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Shop Locally for Christmas. Part 2.

Written by | Filed under Art, Eating & Drinking, Events, Guest Author, Shopping

Clearly Camberwell has become a hotbed of artistic tendencies. Or people are getting better at organising. Or it’s Christmas. Or all three.

Why do I say this? Because there seem to be a lot of open studio events, Christmas Markets and also a big auction of artworks by the great and good, as well as the unknown, up at King’s in the next few weeks.

1. Coldharbour Studios and Clockwork Studios both have their open studio events this weekend. The private view is on Friday 6th from 6-9pm, with the studios open throughout the weekend and lots of pressies for you to buy, as well as the odd mince pie and glass of wine I’m sure.

OPEN STUDIOS INVITATION

2. Camberwell Arts are hosting “Made in Camberwell” on Saturday 7th from 1-5pm at the Tiger with local artists and designers selling their wares. See their Facebook Page for more details of who is exhibiting.

cam arts

3. On Thursday 12th December, King’s College Hospital is celebrating its Camberwell centenary  with an auction of 100 artworks by 100 artists who have connections with Camberwell or the hospital. Some of the better known artists who have donated works include Maggie Hambling, Gillian Ayres and Sir Peter Blake, as well as lesser known local artists and designers such as…, ahem, me! (Monkeycat). More details of all the artists can be found here: Together We Can.

There is a private view of Kings’s 100 Artworks Auction at 6pm with the obligatory mince pies and mulled wine before the auction, which starts at 7pm. You need to buy tickets (only £5). You can either get them from the Friend’s Gift Shop on the ground floor of the Cheyne Wing in Kings College Hospital, or buy them online from Rosebery’s, the auctioneers who are conducting the event. You can get them here: BUY TICKETS.

Penguin-Classics-web

4. Mini Moderns, the amazingly talented design chappies, are holding their own open studio event from Friday 13th — Sunday 15th December, with the private view on the Friday evening. Well worth a look, especially if you’re thinking wallpaper and home wares are just what you need to get someone for Christmas.

Mini moderns

5. The Farmer’s Market on Camberwell Green are also holding a Christmas Market on Saturday 14th December from 10am-4pm. Alongside the usual food stalls, there will also be live music and carols, artists and general Christmas good cheer.

Camberwell Christmas

I can’t think of any more events at the moment but if you know of any, just get in touch or leave a comment and I will update.

Update: On Saturday 14th there’s also a Christmas Bazaar at The Tiger. — Peter

bazaar

December 4th, 2013

83 Responses to “Shop Locally for Christmas. Part 2.”

  1. Job says:

    Southwark has published its designs for Camberwell’s pocket spaces. In a nutshell: big redesigns for Datchelor Place, Artichoke Place, the north end of Grove Lane, Wren Road, Selbourne Road and Coldharbour Place. All intended to make these places better for pedestrians, shoppers and flaneurs (like Dagmar).

    No dates as yet for delivery, except that Datchelor Place will be done sometime during next year.

    Here is a link to the report
    http://www.southwark.gov.uk/download/9546/4c-pocket_spaces-design_concept_report

    Peter, maybe it would be worth a blog entry to show off some of the ‘visualisations’ in the report? It’s an attractive picture of Camberwell as the al fresco dining capital of London.

  2. Dagmar says:

    Good job, Job.

    Pete, can you photoshop up the rest of the manor to make it look more like Dulwich? Bung a few trees in, y’ know.

    I myself will be glad to flan past the hipsters on these new-fangled raised areas for them. “All right, sir?” I will give, holding out some lucky Kent lavender.

  3. eusebiovic says:

    @Dagmar

    In addition to a clothing rail of overpriced second-hand tweed jackets…you can put the lavender in the handkerchief pocket…it keeps the moths away, you know

  4. Dagmar says:

    PECKHAM CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

    + TOMORROW! +

    Tuesday December 10 2013 at 08:30 pm

    Peckham Liberal Club, 24 Elm Grove, Peckham

    * PLAYING CLASSICAL CONCERT PIECES & MUSIC FROM “TWIN PEAKS” *

    PCO ARE the outfit who played the “Rite of Spring” in the Peckham Multistorey a while back. They are the fab, wild young spirit of classical.

    ADMISSION IS FREE
    but get there in good time for a decent seat.

