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The Last Word – Fiona Nott

 

The Last Word in the August issue of SE22 went to Fiona Nott.  Fiona works for a weather analytics company supporting retail clients across Europe and would normally spend a couple of days a week travelling for work so is really enjoying more time at home in SE22 at the moment. She is also a keen golfer and Lady Captain at Aquarius Golf Club.

How long have you lived in the area?

I rented a flat in East Dulwich when I first came to London 35 years ago for work and apart from a few years in Herne Hill and West Dulwich, have now been back in SE22 for over 20 year.

What do you most value about the area/street you live in?

It is such a friendly place and I love the range of independent shops, cafes and restaurants we have. Lockdown has had such a negative impact on our local traders, so I am committed to really “go local” going forward and support local shops as much as I can.

What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without?

Gin and tonic!

Do you belong to any groups?

I am a member of the Aquarius Golf Club and am currently the Ladies Captain. I love playing, and am keen to encourage more ladies to join the club and take the up the sport. I waited way too long to join a club and wish I had joined the Aquarius as soon as I started playing. It is the perfect environment for both beginners and improving golfers.

Where are you likely to be found on Saturday?

On the golf course followed by a couple of drinks on the patio at the Aquarius golf club. Whether it is 9 or 18 holes, driving off towards the bar always puts a spring in my step.

The best meal I’ve ever had was on the top of Grouse Mountain in Vancouver. The food was delicious and the views across Vancouver and the mountains as the sun went down was out of this world. It is the only city I would ever swop London for.

The best kept secret has to be The Nunhead Gardener on Oakdale Road in Nunhead. I discovered it by accident and now it is my go-to place for plants. They pack so much into a small space and there is always a wonderful choice of both outdoor and indoor plants, plus pots and gifts. I go in for a present and come out with at least two more plants for myself! I love it.

What is your favourite shop?

Dr Boo on North Cross Road. Always a treat to pop in and Kazia’s delivery service during lockdown was a real boost.

If money was no object?

I would pay the running costs for St Christopher’s Hospice for the next year as they are under so much financial pressure, especially right now.

www.aquariusgolfclub.co.uk/ladies-golf

Food & Drink with Suzanne James

Here is a wonderful recipe from Suzanne James from our latest magazine.

Peaches & Brioche (serves 4)

Ingredients

  • 2 peaches or nectarines
  • 4 brioche slices
  • 150g Mascarpone
  • 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out, pod reserved
  • 150g caster sugar, plus extra to taste
  • pinch Cinnamon
  • 50g Butter
  • 50ml double cream

Method

  1. Bring a pan of water to the boil. Make a cross in the bottom of the

peaches with the tip of a sharp knife, then place the peaches in the

water and leave for 30 seconds. Drain, peel away the skin of the peaches

and set aside.

  1. Cut the fingers of brioche in half and toast them on a griddle pan until

golden-brown. Remove from the heat and set to one side.

  1. Mix together the mascarpone and vanilla seeds in a bowl, adding sugar,

to taste. Set aside.

  1. Heat a frying pan over a medium heat. Sprinkle the caster sugar over the

base of the pan and allow it to melt and caramelise – do not stir the

sugar, just shake the pan. Once the sugar has turned golden-brown and

caramelised, carefully add the butter (the sugar may spit) and vanilla pod

to the pan, stirring well.

  1. Add the peaches to the pan, basting them with the caramel for a few

seconds. Remove the peaches from the pan and set aside, then stir the

cream into the remaining caramel in the pan.

  1. To serve, place the brioche slices on a plate then top each with a peach,

drizzle over the sauce and serve with a spoonful of vanilla mascarpone.

In Season this Month

Fruits & Nuts

Apples, Apricot, Aubergine, Blackberries, Blackcurrants, Blueberries, Loganberries, Peaches, Plums, Raspberries, Redcurrants, Strawberries, White currants, Cobnuts, Hazelnuts

Vegetables & Herbs

Artichokes, Aubergines, Beetroot, Broccoli, Cabbages, Carrots, Cauliflower, Chard, Courgettes, Cucumber, Fennel, French Beans, Garlic, Kohlrabi, Lamb’s Lettuce, Onions, Pak Choi, Peas (inc. Sugar Snaps) Potatoes, Radishes, Rocket, Runner Beans, Salsify, Scorzonera, Samphire, Sorrel, Spinach, Sweetcorn, Tomatoes, Watercress

Meat & Game

Lamb, Rabbit, Venison, Wood Pigeon

Fish & Shellfish

Black Bream, Crab (brown, hen & Spider), Signal Crayfish, Grey Mullet, Lobster, Mackerel, Pollack, Prawns, Scallops, Sea Bass, Squid, Trout (river – brown and rainbow)

Going out of season

Blackberries, Blueberries, Cherry, Mange tout, Peach, Redcurrant, Strawberries (many of these towards the month).

www.suzannejames.co.uk

Exercise Snacking

Recently, I have been talking to lots and lots of different people at an organisation where I am the head of wellbeing. And almost every single one of them have reported this mid-afternoon slump in energy. Does this sound familiar to you? And if so, have you ever wondered how to stay energised after lunch? The main thing I am discovering is that people just are not physically moving enough. Given the current circumstances I know that is a bit obvious. We are working from home in the main, people are not necessarily going out and about. You may even skip or have skipped exercise all together. And there is, of course, a lot of staring at screens. But there are ways that you can move within the confines of a building if you really cannot get out for a five- or ten-minute walk or a quick jog.

