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The Last Word – Raj Tanna

The Last Word in SE23 this month went to Raj Tanna.  Raj is a local Estate Agent who has worked in and around SE23 for almost 30 years. During this time, he has been involved in property sales in almost every road in SE23 and he still has the same passion for property as he did when he first started! How long have you lived in the area? I lived in Forest Hill for 28 years, went to school in the area and my daughter spent the first few years of her life here. What brought you here? My father moved to Forest Hill in the later 70’s as he worked locally and before moving to Forest Hill, he had an exceptionally long commute. What has changed most during that time? Where do I start… It’s become more multi-cultural. More younger people have moved into the area. The high street has also developed a lot since the late 80’s (it was very rundown then). The opening of the Overground has also bought more people into the area that perhaps would not have moved to Forest Hill before. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? I used to live in Forestholme Close, it was a wonderful cul-de-sac and there were lots of kids my …

Garden Talk with Janine Winlaw

Plants adapted to climate change With summers generally getting hotter, it makes sense to use plants in the garden that once established won’t need regular watering. Beth Chatto’s gravel garden and the RHS Hyde Hall’s dry garden, both in Essex, are fantastic examples of drought-tolerant planting. This kind of planting is especially useful in front gardens that get watered less, or south facing gardens. Drought-tolerant plants often originate from hot, dry environments and have adapted in different ways to cope with the conditions. They also tend to like well-drained soil, so add grit or sand to clay soils. Grey or silver-leaved plants conserve water by reflecting the sun. Stachys byzantina (Lamb’s ears) with its woolly silvery low growing leaves is a lovely example of this (S. ‘Silver Carpet’ has smaller neater leaves than S. ‘Big Ears’). Convolvulus cneorum is a fab small evergreen sub shrub with shiny silvery leaves and masses of white flowers throughout the summer, and Ballota pseudodictamnus is a more unusual evergreen sub-shrub with rounded furry grey-white leaves. Sun-loving cistus varieties with …

Crystal Palace Festival

Coming this weekend, the Crystal Palace Festival will be live streamed on the 15 & 16 August. They have recently announced some very special guests for the show which will be beaming live to your homes and gardens from the Upper Norwood Library Hub! Alongside a fabulous programme of Crystal Palace and south London artists, don’t miss these brilliant musicians and comedians: Kingdem – Rodney P & Blak Twang 2019’s Kingdem tour saw three of UK Hip Hop’s most heavyweight artists join forces for an explosive experience but now sadly Ty, one of the UK’s most prolific and beloved rappers, is no longer with us. Rodney P and Blak Twang reuniting for a very special performance of Kingdem material, celebrating Ty’s huge impact and talent tru-thoughts.co.uk/artists/the-kingdem-rodney-p-ty-blak-twang/ Marcus Brigstocke The organisers are thrilled to welcome the wonderful Marcus Brigstocke, comedian, writer and broadcaster. He was the BBC New Comedian of 1996, and is a regular at the Edinburgh festival, where his shows have included Planet Corduroy, The Museum Of Everything, and The Award Winning Show. He once had a #11 chart …

Look Out Exhibition

‘Look Out’, a solo exhibition by Conceptual Artist, Laura Hepworth at the Jeannie Avent Gallery in East Dulwich, South East London. Opening Thursday 13th -31st August, on weekdays from 11:30-5:30pm and Saturdays from 10-5pm. Then, Sundays from 11-4pm. Get free by transforming your surroundings, look out and see a changing world. A world full of energy felt consciously and unconsciously. How does that make you feel? And in what way would you express those feelings if you were given the chance to? ‘Look Out’ visualises the joining of two acts, transference and transformation. Tools such as these are used to shift our perception on the way our own emotive language can be represented, sublimating into colour and mark making. Through this, Hepworth breathes energy into her lockdown collection ‘In Between’, as the exhibition celebrates the process of Laura’s artistic journey, in relation to her own mental health and grief and the freedom the artist has found within the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.  You’re invited to the Private View Of ‘Look Out’ by Laura at the …

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 …