    + PCKHM CHMBR ORKSTRA ROX! +

  5. Dagmar says:

    The Peckham Chamber Orchestra inaugural concert last night was exceptional for its venue, vitality and ambition. Well done Hannah and the band.

    The venue is the little-known Peckham Liberal Club on Elm Grove, near Highshore Road Open Space, the smallest park in the area with the longest name (this will change soon — watch this Space).

    The Peckham Liberal Club is one of the area’s best kept secrets. The membership have recently resisted selling the large club to build flats and have won social amenity status from Southwark Council.

    It is an old-fashioned working men’s club or south London social club which still sells mild. The hall where the concert was held is large and grand, wood throughout.

    The bar is like an old-fashioned local pub and has carpet. The atmosphere is warm, relaxed and subtly friendly. What will keep the club going is events like last night. The club can be hired for events. The demise of local pubs has been well documented here, but the Peckham Liberal Club is worth a look and worth preserving exactly as it is.

    The PCO played Elgar’s “Serenade for Strings”, the Theme and Love Theme from “Twin Peaks” (specially arranged by Hannah Jone for the PCO) and Vivaldi’s “Winter” from the “Four Seasons”, expertly fiddled by soloist and freelance violinist Tom Newell — he has a contemporary folk trio called “Effra”.

    The place was packed. The locals were a bit bemused by the influx of about 200 switched-on classical music fans the average age of which was roughly the same as their grandchildren — it was a bit like Frank’s Bar Goes Bach in the Queen Vic — but the bar takings must have been as impressive as the concert.

    Hannah writes in her programme notes that Peckham Liberal Club is the PCO’s home and thanks the Club for encouraging them to be “the first mildly alcoholic orchestra”.

    Yesterday evening was really something. It gave off the feeling that there are all kinds of possibilities in the world.

  6. Peter Gasston says:

    The Liberal Club has benefited from Peckham’s new-found hipness; there are a number of events on there every week now, from craft fairs to live bands. Interested to hear what will become of the shrubbery; all of the shrubs near the pavement were removed recently and replaced with turf. A prime improvised bathroom has gone.

  7. Dagmar says:

    Some people may be perturbed by the phrase “a prime improvised bathroom”. Does that mean the shrubbery was once used as a khazi by passing bacchanalians put off by the street lighting in Highshore Road Open Space?

    The events held at the Peckham Liberal Club are cutting edge — a Bowie night for connoisseurs, jazz, South/Central-American. Maybe they need a website.

  8. Peter says:

    I was confusing that with Holly Grove Shrubbery, which is a known and most convenient convenience for a gentleman returning from his revels.

  9. Dagmar says:

    The foliage there is a rich green.

    Boris has a new plan for an airport in Ruskin Park.

    There must be other news, surely? Come on, Camberwell!

  10. eusebiovic says:

    @Dagmar

    Camberwell Free Film Festival returns!

    Thursday 20 March — Sunday 30 March 2014

    Lots of fillums for everybody to enjoy

    Good innit?

  11. Peter says:

    The famous White Squirrel has been spotted in Camberwell again, an event so notable that even ITV News have covered it: http://www.itv.com/news/london/2013–12-16/extremely-rare-albino-squirrel-caught-on-camera-in-south-london/

  12. Job says:

    It’s reassuring to know that Jude Law supports the plans for the redevelopment of the Town Hall…
    http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/jude-law-joins-plea-for-youth-theatre-to-be-given-23m-home-in-town-hall-9007084.html

  13. Jes says:

    I think the white squirrel might be living in my garden. I see it every morning wandering round in a ghostly kind of way.

  14. SouthLondonJohn says:

    The white squirrel has been a regular visit to my garden for the last two years. No idea of how to post a photo otherwise could have another look at him.

    Interesting that the one in the news item was seen in Crawford Road — that’s a short walk from here but it’s across Denmark Hill. Perhaps there are two of them …

  15. eusebiovic says:

    @Jes

    They are only increasing capacity by 50 seats…

    Funny how the planning meetings for these type of things are always scheduled for just before Christmas!

    I’m not arguing against Theatre Peckham which is a very great thing indeed for the kids but the debating chamber is to be demolished, which is sad :-(

    I’m not convinced that all options have been explored…despite what they say.

    I strongly suspect it will be approved…all development is good development and all that kind of ting…

    Happy Christmas and New Year to Everybody!

  16. Eilean says:

    @Jes I saw a white squirrel in Love Walk. Is that your garden?

