All posts tagged: the last word

The Last Word: Julie Peakman, author and historian

Julie Peakman is a highly acclaimed author and historian. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Honorary Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is a frequent contributor to newspapers and popular magazines, as well as academic journals. Her TV and radio work includes television documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 and the Biography Channel, Radio London and BBC Radio 4. She has written biographies on Emma Hamilton and Peg Plunkett, and various books on historical culture. Her new book, Hitler’s Island War. The Men Who Fought for Leros, is her first foray into the social history of war and a homage to the men who fought in Leros. She is a resident of Leros and Forest Hill. How long have you lived in the area? I have lived in Forest Hill for over 35 years now. I met my husband here all those years ago and we have remained in the area ever since. What brought you here? I came for my friend’s wedding party and ended up staying the …

The Last Word: Yeliz Ertam, owner of Therapy

Hi I’m Yeliz. My first experience of East Dulwich was when I joined Therapy as a work experience girl. My journey at Therapy grew almost every year, from salon assistant to now the owner for the past year! How long have you lived in the area? I live in Peckham, however for the past 12 years I’ve worked in East Dulwich on Melbourne Grove, so this feels like home to me. I spend more time in Dulwich than Peckham and it’s not so far, which is always handy. I spend most of my time here! What brought you here? My work placement when I was 14 brought me to the purple shop tucked away from the high street. I like to call it the hidden gem, Therapy on Melbourne Grove, and since then I haven’t gone anywhere else and I believe I don’t have any plans to move anywhere any time soon. What has changed most during that time? Quite a lot has changed since I’ve been in this area, there are a lot of …

The Last Word – Fraser Crawford, Family Lawyer

My name is Fraser Crawford.  I work down the road in East Dulwich as a family lawyer but my real passion is for painting! How long have you lived in the area? I have lived in South London for seven years, previously at Peckham Rye. I have been in SE23 for just over a year. What brought you here? It was convenient for work in SE22 at Glazer Delmar Solicitors on North Cross Road. What has changed most during that time? South East London has changed so much in this time – there are Hispters everywhere, which must mean it’s got trendy. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? I really like the sense of community. I lived in North London for years and never knew my neighbours. I can’t walk down the street now without bumping into someone I know now. Do you know your neighbours? Yes – as I say SE23 is a very friendly place and I am lucky to have good neighbours on either side. The most …

The Last Word – Toni Horton

I’m Toni Horton and I live in SE21 with my husband and two cats. I am a Life Coach and I work with my clients to help them make positive changes that move them forward into the life, career or relationship that they wish for. What brought you here? I was born in Camberwell and grew up in Streatham. I knew the Dulwich area through visits to family and friends and first visited the Dog (Crown and Greyhound) when I was two weeks old. I moved to Dulwich in 1987 and I’ve been here ever since. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? If I can only have one thing then it would be the Rumsey Pharmacy and Post Office. The staff are so lovely and always go the extra mile to help everybody. Do you know your neighbours? Yes I do – I have fantastic neighbours. It’s the first place I have lived where everybody on the road knows each other and we look out for one another. I love our road, it’s …

The Last Word: Robyn Perkins

After a number of creative professions (potter, marine biology, furniture design & landscape architecture), I have settled into stand-up comedy. I also started Laugh Train Home in 2013, a comic run comedy night who (since September) have their second club night in SE23. On a day to day basis, I am an upbeat, chatty American who plays water polo, is a massive foodie, decent cook and is often seen riding a bright pink Brompton. How long have you lived in the area? I moved to London from Boston in 2008 and into SE London in 2014. Do you know your neighbours? Oh yes. Probably too well. While at the Fringe, I had one enter my flat and search for a photo I needed for my show. I was about to ask him to go through my hard-drive when someone informed me ‘British people don’t ask that of their neighbours’. Whoops! The most famous person you’ve seen or met? I feel like naming comedians is cheating a bit, especially as they come to play my club. …