RICKY John inspires judges and audiences with his motivational story of making a new life for himself after living in the streets for years. It doesn't hurt that he does a great cover of Sam Cooke's Change is Gunna Come. Here's all you need to know about this X Factor hopeful... Who is Ricky John? Ricky John was born in South West London in 1981. His life took an unpredictable turn and he was forced to live homeless in the streets for years. His determination saw him changing his life for the better this time. 37 -year-old Ricky got a job as a carpenter and a newborn baby that he adores. For his first audition with the judges he very poignantly chose Sam Cooke's Change is Gunna Come for the panel. Who are this year's X Factor judges? The judging panel for the fifteenth series of the show has seen a major overhaul. Simon Cowell remains but all three other judges have been replaced. That means that Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne are … [Read more...] about Who is Ricky John? X Factor 2018 contestant and carpenter from South West London
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A bus stop in Hounslow has been named the worst in the capital, according to data crunchers. Analysis found that two of the worst ten bus stops were in Hounslow, but Transport for London (TFL) has poured cold water on the data. Yet commuters all too familiar with anxiously checking their watch for a late bus might have their own conclusions. The results came from data firm Kognition, which analysed 4,948,534,706 data points: 19,687 individual bus stops; 675 bus routes; and 9,641 buses in central and greater London. It found several west London bus stops were among the “worst” in the capital for timeliness. Read More Stories you may have missed Using TfL app data, Kognition analysts looked at the waiting times between buses and found many bus routes did not fulfil that promise - and that they were not actually as punctual as thought. Ringway bus stop in Hounslow towards Southall was afforded the dubious honour as the worst bus stop in London only 3.6% buses running on … [Read more...] about West London’s least punctual bus stops
The best TV shows filmed in west London View gallery London is one of the most-filmed cities in the world, and it's hard to think of the capital without picturing one of the hilarious, hard-hitting or emotional TV shows that have been set here. And west London is no exception, with plenty of amazing TV shows being filmed in parts of it as well as inside the famous Ealing Studios. Here is our list of top TV shows set or filmed in and around west London... Tell us which others you think should make the list! Miranda (2009 - 2015) Miranda is a hilarious one-woman comedy about a woman called Miranda, played by Miranda Hart, as she bumbles, falls and shouts her way through life. Have a look in the background of Miranda from time-to-time and see Kingston Upon Thames in the background! The BBC programme is set in Surrey and filmed primarily at the BBC Television Centre in Shepherd's Bush. The Inbetweeners (2008 - 2010) Crude comedy The Inbetweeners was a favourite for secondary school … [Read more...] about The very best TV shows filmed in west London!
Whether you're looking for a spot where the kids can roam free or a neat little space to have a catch up with friends, London is full of open spaces. The parks are really quite beautiful and provide the perfect location if you want to spend some time relaxing, enjoying a picnic with the family of your mates. Getwestlondon has put together a list of some of the nicest green spots in the area that are great for exploring or setting up camp while the little ones enjoy a kick about. All you need to do is prepare some sandwiches and treats for your hamper. There's so much to do and see in west London and some of it isn't in an obvious location. Check out our top suggestions for hidden gems in the area - there's also some stunning secret beaches just down the road. Here are our favourite green spots in west London: Hyde Park Set right in the heart of London, the huge and bustling park is always home to great events, along with plenty of space for some quiet time if you want to unwind. Take a … [Read more...] about 9 best picnic spots for a family picnic in west London
Two brothers from west London who were preparing to travel to Syria to fight with ISIS have been convicted of terror offences. Ahmed Alsyed, 20, was jailed for four-and-a-half years at Woolwich Crown Court on Wednesday (April 18), having pleaded guilty to multiple terror offences. Ahmed and his brother Yousif were sharing plans and propaganda with three other teenagers, 18-year-old Mohammed Ali, from south west London, a 16-year-old from south London and 15-year-old from east London. The group used encrypted messaging app Telegram to communicate with each other, and shared extremist material, and Metropolitan Police began their investigation in Spring 2016, when one member said he wished to travel to Syria to "become a martyr". Read More Terrorism news The investigation led to a person calling themselves "Abu Ibrahim", who had also said that he was simply waiting for "a green light to travel". Abu Ibrahim later turned out to be Yousif Alsyed. In August 2016, the Alsyed brothers … [Read more...] about West London brothers planned to travel to Syria to fight for ISIS