  17. Dagmar says:

    Yes, God bless us every one, including the squirrel.

    The Law family are very loyal and local to Camberwell in an understated, understandably private way. And Jenny Agutter is the Jenny Eclair of… they are both… God bless us, every one.

  18. Gabe says:

    That’s a really good review of the Peckham Chamber Orchestra, Dagmar. Enough to make me want to go next time.

    Speaking of that area by Holly Grove, it looks like an art gallery is opening in the empty unit by the station with red shutters (that used to be a very smelly fishmongers). New art galleries are good, obviously, even allowing for the w*nk quotient.

    Theatre Peckham is a really good local set-up. The kids went to see a play the other day and a few of their friends from other schools were acting in it. So really it is a good community and artistic organization.

    We went back to the William Booth Hall for more Blood & Fire earlier this week for the kids’ Christmas concert. It was great. A bit more relaxed than International Evening.

    But the show of the week was Southwark Gymnastics Club annual display in Peckham Academy. They sold 450 tickets and packed the place out. The show itself was amazing… moves you can’t hope to pull unless you train hard several times a week for years. They have some incredible gymnasts and choreography. (The club also operates from Brunswick Park School and Camberwell Leisure Center).

    Any world cinema (you know, forrin’ stuff) planned for this year’s film festival, eusebiovic?

  19. Dagmar says:

    Talking of Brazil, Ronnie Biggs, who died today, was born in Stockwell in 1929. He lived in and around just a few streets on the Clapham side of Stockwell — Dalyell Road, Kimblerley Road, Lingham Street, Santley Street and attended the Brixton School of Building.

    1963: JFK, Profumo, the Great Train Robbery, the winter, the Beatles, marvellous.

  20. eusebiovic says:

    @Gabe

    Quite a few foreign ones up our sleeve…more will be revealed nearer the time!

    Some classic, cult and contemporary ones…maybe a cartoon

  21. St Giles says:

    Camberwellonline officially archived:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25446913

  22. Peter says:

    Special welcome to all readers in 2113.

  23. Gabe says:

    But how to interpret evidence from people who know future historians will be reading? I’ll have to be very careful with my posts from now on. On the upside, they say history is written by the victors, so we must be winning… at something…

  24. john lewis says:

    I live at the end of Wren Road and despite continuous requests this is the first time I have actually seen the proposals for Wren Road. I live in a block of 30 flats so a total of approx 60 people with elderly,disabled and young children included. None of us have been consulted on this proposed work. I really like some of the ideas and have considered them myself over the years but they have not really taken into account how the road is used. Firstly there is access for the flats and also the police station. I think the street car parking can be reduced as its just a place for double, triple, diagonal, totally illegal parking particularly at the weekends. I don’t understand the market stall idea as there is one across the road and where are the stallholders going to park. Again this blocks access to residents. Making the road narrower and planting trees is very positive but they would have to decide how cars are going to get up to Denmark Hill because at present Wren Road is just a turning point and that is not going to change. Wren Road is also home to some charming cottages which are owned by Kings. They house people recovering from all sorts of illnesses and their well being has to be considered re the extra noise. I hate to sound like one of these ’ not in my backyard people’ but it would have been nice to have been consulted because we are now going to just waste time objecting.

  25. SouthLondonJohn says:

    Hello, I posted comments about the white squirrel but they’ve disappeared (or never appeared perhaps). I’m not a new poster (if that helps).

  26. Dagmar says:

    The council paints ‘em.

    Just as everything becomes comfy for Christmas, one of the sinister yellow train passes through tonight, pulled by a Class 37 built by English Electric 1960–64 and known as a “tractor” by railfans because of its dieselly noise.

    In fact 37603 started clagging in front of us (belching black smoke as it accelerated from a low speed) and scared my little girl. “Don’t worry, duck” I said, “it’s just a tractor claggin’.”

    More scary were the faces peering from the yellow carriages: old Radio Caroline DJs, glam rock stars, scoutmasters, Methodist ministers, Popes, Liberal-Democrat Members of Parliament — all kinds of retro riff-raff, drinking Watneys Red Barrel from handled mugs and smoking Embassy, Kensitas, cigarillos and pipes.

