cap episode saw them jetting off to the delight of Tin Cannes and, closer to home, enjoying the wonderful surrounds of Wandsworth Park for a naked photo shoot. Well, quite.

Of course, this in Putney, not Chelsea, so the title of the show is wrong on that count (one nil to The Putney Paper), and there’s been a few other times when the show has proved less than accurate to reality (shock!) such as when the perennially confused Spencer left the doe-eyed Funda broken-hearted, The PP is sure he ventured out on to the Upper Richmond Road, perhaps popping for a quick Ma Goa to feed his sorrows. Anyway, the shots in the park looked great, with a stiff – steady – Thames wind blowing in and the sun lying long over the grass.

We assumed they filmed the piece early in the morning to avoid over-exposure to poor Putneyites, but actually it seemed as if it was a fairly normal time of day with plenty of runners and walkers about – where you one of them, did you see a posh, long-haired doofus straddling a tree with two slightly horse girls looking on?

If so…let us know!

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The cider pubs of Putney

With the sun doing its best to appear whenever it can (we can’t expect too much now can we?) it’s high-time to get yourself to one of Putney’s many lovely pubs to soak up the rays. The drink of choice is of course cider, far less heavy and far tastier than lager on these days, but the question(s) are where, and what drink.

Top of the pile is The Duke’s Head which serves the fantastically tasty and refreshing Rekorderlig Cider, both apple and winter fruits flavours, which served over ice are delightful. Even better, the pub has no issues or qualms about you taking the drink and sitting outside, on the pavement in the sun, enjoying the Thames flowing by, which makes a change from most pubs and there lines on the floor and bouncers patrolling for any infraction of the extent of the area you can drink in.

The Green Man, a nice pub at the top of Putney Hill, also serves these same ciders which are definitely the drink du jour, while The Coat and Badge sadly only really has Magners (which used to be the cider, but now is nowhere – there’s method in the magners, ridiculous campaign) although we may have spied some Weston’s hidden away too.

So readers, help us fill in the blanks, where are the best locations for summer drinking in Putney – ciders, ales, lagers and so forth. Let us know below!

Well worth trying

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