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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 …

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 …

The Aggregation of Marginal Gains

Being physically and mentally fitter and healthier have never been more important. We all know though that lifestyle changes can be daunting, hard to incorporate and hard to stick to too. So, what can we do to make our lives healthier without feeling that we are about to climb Mount Everest? So, this month I would like to talk about a concept that might be familiar to some of you who have trained or performed on a more competitive and professional sporting level. It is the concept of marginal gains. I’ve borrowed this from, Sir Dave Brailsford, you may have heard of him in conjunction with team Sky. He did a lot of work with a lot of sports teams and it was around this principle of the aggregation of marginal gains. What Is Aggregation of Marginal Gains? What he means by that is if he could get a 1% improvement in an athlete’s sleep, a 1% improvement in their mental wellbeing, 1% improvement in their energy levels that all snowballs and actually the cumulative …

The Last Word – Ursula Mohan

Ursula Mohan started her career at 15 and has been a working actress ever since. She is delighted to be performing FLO in FLORENCE SMITH – NOW AND THEN in the gardens of Bell House. How long have you lived in the area? We moved to Dulwich in 1987. What do you most value about the area you live in? Our tree lined road and good transport links. If I am in a play it is bonus to feel safe walking home from the bus or train. We are lucky to have friendly and supportive neighbours and to be near the lovely Dulwich Park. There is also a glorious silver birch tree outside our front door. What has changed most during that time? When we first moved here Lordship Lane was a down to earth place with inexpensive property, a police station, and simple high street shops. Now it’s got coffee shops, restaurants, bars, clothes and gift shops as well as a wonderful cinema. Unrecognizable! The most famous person you’ve seen or met? When I was …