    A grim trudge up Dog Kennel Hill revealed a persistent Roma Big Issue vendor selling “direct” through the windows of cars coming out of Sainsbury’s and stuck at the lights. “Many kissmass!” she cried compulsorily at the drivers. But at least she was validly collecting for her handlers, unlike the gangs of youth who roam Dog Kennel Hill Estate at will, scattering anyone they walk through. The best advice to any old people living there is die as soon as you decently can.

  27. eusebiovic says:

    I noticed that the Earl’s Sluice was extremely congested today…maybe he needs a trip to King’s A&E to change his catheter

    http://edithsstreets.blogspot.co.uk/2010/03/thames-tributary-earl-sluice-camberwell.html

    Happy Christmas and a Great New Year to everyone!

  28. Dagmar says:

    Brilliant half moon early this morning. Big, furry fox ran out of Lucas Gardens and lolloped down Vestry Road.

  29. eusebiovic says:

    I walked through the Sunray Estate with my father this fine Christmas morning…

    A magnificent piece of social housing engineering and town planning by Camberwell Borough Council — those guys and gals knew a thing or two about a thing or two.

    At it’s centre is Sunray Gardens which is a lovely peaceful park with a pond chock-full of ducks.

  30. Dagmar says:

    Last orders, it’s a short night on Christmas Day evening at the Cave, but very interesting. You see people there you’ve never seen before and never do again. Some say they are from the other side.

  31. Dagmar says:

    Hey, Eusebio, what you have for lunch? Duck?

  32. eusebiovic says:

    @Dagmar

    Don’t worry, I only like to viddy the waterfowl in the fine municipal ponds of our fair city

    No duck, but I was thinking of a goose this year but I left it too late…one of those bad boys need ordering in advance and sometimes even a deposit.

    So we had rack of lamb with all the trimmings and baked hake followed by homemade creme caramel for desert…yum yum

  33. Dagmar says:

    Flippin’ ‘eck, Eus, as the naturalised turtles say in our municipal ponds.

    The Canada geese leave a large deposit but it’s all to the good. The falling trees will brain a few tonight.

  34. Dagmar says:

    Eus, your Xmas lunch — the lamb of God and the hake of hope. Took me while to get the hake bit.

  35. eusebiovic says:

    Dagmar…

    The Hake was for starters…then the Lamb

    I didn’t really think about the hake for hope…but I like it!

  36. Dagmar says:

    Hake for Hamlet.

  37. Dagmar says:

    Today is the day for resolutions. Shall there be a Camberwell Spring?

  38. Mushtimushta says:

    A big shout out to all the grey squirrels out there, burying nuts day in, day out, whose efforts go completely ignored. These industrious little creatures yet again overshadowed by the one albino in their midst — celebrated on celluloid for what? Walking along a garden fence, jumping down and walking across a pavement! The injustice of it all.…..
    Meanwhile, they quietly brace themselves for the massive influx of Romanian & Bulgarian squirrels hell bent on stealing all those buried nuts.….

  39. Eilean says:

    As I slurped the first port and lemon of 2014 in the Hermit’s Cave, my thoughts turned to the origin of the name. I present two options for your consideration.

    Hermit’s Cave, Australia:
    The Hermit’s Cave, situated on Scenic Hill on the outskirts of the town of Griffith, New South Wales, Australia, is in fact a complex of stone structures covering an area of 16 hectares.[1]
    These structures include shelters, terraced gardens, water cisterns, dry-stone walling and linking bridges, stairways and paths that stretch intermittently across more than a kilometre of the escarpment. The complete structure and landscape was created single-handedly by reclusive Italian migrant Valerio Ricetti who made this place his home between about 1929 and 1952 during that time creating his own private “utopia” using the natural landscape and materials found in the area.[2]
    The site is recognised for being a rare example of an Australian hermit’s domain and is listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register.

    Hermit’s Cave radio show:
    The Hermit’s Cave was a radio horror anthology series, syndicated by WJR Detroit in the mid-1930s, sponsored by Olga Coal after the first two years. As the wind howled, the ancient Hermit narrated his horror fantasies from his cave. The cackling character of the Hermit was played by John Kent, Charles Penman, Toby Grimmer, and Klock Ryder.
    William Conrad produced when the show moved to KMPC Los Angeles with Mel Johnson as the Hermit (1940–42), followed by John Dehner (1942–44).

    https://archive.org/details/The_Hermits_Cave

  40. Dagmar says:

    That’s good stuff that port and lemon in the Cave. They say many of the skippety squirrels in our parks are the spirits of ladies who used to ask for a port and lemon in the pubs round here.

