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Music museum closes suddenly

THE British Music Experience based at the Live Aid in 1985 – said: “We are now looking to the O2 in Greenwich has closed suddenly after next stage of our development. That means finding a more sustainable home which we hope to have up five years and is looking for a new home.


The UK’s only interactive popular music museum held one of the best collections of UK music memorabilia in the world. Visitors could learn about music and musicians in interactive displays and meet stars at masterclasses. But at 4.20pm on April 29, the BME announced on its Twitter account that it was closing its doors the following day. Some jobs have been lost. Trustees chairman Harvey Goldsmith – who helped produce

and running in the near future.” A spokesperson for the BME said that the move was not due to rent costs at the dome and told The Greenwich Visitor: “As a charity the BME relies on external funding to cover overheads and the O2 has always been incredibly generous. But ticket sales weren’t enough.” She said the BME hopes to find “a location Turn to Page 5

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he Olympics was a neverto-be-forgotten event here. Except some associated events that are best forgotten. The Peninsula Festival, for example. Greenwich Council lost around £30,000 of the money it spent funding an event which never actually happened. Or did it? The man who failed to deliver the Festival – Dutch serial entrepreneur Frank Dekker – says this on his profile in LinkedIn, the network for ambitious business folk: “The Peninsula Festival delivered a unique Festival in Greenwich during the Olympic Games.” Well it was certainly unique. As an unparalleled failure! oticed the temporary boards at the front of the Cutty Sark’s glass surround? We’re

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told a “vehicle clipped it.” Which is a little worrying...who on earth could hit something so huge? Let us know if you saw what happened. We’d love to know.


here’s something familiar about the crime scene on the front of author Mark Billingham’s new novel: The Dying Hours. Blackheath’s won-


derful Paragon building is cordoned off in the moody illustration. A light in one window hints at whiteoveralled scenes of crime officers analysing blood spatter paterns inside. And we’d always fancied living in the Georgian splendour. Oh well. There goes the neighbourhood!

here’s what YOU ask US Is the Foot Tunnel working yet? rail, bus and coach journeys, book Nearly. According to the new a tour, buy tickets for other tunnel watchdog FOGWOFT, London attractions (if you must!). Greenwich Council promised work Discover Greenwich next door is would be finished by April...but great for kids. it’s still going on. But hopefully the botched five-year £11.5million We watched the Olympics in refurbishment will soon be a G r e e n w i c h . I t l o o k s a l o t distant memory. Updates at www. different now. There was a huge 20,000 seater stadium here in Travel/foot-tunnels.htm If you 2012. It was very controversial, have a bad experience down there but most people agree the Games – or a good one – email us: Matt@ were amazing. TheGreenwich Why is Greenwich is a Royal We came to see the Market but I heard it’s going. Not any more! Borough? We have 1,000 years of Greenwich Hospital, which owns Royal links. Henry VIII and the site, won permission to build a Elizabeth I were born here and hotel but the recession has changed christened at St Alfege Church, in all that. We were first to report the the town centre. In fact Queen plan had been delayed. Then the Elizabeth played under the oak landlords announced it was OFF. tree that now bears her name in They have applied for planning Greenwich Park. Dating tests permission for a new roof and to have just proved the tree – which put a smaller market in a yard next fell down in a storm 20 years ago door. Historic buildings due to – is old enough. The Queen demolished have been reprieved. granted Royal Status in February There’s been a market here 2012. since the 1300s. I read that Is anyone using the Greenwic h is a cable car yet? World Heritage Cheeky! The Emirates AirLine Site? Yes, it was WANT TO ADVERTISE? an amazing awarded UN structure and World Heritage HAVE A STORY? we’re pleased Site status in Call Matt on 07731 645828 it’s here. the 1990s. It Unfortunately it’s means our Matt@TheGreenwich proved – as we buildings and predicted when we history are so were the first paying amazing they’re UNcustomers in June 2012 protected. – to be a tourist attraction rather than a transport link. Only Museums. Are they free? Yes – FOUR regular commuters were except the Fan Museum, which recorded recently. We recommend has no public funding but a you go off-peak, when it’s slower world-leading collection of fans. and better value! And the Wernher Collection of art What should we do today? at Ranger’s House, run by English You’ve picked up a Greenwich Visitor – good start. Next visit the Heritage. You pay to stand on the Tourist Information Centre at Meridian Line now too. P e p y s H o u s e , 2 C u t t y S a r k There are a few empty shops Gardens (just next to the Cutty right now? What’s that all Sark). It’s officially London’s best about? Even glorious Greenwich TIC. And the excellent staff there isn’t immune from the recession. won the Gold Award in the 2013 The Olympics didn’t bring the Information Provider of the Year category of the Visit England promised boom. Some shops excellence awards (after landing closed because of building work Silver last year). You don’t HAVE to update Greenwich Market. to be a tourist to make the most of Others blame high rent and repair their expertise either. Get advice, bills, and have decided not to buy tickets for boats, tube, DLR, renew leases.




ongratulations to Charlton Athletic for staying up...and to Charlton Athletic Women’s FC who lifted the Capital Cup. Some cheer for Addicks fans who have endured a difficult season. Our P4&5 should help too! orry to see the British Music Experience leaving Greenwich – a part of south east London with a rich tradition of popular music. It was a great place to take family & friends. We’re even sorrier for those who have lost their jobs. We wish the BME luck, wherever it ends up.


ECO-FRIENDLY: Sainsbury’s store in Greenwich which will go

No Ikea group IF you’ve ever visited an Ikea store, you’ll know the logjam which builds up at peak times, particularly on Saturdays and Sundays. A new full-size Ikea store planned on the Greenwich peninsula is more than 3.5 times the size of the combined Sainsbury’s and Matalan stores it will replace. Surrounding roads, including Trafalgar Road and the A2 over Blackheath, are already regularly at a standstill at weekends. Yet Greenwich Council has approved a full Ikea store, despite extensive opposition. Outgoing council leader Chris Roberts was one of those who voted in favour. Last month – in the park behind the grounbreaking eco-friendly Sainsbury’s store Ikea could replace – we launched a petition against it. We have written to Mr Roberts and Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who must ratify the council’s decision. We’ll be pressing everyong with an interest in preserving out Wo r l d H e r i t a g e S t a t u s including English Heritage and the Prince of Wales. It’s vital that the Ikea store is stopped. The A102 road nearby has emission levels significantly higher than EU limits. In technical terms, annual mean NO2 (Nitrogen dioxide) concentration at the site is already 75 micrograms per metre cubed. That’s twice the limit imposed by the Mayor’s own air quality strategy. Nitrogen dioxide inflames the lining of the lungs and reduces immunity to infections, causing wheezing, coughing, colds, flu and bronchitis. Children, older people and asthma sufferers are most at risk. Pollution also threatens the fabric of historic buildings that have earned Greenwich Wolrd Heritage Site status, as well as thousands of new homes being built nearby. It gets worse...Instead of demanding an Environmental Impact assessment, Greenwich Council relied on Ikea’s own preposterous claim that 35 per cent of visitors to the store will arrive by public transport. Are they really going to take flat-pack shelves home by train? We must work to protect the the health of all residents and safeguard Greenwich as a tourist destination. We believe this decision is a disgrace. And we will not rest in our efforts to stop Ikea building their store here SOPHIE HOWARD



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Shipping forecast Tall Ships HERE to mark SAIL Regatta DUTCH sailing schooner The JR Tolkien glides past The O2 at Greenwich – ahead of an armada due this Autumn. The Tall Ships Regatta will be in Greenwich between September 5 and 9, four days after setting off from Falmouth, Cornwall, writes CLIVE REFFELL. The 50 boats due here – up to thee times the size of the 36m Tolkien – will moor at locations on the Thames between Woolwich and Greenwich. Thirty young people from Greenwich between 16 and 25 will be crewing some of the ships. And residents and locals will also be able to board the ships. Last month ariel perfomers took part in a launch event (inset) to mark 150 Days to the great event. There will be entertainment and celebrations in the Royal Greenwich Festivals 2014 over the weekend of September 5 and 6, including a Crew Parade through Greenwich town centre, marching bands, strolling entertainers, pop-up performance areas and firework displays. Info: uk/tallships

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MURS OF THE DAY Stars at The Valley for charity football match

STARS including Olly Murs, Tinchy Stryder and James Arthur grace The Valley as the “biggest celebrity football tournament in the world” comes to Charlton.

Celebs lined up for Soccer Six include Ray Quinn, Mark Wright, Omid Djalili, Sam Bailey and Brit Award winner Ella Eyre. Afterwards guests with VIP tickets get to see the stars in concert on the Soccer Six LIVE stage – an intimate gig. And there’s a Gala dinner hosted by Lewisham-born Capital Radio DJ Dave Berry, where guests can mingle with celebrities and bid in a charity auction. The tournament is on Sunday May 18 at The Valley in Floyd Road. Charities benefitting include the Charlton Athletic Community Trust and Help a Capital Child – both deliver much needed support to young people. Tickets cost £15 for adults and £10 for under 10s. VIP tickets are £40. More info: STAR: Olly

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Welcome return to the ORNC chapel of this magnificent choir and orchestra who, in their 35-year history, have garnered a huge global following and a host of international awards. Guaranteed to be sublime. May 7

A DARKER SIDE OF FADO The acclaimed choreographer, dancer and singer Nuno Silva brings a multi-national cast to the Borough Hall to explore his native Portugal’s passion for fado, the haunting and mournful answer to the blues. May 16


Global Fusion Music and Arts’ annual concert at Charlton House is headlined this year by legendary Botswanan bassist and singer Aubrei Woki, backed by his band Kalahari. Guaranteed to be a sensational gig. May 22

ALICE IN WONDERLAND Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece is recreated at Greenwich Theatre by Sell A Door with music and dance. The White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts and Alice will leave you grinning like a Cheshire cat. May 24-June 1

DIGIWORLD ADVENTURES The National Maritime Museum shows youngsters how to make a film promoting holidays aboard their own cruise liners in thse free half-term digital workshops. Designed for over-5s and their families. May 26, 28, 30

SIZWE BANZI IS DEAD Athol Fugard’s uncompromising, ground-breaking drama, at the Albany, was written with South Africa’s apartheid regime at its height. The portrayal of ethical dilemmas is universal – and still relevant. May 27-31

IN THE NIGHT GARDEN Upsy Daisy, the Pontipines, Igglepiggle, Makka Pakka, the Tombliboos and the rest of the CBBC gang take over the Live Quarter at the O2 to stage 58 live shows in just 15 days. Must for all the family. May 29-June 14

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The London Theatre presents Euripides’ tragedy about a sorceress who takes unspeakable revenge against her traitorous husband – Jason of Golden Fleece fame. The ultimate cautionary tale for love-cheats. May 20-25

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The fabulous and rarely-seen surroundings of historic Trinity Hospital are the setting for a recital in aid of Cancer Research by pianist Philip Enscot. A sensational venue for a great cause. May 17



Fans of traditional music are in for a treat at Blackheath Halls as Kate Rusby & Cara Dillon headline a three-day festival that also feature local musicians, a show for children, workshops and a jam session. May 16-18

ticket for the homecoming against Portsmouth – and a bloke called Walsh even scored the winner! 1947: Wind back another 45 years to the club’s highest honour – on April 26 an extra-time goal by Chris Duffy was enough to beat Burnley and win the FA Cup. That was the pinnacle for legendary goalie Sam Bartram, who still stands almost 10ft tall at the Valley, his bronze statue a magnet for every camera phone.