Movement Snacking

This is where the concept of movement snacking comes is. Think of exercise as movement snacking. In the same way that you might go over to the fridge and pick up a snack from the fridge, you are going to snack on movement. There are lots of different ways you can do this. You could use your staircase, for example, to run up and down five times. You could have a heavy object near your desk, like a kettlebell, a dumbbell, a sack of spuds, books in a rucksack, anything like that will do, and you can squat with that. You can push it overhead. You can do body-weight exercises like squats and press-ups, and you can even get out and just stand outside your front door or in the communal garden or in your own garden and do 10 jumping jacks or skip for two minutes.

Exercise Doesn’t Have To Be One Big Block

So, for two to five minutes of every hour, I want you to be thinking about what you can snack on in terms of movement, because exercise does not have to be one big block. It certainly does not need to be an hour done at some point during the day. Exercise is most effective when it is blended with other types of movement, and it is most effective when you have lots of little spikes of daily life movement throughout the day.

Little And Often

So, snack on daily physical movement little and often. What are your exercise snacks? What are your go-tos? Have you got your environment set up so all of that is ready? So there is minimal decisions that you have to make to make it happen.

The other great thing about exercise snacking is that it requires no to little equipment. And remember exercise does not have to be one big block! Try exercise snacking, see if it makes a difference to how you feel and let me know how you get on or your thoughts. That’s it from me. Stay healthy and all the best for now.

www.bodyshotperformance.com

This article first appeared in the August issue of SE22 magazine.

Straight Outta Surrey, 36 Years Too late

School band reunites after three decades during lockdown to release their debut album ‘Neon Highway’.

In 1981 ‘Don’t Mention It’ was another hopeful ‘new romantic’ band dreaming of releasing an album and being featured in Smash Hits Magazine alongside their idols, Kraftwerk, Ultravox and Duran Duran. The band; Mark Duggan, Martin West and Steve Shillito (our wonderful graphic designer based in SE23) spent their days in school but when the parents went away during bank-holiday weekends, they recorded electronic music on C-60 tapes with hired equipment and borrowed synths.

After a few years’ life happened and they drifted apart, their dreams of releasing an album never realised. Fast-forward to February 2020 and the COVID-19 lockdown provided space to reunite on Facebook and dust off the old synthesizers and guitars. Martin had moved to New York, Steve was in London and Mark lived in Kent, but they embraced new online technology and started mixing songs ‘in the cloud’.

The guys fell instantly into familiar roles with Mark on vocals, synths and guitar, Martin on keyboards, bass and guitar, and Steve on Drum Machine and FX, but the passing years brought new opportunities. Mark’s daughter’s Holly and Lucy Duggan guest star on the album with tracks adding the voice of a new generation on the songs ‘Insane’ and the title track, ‘Neon Highway’.

After four months of recording and 36 years of waiting, the band finally released their debut album. ‘Neon Highway’ and as you might expect, it fits right in with the current 80’s Synthwave revival. Honouring the days of vinyl, the album has two distinct sides, Side A (tracks 1-5) is song-focused and weaves between the early 80’s new wave bands like Yello, Simple Minds and Duran Duran. Side B (tracks 5-10) is more instrumental and reminiscent of Kraftwerk but also takes a side road with chill out tracks like ‘Weymouth Dreaming’ and ‘The Essence Of Tubular Dreaming’.

Who knows where the road goes from here, but the band say ‘Neon Highway’ is not the final destination. They’re busy recording new tracks for a second album, so maybe there’s still mileage in the tank. The future looks bright, neon bright.

Album ‘Neon Highway’ launched this month.
‘Don’t Mention It’ can be found at:

Website
Out now on: Bandcamp

Tunes & Spotify

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The House That Slipped

Starting tonight and continuing every evening this week at 7.30pm with a LIVE socially distanced finale on the 8 August, Teatro Vivo presents an online immersive show. Directed by Mark Stevenson.

When the UK went into lockdown the residents of 12 Laburnum Drive, Brockley took the government advice very seriously. One month on they opened their front door to find themselves in unfamiliar surroundings. Their little house had floated away and come to rest in the year 2070. Although the future seems to be almost Utopian, they have started to think about how they could get home.

They have discovered that Zoom still works on their laptops, and by a strange setting in the latest upgrade they seem to be able to contact people from 2020. That’s where you come in. For five nights only, a very limited audience will be enlisted to help them find their way back (if they want to), and maybe even to meet them in person a special socially distanced celebration.

The House That Slipped is funded by Arts Council England through the Emergency fund. It’s Teatro Vivo’s response to the current situation for our industry: creating theatre that still feels connected to communities and employing arts freelancers in this time of theatre’s fight for survival. We are excited to be able to bring our signature brand of interactive immersive theatre to a digital stage – taking our audiences on a journey from the comfort of their living rooms.

The show itself will take place on Zoom in the future, the present and the slip stream of time in-between.  For full details, please go to the website.

Cast

Kas Darley

Sarah Finigan

Natasha Magigi

Bernadette Russell

Michael Wagg

 

Director

Mark Stevenson