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deep online at: www.deep-london.co.uk • www.issuu.com • www.facebook.com/deeplondon • twitter @deep_london Hello there.. ...and welcome to issue 95, our bumper December / January double whammy issue, which was going to be half upside down, but to be honest that’s a massive pain in the arse, so it’s all the same way up, it’s just bigger than usual. And more festive. And New Year-y. We were also going to do a festive version of ‘CroydonHello’ but we just didn’t have the time. It may well reappear next year though, so that’ll be nice. Anyway, what we have got for you this month is not one cover star, but a mag full of stars, from your festive telly guide to some truly magnificent heroes of post-riot fundraising, the late great Kirsty MacColl, some major humbugging from Auntie May, a Christmas Ghost Story from Mr Nick, Banned Sauce - twice (they get around, that lot), pictures of the year, our regular film guide and a look ahead to some notable things occurring next year. Not bad, we thought. We’ve also, and don’t all fall over at once, actually arranged a Christmas Party! Well, I say organised, we’re sort of piggy-backing on Junk Time Party’s festive shindig, but as they’re friends of the mag, and we’re on the same wavelength, party-wise, we thought we’d make it a joint do. The ‘Cockney Rock Superstars’ will be providing two sets of their fantastic tunes, there will be some DJs and whatnot (including a rare appearance behind the decks by JTP’s Andy P), and plenty of stuff from us, so come on down to The Oval Tav on Thursday 29th of December and help us celebrate another year of getting this mag out, against all the odds and most people’s financial advice. All we’d suggest is that if you are unlucky enough to be working that week, maybe take Friday off to recover. Hurrah! On a completely different bent, I was, when thinking about this editorial, planning to have a bit of a rant about the last year, with arts cuts and riots and all that old rubbish, but I’m actually feeling quite festive now and looking forward to the party, so I won’t, and instead may break out the eggnog and get royally whiffled, as P.G. Wodehouse would say. Finally, before I’m unable to see, and just before we leave you for until February, congratulations to Sue Emmett who won December’s ‘Where’s Groove’ by spotting our little Hoob friend, wedged somewhat unceremoniously and upside down with his little legs in the air, behind the bar of The Two Brewers. We’ll be presenting Sue with her fabulous (possibly) prize at The Brewers Carol Concert Night on the 15th December, so we’ll have pictures of that (and Groove behind the bar, for proof!) in the next issue. And that’s it, we hope you enjoy this issue have a lovely Christmas, a merry New Year and a peaceful January - we’ll see you again in February. Until then, avanti, allons-y, cheers! With bells on. Your Bonsai Editor - You still have time to buy Angela xxx me this car for Xmas, by the way...

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Dec 2011 / Jan 2012 Issue Ninety Five Contact Us: editor: angela ferrara tel: 07910 506197 (24 hour answerphone) e: angela@deep-london.co.uk staff and contributors: auntie may, petal dunwoody, thomas dennett-cook, evelina beckers, darkzac, nick booth, barwick green advertising sales: call angela on 07910 506197 (24 hour answerphone) or e-mail angela@deep-london.co.uk publishing & design: deep-london Happy Birthday: Will, Ian, Ricky, Nat, The Vessel, Tina, Dawn, Chris, Izzy, Pam, Nicky, Makam, Nick, Gav, Sally, Carla, Elmo, Luke, Rob, Rosco, Eddie, Des, Jay, Calvin, Rick, Kerry, Steve, Craig, Martin, Alan, Jenny, Paul, Sarah, Sara, Jason, Dan, Jane, Sean, Elena, Phil, Tim, Noel, Marvin, Chloe, Vicky, Ben, Codey, Kayte, Rich, Amanda, Shirin, Thomas, Duncan. R.I.P: Smokin’ Joe Frazier, Heavy D, Basil D’Oliveira, Joe Collins, Gary Speed, Ken Russell, Lana Peters, Socrates, Dev Anand,. Nice One: Dougie Freedman & CPFC you beauties!

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THIS MONTH’S FEATURES:

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Festive Telly

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Charity Daze

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Jolly Farmers Music Marathon

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Auntie May

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An Evening in The Black Horse - A ChristmasGhost Story

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Kirsty MacColl

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Films - Reviews From The Outer Rim

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The Almanac

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Year in Pictures

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COMPETITIONS: Where’s Groove? - find Groove in Croydon and win something possibly halfdecent! Details - Back cover.

LISTINGS: What’s On Guide

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...Erm, because it’s cold out there and I’m full of egg-nog. (The headline above, incidentally, will be vaguely hilarious to anyone over 30...). It’s the Deep-London festive star-filled telly highlights page!

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t’s Christmas, traditionally a time for vegging out in front of the telly while the various channels throw repeats, specials and one-off big production numbers at you in equal measure, so here’s our brief guide to whaat we consider to be some of the highlights... Felix and Murdo (Channel 4 - date tbc) A one off, half hour, Christmas studio sitcom, written by Simon Nye, Felix and Murdo is set in Edwardian London of 1908 - the year the Olympics first came to London. Murdo (Alexander Armstrong) and Felix (Ben Miller) are ‘modern' men and best friends who indulge in a drink and drugs spree while simultaneously competing in the Olympics... with no training whatsoever. Armstrong and Miller say; ‘Hopefully the time is ripe for an Edwardian sitcom featuring excessive drug-taking, monkey twins, and competitive javelin. And if it isn't, then we had a bloody good time making this show anyway.' The same evening features a ‘best of' selection of the pair's eponymous sketches taken from their last series seen on Channel 4. Doctor Who (BBC1 Xmas Day 7pm) Always a festive treat, this year again I’ll have to obtain special dispensation from the Ferrara household’s ‘no telly on Xmas day’ rule to watch it, but I reckon I’ll get away with is as this year’s special features friend of the mag Bill Bailey! Hurrah! We remember talking to him

ages ago about him wanting to be in it, so we’re pleased it’s come off. Bill says, "It's the equivalent of a knighthood. I've watched Doctor Who for as long as I can remember. My earliest memory of watching TV is hiding behind the sofa from the Cybermen. I had an irrational fear of leaving doors open for years after that.". Don’t miss it. The Cube Celebrity Special (ITV Xmas Eve - 6.30pm) I love The Cube. Don’t care that I don’t know who the celebrities are, I shall be watching! The Borrowers (BBC - date tbc) A new adaptation starring Stephen Fry, Victoria Wood, Christopher Eccleston, Sharon Horgan, Robert Sheehan and Aisling Loftus. Christopher Ecclestone says, “The Borrowers is one of the very first books I remember reading as a child, and I loved it. I would have read it around 1971 or 1972 I think at the primary school I went to. They formed a little book club and gave us a magazine where you had to choose your own book. The Borrowers was the first book I bought and I can picture seeing the brochure now, seeing the graphics on the front of The Borrowers novel - I went for that first and read the book two or three times. As a child if I liked a book I tended to keep reading it. The film is a contemporary take on the story and still retains all the original elements of the book, which is really about a

loving family - a dad learning how to let go of his daughter so that she’ll come back.” Great Expectations (BBC - date tbc) Starring Ray Winstone, Gillian Anderson, David Suchet and Douglas Booth. Ray says, “Christmas without a BBC show or drama is not really Christmas is it. You have enough to drink and eat and then you sit down by the fire and watch a good drama, and there's nothing better than Dickens at Christmas. “I remember the film came out with Sir John Mills and Sir Alec Guinness it kind of stuck in my mind, especially the sequence at the beginning in the graveyard - it scared me. It was the kind of image that stuck with me all of my life really. It was the character in the film actually, the old boy who played him, the fear you have as a kid, someone coming out of the dark, the kind of thing you have nightmares about, "As I got older, I began to realise what the film was all about, it is such great writing. The fact that it's about where we come from, the inverted snobbery of people from other worlds, and what love is, and how love can be so cold. There's a hell of a lot going on in it. Maybe as a kid you don't understand, but you get it when you get older." Michael Buble - Home For Christmas (ITV - 18th Dec 9pm) A festive special from Croydon’s very own Micky Bubbles. Not my cup of tea but if our erstwhile astronomer is reading this - set your video Mike... Absolutely Fabulous (BBC date tbc Three new episodes with the enture original cast. And finally - The Deep-London Christmas Film probability predictor: We have no idea if any of these are actually on, but the probablities are: The Sound of Music - 99% Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - 80% Mary Poppins - 89% The Great Escape - 78% Any Bond Film - 100% The Snowman - 75% Life of Brian - 0% 4


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It’s Christmas! So here are a couple of pages to make you feel all ‘goodwill to all men’ - like...

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nless you’ve been living under a rock, you may recall back in August we had a bit of trouble in sunny Croydon, with a load of scrotes rampaging through the town nicking stuff and setting things on fire (don’t get me started on the little gits), and every right minded person in town was rightly rather narked at the whole thing. The days that followed, however, when the TV cameras had buggered off, saw a rather more pleasing side to the Cronx, with hoards of people broomedup (Size Nine’s Joe was brandishing a particularly fine ‘broom of justice’ when we met him in the Dragon the following day for a well deserved pint or three) clearing up the mess, churches opening and supplying hot drinks for families who’d lost their homes, people donating clothes, furniture and money and

everyone rather getting behind this soggy old town to try to help. It was quite nice actually. But I digress - while certain parties in town determined to form a committee and use the situation to further their own ends (you know who you are, and if anyone wants to know who they are, e-mail me and I’ll tell you), other parties decided to get off their arses and actually DO something. Here, we’re happy to celebrate two of those parties, whose parties involved many other parties, and who had, well, a couple of right old parties, and managed to raise, between them, around £2,600 from you lovely readers to help those affected. We’ll start with Mat Martin (purely because that event was first) who managed to get 6 bands, 3 DJs, a bonsai editor and a couple of hundred music-

lovers out of the centre of Croydon to the wilds of South Norwood Sports Arena for an all day music-marathon, and a fine time was had by all, except for me, who was on the door trying to attach wristbands and flog raffle tickets while some inconsiderate band or six insisted on making a bloody racket behind me. Actually, that’s not true, I had an absolute blast, as did everyone else who attended. At the end of a very boozy and hugely fun day, with an atmosphere quite unlike anything I’ve personally ever experienced at a gig before, thanks to the efforts of Mat, Junk Time Party, The 23 Enigma, Kitty Hudson, Banned Sauce, Miss Nicaragua, Boot Led Zeppelin, DJs Fashion Andy and Elmo and Geoff’s Muppet Show, Dec, Chris and all the helpers, the Croydon FC bar-staff, not to mention

Pictures: This page - Elvis suit at The Glam (no idea), Banned Sauce’s D, the Tubbster taking snaps. Next page (in no particular order) Darno and The Brothers of Mother Shovel at The Glamorgan, Croydon All-Stars Junk Time Party, The 23 Enigma, Kitty Hudson, Banned Sauce, Boot- Led Zeppelin, revellers, Chris reads the mag (I’ll give you that fiver later...). Last page: Fun in the Glam garden, atmospheric shovel, the Glam lovely bar staff, Mat presents the cheque to the mayor, Mat, Di and Geoff. Thanks to Mik Tubb and DarkZac @ inphotopia.com 6


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everyone who donated raffle prizes, the ‘Croydon All-Stars Charity Gig’ for that was its name, had raised around £1,250 for the Mayor’s ‘Croydon’s Recovery’ fund. A HUGE thank you to everyone involved, you did the Cronx proud. As mentioned a couple of months ago, we were going to run this article in October’s issue, but we had one last thing to do. That thing was to get Mat and the Mayor of Croydon in the same room so that the former could present the cheque to the latter, and we achieved this a couple of weeks ago, wherein the Mayor too asked us to thanks everyone involved, so that’s nice. Croydon All-Stars bands, contributors and punters - we salute you! On to the second party, and I’m sure anyone who lives in the East area of Croydon can’t have helped but be completely shocked and disgusted at the looters treatment of Roy’s little TV shop

on Cherry Orchard Road, which was systematically raided over a period of five hours, and left completely empty (as I believe I mentioned at the time - the clue’s in the name TV Repair Shop, so we hope you nasty little thieving gits are happy with your non-working tellys. Idiots.) I do happen to live in East Croydon, as does Oscar Dahling, owner of the antique shop a few doors between Roy’s shop and The Glamorgan pub, who, like Mat, got off his arse and organised a benefit gig and event, at the pub, for the shop. Under the auspices Residents for Regeneration the gig was to raise funds and show moral support to Roy, to help him get back on his feet and to remind him that the local community cares. A huge turnout for the event, with Roy as guest of honour, managed to raise over £1,400, and Grant, owner of The Glamorgan, asked me to pass on

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his personal thanks to Oscar, The Brothers of Muva Shovel and guitarist Darno who provided the fantastic entertainment, and to every one of you who came out to support the event. Residents for Regeneration and all involved in a great night with, again, an atmosphere like no other - we salute you too! But that’s enough of my wittering, if you were at either of these events you’ll know how fantastic they were, and how valuable in getting a bit of a smile back on people’s faces after what was, let’s face it, a pretty grim situation, and if you weren’t at the events, why not? Anyway, for everyone, whether there or not, here are a load of pictures form both events so you can either see what you missed out on, son, or relive those warm, fluffy, and most probably slightly fuzzy, memories. Croydon folk - we love you all (except for ‘rioters’).


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New Deep correspondent and fantastic photographer DarkZac pops down to the Jolly Farmers Music Marathon...

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ow what an amazing weekend - the Farmers just keeps going from strength to strength. This was the 3rd Annual Music Marathon - 24 hours of non-stop live music in aid of Cancer Research and local charities, held on 12th /13th November and organised by Ian Harris, the Farmers’ owner of the last six years, in conjunction with Purley festival. If you missed it this year make sure you hit it next (if the thought of 24 hour drinking scares you, a fine English breakfast for the early starters and a Sunday lunch, priced right and lacking for nothing, is available!) A warm pub in the heart of Purley, Ian’s made the Farmers a mecca for artists young and old alike to perform their craft in an environment free from the norms of modern British pub culture. The event promised a mixture of open mic, live bands, Irish, blues, accordion playing and solo performances, and on walking in I felt immediately at ease, but with that buzz of excitement at what was to come. I kicked off the weekend on the Friday night with Banned Sauce (& their open mic night) and returned on Sunday to watch The Saviours - both times the pub was alive with the crack and bubble of performers and patrons, a warmly lit bar, the sweet smell of beer and the small stage almost overflowing into the crowd around it - a mixture of locals and travellers, different peoples from different worlds together through a love of music. To be able to walk into a pub and chat to others as if you’ve known them for years isn’t easy to achieve, but this had it in spades. Banned Sauce were, as always, a highlight and had the place shaking to the core with an old school vibe of Peter Green and a modern twist of soul and jazz. Simon Randall did a great solo slot and Rob Cushman’s guitar playing is something to be seen and heard - a true artist with the kind of performance that makes you realise just what the guitar can do. I Walked into the farmers not knowing what to expect and walked out with a new home from home - a good place to chill out, meet others or relax at the bar, somewhere to escape to & most of all, enjoy a huge variety of music. It’s nice to find a little peace in an insane world...


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Septuagenarian agony aunt cum rock mutton Auntie May engages wholeheartedly in the festive spirit. . .

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ello again, and Season's Greetings to you all. Well, I suppose I have to accept the inevitable - the dreaded C-word is just around the corner and we must shake the mothballs out of our slender purses and set about purchasing a raft of things that nobody really wants and sending cards to people we'll probably never see again. Don't get me wrong, I can do Christmas along with the best of them, but I've decided this year that keeping the Royal Mail solvent is not my responsibility. I have a theory that if you don't send a card to somebody you usually do send one to, they probably won't realise, so on that basis everybody will assume I've sent it as usual. I've also decided to spend less

by next year unless somebody at Cadbury/Kraft realises the error of their ways. The next question is when exactly to put up the tree. Too soon and you're bored with it by mid-December and all the chocolate coins and candy canes have long gone (and the sound of Edith furtively crunching underneath the covers keeps me awake), but if you're anything like me and you leave it too late, you start thinking it's hardly worth all the effort of dragging the damn thing out of the loft when you know it'll have to be packed away again within a week or so. Still once it's up and the presents are heaped up underneath ready to be squeezed and shaken on a daily basis I really feel

“The dreaded C-word is here - time to shake the mothballs from our slender purses to purchase a raft of things nobody really wants. . .� money and more thought on the presents I buy, so hopefully I'll be able to afford to eat in the New Year. Edith's getting a Starship Enterprise Pizza Cutter (who wouldn't want one of those?), Bert's in line for a "Design a Beaver" Magnetic Picture, my lovely grand-daughter is set to receive some irresistible bacon flavoured lip-balm and my grandson, Jonny Carnage, is sure to be delighted with his handy Countdown to the End of the World Timer. Yes folks, they're all bone fide gifts, available on the internet should you be tempted to treat your loved ones this Christmas. Having got the presents sorted, my next problem was that Cadbury's have been taken over by Kraft. Not that that in itself is a major concern of mine, except that due to a discontinuance catastrophe it is now almost impossible to find the little Cadbury's Miniatures which I pop into my lovely home-made advent calendars (a novel use for a pile of matchboxes and some gaffer tape). I finally managed to source some on-line (albeit with a rather short sell-by date) but I fear the crisis will have deepened

Christmas has got underway. Edith's got a lovely set of reindeer antlers designed to be put on a car (yes really) but because she hasn't got a car she simply takes them along with her whenever she goes out and insists on attaching them to the taxi for the duration of her journey, much to the

irritation of the local cab drivers. Then there's the food issue. All that expense on buying heaps of stuff you wouldn't normally buy and then you go and spend most of your time at someone else's house. I have a cunning plan this year to buy a box of mince pies, a pint of milk, a loaf of bread and of course a bottle of Baileys for emergencies. I can always eat the candy canes if I get desperate. That sorted, all that remains is to decide on a fancy dress costume for Christmas Eve in the Ship and sit and sip sherry until the time comes to put it on and commence the revelries. Then I usually sit and watch rubbish television in a haze of mince pies, strange-drinksbrought-back-from-abroad-whichneed-finishing and cold turkey until it's time to start the New Year revelries and find yet another fancy dress costume. It's a hard life in Auntiemayland. So have a wonderful time, see the people you love, get wherever you're going safely and look forward to the start of 2012. Auntie May returns next year...

