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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 …

The Horniman Museum Reopening

We are delighted to report that the Horniman Museum is reopening this week on Thursday 30 July. Visitors (including Members) will need to pre-book for a free, timed entry slot. Social distancing and other safety measures will be in place, including hand sanitisation stations, an enhanced cleaning regime, updated signage and a one-way visitor route. Some attractions including the Aquarium and Butterfly House will remain closed initially, and some interactive exhibits have been removed or covered up. Free, advance booking required – horniman.ac.uk. Exhibitions and Displays Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs Extended to 3 January 2021 252 million years ago, in a period called the Permian, life on Earth was dominated by extraordinary creatures. It was a time of fearsome sabre-toothed predators, giant insects and bizarre-looking sharks. The Permian ended with a mass extinction that destroyed 90% of all life, paving the way for the Earth’s next great rulers… the dinosaurs. In this fascinating, family-friendly exhibition, which is travelling to the UK for the first time, you can discover more about this mysterious time period. …

Bring some zing into your borders with euphorbia

These beautiful and useful foliage plants add structure and texture to the garden. Their exotic-looking foliage creates a lush tropical feel to planting and many varieties have bright acid green flowers in spring and early summer that add a bit of zing to a border and beautifully compliment purples and blues. There are many varieties to choose from, whether for height or ground cover, sun or shade. Here’s my pick of the best. E. characias wulfenii This is probably the most popular euphorbia. Its stems of bluish green leaves (up to 1.5m high) provide year round rounded structure to the garden and look great with silvers and purples. From March it comes alive with with blowsy lime green flowers that perfectly complement blue and purple plants such as Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ or alliums. It will tolerate some shade but prefers a sunny spot and is pretty drought tolerant once established – perfect for a gravel or Mediterranean garden. E. characias ‘Humpty Dumpty’ is a more compact version of wulfenii – growing to around 50cm. Good …

Travels with my Camera

Coming soon to Jeannie Avent Gallery is this fascinating exhibition from Adrian Whittle: Travels with my Camera.  Starting on Thursday 3o July until Tuesday 11th August. Adrian explains the background to his exhibition: “The exhibition focuses on street photography and portraits from Cuba, India and Myanmar as well as a few from other countries. I am interested in the stories of everyday people and my approach is to spend time talking to the subjects of the photographs before taking my camera out. People are often willing to open up and to talk about their lives, their work and their families. Some also want to know about me and ask quite searching questions about family relationships and circumstances. Wherever possible I try to print copies of the pictures and give them to the people who have so generously given me their time. I have come to know a few of these people quite well and try to catch up with them on return visits to India and Myanmar.” Jeannie Avent Gallery, 14 North Cross Road, East …