Differing ways to celebrate

I had my first random encounter with an attendee of the Blog/Flickr meetup last night, when I met Nick in the Phoenix. It was his birthday (30th), so a belated public happy birthday to you, Nick.

He told me that Denmark Hill station is to finally get disabled access; I can’t find any confirmation of this, but there’s a load of building materials on platform 1, so it could be true.

In other news, Camberwell is being held up as an example of the change that community policing can make. Nice to be making positive crime news, for once. In less positive news, a former Bolivian special forces soldier has been jailed for an attempted rape in Camberwell Road. He fled to England in fear of his life, then celebrated the news that his family had been given permision to join him by getting rolling drunk and attacking a woman. Not a sensible way to celebrate.

The sun’s back out, spring is here, and I’ve spent the morning cleaning our house. Time to get out for a bit.

Author: Peter

Long-time resident of Camberwell, author of this blog since July 2004.

8 thoughts on “Differing ways to celebrate”

  1. Thank you Peter! Yea had a great night at the Phoenix. I rented the top balcony out and the bar guys & girls were really friendly chopping up my b-day cake etc so thank you to them. Yea not sure when the disabled access will come but the following link at tfl states its a high priority.. suggesting it will start imminently?
    http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/press-centre/press-releases/press-releases-content.asp?prID=737
    yea really nice sunny day – played tennis in Ruskin park till doused on by 1st April shower.

  2. The refurbishment of the bandstand in Ruskin Park is going well. I can see string quarters there in summer, bring your own Somerfield Australian screwcap wine, or pop music, choirs, perhaps brass bands, even.

  3. We went to the Espana Tapas bar On Camberwell Church St this week for the first time (excellent), but the waiter said it was closing soon, and the owners didn’t know what they were going to do with the space… it may reopen as a Spanish restaurant or they may just rent it out. He went on to blame the council doing nothing for local businessmen, and that the only businesses doing well in Camberwell are the pubs!

  4. I live in and love SE5 and have just recently discovered this site.

    I’m a trainee journalist and am constantly trawling the internet/the streets for colourful stories. But it’s so hard to find them before the papers.

    So I just wanted to introduce myself and send out a plea for you all to keep your ears to the ground and please let me know if you come up with anything that might be of interest. I would be so grateful.

    Many thanks!

  5. Just thought I’d warn you about a very clever con woman who was knocking on doors in the flodden road/baldwin crescent area of camberwll on Saturday 5th August. She asked to borrow some money as her electric meter had run out and she couldn’t pay for the electric by credit card. She also told me that her daughter was very ill. Like a fool I lent her £5.00 — theres no fool like a middle-aged one. I have now been round to see other neighbours who were also taken in by her. She is a very well spoken and well dressed white woman, 35 — 45 years old, about 5.5, carrying a black purse and an electric key. So if she comes knocking BEWARE. I have reported her to the Police.

  6. Look out also for the pregnant black woman who knocks at your door at three o’clock in the morning.

    But then again, maybe that’s just me.

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