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A Lost Croydon Pubs Christmas Ghost Story Special, by Nick Booth, illustration by Barwick Green From Surrey Pubs (Chatto and Windus, 1939): ‘The Black Horse, near The Rose & Crown, Croydon, opposite the Parish Church. Built 1840, extended 1872. Corner entrance, decorative lintel, Victorian bar and ironwork, stabling at rear, carriage entrance extant. A rather nice example of the type.’

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NE EVENING IN THE LATER PART OF THE 1990s a friend of mine, Smith, found himself at the bar in The Ship. He was not a Croydon face, so to speak, but was often seen on account of his hobby, a pastime he claimed to have invented: pubology. Wags said it was pronounced pube-ology and was nothing more than the examination and collection of nether hair, but Smith rose above that, going so far as to announce himself a pub-ologist. Of course, all it really meant was that he enjoyed the history, features and terminology of the English public house, from the heraldry of signboards to rare bar styles and obscure brickwork facings. Nothing escaped his connoisseur’s eye. He particularly liked finding out-of-theway pubs with some little historical appurtenance lurking. So it was a happy coincidence that on this particular evening, when the conversation had veered off rock and roll matters, such as what the best Stooges record was and why Aerial Bender of Mott the Hoople wore that silly cap right on the side of his head, it got on to pubs. One of Smith’s cronies, a ponytailed crusty, name of Gaz, was bemoaning the fact that he and friends could not go away for the weekend to a pop festival. When asked why, Gaz said: ‘It ain’t money: We’re squatting innit. Can’t leave the property unattended –

might end up losing the place to, like, er, squatters.’ When asked where he was squatting Gaz said: ‘That pub round old town, by the church. No, not the Rose and Crown, the next one along.’ ‘The Black Horse,’ said Smith. ‘That’s it. We ain’t been there long and we’re aiming to spend the winter there so we don’t want any scrotes barging in.’ Smith quickly saw an opportunity to indulge his hobby. Before long an arrangement had been achieved. Gaz and his fellow squatters would leave the Black Horse under Smith’s charge for a few days. The pubologist’s imagination was piqued by the idea. He had no moral objection to squatting, had in fact never given it any thought. All his attention was focused on making an in-depth study of a historic public house, to do nothing less than expand the theory and practice of pubology. ‘Here’s the key to the back door,’ said Gaz in a low cider-and-roll-ups voice a few days later. ‘The front door ain’t got a key or if it has I don’t know about it. It’s well barricaded in any case. The only way in and out that ain’t barricaded is the first floor back entry, up a flight o’ metal steps. You wanna watch them if you’ve been drinking, I’ve taken a tumble a couple of times.’ Smith was barely listening. They stood opposite the Black Horse and he was entranced. The pub had 14

been shut and empty for several years. It was of course sad to see a pub closed (though it was often said it would open again one day), but Smith the specialist was in control: his eyes ranged over the exterior. The woodwork was painted black and the long unattended brasswork had lost its lustre. Set against the ancient oak tree in the yard and the cold, still and misty day, the effect was positively funereal. ‘It’s nice and quiet down here, well off the main drag,’ said Gaz. ‘But keep the noise down and always use a low light.’ He dropped the key into Smith’s hand. ‘Make sure you give the door a good shove shut. I’d like to show you round but we gotta get. See you Monday.’ With that Gaz jumped into an old van packed with fellow squatters, and off they went, with an ugly wrench of the gearbox. Smith made his entrance through the fog-hung yard (giving the back door a good shove shut). Gaz and his girlfriend appeared to have colonised the master bedroom and the four others had made living quarters in and around the upstairs function room. The floors were a wasteland of rucksacks, beer cans and fast food containers. Before Gaz’s time, various colonies of tramps had passed through, leaving a quintessence of urine about the place and blackened areas of wood and carpet, the remains of many small fires. It seemed sound enough


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though. Smith dropped his sleeping bag and rucksack (it made a clink: Smith had brought booze) in the function room. He made a quick survey of the landing, rubbed his hand wonderingly across the faded wallpaper, with its grimy outlines of vanished pictures, before going downstairs. There was a special magic for Smith in entering the bar, even though it was gloomy, with the heavy old curtains pulled and everything covered in dust. It was a large room, with a grapevine cornice (rare, as Smith could tell you, in this part of Surrey) and dominated by the ornate Victorian bar, still a dignified presence despite the general dilapidation. Bar stools lay on their sides among bent tin ashtrays. A few dusty beer bottles stood on the counter. There were squares of grime on the walls where pictures had been removed. The saloon and public bars had been knocked through in the modernising period of the 70s, Smith knew from his trainspotterish

browsing of obscure local history pamphlets. Quite carried away with his chance to roam unrestricted, Smith sat in various places, imagining the pub in its heyday. He went behind the bar came across a reasonably sturdy-looking stool and perched on it. Gaz was right, it was a quiet backwater of the town, which was why the Black Horse probably failed to attract customers as the taste in pubs changed. After a while the silence became more penetrating and the gloom outside deepened. It was time for a drink. He went upstairs into the function room and got a can of beer from his rucksack. The streetlamps had just come on and were in their preparatory pink stage and glowing in the mist. Smith switched a couple of battery lights on and drank down his beer. It was at this point that Smith heard a peculiar sort of scraping or shuffling noise coming from downstairs. He went down the stairs with an

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idea that Gaz had come back. However, he couldn’t find anyone. Smith decided to have a look around the area behind the bar. Upon examination he found, to his delight, that a pleasing architectural detail had survived the wrecking ball of the pub modernisers: the door to the snug. Sandblasted glass with an etched design of a horse. This cheered Smith up no end. He entered and the door closed slowly behind him. The snug was a small room with an old iron fireplace and a serving hatch to the main bar. It still had an old bench and table and a trapdoor in the floor. By a miracle the snug even had a mirror and no one had smashed it. It was while looking at the mirror he noticed someone or something outside the door. He could not see who or what it was because of the opaque glass but it was very dark. If it was a person they appeared to have some sort of mask on. Suddenly Smith understood. He leapt forward to the door and flung it open. ‘All right, Gaz, joke’s over!’ But Gaz wasn’t there. There was


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he reasoned in his beery fug: what’s a ghost if not heritage? But he admitted to himself that he wasn’t looking forward to spending the night in the Black Horse. However, he was determined to keep his side of the bargain with Gaz. He went downstairs with a bottle of rum and his camping light and set himself up at the bar. It was hard not to say it was eerie in the cavernous gloom of the saloon underneath the imperious old bar. Smith poured himself a large one and knocked it back. That was better. How many drinkers had supped here, he wondered. It was beyond thought really. He took out a small radio and switched it on. Voices emerged, giving comfort. After an hour of this he was almost merry among the dingy cobwebs. He watched a spider climb the side of the rum bottle. Then he heard the scraping, shuffling noise again. It came from the back of the bar, the area of the snug. Smith’s uplifted mood was shattered immediately. He picked the light up and walked round slowly, entering the black corridor beside the bar. There was something, or someone, halfway down it. Something jet black and just outside the reach of the lamplight. Smith felt icy fear, but he still had a confused idea it might be one of the squatters. Until the figure made a noise. It was a hiss but not like that of any human or animal Smith knew about. The thing moved down the corridor away from Smith at lightning speed. It appeared to have gone in the snug because door ‘Breathing hard and shaking, Smith knew he would slammed shut. have to charge up the stairs...'

however a strange and rather horrible smell. A damp, musty aroma with something else in it that was hard to describe, almost like tar. Smith suddenly felt distinctly chilly. He noticed his hands were shaking slightly. He went back upstairs and drank another beer, rather guzzling this one. An hour or two passed. The light outside was failing. Smith had rolled down his sleeping bag and was lying on it, trying to convince himself that he was having a good time expanding the theory and practice of pubology. He started to doze and eventually fell into a short nap and had a dream in which he felt he was being watched. When Smith woke with a start he found he was shivering. His watch had stopped. His original, and he now realised rather foolish, plan was to spend the evening in the bar having a few drinks, a sort of send-off for the old place. Eventually, after two more beers, he decided he would do just that. So what if it was a ghost, he thought. Pubs should have ghosts,

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From inside came the sound of something or someone thrashing around desperately and, worse than that in the effect it had on Smith, a horrible kind of high-pitched wheezy muttering. A chair was thrown against a wall. Smith dropped his light in fright and it went out as it hit the floor. Now he was in total darkness and frozen to the spot. The door of the snug opened and something came out and passed close by Smith. He felt it brush his face in the darkness. It was like dried wood, claw-like, smelling somehow of both earth and cinders. He lunged down for his light but couldn’t find it. He ran his hands across the floor, blindly groping. Meanwhile the creature seemed very near. He heard the hiss again. Suddenly Smith’s hand came upon the light and with difficulty (his hands were shaking violently) he switched it on. It didn’t work. He shook it and the light came on. There was an old coat hanging on the wall very near him. He hadn’t noticed it before. Was this what had ‘passed him’? If so, what was causing the noise in the snug. Smith relaxed slightly. There would be an explanation for this. He just didn’t believe in ghosts. However, that strange smell was back with a vengeance. Probably drains, Smith thought. And the noise in the snug? A drunken old tramp for sure, he told himself. Nevertheless, he was getting out. He decided to tell Gaz that sorry and all that, but sharing the place with some old meths drinkers was never part of the arrangement. He decided to go up and get his rucksack. It was when Smith took the first few steps up the stairs that he looked up and there, in the gloom at the top, stood a hideous figure in black rags. It had no face. Two horribly gnarled and blackened hands emerged from the sleeves of the rags. Even though it had no eyes it appeared to be staring right at Smith. Smith screamed. He ran through


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into the bar but realised all exits were barricaded. To escape he would have to tackle the stairs again. He stood, breathing hard. From the hallway he could hear the thrashing and the muttering resume. He cried out in fright and somehow summoned the energy to try to charge the stairs. When Smith ran into the corridor the figure had vanished from the staircase and with relief Smith shot up the steps and ran to the back door. He could see it. Just a few more steps and he’d be out. In a minute he’d be in the high street, then he’d have a drink. Yes, he thought, a big drink… Smith grasped the handle and pulled, but it would not budge. He pulled again, hard. Just as the door began to move a great force landed on him from behind and he felt himself being dragged back down the stairs by sharp and incredibly powerful limbs. He screamed and wailed and thrashed in the darkness. The creature was pulling him down the corridor, through the snug door towards the trapdoor,

which was slowly rising seemingly of its own accord and emitting an unearthly light from below. The horrible smell was now overwhelming. A livid, vile hand was emerging from the trap. As Smith was propelled towards the trapdoor he emitted one last horrified scream. Smith never told me what he saw in that cellar; in fact he never told anyone. The next time I saw him was at Warlingham Park Mental Hospital. When he was found by Gaz on the return of the squatters, his state was that known popularly as ‘a gibbering wreck’. The psychiatrists found him a bit of a challenge. It was clear that he was not the man he was. I sought out a more detailed history of the Black Horse. It was with a small shiver that I read this extract from Frobisher’s County Histories: Surrey edition (1898) one afternoon in the library: ‘THE Black Horse at Croydon stands on the site of a much earlier inn, which in the latter part of the 17th century was sometimes used

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as a temporary prison for the assizes. Certain parts of the original alehouse form part of the new building. It was here that a notorious highwayman and reputed practitioner of witchcraft was sentenced to death along with sundry other ‘murderous convicts’. An account from the time reports: ‘Upon receiving sentence of death, the highwayman did give violent struggle and was pulled to the gaol beneath the tavern in a state of great lamentation while heaping curses on all present. He did give the authorities so much resistance on the day of his execution that instead of being hanged he was placed in a barrel of pitch in the yard of the inn and burned alive.’ I wasn’t too down in the mouth when the pub caught fire in mysterious circumstances some months later and was destroyed. I never heard Smith speak about pubology again.


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Our occasional light shining strand this month reprints an article written in December 2003 by Mike Walker on one our very, very finest - Kirsty MacColl

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or me, like most of you I'm sure, Christmas isn't actually about religion, getting presents, or seeing family, it's about the endless after (and in) work hours spent in the pub drinking heavily and having an excuse when you get home late, reeking of a beer flavoured kebab, with a side salad of vomit. The same thing will probably happen again this year. At some stage I'll be slumped in the corner of the pub moaning incomprehensibly about the paucity of seasonal jukebox hits, wondering whether it's too late for me to add "a new liver" to my Christmas wish list. Christmas is pretty crap for music. Need I mention Slade, Mistletoe and Wine, any novelty record a la Bob the Builder, or god forbid Last Christmas by Wham anyone? There is however one song which seems to signify for me that the festive season is upon us, and it's the one song that no matter what mood I'm in will always put a smile on my face. All those crap compilations that end up as last minute panic presents, proclaiming to be "The Best of blah blah", need look no further for the Christmas edition than Croydon's finest singersongwriter, Kirsty MacColl. I am of course referring to her November 1987 release, "Fairytale of New York", with the infamous Pogues singer Shane MacGowan. Kirsty MacColl was born in Mayday Hospital in October 1959 to her choreographer mother Jean and celebrated folk performer Ewan ("First time I ever saw your face"), and was once described by U2 lead singer Bono as "the Noel Coward of her generation." She went to Monks Hill Comprehensive (now Selsdon High), and attended art school, being brought up by her mother in

Selsdon following her parent's break-up. Surely one of the most underrated (by the public) and underexposed songwriters of her time, MacColl signed her fist record deal with Stiff Records aged just 16, and her first single "They Don't Know" was released in June 1979. Although unsuccessful (it later became a number 2 hit for Tracy Ullman), MacColl persisted with her witty pop harmonies, earning a top 20 hit in May 1981, intriguingly entitled "There's a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears he's Elvis." Again however, further releases failed to trouble the ears of the mass market, until December 1984, when her version of "A New England" by the Bard of Barking, Mr Billy Bragg,

reached no 7 in the charts. Having met a producer, Steve Lillywhite, at a Simple Minds session the year before, Kirsty married in Warlingham in 1984, and spent much of the late 80's bringing up their two children and doing backing vocals for musical legends such as The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison and Morrissey. The release of "Fairytale", a song about Irish emigration, catapulted Kirsty into the mainstream consciousness but not into fashion, and it wasn't until April 1989 with the release of her album "Kite" that again, observers believed finally the recognition the talented Selsdon lady deserved would be acknowledged. A single "Days" reached number 12 in the charts, but despite featuring much

“I’ve never been fashionable. But I’ve never been unfashionable either”

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heralded Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, that and the 1991 follow-up album "Electric Landlady", including the insanely catchy "Walking Down Madison", both failed to achieve as much as might have been expected. Indeed, her time spent on the outskirts of stardom, never quite making the a-list, compelled the reluctant pop star MacColl to remark that: "I've never been fashionable. But I've never been unfashionable either." It's important to note at this stage the context in which music was evolving. The late 80's and early 90's saw the emergence and eventual chart domination of soappop. Kylie and Jason were huge, ginger geek Rick Astley sold millions, and perhaps more pertinently in MacColl's case, Bros released "When will I be Famous" in 1987. With this in mind, it's hardly surprising that MacColl once remarked: "Pop music has always been my first love...but about 90% of the charts is unlistenable." "Titanic Days", released in 1994, reached an unflattering number 46 in the charts, but did contribute to a

part of the legacy of MacColl. One of the songs on the album - "Soho Square" - was to later provide the inspiration for the memorial bench dedicated to Kirsty in, yes, Soho Square. In 1995, a retrospective album entitled "Galore" was released, featuring amongst others a cover of Lou Reed's "A Perfect Day" with laid-back lothario and Lemonheads singer, Evan Dando. The song peaked at number 6 in the charts, hanging around the top 40 for 26 weeks in total, success in her professional life marred by the break-up of her marriage around the same period. MacColl embraced a more latin feel in her music in the late 90's, spending time in Cuba and Brazil, which led to the release of her final album "Tropical Brainstorm". The album was highly acclaimed, linking MacColl's instinctive feel for pop melody, and the perceptive urbanity of her lyrics, to sexy Latin rhythms. A tour followed, despite MacColl's self-professed suffering of stagefright, and work had begun on her next album, before the fateful trip to Mexico with her new partner and

two sons that led to her untimely death. Kirsty MacColl died on the 18th of December 2000, in a tragic accident whilst swimming close to the coral island of Cozumel. She was hit by a speedboat owned by the boss of one of Mexico's largest Supermarket chains, in an area designed purely for diving support boats. A campaign to seek justice regarding the accident has been setup by her mother Jean, (more details at www.justiceforkirsty.org). From her first foray into the musical world with Drug Addix, Croydon's answer to the Velvet Underground, to the BBC2 documentary she'd recorded on Cuba, Kirsty MacColl inspired fans, friends and family with her warmth, wit, and passion to embrace all that life offered. Sometime this month you'll probably argue with your partner about seeing the in-laws. You probably won't get the present you wanted either, but when you're sitting in that pub at Christmas, and you hear the twinkling piano intro and Shane MacGowan sing "It was Christmas Eve babe," remember that Jean MacColl and her grandchildren only want one thing for Christmas, and that's justice. Since this article was written Jean MacColl has been forced to give up her campaign. She says “As the Mexicans were closing the case we had no alternative. Wealth and power is a formidable weapon. It needs courage to stand up and be counted but as one resident told me, "I have a wife and children to feed. You don’t argue with Dons."” Jean continues working in a personal capacity to raise public awareness of the key issues in the campaign. More info at www.justiceforkirsty.org. On the 18th December, with ‘Fairytale of New York’ probably playing in the background, please raise a glass to Kirsty MacColl, one of Croydon’s very finest... 21


Ho-Ho-Ho, where all the Christmas films at?! This issue was going to be a festive special. But due to New Year’s Eve’s release date being moved back we’re going with a more family / fantasy / adventure vibe to get you through the xmas period. The Adventures of Tintin It has been said that adaptations of the Tintin books are often doomed. Well, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn proves this wrong. Created by some of the most outstanding names in cinema today (just look it up!) this is probably the best current example of a blockbuster smash. Recalling how Tintin and Captain Haddock first came to meet, The Secret of the Unicorn follows our hero in a treasure hunt against time, around the world and against a despicable opponent. Tintin is a tough nut to crack in terms of production, especially in making it appeal to today’s younger audiences, however, that task is accomplished without betraying the comics. Although I personally find the use of ‘motion capture animation’ creepy (they’re like talking waxworks!) it does well in presenting the world of Tintin as neither cartoon nor reality. Both a blessing a fault of this film is its consistency - it’s fun and action-packed from the start, but there aren’t really any sequences that stand out from the rest. I don’t want to slander this film however, as any criticism is miniscule. A good old-fashioned unapologetic action-adventure movie, The Adventures of Tintin is an all-round winner for all ages.

