All posts tagged: the last word

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 …

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 …

The Last Word – Jackie McLaren, Little Shop Of company

 Born in Forest Hill, Jackie initially worked as a landscape designer, until she was inspired to use her creative skills and insights to design a product to make everyday life easier. With her husband Simon, she set up the hugely successful Little Shop Of company, with their trademark jewellery “Little Books”, stocked in over 250 stores in the UK, sold through their website, as well as in stores in Canada, Singapore and Australia. How long have you lived in the area? I was brought up in Forest Hill. When I married 33 years ago, we liked the area so much we didn’t consider leaving! What do you most value about the area/street you live in? I love how green and leafy this part of London is, with the bonus of the great views. It has been a great base for us to set up a business, with an office in Dulwich and even our very first customer was a local business, The Dulwich Trader. That first customer then helped give us the confidence to continue …

The Last Word – Jennifer O’Donnell, Jane Jefferson Cleaning

Jennifer O’Donnell owns Jane Jefferson Cleaning, a commercial and domestic cleaning company based in South East London. Commercial cleans cover zones 1 and 2 and domestic cleaning all of South East London. Jennifer is committed to ensuring low paid workers are protected with fair pay and employment rights and has highlighted the challenges of this through various politicians, press, radio, TV interviews and on a panel at a Living Wage symposium at the House of Commons. In 2015 Heidi Alexander MP held her up in the House of Commons as an example to how big business should operate. How long have you lived in the area? I’ve lived here for 12 years. At the time it was the only area still close to central London where we could buy a house and a garden. I love the feel here, it is like a village in the middle of London. The most famous person you’ve seen or met? I used to work in the entertainment sector where you get to meet lots of interesting people and it’s …

The Last Word – Rob Cassie, Electrician

My name is Rob Cassie, I’m a qualified electrician who works mainly in the domestic sector. I’m registered with a governing body that makes sure that I work to current standards as set out by the wiring regulations. My aim is to make sure that homeowners are electrically safe in their own home. How long have you lived in the area? I’ve lived in the SE area for just over twenty years. What brought you here? My now wife, girlfriend at the time, lived in the area so I moved to the area so we could see more of each other. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? My iPad, it keeps me connected with my customers and has my daily schedule at hand. The most famous person you’ve seen or met? Many years ago, at a military event, I met Prince Charles. I remember thinking how much shorter he was in real life, for some reason I always thought he was very tall. Do you belong to any groups? I belong to a …