    This is a nicely paced tribute to Eusebio, or as David Coleman used to called him as he scored, EUSEBIO! There will be three days of official mourning in Stockwell.

  41. Gabe says:

    Port and lemon, is that a thing?

    Excellent clementines in Cruson at the moment. Four for a pound.

  42. Eilean says:

    @Gabe. A Port and Lemon is indeed a thing and a very good thing. One part Port and two parts lemonade. Right up there with Blackcurrant Top, Snowball and Snakebite. Yum

  43. Gabe says:

    Ah… lemonade… that could work, I suppose.

    I found this on the Internet (twitter), apparently shot at Camberwell bus depot. It’s really good: http://www.joeldevlin.com/people

  44. Dagmar says:

    Good pics, Gabe. The driver’s seat of a bus makes a great frame. That’s how we see them every day, a strangely public but anonymous, on-view, on-stage job, like working at the check-out.

    So the year is in gear and the first of the mysterious yellow trains rumbles slowly through Camberwell on the way to who knows where, pulled by 31233 and 31105, two venerable old Brush Type 2’s built between 1957 and 1962.

    In the windows, painted representations of people in 1970s haircuts and lapels, drinking Nescafe from… but wait. What’s this?

    In the final, yellow carriage, live, animated heads. A closer look reveals the face of — it must be — Phil Everly, effortlessly strumming a guitar — with — is it? — Elizabeth Jane Howard in her pearls belting out a chorus — and — wait, yes — Eusebio playing cool, alto sax.

    So it is, that the mystery of the mysterious yellow trains seems partially solved — and yet, before we know it, dissolves once more into the half-light of the blustery, late January afternoon.

  45. alan dale says:

    Sitting in the hermit’s waiting on FM man gal.

    Must try the PS cycle cafe.

  46. Dagmar says:

    Toujours Maloko.

    Best coffee in Camberwell, £1.50.

    Best ambience in London, priceless.

  47. Gabe says:

    PS cycle café has a pool table. But Maloko has more soul.

  48. Eilean says:

    What is the relative hipster count in Moloko vs PS? ie. young, bearded, tweedy

    Also, has Johanssons shut down or have they all gone to see the Northern Lights?

  49. eusebiovic says:

    I owe my name to the great footballer known as Eusebio…

    My dad was a big fan…even though he is Spanish…but then he did marry a Portuguese woman so that explains it!

  50. Job says:

    What is the news about Johanssons? The restaurant was shut a few weeks ago because, the sign said, Peter Johansson had heart trouble. I hope he’s ok.

  51. Monkeycat says:

    If you are at a loose end this evening, there’s some rather good sounding jazz on at the Communion Bar at the Church Street Hotel. There’s also a cocktail that has Nigerian Guinness in it, innit?

    The band is Giacomosmith.com and here’s a free sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gGyA2lqYgY

    In other news, I think Johansson’s has gone but not confirmed. According to the rumour mill, it’s been sold to either a Turkish or Lebanese chap…depending on who is telling the story…

  52. Dagmar says:

    Hamlet got a good draw against Hampton and Richmond today. They’re doing incredibly well for their first season in the Ryman. They are at Margate on Tuesday night, if anyone’s interested.

    Millwall under the remarkable Ian Holloway played brilliantly today after many weeks of plodding along aimlessly. Their winning goal, scored by a Tottenham player, was as good as anything you’ll see on the telly tonight.

    There were Pearly Kings and Queens at the Den today. One fellow was from the Camberwell and Peckham Chapter.

  53. Mark McGann says:

    Last minute equaliser from Hampton. I was gutted, not over the moon.

    Crowd of over 750 though. When I first started going the Hamlet got around 200.

    So great on the pitch. But lots of dark mutterings about the future off it.

  54. St Giles says:

    Interesting post over at food stories — new Peckham Paper (the Peckham Peculiar):

    http://helengraves.co.uk/2014/01/the-peckham-peculiar/

  55. Dagmar says:

    What’s the word about Hamlet, Mark? Is it going to be flats?

  56. Gabe says:

    “great on the pitch. But lots of dark mutterings about the future off it”

    Isn’t that basically the life of football fan? Happy about 2% of time, worried about the next match 18% percent and disappointed the remaining 80%.