Immortals You ready for a ‘swords and sands’ epic?! Brought to the screen by the producers of 300, Immortals is perhaps the most surprising film this month. The trailer is certainly nothing to go by. Immortals is a liberal (and I mean very liberal, verging on cheekiness) account of the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur mixed with the Titanomachy (don’t bother looking it up, it really isn’t important). Nasty piece of work King Hyperion seeks to overthrow the Gods by releasing their rivals, the Titans. Only a chosen one, Theseus!, along with a magical bow can defeat him, apparently. Visually, Immortals is uniquely impressive, like an oil painting come to life, and the fight scenes are ridiculously gory, both of which combined make for some spectacular moments. However, in between there is an awful lot of faffing about as the film plods along like an ancient road movie. Furthermore the acting is far too hammy, even for a film of this genre. Immortals is also unbelievably brutal, not just in violence but in morale, making you feel sadistically giddy and somewhat depressed at the same time, which, weirdly, is a great cocktail, but ultimately makes it difficult to engage with the film.


The Three Musketeers So this is the film we’ve chosen to replace New Year’s Eve - was it worth it? The latest incarnation of The Three Musketeers follows roughly the usual story - light-hearted swashbuckling adventure. I think the kindest thing to say about this film is it’s not as bad as you’ll expect it to be, but don’t get me wrong, it’s still pants. With dreams of becoming a musketeer, D’Artagnan finds himself drawn into a secret mission to undo the cardinals’ evil plans to frame the queen and seize the throne. Teaming up with the legendary three musketeers, this is D’Artagnan’s trial by fire. If you take off your thinking cap you may actually enjoy this film - the intensely vibrant colours and finely choreographed use of 3D make it aesthetically stunning, but the cast and acting of our heroes, who couldn’t be any more soulless, is atrocious. But the saddest thing is the unnecessary attempts to jazz things up with absurd fight scenes and sci-fi technologies (I mean an airship?! Come on!). The creators’ assumption seeming to be that either the novel wasn’t good enough on its own merits or audiences are too dumb to appreciate it: A huge error on both accounts.

Arthur Christmas Obligatory Christmas film! Yey! Sadly this species seems to be getting rarer - in fact , Arthur Christmas, a joint British/American animated effort , is the only festive film out this year. Boasting a stellar cast of British actors, this film is packed with English charm (there’s even a product placement for the CoOp! I felt a patriotic tear welling up). With the aid of modern technology, Santa is able to do his rounds as usual Christmas Eve, but when one child is missed and the technology is out of bounds, it takes Santa’s well-meaning yet dopey son Arthur to save the day. Arthur’s ditziness is a tad irritating, and the film’s simplicity means you’ll probably get restless towards the end, but this is a children’s film, so let’s cut it some slack! The film has a great supporting cast of eccentric characters, each adding their own enduring nuggets of nonsense: the overwhelmingly dominant character being ‘Grandsanta’. Furthermore the theme of placing Christmas traditionalism in confrontation with its own commercialisation provides the film with an easy-to-digest moral stance. The sharp humour and good nature of Arthur Christmas will make it accessible not just to its target audience, but to all ages this Christmas.

Dream House • New Year’s Eve • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows • Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

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If you’re looking for something to chase away the New Years blues, the good people at The David Lean Cinema are hosting a Leslie Neilson Season from the 18th to the 28th of January: showing all of the Naked Gun films and Airplane! Whilst the Star Wars saga returns to the big screen in 3D with the re-release of The Phantom Menace in February. Or alternatively if you fancy bringing in the new year with some blood and guts, check out zombie flick The Dead on www.reviewsfromtheouterrim.com That’s it from us; see you all in February


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A look ahead to some major and interesting events happening in what looks a very busy 2012... February 2012: • 200th Anniversary of Charles Dickens’ Birth 7th Feb 2012. A wealth of stuff, both here and internationally, happening for this, from new adaptations on the telly, to a major exhibition at The Museum of London and all points in between. I’m a big fan of Dickens but expect to be thoroughly sick of the man by March... More details on everything going on can be found here: www.dickens2012.org • Leap Year An extra day at work on 29th Feb, an extra day before pay-day. Damn you, slightly not perfect hours of the day. It’s a Wednesday, by the way. Marvellous. March 2012: • 25th Anniversary of the Death of Patrick Troughton 28th March 2012. The second Doctor (and decorated war hero, noted character actor and practical joker). Let’s all reverse the polarity as a mark of respect. • 100th Anniversary of the Death of Scott of the Antarctic 29th March 2012. Noted explorer who attempted to lead the first expedition to the Antarctic. Unfortunately, when they arrived, they found a Norwegian team had beaten them to it. They started the 1,500 km journey back. Scott died of starvation and exposure in the expedition’s tent on 29 March 1912. The team were in fact only 20 km from a prearranged supply depot. Eight months later, a search party found the tent, the bodies and Scott's diary. They don’t make people like Scott and Oates anymore. Raise a glass to some incredibly brave men.

April 2012: • 100 Year Anniversary of the sinking of The Titanic 14th April 2012. 100 years ago today, the ‘unsinkable’ White Star Liner Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic. A raft of events will be ‘celebrating’ the centenary, including a service in Belfast, where she was built, programmes on the BBC and exibitions. More details from here: www.the-titanic.com • 100th Anniversary of the Death of Bram Stoker 20th April 2012. Well, we say ‘death’ who knows? • 350th Anniversary of the Birth of Queen Mary II 30th April 2012. Alright, it’s technically the wrong Mary, but if that’s not an excuse to have a Bloody Mary I don’t know what is. May 2012: • 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Edward Lear 12th May 2012. Artist, illustrator, author, and poet, renowned literary nonsense writer (‘The owl and the pussycat’) in poetry and prose, and populariser of the form of limericks. June 2012: • Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Although it’s actually on the 5th January, extended official celebrations will be held from 2nd-5th June - bank holidays on the 4th and 5th, as far as we’re aware - Gawd Bless ‘Er. A host of events going on hopefully the weather will be nice and we can have a nice street party, like we did in ‘77. All the info can be found here: www.direct.gov.uk/diamondjubilee • Deep-London Magazine 100th issue & 9th Birthday Both June 2012. Sod the Queen, here’s the real big event of the year! Yes, we know the numbers don’t add up, but there have been double issues, riot disrupted issues etc, so it’s just worked out like that. Expect a half-arsed attempt at a party, unless the 6 horses I’ve just backed rock in / I win the lottery, in which case it’ll be bleedin’ enormous! • Euro 2012 Football 8th June -1st July 2012 - Hosted by Poland / Ukraine. Come on the Ities, and, of course, England, and everyone else fairness, you see?

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• 100th Anniversary of Alan Turing’s Birth 23rd June 2012. Acknowledged as the father of computing but villified by the establishment for his homosexuality and convicted of gross indecency, Turing eventually committed suicide by eating a poisoned apple. Raise a glass, pat your computer on the head and say - ‘thanks Alan’. Petition to grant Turing a posthumous pardon: https://submissions.epetitions.direct.gov. uk/petitions/23526 July 2012: • Olympic Torch Comes Through Croydon 23rd July 2012. Not sure of the route yet but I’ve got my fire extinguisher ready HEALTH and SAFETY! • London 2012 Olympics 27th July - 12 August 2012. I’d avoid travelling in London if I were you... August 2012: • London 2012 Paralympics 29th August - 9 September 2012. See above. • 50th Anniversary of the Death of Marilyn Monroe 5th August 2012. September 2012: • 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Chuck Jones 21st September 2012. Looney Tunes animator. October 2012: • 125th anniversary of the birth of Le Corbusier 6th October 2012. Look around Croydon, you’ll see his influence all over the shop. November 2012: • 75th anniversary of the birth of Peter Cook 17th November 2012. Tragically born an only twin, Peter Cook was a comedy genius. Fact. I shall be celebrating his birth with many, many drinks and a game of Perudo. December 2012: • The End of the World 21st (or 22nd, or 23rd) December 2012, according to the ‘Mesoamerican Long Calendar’ which counts down, not up, this is where it runs out. Opinion is, as you’d imagine, divided, as to whether this means just the end of one phase of the world or the actual end of the world. I’d suggest, for the Mayans at least, the end of the world happened some time ago. Still, cheery, isn’t it - Happy New Year!


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Stockists: CENTRAL CROYDON: • Bar Red Square • Bar Ten • Black Sheep Bar • Brief • Bull’s Head • Dog & Bull • George • Goose on the Market • Gun Tavern • Green Dragon • Half and Half Lounge Bar • Milan Bar • Royal Standard • Ship • Spreadeagle • Steelpoint Tattoo • Surrey Cricketers • Tiger Tiger • Timebomb Clothing • Yates’s Wine Lodge EAST CROY: • Builders Arms • Croydon Visitor Centre • Glamorgan • Oval • Porter & Sorter • Tramlink Info Centre • Warehouse Theatre WEST CROY: • Bird in Hand • Sims Tattoos • Fox and Hounds • Windmill SOUTH END & SOUTH CROY: • Croham Arms • Crown & Pepper • Crown & Sceptre • Earl of Eldon • Edge • Folly • LA Fitness (Royal Oak) • La Spezia Deli (Old Pharmacy - Swan & Sugarloaf) • Windsor Castle

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What’s On - Regular Every Day / Monthly Events: Every Day: • Panto: Aladdin Until 2 Jan 2012. Starring Larry Lamb. Various times and prices, check website for details Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Box Office 020 8688 9291 or book online at www.fairfield.co.uk • Theatre: Don Quixote Until 19 Feb 2012. Not Mondays / Xmas Day / New Year holidays. Various times and prices, check website for details "O fortunate age! O happy time! In which shall be made public my incomparable achievements" Cervantes' classic comedy adapted by Vince Foxall music by Mia Soteriou directed by Ted Craig designed by Kim Alwyn lighting by Christopher Nairne with Philip Benjamin, Camilla Mathias, Oliver Paterson, Maia Salvador. Gallant Don Quixote de la Mancha and his devoted squire Sancho Panza travel Spain in search of adventure, determined to right all wrongs, save damsels in distress and, most importantly, uphold the Code of Chivalry at all times. During the run of DON QUIXOTE you can Wine & Dine in the theatre - having preordered your meal you then collect it from the bar in the interval. A limited number of premium seats with tables seating four can be reserved for £2 which can make your meal even more enjoyable. Food orders must be made at least 48 hours in advance. Seat,Table & Food Bookings: 020 8680 4060 fax 020 8688 6699 Food is not available on Matinee Performances Warehouse Theatre, Dingwall Road, Croydon, 020 8680 4060 www.warehousetheatre.co.uk • Kids: Santa Claus & The Christmas Adventure Until end of December. Various times check website for details. Fun-filled kids show including a meetoing with Santa. £10. Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Box Office 020 8688 9291 or book online at www.fairfield.co.uk • Museum: Dickens & London 9 Dec 2011 - 10 June 2012. Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens in the first major UK exhibition for over 40 years. Recreating the atmosphere of Victorian London through sound and projections, you'll be taken on a haunting journey to discover the city that inspired his writings. Paintings, photographs, costume and objects will illustrate themes that Dickens

wove into his works, while rarely seen manuscripts including Bleak House and David Copperfield – written in the author’s own hand – will offer clues to his creative genius. During your visit you'll discover how Dickens' childhood experiences of London, working in a blacking factory whilehis father was locked away in a debtor's prison, were introduced into the stories he wrote. The great social questions of the 19th century, including wealth and poverty, prostitution, childhood mortality and philanthropy, will also be examined, all of which set the scene for Dickens' greatest works. Highlights of the exhibition will include an innovative audio-visual experience bringing to life the desk and chair where Dickens worked on his novels, and a specially commissioned film by one of the UK’s leading documentary filmmakers, William Raban, which will explore the similarities between London after dark today and the night time city described by Dickens over 150 years ago. Adult £8 (£7 advance booking) Child/concession £6 (£5 advance booking) Museum of London, 150 London Wall London EC2Y 5HN, tel: 020 7001 9844 email: info@museumoflondon.org.uk www.museumoflondon.org.uk/dickens • Ice Rink: Natural History Museum Ice Rink Until 8 January 2012. Info: www.nhmskating.com Venue Details The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD • Ice Rink: Canary Wharf Ice Rink Until 19 February 2012. Info: www.canarywharficerink.com Canada Square Park, London, E14 5AX • Ice Rink: Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Until 03 January 2012. More info / tix: www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com • Ice Rink: Tower of London Ice Rink Until 8 January 2012. More info: www.toweroflondonicerink.com • Ice Rink: Somerset House Ice Rink Until 22 January 2012. Info: www.somersethouse.org.uk/ice_rink Somerset House Trust, The Strand, London WC2R 1LA • Market: Surrey Street (Not Sunday) London’s oldest continuously running market since 1276, with fruit and veg, bits and pieces, meat and fish, hot food, all sorts. Use it or lose it, people. Open Mon-Sat from ridiculously early... Surrey Street, Croydon www.surreystreetmarket.com 27

• Museum: Museum Of Croydon Monday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm (Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays) Permanent Galleries: Croydon History - Follow the story of Croydon from 1800 to now. The Riesco Collection of Chinese Ceramics is on permanent display in the Riesco Gallery at Croydon Clocktower. The Croydon Art Collection contains over 2000 paintings, prints and drawings. Depictions of local scenes and landmarks are stored alongside works by Henry Moore, Bridget Riley and Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore. Museum Of Croydon, Clocktower, Katharine Street • Wildlife: Beaver Waterworld We at deep are HUGE fans of Beaver Waterworld, and not just because of the amusing name. They’ve got birds, beavers, lizards, snakes, crocodiles, tons of other animals. A registered charity, BWW is also a rehoming centre. “Our aim at Beaver Water World Reptile Zoo is to be a refuge - a Noah's Ark for rare and rescued reptiles”. Open EVERY Day except Xmas Day - 10am to 5pm. Adults - £4.00, Children - £3.00. Beaver Water World, Waylands Farm, Approach Road, Tatsfield, Nr. Westerham. Kent. TN16 2JT, Tel: 01959 577747. www.beaverwaterworld.com • Farm: Fanny’s Farm To complement Beaver Waterworld... Farmshop, Tearooms and tea gardens, Childrens play area, Florists, Chickens, pigs and sheep, The famous treehouse, Landscape garden/garden centre, chickens, 2 new vietnamese pot bellied pigs - Burt and Ernie - and sheep. Fanny's Farm Shop, is the perfect place to enjoy a cream tea, fresh coffee or a ploughman's lunch featuring local cheeses. Fanny's features a wide range of local produce to buy, including jam and marmalade, honey, floral arrangements, pickle, mustards, fresh vegetables, bacon and eggs, cakes and handmade gifts. Open - 9.00am to 6.00pm every day including bank holidays, although we do stop serving teas at 5.00pm. Fannys Farm Shop, MarkEdge Lane, Merstham, Surrey RH1 3AW email: fanny@fannysfarmshop.co.uk Tel: 01737 554444 http://fannysfarmshop.co.uk


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What’s On - Regular Monthly Events: 1st Monday of the month: • Music: Folk/Blues Singers & Musicians Night No need to book just come along to sing and play! £3 Croydon Folk and Blues Club, Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon, CR0 1BD. www.croydonfolkclub.org.uk 020 8660 5919 or 0770 3210 795

1st Wednesday: • Quiz: Wendy’s Wednesday Quiz NEW! Fun and fab pub quiz. 8pm. £1 per person. Loads of prizes including bonus prizes for the excellent ‘music bingo’ round. The Odd Shoe, 24 Park Street, Croydon • Music: Live Jazz Live jazz every first Wednesday of the month. 8pm-10.45pm (bar opens at 7pm). Generally £9. See daily what’s on or visit the website for who’s playing. Sylvie’s Place, Warlingham Jazz Club, Croydon PO Athletic and Social Club, Trenham Drive, Warlingham, CR6 9RU. 01883 622269. www.sylviesplace.co.uk

1st Thursday: • Live Music: The New Delta Big Band From Ellington to Herman, big band jazz at its best! 8.15-11pm. FREE! The Lord Napier, 111 Beaulah Road, Thornton Heath, CR7. 020 8653 2286. • Gay: Quiz Monthly quiz night. The Bird In Hand, 291 Sydenham Road, Croydon, CR0 2EL. 020 8683 3104 www.birdinhand.uk.com • Music: Rob’s Musical Zoo - NEW! Unplugged music. 8.30pm. The Dog and Bull, Surrey Street, Croydon • Quiz: The Stag and Hounds Hosted by wonderful Wendy - £1pp. 9pm. The Stag and Hounds, 26 Selsdon Road South Croydon CR2 6PB 020 8686 0007

1st Friday: • Club: Groove On Funk club. Upstairs at The Treehouse, 78 High Street, Croydon, CR0 1DP, 020 8688 9837 www.treehousepeople.com • Poetry: Poets Anonymous Friday Poetry at the Fairfield Hotel Bar, 1 Lansdowne Road, Croydon, Surrey CR9

2BN. Floor spots. From 8pm. £2 waged, £1 unwaged. Contact Peter for further details; peter@poetsanon.org.uk, 020 8645 9956.

