MY DARLING fans, enemies, and lovers of bulbs popping up like firecrackers from the bleak shadows of winter in Gunnersbury Park; I would like to apologise for my absence.
The last time I wrote I was stranded on an African island, and since my return to Lionel Road Studios I have had to attend to several job titles: poet/writer (I recently finished my first novel), film producer (the very successful at festivals but not yet in my bank account Tantric Tourists, out later this year), lecturer and journalist.
I am also currently producing a charity pop-up exhibition/fashion show/film screenings in Islington over Easter weekend graft, darlings, graft. Hence the sporadic nature of this fight. So let's get back to it.
What matters here is breathing, seeing a horizon, and walking fantasy dogs (mine are called Health and Safety; I try to clear up after them) and as electioneering hots up, so does the fate of Gunnersbury.
The future is wishy washy, despite Lib-Dem Andrew Daker's best attempts to work out a practical solution - asking the Hounslow Tories to match fund the £5million volunteered by Ealing - which was not to be.
This leaves £5m in the renovation pot from Ealing, but the ol' Scottish consultants think £39m is more like the sum required.
Personally, I could do a lot with that £5m - couldn't we all - but have I told you about my builder neighbour John Hook who'd be happy to train the unemployed in renovation?
This type of community action is brilliant, but it needs spearheading by someone with enough vision, time and money to manage it.
Are you out there?
After a suggestion I made last year about putting on a low-key acoustic festival in the park, I was pleased to hear from musicians wanting to support the idea - but who has time to organise it? Perhaps someone from the council?
Hounslow supporters of STIG (the lobby started to prevent houses being built in place of trees) are invited to stand in the council elections (particularly the Chiswick wards - email email@example.com for a pack).
I am not a STIG member, but I'd love to make a difference - that's why I started this column - but politics don't seem to be a practical solution to looking after existing building blocks, let alone future ones.
Councillor Peter Thompson of Hounslow promised to improve parks, but I can't see it, and neither can Health or Safety.
I watched an episode of the classic Second World War documentary series World at War recently, in which the public were donating old pots and pans, tin baths and the like all to be recycled as Spitfires.
A posh old RAF man said: "Of course, we couldn't build planes from old forks, but it was about building morale." Would anyone be willing to take such risks now? * For more, visit www.kirstyallison.com .