…another year of sending pictures to Twitter draws to a close.
PJ and Duncan turned up in Inverness Street, Camden Town, at the start of the year. They wanted to create a market scene to promote Morrison’s range of fresh food. But, of course, there is no market there any more. We were left with the bizarre situation where the supermarket’s film crews had to mock up a fake market in a street where a real market had perished, some have argued because of the advance of… yup, supermarkets.
You know you’re in Camden Town, when you get cut up by a thoughtless unicyclist.
Camden Council confirmed they would not be releasing anything embarrassing under the Freedom of Information Act with one of the most daftest explanations out there. It translates as ‘we say silly things and just don’t want you to know about them’.
Prince fans queued and queued in cold and rain to see him at the Electric Ballroom.
Rufus, one of London’s biggest dogs, passed away. You can read a little tribute here.
The diggers moved in on the Crown and Goose pub… The end of the pub they couldn’t close.
Meanwhile, fun times remained for the kids in Holloway.
In up and coming Finsbury Park, betting shops opened next to pawnbrokers.
We discovered Camden Councillors have ‘yes, abstain, no, barf’ buttons under their desks.
A giant multicoloured windchime was constructed outside Camden Town tube station for about two seconds.
The local elections brought out a banner war between neighbours in Crouch End.
It all got a bit Day Of The Triffids scary getting off the train at West Hampstead.
This detective brought bow ties back.
The legendary text adventure computer game, Hampstead, celebrated its 30th anniversary.
Film star and former footballer Eric Cantona started popping up all over NW1. Here he is in a picture tweeted by @CasaTuaCamden
Forget neighbours at war, households were split in Highgate as election day neared.
Waitrose opened in Camden Town. Cue tote bags and edamame beans.
The church over the road, St Michael’s, needed some work done its garden. It picked an appropriately named company.
The makers of dark crime drama True Detective left some graffiti on a wall in Gospel Oak to promote their new DVD. It was all a bit of a wheeze.
Former Lib Dem councillor Laura Willoughby called the CNJ news team ‘tossers’ – and it made the news agenda on the BBC website.
The first time you see someone using a selfie stick is always special.
The World Cup began and on platform one we learned High Barnet had a taken a quick 3-0 lead into half-time against Portugal.
Phil Neville’s boring, one-tone commentary was a source of national debate. The Telegraph decided New Journal reporter Tom Foot’s opinion was key to it all.
Amateur cyclist Mat Ilic cycled up Swain’s Lane 160 times in a row for charity – the equivalent of charging up Mount Everest.
Chancellor George Osborne posed with fans in Kilburn High Road.
Anti-Sainsbury’s protesters in Hampstead said their ‘arms were tired‘. File under amusing placards.
The BBC website went ‘in depth’ on July’s biggest stories.
If you think Crouch End is only about artisan olive breads, think again. The place went Chicken Teriyaki with extra green peppers crazy when Subway opened there.
The prestigious Highgate School filmed its end of year video. The premise: a teacher marches through the playground shooting children and fellow staff.
The Kinks’ Ray Davies was caught reading his favourite newspaper.
As buskers disappeared after being told they’d need a licence to perform in Camden Town, DJ Grandpa moved in. Every day. There he was. The same songs every day. The same latex mask. The bottom Twitpic is from Tom Foot (@tomfoot1), showing the chaos when Mr Megaphone Danny Shine, the one who slates passers-by for buying McFlurries and picking up a copy of the Evening Standard, was there at the same time. DJ Grandpa later had his licence revoked disturbing the neighbours.
We got a fresh clue in 2014 as to how journalism works.
The New Journal got all hip and trendy on your asses (is that what the young folk say?) by hosting an open air gig at Camden Lock with Basement Jaxx.
Joan Rivers died. Street artist Pegasus marked her passing in Islington.
A rare blue butterfly stopped for lunch in South End Green, Hampstead – caught on camera by Conservative party agent David Douglas. Pretty, but doomed, we learned.
Camden councillors of all political stripes ditched their full council meeting to march to Trafalgar Square so that they could be at rally urging Scotland not to break away from the United Kingdom. Here they are. Marching.
Argos in Camden Town ditched its stubby pencils and splashed out on iPads. It just doesn’t feel right.
Pret a manger buffets ordered for meetings at the Town Hall were demolished,
A statue for Amy Winehouse was unveiled in Camden Town.
In Birmingham, the Tories met for their annual political conference… and they were bloody furious about one coffee chain’s approach to tax, voting with their feet.
In Muswell Hill, the police got a new, trendier tagline. Bitch!
Kentish Town’s ‘secret artist’ liked her feature interview in the New Journal so much, she painted our ‘L’less offices in Camden Town.
We got another hint about how Sunday morning talk shows on the BBC pick their pundits…
For a few days, we got to see some old age advertising when a digital screen came down. This one was for the old Henly’s garage.
The former Conservative councillor Sheila Gunn – she was also a journalism lecturer at City University and a former spinner for John Major – passed away. A time to remind ourselves of her common sense on how journalists should react to whining councillors and MPs.
Tom Foot found himself in the press box at Arsenal. Maybe it was a mistake to let him loose on the Twitter feed.
The Islington Tribune scooped the nationals a week after Emily Thornberry had been sacked for her ‘image from Rochester’ tweet. Her bro Ben appears with some milky tea and a beany hat.
Emily T had claimed their was a prejudice against Islington, with the rest of the country making jokes about its la-di-dah middle classiness. A headline a few days later in the Evening Standard suggested she might have a point.
Watch out Tulip Siddiq, this is how some people find this blog.
There were some great pieces by CNJ cartoonist John Sadler. Here’s this one on the decision to ask school dinner ladies to take new literacy and numeracy tests to keep their jobs.
A camel turned up in Highgate for Christmas. Sssshh, it wasn’t the right sort….
Finchley and Golders Green MP Mike Freer parked his deluxe election battle-caravan on the High Road in East Finchley.
Caption contest material as magician Dynamo and Babs Windsor met in Hampstead to turn on the Christmas lights (in November).
Back to East Finchley, where maybe the local wordplay church is trying a little too hard…
The kind of books that turn up in the charity shop in Highgate Village. Don’t tell me, don’t tell me, you already have a copy of Dutch Architecture in 250 Highlights.
Labour searched for someone to replace the retiring Frank Dobson: Angela Pober was beamed into Camden Town from New York via Skype, towering above her selection contest opponents like Gamesmaster.
In the end, Sir Keir Starmer won that race.
Spurs players visited children in hospital for Christmas. Well played young Harry at Barnet Hospital.
By the end of the year, that hole where the Crown and Goose pub was beginning to be filled. A visit from Santa? Probably unlikely.