I mentioned in last week's round up that the German frigate, SCHLESWIG HOLSTEIN, would be heading past Greenwich on Monday morning. For those that missed her, here she was with the Thames Barrier and the O2 in the background.
Why do Brits make the best movie villains?
The Queen's House will be seen by over 100 million people this weekend when it appears in an advert for Jaguar that will be shown during the Super Bowl. Most won't recognise where it is though as it's actually doubling for the real Queen's house, edited in at the end of a sequence where a Jaguar drives up the Mall to Buckingham Palace. You can watch the advert, which stars Ben Kingsley, Mark Strong and Tom Hiddleston, here.
The Queen's House also appeared in David Dimbleby's brilliant Britain and the Sea series recently and he has created an audio guide to the paintings that are on show there. You can pick it up for free at the information desk by the entrance.
All this talk of the Queen's House is a good excuse to share this photo I took from over at Island Gardens last summer.
A Poll and a Petition
This week saw the launch of both an online petition and an online poll on two very different issues.
The petition has been set up by the owners of the Old Cottage coffee who want public support for their campaign to get the nearby public toilets in Charlon Park refurbished.
The poll is from senior councillor and cabinet member, John Fahy, who has said on his blog that the council should return to a position of financially supporting Blackheath fireworks. He wants to know if people agree or disagree.
Severndroog Castle nearly ready to reopen
Thanks must go to Laura, the Heritage Manager at Severndroog Castle, for letting me have an early look around this week. Work on the tower, hidden away in Oxleas Wood, is continuing but all's looking good for a reopening this spring, at which time there will be a cafe, venue space and education room.
I put a couple more photos up on the forum.
Apparently it's the only non-winning property from the 2005 programme Restoration that has managed to get itself restored. Maybe show host Griff Rhys Jones should come back and see it for the reopening?
Kevin Nolan's Match Reports
For those that missed them, we had match reports on the site this week from the Huddersfield Town v Charlton game, and then Doncaster v Charlton. Do take a look and add a comment if you think Kev has got it right or got it wrong. Thanks, as ever, to Grant Saw Wealth Management for their sponsorship of the column.
Royal Artillery Band
The Royal Artillery Band have been based at Woolwich for 250 years, but that relationship is unfortunately coming to an end soon. The band are moving from Woolwich Barracks to Tidworth in Hampshire but, before they go, they will make a final appearance in Woolwich. An emotional farewell will take place on Sunday 9th February, from 1.30pm to 2.30pm, in General Gordon Square, Woolwich,