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Pets Corner: Escaped Birds

Every year lots of pets go missing leaving owners distressed. Pet birds are no exception and there seem to have been quite a few cases of late. Here is a checklist of actions for exotic birds on the loose. Owners: The moment you realise your bird has flown off, check every tree you can. Birds do not tend to go far in the first few days, so a thorough exploration of the locale is a must. Get your neighbours involved too. Put up laminated flyers with your name and telephone number. Give a description of the bird and a photograph but omit the pet’s name. If anyone spots the bird, they should call you, you are the best person to try to tempt your pet back. Go to the area and call your bird by name. Stand or sit where your bird can see you and try to ensure it has enough space to fly towards you at a shallow angle; sit or stand further from the tree, not right under it. Keep still, birds …

Link Age Southwark Online Pet Contest

Link Age Southwark is excited to announce their first ever Online Pet Contest. Our pets have brought us so much joy over these last few months, so if you have a dapper doggy or a loyal furry friend now is your chance to showcase them! The contest will open on Sunday 13th September and you will have one week to submit your photos, with entries closing on Sunday 20th September. There will be five categories – including ‘Most Adorable’ and ‘Owner/Pet Lookalikes’ – and we have some excellent local judges on board to choose the winners for us. As the event is a fundraiser to help fund Link Age Southwark’s vital services for older people and people with dementia in Southwark, they are asking for donations of £3 per category to enter, or you can enter all 5 for £10. You will be able to submit your entry via the Link Age Southwark Facebook events page or by email. Visit Link Age Southwark’s website where you will find all the details. We look forward to …

Local East Dulwich author releases fiction debut during lockdown

Local SE22 resident David Arrowsmith decided to grasp the opportunity afforded by the Covid-19 lockdown and finish writing, and then publish, his first work of literary fiction. Nevada Noir is a dark, atmospheric trilogy of intertwined tales of greed and temptation in the Nevada badlands. David, who works as a factual television executive producer, was inspired to write the trilogy by a trip he took with his wife before their daughter was born. Six months after driving through Nevada, Utah and California he awoke at home in East Dulwich with a vivid image in his mind, and this became the book’s first story – entitled The Last Storm. A second story (One Good Deed) soon followed. Eventually, under lockdown, he returned to his writing to complete the trilogy with the final tale – A Slow Death. He designed the paperback himself, and the cover features a photo from the road trip taken by his wife, a professional photographer. In the three dark and brooding short stories, set in and around the U.S. state of Nevada, …

Celebrity Ambassadors show support to Link Age Southwark to lift spirits during lockdown

Local charity Link Age Southwark’s ambassadors includes a host of actors who have come together to help lift the spirits of older people during lockdown. Stars from television shows such as Downtown Abbey, Game of Thrones, Spooks, and Scott and Bailey, have recorded themselves at home reading a short story or a poem, which Link Age Southwark has turned into Lockdown Listens. Link Age Southwark has been issuing a recording each week with the aim of giving older people and local volunteers a morale boost during lockdown. One of the actors  featured is Heather Bleasdale, who has starred in Coronation Street and in the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, reading the humorous short story Free White Towel. The novelist and comedian Jenny Eclair recorded herself reading one of her short stories ‘Valerie Lashes Out’. As part of the recording, Jenny offers a message of hope, saying: “Look after yourselves. Let’s hope that very soon we’ll be over all this and we can get out and we can enjoy our friends in the …

Food & Drink with Suzanne James

Crunchy Fruit & Oat Crumble (serves 4) September marks the end of summer berries, but there is still time to get the last of the blackberries and there are lots of other fruits like apples, plums, grapes, figs and pears to be enjoyed too. The fruits up at the allotment are truly wonderful. Tender ripe figs, with honey nut sweetness; juicy sweet plums with a lovely tart aftertaste; and sweet seedless grapes with a slightly sharp punch. Unadulterated apples, pears and raspberries, all with a glorious freshly-picked taste. I love to wander around, looking at everyone’s allotments and am always amazed by the variety of produce, and growing methods – from perfect rows to higgledy-piddledy planting. As we move into Autumn Pumpkin, squash, kale, runner beans and leeks make their debut, lamb makes a comeback and it’s the start of the mussel season too. You should find that the shops are bursting with cheap homegrown produce this month, so choose your favorite British fruits and get making this lovely crumble recipe! 15 minutes preparation time, 15-20 minutes cooking time Ingredients 2-3 slices …