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.