1st Saturday: • Club: Boogie Nights 8pm - Midnight Bar open for food and drink from 6.30pm £5 Disco only £10 Disco and Curry Combo (Curry £7.50 on own) Boogie Nights is the newest and funkiest night in Caterham! DJ John Lazenby plays the tunes you know and love and is guaranteed to get you on the dance floor. Housed in our new look Studio, youll be transported to the golden era of Disco. Dress to impress and be prepared to dance all night long! Free ticket for the best dressed! Booking line: 01883 330380. More info email info@the-arc-caterham.co.uk or visit www.the-arc-caterham.co.uk The Arc, 39 Weston Drive, Caterham, Surrey, CR3 5XY

1st Sunday: • Green: Heathfield Ecology Centre Normally open from around 10 o'clock until about 5 o'clock (or dusk, whichever is sooner) on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month except for 1st January or when there is another event. Established in 1997 and operates out of the Old Orchard in the grounds of Heathfield House. The centre raises awareness of Croydon's green heritage and helps to preseve the borough's biodiversity. For full details of activities and membership visit www.heathfield-ecology.org.uk The Old Orchard, Heathfield, Coombe Lane, Croydon CR0 5RH • Music: ‘The Ukelele & Other Machines’ Ukelele Jam A relaxed, informal ukulele play-along session where you are the band! Everyone joins in, playing songs from our own songbook, from 60s classics to Bon Jovi, Radiohead, The Smiths and everything in between. Bring your own ukulele if you have one but we do have a couple of spares if you want to try it out. Absolutely all abilities welcome, from complete novices to good players. Everyone can play something, we guarantee it! See “the ukulele & Other Machines” site www.ukulele.website.orange.co.uk for more details and link to all our songs. Green Dragon, 58-60 High St, Croydon CR0 1NA. 1st and 3rd Sunday of month, 7:30pm to 10-00pm, upstairs bar 28

2nd Monday: • Group: Croydon Writers Writing group. 7.45pm. New Members welcome.. Annual membership - £16.00 Meetings - £2 per meeting for members, £4 per meeting for non members. More info from www.croydonwriters.org.uk The Library, Croydon Cloctower, Katharine Street, Croydon

2nd Tuesday: • Comedy: Comedy Night with host Gareth and guest comedians. From 8.30pm. The Royal Standard, 1 Sheldon Street, Croydon, CR0 1SS, 020 8688 9749 For more events, find us on facebook! • Music: Folk Music - NEW! Live folk band - occasionally this event doesn’t occur so please check with the pub that it’s on before heading out, or just go down there anyway, it’s a nice proper pub. The Two Brewers, 221 Gloucester Road, Croydon CR0 2DW, 020 8684 3544 • Event: Antiques Fair Sunbury antiques is the largest and longest running bi-weekly market in the country Opening hours - 9.00-14.00 (Trade from 6.30). Free entry for punters! Organiser: Sunbury Antiques, 01932 230946 or www.kemptonantiques.com. edwardcruttenden@kemptonantiques.com For more details see www.kempton.co.uk or call 01932 782292. Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex, TW16 5AQ Direct Train from Clapham Junction to Kempton Park - 200 yards from course

2nd Wednesday: • Comedy: - NEW! - NEW! 10 acts all hosted by Sarah Iles - Mix of new and established acts performing open mic comedy. 8 - 10:30pm. FREE! Scream Lounge, 20 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN, tel 020 8667 0155. email lounge@screamstudios.co.uk

2nd Thursday: • Live Music: The Brian Hetherington Jazz Band Listen or jive to the authentic rythyms of New Orleans! 8.15-11pm. FREE! The Lord Napier, 111 Beaulah Road, Thornton Heath, CR7. 020 8653 2286.


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• Poetry: Poets Anonymous Saturday Poetry in the Primary Room, United Reformed Church, Addiscombe Grove, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 5LP. 2.304.00pm. £2.00. Bring your poetry to read and share. Contact Peter for further details; peter@poetsanon.org.uk, 020 8645 9956 • Music: DJ Rob Delta Playing Funk, blues, soul and psychedelia. FREE entry! The Green Dragon, 58-60 High St, Croydon CR0 1NA

• Music: DJ Rob Delta Playing Funk, blues, soul and psychedelia. FREE entry! The Green Dragon, 58-60 High St, Croydon CR0 1NA

3rd Monday: • Music: Folk/Blues Singers & Musicians Night No need to book just come along to sing and play! £3. Croydon Folk and Blues Club, Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon, CR0 1BD. www.croydonfolkclub.org.uk 020 8660 5919 or 0770 3210 795

3rd Tuesday: • History: East Surrey Family History Society Meetings on 3rd Tuesday of the month in the small hall of East Croydon United Reformed Church. Doors Open at 7.30 pm and the meeting starts at 8.00pm. See daily what’s on for details of this month’s talk / event. East Croydon United Reformed Church, Addiscombe Grove, Croydon CR0 5LP

3rd Thursday: • Music: The New Delta Big Band From Ellington to Herman, big band jazz at its best! 8.15-11pm. FREE! The Lord Napier, 111 Beaulah Road, Thornton Heath, CR7. 020 8653 2286. • Gay: Quiz The Bird In Hand, 291 Sydenham Road, Croydon, CR0 2EL, 020 8683, 3104 www.birdinhand.co.uk.

3rd Friday: • Music: DJ Rob Delta PLAYING A CORNUCOPIA OF SOUNDS INCLUDING 50 2S 60 2S 70 2S , BLUES , SOUL , FUNK , ROCK , JAZZ , PSYCHEDELIA . EVERY 3RD FRIDAY AT THEE OVAL TAVERN. FREE! The Oval Tavern, 131 Oval Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 6BR Tel: 020 8686 6023, http://ovaltavern.co.uk

3rd Sunday: • Group: Heathfield Ecology Centre Normally open from around 10 o'clock until about 5 o'clock (or dusk, whichever is sooner) on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month except for 1st January or when there is another event. Established in 1997 and operates out of the Old Orchard in the grounds of Heathfield House. The centre raises awareness of Croydon's green heritage and helps to preseve the borough's biodiversity. For full details of activities and membership visit www.heathfield-ecology.org.uk The Old Orchard, Heathfield, Coombe Lane, Croydon CR0 5RH • Music: ‘The Ukelele & Other Machines’ Ukelele Jam A relaxed, informal ukulele play-along session where you are the band! Everyone joins in, playing songs from our own songbook, from 60s classics to Bon Jovi, Radiohead, The Smiths and everything in between. Bring your own ukulele if you have one but we do have a couple of spares if you want to try it out. Absolutely all abilities welcome, from complete novices to good players. Everyone can play something, we guarantee it! See “the ukulele & Other Machines” website http://ukulele.website.orange.co.uk for more details and link to all our songs. Green Dragon 58-60 High St, Croydon CR0 1NA 1st and 3rd Sunday of month, 7:30pm to 10-00pm, upstairs bar.

4th Tuesday: • Live Music: Open Mic Simon Hughes's blues and acoustic Open Mike nights. We let you entertain us! From 8.30pm. FREE! The Oval Tavern, 131 Oval Road, East Croydon, CR0 6BR www.ovaltavern.co.uk • Event: Antiques Fair Sunbury antiques is the largest and longest running bi-weekly market in the country Opening hours - 9.00-14.00 (Trade from 6.30). Free entry for punters! Organiser: Sunbury Antiques, 01932 230946 or www.kemptonantiques.com. edwardcruttenden@kemptonantiques.com 29

For more details see www.kempton.co.uk or call 01932 782292. Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex, TW16 5AQ Direct Train from Clapham Junction to Kempton Park - 200 yards from course

4th Thursday: • Live Music: The Brian Hetherington Jazz Band Listen or jive to the authentic rythyms of New Orleans! 8.15-11pm. FREE! The Lord Napier, 111 Beaulah Road, Thornton Heath, CR7. 020 8653 2286.

4th Saturday: • Music: DJ BennyManyHats Playing the way only Benny can. The Oval Tavern, 131 Oval Road, East Croydon, CR0 6BR www.ovaltavern.co.uk

Last Monday: • Science: Cafe Scientifique Free talks and discussions with a scientist on a subject of topical interest on the last Monday of each month from 18:30 to 20:00 in the Braithwaite Hall (Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon) no ticket necessary.

Last Tuesday: • Music: Live Jazz Jazz on the Last Tuesday of Every Month at 8.30 PM. See www.jazznet.co.uk for who’s on. The Golden Lion, 116 Sydenham Road London SE26 5JX, Tel: 020 8778 6859 Car Parking at rear of Pub www.jazznet.co.uk

Last Thursday: • Quiz: The Bedford Tavern From 7pm. £2 per person - all proceeds to local charities. Great prizes inc. drink vouchers for winners. The Bedford Tavern, 16 Sydenham Road, Croydon CR0 2EF. 020 8688 2584

Last Friday: • Club: Histree House Last Friday of the month. Old-skool house. Open til 3am. Free entry for Treehouse diners, otherwise £5. Upstairs at The Treehouse, 78 High Street, Croydon, CR0 1DP, 020 8688 9837 www.treehousepeople.com

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• Quiz: Green Dragon Wendy’s marvellous pub quiz. 8pm every Monday. Jackpot round! £1.50 in, winning team gets the cash. Green Dragon, High Street, Croydon • Music: Community Choir 6:30pm, upstairs The Green Dragon, 58-60 High Street, Croydon, CRO 1NA www.myspace.com/greendragonpub • Games: Poker Night Poker at the Jolly Farmers. The Jolly Farmers, 7 Purley Rd, Purley Surrey CR8 2HA, 020 8660 2076 www.jollyfarmers-purley.co.uk • Games: Poker and Darts - NEW! From 8.30pm. The Two Brewers, 221 Gloucester Road, Croydon CR0 2DW, 020 8684 3544 • Club: Soap Company DJs 50% off all drinks (excluding champagne) from 7pm til midnight. Free entry before 10pm. With exotic sounds, altered grooves and alien beats from The Soap Co DJs.. Black Sheep Bar, 68 High St, CR0. 020 8680 2233. www.blacksheepbar.com www.myspace.com/blacksheepbar • Group: Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society meets on most Monday evenings from 19:45 at the Small Hall of the United Reform Church in Addiscombe Grove, East Croydon. For more information about the society go to www.greig51.freeserve.co.uk/cnhss/index. htm#about • Quiz: Rough Trade Shop Pop Quiz 8pm-10pm £1 per team member, up to 6 in a team. Picture rounds, name that tune rounds, anagrams, bad puns (good puns?) and brain teasing musical questions from Paul Guided Missile. Prizes include wine, Rough Trade Shop Record Tokens and Cheezy Wotsits for best team name! The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Road London, N1 9JB. Tel: 020 7837 5371 www.thelexington.co.uk • Games: Magic the Gathering with M&M Games. The Odd Shoe, 24 Park Street, Croydon • Music: Slow Jams, Neo Soul, Smooth Jazz NEW Jazz and Soul Bar - strictly over 25s. The Soulful Cellar, 90B High Street, Croydon CR0 1ND, 0208 688 0009 (nest to Tacolisa, opposite Il Ponte) Open Mon - Sun: 12:00 - 04:00 Facebook page: The Soulful Cellar

• Music: Jazz Jam Session Every Tuesday Night at The Lord Napier Jazz Pub. All welcome. The Lord Napier, 111 Beulah Road, Thornton Heath. 020 8653 2286 • Sport: Roller Derby Monks Hill Sports Centre 9-10pm Also croydon roller derby are taking on new skaters so anyone who's Interested please contact us at fenrisflyers@gmail.com or deathpixie666@hotmail.com • Quiz: The Pembroke 8pm. 50p per person per round. Plus 2 for 1 on pizzas. The Pembroke, 12-16 Chipstead Valley Road, Coulsdon, CR5 2RA 020 8763 0800 • Quiz: The Builders Arms Fun general knowledge quiz. The Builders Arms, 65 Leslie Park Road, Croydon, CR0 6TP, 020 8654 1803 • Club: Cheap Sheep Tuesdays DJ Analog playing all your indie, rock, metal, alternative, techno, electro, drum & bass and dubstep classics! Black Sheep Bar, 68 High St, CR0. 020 8680 2233. www.blacksheepbar.com • Music: Freedom of Expression presents the best in acoustic music, comedy, poetry and magic - see daily what’s on for who’s playing when. From 8pm. FREE! The Green Dragon, 58-60 High Street, Croydon, CRO 1NA www.myspace.com/greendragonpub • Karaoke: The Odd Shoe Give it some welly. Every Tuesday. The Odd Shoe, 24 Park Street, Croydon • Music: Open Mic - NEW! from 7.30. FREE! The Oval Tavern, 131 Oval Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 6BR 020 8686 6023, http://ovaltavern.co.uk • Fitness: Yoga Classes Every Tuesday from 7.30pm-9pm. £5 a class for 6 sessions. Beginners welcome. 140 Brighton Road, Purley. 0208 763 2629 • Dance: Strictly Fun Dancing Ballroom Dancing every Tuesday. Beginners - 7pm. £6 Improvers - 7.45pm. £6 Social Dance - 8.30pm. £7 Buy two sessions for £11, 3 for £16. Arnham Gallery, Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Box Office: 020 8688 9291 www.fairfield.co.uk • Community: Women-Only Swimming Sessions South Norwood pool: Tuesdays 8-10pm. The cost for a non-member adult swim is £3.30 per hour. For further information on 30

membership, activities, prices and timetables go to www.fusionlifestyle.com/contracts/Croydon_Council • Music: Motown Hits NEW Jazz and Soul Bar - strictly over 25s. The Soulful Cellar, 90B High Street, Croydon CR0 1ND, 0208 688 0009 Open Mon - Sun: 12:00 - 04:00 Facebook page: The Soulful Cellar • Club: Croydon Outdoor Pursuits & Social Events Club (COPSE) - NEW! Meets on Tuesdays from 8.15pm at the hall of South Croydon United Church, Heathfield Road by jct with Aberdeen Road for a wide range of talks, quizzes, interactive socials and for planning walks and cycles at the weekend. Club members also adjourn to the Skylark pub, South End after 10.30pm. All welcome. More information at www.copsecroydon.co.uk

Every Wednesday: • Museum: East Surrey Museum Open 10am-5pm Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays Permanent Galleries: Local History The development of our area from earliest times. It contains sections on Geology and fossils, Stone Ages, Bronze and Iron Ages, the Romans in East Surrey, an Anglo-Saxon corner, medieval times and modern history. Also stages various transient exhibitions. Admission is free but donations are welcomed. East Surrey Museum, 1 Stafford Road Caterham, CR3 6JG. 01883 340 275 www.eastsurreymuseum.org • Quiz: Mike K’s General Knowledge Quiz From 9.00pm Mike K’s general knowledge quiz, non-members welcome! Caterham Club, 10A, Croydon Road, Caterham CR36QB • Quiz: Foxley Hatch Every Wednesday from 8pm. £1 entry per person - winner takes all. Maximum 4 on a team. The Foxley Hatch, Purley • Event: Talent Night Talent Night Open Mic. Every Wednesday. £200 prize! The Whyteleafe Tavern, 208 Godstone Road, Whyteleafe, CR3 0EE www.whyteleafetavern.com • Dance: Dancercise Keep fit and meet new people at this fun and friendly beginners dance class. Come and join the fun every Wednesday. 7.30pm. £3.50. Central Court, Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon www.croydonclocktower.org.uk


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What’s On - Regular Weekly Events: • Dance: Swing Patrol swing dance classes, 7pm, £5. The Green Dragon, 58-60 High Street, Croydon, CRO 1NA www.myspace.com/greendragonpub • Club: Cake Wednesday DJ Thom Dorke playing the best in Indie, Electro and Cheese. £1 PINTS OF CARLSBERG AND OLDE ENGLISH 8PM11PM. £1 before 10pm £2 after Join our Cake Club on Facebook for guaranteed FREE entry all night http://www.facebook.com/groups/224336 347623164/ Black Sheep Bar, 68 High St, CR0. 020 8680 2233. www.blacksheepbar.com www.myspace.com/blacksheepbar • Games: Poker and Darts - NEW! From 8.30pm. The Two Brewers, 221 Gloucester Road, Croydon CR0 2DW, 020 8684 3544 • Social: Croydon D&S Social Club ARE YOU DIVORCED - SEPARATED - or WIDOWED ? ARE YOU LONELY Stuck indoors with nowhere to go? THEN THIS IS THE CLUB FOR YOU!!! Why not come along and give it a try Plenty of Car parking spaces DISCO, DANCING and VARIOUS EVENTS during the year - Car rally, Darts Tournament, Saturday Dances, Days out, Weekends away, Outings to Warners, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, etc. etc Whatever your age, we all get lonely Why not meet new people, make new friends and enjoy yourselves. Bring your own alcohol No admittance after 10.00pm Smart Jeans - NO TRAINERS Membership £10 per year Wednesday Admission £3.00 Every Wednesday evening. 8-11pm. St Mary's Church hall, Wellesley Road Croydon opposite Station Road Near West Croydon Bus/Tram/Train Station. www.croydon-ds.co.uk • Gay: Darts & Free Pool From 7pm. All welcome. The Bird In Hand, 291 Sydenham Road, Croydon, CR0 2EL. 020 8683 3104 www.birdinhand.uk.com • Arts: Croydon Camera Club Croydon Camera Club meets weekly on Wednesday evenings (except in August) Start Time: 7.45pm for 8pm. Finish Time: Around 10:00pm. Tea and coffee are served during the interval. Check www.croydoncameraclub.org.uk to see what we are doing. If you are interested in photography, novice or expert, you are always welcome. . Shirley Methodist Church Hall, Eldon Avenue, Shirley, Croydon, CR0 8SD

There is ample parking if you are driving. The Hall is is approximately 1.5 miles from East Croydon Station as you travel along the A232 heading towards Shirley. Alternatively buses 119, 194, 466, 198, and 130 stop close by. • Music: Soulful House NEW Jazz and Soul Bar - strictly over 25s. The Soulful Cellar, 90B High Street, Croydon CR0 1ND, 0208 688 0009 (next to Tacolisa, opposite Il Ponte) Open Mon - Sun: 12:00 - 04:00 Facebook page: The Soulful Cellar • Music: Live Music Every Wednesday from 8pm. See daily what’s on or posters in the pub for who’s playing. The Ship, 47 High Street, Croydon CR0 1QD. 0208 688 2810 Email: ship.croydon@marstons.co.uk www.shippub.co.uk

