name is Matt and I am the man about the town. Some of you might know
me from the Barnet 4U magazine that was such a huge hit among the
locals a couple of years ago.
Everybody enjoyed the free and interesting read but only a few of
the local business backed it with the adverts needed to publish it.
Now I have a chance through this web site to have my say on various
topics that does but usually does not get into the local press. If
you have anything to say or a gripe or something of interest about
Barnet then get in touch with me via this page or the "Ask
here we go and let’s hope you like what is written whether you
agree or disagree with what I have to say.
Well I wish you all a happy new year and hope that it is a prosperous
one for our local traders.
The High Street fair has come and gone and some people have said to
me that they are not sure that
all the effort that went into it made it any better than previous
years but the traders seemed happy
Even with outside help it seemed no different to other years to me.
Bit of a cook up when the Mayor was left on the stage to open the
fair with no one to take charge of what she would be doing and it
was a bit embarrassing that she had to introduce herself. Other than
that it all seemed to go smoothly although I hear that the towns attempt
to get into the Guinness book of records was a bit of a let down.
Once again some local traders did not back the fair with adverts for
the programme but were happy to open up and take advantage of the
My friend Brian Carroll introduced the music on the stage and he thought
it was a success, but there again what do you know about success Brian
will try and get a comment and assessment from the people who organised
it with their views.
Now the town has to face up to another tight year and it will be interesting
to see how many more charity or opticians open in the town.
How much weight have you Barnetonians put on over the last few weeks?
And how much money did you spend that you could do with now??
Well at least the pubs are not full up with those once a year drinkers
who only get in the way on the shuttle to the bar.
Most of the Local ale houses looked busy and lets hope that not too
many more of them shut down this year. We are an old coaching stop
and we have a history of pubs in the town (read Richard Silbys excellent
book "Barnet Pubs" available from Watermans in the spires
or from the museum)
GOLD STAR (Awarded to local traders and businesses
who give a good service)
Walked into SNAPY SNAPS in the High Street the other day and was very
impressed by the friendly and quick service. Not over priced and the
staff were very helpful.
get my first Gold Star of the year.
(Watch out for MATTS MEKON
the ultimate award for a rotten service) You can put forward YOUR
GOLD STAR or MEKON by E-mailing email@example.com and we will
check it out)
noticed the abundance of people begging for money outside Sainsburys,
There is one person there every day standing outside for hours asking
for money and they are joined by various others who make shopping
there a nightmare. Don't mind the guy selling Big Issue as he is doing
something but the other day a guy asked me for money and when I asked
"What For?" he said "To Get a Kebab" Do you want
chips and a coke with that sir?
heard of one guy who approached a local resident with the request
of some money and he replied that he had none and was on the way to
the cash point.The
guy only asked to accompany him to the cash point so that when he
withdrew his money he could hand some over. Cheek or what?
Only needs a couple of cops to pass by daily to stop it although there
are rumours that these people come from a one way house that was suddenly
put up in the new Barnet area without notifying local residents. Don't
call me a bigot but someone has to say what the local people are saying.
I just tell them to bugger off but they could be upsetting to vulnerable
people and I will be going among the people to find out more.
The thing is I know quite a few people in all three Barnets (High,
New and East) and its surprising how many of them are linked through
these areas either by friendship or work. Most love where they live
and they love the history and heritage of Barnet.
My only beef is that not enough people of Barnet get behind things
that matter to the town.
have the power to vote people into Westminster or the Town Hall (Mordor)
and WE should realise that WE have the power to change things for
the better. WATCH THIS SPACE FOR MORE.
HERE TO FIND OUT "WHAT
GOES ON AT THE TOWN HALL"