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greatest days 1998: Charlton’s Wembley heroes do not come any bigger than Clive Mendonca, scorer of the second most famous hat-trick at the old home of football. But unlike Geoff Hurst’s 1966 treble, there was never any argument over whether Super Clive’s strikes crossed the goalline. Alan Curbishley’s men went on to win a sensational First Division play-off final 7-6 on penalties after a nerve-shredding 4-4 draw with Sunderland on Bank Holiday Monday, May 25. 1998. 1957: The greatest comeback? There have

been plenty, but nothing in all of football to top the 7-6 victory over Huddersfield Town at the Valley. That September, a Mirror snapper captured Johnny Summers practising potshots with his supposedly weaker right foot. He’d go on to score five goals with it as 10-man Charlton roared back from 5-1 down on December 21. After the 13-goal thriller, 30-year-old Summers said: “I’ll keep these boots for the rest of my life.” Sadly, he was dead from leukaemia before his 35th birthday 1984: These are now worrying times in SE7

under a new Belgian regime. But amid fears that the Walloonatics have taken over the asylum, maybe Charlton fans can take some heart from March 8, 1984. The club were 25 minutes from being wound up in the High Court when manager Lennie Lawrence took the call that a rescue package had been agreed. Charlton were saved. Greenwich’s proud football club would live to fight again. When Football Was Football: Charlton Athletic by Michael Walsh is published by J H Haynes & Co on May 1. Available from Waterstones, Greenwich.

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BME SHUTS From Page 1 that perhaps enhances and emphasises the historical importance of the collection.” She said: “The BME stands somewhere between an attraction and a traditional museum” but was looking for a home hat would “build on the audience of music fans The O2 provided, while situating us firmly within the arts and heritage market.” The BME has had 500,000 visitors since it opened in 2009 – including 200,000 school pupils and students using its unique learning programme. Past exhibitions ranged from Bob Marley to the Rolling Stones and Rudimental. A BME statement said: “it’s been an incredible five years and we hope the future will bring more of the same.” It added: “The decision, taken by the Trustees of the BME, will mean we can now consider how best it can make improvements, keep visitor numbers high and expand its range of facilities. “The current funding arrangements between BME and AEG will come to an end and the museum at The O2 will close at the end of April 2014.” Supporters expressed their s a d n e s s o n Tw i t t e r. @DanielFrancies1 said: Very sad that you’re closing as I hoped to visit the BME again, hope you find a new home. @charcopley said: Thanks for choosing me as winner for the Taylor Swift comp! Gave me one of the best experiences! Forever grateful. T h e B M E ’s s t a t e m e n t thanked The O2, artists, photographers, promoters and designers as well as “the public, who truly taught us that the real history of modern Britain is written in its music.”

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WOULDN’T this look great on your wall? See artist Beka Smith’s panoramic “Greenwich From The Other Side” this month as part of a joint show with Mike Hookey – Hooked and Smitten. The name is appropriate as later this year they’re getting married! The couple met walking to school and spent lunch hours on park benches “daydreaming about the future.” The show features Beka’s fine art, portraiture and figurative graphic illustration alongside Mike’s cabinet making, furniture and design-led products. Beka says: “We love doing what we do.” It’s at the The Paul McPherson Gallery in Lassell Street, Greenwich, from May 2 till 10 (6-9pm). Info:


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BOOK your place for the annual Mid-summer Jazz in Greenwich Park. The Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band returns to Observatory Garden, for a family-friendly concert organised by the Friends of the Park. Gates open from 12. Tickets are £5 for adults (£7 on the gate). U16s free. Send a cheque to Friends of Greenwich Park, 52 Greenwich Park Street, SE10 9LT. Call 020 8853 2150 or email cnbevan@


ulian Miles Holland was born in Pimlico on January 24 1958. His family moved to Blackheath when he was five. He grew up at 19 Couthurst Road and went to nearby Invicta Primary School, Sherington Junior School and Shooters Hill Grammar School. is Uncle Dave was in an R&B band called The Planets and taught Jools boogie-woogie piano in his grandparents’ front room at 7 Hassendean Road. By the age of eight he could play by ear. In his teens he played for cash in local London pubs. is love for classic cars could be from being driven in an air force blue Mercedes-Benz 220 owned by C Day Lewis – poet laureate and father of Jools’ school pal, Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day Lewis. he first two records he bought were a Beatles LP and For Once In My Life by Stevie Wonder. But he says he was moved to tears hearing Edwin Hawkins’ Oh Happy Day. e was taught to read music by a teacher at Shooters Hill, Mr Greenwich Music Time: Pixley. He was the nly pupil in the Old Royal Naval College omusic class! N 1975, school friend Glenn Tilbrook introduced August 20-23 him to Chris Difford and he joined Squeeze. They practised in the basement of the Arches leisure centre, their first gig was at the Borough Hall in Greenwich, and




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He’s the local boy whose piano skills made him one of Britain’s best-loved stars. This summer he’s back for Greenwich Music Time – a concert series at the Old Royal Naval College featuring Goldfrapp, The Australian Pink Floyd and Russell Watson. Here’s a handful of Jools Holland facts... first residency was The Bricklayer’s Arms (now Hardy’s) on Trafalgar Road. its like Cool For Cats, Up The Junction and Labelled With Love made Squeeze world famous. Jools left Squeeze in 1980 to form The Millionaires but returned from 1985 to 1990. lthough Squeeze sold millions of records, the biggest seller he played on was Good Thing by The Fine Young Cannibals – No1 in 17 countries. Jools got a £150 session fee. rom 1981 to 1986 he presented cult TV music show The Tube with Paula Yates. He says their auction was “a shambles” but programme creator Andrea Wonfor said “they’re not very professional, but none of us could stop looking at them.” e has presented 44 series of Later... And since 1992 he has presented the New Year’s Eve Hootenanny for the BBC (it’s filmed a week earlier, but don’t tell anyone!). n 1987, Jools formed The Jools Holland “Big Band” with Squeeze drummer Gilson Lavis. It’s now the 20-piece Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. Gilson is still



drummer. The band played at the opening of the Millennium Dome in Greenwich on December 31 1999. Now they play 100 concerts a year to 300,000 fans. is music studio Helicon Mountain (the place where ancient Greek poets went for inspiration) is next to Westcombe Park station. He designed and built a mini-village around it in the style of Portmeirion, Wales – the setting for his favourite 1960s TV show The Prisoner. He rented an office to younng comics Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer in the 1980s. n August 2005 – after 15 years together – Jools married second wife, sculptor Christabel McEwen, daughter of Scottish folk musician Rory McEwen and ex-wife of the Earl of Durham. He has three children, Rose, George and Mabel. Jools lived in Humber Road then Westcombe Park Road but now has a home near Buckingham Palace and at C14th Cooling Castle, Kent. e was awarded an OBE in 2003 for his services to the British music industry, and is a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent. He appeared in the 1997 Spice World movie – Spice Girl Mel C and Soft Cell Marc Almond sing with him in Greenwich this summer,. n August 23, Jools’ Rhythm & Blues Orchestra brings down the curtain on the Greenwich Music Time series – starring Goldfrapp, Russell Watson and the Aussie Pink Floyd – at the ORNC.



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MASSIVE Attack and Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls have been announced as headliners at the first OnBlackheath festival this autumn. The 90s trip-hop duo of Robert del Naja and Grant Marshall are the main act on Saturday September 13. Hot Chip DJ Joe Goddard, Aloe Blacc and Young Fathers support the Bristol band. The following day folk/punk artist Frank Turner tops a bill which includes Imelda May, The Levellers, Athlete and Slow Club. Acts on a second stage – curated by radio DJ Gilles Peterson – on Saturday include Hiatus Kaiyote, Swindle Live, Olympics here in 2012. Some Ibibio Sound Machine, Zara residents fear noise and disturbance McFarlane, Anushka, Thristian and from crowds of up to 15,000 people Bradley Zero. each day. On Sunday Heavenly Recordings The event was finally licenced by host Radiophonic Workshop, Stealing Lewisham Council with some Sheep, Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs, conditions: Shows on both days must The Wytches, Kid Wave and a DJ set finish by 10pm, with no alcohol sales from Don Letts. after 9.30pm; noise levesl below The festival will also 70decibels; acid grasslands feature a farmer’s market, south of Hare and Billet food stage and Chef’s Road must be be fenced Club, hosted by off to ensure it is not Sunday Times trampled; residents Cook Gizzi Erskine. ld, Fie must be able call a h out tm Dar Chefs lined up manned phone h Blackheat include Simon during the event. Hulstone, Richard Legendary Bainbridge and LiveAid promoter Neil Rankin. Harvey Goldsmith A kids stage and September 13-14 has come on board to theatre events are also produce the festival – planned. as revealed in last OnBlackheath was month’s Greenwich Visitor first mooted in 2011 but – which is being sponsored by postponed after legal battles with John Lewis. the Blackheath Society and by the Info:

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BLACKHEATH SHOW IS TRIBUTE TO SCULPTOR BRIAN A SHOW in Blackheath this summer celebrates the life and work of sculptor Brian Taylor, who died aged 77 last year. For 50 years Brian – who lived here with his artist wife Michele Franklin and their three children – produced startling works from his Greenwich studio. He shunned fame or fortune but was lauded by greats including Henry Moore. This obituary, from The Guardian, is reprinted by kind permission of its author, art critic Richard Cork.

CRY: Anguished Heads 7 bronze c 1968-71

THE sculptor Brian Taylor was particularly fascinated by the study of human and animal forms. In 1956, when he was a student at the Slade School of Art in London, he produced a lifesize Portrait of Cissie, a closely observed head of his mother.