Every Thursday: • Museum: East Surrey Museum Open 10am-5pm Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. See every Wednesday. East Surrey Museum, 1 Stafford Road Caterham, CR3 6JG. 01883 340 275 www.eastsurreymuseum.org • Tattoos: Walk-In Day No need to book in advance on a Thursday only at Sims, get there early! 11am-6pm. Sims Tattoos, 69 Windmill Road, Croydon, CR0 2XR, 020 8684 6967 • Quiz: Two Brewers Fun charity quiz night from 9.30pm. Two Brewers, 221 Gloucester Road, Croydon, 020 8684 3544 • Quiz: Purley Arms Every Thursday. Purley Arms, 345 Brighton Road, South Croydon, 020 8686 3792 • Quiz: JF Big Quiz £1 per player, win prizes, league points, and maybe cash in our Open The Box game! New teams always welcome. The Jolly Farmers, 7 Purley Rd, Purley Surrey CR8 2HA, 020 8660 2076 www.jollyfarmers-purley.co.uk • Quiz: Crown and Sceptre From 9pm. Crown and Sceptre, 32 Junction Road, South Croydon, 020 8688 8037 • Music: Unplugged Live local acoustic acts, every Thursday. The Odd Shoe, 24 Park Street, Croydon • Club: DAMMIT!! South London’s biggest rock night just got bigger! DJ ZOE URCHIN plays rock, metalcore, emo, screamo, classic rock, alternative, nu-metal, pop punk and ska. Doors 7pm til late, free entry before 10pm, 31

CHEAP SHEEP drinks deals 7pm-10pm, £1.50 Jager shots all night. Black Sheep Bar, 68 High St, CR0. 020 8680 2233. www.blacksheepbar.com www.myspace.com/blacksheepbar • Music: Live Jazz Check monthly regular events for who’s playing when. 8.15pm to 11pm. FREE! The Lord Napier, 111 Beulah Road, Thornton Heath CR7. 020 8653 2286 • Dance: Clog Dancing Free taster sessions for newcomers to try out some lively N.W. English clog team dances - wear trainers or similar footwear. Musicians with portable acoustic instruments always welcome too. PLEASE CALL BEFORE HEADING OUT, as some Thursdays this night is not on. 8.30 pm. FREE! Call 020 8654 5211/020 8657 4056 (eves.) for details United Reformed Church Hall, corner Enmore/Cobden Road, S. Norwood • Dance: Morris Dancing North Wood Morris Men are teaching Men's Morris to complete beginners on Thursday evenings at the Scout Hut in Purley Park Road at 8.15 pm and newcomers are welcome (first call 020 8668 1830) see www.northwoodmorris.org.uk • Dance: The South East London Lindy Hop Club Come and learn to dance Lindy Hop (Jitterbug) like they did in the 1940's. No partner required and Caron and Steve specialise in helping those with two left feet get together with those with two right. Doors open 7.30pm Beginners Class 7.45pm Intermediate Class 8.30pm Freestyle (practice) 9.15pm The Royston Club, 85 Royston Road Penge, London, SE20 7QW www.52ndstreetjump.co.uk • Gay: Quiz New every Thursday, quiz night at The Bird. The Bird In Hand, 291 Sydenham Road, Croydon, CR0 2EL. 020 8683 3104 www.birdinhand.uk.com • Burlesque / Cabaret: Tassel Club Our Thursday Show - £28 summer supper & show. £15 show only - fully seated, candle lit cabaret. Doors from 7.30pm. Contact info@thetasselclub.com or call 07981 909 177 for direct bookings for any Thursday night show. The Bath House, 8 Bishopsgate Churchyard, City of London, EC2M 3TJ • Music: Lunchtime Jazz Jazz Every Thursday Lunchtime. Starts 12.15 - 2.00 pm Admission FREE! The Clocktower Cafe, Katherine Street, Croydon, Surrey CR9 1ET


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What’s On - Weekly Events / Daily Guide: • Music: Lover’s Rock & Reggae Oldies NEW Jazz and Soul Bar - strictly over 25s. The Soulful Cellar, 90B High Street, Croydon CR0 1ND, 0208 688 0009 (next to Tacolisa, opposite Il Ponte) Open Mon - Sun: 12:00 - 04:00 Facebook page: The Soulful Cellar • Music: DJ Cherrybomb From 8pm. The Ship, 47 High Street, Croydon CR0 1QD. 0208 688 2810 Email: ship.croydon@marstons.co.uk www.shippub.co.uk

Every Friday: • Music: Live Music Alternating live bands and karaoke every Friday Night The Bedford Tavern, 16 Sydenham Road, Croydon, CR0 2EF, 020 8688 2584 • Karaoke: Wheelwright’s Arms From 8.30pm every Friday night. Wheelwright’s Arms, 126 Southbridge Road, Croydon, CR0 1AF • Karaoke: Two Brewers - NEW! Every Friday night. Two Brewers, 221 Gloucester Road, Croydon, 020 8684 3544 • Music: Oval DJs The regular Oval faves, plus guests, keeping Fridays funky. The Oval Tavern, 131 Oval Road, Croydon, CR0 6BR 020 8686 6023, www.ovaltavern.co.uk • Music: Live Music Every Friday night from 8pm. Plus 2 for 1 on Corona and Jacques. The Pembroke, 12-16 Chipstead Valley Road, Coulsdon, CR5 2RA 020 8763 0800 • Event: Wii Night Every Friday evening. The View, 188 selsdon Road, South Croydon, CR2 6PL, 020 8688 2315. • Club: Crash & Carry Start your weekend with a bang! With DJ Magoo FREE entry before 10pm Cheap Sheep now 7-11pm. Black Sheep Bar, 68 High St, CR0. 020 8680 2233. www.blacksheepbar.com www.myspace.com/blacksheepbar • Photography: Camera Club Camera Club meeting in West Croydon every Friday night welcomes visitors and new members. Full programme of events including print/slide talks, portrait evenings, competitions, etc. Ample parking. Contact Colin on 020 8665 1678. Visit www.thorntonheathcameraclub.co.uk

• Karaoke: Karaoke Madness (In the bar from 9pm) + Fresh Fridays @ The Edge Nightclub with guest club DJs playing club anthems till 3am *FREE PUB 2 CLUB ADM B4 10pm* The Norbury & Edge 1300 London Road Norbury Croydon SW16 4DG • Club: Fresh Fridays @ The Edge Nightclub with guest club DJs playing club anthems till 3am *FREE PUB 2 CLUB ADM B4 10pm* The Norbury & Edge 1300 London Road Norbury Croydon SW16 4DG • Music: DJs A range of DJs playing eclectic tunes and requests. Every Friday and Saturday. The Odd Shoe, 24 Park Street, Croydon • Music: 70s / 80s Soul Classics and Party Anthems NEW Jazz and Soul Bar - strictly over 25s. The Soulful Cellar, 90B High Street, Croydon CR0 1ND, 0208 688 0009 (next to Tacolisa, opposite Il Ponte) Open Mon - Sun: 12:00 - 04:00 Facebook page: The Soulful Cellar

Every Saturday: • Museum: East Surrey Museum Open 10am-5pm Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays See every Wednesday. East Surrey Museum, 1 Stafford Road Caterham, CR3 6JG. 01883 340 275 www.eastsurreymuseum.org • Music: Various Live music every Saturday Night. The Surrey Cricketers, corner of Lower Coombe Street and West Street, Croydon. • Market: Garden Market The Alma Garden Market hopes to create a vibrant bustling market place in the large private courtyard of The Alma pub in Crystal Palace. It runs every Saturday with over 20 stalls selling plants & flowers, beauty products & treatments, exotic oils, olive oils, capers, strawberries, chocolates, jewellery, hand made cards, rugs, leatherwear, knitwear, deli produce & a wide range of arts & crafts from local artists, plus hot food and collectables - and the Jerk Chicken man will be there! 10am - 4pm The Alma, 95 Church Road, Crystal Palace, London SE19 www.thealmapub.com • Club: Linton Saturday night's music is a mixture of dance-driven, bass-heavy sounds... from Dubstep, Drum n Bass, Old Skool Jungle, HardStyle, Old Rave Tunes, 90's UK Garage, Big 'Phat' Beats, Grime, Ragga, HipHop, Subtle acid breaks, Electro, Moombahton, Techno, Trojan Ska & Dub 32

from DJ LINTON. Because it’s war on the dancefloor. Cheap Sheep drinks deals till 9pm. Black Sheep Bar, 68 High St, CR0. 020 8680 2233. www.blacksheepbar.com www.myspace.com/blacksheepbar • Club: Tiger Tiger Tiger and Raffles Bar: with Capital FM Des Paul and Chris Brooks playing out the best in commercial party and dance anthems.Groovy Wonderland: 70’s and 80’s floor fillers. Club: Commercial House. Admission free before 10pm, £7 after. Guestlist free before 11pm, £5 after. Dress code: Dress to Impress - No Sportswear. Tiger Tiger, 14-16 High Street, Croydon, CR0 1GT. 020 8662 4949. www.tigertigercroydon.co.uk • Music: The Big Double featuring top live acts + The Edge nightclub playing club classics & party anthems till 4am. ADVANCED TICKETS £5 OR PAY ON THE DOOR The Norbury & Edge 1300 London Road Norbury Croydon SW16 4DG • Music: New Orleans Jazz Quality live jazz every Saturday Night. From 8.30pm. £6 entry includes free raffle. Blackheath Hockey Club, Rubens Street, Sydenham, SE6 4DH (behind Old Rutland Pub) • Music: Various Live music most Saturday nights. The Good Companions, Hamsey Green, South Croydon. 020 8657 6655 • Gay: Party Night Every Saturday nigt is party night at The Bird. The Bird In Hand, 291 Sydenham Road, Croydon, CR0 2EL. 020 8683 3104 www.birdinhand.uk.com • Burlesque: Tassel Club Tassel Club Supper Club. Contact reservations@proud.co.uk for direct bookings Proud Cabaret, London. www.proud.co.uk • Kids: Storytime with Jenny Lockyer Stories, songs, puppetry, activities and lots of fun! It's aimed at 3-7 year olds, but all are welcome! It's every Saturday and it's FREE! 1pm-3pm. Upstairs at the Green Dragon 58-60 High Street, Croydon, CR0 1NA • Community: Women-Only Swimming Sessions Thornton Heath pool: Saturday 4.45 6.45pm. New Addington pool: Saturdays 2.30-3.30pm. The cost for a non-member adult swim is £3.30 per hour. For further information on membership, activities, prices and timetables go to www.fusionlifestyle.com/contracts/Croydon_Council


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What’s On - Daily Guide: • Music: DJs A range of DJs playing eclectic tunes and requests. Every Friday and Saturday. The Odd Shoe, 24 Park Street, Croydon • Music: Celebration Saturdays Party Night NEW Jazz and Soul Bar - strictly over 25s. The Soulful Cellar, 90B High Street, Croydon CR0 1ND, 0208 688 0009 (nest to Tacolisa, opposite Il Ponte) Open Mon - Sun: 12:00 - 04:00 Facebook page: The Soulful Cellar

Every Sunday: • Music: New Orleans Jazz Every Sunday 12.30 - 2.30pm at The Lord Napier Jazz Pub. Entry £2, dance floor, raffle, great atmosphere at one of the longest running Jazz Pubs in Great Britain The Lord Napier, 111 Beulah Road, Thornton Heath. 020 8653 2286 • Music: Live Jazz Lunchtime Jazz every Sunday from 1pm. See daily what’s on for who’s playing this month. FREE! The Green Dragon, 58-60 High Street, Croydon, CRO 1NA www.myspace.com/greendragonpub • Music: Live Blues Live blues at The Oval - see daily what’s on for who’s playing when. Every Thursday and Sunday. Bands start 8pm Thursdays, 5.30pm Sundays. FREE entry! The Oval Tavern, 131 Oval Road, Croydon, CR0 6BR. 020 8686 6023 • Quiz: The View Every Sunday evening. The View, 188 selsdon Road, South Croydon, CR2 6PL, 020 8688 2315. • Quiz: Wheelwright’s Arms From 8pm. Wheelwright’s Arms, 126 Southbridge Road, Croydon, CR0 1AF • Quiz: Two Brewers Fun charity quiz night from 8pm. Two Brewers, 221 Gloucester Road, Croydon, 020 8684 3544 • Quiz: The Spread Eagle Fun quiz with round prizes as well as main prize. £1 per person. From 7pm. The Spread Eagle, 39-41 Katharine St, Croydon, CR0 1NX, 020 8781 1134 • Karaoke: The White Horse Every Sunday Night from 7pm. The White Horse, 1 Selhurst Road, Selhurst, South Norwood, 020 8240 0948 • Music: Open Mic Musicians (all instruments) welcome. With one of our 4 fantastic hosts: Dave Mac, Rob Cushman, Neil Mac and Steve Bright The Jolly Farmers, 7 Purley Road, Purley, CR8 2HA, 020 8660 2076 www.jollyfarmers-purley.co.uk

• Poker: The Alma Tavern From 6pm. The Alma Tavern, Lower Addiscombe Road, Addiscombe, East Croydon • Music: Acoustic Sundays From classical to folk, poetry to unplugged punk rock, Scream Lounge's acoustic nights guarantee you a night to remember. Most evenings are free entry, don't run late, so you won't ruin your week with a Monday hangover! 7pm start. See www.myspace.com/screamstudios or daily listings for what's on and when. Scream Lounge, 20 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN • Music: Sunday Jazz Lunch From midday until 4pm every Sunday, why not come down for a delicious roast dinner straight from the club’s acclaimed kitchens (not compulsory for entry but highly recommended!) and enjoy a couple of sets of laid back music from some of London’s best musicians and singers. Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, 47 Frith Street, London W1D 4HT Box Office: 020 7439 0747 www.ronniescotts.co.uk • Sport: Roller Derby Monks Hill Sports Centre 2pm till 4pm Also croydon roller derby are taking on new skaters so anyone who's Interested please contact us at fenrisflyers@gmail.com or deathpixie666@hotmail.com • Gay: Open The Box Every Sunday at 7pm. The Bird In Hand, 291 Sydenham Road, Croydon, CR0 2EL. 020 8683 3104 www.birdinhand.uk.com • Community: Women-Only Swimming Sessions Purley pool: Sundays 2.30-3.30pm. The cost for a non-member adult swim is £3.30 per hour. For further information on membership, activities, prices and timetables go to www.fusionlifestyle.com/contracts/Croydon_Council • Music: Soulful Sundays - Modern Soul and Rare Groove Classics A new and exciting intimate spot for the mature soul and Jazz lovers to Lounge, Eat, Dance and Meet. In the heart of Croydon Town. NEW Jazz and Soul Bar - strictly over 25s. The Soulful Cellar, 90B High Street, Croydon CR0 1ND, 0208 688 0009 (nest to Tacolisa, opposite Il Ponte) Open Mon - Sun: 12:00 - 04:00 Facebook page: The Soulful Cellar • Music: The Sunday Service From 7pm. Nothing like any other night... no rock, no metal, just all your fav cheesy tunes from DJs Ritchie and Pete plus....£25 bar tab to be won every week!. The Ship, 47 High Street, Croydon 33

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............................. Fri 09 December: • Music: Sons Of Merrick + Diesel King, Dopefight, Bleed To This (Metal/Stoner/Rock) Bleed To This present a special xmas edition of their regular monthly metal revue. Doors 8pm. £4 Entry Scream Lounge, 20 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN, tel 020 8667 0155. email lounge@screamstudios.co.uk • Music: The Rat Pack 8pm. £15 - 18 (+ bkng fee). Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Box Office 020 8688 9291 or book online at www.fairfield.co.uk • Music: DJ Knight From 8pm. The Ship, 47 High Street, Croydon, CR0 1QD. 0208 688 2810 Email: ship.croydon@marstons.co.uk www.shippub.co.uk • Music: Rock Of Ages From 9.30pm. FREE! The Jolly Farmers, 7 Purley Road, Purley, CR8 2HA, 020 8660 2076. www.jollyfarmers-purley.co.uk • Music: Dj BennyManyHats playing indie, new wave, garage, ska and reggae, 8pm. FREE! The Green Dragon, 58-60 High Street, Croydon, CRO 1NA www.myspace.com/greendragonpub


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What’s On - Daily Guide: Sat 10 • Music: Electric Experience FREE! Bands start 5pm-ish Sundays, 8pmish all other nights. The Oval Tavern, 131 Oval Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 6BR 020 8686 6023, http://ovaltavern.co.uk • Theatre: A Christmas Carol 7.00 pm - £7. Get into the spirit of the season with this solo rendition of the classic tale as originally performed by the author with live piano accompaniment and sound effects. Tel:01883 330380 The Arc, 39 Weston Drive, Caterham, CR3 5XY www.the-arc-caterham.co.uk info@the-arc-caterham.co.uk • Comedy: Omid Djalli 8pm. £19 (+ bkng fee). Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Box Office 020 8688 9291 or book online at www.fairfield.co.uk • CHARITY: Dreams Come True Charity Race Night 8.30pm. More details from the bar. The Royal Standard, 1 Sheldon Street, Croydon, CR0 1SS. 020 8688 9749 www.royalstandard-croydon.co.uk • Music: DJ Knight From 8pm. The Ship, 47 High Street, Croydon, CR0 1QD. 0208 688 2810 Email: ship.croydon@marstons.co.uk www.shippub.co.uk • Music: Blasphemy Nights present Necro Ritual, Craven Idol, Sepuku (Extreme metal). Doors 8pm. £4 Entry Scream Lounge, 20 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN, tel 020 8667 0155. email lounge@screamstudios.co.uk • Music: The Sine Nomine Singers – English Music for Advent The Sine Nomine Singers are a South London-based chamber choir with a new young Croydonian conductor, Jonny Davies. This concert, in aid of St. Christopher’s Hospice, will feature English music from across the centuries from Tallis and Sheppard via Elgar and Parry to upcoming contemporary composers such as Bednall and Jolliffe. www.sinenominesingers.co.uk. 7.30pm. £10. St. George’s Church, Bickley. BR1 2RL (nearest BR Bickley, or 10 mins. by bus from Bromley South) • Music: Crowsfeat From 9.30pm. FREE! The Jolly Farmers, 7 Purley Road, Purley, CR8 2HA, 020 8660 2076 www.jollyfarmers-purley.co.uk • Music: Electric Experience Rock Hendrix/ Doors influence 8.00pm - FREE!

