- Created: 11 January 2017 11 January 2017
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A few months ago, I wrote a nostalgic piece about lost, favourite restaurants, those places you drift back to from time to time. They may not have the best food (though they may) but something about them suits you. Oishii and the others have gone but the stock can be replenished. One such is Kaosarn, a small, Thai place in Brixton Village. It is a typical Brixton Village place and feels a bit like being in a shack.
- Created: 08 January 2017 08 January 2017
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Blogging for InDulwich, I like to wander around our beat from time to time. It’s not so much marking out our territory, lamppost by lamppost, as revisiting areas I don’t know well and treading streets I haven’t trod before. My last stroll took a winding path through West Dulwich, Gipsy Hill, Crystal Palace and Norwood. Through a chain link fence I saw a motorcycle helmet and couldn't help wondering whether it had a head in it.
- Created: 05 January 2017 05 January 2017
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There is a growing disquiet on both sides of the Brexit debate over what the government should do and it is fair to say that one side's salvation is the other's catastrophe. Yet, when I speak to people about their views, usually strongly held, they seem to be more emotional than factual and founded on various spin created over the course of the referendum campaign and beyond.
- Created: 04 January 2017 04 January 2017
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Dulwich Hamlet beat Hendon the other day, continuing a good run but my thoughts are drawn more to another local side, Streatham Rovers. Rovers’ last games saw them thump Witley Rovers 4-1 and then ease past Dynamo Catford by a goal to nil. The Catford game was interrupted both by a drunk Richard Branson and three minutes silence for people who had died a at Rovers games in 2016. These incidents speak volumes about the club.
- Created: 24 December 2016 24 December 2016
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Heaps of food and an old-fashioned EU lake of wine, not to mention hours slumped in front of fire or film. The need to get some air in the lungs grows. Our part of South London is blessed with lovely parks like Dulwich, Brockwell, Ruskin and Crystal Palace and of course there are Dulwich and Sydenham Woods but here are a three suggestions, a little further afield but reachable by train or tube.
- Created: 20 December 2016 20 December 2016
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They say you can hear rhubarb grow. In fact Sam, who designed our lovely new masthead, found a recording of squelchy popping noises [should have published this yesterday, the Today programme stole our thunder – worth a listen though - Ed.]. All very odd. Nevertheless, rhubarb is a versatile plant as well as rather beautiful plant. We Brits will know it though crumbles and the like, the thought of which I confess, sets my teeth on edge. In Iceland, they spread rhubarb jam on waffles and pancakes, which is much nicer, especially with a good cup of coffee.
- Created: 13 December 2016 13 December 2016
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Ghost Whale, Brixton’s new bottle shop, will open tomorrow with some special offers, one-off beers and free samples. The shop at 70 Atlantic Road, will have four beers on tap, to either drink in (there will be seating for ten) or to take home in a growler and 300 beers and ciders in bottle or can.
- Created: 13 December 2016 13 December 2016
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Back in the Autumn I was invited to a lovely lunch at the Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell to meet the elegant José Rallo of Donnafugata wines in Siciliy. We tasted six wines from the portfolio, pairing each with a different course.
These are wines of character and there is no one better to present them than José. If you watch the video below you can see that we were serenaded as we tasted.
- Created: 11 December 2016 11 December 2016
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William Blake – mystic visionary, strainer against social convention and author of the leading contender for an English national anthem. A new film, Blake in Sussex, will explore his relationship with landscape, his personal life and his visions. The film makers are Matt Wilmshurst and Tim Day and InDulwich spoke to Matt.
“There is so much to tell about the Blakes,” he says. “Catherine was hugely important to him and without her he may not have survived and flourished”. These two Londoners left their home in Lambeth to spend three years in rural Felpham, near the Sussex coast.
- Created: 09 December 2016 09 December 2016
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“A vicar walks into a pub” sounds like the first line of a joke but this vicar is Revd. David Stephenson and he’s here to build a tradition. For the second year in a row, he’s going to taste the first pint of Sweet Baby Jesus. The pub is the Bullfinch Brewery tap room and the beer is a festive stout made with a whole Christmas pudding and lots of cocoa.
David had just celebrated ten years at All Saints church in West Dulwich and we reckon he had earned his pint. We had two questions. Did the beer hit the spot and what did he make of calling it Sweet Baby Jesus?
- Created: 06 December 2016 06 December 2016
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Australian psychologists recently warned that telling children that Father Christmas brings them presents could cause them to distrust their parents. Pity then, the Icelandic child who is told to put a shoe in the window to receive presents from not one but thirteen visitors. Pity too the parents expected to come up with thirteen gifts before the main event on Christmas Eve. Might this explain why Iceland has the highest use of anti-depressants among OECD countries?
- Created: 04 December 2016 04 December 2016
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Herne Hill’s The 12 Free Films of Christmas kicks off in earnest today. They had a practice run yesterday, showing Dinner For One, a Christmas staple in Germany and several other countries. If you fancy one, just turn up. No tickets, no booking, just first come, first served.
- Created: 02 December 2016 02 December 2016
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In June 2017 Dulwich Picture Gallery will present the first major UK exhibition of watercolours by the Anglo-American artist, John Singer Sargent (1856- 1925), since 1918.