Last night I was flicking channels when I caught the tail end of someone talking about demolishing the Aylesbury estate. The programme was Demolition on Channel 4, but on their website I can find no mention of the Aylesbury. Can anyone elaborate?
While we’re on the subject of property, last night I noticed some lights on in a few windows of the boarded-up buildings on Windsor Walk. There seemed to be a parafin lamp hanging in one window, while another had full electric lights and I could just see someone’s head in there too. Has it been squatted?
Moving on… I’ve had a few comments saying that the New Dewaniam restaurant on Camberwell New Road has just expanded and now sounds very cool. In fact, I get so many positive comments about the New Dewaniam that I’m beginning to suspect the owners read this blog; if they do, I’ll be happy to give you all the free publicity you want in exchange for a meal for two. Yes, I’m that easily bought.
Local artist Mark McGowan has made another high-profile protest, this time against the protest exclusion zone around the Houses of Parliament. He walked backwards around Parliament Square repeating the slogan on his t‑shirt, “this is not a protest”.
Meta: I’ve made the first, stumbling steps in setting up a CamberwellOnline Wiki. Obviously the design needs a lot of work, but if anyone’s interested in helping out by providing and editing content please go ahead and take a look. If you need help beyond the documentation, leave a comment here. Also, this blog is now open for registration in case anyone wants to help out by adding more news about the area. I still have editorial control for now.
Finally, there are a whole bunch of new contributors and photos in the Camberwell SE5 Flickr Photo Pool. Please keep them coming.
In case I don’t make another update before the weekend, have a great Christmas, everyone. Remember to keep it local where possible, and support independent retail. The best Christmas present would be a change of heart by Wordsworth Books. Look out for me in The Castle on Christmas Eve — I’ll be the drunk one.