The Oval Tavern, 131 Oval Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 6BR 020 8686 6023, http://ovaltavern.co.uk • Music: DJ Rob Delta playing psychadelia, soul and funk. 8pm. FREE! The Green Dragon, 58-60 High Street, Croydon, CRO 1NA www.myspace.com/greendragonpub

Sun 11 • Music: SIMON SPILLETT ALL STAR QUARTET BBC Jazz award winners. Live lunchtime jazz every Sunday from 1pm. FREE! The Green Dragon, 58-60 High Street, Croydon, CRO 1NA www.myspace.com/greendragonpub www.jazznet.co.uk • Magic: Lewis Swires and Tom Dacascos Present Mind Games. Special trial-run of Lewis & Tom's hypnosis, mind-reading and magic show. Doors 6.30pm. FREE ENTRY Scream Lounge, 20 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN, tel 020 8667 0155. email lounge@screamstudios.co.uk • Event: Christmas Teddy Bear Fair 10.30am - 4.30pm. For more details email Lesley at lube@brewinsbruins.co.uk or visit the website. www.brewinsbruins.co.uk Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 9XZ • Club: The Tease Rooms The Tease Rooms Xmas Show at The Black Sheep Bar brings you the best Xmas present this year, with Burlesque and Cabaret thats sure to delight! Cabaret / Burlesque and more with The Divine Miss Em, October Rush, Miss Brusied Violet, Electra, Gin Atomic, Dark Teaser. £5 pre-sale (contact The Black Sheep) £7 on the door. Doors at 7.30pm Black Sheep Bar, 68 High St, CR0. 020 8680 2233. www.blacksheepbar.com www.myspace.com/blacksheepbar • Comedy: The Happy Hooker Comedy Club 15 Brand new Acts from the London Comedy Circuit. £3 entry, Doors open at 6pm, Show starts at 7pm. The Gipsy Hill Tavern, 79 Gipsy Hill, London, SE19 (next to Gipsy Hill Station) 07775 775 054 / comedy-bob69@hotmail.co.uk / www.scrfc.co.uk/comedy_club / facebook/happyhookercomedy • Music: Open Mic Hosted by Al and Banned Sauce. From 9pm. FREE! The Jolly Farmers, 7 Purley Road, Purley, CR8 2HA, 020 8660 2076 www.jollyfarmers-purley.co.uk 34

• Music: Buffalo Bills Blues Band 7.00pm - FREE! The Oval Tavern, 131 Oval Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 6BR 020 8686 6023, http://ovaltavern.co.uk • Music: Bernie & Steve & Singers Night 8pm. All welcome. More info from www.folkandblues.org Croydon Folk and Blues Club, Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon CR0 1BD www.folkandblues.org

Mon 12 • Music: A Victorian Christmas Doors: 8.00pm Non Members: £13.00 Members: £10.00 Croydon Folk Club - Join us for first class folk and real ale at club prices! Contact Jenny or Brian on 020 8660 5919 or 0770 3210 795 Croydon Folk Club, Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon CR0 1BD www.croydonfolkclub.org.uk

Tue 13 • Music: The Sine Nomine Singers present “In a Few Carols More” Festive singing from the South Londonbased chamber choir with an international reputation. Come along to request your favourite Christmas Carols, or even to join in! www.sinenominesingers.co.uk 7.45pm. Free entrance. The Green Dragon, 58-60 High Street, Croydon, CRO 1NA www.myspace.com/greendragonpub • Music: NEW PERFORMERS NIGHT featuring HOLD FIRE From 9pm. FREE! The Jolly Farmers, 7 Purley Road, Purley, CR8 2HA, 020 8660 2076 www.jollyfarmers-purley.co.uk

Wed 14 • Music: The Big Chris Barber Band Europe’s finest traditional jazz and blues band. 7.30pm. Tickets £40 includes jazz and 4 course dinner. To book please call Sylvie on 01883 622269 or 07802 665 598 or visit www.sylviesplace.co.uk Westerham Golf Club, Valance Park, Brasted Road, Westerham, TN16 1LJ • Comedy: Comedy Night Christmas special Last show of the year from our regular free entry, monthly comedy events. A splendid line up of guests plus surprise headliners 10 acts all hosted by Sarah Iles. Mix of


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What’s On - Daily Guide: new and established acts performing open mic comedy Strats 8pm. FREE ENTRY Scream Lounge, 20 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN, tel 020 8667 0155. email lounge@screamstudios.co.uk • Music: The Versions Xmas Party From 9.30pm. FREE! The Jolly Farmers, 7 Purley Road, Purley, CR8 2HA, 020 8660 2076. www.jollyfarmers-purley.co.uk • Music: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Fairfield Orchestral Series 2011/2012 Christmas Celebration with Carl Davis. 7.30pm. £12 - £31.50. For more please call the box office or visit the website. Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Box Office 020 8688 9291 or book online at www.fairfield.co.uk

• Music: The Ramonas Friday 16th December plus Kitty Hudson (Ace all-girl Ramones tribute band plus local glam punk heroes). Ages 16+ Welcome. Doors 8pm. £5 advance Scream Lounge, 20 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN, tel 020 8667 0155. email lounge@screamstudios.co.uk

Thu 15 • Film: The Smurfs (U) 4.30pm. £5. Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Box Office 020 8688 9291 or book online at www.fairfield.co.uk • Music: Carol Concert 7-9pm. Mince pies, a free glass of mulled wine and a festive sing-a-long, all followed by a charity quiz. The Two Brewers, 221 Gloucester Road, Croydon CR0 2DW, 020 8684 3544 • Music: Scream Showcase presents Tsars, Rivals & Idols, Ornaments (Math/Alt/Post Hardcore). Presenting a fresh line up of bands and acts, brand new to Scream. Doors 8pm. FREE ENTRY Scream Lounge, 20 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN, tel 020 8667 0155. email lounge@screamstudios.co.uk • Club: DAMMIT!! featuring Lady Starlight DJ Set Featuring a Rock DJ Set straight from New York from Lady Gaga's very own DJ Lady Starlight. CHEAP SHEEP drinks deals 7pm10pm, £1.50 Jager shots all night.. Black Sheep Bar, 68 High St, CR0. 020 8680 2233. www.blacksheepbar.com www.myspace.com/blacksheepbar • Music: “Blue Christmas” Live Blues from Buffalo Bill Blues, 8.30pm, free! The Green Dragon, 58-60 High Street, Croydon, CRO 1NA www.myspace.com/greendragonpub

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• Music: Dj BennyManyHats playing indie, new wave, garage, ska and reggae, 8pm. FREE! The Green Dragon, 58-60 High Street, Croydon, CRO 1NA www.myspace.com/greendragonpub • Music: Rachel Cooper 7pm. Live Singer Rachel Cooper. FREE! The Bedford Tavern, 16 Sydenham Road, Croydon CR0 2EF. 020 8688 2584 • Club: Club Soda Misteltoe Bar, Live Music, Sodacrew DJs, The Carbonators & much more! 7-11pm. £5 on the door. FREE parking. Club Soda is produced by people with learning disabilities. Stanley Halls, South Norwood Hill, SE25 www.clubsoda.org.uk 020 8253 1037 • Music: Main Vein From 9.30pm. FREE! The Jolly Farmers, 7 Purley Road, Purley, CR8 2HA, 020 8660 2076 www.jollyfarmers-purley.co.uk • Music: The World’s Greatest Michael Jackson Concert Tribute show, obviously... 8pm. £18 (+ bkg). For more please call the box office or visit the website. Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Box Office 020 8688 9291 or book online at www.fairfield.co.uk

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Sat 17 • Event: Shagwell High School Disco School Disco with fancy dress - hosted by DJ VEE. The Ship, 47 High Street, Croydon CR0 1QD. 0208 688 2810 Email: ship.croydon@marstons.co.uk www.shippub.co.uk • Music: Kobayashi + Fear No Fish plus guests tbc. (Alt/Prog/Indie) Doors 8pm. FREE ENTRY Scream Lounge, 20 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN, tel 020 8667 0155. email lounge@screamstudios.co.uk • Music: DJs Geoff and Sean present: Muppets’ Christmas Carol! (Geoff’s last gig for a while folks...) 8pm. FREE! The Green Dragon, 58-60 High Street, Croydon, CRO 1NA www.myspace.com/greendragonpub • Comedy: The Happy Hooker Comedy Club “THE EMPOWERED SEX PROFESSIONAL" 15 brand new FEMALE comics and Christmas party!! £5 entry show starts at 7pm.. Streatham-Croydon Rugby Club, 159 Brigstock Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey, CR7 7JP. 07775 775 054 / comedy-bob69@hotmail.co.uk / www.scrfc.co.uk/comedy_club / facebook/happyhookercomedy • Music: Avarice From 9.30pm. FREE! The Jolly Farmers, 7 Purley Road, Purley, CR8 2HA, 020 8660 2076 www.jollyfarmers-purley.co.uk • Music: Robin Bibi's Band Blues, funk, soul, rock, reggae and jazz all rolled together. 8.00pm - FREE! The Oval Tavern, 131 Oval Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 6BR 020 8686 6023, http://ovaltavern.co.uk • Music: Jilted Generation THE WORLDS ONLY FULLY LIVE PRODIGY TRIBUTE BANDS www.jilted-generation.com The Norbury and Edge, 1300 London Road, Norbury, London, SW16 4DG. Tel: 020 8679 0632 Email: Info@TheNorbury.com www.thenorbury.com

Sun 18 • Music: TWO PLUS TWO DON WELLER (Sax) NIGEL PRICE (Guitar) JIM RICHARDSON (Bass) DARREN ALTMAN (Drums). Live lunchtime jazz every Sunday from 1pm. FREE! The Green Dragon, 58-60 High Street, Croydon, CRO 1NA. www.myspace.com/greendragonpub www.jazznet.co.uk


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What’s On - Daily Guide: • Music: Scream Unplugged Christmas Special with Bad Sign, Gabi & The Whoremoans, Sabiyha Rasheed, The Marauders, Dan Mulcahy, The Centrales plus more tbc A bumper festive edition of our regular acoustic nights. DOWNSTAIRS Starts 6pm. FREE ENTRY Scream Lounge, 20 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN, tel 020 8667 0155. email lounge@screamstudios.co.uk • Music: Eclectic Arts Network Present Acoustically Speaking Xmas Special Acoustic Soul/Jazz/Poetry/Spoken Word UPSTAIRS. Doors 7pm. £5 Entry Scream Lounge, 20 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN, tel 020 8667 0155. email lounge@screamstudios.co.uk • Club: CROYDUB Every few months, the Black Sheep Bar brings you ridiculous Dubstep lineups organised by the ultimate micman - Sgt Pokes. The line up for December is TO BE ANNOUNCED but you know it's going to be massive! Black Sheep Bar, 68 High St, CR0. 020 8680 2233. www.blacksheepbar.com www.myspace.com/blacksheepbar • Music: Open Mic Night Hosted by Neil Mac. 9pm. FREE! The Jolly Farmers, 7 Purley Road, Purley, CR8 2HA, 020 8660 2076 www.jollyfarmers-purley.co.uk • Music: Little Devils blues/ post punk /rock. 7.00pm - FREE! The Oval Tavern, 131 Oval Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 6BR 020 8686 6023, http://ovaltavern.co.uk • Music: Ron T Border / Feuding Lloyds & Singers night 8pm. All welcome. More info from www.folkandblues.org Croydon Folk and Blues Club, Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon CR0 1BD. www.folkandblues.org • Dance: Keep It Moving Dance Showcase hosted by Richard Blackwood. 6.30pm. £12. For more please call the box office or visit the website. Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Box Office 020 8688 9291 or book online at ww.fairfield.co.uk

Mon 19 • Music: Singers and Musicians Night Doors: 8.00pm. Non Members & Members: £3.00 - No need to book just turn up & play. Join us for first class folk and real ale at club prices! Contact Jenny or Brian on 020 8660 5919 or 0770 3210 795. Croydon Folk Club, Ruskin House, 23

Coombe Road, Croydon CR0 1BD www.croydonfolkclub.org.uk • Quiz: Wendy’s Festive Pub 8pm. The Green Dragon, 58-60 High Street, Croydon, CRO 1NA www.myspace.com/greendragonpub • Music: Community Choir 6pm Upstairs. The Green Dragon, 58-60 High Street, Croydon, CRO 1NA www.myspace.com/greendragonpub

Tue 20 • Music: MONSTA TONSILS KARAOKE CHRISTMAS PARTY 8.30pm. FREE! The Jolly Farmers, 7 Purley Road, Purley, CR8 2HA, 020 8660 2076 www.jollyfarmers-purley.co.uk • Music: Trinity Boys Choir Christmas Concert Seasonal favourites for choir and brass. 1.05pm. £5. For more please call the box office or visit the website. Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Box Office 020 8688 9291 or book online at www.fairfield.co.uk

Wed 21 • Music: Splinter Group + Purr plus more tbc. (Alt-Rock/Grunge) Ages 16+ welcome. 8pm. £5 Entry Scream Lounge, 20 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN, tel 020 8667 0155. email lounge@screamstudios.co.uk • Music: Eclectic Arts Network Music Takeover Soul/Funk & Rare Groove DJs on the decks in the lounge bar. Starts 7pm. FREE ENTRY Scream Lounge, 20 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN, tel 020 8667 0155. email lounge@screamstudios.co.uk • Club: Mystery Jets DJ Set Cake Wednesday Christmas party with very special guests: Mystery Jets DJ set + the wonderful Thom Dorke playing Indie / Electro / Cheese Black Sheep Bar, 68 High St, CR0. 020 8680 2233. www.blacksheepbar.com www.myspace.com/blacksheepbar • Education: Entomology Members’ evening. Held in the Beginners Room Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society, East Croydon United Reformed Church Hall, Addiscombe Grove, Croydon CR0 5LP. More info and to join search for us on facebook - Croydon Natural History Scientific Society.

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• Music: SMEGGIE’S CHRISTMAS PARTY 9pm. FREE! The Jolly Farmers, 7 Purley Road, Purley, CR8 2HA, 020 8660 2076 www.jollyfarmers-purley.co.uk • Film: Mr Popper’s Penguins (PG) 4.30pm. £5. For more please call the box office or visit the website. Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Box Office 020 8688 9291 or book online at www.fairfield.co.uk • Film: Casino Royale 7pm. £5. For more please call the box office or visit the website. Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Box Office 020 8688 9291 or book online at www.fairfield.co.uk • Festive: Free Mince Pie With Every Hot Drink Today! The Green Dragon, 58-60 High Street, Croydon, CRO 1NA www.myspace.com/greendragonpub

Thu 22 • Music: Croydon Roller Derby Christmas Fundraiser Join the Rollergirls for a night of live music, DJs, games, raffles and arm-wrestling. Doors 8pm, late license til 2am. £tbc Scream Lounge, 20 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN, tel 020 8667 0155. email lounge@screamstudios.co.uk • Music: London Mozart Players Fairfield Orchestral Series 2011/2012 Christmas family concert. 3pm. £12 - £31.50. For more please call the box office or visit the website. Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Box Office 020 8688 9291 or book online at www.fairfield.co.uk

Fri 23 • Party: Christmas Eve Eve Party From 7pm. Mulled wine, mince pies and much much more. The Royal Standard, 1 Sheldon Street, Croydon, CR0 1SS. 020 8688 9749 www.royalstandard-croydon.co.uk • Music: DJ Knight From 8pm. The Ship, 47 High Street, Croydon, CR0 1QD. 0208 688 2810 Email: ship.croydon@marstons.co.uk www.shippub.co.uk • Music: Soapy Jefferson + The Jonbarr Hinge + Thom Bowden (Alternative/Indie/Americana) UPSTAIRS. Doors 8pm, late licence til 2am FREE ENTRY Scream Lounge, 20 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN, tel 020 8667 0155. email lounge@screamstudios.co.uk


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What’s On - Daily Guide: • Music: The Lost Audio + Tidor (Rock). DOWNSTAIRS. Ages 16+ welcome Doors 8pm, late license til 2am. £5 Entry Scream Lounge, 20 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN, tel 020 8667 0155. email lounge@screamstudios.co.uk • Music: Nelly’s Heroes Wide spectrum of energetic rock covers. A real party band! www.nellysheroes.co.uk. 8.00pm - FREE! The Oval Tavern, 131 Oval Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 6BR 020 8686 6023, http://ovaltavern.co.uk • Party: The Bedford from 5pm. DJ Brewster hosts our Christmas disco/party. Entry Free! The Bedford Tavern, 16 Sydenham Road, Croydon CR0 2EF. 020 8688 2584 • Music: Stolen ID 9.30pm. FREE! The Jolly Farmers, 7 Purley Road, Purley, CR8 2HA, 020 8660 2076 www.jollyfarmers-purley.co.uk • Music: DJs Freeqboi and Cherrybomb taking in most musical genres during their festive rollercoaster of a set! The Green Dragon, 58-60 High Street, Croydon, CRO 1NA www.myspace.com/greendragonpub

Sat 24 • Christmas Eve • Party: The Nightmare Before Christmas with DJs Dean and Swedish. 8pm-2am. Ticket only - £4 from behind the bar. The Ship, 47 High Street, Croydon CR0 1QD. 0208 688 2810 Email: ship.croydon@marstons.co.uk www.shippub.co.uk • Music: Christmas Eve at Scream Entertainment tbc Doors 6pm, late license til 3am Scream Lounge, 20 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN, tel 020 8667 0155. email lounge@screamstudios.co.uk • Party: Christmas Eve @ The Sheep Party at Black Sheep Bar this Christmas Eve, Great atmosphere, No dress code. More info on the web. Black Sheep Bar, 68 High St, CR0. 020 8680 2233. www.blacksheepbar.com www.myspace.com/blacksheepbar • Party: Half and Half with Live Music performed by Wayside 6:30 - 9:30pm - rock & pop covers from the 60's til today. Free Entry! Half and Half Lounge Bar, 282 High Street. Croydon CR0 1NG, 020 8726 0080. info@halfandhalf.uk.com www.halfandhalf.uk.com

