- Created: 06 February 2019 06 February 2019
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In 1956 Parliament passed the Clean Air Act in response to the smog of 1952 when zero visibility and impacted human health became too much to bear. Today we face a similar crisis except that the poison from car engines is largely invisible, but the health effects will be felt by Londoners, and by a much worse degree, our children, for years to come.
- Created: 23 January 2019 23 January 2019
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One of the biggest joys of this trial period, aside from losing 5 kilos and generally feeling less tired, has been the discovery of a wide range of flavours from herbs and spices that I had only ever glimpsed at before. Living in West Dulwich, a trip to Khan’s in Peckham Rye is like sliding through the rabbit hole into a new world of pulses and cooking supplies.
Belly or cemetery?
Meats in curry have always seemed like a waste of time. Cauliflower and peas in a Madras provide the same texture and satiety without the weighty bloated feeling of ingesting chunks of dubious meat. I’m told it is more in line with original Indian recipes too. In fact, a few years ago, during a conference sailing to Casablanca, I interviewed the Indian Swami, and author, Agnivesh. His one really memorable quote was to not “make a cemetery of your stomach by eating dead animals.”
- Created: 08 November 2018 08 November 2018
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"The years have passed like swift draughts of the sweet mead" - Lord of The Rings (1937 – 1949):
Gosnells of Peckham, London’s only Meadery, has launched ‘Make your own Mead’ courses for 2019.
- Created: 01 November 2018 01 November 2018
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Copper Rivet Distillery, based in Chatham, Kent, has launched a Charter which lays down clear standards for how it makes its Masthouse Whisky which is due for release in 2020.
- Created: 20 June 2018 20 June 2018
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Opening it’s doors today (20th June), The Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia, will play host to many of the UK’s most prestigious galleries. The fairs long history places it firmly on the annual calendar of art selling events in the capital. Collectors traveling from near and far have the opportunity to pick up museum-quality pieces ranging from the likes of Pablo Picasso to travel pieces by David Roberts RA.
- Created: 17 May 2018 17 May 2018
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Canterbury Tales (1387 – 1400): “Her mouth was sweet as braggot ... or as mead”
- Created: 02 May 2018 02 May 2018
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Labour councillors have trashed our local libraries and turned a blind eye to a worsening air pollution problem that is now putting the health of the Borough’s children at risk. In the case of instances like the Carnegie Library, Labour councillors took the votes of those who elected them for granted and pushed ahead with the closure despite the negative impacts on the community that it served.
- Created: 26 April 2018 26 April 2018
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At long last, the Carnegie Library is open but its opening is as controversial as its closure. I popped in yesterday to see for myself. A security guard on the main door exchanged pleasantries and I walked into the main room. Here were shelves of books, computers and tables and a toddler group underway. Another security guard stood near the door to the stairs that led to toilets. He told me they weren’t open yet.
- Created: 19 April 2018 19 April 2018
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Among the many casualties in World War One was Lieutenant William Hope Hodgson, writer of weird and horror fiction, seaman, pioneering photographer, binder of Houdini and teacher of physical culture to the Blackburn police. On 19 April 1918, forty year old Lieutenant Hodgson was killed in an artillery bombardment near Ypres.
- Created: 18 February 2018 18 February 2018
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In the heart of picturesque Dulwich Village, the oldest purpose-built gallery in the world, designed by architect Sir John Soane, stands stout and firm, self-confident in the world-class collection of paintings that can be found hanging on its walls. It is, of course, the Dulwich Picture Gallery.
- Created: 23 December 2017 23 December 2017
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Last year we listed a few walking-off-Christmas-by-public-transport ideas and here are another three. Living in south London, I’ve tended to look further south to Surrey, Kent or Sussex for days out, to places like Box Hill and Knole Park. Recently, I’ve cast an eye north, in search of some variety.
- Created: 03 December 2017 03 December 2017
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Vineyards are popping up all over Britain, especially in the south of England and Wales, and from these vineyards are sprouting many an international wine award to accompany them.
Having tasted many of the English wines that are on the market I am surprised that there has not been more take up from restaurants and bars in serving our home grown splendour.
- Created: 16 November 2017 16 November 2017
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After several years of “meaning to go” to the Cinema Museum in Kennington, I went to last night’s screening of Bad Day at Black Rock. What a wonderful place the Cinema Museum is but possibly not for much longer.
The landlord is the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and it is planning to sell to a developer. Losing the museum would be a tragedy. This dispiriting affair fits in with the loss of the Carnegie Library and threats to Dulwich Hamlet. There’s a petition to save the museum here.