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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Eat Out to Help Out

We are delighted that the Government has launched a scheme to help out our local bars, cafes and restaurants.  Below we have listed all the participating venues who have registered for the scheme.  But more may take part, so do check the list on the Government’s website if you see if more have been added. The Eat Out to Help Out Scheme opens today until the end of August.  Here is how it works: You can use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme at a participating establishment: to get a 50% discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in (up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner) every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 3 and 31 August as many times as you like You do not need a voucher to use this scheme and you can use it at the same time as other offers and discounts. There is no minimum spend. You cannot claim discount on alcoholic drinks or service charges. The discount will be automatically available to you at participating establishments. Establishments …