• Party: Karaoke Party From 8.30pm. Tickets via Charity Raffle Ticket - available behind the bar now! The Two Brewers, 221 Gloucester Road, Croydon CR0 2DW, 020 8684 3544 • Party: Christmas Eve Party RETRO From 9.30pm. Band back by popular request. The Jolly Farmers, 7 Purley Road, Purley, CR8 2HA, 020 8660 2076 www.jollyfarmers-purley.co.uk • Party: The Odd Shoe Open from 11am-1am. Party Djs and FREE entry! The Odd Shoe, 24 Park Street, Croydon, CR0 1YE (site of old Rat and Parrot / The Croydon) • Music: B'Mused Rock & blues covers & original material. 8.00pm - FREE! The Oval Tavern, 131 Oval Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 6BR 020 8686 6023, http://ovaltavern.co.uk • Party: The Hope 7.30pm til late. Ticket only. Contact the pub for more details. The Hope, 48 West Street, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 2PR Tel: 020 8240 1255 www.hopecarshalton.co.uk • Party: Green Dragon Soundtrack to your festive fun provided by Dj BennyManyChristmasHats playing indie, new wave, garage, ska and reggae, 8pm.Tickets £2 in advance, £5 on the door The Green Dragon, 58-60 High Street, Croydon, CRO 1NA www.myspace.com/greendragonpub

Sun 25 • Christmas Day Happy Christmas to all our readers! • Open: Bedford Arms 12 - 3pm. 16 Sydenham Road, Croydon CR0 2EF. 020 8688 2584 • Open: Rayon D’Or 12 - 6pm. Airport House Purley Way, Croydon. CR0 0XZ. 020 8781 1933 • Open: Dog and Bull 12 - 3pm. 24-25 Surrey Street Croydon CR0 1RG. 020 8667 9718 • Open: Royal Standard 12 - 2pm. 1 Sheldon Street, Croydon, CR0 1SS. 020 8688 9749 www.royalstandard-croydon.co.uk • Open: The Two Brewers 12 - 3pm. 221 Gloucester Road, Croydon CR0 2DW, 020 8684 3544 • Open: The Oval Tavern 12 - 3pm. The Oval Tavern, 131 Oval Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 6BR 020 8686 6023, http://ovaltavern.co.uk 37

• Open: The Jolly Farmers 12 - 3pm. The Jolly Farmers, 7 Purley Road, Purley, CR8 2HA, 020 8660 2076 www.jollyfarmers-purley.co.uk • Open: The Hope 12 - 3pm. The Hope, 48 West Street, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 2PR Tel: 020 8240 1255 www.hopecarshalton.co.uk • Open: The Odd Shoe 6pm- midnight. Yes, you read that correctly, 6pm-midnight. Genius!. The Odd Shoe, 24 Park Street, Croydon, CR0 1YE (site of old Rat and Parrot / The Croydon)

Mon 26 • Boxing Day Bank Holiday • Music: RICHARD MADGWICK TRIO with DAVE MARKEE (Bass) NOEL JOYCE (Drums) + special appearance by LYNNE WALLIS. Boxing Day Special Jazz afternoon. From 1pm. FREE! The Green Dragon, 58-60 High Street, Croydon, CRO 1NA www.myspace.com/greendragonpub www.jazznet.co.uk • Club: Boxing Day Drum n Bass Work off your Christmas Pudd, Croydon's greatest DnB night returns with a Boxing Day special. Massive line up, massive beats & massive sound system Artists: Bryan Gee, Bailey , Artificial Intelligence, Skopes, Mr Joseph, Madcap, Blackeye, Golden Child. £5 before 10pm, £7 after 10pm. No dress code. We are an 18+ members only bar, if you're not a member please bring photo ID on the night to sign up Black Sheep Bar, 68 High St, CR0. 020 8680 2233. www.blacksheepbar.com www.myspace.com/blacksheepbar • Club: Toolroom Knights - The Italian Job More info: www.ministryofsound.com/club www.youtube.com/ministryofsoundclub Ministry of Sound, 103 Gaunt Street London. Nearest Tube: Elephant and Castle

Tue 27 • Bank Holiday • Music: DAVE BLACK QUARTET This man stands tall among sax players Jazz News. Lunchtime jazz - 1.00 to 3.00pm - Free! The Green Dragon, 58-60 High Street, Croydon, CRO 1NA www.myspace.com/greendragonpub www.jazznet.co.uk


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What’s On - Daily Guide: • Music: Beneath The Tide (EP Launch Gig) + Animus Sadist, Surface The Dissent, Dead Hearts, Grace Suffered (Metalcore). Ages 16+ Welcome Doors 7.30pm. £4 in advance, £5 OTD Scream Lounge, 20 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN, tel 020 8667 0155. email lounge@screamstudios.co.uk • Event: Mummers Play Tour Visit “Mummers Plays (also known as mumming) are seasonal folk plays performed by troupes of actors known as mummers or guisers. Please contact the pub for more details. The Hope, 48 West Street, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 2PR. Tel: 020 8240 1255. www.hopecarshalton.co.uk

Wed 28 • Music: Sophie Lancaster Charity fundraiser A line up of local rock and metal musicians come together for a night of covers and debauchery! Doors 8pm. £tbc Scream Lounge, 20 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN, tel 020 8667 0155. email lounge@screamstudios.co.uk • Games: Green Dragon Gaming night upstairs. 8pm. The Green Dragon, 58-60 High Street, Croydon, myspace.com/greendragonpub

Thu 29 • Club: Slaughterhouse: Masked Fetish Ball Sordid acts - masked deviants - filthy festivities... It's the Slaughterhouse Christmas Masked Fetish Ball... More info on the web. Black Sheep Bar, 68 High St, CR0. 020 8680 2233. www.blacksheepbar.com www.myspace.com/blacksheepbar • Party: Junk Time Party / DeepLondon XMessy Party! A double headed Xmas do with Croydon’s finest funk/rock fivepiece and Croydon’s finest publication. From 7pm. FREE entry. Expect some stuff from us and all this: 2 BANGING SETS FROM JTP, THE USUAL SUSPECTS ON THE DECKS, MOONMAN THE MOONDAWG, CHRIS HEALEY, CHRIS THACKER AND AN EXTRA SPECIAL RARE APPEARANCE BEHIND THE 1210'S... ANDY P. YOU KNOW IT'S GONNA BE THE DOGS DANGLY BITS. The Oval Tavern, 131 Oval Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 6BR 020 8686 6023, http://ovaltavern.co.uk

Fri 30 • Music: DJ Sean From 8pm. The Ship, 47 High Street, Croydon, CR0 1QD. 0208 688 2810 Email: ship.croydon@marstons.co.uk www.shippub.co.uk • Music: Tenyson + Reckless Ambition plus guests tbc. Local rockers release their brand new EP. Doors 8pm £5 entry (Includes free copy of the new Tenyson CD) Scream Lounge, 20 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN, tel 020 8667 0155. email lounge@screamstudios.co.uk • Music: DUBSONIC Don’t miss! 9.30pm. FREE! The Jolly Farmers, 7 Purley Road, Purley, CR8 2HA, 020 8660 2076 www.jollyfarmers-purley.co.uk • Music: Dj BennyManyHats playing indie, new wave, garage, ska and reggae, 8pm. The Green Dragon, 58-60 High Street, Croydon, CRO 1NA www.myspace.com/greendragonpub

Sat 31 • New Year’s Eve • Party: The Odd Shoe Open from 11am til late. Party Djs and FREE entry! The Odd Shoe, 24 Park Street, Croydon, CR0 1YE (site of old Rat and Parrot / The Croydon) • Party: Angels and Demons with DJs Swedish and Zoe Urchin. 8pm2am. Ticket only - £5 from behind the bar. The Ship, 47 High Street, Croydon CR0 1QD. 0208 688 2810 Email: ship.croydon@marstons.co.uk www.shippub.co.uk • Music: The 23 Enigma New Year's Eve with The 23 Enigma Live band and DJ sets from the local Alt/Rock heroes. £tbc Doors 6pm, late license til 3am Scream Lounge, 20 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN, tel 020 8667 0155. email lounge@screamstudios.co.uk • Party: NYE Spectacular! With live music from South East England’s No. 1 rock covers band - ROCK OF AGES. Playing The Who, Queen, Black Sabbath, Bowie, T Rex and loads more 8pm. £10 ticket (limited availability - buy yours now behind the bar). Open til 2am. The Oval Tavern, 131 Oval Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 6BR 020 8686 6023, http://ovaltavern.co.uk • Party: The Hope 7.30pm til late. Ticket only. Contact the pub for more details. The Hope, 48 West Street, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 2PR. Tel: 020 8240 1255 www.hopecarshalton.co.uk 38

• Party: Two Brewers With live music. From 8.30pm. Tickets via Charity Raffle Ticket - available behind the bar now! The Two Brewers, 221 Gloucester Road, Croydon CR0 2DW, 020 8684 3544 • Party: Linton's New Year's Eve Should old aquaintance be forgot? Linton dusts off his collection of the heaviest dancefloor beats, filthiest funk and wettest cheese to make this New Year's Eve one to remember... or not! Doors 7pm til late, £5 all night. Black Sheep Bar, 68 High St, CR0. 020 8680 2233. www.blacksheepbar.com www.myspace.com/blacksheepbar • Party: Casino Royale Open ‘til 2am. FREE entry for Half and Half Reward Card members. Half and Half Lounge Bar, 282 High Street. Croydon CR0 1NG, 020 8726 0080. info@halfandhalf.uk.com www.halfandhalf.uk.com • Party: Jolly Farmers 7.30 – 2.00 a.m. Admission by ticket only £12. Live music from Randy and the Rockets / Party / Buffet. The Jolly Farmers, 7 Purley Road, Purley, CR8 2HA, 020 8660 2076 www.jollyfarmers-purley.co.uk • Party: Speakeasy Swing Pit Ladies and gentlemen, we cordially invite you to join us for our New Years Eve Party, a night of cocktails, champagne and dancing. Our theme is ‘Speakeasy Swing Pit’, so please dress accordingly. Superstar Deejays on the Electric Gramophone will provide the hottest jazz and the coolest swing in town... Tickets £2 in advance, £5 on the door The Green Dragon, 58-60 High Street, Croydon, CRO 1NA www.myspace.com/greendragonpub • Party: Open House 2 X ROOMS OF MUSIC ROOM 1: LONDON’S TOP LIVE COVERS BAND - UPLOADED www.uploadedtheband.com ROOM 2: THE EDGE NIGHT CLUB WITH AWARD WINING CLUB DJ JASON -X- PLAYING CLUB & PARTY CLASSICS 9pm - 4am The Norbury and Edge, 1300 London Road, Norbury, London, SW16 4DG. Tel: 020 8679 0632 Email: Info@TheNorbury.com www.thenorbury.com • Club: Elixir Of Life Psy Trance / Chill Out and Live Acoustic / Electro Breaks and Beats / Progressive Techno and Electric Filth / Visionary Art Gallery hosted by and featuring Emma Watkinson. - Fully legal and licensed


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What’s On - Daily Guide: warehouse complex.100% confirmed - Our own hand picked security team Licensed bar with fair and realistic bar prices - Hot and cold food and cafe - Giant chill-out - Visionary Arts Gallery - Bizarre Market Area - Ample toilet facilities - Free drinking water. More info: www.facebook.com/elixiroflifeevents Hackney Downs Studios, E8 • Cabaret: The Tassel Club Dress up and party like it’s 1900 in this stunning Victorian music hall. This will be an authentic vaudeville show, hosted by Paper Cabaret star Reuben Kaye and special performances from Kittie Kittie Kan Kan, Emmanuelle Claire, Des O Connor and many many more. Doors from 7pm Carriages 2am. TICKETS: £40 for show, reception and victorian midnight snacks! More info: www.thetasselclub.com Hoxton Hall, 130 Hoxton Street, London N1 6SH (Hoxton or Old Street TUBE)

Sunday 01 January 2012 • New Year’s Day Happy New Year r to all our readers! • Hangover: Dragon The Dragon will open from midday for hangover-cure breakfasts and hair of the dog… The Green Dragon, 58-60 High Street, Croydon, CRO 1NA www.myspace.com/greendragonpub • Music: ADRIAN REID QUARTET Ease your hangover away with one of the finest pianists around. Nice. Live lunchtime jazz every Sunday from 1pm. FREE! The Green Dragon, 58-60 High Street, Croydon, CRO 1NA www.myspace.com/greendragonpub www.jazznet.co.uk • Club: New Years Day: Madhouse Mash-up Madness Promotions are joining forces with The Right Wrongun's and Dirty Living Room Productions, To bring you a bassbinging night filled with: DRUM'N'BASS // JUNGLE // ELECTRO // TECHNO // REGGAE // DUB // HARD DANCE AND BREAKS. Black Sheep Bar, 68 High St, CR0. 020 8680 2233. www.blacksheepbar.com www.myspace.com/blacksheepbar • Music: Open Mic From 9pm. hosted by Roger W and Friends. The Jolly Farmers, 7 Purley Road, Purley, CR8 2HA, 020 8660 2076 www.jollyfarmers-purley.co.uk • Club: Frantic - The White Party 11 hours of Hard Dance and Hard Trance... More info: www.facebook.com/FranticUK Hidden, Vauxhall, SE11 5EQ

Mon 02 • Bank Holiday • Film: The Spread Eagle Film Club Come and join us every Monday! As a warm up to February’s big Oscar celebrations we are going to run with some of the big Oscar winning films so tonight is: The Social Network @ 8pm

• Music: BrightWhite 8pm - FREE! The Oval Tavern, 131 Oval Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 6BR 020 8686 6023, http://ovaltavern.co.uk • Event: Jack Frost Warning - May include wassailing! Please contact the pub for more details. The Hope, 48 West Street, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 2PR. Tel: 020 8240 1255 www.hopecarshalton.co.uk

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(winner of Best Film Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay & Best Original Score) FREE ENTRY! The Spread Eagle, 39-41 Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX Tel: 020 8781 1134

Tue 03 • See weekly what’s on

Wed 04 • See weekly what’s on

Thu 05 • Event: Twelth Night Time to take those Christmas decorations down. • Music: Scream Showcase Night with Pocket Messiah, Disko Island, The Frescaders (Indie/Punk/Rock). Presenting a fresh line up of bands and acts, brand new to Scream. Doors 7.45pm. FREE ENTRY Scream Lounge, 20 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN, tel 020 8667 0155. email lounge@screamstudios.co.uk

Fri 06 • See weekly what’s on

Sat 07 • Music: Electric Trees plus guests tbc. Doors 8pm. £tbc Scream Lounge, 20 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN, tel 020 8667 0155. email lounge@screamstudios.co.uk

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• Music: The Henry Brothers Old Time Music Revue DOORS: 7.30pm. ADM: £4 AGE LIMIT: Over 18s only Live acts: Jenny Cash & The Sons of Sue + Sara Spade + The Henry Brothers + Simon Stanley-Ward. Genre: country/bluegrass BUY ONLINE: www.wegottickets.com/event/142050 TEL: 020 8671 0700 Windmill Brixton, 22 Blenheim Gardens, London SW2 5BZ www.windmillbrixton.co.uk • Music: VASILIS XENOPOULOUS (Sax) QUARTET with NIGEL PRICE (Guitar). Live lunchtime jazz every Sunday from 1pm. FREE! The Green Dragon, 58-60 High Street, Croydon, CRO 1NA www.myspace.com/greendragonpub www.jazznet.co.uk • Club: DJ Tony X DJ Tony X returns playing Classic Rock . Nu Metal . Hair Rock . 80's Rock (lots of rock) Open til late, any Jager bomb £1.50 ALL NIGHT Black Sheep Bar, 68 High St, CR0. 020 8680 2233. www.blacksheepbar.com www.myspace.com/blacksheepbar • Music: Blues Abuse 7pm - FREE! The Oval Tavern, 131 Oval Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 6BR 020 8686 6023, http://ovaltavern.co.uk • Comedy: The Happy Hooker Comedy Club 15 Brand new Acts from the London Comedy Circuit. £3 entry, Doors open at 6pm, Show starts at 7pm. The Gipsy Hill Tavern, 79 Gipsy Hill, London, SE19 (next to Gipsy Hill Station) 07775 775 054 / comedy-bob69@hotmail.co.uk / www.scrfc.co.uk/comedy_club / facebook/happyhookercomedy • Music: Singers night 8pm. All welcome. More info from www.folkandblues.org Croydon Folk and Blues Club, Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon CR0 1BD


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What’s On - Daily Guide: Mon 09 • Film: The Spread Eagle Film Club Come and join us every Monday! As a warm up to February’s big Oscar celebrations we are going to run with some of the big Oscar winning films so tonight is: Inception @ 8pm (winner of

Wed 11 • Comedy: Comedy Night 10 acts all hosted by Sarah Iles. Mix of new and established acts performing open mic comedy. 8pm - 10.30pm. FREE ENTRY Scream Lounge, 20 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN, tel 020 8667 0155. email lounge@screamstudios.co.uk

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Best Cinematograhy, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects & Best Sound Editing) FREE ENTRY! The Spread Eagle, 39-41 Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX Tel: 020 8781 1134 • Music: Bacchus + Lich + Regimes + Momentum DOORS: 8pm. ADM: £5 AGE LIMIT: Over 18s only Genre: hardcore/d-beat BUY ONLINE: www.windmillbrixton.co.uk/listings TEL: 020 8671 0700 Windmill Brixton, 22 Blenheim Gardens, London SW2 5BZ www.windmillbrixton.co.uk • Music: Singers and Musicians Night Doors: 8.00pm. Non Members & Members: £3.00 - No need to book just turn up & play. Join us for first class folk and real ale at club prices! Contact Jenny or Brian on 020 8660 5919 or 0770 3210 795. Croydon Folk Club, Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon CR0 1BD www.croydonfolkclub.org.uk

Tue 10 • Music: Freedom of Expression with Mark Woods. 8pm. FREE entry The Green Dragon, 58-60 High St, Croydon CR0 1NA www.freedomexpression.co.uk • Music: The Grier Trio Classical trio. 1.05pm. £5. For more please call the box office or visit the website. Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Box Office 020 8688 9291 or book online at www.fairfield.co.uk

