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Unique Photo Business Launched


Those that know Gail Macfarlane, resident on Elborough Street for some 17 years, know that her camera is never far from her side – she confesses that she rarely leaves home without it and gets great pleasure in photographing the unexpected as well as slightly more predictable family moments.
Her two children, now 12 and 14 provided the inspiration for her venture into starting up Photogenie, a unique mix of great photography, a knack with the wriggliest of children and the genius of photo editing allowing unique portraits of children to be
created playing on fantasies such as dinosaurs, motorbikes, fairies etc.
“When Harry was seven he told me he wished he could ride a T Rex and it occurred to me that with careful positioning and some photo trickery I could grant him his wish,
at least in part!” says Gail.
She is open to any idea you may have for a photo; babies, toddlers, family groups, dogs “Girl-band style photo shoots, inspired by the X Factor are this season’s big request.” So, not just for little ones.
Aware that budgets are tight Gail charges only £35 which includes the photo sitting in the client’s home and a very unique 16×12 inch print. Gail knows that The Grid is bursting with potential clients and will happily offer anyone quoting the SGRA Newsletter an extra copy free of charge for Granny’s Christmas present for bookings before 10 December. You can contact Gail via this site – Photogenie is in the Local Listings on this site under Services.

Last Orders from The Missus

The Grid Inn

John, Stech & Guy
Keith and Pals
Last Orders from The Missus
Just a few more hours

It was quite a day and night on the corner of Heythorp and Replingham starting with a vehicle ploughing into the new estate agents on the corner causing extensive damage to the side of the shop front. No-one reported hurt but a sign that Wandsworth needs to look at the hazardous congestion and parking arrangements in this part of Replingham Road.

The Grid Inn had been quietly sold to Tesco, without some say even the Missus being told more. Friday 18 November was to be its last day of operation. I had dropped by in the afternoon to take some interior photos and found regulars had beaten me to it. Later in the evening I met SGRA Chairman Tina and her man Len. The place was packed and Trentham neighbours Keith McDonald and John Surgoy were joined by friends and later Cllr, Guy Humphries. Unfortunately we didn’t get a drink out of him as we were all thrown out due an ‘incident’ on the door, the Coppers told us. How long before Tesco make ‘an offer they can’t refuse’ for the Old Garage I wonder.