Seen with her hair in curlers, Cissie is portrayed with frank, clear-eyed affection. And over half a century later, Taylor was still energetically engaged in modelling heads of his wife, Michele, their daughter, Belle, and his mother-in-law, Beverly. Born into a working-class family in Surrey, he became obsessed as a child by natural history. Perpetually drawing while reading library books, he was encouraged by his art teacher at school. Then he joined his cousin, the painter Terry Setch, at Sutton and Cheam School of Art (1950-52). Taylor remembered it later as “paradise”, but his emotional involvement with an older woman became so traumatic that he attempted to take his own life. For nine months he was committed to Netherne hospital, where he found the treatment “both strange and stimulating”. Fortunately, part of his therapy involved drawing and painting, and in 1953 he gained a place at Epsom and Ewell School of Art. The following year Taylor’s linocuts were included in an exhibition at Zwemmer’s gallery, London. Still only 18, he was fascinated by Dostoevsky and such doom-laden mythological themes as The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. But at Epsom, Taylor started to work more from the observed world, focusing on “the study of people; their psychology, character and way of life”. He was learning how to escape from gloomy introspection and look outwards. After entering the Slade in 1954, he was encouraged by Henry Moore on his visits to the school. They shared an admiration for early sculpture, which Taylor studied at the British Museum. In 1958, his life-size clay nude Boy from Antigua won him a three-year scholarship to Rome. Italian art proved a revelation. Anthony Blunt, the director of the Courtauld Institute, gave Taylor a tall block of travertine marble, from which he made his first direct carving, a life-size image called Jeff based on a man pulling off his shirt. Executed in a loose, free style, it contrasts with the more naturalistic heads he produced soon afterwards. In 1960 they were included in his first solo show, in Rome. After his scholarship, Taylor stayed on as a studio assistant for Emilio Greco and other sculptors. Soon after Taylor returned to Britain in 1963, his Slade contemporary Paul de Monchaux invited him to join a new department at Camberwell School of Art. He taught there from 1965 until 1984, becoming deputy head of sculpture and keeping alive his passionate belief in the prime importance of drawing and life-room study. For a while, his own work explored themes of mental instability, based either on characters from Alice in Wonderland or his first-hand study of distressed homeless people. Taylor’s bronze The Dance of Lily Pier – a former student at Camberwell who would be “crying and screaming most of the time” – is among his most powerful and disturbing works. After completing it in 1971, he visited the St Margaret’s Church, Serra di Burano, between the Italian regions of race, Blackheath Umbria and Le Marche. There he encountered Lee Ter a rare breed of giant horse. Impressed by its muscular strength and prodigious lung capacity Taylor decided to make a life-size model. Although “it would try to bite me if I came June 20-29 (Mon-Sat within range”, Taylor splashed wet clay on the 11-5; Sun 1-5) animal’s nose, and “during the 10 or so minutes that it spent licking the mud off its nose, I was able to nip in and take close measurements and observations of its head and front parts without being killed!” In 1972 Taylor made a monumental bronze called Burano Horse, inspired by animals that he found in the valley of Santa ANGUISHED: The Dance of Lily Pier, bronze C 1968-71 Maria di Burano. Taylor fell in love with the area, staying with peasant farmers. Over the next two decades he planned a multi-part sculpture with animals and figures “as a celebration of the beauty of the Burano valley and its community” incorporating the small parish church of San Sepolcro and inspired as well by Piero della Francesca. The darker side of his imagination prompted him a far more disturbing work, The Death Cart, attempting to portray “the death that is in life”. Though he continued to work on it for the rest of his own life, he completed only a few figures. In 1998 Taylor was elected a member of the Society of Portrait Sculptors and the Royal Society of British Sculptors.. He is survived by Michele, whom he married in 1988, and their children, Belle, Dashiell and Gabriel. Brian Taylor, sculptor. Born 22 December 1935; died 21 March 2013. More:



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TAYLOR: 1935-2013 INERT: Swan recovering

Swan day of drama at shops BREAK: Brian with Burano Bull bronze resin

FAMILY: Michele, The Artists’s Wife, Pregnant, bronze 1991

DARK: Death Cart Figure 2, Arms Oustretched bronze 1994.


Sun 18 May & Sat 5 July, 10.30 – 13.30 Sort and identify archaeological objects on the foreshore of the River Thames in this hands-on family workshop led by Thames Explorer Trust. £8 per adult, £6 per child. Suitable for ages 7+. Booking required. Venue: Meet in Discover Greenwich

ORNC Goes to the Movies Fri 23 May – Sun 27 July The ORNC has featured in film classics and some of the most famous films of recent years, including Skyfall, Les Misérables and Thor: The Dark World. Get a behind-thescenes view of filming at the ORNC. Venue: Gallery at the ORNC, Discover Greenwich

Comic Life Tue 27 May, 10.30 – 15.30 Explore storyboarding techniques and create your own digital comic book pages. Ages 11 – 14. Tickets £5. Booking required. Venue: Clore Learning Centre, Discover Greenwich

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THE loud thump brought out a crowd of yellow-hatted building site workers and startled shoppers... They found a swan, lying inert and apparently lifeless on Victoria Parade, one of the new roads in the glass and steel developments around the Creek Road Bridge. At 10am, the swan – with a wing span of over six feet and weighting approximately 30lbs – had collided with a fence at speed. It wisted to its left and hit the pavement before coming to a halt.. Several onlookers, including two young boys, set up an impromptu vigil around the stricken water fowl. Some approached it timorously to see if it was alive. A fter laying inert f o r several minutes, the bird sat up but appeared unable to move further. The onlookers were still there half an hour later, now attempting to coax the bird back into to water, despite the danger posed by such a large and powerful bird. Finally the bird regained its senses and waddled off, pursued by it’s gaggle of helpers.It seemed unwilling – or unable – to take to air or water. Several phone calls to the RSPCA yielded concerned interest and the promise of an inspector. The RSPCA call centre operator, having taken note of the birds whereabouts, explained that the bird would probably recover and make it’s way back to the water. But an inspector would be called, we were assured. By 1.30pm the bird – apparently none the worse for it’s encounter with the fence or its would be rescuers – had left the scene leaving nothing but a few embarrassed feathers. Just one small incident in a busy day in the busting area of new glass and steel housing and supermarket development. But an event that demonstrated the care and concern we still have for animals. CHARLES WILLIAMS

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HERE’S much much more to SE9 than Eltham High Street. To the south east is New Eltham which developed along an area known as Pope Street, and has its own railway Station. New Eltham has its own identity, but at Eltham Arts we love everything that is going on there. Residents don’t have to go far to be involved in creative activities. .A.N.E (Community Association of New Eltham) organises a range of events and weekly sessions at different venues. You can belly dance, paint and knit, and there is an impressive talks programme and array of evening events. Find out more on their website: or call Co-ordinator Sue Killick on 020 8850 7122 or email f you love theatre you don’t even have to travel as far as our own Bob Hope theatre, let alone travel to the West End. The New Eltham Operatic Society (NEOS) puts on productions – and not just operas – a couple of times a year and also organises social events. More info at: www.neosproductions. If you want to support them phone 020 8851 9881 or email info@neoproductions. witter – the 140-character social networking system – is becoming very popular. Why not set up a twitter account on and join in? We had an @ElthamArts #Elthamtweetup last month at the new Eltham GPO pub in Passey Place, just off Eltham High Street. It was a great success with all sorts of interesting people who live and/or work here getting together. The next Tweetup will be on June 27. Put it in your social diary! ur Tales of Eltham Competition has been judged. We were delighted to receive lots of fantastic short stories about an Eltham Experience from children and adults. Look out for displays of the short stories being exhibited at the Eltham Centre and elsewhere. ltham Entertains programme is organised by Eltham Arts and Royal Greenwich Libraries and takes place on the second Wednesday of each month at 7pm. On May 14 we have Janette Smith speaking about the History of Stained Glass. Maybe it could inspire you to take this up as a hobby. Come along and see. rganising an arts exhibitions over the summer months? Are there any creative Eltham tweeters I don’t know about? Do let me know. This column is your chance to share your passion for the arts in Eltham. Call me on 07976 355398 or email


BRRR…The Greenwich Visitor is back in Iceland. Reader Jessica Bradford packed a copy of the paper when she flew to the far north last month. “I tried to read my newspaper at the Jokulsarlon glaciers but as you can see from the pictures, the wind was even stronger than out on Blackheath so it was a bit of a struggle,” she joked. The beautiful bright blue icebergs have featured in Hollywood email your photo to: movies like Batman Begins,

Tomb Raider, Die Another Day and A View to a Kill. “Hope you like my pictures :-)” Jessica, from Blackheath, told us, “and keep up the good work at the GV.” Thanks Jessica. We will. Send us your picture of the Greenwich Visitor around the world. We’ve been to dozens of exotic spots including Ghana, Australia, Moscow, Sydney… even Mount Everest. Pack a paper, point you camera, ping a picture to matt@


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Redstart artists hit the roof LOOK out – and up – for a series of amazing urban skyline sculptures in Deptford. Redstart Arts – a group of young adult artists with learning disabilities – has produced work inspired by Henre Matisse’s Cut-Outs at the Tate Modern. They worked with Deptfordbased artists Cash Aspeek and Chris Marshall to create the Arts Council-funded sculptures called roofSCAPE. The distinctive 3D selfportraits will be installed on the roof of its warehouse home – the APT Gallery – in June. Cash says: “The Redstarts are a group of talented and audacious artists who have come to be a well-known troupe on the local art scene.” “The sculpture will appear in June and is best viewed from the DLR between Deptford Bridge and Greenwich.” Info:

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OUR PEPYS BLOG WRITER REVEALS ALL We love his Blog of Samuel Pepys (see P23). But where does comedy writer Tony Kirwood get his jokes? And how do you write a gag? Tony tells all in his new book HOW TO WRITE COMEDY, out this month

YOU don’t need to be good at telling jokes to write them. If you’re tongue-tied in the pub when others rattle off one-liners, don’t despair. Many good comedy writers are shy.

The classic joke structure is a setup which establishes an expectation, followed by a punchline which subverts it. For example: “My husband left me on Tuesday and I’m depressed. Because the swine came back on Wednesday.” The first sentence sets up an image (depressed because he’s left) which is turned upside down by the punchline (depressed because he came back). There’s a great joke from a Woody Allen routine: “When I was a child I was kidnapped. My dad leapt into action – and rented out my room.” Our expectations of a heroic dad are overturned by the cynical reality. In each case the punchline provides a surprise which makes us laugh. So all you have to do is tell a little story in which the second part subverts the first. Easy? Well, sometimes, but usually you have to do a bit of work. Give yourself a theme to write about. Let’s try dating, it’s something everyone’s done and is full of emotional complications which are great for comedy. Write a list of topics related to dating: Going to a restaurant, kissing, the cinema, blind dating, speed dating, dating people at work, etc. Expand the

list yourself. Now look down the list and find ways of twisting a topic into a setup and punchline. One good technique is switching it round or inserting something else. Let’s look at blind dating: What can we switch in that? How about deaf dating? After doing a little work we could come out with “I’ve stopped blind dating and now do deaf dating. It means I don’t have to listen to them.” You can change the wording slightly according to your gender. Wordplay is another useful technique. We can find different word meanings, either through contrasting usage, as a well-worn phrase or as a straightforward pun, and incorporate that into the setup...punchline structure. Looking down our list, we find: Dating people at work. Dating the boss is interestingly fraught. Also, the word “date” has subtle shades of meaning. “I asked my boss for a date. So she gave me a month’s notice.” Don’t stress too much at first! It’s normal to produce a few mediocre groaners before finding a gem. Polish phrasing by cutting out unnecessary words, finding shorter ones, and giving it a good rhythm. Words with a hard consonant – often “k” – work well. “Kipper” is funnier than “fish” and “cake” is funnier than “gateau”. And at all times think of that magic setup and punchline structure. Have fun!

