All posts tagged: the last word

The Last Word: Nic Kemp, co-founder of Oomami

Nic Kemp is the co-founder of Oomami, a consultancy for film, video & broadcast companies to help them expand and streamline their creative processes through technology and innovation. She also runs a gluten free blog Eggainst The Grain which is full of nutritional child friendly recipes and advice. She lives with with her partner, Matt, and their two young daughters. How long have you lived in the area? About 13 years. What brought you here? We had the opportunity to rent a friends 3 bedroom house in Ladywell for the same price as I was paying for a room in Shoreditch. We then had kids and decided to stay and settle in Honor Oak. What has changed most during that time? Places to eat and drink! When we first arrived, we never really hung out locally as there wasn’t much here. The Ladywell Tavern was the only pub really near us and was pretty dire then, though we did love the old Mr Lawrence’s. I remember when Jam Circus and The Orchard opened – it …

The Last Word: Matt & Ubie

We are West Dulwich residents, Matt and Ubie. Matt moved to Dulwich back in 2001. We had a whirlwind romance having met in Hong Kong. We got married in 2017 and Ubie moved over permanently then. Matt has worked in investment in London for many years. Ubie is an artist and teacher. We have been really enjoying getting our different skills together and launching our art class business in the local area! What brought you here? We don’t have roots here, but Matt has worked in London for many years. So, it was all about getting on the housing ladder! Believe it or not, back in 2001, West Dulwich seemed very good value for money. It probably still is, albeit relatively speaking, compared to other London suburbs of course! How long have you lived in the area? Over 15 years. When I bought my home here I didn’t foresee living here quite this long! But, Dulwich surroundings are so great, with proximity to London and all its attractions, but also a sense of leafiness and …

The Last Word: Lol Johnson, Photographer

Lol Johnson is a local professional photographer whose work mainly revolves around interiors and kids. When not busy artily draping a throw, or coaxing kids into throwing a pose, she can be found out and about with her husband and kids or jogging around the local parks. How long have you lived in the area? What brought you here? I’ve been a South Londoner ever since I made the move from my hometown of Newcastle in 1996, but made the move to Forest Hill just before the birth of my first child in 2006. It was the only place we could afford to buy a property! It’s not quite so affordable now. What has changed most during that time? What do you most value about the area/street you live in? What one thing would you change? Property prices! And transport links – the East London Line makes central London much more accessible, but the best thing about Forest Hill is one of it’s oldest institutions – The Horniman Museum and I’m lucky enough to live …

The Last Word: Sheila Robinson, director of SVREducation

Sheila Robinson is the director of SVREducation an educational consultancy specialising in assessment and educational publishing. She has lived in East Dulwich and West Dulwich since 1987 when her family moved from central London. She has been a Head and has many years teaching experience at Alleyn’s and state schools. She has two grown up children. What brought you to the area? I moved here with my family because I was offered a senior management role at Alleyns Junior School. It was a wonderful school to work in and every day was a challenge. Such a pity that it has become so popular that it is almost impossible to get into. Perhaps they should expand? By far the best school in Dulwich, in my opinion. What has changed most during that time? It has changed so much in the last 30 years since we arrived. There are so many good restaurants and shops ( I’m a big fan of Moxons, William Rose and of course Marks and Spencer) The  cinema has been a welcome addition …

The Last Word: Nygel Packett and Sue Whitehead, The Goose Is Out!

Nygel Packett and Sue Whitehead are The Goose Is Out! They run regular folk music concerts, club nights and singarounds, plus stages at various local community events including the Dulwich Festival Fair on Goose Green. The Goose celebrates its tenth birthday in March. How long have you lived in the area? Sue moved to East Dulwich in 1991. Nygel is an honorary East Dulwichian based at Packett Mansions (not really) in Surrey Quays. What brought you here? (Sue): A new job. East Dulwich was a reasonably easy commute, houses were affordable (!) and the woods and parks were a major attraction. (Nyge): Sue. What has changed most during that time? Obviously there’s been huge gentrification. The pubs are no longer rough and there’s a wider choice of places to eat. The average car size seems to have quadrupled! What do you most value about the area you live in? The trees and green spaces. Also, there’s still a sense of community despite all the changes – it’s rare that we don’t meet people we know …