• Music: Seed Of Detest + L Sol Tace plus more tbc. (Death/Extreme Metal) Doors 8pm. £tbc Scream Lounge, 20 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN, tel 020 8667 0155. email lounge@screamstudios.co.uk • Music: That Fucking Tank + Shield Your Eyes + Local Girls DOORS: 8pm. ADM: £5adv AGE LIMIT: Over 18s only Genre: alternative/hardcore/punk BUY ONLINE: http://windmillbrixton.co.uk/listings/event details/12-jan-12-that-fucking-tank-thewindmill/ or www.wegottickets.com/event/142136 Windmill Brixton, 22 Blenheim Gardens, London SW2 5BZ. www.windmillbrixton.co.uk 020 8671 0700

Fri 13 • Music: Bleed To This Present Pig Iron, XII Boar, Wizard's Beard, Invect (Stoner/Metal). Doors 7.30pm. £4 Entry Scream Lounge, 20 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN, tel 020 8667 0155. email lounge@screamstudios.co.uk

Sat 14 • Film: I Am Love (15) 2pm and 7pm. £5. For more please call the box office or visit the website. Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Box Office 020 8688 9291 or book online at www.fairfield.co.uk • Music: Steve Roux & The White Knuckle Blues Band 8pm - FREE! The Oval Tavern, 131 Oval Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 6BR 020 8686 6023, http://ovaltavern.co.uk • Music: Blasphemy Nights Extreme Metal. Bands tbc. Doors 8pm £5 Entry Scream Lounge, 20 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN, tel 020 8667 0155. email lounge@screamstudios.co.uk

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• Kids: One Snowy Night (3+) A snuggly heartwarming story, with songs to sing along to, furry friends to meet and blankets to be tucked up in. 10.30am and 1.30pm. £vary. For more please call the box office or visit the website. Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Box Office 020 8688 9291 or book online at www.fairfield.co.uk

Sun 15 • Kids: One Snowy Night (3+) A snuggly heartwarming story, with songs to sing along to, furry friends to meet and blankets to be tucked up in. 3pm. £vary. For more please call the box office or visit the website. Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Box Office 020 8688 9291 or book online at www.fairfield.co.uk • Music: DEREK NASH QUARTET Arranger & composer (Sax). Live lunchtime jazz every Sunday from 1pm. FREE! The Green Dragon, 58-60 High Street, Croydon, CRO 1NA www.myspace.com/greendragonpub www.jazznet.co.uk • Music: Dual Hammer 7pm - FREE! The Oval Tavern, 131 Oval Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 6BR 020 8686 6023, http://ovaltavern.co.uk • Music: Dave King Trio & Singers Night 8pm. All welcome. More info from www.folkandblues.org Croydon Folk and Blues Club, Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon CR0 1BD www.folkandblues.org • Film: Never Let Me Go (12) 2pm and 7pm. £5. For more please call the box office or visit the website. Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Box Office 020 8688 9291 or book online at www.fairfield.co.uk

Mon 16 • Music: Singers and Musicians Night Doors: 8.00pm. Non Members & Members: £3.00 - No need to book just turn up & play. Join us for first class folk and real ale at club prices! Contact Jenny or Brian on 020 8660 5919 or 0770 3210 795. Croydon Folk Club, Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon CR0 1BD www.croydonfolkclub.org.uk


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of Best Actress)) FREE ENTRY! The Spread Eagle, 39-41 Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX Tel: 020 8781 1134

Tue 17 • Music: Sounds Positive Instrumental group Sounds Positive present an exciting mix of British music including a dazzling display of Middle-Eastern dance. 1.05pm. £5. For more please call the box office or visit the website. Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Box Office 020 8688 9291 or book online at www.fairfield.co.uk

Wed 18 • Event: Winnie The Pooh Day

Thu 19 • Music: Scream Showcase Night with The Totems, Suzerain plus more tbc (Rock/Garage/Post-Punk). Presenting a fresh line up of bands and acts, brand new to Scream. Doors 8pm. FREE ENTRY Scream Lounge, 20 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN, tel 020 8667 0155. email lounge@screamstudios.co.uk • Comedy: Pulling Faces Ascerbic topical comedy from Louise Jameson on society’s obsession with youth, beauty and transformation. 7.30pm. £15. For more please call the box office or visit the website. Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Box Office 020 8688 9291 or book online at www.fairfield.co.uk

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Mon 23

• See weekly what’s on

• Event: Chinese New Year Welcome to the year of the Dragon.

Sat 21 • Music: Exit Ten plus guests tbc. Doors 8pm. £tbc Scream Lounge, 20 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN, tel 020 8667 0155. email lounge@screamstudios.co.uk • Music: Rocket From Croydonia presents The Surfin' Wombats, Thee Waltons, The Moonshine Stalkers. (Psychobilly / Rockabilly) Doors 7.30pm. £5 Entry Scream Lounge, 20 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN, tel 020 8667 0155. email lounge@screamstudios.co.uk • Music: The Looters 8pm - FREE! The Oval Tavern, 131 Oval Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 6BR 020 8686 6023, http://ovaltavern.co.uk • Music: Johann Strauss Gala 7.30pm. £19.50 - £27 (+bkg). For more please call the box office or visit the website. Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Box Office 020 8688 9291 or book online at www.fairfield.co.uk • Kids: Bob The Builder Brand New Show! 1pm & 3.30pm. £12.50 - £14.50 (+bkg). For more please call the box office or visit the website. Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Box Office 020 8688 9291 or book online at www.fairfield.co.uk

Sun 22 • Event: Farmhouse Breakfast Week 22-28th Jan Fry ups all round! www.shakeupyourwakeup.com • Music: CHRISTIAN BREWER BAND Great band with award winning CD. Live lunchtime jazz every Sunday from 1pm. FREE! The Green Dragon, 58-60 High Street, Croydon, CRO 1NA www.myspace.com/greendragonpub www.jazznet.co.uk • Music: The Jam Jazz Session 7pm - FREE! The Oval Tavern, 131 Oval Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 6BR 020 8686 6023, http://ovaltavern.co.uk

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• Film: The Spread Eagle Film Club Come and join us every Monday! As a warm up to February’s big Oscar celebrations we are going to run with some of the big Oscar winning films so tonight is: The Fighter @ 8pm ((winner

of Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor) FREE ENTRY! The Spread Eagle, 39-41 Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX Tel: 020 8781 1134 • Music: Singers and Musicians Night Doors: 8.00pm. Non Members & Members: £3.00 - No need to book just turn up & play. Join us for first class folk and real ale at club prices! Contact Jenny or Brian on 020 8660 5919 or 0770 3210 795. Croydon Folk Club, Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon CR0 1BD www.croydonfolkclub.org.uk • Kids: Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare 4 Kidz Original stage production on a short tour. 10.30am & 1.30pm. £10 Under 16s, £16.50 adults. For more please call the box office or visit the website. Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Box Office 020 8688 9291 or book online at www.fairfield.co.uk

Tue 24 • Music: Great Cynics + Digger Barnes + Jimmy Islip + El Morgan DOORS: 7.45pm. ADM: £5 AGE LIMIT: Over 18s only Genre: Acoustic punk/americana Windmill Brixton, 22 Blenheim Gardens, London SW2 5BZ. www.windmillbrixton.co.uk 020 8671 0700


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What’s On - Daily Guide: Wed 25 • Event: Burns’ Night Break out the whisky • Film: Incendies (15) 2pm. £5. For more please call the box office or visit the website. Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Box Office 020 8688 9291 or book online at www.fairfield.co.uk

Thu 26 • Music: Scream Showcase Night with: Superfecta, Jed James plus more tbc (Rock). Presenting a fresh line up of bands and acts, brand new to Scream. Doors 8pm. FREE ENTRY Scream Lounge, 20 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN, tel 020 8667 0155. email lounge@screamstudios.co.uk • Dance: Anton & Erin - Let’s Do It Brand new show with Strictly’s Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag. 7.30pm. £29.50 - £40 (+bkg). For more please call the box office or visit the website. Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Box Office 020 8688 9291 or book online at www.fairfield.co.uk • Music: Harry The Piano in Concert Virtuoso pianist. 7.45pm. £16 - £18 (+bkg). For more please call the box office or visit the website. Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Box Office 020 8688 9291 or book online at www.fairfield.co.uk

Fri 27 • Event: Holocaust Memorial Day http://hmd.org.uk/about/ • Music: Gary Walsh 7pm - Live Singer Gary Walsh - FREE! The Bedford Tavern, 16 Sydenham Road, Croydon CR0 2EF. 020 8688 2584 • Comedy: The Happy Hooker Comedy Club 15 Brand new Acts from the London Comedy Circuit. £3 entry, Doors open at 6pm, Show starts at 7pm. Streatham-Croydon Rugby Club, 159 Brigstock Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey, CR7. 07775 775 054 / comedy-bob69@hotmail.co.uk / www.scrfc.co.uk/comedy_club / facebook/happyhookercomedy • Music: Karen Carpenter - Voice of the Heart Stunning 2 hour show recreating and celebrating the music of The Carpenters. 8pm. £19 (+bkg). For more please call the box office or visit the website. Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon,

CR9 1DG. Box Office 020 8688 9291 or book online at www.fairfield.co.uk • Music: Halfway to Paradise - The Billy Fury Story Now in its 15th year and still furiously rockin’. 7.45pm. £19.50 (+bkg). For more please call the box office or visit the website. Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Box Office 020 8688 9291 or book online at www.fairfield.co.uk

Sat 28 • Event: National Storytelling Week 28th Jan - 4th Feb http://sfs.org.uk/ • Music: Act tbc 8pm - FREE! The Oval Tavern, 131 Oval Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 6BR 020 8686 6023, http://ovaltavern.co.uk • Music: London Mozart Players Fairfield Orchestral Series 2011/2012 Stravinsky, McDowell, Beethoven. 7.30pm. £12 - £31.50. For more please call the box office or visit the website. Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Box Office 020 8688 9291 or book online at www.fairfield.co.uk

Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Box Office 020 8688 9291 or book online at www.fairfield.co.uk

Mon 30 • Music: Singers and Musicians Night Doors: 8.00pm. Non Members & Members: £3.00 - No need to book just turn up & play. Join us for first class folk and real ale at club prices! Contact Jenny or Brian on 020 8660 5919 or 0770 3210 795. Croydon Folk Club, Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon CR0 1BD www.croydonfolkclub.org.uk • Film: The Spread Eagle Film Club Come and join us every Monday! As a warm up to February’s big Oscar celebrations we are going to run with some of the big Oscar winning films so tonight is: The King’s Speech @ 8pm

Sun 29 • Music: GILAD ATZMON QUARTET Top International Sax Player. Live lunchtime jazz every Sunday from 1pm. FREE! The Green Dragon, 58-60 High Street, Croydon, CRO 1NA www.myspace.com/greendragonpub www.jazznet.co.uk • Music: Scream Unplugged Presents 80s Night - A line-up of bands and acts from our regular acoustic night roster play the music of the 80s! Starts 7pm. FREE! Scream Lounge, 20 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN, tel 020 8667 0155. email lounge@screamstudios.co.uk • Music: David Raphael 7pm - FREE! The Oval Tavern, 131 Oval Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 6BR 020 8686 6023, http://ovaltavern.co.uk • Film: L'Affaire Farewell (12A) 2pm & 7pm. £5. For more please call the box office or visit the website. Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Box Office 020 8688 9291 or book online at www.fairfield.co.uk • Music: The Springfields 7.45pm. £6 - £18 (+bkg). For more please call the box office or visit the website. 42

(winner of Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay) FREE ENTRY! The Spread Eagle, 39-41 Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX Tel: 020 8781 1134

Tue 31 • Music: NIGEL PRICE ORGAN TRIO Great chops. Good taste. Good sound Lunchtime jazz - 1.00 to 3.00pm - Free! The Green Dragon, 58-60 High Street, Croydon, CRO 1NA www.myspace.com/greendragonpub www.jazznet.co.uk • Music: Croydon Centre for Young Pianists Lunchtime Concert 1.05pm. £5. For more please call the box office or visit the website. Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Box Office 020 8688 9291 or book online at www.fairfield.co.uk


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Dec / Jan Sport: FOOTBALL: • Crystal Palace: December: Sat 10 - 15:00 - A - Nottm Forest - FLC Mon 19 - 19:45 - H - Birmingham - FLC Mon 26 -13:00 - A - Southampton - FLC Sat 31 - 13:00 - A - Millwall - FLC January: Mon 2 - 13:00 - H - Leicester City - FLC Tue 10 - 20.00 - H - Cardiff City - SemiFinal of the League Cup Leg 1 Sat 14 - 15:00 - H - Leeds United - FLC Sat 21 - 15:00 - A - Blackpool - FLC Tue 24 - 19.45 - A - Cardiff City - SemiFinal of the League Cup Leg 2 - LIVE ON BBC2 Tue 31 - 20:00 - H - Brighton - FLC Tickets and more info from www.cpfc.co.uk • Croydon FC: 06/12/2011 - 15:00 - A - Raynes Pk Vale 17/12/2011 - 15:00 - A - Badshot Lea 27/12/2011 - 15:00 - H - Mole Valley 02/01/2012 - 15:00 - A - Chessington Utd 07/01/2012 - 15:00 - H - Dorking 14/01/2012 - 15:00 - A - South Park 21/01/2012 - 15:00 - H - Epsom & Ewell 28/01/2012 - 15:00 - H - Camberley Twn CROYDON FC ARENA, Albert Road, South Norwood, SE25 4QL. 0208 654 8555. www.croydon-fc.co.uk Nearest stop is Arena

HORSE RACING: • Lingfield Races Direct Train from E. Croydon + 5 min walk. 2nd, 5th, 7th, 14th, 17th, 28th, 30th and 31st Dec - Afternoon Flat All Weather 10th Dec - Afternoon Jumps Turf Provisional fixtures January 2012 6th, 13th, 14th, 18th, 20th, 21st, 25th, 27th, 28th. More info / tix: lingfieldracecourse.co.uk. Or call 01342 834800. Lingfield Park, Racecourse Road, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6PQ • Plumpton Races Direct Train from E. Croydon + 5 min walk 5 December: Afternoon Jumps Turf 19 December: Afternoon Jumps Turf No provisional January fixtures available at time of going to print. More info / tix: plumptonracecourse.co.uk or call 01273 890383. Plumpton Racecourse, Plumpton, East Sussex, BN7 3AL • Fontwell Races Direct Train from East Croydon to Barnham, £2 return shuttle bus to course. 6th December - Afternoon Jumps Turf 26th December - Afternoon Jumps Turf PROVISIONAL FIXTURE 27th January - Afternoon Jumps Turf More info / tix: www.fontwellpark.co.uk

All fixtures are in UK time. or call 01243 543335. Fontwell Park Racecourse, Fontwell, West Sussex, BN18 0SX • Sandown Races Direct Train from Clapham Junction to Esher. Free minibus shuttle to the course. 7th January - Afternoon Jumps Turf 32RED Hurdle Day with Comedy at the Races More info / tix: www.sandown.co.uk or call 01372 46 43 48. Sandown Park, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey. KT10 9AJ • Kempton Park Races Direct Train from Clapham Junction to Kempton Park - 200 yards to course. 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 29th December - Twilight Flat All Weather 18th & 20th December - Afternoon Flat All Weather 26th & 27th December - Afternoon Jumps Turf - (26th - William Hill King George VI Chase) No provisional January fixtures available at time of going to print. More info / tix: www.kempton.co.uk or call 01932 782292. Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex, TW16 5AQ • Ascot Races Direct Train from Clapham Junction. 16th & 17th December, 21st January Afternoon Jumps Turf More info / tix: www.ascot.co.uk Or call 0870 727 1234. Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7JX • Cheltenham Races 9th - 10th Dec - Afternoon Jumps Turf The International Festival More info / tix: www.cheltenham.co.uk. Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 4SH • Chepstow Races 27th Dec - Afternoon Jumps Turf - The Welsh National More info / tix: www.chepstow-racecourse.co.uk Chepstow Racecourse, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, NP16 6BE

GREYHOUND RACING: • Wimbledon Greyhounds Tram to Wimbledon, then bus 493 stops right outside stadium, else it’s a about a 10 min walk. Every Friday evening, opens 6.30pm, first race 7.30pm, last race around 10.30pm. Every Saturday evening, opens 6.30pm, first race 7.30pm, last race around 10.30pm. 8th December - Doggie Oaks - final General Admission Prices Adults: Friday £6.00 and Saturday £6.00 (including racecard) 43

Children 12 - 17: £3.50 (no race card) Children under 11: Free (no race card) Please note: Push chairs or Buggies are not permitted in the stadium All Restaurant customers must pre-book either on line or by calling 0870 840 8905. More info / admission deals / tix: www.lovethedogs.co.uk/wimbledon Or call 0870 840 8905. Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium, Plough Lane Wimbledon, SW17 OBL • Brighton & Hove Greyhounds Direct train to Hove, 5min taxi to track. Or direct train to Brighton, 10min taxi. 16th December - Friday Night Racing (for times / preices check website) 17th December - BGOA Gala Night 23rd December - Friday Night Racing 26th December - Boxing Day Meeting (£6 if booked before 24th Dec, £10 on door) Every Wednesday afternoon - FREE entry! Opens 1pm, 1st race 2.08pm, last race 6.11pm Every Thursday evening - £5 entry Opens 6pm, 1st race 7.30 pm, last race 10.30pm. Every Friday morning - FREE entry! Opens 10.30am, 1st race 11.11am, last race 1.58pm. Every Saturday evening - £6 entry Opens 6.30 pm, 1st race 7.30 pm, last race 10.30 pm Every Sunday morning - FREE! entry Opens 11.00am, 1st race 11.28 am, last race 2.12 pm. Children Under 16 free all the time. More info / restaurant reservations / tix: brightonandhovegreyhoundstadium.co.uk Or call 01273 204 601. Coral Brighton & Hove Greyhound Stadium, Nevill Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 7BZ

SNOOKER: • UK Championships 3-11 December 2011 from the York Barbican. Tix - Tel: 0844 854 2757 or visit www.yorkbarbican.co.uk • The Masters 15 - 22 January 2012 from Alexandra Palace, London. To book tickets call 0871 620 7052 or visit www2.seetickets.com More info: www.worldsnooker.com

DARTS: • World Darts Championship 15 Dec 2011 - 2 Jan 2012. From Alexandra Palace, London. Tickets www.seetickets.com/darts or tel 0844 871 8807. Live on SKY.


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