Who was Agatha Christie? Kensington and Chelsea history

Before J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter, there was Agatha Christie and her leading man; the ever-charming Hercules Poirot!

Now, if you’re into crime fiction like I am, Agatha Christie is hands-down one of the greatest human beings that ever lived!

Dame Agatha Christie (1890-1976) was a pioneer in British Literature. She is well-known for writing over 60 mystery novels and 16 short stories starring her leading characters French Detective Hercules Poirot and the witty Miss Marple.

Last year, her book “Murder on the Orient Express” was turned into a Hollywood blockbuster with an all-star cast. She is still regarded as the best-selling mystery author of ALL time and her books remain a staple for crime-fiction lovers everywhere!

Ever wondered what her favourite book was? Watch the video below to hear from the lady herself.

Dame Agatha Christie is commemorated with a blue plaque in Chelsea – if you’re looking for things to do in the area, why not check it out for yourself! The plaque’s address is

58 Sheffield Terrace, Holland Park, London W8 7NA,

By Folayemi Olorunselu

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Who was Rosalind Franklin? Chelsea history

The discovery of the structure of DNA was one of the most important scientific achievements in the last century. The now famous double-helix is almost synonymous with James Watson and Francis Crick – they won the Nobel Prize for figuring it out. However, you may have heard that Rosalind Franklin’s data supported Watson and Crick’s idea, or that:

“She was a plain dressing belligerent scientist.”

That was actually how Watson described her in his book The Double Helix. Thanks to Franklin’s biographers who investigated her life and interviewed many people close to her, we now know that Watson’s account of her is far from the truth.

“Her Scientific contributions have been vastly underplayed.”

In her early years, she won a scholarship to Cambridge where she earned her PHD. She later conducted research on the structure of coal that led to better gas masks for the British during World War II.

Rosalind Franklin is commemorated with a blue plaque in Chelsea. If you’re in the area why not check it out for yourself!

The address is Donovan Court, 107 Drayton Gardens, Chelsea, London SW10 9QS,

By Abigail Opiah

“We are on this earth to DOMINATE!” – Sandra Brown-Pinnock is a Virago Woman!

Sandra Brown-Pinnock is the founder of the company “Haireverlasting” and the creator of the “Xsandy’s” brand of hair extensions. She is an ambitious woman who ensures she works with the best manufacturers to produce the highest quality hair and beauty products.

“I’ve worked in mental health for over 15 years, and then I moved into owning and running a social care organisation for 8 years. But, I’ve always had an interest in the hair and beauty industry.”

She noticed that the line of industry that she was interested in, had virtually no Afro-Caribbean owners.

“I felt that it was time for a change.”

In 2006 Sandra opened a high-end hair salon and aspired to be the first Afro-Caribbean woman to own a hair extension manufacturing company. She observed at first-hand, that there was a need for good high quality human hair extensions that would not tangle and shred for woman of all ages. In 2008 Sandra decided to start manufacturing her own brand of hair.
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Sandra Brown-Pinnock with her award for Best Brand by C.Hub

“It’s about empowering people, so others in my community can follow suit. Having a visual business is a really good thing.”

Thus her business was born. In June 2015, Sandra decided to open her retail store inside the Lewisham shopping centre as she became frustrated at the lack of adequate knowledge of hair and hair products that should be recommended for use on the various Afro-Caribbean hair types. She observed that most of these retail outlets in South East London were not owned by someone of African / Caribbean descent and wanted to make a change.
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Her shop in Lewisham Shopping centre

“Opening a business in Lewisham, I think it inspires black women like myself, young girls and even boys. When they come into my shop after school, they tell me that they want to have their own business.”

Sandra’s aim is to inspire other African and Caribbean businesses to persevere in the pursuit of their dreams. She has shared her life philosophy, click on the video below to hear what it is:

 

Happy International Women’s Day!

By Abigail Opiah