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Laptop recommendation (for a kid)

SpyAquamarine in Putney Heath
Hi. I am looking to buy a basic laptop for my 9 year old. She will mainly use it to play in some educational websites recomended by the school. I am very indecisive and don't understand technology that much so any suggestions will be appreciated. TIA
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Alan L
Cromebooks are good. So are Macs and Android tablets, However the chart from the research links above says 1,000 words to me and my low cost recommendations :-)

Garden bench/table pub style needed

sc m in Streatham Park
Hi Streetlifers. Looking for a pub style bench table for a local children/family community project. Please PM me if you have one your happy to give a new home. Can arrange collection. Look forward to hearing from you. Many thanks in advance. Stella
Rachel B
B&Q have got a lovely one for just £53. I bought one last weekend and it took hardly any time to put it together. It's really solid and sturdy and is pre- treated. It can seat 6. I'm really happy with mine.

Free Weber BBQ

R J in Sands End
A free gas Weber BBQ is available for free. Needs a very good clean but otherwise in great shape. Currently on Hillier Road SW11 on pavement waiting for a good new home.

Art Show in Fulham

Artistic Flare in Artistic Flare
I will be opening my Fulham Studio on Saturday, 2 July 2016 and Sunday, 3 July 2016 from 11:00 to 17:00 on both days. For venue details go to (Artists Section) for more information re venue, mobile and email in the Artists Section ... [ more ]
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Jacqueline Midgen
Hi Feiyang I am not sure how the other people who are participating are dealing with this but I am treating it as an open invitation so just pop along on either day (both if you like). Feel free to bring friends with you if you like. Look forward to ... [ more ]

Loft companies

Brad K in Balham
Can anyone recommend a good loft company based in South West London?
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Mantas P
A&M Mercury Properties LTD. Fast, Quality Work for reasonable price. Please call us on 07520217669 or e-mail Also you can check some of our works on Facebook or on our website ... [ more ]
Mantas P
A&M Mercury Properties LTD. Fast, Quality Work for reasonable price. Please call us on 07520217669 or e-mail Also you can check some of our works on Facebook or on our website ... [ more ]

Advice wanted for installing new operating system on 6yr old MacBookPro

Amy in Battersea
There's lots of helpful tech knowledge on this forum so hoping someone can advise me. I have a MacBook Pro which is around 6 years old and falling over somewhat because I'm running Version 10.6.8 as didn't realise I needed to update it.  Question is - ... [ more ]
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Roz H
SammySamak -- I uploaded el Capitan and the search facility on my mac mail no longer works which is a total nightmare -- any ideas of how I can fix this? apologies for gate crashing btw

Cushion Covers

MB in Battersea
Hi there Looking for someone to cover a couple of long foam seat cushions for our garden benches. Can anyone recommend someone who offers this service locally? Many thanks Victoria

room required for few days in July

Jane B in Upper Tooting
Hi .. I need to stay in the Balham area for a few days around 2nd July. Wondered if anyone had a clean, quiet ensuite with good wifi that they want to rent? (One person, non-smoker, likes animals). Many thanks, Jane
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Jane B
Jackie N I have looked on AirBnB. There's isn't a lot (anything) on offer in the area. Otherwise I wouldn't be posting here ... !

Pebbles and soil

Cali facials

Sharon S in Clapham
I am a cacii facials virgin but feel it's about time I gave them a go. Can I anyone recommend somewhere locally that they use? I live by battersea rise. New face for summer !!
Sandra B
Never heard of this - are they supposed to be good.   Found website with list of salons and there is one in Clapham.  Please let us know how you get ... [ more ]

Window Cleaner

Giulia D in Sands End
Hi.. I have just been quoted what I think is a high price for window cleaning.. Does anyone know anyone reasonable or can anyone tell me the going rate per hour or  per window? Many thanks, Giulia
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Portia B
Good morning Ask him I'm sure most areas local to and connected to Kensington and Chelsea...and your're welcome!

TV engineer wanted

Piers T in Sands End
Can anybody recommend a good tv engineer who is familiar with multi room systems. I'm struggling with Sky multi screen, copious amounts of wiring and 4 magic eyes! Many thanks.