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Barge racers on Thames FANCY watching in a Thames race with a difference? The annual Charity Barge Rowing event takes place this month. Crews race 30-tonne barges with 20ft oars along a 1000-yard course at Greenland Dock and Water Sport Centre, Rotherhithe, on May 3 and 4. The Queen’s Bargemaster – 94-year-old World War 2 sapper waterman Edwin “Ted” Hunt – will demonstrate his skills on S u n d a y. Info: www.


types GORGEOUS Jaguar cars line up at the Old Royal Naval College. The vintage vehicles – including sporty C, D and E-Types and Inspector Morse-style saloons – were on show here before setting off on a London-Brighton run.

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Theatre: ‘NO CUTS’

£259,000 cash grant

GREENWICH Theatre has been given funding for another year – despite plans for it to be moved into a new “cultural hub” building.

The theatre has been given £259,000, so director James Haddrell says it can plan for the year ahead without making cuts. The sum is around 20 per cent of its annual budget. He said: “I think it’s a ringing endorsement of the work we’ve been doing, especially when arts organisations around the country are suffering cuts.” The theatre has run at a loss for years but earns a THREAT: Greenwich Theatre big sum from its annual panto. Around 20,000 saw m a k e s o u r t h e a t r e s o the last one, written by – special is its layout,” said and starring – popular James. “The sight lines are dame, Andrew Pollard. great, children can see over Greenwich Council has adults, and it has wonderful proposed using the town acoustics. We do a lot of centre Borough Hall as a work with schools and new base for the theatre, there’s a wow factor when Greenwich Dance and children enter the theatre, other agencies. often for the first time.” The theatre is said to And he praised need money for a refurb. If G r e e n w i c h p e o p l e ’s the hub went ahead, it “fantastic loyalty”. What do you think of would have to sell its Greenwich Theatre? Is historic venue in Crooms the cultural hub a good Hill. But it is believed to idea? email Matt@ be against the plan. “What

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By Greenwich Park manager Graham Dear

REDS ROCK: Saxifrage Peter Pan


confess I have a guilty pleasure and it gets played out behind the cricket pavilion near Blackheath Gate. It’s not a quick smoke whilst no one is looking – I don’t smoke. It’s indulging my passion for alpine flowers on Greenwich Park’s own rock garden. he rockery must be one of the best kept secrets in the Park and now is the best time to discover it for yourself. It was originally built in the 1980’s by the Royal Parks apprentices under the guidance of one of my predecessors as Park Manager, Jim Buttress. Jim still drops into the Park – between judging at Chelsea Flower Show and presenting BBC2’s Great British Gardening Challenge and I am looking forward to showing him the rockery today. y the time I arrived at Greenwich Park five years ago the rockery had become overgrown with shrubs. It was in need of renovation and I must say I was delighted. Having cut my teeth on the rockeries at Kew and Edinburgh Botanic Gardens and enjoyed seeing alpine flowers in the wild landscape of the Alps, here was a chance to restore and replant a well laid out rockery. o over the last four years, with the assistance of gardeners Zoe and Michaela I have gradually removed shrubs, replaced soil, mulched with granite chips and planted a new collection of alpine plants. If you are not familiar with alpines they can best be described as the jewels of the flowering kingdom, little plants with oversized flowers. At the top of a mountain, there are not many pollinating insects around so plants need to show off to get their attention. They do this by having outsized flowers, which is not only good for the insects but great for us too. he alpine flower season starts with snowdrops in late winter and can extend right up until autumn but the peak is late spring/early summer. Outstanding at the moment are carpets of alpine phlox, the pink and white Candy Stripe is fun and the Phlox subulata Emerald Cushion Blue looks great too. Later in the summer, the purple blue of the campanulas will cover the rocks but for an unbelievable electric blue look at the shrubby creeping Lithospermun Heavenly Blue and next too it the sky blue of Omphalodes cappadoccica Cherry Ingram. nother group of plants to grace our rockery are the saxifrages – there are hundreds of varieties. Two which look good at the moment are the red Saxifraga Peter Pan and the pink Saxifraga Knapton Pink. The rockery is one of Greenwich Park’s hidden gems and well worth peeping behind the cricket pavilion for. ur apprentices still help out with maintenance and special mention should go the third year apprentice Dan Saul. Dan has just been appointed as a gardener at Buckingham Palace. Everyone at Greenwich Park wishes you well, Dan.




BLUE MOUNTAIN: Phlox subulata Emerald Cushion Blue


Electric Avenue APART from panto time it’s pretty rare to see Greenwich Theatre’s auditorium packed to the rafters – but then Avenue Q is a pretty rare beast. A new touring production by Sell A Door raises the roof with the show’s brilliant combination of ribaldry, poignancy, puppetry, melody and the most explicit sex you’ll ever see on any stage. The songs are a riot, with showstoppers such as Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist, It Sucks To Be Me and The Internet Is Porn among the funniest ever written. But the real stars are the puppets – within a few minutes I had stopped looking at their on-stage operators and believed in them completely as characters. Cressida Carre has done an amazing job with this production, ably helped by a terrific live band and by a cast that includes Stephen Arden, Jessica Parker, Tom Steedon and Lucie-Mae Sumner who not only manipulate the puppets but also speak their lines and sing their songs. If you’ve never seen this show before, go. If you have seen it, go again. It runs till May 11. MILES HEDLEY

Whizz for Atomos

WAY N E M c G r e g o r i s w i d e l y acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest living choreographers and on the evidence of Atomos at the Laban Theatre it’s easy to see why. Ten performers from his Random Dance company gave a brilliant interpretation of his latest project – an inquiry into what it is to be human. Backed by a stunning score from A Winged Victory For The Sullen and illuminated by otherworldly lighting and 3D effects created by Lucy Carter and Ravi Deepres, McGregor and his dancers conjured up a miraculous combination of strength, sinuousness, grace, subtlety, power, wit and depth of feeling as they clustered, broke free, gathered in pairs and trios and clustered again in an hour-long rendition that left me emotionally drained but intellectually buzzing. I can’t pretend to have understood all the many nuances of this glorious piece as it explored the inner workings of our species and our relationship with our environment but even at its most recondite it was never less than spellbinding, simply because the performances were so dazzling. And the sell-out audience obviously agreed, giving the work the ovation it – and the cast – so thoroughly deserved. MILES HEDLEY


Why HSDY! nights are always the best in town DISCO Diva or Saturday Night Fella? Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet! is the boogie night that’s become a cult here in south east London. NIKKI SPENCER explains why she set up her own club in her late 40s...

AS I got older the chance of a good boogie were getting fewer and further between – the occasional wedding, birthday or shimmy around the kitchen table and that was it.

Clubbing with friends in the West End was a wash-out – we queued in the rain and never made it through the door. Being turned away for being well beyond the first flush of youth was too much to bear. So four years ago I started my own club: a 70s and 80s soul, funk and disco night for people who remember the tunes first time round and still want to party. I called it Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet! after the 1977 Gonzales hit. It’s the music I grew up with, but I also chose it because it’s simply the best music to dance to. I defy anyone to listen to tracks like Good Times by Chic and not be moved...literally. The response was phenomenal. Everyone left the Trafalgar Tavern clamouring for more. Since then we have run over a dozen events at venues raining from a church hall in Hither Green to the beautiful Rivoli Ballroom in Brockley. It feels fabulous that we’re coming back to Greenwich and the Trafalgar on July 5 (7.30-12). It’s great that it co-incides with The Big Dance ( ) a UK wide celebration to get us all dancing. We’ve got fabulous vinyl DJs, Lord Anthony and Da’Lynne, and a brilliant choreographer, Ali Golding, who leads





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dance routines to kick off the night, and through the evening. It’s a non-stop party from the moment we open the doors and everyone has a smile on their face. Dancing does that to you. There’s no dress code, but if you fancy dressing up (and more and more do) there are prizes for the best outfits. Tickets, which have to be bought in advance, are £15 so it doesn’t cost the earth. Running HSDY has changed my life in so many ways. I now have a lot more sparkly outfits in my wardrobe for starters along with some humongous platform boots. I have conversations about subwoofers and I am the proud owner of my own giant rotating disco ball. At the printers in Woolwich where I get my flyers and tickets done I stick out rather. Most customers are twenty something boys in baggy jeans and baseball caps. We now have a huge following locally, but also attract people from all across London and beyond including Brighton and Birmingham. One regular moved to Australia but wants to time a return visit to the UK with a HSDY night! Info: www.haventstoppeddancingyet. couk or call 0796 716 3247.

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Put a Spring in your steps PUT Spring in your step by taking part in National Walking Month here. Living Streets’ campaign to get us using out feet month sees around 20 free guided walks taking place each week. T h e r e ’s a Th a me s Pa t h Evening Walk‚ from Woolwich Arsenal to Charlton on May 1 (7-9pm) A 4.5mile Photography Walk from Sutcliffe Park, Kidbrooke, to Eltham Park South Cafe on Monday May 5 (11.30am-1.30pm). Wheelchair Accessible Walks are led by Greenwich Association for Disabled People from The Forum in Trafalgar Road, Greenwich with a choice of 15 or 30 minute walk on Wednesday 7 May (2pm). Leisurely Lollies is a twomile walk on Wednesday 14 May (10am) with School Crossing Patrol workers along the Thames from Woolwich to Thamesmead, finishing with a cup of tea. National events include Walk to Work Week (May 1216) and Walk to School Week (May 19-23). More info: www.

