Author: Wansteadium

Wanstead’s Tesco may only be four months old, but the newest entrant to Wanstead High Street seems to indicate that the giant’s juggernaut-like qualities haven’t yet squished out all other entrepreneurs.

A 7-eleven opened on Sunday in the former Thresher premises at the top of Wellington Road. It’s selling a fairly conventional range of convnience store products, with newspapers, magazines and fruit and veg coming next week.

And while it’s hardly the high end boutique that the High Street might have wanted in the wake of Horsfall and Wright’s departure, at least it’s better than another empty shopfront.

hundreds of greenfly in the air around wanstead. Is this a sign of something sinister?less than a minute ago via mobile web

  • Wanstead is now in a “no cold-calling” zone, meaning in theory there should be no more dusters/ironing board covers/electricity company salesmen a-knocking. Time will tell, though. And commenters to the Wanstead Guardian are a bit equivocal on the matter, one saying:

    This is local government nannying gone mad! What’s next, The Redbridge no rain at weekends partnership? So is knocking on the door to sell electricity or windows now illegal? Or is this just pointless posturing from a local semi-quango trying to justify its own existence?

  • There’s a row about parking. And schoolchildren are unruly in public places, even in Wanstead.
  • A scholarship pupil from Forest School in Snaresbrook has won a place at Harvard.
  • And finally, Mr Singh’s Chilli Sauce, the centre-piece of a new BBC One series which aims to give small businesses a break, comes, it turn out, from Manor Park. You can see how they got on here. And they told Wansteadium that they would be grateful for suggestions of stockists in Wanstead.

Addition from Twitter: @cocabeenslinky Wanstead woman doing the Moon Walk [saturday] night #t1ttwits

[picappgallerysingle id=”8649313″]If the Evening Standard is to be believed, more than a million people have “signed up” for Olympics tickets. The fear that they might miss out might cause consternation to Wanstead folk every time they drive past the Olympic site if they haven’t yet “signed up”. So how can you do it?

The short answer is, despite the Standard headline, you can’t – yet – so there’s no need to be stressed. And there’s certainly no need at this stage to part with any money.

What you *can* do (and what the paper appears to be referring to) is to sign up to a mailing list operated by London 2012 which will send details of any particular events you are interested in. You can do that here. Signing up won’t, however, give you any preferential claim to tickets. Three-quarters of the 10million Olympic and Paralympic tickets will be allocated by public ballot. Registration for this will be by the website some time next year.

My new MP for Leyton & Wanstead, John Cryer – mother and father were MPs. Maybe his kids will be too. The De Cryer Baronetcy in another era.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck