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Keeping Safe on Bonfire Night

Most injuries caused by fireworks are to children under the age of 16 . Fireworks are mini-explosives dressed up in colourful packaging – they are not toys. They burn at high temperatures and can cause terrible injuries very quickly, including sparklers which can reach 2,000°C – more than 15 times the boiling point of water. So always try to go to a properly organised public display. But if you do want to use fireworks at home, you can keep yourself and your family safe by following the firework code. Here are some handy tips on how to handle fireworks properly and safely. Only buy fireworks marked with the British Standard Kitemark BS7114 Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks. Keep them in a closed box. Follow the instructions on each firework. Light them at arms length using a taper and stand well back. Never go back to them once they are lit. Even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode. Never throw fireworks and never put them in your pocket. Light sparklers one at …

The Last Word: Linda Drake

 I am a Dulwich resident, and have lived in Southwark for nearly 40 years. I love the variety and vibrancy of this a young, multi cultural area. I work locally as a practice nurse, I job adore, and can recommend to anyone. My husband and younger son both work for the NHS, whilst my older son is a vicar. How long have you lived in the area? 33 years What brought you here? Open spaces and good schools for our young family What has changed most during that time? The changes to Lordship Lane, which is now the go-to SE london road for independent restaurants, bars, cinema and shops. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? My job as a general practice nurse, specialising in diabetes. I can cycle to work, and together with the local community and businesses we all can encourage people to get tested for diabetes [see diabetes.org.uk ‘preventing diabetes’]. I have worked at the same practice for over 30 years, which either shows how much I love …

Around Dulwich – November news

Halloween costumes have been put away and pumpkins have been recycled into soup, risottos, and pies, or just left outside to rot in the garden. The kids have returned to school for the autumn term and local shop windows are already starting to look festive. However, there is still much to do in and around Dulwich before we dive fizz-first into the silly season! The annual family fireworks display at Dulwich Sports Club on Saturday 4th November is guaranteed to light up your dark November nights. This year promises more food and beverage stalls than ever before including a bonfire, mulled wine, real ale, BBQ, and kids bar. Arrive early to get a good spot – and that’s just for parking! Later this same night, Plosive launches a brand new comedy night at The MCT at Alleyn’s featuring big-name headliners and handpicked favourites from the alternative circuit. Village Books have a number of inspiring events lined up again this month. On Sunday 5th, Newsnight presenter Evan Davis shares his thoughts on ‘Why we have reached Peak Bullshit …

November issues out today!

The November issues of SE21, SE22 & SE23 are out today. Filled with local events and news, they are must-read for anyone in the area. If you don’t receive a copy through your door you can read the flipzines on this website! We have regular columns such as Food & Drink with Suzanne James; Garden Talk with Janine Winlaw; Fitness Tips with Bodyshot PT; Financial Matters and much much more. We have a round-up of what to do on Bonfire Night and details of all the local Christmas Fairs.

Five Sophisticated Halloween Pumpkin Ideas!

WOOOOH… It’s that eerie time of year – Halloween! The shops are full of plump Pumpkins to carve into those scary lanterns for the children. But why not buy a couple more and make them into beautiful grown up decorations. Here are five simple ideas to inspire your creativity… Paint your hollowed pumpkins in pretty pastels and create a flower arrangement using an oasis floral foam bowl that fits. These would make a great centrepiece for a grown up dinner party or you can display in the windows around your house for a more refined Halloween. Use inexpensive upholstery studs to create a design by simply sticking them into the pumpkin. You could also add self-adhesive crystals or bits of mirror for that added opulence. It will create that WOW factor. Create a decorative ‘Chinoiserie’ inspired pumpkin, by a simple bit of decoupage using printed paper napkins and PVA glue. Make use of Grandma’s old lace doilies! Add different sizes to create a layered look using a self-adhesive aerosol spray and/or PVA glue. For that extra bit …