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Merry Birthday! Festival celebrates 40th

MERRY Birthday, Plumstead! The area’s longest-running community festival celebrates its 40th anniversary next month.

learn more. It will also host a wide variety of stalls offering everything from wonderful hand made items to delicious foods and fairground games. Since the first festival in 1975, This year you can bring your bike for a check-up, maintenance and postPlumstead Make Merry has marking during Bike Week. brought the community The London Fire together and showcased Brigade, St John the talents and wares of Ambulance and local people. Mobile Library will The festival has run n mo all be be there Com d tea ms PLu every year since then too.. – except in 2011 Since 2007 the (funding cuts forced driving force organisers to hold behind the festival Not The Plumstead Sat June 7 (12-6) has been Sarah Make Merry instead!) Harper, who saw a The festival relies notice a year earlier almost entirely on asking for volunteers grants, generous to help. It would be donations and volunteers. wonderful if you could This year’s event takes show the same place on Saturday June 7 community spirit. from 12pm until 6pm and Make Merry will feature live music committee members performances on two give up free time to stages –The Bandstand and organise and plan the The Acoustic Cafe, home event. And on the day to acoustic and spoken the festival is staffed word performances as well a s d e l i c i o u s c a k e s a n d by local volunteers who work hard to biscuits. Local musicians and dance keep everything running smoothly. If groups are lined up and, in the true you can help the event – as a performer, spirit of the festival, some performers stallholder or volunteer – we’d love to will hold free workshops, giving hear from you. Call us on 07716 anyone who is interested the chance to 277244. Gemma James


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VIEW wonderful local art in the perfect eyecatching venue this month. Greenwich Open Studio artists are showing their work in the Gallery Space at West Greenwich library until May 17. It’s a taster for their annual Open Studio Art Trail at venues throughout Greenwich next month (June 14/15 and June 21/22). The Gallery Space at the library, in Greenwich High Road, has been open for a year, after a stunning refurbishment of the historic building, built by the Andrew Carnegie Foundation 100 years ago. It enjoys excellent light and space thanks to cupolas on the roof and has hosted 11 exhibitions so far, including artists and groups as diverse as painters from Plumstead and

Bugsby’s Way, photographers from Greenwich Community College and print-makers from Greenwich. There have also been solo exhibitions by very different artists whose work ranged from boldly coloured abstracts to realistic and sometimes quirky pictures of dogs, chickens and scenes of local life. Artists are keen to hold launches and private views there, using the high cream walls and professional hanging system which make work look so good. The Gallery makes a small commission on works that are sold and fees go towards a professional lighting system to be installed soon. If you are interested in showing in 2015, please ask at the Library reception for an application form. Penny Matheson


hei speed folk double date WHAT a treat for local folk fans – Heidi Talbot and Martin Carthy on the same night. Unfortunately, they were playing at different venues. But the locations were only a mile apart, there was only a slight overlap in the timing and so with the help of a fast car I was able to see most of both gigs. And how amazing it was to be able to do that, for these two cover the whole spectrum of our folk tradition, not just because Carthy is the older statesman and Talbot one of its brightest rising stars but because he revels in songs from the sometimes distant past while she veers towards the new, but without forgetting her roots. Talbot has one of the purest, most beautiful voices in all music and is fond of accompanying herself on the harmonium or tenor ukulele. Both counterpoint her voice wonderfully. At Blackheath Halls she was backed by guitarist Ian Carr and her husband John McCusker on fiddle, whistle and cittern – a 10-string medieval instrument. Flautist Toby Shaer guested on a couple of songs too. They played a range of self-penned tunes including Let It Start All Over Again and Cockermouth, traditional songs such as The Shepherd Lad and Grace Darling and singalongs like Music Tree as well as a fabulous medley of jigs and reels from McCusker’s Under One Sky project. It’s the first time I’ve been to a concert in the recital room of Blackheath Halls and its relative smallness was a perfect setting for Talbot’s gorgeous and intimate style. Across the common at Charlton House, Carthy was mining the 18th and and 19th centuries for a programme presented with his usual flawless mix of brilliant guitar-playing, great singing and witty repartee. Several songs were repeats of the set he did here a year

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again – The Whale Catchers, S w a g g e r i n g B o n e y, S i x J o v i a l Welshmen, Flame Of Fire, The Fall Of Paris and Prince Heathen. Yet Carthy made them sound so fresh it was hard to believe they weren’t new. He updated the Napoleonic War song Bonny Woodhall to have a dig at our 21st century involvement in Iraq and Afganistan. And he brought the house down with the old, very funny tale of The Devil And The Feathery Wife. Highlights for me were his finale Long John, the strange and poignant story about trying to hang a 14ft giant, and a breathtakingly simple and beautiful version of John Barleycorn. Carthy’s set was the stunning main course made all the more delicious by the mouth-watering aperitif laid on earlier by Heidi Talbot. Give ‘em three Michelin stars! MILES HEDLEY

from 7.30-11. Entry is free and there’s street food, bands and vintage stalls. Ever-popular Ronnie Ripple & the Ripchords played at the first Park It... of the year in April.



laudits for Mountain View in Trafalgar Roadseem to just keep coming. The takeaways ordered by Curry Club members since a hoard of us descended on the restaurant recently seem to be flying out of the door from what I hear. And with good reason because the food hits the mark and the service is superb. The samosas (£2.45 for two) are plump and well-filled, but still crispy on the outside, and it has to be said, some of the best I’ve ever had. The Chicken and Lamb Jalfriezis (both £6.95) were beautifully balanced when it came to spice and heat, the Malabar Fish Curry (£8.95) has made me completely revise my view of the Bangladeshi freshwater fish tilapia. Normally dry, this was tender and smothered in a delicious coconut-based sauce. And finally, for fresh veg lovers the Diwani Handi (£5.95) will hit the mark; asparagus, baby corn and beans in dark, dry sauce. Please note that the Sunday buffet (£8.95) continues but the Wed-nesday banquet night has been discontinued. ext up for the Curry Club is the popular Coriander in Westcombe Park. I’m advised by the GV Ed that his favourite dish is Adha Diya (£7.50), which is cooked with lots of ginger, garlic, coconut and cream. There is a sweeter version (Aaam Diya £7.50), with mango and sultanas, which I’d recommend for those with a sweeter tooth. nd an exciting new venture we can reveal here is Spice Night at the Plume, a monthly curry night to be held at the Plume of Feathers pub at the bottom of the Park, and held in association with the Greenwich Curry Club. The evenings, hosted in the restaurant area, will take place on the last Monday of each month at 7.30pm and the set menu will cost £15 per head. The first event will take place on Monday May 26 and will include Onion Bhajis or Samosas, a Chicken (on-the-bone) Curry, an authentic Vindaloo cooked with belly of pork, rice, popadoms and pickles – lime, chutney and aubergine. Please book using the email below or contact the pub directly. op-up events are also held at the Plum Tree Café, near the town centre Co-op. On Fridays from 6.30pm to 10.30pm you can enjoy Japanese food, including Chicken Katsu Curry (£7.99) at, while Saturdays host the Vietnamese Saigon Streat from 6pm to 10pm. The Ca Ri (£6.50) is a tasty curry dish in a dryish sauce with potato, chicken, onions, carrot, chillis and coconut. The venue operates a bring-your-own policy. ooking for a spicy lunch? The Mogul is currently running a great £9.99 offer. The lunch includes popadoms and chutneys, a Vegetable Pakora or Chicken Tikka to start, Chicken Dopiaza, Keema Aloo, or Daal Palek for main, all served with rice or nan and polished off with a choice of kulfi.


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THE unique Park It In The Market vintage car rally has returned after a winter break. The event – run by the Mean Old Timers club – brings cool cars and music to Greenwich Market on the last Thursday of the month



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IT’S been a while but it’s also been worth the wait. The Pavilion Cafe in Greenwich Park has reopened after a troubled refurbishment, with new owners and, clearly, a new approach.

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In January, we reviewed the cafe – set in a wonderful position with panoramic views – after a reader pointed out the “dreadful” offering. We totally agreed with Sandra Bishop, who told us: “I visit the Park with my grand-children once or twice a month but now avoid the dreadful, dreary cafe and its exorbitant prices. “The Pavilion Tea House should be the focal point of the Royal Park, the place where locals and tourists mix in a vibrant atmosphere with good, reasonably priced food and REAL coffee.” So we went along on a blustery winter afternoon – what can beat a hearty, warming mushroom soup? How about NO mushroom soup? It tasted better than it looked...but then it looked awful in its cheap polystyrene cup, poured in by disinterested staff. It cost £1.50 – maybe we were being punished for not spening more? But we’re happy to report standards seemed to have improved after the takeover by contract caterers Creative Taste. We tried the soup again. This time Butternut Squash. No, it wasn’t £1.50. It was more than four times the price at £4.70. Blimey! But you know what? We were happy to pay it, all things considered. It was served in a bowl, on a plate, with a nice nutty garnish on top, a couple of good hunks of fresh bread and a classy little pack of butter. The menu has certainly gone up in the world. Creative Taste seems to be attempting to make the Pavilion a destination restaurant, rather than somewhere to stop for a cuppa. Fair

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he Old Brewery in Greenwich isn’t famed for its low prices... this month, we’re told, a customer opted for an egg on his bacon roll...and was charged £2 extra! Talk about shelling out! on’t forget there’s the first Kidbrooke Beer & Cider Festival – a three-day celebration at Charlton Park Rugby Club, hosted by South East London CAMRA on May 1, 2 and 3 at Charlton Park Rugby Club (12-10.30). CAMRA promise more than 50 real ales and 15 ciders and d perries at the event. o o f r o f We payreview Admission is just £1 to CAMRA we members and £2 to nonmembers. There’s hot and cold food too. kidbrooke-beer-cider-festival/ e once reviewed Bianco 43 in Greenwich and noted their authentic Italian service...In the last few weeks two people have told us the service at their new Blackheath branch is still questionable. One diner had to ask for water FIVE times! Gulp... lad to report that the Scullery Cafe at Blackheath Standard has opened. And even happier to tell you that the classic fixtures and fittings of Gambardella’s are still there. The new owners seem to have embraced the traditional cafe ethos loved by generations, while updating the menu to fit contemporary tastes. Prices have been updated too, of course. But they still seem to offer decent value. Coffees around £2.40. Teas £1.80. Croissants £2.50. Cooked ...MMMM breakfast for £5.50. Go try... Butternut Squash in hat’s going on in bowl with bread now Blackheath? Two restaurants have caught fire in the last few months. First the Saffron Club. Now Cote – our branch of the family-friendly French chain opened only last year. Well done (ahem) to the fire fighters who sprung into action. e note a Blackheath restaurant has joined in with National Smile Week this month. Try not leaving a tip and see how long the grin lasts.


