All posts tagged: local

The Last Word – Jack Thompson

Jack Thompson was born a long time ago in the north of England. He worked as a teacher, a pianist in clubs and pubs, and a bus conductor. He was a BBC correspondent in the 1980s and 90s doing spells in Asia, the Middle East, the Soviet Union and eastern and central Europe. He also read the news on BBC World TV. He turned freelance in 2002, writing articles on all sorts of subjects and trying his hand at thrillers. His first one, A Wicked Device, about a plot to restore totalitarian rule to Germany, won the Scottish Association of Writers Pitlochry Award for Crime-Writing in 2006. His wife, Kathryn Davies, is also a journalist. She’s worked for the BBC, the Financial Times and The Guardian. She now translates Russian texts into English. How long have you lived in the area? We came to Dulwich in 1986. We had lived in Forest Hill in the 70s before our first foreign assignments as journalists in south east Asia. Knowing we would eventually have to set up …

Garden Talk: Heavenly hydrangea

Hydrangeas are gorgeous shrubs – their great mounds of delicate yet showy flowers often take on pinky hues into autumn and can be dried for winter use too. There are masses of varieties, colours and sizes to choose from. Here’s my pick: Hydrangea Macrophylla H.macrophylla go pink in alkaline and blue in acidic soil. To guarantee colour – go for white. There are two types, mophead, with large, globular heads and lacecap with flattened heads of tiny flowers surrounded by sterile florets. They’re happiest in part shade but can take sun – and like to be kept hydrated. Macrophylla ‘Madame Emile Mouillere’ A flamboyant white mophead becoming pink tinged into autumn– great for lighting up a partly shady border. Macrophylla ‘Westfalen’ A compact cultivar with bright green leaves and large rich purple mophead blooms. Good for smaller gardens. Macrophylla ‘Veitchii’ A small, elegant and hardy lacecap hydrangea with white sterile florets, that turn pink as they age. Macrophylla ‘Rotchwanz’ A more unusual lacecap with deep pink to wine-colored starry flowers and dark green leaves flushed …

The Last Word – Jim Halliday

Jim Halliday from Dumfries and a Queen of the South supporter, has lived in South London since 1977 and fully considers himself a Jockney! Since 2001 he has been involved in the local community as secretary at the volunteer-run, Aquarius Golf Club. How long have you lived in the area? 40 years What brought you here? When I graduated from Stirling University, I was offered a job with the Post Office, now BT in IT. I stayed with them for 37 years. What has changed most during that time? The traffic, it take ages to get anywhere. In the afternoon I find it is quicker to walk to Sydenham High Street rather than drive. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? The greenery as we overlooking Wells Park. Do you know your neighbours? Yes all of them, including their kids, dogs and cats. Though the least friendly is my own Bengal cat. We have a residents’ association, with a quarterly newsletter and we hold an annual garden party in June. It …

Around Dulwich – August news

School’s out for summer and the rosé is in! The run-up to end of term came with all the usual chaos as we frantically tied up loose work ends, put up gazebos for the school summer fair, watched little legs race with eggs on spoons, visited the dentist, optician and hairdresser, signed teacher thank-you cards, organised gifts, packed picnics, blubbed over glowing school reports and had a last-minute panic over a forgotten homework project due in the last week of term…. arghhhhh! With so much to fit in, it is any wonder I found time to socialise at all, but somehow I always manage to squeeze in a few ice-cold glasses of rosé when the sun is shining. The garden of The Rye pub in Peckham provided a lovely sunny spot for drinks with friends who were visiting from out of town. It was also nice to venture a bit further than my good old local, Watson’s General Telegraph, on Forest Hill Road. Miss Tapas in Peckham was another good find for a catch-up with …

East Dulwich card shop Postmark named UK’s ‘Best Greeting Card Retailer’ 

East Dulwich card shop ‘Postmark’ has beaten off stiff competition from the likes of Tesco, WHSmith and The Card Factory to be named the UK’s Best Greeting Card Retailer, 2017. Postmark, who have four shops in south and west London, including one on North Cross Road in East Dulwich,  was named the UK’s ‘Best Greeting Card Retailer’ 2017 at this year’s RETA’s, which recognises the importance of retailers to the success of the British Greeting Card industry, estimated to be worth around £1.7bn a year, supporting almost 100,000 jobs across the country. The family run, independent retailer also picked up a separate award for their monthly ‘Feel Good Friday’ campaign, which encourages people to send cards ‘just because’ offering a free card and postage to anywhere in the UK to anyone interested in taking part. Run by husband and wife team Mark and Leona Janson-Smith, they currently have four shops – Balham, Dulwich, Greenwich and Chiswick – and champion the very best of UK and internationally designed cards and stationery. Speaking after their win Mark Janson-Smith …