    The Peckham Peculiar is an ambitious endeavor. I wish them luck. Will there be enough to write about? I guess they could always interview the minor celebs who live on Camberwell Grove like Living South, or write about the local arts scene like, erm, everyone else. Anyway, I’m off to get a copy.

    I’m still repping for Maloko. They have an excellent and assorted book collection to pose with. Feydor Dochevsky, William Wordsworth, and Albert Camus were all at hand when we dropped in at the weekend.

    Edit: shame about Johansson’s if it has closed. Hope the guy makes a recovery if he’s been unwell. And I hope he had a good holiday if he just took off for some sunshine.

  57. Dagmar says:

    That’s a good team, Gabe. Camus in goal, presumably.

  58. Gabe says:

    Jean Paul Sartre down the left wing.

  59. Ian P says:

    The owner of Falafel said the other week he’s opening a second branch in Camberwell, but he was waving vaguely in the direction of Peckham, so he’s probably not the mystery buyer of Johansson’s (if it has been sold).

    I just picked up a copy of the Peckham Peculiar. The best piece of news was hidden at the back: Ganapati’s opening a takeaway.

  60. Eilean says:

    @Job I know this refers to a post which is now long ago and far away, but does anyone know the timing on the work on Pocket Space developments for Artichoke Place etc.? I assume that consultation is now complete and budgets have been allocated. Or not.

  61. Job says:

    Sally Crewe — Southwark’s person in charge of the Pocket Spaces project — told me on Saturday that they were moving ahead with the first of the Pocket Spaces — which is Datchelor Place — at the moment. That involves detailed design and getting permissions. Building it takes place sometime later this year. The other Pocket Spaces will get done, probably, sometime towards the end of this year or next year. Hopefully.

  62. Phil G says:

    Interesting to hear about Falafel, Ian.

    I remember when he first opened and they did lamb babs too. They were good. Too expensive though, he said. So he took it cheap with the chicken and the chickpeas. This was one or two refurbs ago.

    They must be absolutely raking it in. Them and Silk Road, which never bothered with the refurb, though God knows it needs it.

    As someone who has raced a bike and has done some of the big Continental climbs, ahem, I was interested to look in at Seabass. OK, so it’s not aimed at the lycra brigade, but if you buy their ‘retro’ refurbs at that sort of price then you really are clueless. Half of them don’t even look that good, really, they’re just crap old bikes. Still, if a hipster and his cash are so easily parted then fair enough. I’ve got an 80s Reynolds racer somewhere, may sell it to them.

    PS Cycles? Looked in twice. Dead both times. Good luck to em though. I wonder if it can survive on cakes and bike locks.

    I’ll be very interested to see Peckham Peculiar.

    Big shout out to Burgess Park ParkRunners, Chatkhara, the Viet ‘street food’ place next door (though lacking in atmosphere), Camberwell Library and Zen Yoga.

    Big thumbs down to Southern Trains, The Begging Bowl, Morrisons veg section (just keep it stocked can’t you), and the increasing number of selfish pricks blocking off ‘their’ parking places on public roads with bins.

    Farewell for another year.

    Your friendly friend
    Phil G

  63. Eilean says:

    Camberwell Library has my favourite slogan ever. It simply says ‘Read Books’. Is that the use of the imperative, or the past tense?

    Another favourite Camberwell slogan also included the use of the imperative. ‘Never Give Up’, used to be above the Artichoke/Funky Monkey. Sadly Storm Bird painted it out but if you listen carefully you can still hear its ghostly exhortation to the people of Camberwell

  64. Dagmar says:

    Stir the brain, spoil the sooth.

    The new Ganapati takeaway/delivery will open next week, on Maxted Road just off Bellenden. It will be a cafe, too, serving south Indian breakfast.

    Thus Bellenden Road continues to blossom as cafe and bar society takes over from publife and regular beer drinkers are banished beyond the M25 to hang out in ‘Spoonses at motorway service stations.

  65. Dagmar says:

    Autobahn, Tour de France… The chaps at Sea Bass Bikes are very positive and upbeat. If their reconditioned classic bikes seem pricey, it’s worth remembering a classic frame has an analogue spring and bounce about it that only comes from being handmade by blokes called Ted or Albert years ago. A good old frame is worth in cycling terms about £200.

    It contains information from the road.