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Pavilion has raised its game play to them. Starters go up in price to around £7 for a Broadstairs mackerel cucumber pickle. Main courses include Romney Marsh lamb in salt crust and sherry-poached grapes in £9.50; Dressed Rye Bay plaice is £9.50. Salad and accompaniments are ordered seperately. So this place seems to have fewer cheap options. Staff seemed more helpful and it is certainly cleaner and brighter. So, guess what...we’ll be stopping by. Once in a while though. It’s not an everyday place. SIMON CLARK


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BEER 1st Kidbrooke Beer and Cider Festival Charlton Park Rugby Club, 60A Broad Walk SE3 8NB. Noon-10.30 TRADITIONAL Jack In The Green Morris Dancing ORNC MUSIC Trinity Laban guitar ­recital St Alfege 1.05 FILM Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom Woolwich Grand 5 FILM/PLAY King Lear Link to National Theatre Greenwich Picturehouse 7 MUSIC Roberta Flack IndigO2 FILM American Hustle Woolwich Grand 7 DRAMA The Chairs The Albany 7.30 MUSICAL Avenue Q Greenwich Theatre 7.30 PLAY The Weekend Tyler Theatre, Eltham. £9/8 020 8859 0621 COMEDY The Blackout Up The Creek 7.30 DANCE BA2 Choreography Show Laban Theatre 7.30 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Oliver’s

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BEER 1st Kidbrooke Beer and Cider Festival Charlton Park Rugby Club, 60A Broad Walk SE3 8NB. Noon-10.30 MUSIC Trinity Laban Percussion ORNC chapel 1 FILM American Hustle Woolwich Grand 5 FILM Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom Woolwich Grand 7 MUSICAL Avenue Q Greenwich Theatre 7.30 DRAMA The Chairs The Albany 7.30 PLAY The Weekend Tyler Theatre, Eltham. £9/8 020 8859 0621 DANCE BA2 Choreography Show Laban Theatre 7.30 COMEDY Dave Thomson, Milo McCabe, Ant Dewson Up The Creek MUSIC Big Orange Head Pelton JAZZ Arnaud Guichard Oliver’s

Saturday 3

KIDS I Spy Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 MUSIC Christiane Eidsten Dahl, David Horwich Violin/French horn recital. St Alfege 1.05 MUSICAL Avenue Q Greenwich Theatre 2.30, 7.30 PLAY The Weekend Tyler Thtre, Eltham. £9/8 020 8859 0621 COMEDY Dave Thomson, Milo McCabe, Masud Up The Creek MUSIC Kisstory IndigO2 JAZZ Maciek Psyz Oliver’s

Sunday 4

KIDS I Spy Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 MUSICAL Avenue Q Greenwich Theatre 6 TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Emanuele Fizzotti Oliver’s

Monday 5

KIDS Pirate Party Cutty Sark 11 MUSIC John Witherspoon IndigO2 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s

Tuesday 6

MUSIC Trinity Laban Horn Ensemble ORNC chapel 1 MUSIC Miley Cyrus O2 MUSIC Fabolous IndigO2 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Blackheath Halls 7.30 MUSICAL Avenue Q Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s

Wednesday 7

MUSICAL Avenue Q Greenwich Theatre 2.30, 7.30 TOUR War Artists At Sea Queen’s House 3.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton MUSIC The Sixteen ORNC chapel 7.30 JAZZ Matthew Read and jam session Oliver’s MUSIC Glenn Tilbrook DJ Night Pelton

Thursday 8

MUSIC Royal Greenwich Brass Band St Alfege 1.05 MUSIC Co-OPERA-tion Blackheath Halls 6.30 FILM Gloria Woolwich Grand 7 MUSICAL Avenue Q Greenwich Theatre 7.30 COMEDY The Blackout Up The Creek 7.30 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton


Blackheath Halls 6 TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Steffi Dykes, Tandem, Joe Townend & Friends Blackheath Halls 8 JAZZ The New Jazzmags Oliver’s

Monday 19

MUSIC James Johnstone Harpsichord recital Blackheath Halls 1.10 WRESTLING WWE Live O2 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s

Tuesday 20 The Sixteen. ORNC.

Wednesday May 7

MUSIC The Parnassus Ensemble ORNC chapel 1 WRESTLING WWE Live O2 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood DRAMA Medea Lon Theatre 8 JAZZ Louise Balkwill Oliver’s

Wednesday 21 JAZZ Stella Benavides Oliver’s

Friday 9

MUSIC Trinity Laban Saxophone Choir ORNC chapel 1 FILM Gloria Woolwich Grand 7 MUSICAL Avenue Q Greenwich Theatre 7.30 COMEDY Al Lubel, Paul Sweeney, Paul T Eyres, Jeff Innocent Up The Creek FILM Sound Of Music Singalong Lon Theatre 9 JAZZ Taylor Notcutt Oliver’s

Saturday 10

FUND-RAISER Book sale For Age Exchange & Blackheath Village Library. Old Bakehouse 10-4 VINTAGE Art Deco Fair Eltham Palace 10-5 SALE Going For A Song Amersham Arms, from noon MUSIC Ingrid Cusido Violin ­recital. St Alfege 1.05 MUSICAL Avenue Q Greenwich Theatre 2.30, 7.30 FILM/OPERA Cinderella Link to New York Met. Greenwich Picturehouse 5.55 COMEDY Al Lubel, Jeff Innocent, Angela Barnes Up The Creek MUSIC Stever Morrison Oliver’s

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VINTAGE Art Deco Fair Eltham Palace 10-5 MUSIC Piers Adams, David Wright Blackheath Halls 11am TEA DANCE Blackheath Halls 2 MUSICAL Avenue Q Greenwich Theatre 6 MUSIC Deepak Chopra IndigO2 TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Ray & Goda Oliver’s

Monday 12

MUSIC Misako Osada Piano recital. Blackheath Halls 1.10 DRAMA Heritage Greenwich Theatre 6 DRAMA A Letter To Lacey Greenwich Theatre 8 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s

Tuesday 13

MUSIC Trinity Laban Harps ORNC chapel 1 DRAMA The Wardrobe Greenwich Theatre 6 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Blackheath Halls 7.30 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood DRAMA Horizon Greenwich Theatre 8 DRAMA Woyzeck Lon Theatre 8 JAZZ Jake Long Quartet Oliver’s

Wednesday 14

DRAMA Tomorrow Greenwich Theatre 6 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton FILM/PLAY Henry IV Pt I Link to RSC at Stratford-upon-Avon Greenwich Picturehouse 7 TALK History Of Stained Glass With artist Janette Smith Eltham Centre 7 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s CULTURE Poetry South East Blackheath Halls 8 DRAMA Angels Greenwich Theatre 8 MUSIC Glenn Tilbrook DJs Pelton DRAMA Woyzeck Lon Theatre 8

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MUSIC Trinity Laban Wind Ensemble St Alfege 1.05 FAMILY Curator’s Tour Cutty Sark 3.30

ART OPEN STUDIOS Second Floor Studios & Arts, Harrington Way, Woolwich. 5-9 FILM 12 Years A Slave Woolwich Grand 7 COMEDY The Blackout Up The Creek 7.30 DRAMA The Last Five Years Greenwich Theatre 8 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton JAZZ Beats In The Bar Oliver’s DRAMA Woyzeck Lon Theatre 8

WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton DRAMA Medea Lon Theatre 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s MUSIC Glenn Tilbrook DJ Night Pelton

Thursday 22

MUSIC Julia Hart, Huseyin Gungdogdu Vilin/cello recital St Alfege 1.05 LECTURE Greenwich and Blackheath Decorative and Fine Arts Societies BBC’s Antiques Road Show’s Ian Pickford on C18th goldsmith Paul de Lamerie St Mary’s, Blackheath 2.30 MUSIC Trinity Laban Piano Trios ARROWS Premier League Darts O2 ORNC chapel 1 FILM/PLAY The Curious Incident BLOOMS Blackheath Flower Club Of The Dog In The Night Time Link Mycenae House 1.45-4 to National Theatre FILM 12 Years A Slave Greenwich Picturehouse 7 Woolwich Grand 7 TOUR Drawing The War MUSIC St Paul’s Sinfonia Queen’s House 7 St Alfege 7.30 COMEDY The Blackout COMEDY Otis Cannelloni, Ro Up The Creek 7.30 Campbell, Keith Farnon DRAMA Medea Lon Theatre 8 Up The Creek ADVERTS MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton DRAMA The Last HERE COST FROM JUST JAZZ Corrie Dick Five Years Quartet Oliver’s Greenwich Theatre 8 MUSIC Vladimir DANCE A Halcek, Raya Darker Side Humphreys Piano Of Fado recital Borough Hall ORNC chapel 1 AND ARE READ EVERY DAY. 8 CALL SAM BACKHOUSE ON MUSIC Nine Inch MUSIC Kate Nails O2 07731 645828 Rusby COMEDY James Blackheath Halls Redmond, Steve Gribben, 8 Andrew Bird DRAMA Woyzeck Up The Creek Lon Theatre 8 DRAMA Medea Lon Theatre 8 JAZZ David Angol Oliver’s JAZZ Matt Chandler Oliver’s

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Saturday 17

WORKSHOP Perfect Wardrobe Age Exchange 11-1 ART OPEN STUDIOS Second Floor Studios & Arts, Harrington Way, Woolwich. 11-6 MUSIC Victoria Edge Mezzo St Alfege 1.05 MUSIC Philip Enscot Piano ­recital for Cancer Research UK Trinity Hospital 2-4 KIDS Little Red Robin Hood Blackheath Halls 3 DANCE Family Cabaret Borough Hall 3 MUSIC Belinda Carlisle IndigO2 MUSIC London Concert Choir St Alfege 7.30 COMEDY Otis Cannelloni, Ro Campbell, Keith Farnon, Sean Meo Up The Creek DRAMA The Last Five Years Greenwich Theatre 8 MUSIC Cara Dillon Blackheath Halls 8 DRAMA Woyzeck Lon Theatre 8 JAZZ David Angol Oliver’s

Sunday 18

FAMILY Treasures Of Thames Bring boots! ORNC 10.30 ART OPEN STUDIOS Second Floor Studios & Arts, Harrington Way, Woolwich.11-6 MUSIC Rie Kosaka Piano recital St Alfege 1.05 SOCCER SIXES Celebrity charity football The Valley, Charlton MUSIC The Sound Of The Movies Hulviz AMS at St Stephen’s Hall, Deepdene Rd, Welling 2.30, 7.30 KIDS The Magic Violin Backheath Halls 3 MUSIC Folk Fiddle Workshop Blackheath Halls 4.30 DRAMA Woyzeck Lon Theatre 5 MUSIC Folk Jam

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Saturday 24

KIDS Meet Joe Brown ORNC 12, 1, 2, 3 FAMILY Alice In Wonderland Greenwich Theatre 1, 6 FAMILY Rubbish The Albany 1, 4 MUSIC Junior Trinity Concert ORNC Chapel 5.30 BARN DANCE The Woodlands Farm Trust 7.30 COMEDY James Redmond, Steve Gribben, Andrew Bird, Paul Tonkinson Up The Creek MUSIC Breakin Science IndigO2

