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Around Dulwich 2016 – A Year in Review

By Sarah and Pan Pylas From the deaths of London boys David Bowie and George Michael that bookmarked the year, through the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election as the next US President, 2016 is likely to live long in the memory. No review of a year in any community from Land’s End to John O’Groats can be complete without at least a passing reference to the seismic events of June 23. For most residents of East Dulwich and around, the vote to leave the European Union in the referendum will have come as a bit of a shock. The voting proportions in favour of “remain” in the boroughs of Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark were some of the highest across the whole country. Bar the collapse in the pound, nothing really has happened yet and life has gone as before. The East Dulwich community has continued to thrive, showcased its local talent, wide-ranging tastes and multicultural nature. From new offerings on the strip through to pioneering endeavours off it, 2016 has been another year of …

Keep your pets safe this season

With the festive season just around the corner we are all busy planning how we are going to celebrate, have fun and spoil our loved ones – including our pets. It is a time of year when our home is bursting with family and friends, fancy decorations and treats, which can be overwhelming for our pets. Try to keep your pets’ eating and exercise habits as close to normal during the festivities as you can, and follow these few steps to ensure they are kept safe: The Christmas tree The best place to put a Christmas tree is in a corner, tied with fishing wire to secure it, preventing it being knocked over by your dog or pulled down by your cat. Electrical safety To prevent any accidental electrocutions, exposed indoor or outdoor wires should be taped to the wall or the sides of the house. Poisonous foods and plants Holly, mistletoe, poinsettia plants, grapes, raisins, sweets, liquorice, chocolate… Keep them well out of the way of your pets’ reach. Don’t be tempted to share chocolate …

Hectic Host: Fireside Fun

It is that time of year when we move the party indoors and start to cocoon with family and friends, as the evenings get longer and the fire becomes ever more tempting. Having spent the summer flitting from one social event to another the winter provides a comforting sanctuary where the only pressure is to relax and enjoy the company. In front of the fire the conversation flows and friends we have known for years become even greater ones. It is for those very evenings that it is always a good idea to have a few icebreakers on the back burner – it never a good idea to too heavily grill a new guest – and sometimes even the closet groups need a little conversational inspiration, especially if the alcohol is flowing too. A favourite game of mine I played in my youth and is one our friends used to call ‘Machiavelli’ – presumably as the founder of modern political science was one of the hardest subjects to guess. When checking online to see if …

Fitness Tips: 7 ways to maintain a healthy routine even when you’re travelling

It’s the lament of many; how do I maintain my fitness and stick to my routine when I’m travelling? Airport lounges, the endless waiting around, delays, airplane food, unhealthy snacks at conferences, the plentiful pastries over breakfast can scupper our good intentions and break our routine. It doesn’t have to be that way though. There’s a lot you can do to stay active even in a tiny hotel room, and a bit of planning and preparation can help you stay on track with your nutrition. Here’s some of my top tips for staying healthy and active when you’re away from home. Here’s some of my top tips for staying healthy and active when you’re away from home. #1 – get a good workout in before you go If you have a trip coming up, step up your exercise levels the week before. A long flight can be stressful if you’re antsy and fidgety but if your muscles are happily tired, it can become an opportunity to rest and recover, enjoy a movie or two and …

Pets Corner: My dog is just being friendly!

A client complained to me that she was getting tired of having her dog labelled as a ‘problem’ dog by other dog owners. The issue is that her dog does not want to be friends with every dog she meets and, if pushed, will lunge and bark at some dogs that get into her face, especially if she is on the lead. It is increasingly the case that unless owners have a dog that is universally phlegmatic, happy to engage with dogs of all shapes, sizes and ages, then there has to be a problem with that dog’s temperament…..right? Well no, dogs are individuals and some are just naturally more precious about their personal space. Some are born aloof, some may have had a scary dog encounter when young and now view all other dogs with suspicion, and others may feel unwell. The worst offenders are new puppy owners who believe that socialisation of their hound is best achieved by letting the pup or adolescent dog, jump all over every dog it meets out in …