  66. Mark McGann says:

    Dagmar

    The community asset status for the ground is being challenged in the high court. Prime real estate, so the vultures are circulating. Plus the electricty bill fiasco suggests the club isn’t necessarily as well run as it needs to be.

    Meanwhile, the Hamlet come from 2–0 down to beat Margate 4–2 away and go second in the league.

    Hendon on Saturday.

  67. Dagmar says:

    This is what we worry, Mark, that the original deal (with Sainsbury’s presumably?) will be eroded. Flats are being allowed in every tiny, claustrophobic space in Camberwell. DHFC is a breath of fresh air up there in more senses than one. It’s a real fun, real football event to go to a game there and the clubhouse facilities are great.

  68. Dagmar says:

    Margate’s film of Tuesday’s night’s highlights against Dulwich Hamlet. Raw football, excellent stuff. Eat your heart out, Tracey Emin.

    Hamlet’s home game on Saturday against Harrow should be thundering, close on a thousand there, maybe.

  69. Dagmar says:

    Hamlet beat Harrow 3–2 and are now top of the league, one point above Maidstone who beat Hampton & Richmond 7–2 yesterday. To be top in their first season after promotion is really something. 810 people went. Let us get behind our local team. Football must remain at Dog Kennel Hill.

  70. Mark McGann says:

    It was a tense and stormy game, lit up by the crowd and the occasional genius from the Hamlet.

    There’s a good report here.

    http://www.brixtonbuzz.com/2014/01/dulwich-hamlet-go-top-of-the-league-after-storm-battered-five-goal-thriller-with-harrow-borough/

  71. Dagmar says:

    Wonderful, that was a game to remember. Transpontine is a good blog/bloke. Is our sister blog, so to speak. Together we are an anarcho-syndicalist-situationist, er…

    http://transpont.blogspot.co.uk/

  72. Eilean says:

    Moving on from football and trains to nature. There are four Ring-Necked parakeets sitting high up in a tree in my garden. A glorious splash of green against a grey, rain sodden sky

  73. Dagmar says:

    They bring news, Eilean, of Sly & Reggie’s suburban dub slot on Radio Croydon tomorrow at 3pm for an hour with Burroughs and Morrissey enshrined and immortalised (respectively) in dub.

    This is an unmissable set from south-east London’s premier inimitable dub duo.

    Tomorrow 31 January 2014 3-4pm.

    https://www.facebook.com/CroydonRadio

  74. Dagmar says:

    IT’S ON NOW.

    IT IS BRILLIANT.

  75. Gabe says:

    Someone should write a new blog. If I knew anything about anything I’d volunteer.

    We had our football squad Christmas party in the pubs of Camberwell last Friday. Players are from around parts of SE London and this is the third or fourth year in a row we’ve held it here… because Camberwell has a good variety of pubs. We ended up, as usual, in The Joiners. That guy plays good records.

  76. PK36 says:

    Another good win for the Hamlet tonight: 4–1 against East Thurrock with a hattrick from Oztumer. Back on top of the table!

  77. Gabe says:

    East Thurrock, is that up North?

  78. Dagmar says:

    No, that’s South Shields.

  79. Eilean says:

    So it’s the weekend, and it’s been raining for a month so music is called for. I am taking Mr Eilean to see a Jazz trumpet player called Steve Fishwick at the Crypt tonight

    http://www.jazzlive.co.uk/guide.html

    Anything else on?

  80. Dagmar says:

    If only the Steve Fishwick Sextet played at Jaywick. That would be a cult poster.

    The football is off once again at Dulwich Hamlet because of the rain. Millwall may wish their last match had been rained off after losing heavily at home to Reading and plunging further down the table towards Division Three as Orient rise thence and effortlessly pass them like a train on the DLR.

    “The Peckham Peculiar” has proved to be a really good freesheet with top quality print, pix and local interest fetaures.

    The show at the South London Gallery deserves close inspection and quiet meditation. The sound quality and writing of the piano music is teriffic. The artist, a fellow from Israel who understandably lives in New York, has done a great job as artist in residence looking at the nature of childhood.

    His film ends on a really beautiful note, at the Burgess Park BMX track as a large plane descends towards Heathrow — one of the great sights of Camberwell — then a bird flies past. It’s a really serendipitous moment — the flight of childhood, experimenting, growing and then gone.

  81. Job says:

    The Camberwell Arms is open, it seems.
    O happy day.
    “Whipped pork fat and scotch bonnet on toast, £4″