Sunday 25

FAMILY Alice In Wonderland Greenwich Theatre 11am, 2 FAMILY Rubbish The Albany 1, 4 MUSIC Little Mix O2 DRAMA Medea Lon Theatre 5 TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Dennis Greaves’ Blues Jam Pelton MUSIC Steve Morrison Oliver’s

Monday 26

FAMILY Digiworld Adventure 11am, 1, 3 NMM KIDS Fantastic Figureheads Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 KIDS Ready For Adventure 11.30am, 2 NMM KIDS Pearl Morris: Coming To Britain Noon, 1, 2 NMM FAMILY Alice In Wonderland Greenwich Theatre 2, 6 MUSIC Barry Manilow O2 MUSIC Bovi IndigO2 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s

Tuesday 27

KIDS Comic Life: Young Creatives ORNC 10.30am FAMILY Alice In Wonderland Greenwich Theatre 11am, 6 KIDS Ready For Adventure

11.30am, 2 NMM KIDS Fantastic Figureheads Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 KIDS Bunty, Shipboard Stewardess Noon, 1, 2 NMM MUSIC Becca Marriott Soprano ORNC chapel 1 MUSIC Katy Perry O2 DRAMA Sizwe Banzi Is Dead The Albany 7.45 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood JAZZ Louise Balkwill Oliver’s

Wednesday 28

FAMILY Digiworld Adventure 11am, 1, 3 NMM KIDS Ready For Adventure 11.30am, 2 NMM KIDS Adventurous Voyages Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 FAMILY Titanic Stories Noon, 2 NMM MUSIC Trinity Laban recital Donations to Age Exchange & Blackheath Village Library. Old Bakehouse 1-2 KIDS Animate This! ORNC 1-4 FAMILY Alice In Wonderland Greenwich Theatre 2, 6 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton TALK Dr Gavin Rand Military Expeditions & the Performance of Power on the Imperial Frontier. Greenwich Heritage Centre 6.30 MUSIC Katy Perry O2 DRAMA Sizwe Banzi Is Dead The Albany 7.45 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s MUSIC Glenn Tilbrook DJ Night Pelton

Thursday 29

KIDS In The Night Garden Live 10, 12, 2, 4. The O2 FAMILY Alice In Wonderland Greenwich Theatre 11am, 6 KIDS Ready For Adventure 11.30am, 2 NMM KIDS Adventurous Voyages Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 KIDS Bunty, Shipboard Stewardess Noon, 1, 2 NMM MUSIC Stefan Malovski Guitar recital. St Alfege 1.05 FILM First Men In The Moon Royal Observatory 7 CARS Park it In The Market Greenwich Market 7.30-11 COMEDY The Blackout Up The Creek 7.30 PLAY A Foot In The Door Alexandra Hall, Bramshot Avenue SE7 7HX. 8. Info: 07867 627987 or MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton DRAMA Sizwe Banzi Is Dead The Albany 7.45

Friday 30

VOLUNTEER Nature Trail Dig-In Greenwich Pk Wildlife Centre 9.30 KIDS In The Night Garden Live 10, 12, 2, 4. O2 MUSIC Bach To Baby St Alfege 10.30 FAMILY Digiworld Adventure 11am, 1, 3 NMM FAMILY Alice In Wonderland Greenwich Theatre 11am, 6 KIDS Ready For Adventure 11.30am, 2 NMM KIDS Adventurous Voyages Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 KIDS Pearl Morris: Coming To Britain Noon, 1, 2 NMM MUSIC Beira Trio ORNC chapel 1 COMEDY Quincy, Rob Collins, Sean Meo Up The Creek MUSIC Katy Perry O2 DRAMA Sizwe Banzi Is Dead The Albany 7.45 PLAY A Foot In The Door Alexandra Hall, Bramshot Avenue SE7 7HX. 8. Info: 07867 627987 or MUSIC Wild Card Oliver’s

Saturday 31

FAMILY Meet Grace O’Malley ORNC 12, 1, 2, 3 VOLUNTEER Drop-In Greenwich Pk Wildlife Centre 1-3 FAMILY Alice In Wonderland Greenwich Theatre 2, 6 KIDS In The Night Garden Live 2, 4. The O2 DRAMA Sizwe Banzi Is Dead The Albany 2.30, 7.45 MUSIC Leroy Hutson & The Valentine Brothers IndigO2 PLAY A Foot In The Door Alexandra Hall, Bramshot Avenue SE7 7HX. 8. Info: 07867 627987 or COMEDY Quincy, Rob Collins, John Lynn, Adam Bloom Up The Creek MUSIC Katy Perry O2

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DRAMA The Cherry Orchard Lon Theatre 5 TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7 DRAMA The Trials Of Oscar Wilde Greenwich Theatre 7.30

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MUSIC Marjorie Ouvry, Jonathan Ouvry Mezzo/bass-baritone recital. Blackheath Halls 1.10 MUSIC The Eagles O2 DRAMA Killing Roger Greenwich Theatre 8 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s


PERFORMANCE Kadogo, Child Soldier Part of G+DIF MUSIC Austin Mahone IndigO2 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s

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Sunday June 1

KIDS In The Night Garden Live 10am, noon, 2, 4. The O2 MUSIC Leslie Howard Piano ­recital. Backheath Halls 11am FAMILY Alice In Wonderland Greenwich Theatre 1 TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7

Monday 2

KIDS In The Night Garden Live 10am, noon, 2, 4. The O2 MUSIC Yuka Ishizuka Violin ­recital. Blackheath Halls 1.10 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s

Tuesday 3

KIDS In The Night Garden Live 10am, noon, 2, 4. The O2 MUSIC Emile Naoumoff, Yau Cheng Piano recital. ORNC chapel 1 DRAMA The Cherry Orchard Lon Theatre 8 MUSIC The Jubilee Quartet Blackheath Halls 7.30 PLAY Rhinoceros Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood

Wednesday 4

KIDS In The Night Garden Live 10am, noon, 2, 4. The O2 TOUR War Artists At Sea Queen’s House 3.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton CIRCUS Dralion O2 7 DRAMA I Wish I Was Lonely The Albany 7, 8.45 DANCE Transitions Co: Mixed Bill Laban Theatre 7.30 PLAY Rhinoceros Greenwich Theatre 7.30 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s DRAMA The Cherry Orchard Lon Theatre 8 MUSIC Glenn Tilbrook DJs Pelton

Thursday 5

KIDS In The Night Garden Live 10am, noon, 2, 4. The O2 MUSIC Jillian Bain Christie Soprano. St Alfege 1.05 FILM Oh! What A Lovely War NMM 7 CIRCUS Dralion O2 7 MUSICAL Anything Goes Blackheath Halls 7.30 DANCE Transitions Co: Mixed Bill Laban Theatre 7.30 COMEDY The Blackout Up The Creek 7.30 DRAMA The Cherry Orchard Lon Theatre 8

Friday 6

KIDS In The Night Garden Live 10am, noon, 2, 4. The O2 MUSIC Clare Simmonds, Giulia Sereni Piano recital. ORNC chapel 1pm MUSIC London Chamber Collective Blackheath Halls 1.10 CIRCUS Dralion O2 6.30 MUSICAL Anything Goes Blackheath Halls 7.30 DANCE Transitions Co: Mixed Bill Laban Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Rakim IndigO2 DRAMA The Cherry Orchard Lon Theatre 8 DANCE Luke Pell Borough Hall 8

Saturday 7

KIDS In The Night Garden Live 10am, noon, 2, 4. The O2 KIDS Ship Hats Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 MUSIC Jeremy Lowe Clarinet ­recital. St Alfege 1.05 MUSICAL Anything Goes Blackheath Halls 2.30, 7.30

CIRCUS Dralion O2 3, 7 KIDS The Magic Harp Blackheath Halls 3 DRAMA The Cherry Orchard Lon Theatre 8

Sunday 8

KIDS In The Night Garden Live 10am, noon, 2, 4. The O2 KIDS Ship Hats Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 CIRCUS Dralion O2 12, 4 DRAMA The Cherry Orchard Lon Theatre 5 FILM/OPERA Der Rosenkavalier Link-up to Glyndebourne Greenwich Picturehouse 4.30 TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7

Monday 9

KIDS In The Night Garden Live 10am, noon, 2, 4. The O2 MUSIC Catherine Lee Cello recital. Blackheath Halls 1.10 MUSIC John Mayer O2 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s

Tuesday 10

KIDS In The Night Garden Live 10am, noon, 2, 4. The O2 MUSIC Ferreira Brass Quintet ORNC chapel 1 DRAMA The Cherry Orchard Lon Theatre 8 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood

Wednesday 11

KIDS In The Night Garden Live 10am, noon, 2, 4. The O2 DANCE Constellations Laban Theatre 11am, 6 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton TALK Pam Hildrew Home Is Where The Heart Is Eltham Centre 7 MUSIC Dionne Warwick IndigO2 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s DRAMA The Cherry Orchard Lon Theatre 8 LITERATURE William Dalrymple: Return Of A King Blackheath Halls 8 MUSIC Glenn Tilbrook DJs Pelton

Thursday 12

KIDS In The Night Garden Live 10am, noon, 2, 4. The O2 DANCE Constellations Laban Theatre 11am, 6 MUSIC Filippo di Bari, Sofia Sarmento Piano recital. St Alfege 1.05 FILM/PLAY Small Family Business Link-up to National Theatre Greenwich Picturehouse 7 COMEDY The Blackout Up The Creek 7.30 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton DRAMA The Cherry Orchard Lon Theatre 8

Friday 13

KIDS In The Night Garden Live 10am, noon, 2, 4. The O2 MUSIC Trinity Laban Chamber Musicians ORNC chapel 1 DRAMA The Cherry Orchard Lon Theatre 8

Saturday 14

FUND-RAISER Book sale For Age Exchange & Blackheath Village Library. Old Bakehouse 10-4 SALE Going For A Song Amersham Arms, from noon KIDS In The Night Garden Live 10am, noon, 2, 4. The O2 MUSIC Stefan Pilcez Recorder ­recital. St Alfege 1.05 DANCE Degree Show Laban Theatre 2 DRAMA The Cherry Orchard Lon Theatre 8

MUSIC Awea Duo ORNC chapel 1 MUSICAL Co-OPERA-tion Blackheath Halls 6 TALK Ian Bull Greenwich Industrial History Society hear about Royal Arsenal’s Narrow Gauge Railways Old Bakehouse 7.30 DRAMA Killing Roger Greenwich Theatre 8 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood

