HAVE you been watching Andrew Marr's wonderful History of Britain on BBC Two? The last episode I saw was about the 1980s, and included many memorable moments, such as the wedding of Diana and Charles, the Falklands War, the miners' strike and the birth of a new centre political party.
Most youngsters, unless they are studying politics, will know little about the Social Democratic Party, with which I was actively involved in the borough. Many of us had formerly been floating voters who could see good policies in Labour, Conservative and Liberal, but felt no single party had all the answers.
It was such an exciting time. Over the years I took on a variety of roles, from secretary to election agent, and attended political conferences where policies were made and striking miners lobbied for our support.
The SDP is long gone, but I still see a coalition of ideas as a desirable alternative to the playground politics of 'I'm always right and you're always wrong', which still exist today. Am I living in cloud cuckoo land, as my mum used to say?
* Mr F and I recently heard some wonderful singers, who were the support act to an established group (Pig Earth, also excellent) at The Compass Theatre's folk night, and we're keen to hear them again.
I presumed the pair were regulars at sophisticated venues in London, so was delighted to discover that acoustic duo Ade and Rich are new and local; Adrienne O'Brien is from West Drayton and Richard Thorne hails from Northwood.
They are presently doing the pub trail, but Hillingdon is short on places that take live acts, so the nearest venue at the moment is in Watford.
Their act is attractively simple: Rich is a skilled guitarist and Ade has a haunting voice that masters music from Joni Mitchell and Damien Rice (we heard a great version of Cannonball) to Bob Dylan's Make You Feel My Love, which was every bit as good as the recent version recorded by Adele.
Pubs - this is your chance to be in at the beginning. Ade and Rich can be contacted at email@example.com.
* FINALLY: I am addicted to the new Poundland shop in Uxbridge. The other day I bought a dish, a pair of reading glasses, a DVD all in Italian (Mr F is learning the language) and a shopping bag, all for (guess how much?) - £4!