As we swanned up and down Kite Hill on New Year’s Day (good to hear lots of you were there too), we tweeted to ask what your resolutions are. The responses, we are happy to report, were pleasingly diverse (no doubt reflecting your various states of post-NYE mind).
Some of you are aiming high: ‘Mine’s to play at least 15 festivals and get signed to a record label,’ enthused indie songwriter Bryony Marie Fry. Others were happy just pushing a quirky hobby (‘Get more people chess-boxing!’) And many were community-minded: ‘Bring Boris Bikes to Kentish Town,’ agreed more than one person, evidence that our writer Tim Sowula’s campaign is still ticking over.
Inevitably with a hangover or two in the air, booze featured. A grim-faced Rachael Nelson was very much on the wagon: ‘Staying sober for all January then just drinking at weekends,’ she insisted, before adding, ‘No midweek drinks.’ A note to self? Yet others were still in party mode. ‘Go to the Southampton Arms as much as possible,’ said DB. Now that sounds like a plan, especially in January when surely there’ll be a bit more room at the bar.Some of you were thinking sartorially. ‘Love more, talk more, knit more,’ giggled Kate Aubon, a self-confessed ‘lady with a penchant for fancy dress and gravy’ (in the same outfit?) ‘Look after my ankles and never wear high heels!’ screamed Karen Childs. ‘I had two bad ankle injuries last year.’ Ouch. Fair enough.
Meanwhile, a determined James Beevers (and occasional writer here) wants to ’1) read more books and 2) never attempt to catch the tube between 8am and 9am.’ And why catch the tube at all? There was lots of talk of simply wallowing in the postcode. ‘Mine is to take more time to explore K-Town,’ said a very on-message Flora Lyd. ‘Too often I’m lured further afield. I need to make the most of living here.’
Right on. And how about a foodie exclusive? ‘Mine’s to open a restaurant in Kentish Town,’ said Baba Gupta, of the excellent Bhangra Burger streetfood stall that graced both Camden Brewery and the Lock Market in 2012. We reviewed its ‘achingly tender’ burgers here and give two words of encouragement to him: Yes please.As for The Kentishtowner? We have very exciting plans for 2013. First off, we’re launching our monthly print edition on January 23. Why? Simply because it’s a natural progression of what we are doing as a daily publication. Plus there’ll be new features and some very exciting – and, for now, top secret – columnists too.
We’re also busy putting the finishing touches to Mrs Kentishtowner’s Corner Shop, which will feature works and products by a small, hand-picked selection of local artists and designers, as well as the chance to buy original Kentishtowner goodies by artist Russell Loughlan, the man responsible for our logo. Hurrah! There’ll also be the opportunity to have a nosy round local property that’s for sale, and pick up a bargain on insurance or a holiday. Well, that’s the plan anyway.
Jeepers. We’re exhausted already. Next week it’s business as usual on the Pinboard so send us all your events, tips, happenings, fairs and openings (ideally 7 days in advance). Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Words & Photos: Stephen Emms