Offered for free - 2 drawer filing cabinet

Vix W in Streatham
Wooden filing cabinet, painted white but pretty scuffed up. Could be repainted or stripped back to the wood. 2 drawers, foolscap size. On castors. Has a key but lock has seized, might be possible to work it loose. Collection asap from SW16.
Barbara J
Hello Vix, if it is still available I will be happy to have it but I am away for the weekend and not back until Tuesday. Cheers

Tuition in computing for GCSE exam

TP in Upper Tooting
Does anyone know of a good tutor that could help my son with his computing revision over half term (next week)?

Looking for old bricks

Henry L in Vauxhall
Hi, Looking to get my hands on about 100 old bricks if anyone has some lying about. Thanks Henry
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Simon J
I'm digging out some real rubble out of the back garden in East Dulwich. Plenty of bricks in various state of array. Any takers with transport very welcome to pick them up this week.

Dishwasher Repair person

Jenny D in Battersea
My less than 2 year old indesit slim dishwasher is leaking (seems to be coming from the bottom front left hand side). Can anyone recommend a dishwasher repair person?  Thank you. Jenny
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Who is the best fast Broadband provider in SW11

Tony B in Chelsea
Can anyone recommend the best HiSpeed Broadband Provider for SW11. Have been with Virgin for 14 months....started off well but for the last 2 months has been appalling. Customer Service equally terrible. Am looking to change. All advice v welcome. Tony
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pete L
try this company, add your postcode and check they can give you a pretty accurate idea of who works best

Spare paint

Free seedlings!

Marianne I in Wandsworth
Does anyone fancy trying their hand at growing some Capsicum (sweet peppers)? I have an abundance of seedlings. Just potted up almost 60 of them and I still have 150 seedlings left........ They are mainly at a 2 or 3 leaved (a few with 4) stage and need ... [ more ]
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Marianne I
@ Dimitry, Sun is needed, so a good sunny garden, will help; Mary told me that she grew them successfully in her garden (in London), outdoors, before. Linda had success with her plants on her windowsills, indoors....... I have borrowed a mini-greenhouse, ... [ more ]
Marianne I
All my spare Capsicum seedlings have now been allocated & collected, so there are no more available, currently. Good luck to all! Happy growing 😀


Gillian D in Balham
I've been managing my tax return on my own but now need an accountant's advice on some aspects.  Don't know where to start so grateful for any personal recommendations.
Frances C
Hi Gillian,  My accountant is great, can highly recommend him. I'm sure he'd be more than happy to give you some advice.  Jacques Steenkamp Easy Online Accounting Limited 02034052320 Frances 

Blockage on Trinity Road

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Gwen E in Earlsfield
What has caused the stoppage at the top end (Windmill Road to East Hill) of Trinity Road this morning? Lots of police no ambulances....
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Will's Auto Care
Thankyou Marianne Hi I am a mobile mechanic with over 16years experience. I can visit you at your home, place of work or wherever is convenient for you. Please call on 07899412228 if I can be of assistance. Thanks Will. ... [ more ]
pete L
Mark under the arches near the Latchmere is excellent, fast and reliable

Carpet supplier/fitter

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After getting loads of quotes we finally settled on Peter Jones!  Their carpet and fitting servce was the cheapest and the fitters were very efficient.  And the quality is great.
Ann W
I have used Capitol Carpets twice in the past, and Peter Jones once. I found Capital Carpets excellent. Peter Jones were equally good. BUT, this was about 9 years ago and things can change!

Garden clearance

Louise G in Summerstown
Any recommendations for garden clearance. I need someone prepared to take on a lot of plant / tree cutting and clearing but someone who has a knowledge of plants and may be able to move and replant as well.

Great live music on Friday evening in Balham in three venues

Mat S in Streatham
The Wine Tasting Shop in Hildreth Street, the Balham Bowls Club in Ramsden Road and The Payday Salon upstairs at The Bedford on Bedford Hill, all just a stone's throw from Balham station, are all kicking off Bank Holiday Weekend in fine musical style. ... [ more ]