FREE LUNCHTIME CONCERTS In Greenwich’s most beautiful and historic venues. Tue 13.05h The Chapel, Old Royal Naval College Thu 13.05h St Alfege Church Fri 13.05h The Chapel, Old Royal Naval College

FILM/THEATRE Henry IV Part 2 Link-up to RSC at Stratford Greenwich Picturehouse 7 MUSIC The Eagles O2 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s MUSIC Glenn Tilbrook DJ Night Pelton Sign up to hear what’s on each week:

FAMILY Greenwich Fair Part of G+DIF SCULPTURE Tribute to Brian Taylor St Margaret’s Church Lee Terrace Private View 6-8 MUSIC Trinity Laban Historical Performance Showcase ORNC chapel 1 BLOOMS Blackheath Flower Club Mycenae House 1.45-4 DANCE BA2 Historical Projects Laban Theatre 2.30, 7.30 DRAMA Richard III Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC The Eagles O2 TALK War Correspondents With Helen Chadwick ORNC 7 DANCE Free To Fall Borough Hall 7.30 PERFORMANCE Deblozay Part of G+DIF DRAMA Joy Division (in Polish) Lon Theatre 8 SPECTACLE Muare Part of G+DIF. 10 NMM

Sale of Secondhand Books Bargain Price for Top Quality! All ProceedS To chAriTy

Saturday May 10th, 10am-4pm. Bakehouse Bookshop (rear of Age Exchange, SE3 9LA)

VOLUNTEER Nature Trail Dig-In Greenwich Pk Wildlife Centre 9.30 MUSIC Bach To Baby St Alfege 10.30am PERFORMANCE Kadogo, Child Soldier Part of G+DIF. MUSIC Harry Cameron-Penny Clarinet recital. ORNC chapel 1 MUSIC Dolly Parton O2 DANCE Arthur Pita: Nobody’s Baby Borough Hall 7.30 DRAMA Joy Division Lon Theatre 8

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FAMILY Greenwich Fair Part of G+DIF

DRAMA Richard III Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Donell Jones and Kelly Price IndigO2 MUSIC The Eagles O2 DRAMA Joy Division (in Polish) Lon Theatre 8 MUSIC Men With Ven The Duke PERFORMANCE Deblozay Part of G+DIF

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FAMILY Greenwich Fair Part of G+DIF MUSIC Jazz In The Park Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band Royal Observatory Gdns 1 DRAMA Richard III Greenwich Theatre 3 MUSIC Thomas Tallis Society St Alfege 6.30 TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Dennis Greaves’ Blues Jam Pelton

MUSIC Trinity Laban Chamber Musicians St Alfege 1.05 LECTURE Greenwich and Blackheath Decorative and Fine Arts Societies Theodora Clarke Russian Art: Introduction to the Avant Garde, St Mary’s Church, Blackheath 2.30 PERFORMANCE Kadogo, Child Soldier Part of G+DIF. FILM The Extraordinary Adventures Of Adele Blanc-Sec Royal Observatory 7 MUSIC Once In A Lifetime O2 CARS Park it In The Market Greenwich Market 7.30-11 OMEDY The Blackout Up The Creek 7.30 DRAMA Joy Division Lon Theatre 8 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton

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Saturday 21

SCULPTURE Tribute to Brian Taylor St Margaret’s Church Lee Terrace Till June 29 (Mon-Sat 11-5; Sun 1-5)

TALK Dr June Balshaw Working For Victory Greenwich Heritage Centre 6.30 PERFORMANCE Kadogo, Child Soldier Part of Greenwich and Docklands Intl Festival Details: DANCE BA1 Project Laban Theatre 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton DRAMA Joy Division Lon Theatre 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s MUSIC Glenn Tilbrook DJ Night Pelton

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Friday 20

MUSIC Trinity Laban Chamber Musicians ORNC chapel 1 PERFORMANCE Kadogo, Child Soldier Part of Greenwich + Docklands Intl Festival Details: FILM/OPERA Manon Lescaut Link-up to Covent Garden Greenwich Picturehouse 6.45 DANCE BA1 Project Laban Theatre 7.30 DRAMA Joy Division Lon Theatre 8 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood

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Wednesday 18

MUSIC Trinity Laban Trombone Choir St Alfege 1.05 DANCE BA2 Historical Projects Laban Theatre 2.30, 7.30 FAMILY Curator’s Tour Cutty Sark 3.30 DANCE Theo Clinkard: Of Land & Tongue Borough Hall 7, 9 MUSIC Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra Blackheath Halls 7.30 COMEDY The Blackout Up The Creek 7.30 DRAMA Joy Division (in Polish) Lon Theatre 8 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton

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Sunday 29

DRAMA Joy Division Lon Theatre 5 TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7

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FAMILY Open Day Caird Library 114. National Maritime Museum VOLUNTEER Drop-In Greenwich Park Wildlife Centre 1-3 MUSIC Clare Graydon James Soprano r­ ecital. St Alfege 1.05 DANCE Arthur Pita: Nobody’s Baby Borough Hall 2.30, 7.30 MUSIC Dolly Parton O2 MUSIC Englsih Baroque Choir St Alfege 7.30 DRAMA Joy Division Lon Theatre 8 PERFORMANCE Arka Part of G+DIF.

Monday 30

PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s

Tuesday July 1

MUSIC Trinity Laban recital ORNC chapel 1 COMEDY Monty Python Live O2 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood

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MARKETS Greenwich Market: 10-5.30. Sat and Sun: Arts & crafts, food, fresh produce. Tues, Wed: Food, fresh produce, homewares. Thurs: food, antiques & collectables, crafts. Fri: Food, arts & crafts, antiques & collectibles Clocktower Market: 166 Greenwich High Rd. Sat, Sun 10-4. 50 quirky stalls specialising in vintage, retro and antiques. 07940 914204 Blackheath Farmers’ Market: Blackheath Station, 10-2 every Sun. lfm. org EXHIBITIONS/CRAFTS/COMMUNITY British Music Experience: O2 bubble 11-7.30 daily. 020 8463 2000 Royal Observatory: Free. Meridian Line £10 (£7.50 cons/Greewich Card) Old Royal Naval College: Inside Out Jazz Festival June 22-27. More info: The Fan Museum: Hatch, Match, Despatch. Fans showing birth, marriage, death. Till June 1. 12 Crooms Hill. 020 8305 1441 fan-museum. Age Exchange: Carers’ group Mon, knitters Thurs, preschool rhymetime Fri. Old Bakehouse, Bennett Pk SE3 9LA. National Maritime Museum/Queen’s House: 10-5 daily Greenwich Gallery & The Cave: John Probart Photographs till May 6. Linear House, Peyton Place SE10 8RS Paul McPherson Gallery: Beka Smith till May 5, Marcus Davies May 12-24, David Jane May27-Jun 14, Joyce Lowman, Suchin E and Clare Jun 16-28. 77 Lassell St SE10 9PJ. Ben Oakley Gallery: 9 Turnpin La SE10 9JA. The Forum: Disabled drop-ins, mums’ groups, kids’ classes, advice. Trafalgar Rd SE10 9EQ. 020 8853 5212 Jazz Open Mic Nights: Mondays (exc Bank Hols) Mycenae House SE3, 8.30 Greenwich Heritage Centre: Artillery Square SE18 4DX. 020 8854 2452 WALKS Greenwich Guided Walks: Local experts. Walks daily at 12.15 and 2.15 from the Greenwich Tourist Information Centre. £8, £7 cons. Greenwich Tour Guides Association 07575772298 Rich Sylvester: Guide, historian, storyteller. 07833 538143. richs@onetel. com Dotmaker: Alternative guided walks. FAMILY ACTIVITIES National Maritime Museum: Explore Saturdays. Free. Performance and storytelling for over-5s from noon. Discover Sundays. Free. Activities for families from 11.30am. Play Tuesdays. Free. For under-5s from 10.30


The Albany: Douglas Way, Deptford SE8 4AG. 020 8692 4446 Amersham Arms: 388 New Cross Rd SE14 6TY. 020 8469 1499 Blackheath Conservatoire: 19-21 Lee Rd SE3 9RQ. 020 8852 0234 Blackheath Halls: 23 Lee Road, SE3 9RQ 020 8463 0100. The British Music Experience: The 02. 020 8463 2000. britishmusicexperience. com Charlton House: Charlton Rd SE7 8RP. 020 8856 3951 Clarendon Hotel: Montpelier Row SE3 0RW. 020 8318 4321. The Duke: 125 Creek Rd SE8 3BU. 020 8469 8260 The Eltham Centre: 2 Archery Road SE9 1HA. 020 8921 4344 Eltham Palace: Court Yard SE9 5QE. 020 8294 2548. Firepower: Royal Arsenal SE18 6ST. 020 8855 7755 The Forum: Trafalgar Rd SE10 9EQ. 0208 853 5212. Greenwich Communications Centre: Hire for business meetings. 164 Trafalgar Rd SE10 9TZ. 020 8269 2103 Greenwich Dance: Borough Hall SE10 8RE. 020 8293 9741 Greenwich Heritage Centre: Artillery Square, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich SE18 4DX Greenwich Theatre: Crooms Hill, SE10 8ES 020 8858 7755. Greenwich Playhouse: Currently closed. Laban: Creekside SE8 3DZ. 020 8463 0100 Lon Theatre: 443 New Cross Rd SE14 6TA. 020 8694 1888. The Lord Hood: 300 Creek Rd, SE10 9SW. 020 8858 1836 Morden Arms: 1 Brand St, SE10 8SP. 020 8858 2189 Mycenae House: 90 Mycenae Rd SE3 7SE 020 8858 1749 National Maritime Museum: Romney Rd, SE10 9BJ 020 8858 02, Indig02 & Building Six: 0844 8560202 The Old Bakehouse: Bennett Park, Blackheath SE3 9LA Old Royal Naval College: SE10 9LW. 020 8269 4799 Oliver’s: 9 Nevada St SE10 9JL. 020 8853 5970 O’Neill’s: 52 Tranquil Vale, Blackheath SE3 0BH. 020 8463 9230 Pelton: 23-5 Pelton St, SE10 9PQ 020 8858 0572. Peter de Wit’s Cafe: 21 Greenwich Church St, SE10 9BJ. 020 8305 0045 The Railway: Blackheath Village SE3 9LE. 020 8852 2390 therailwayblackheath. The Royal Oak: 54 Charlton Lane, SE7 8LA. 020 8858 4771 St Alfege: Greenwich Church St. 020 8853 0687. Trinity College of Music: King Charles Ct SE10 9JF. 020 8305 4444. Up The Creek: 302 Creek Rd SE10 9SW. 020 8858 4581 upthecreekmanagement. The Woodlands Farm Trust: 331 Shooters Hill Rd, Welling DA16 3RP 020 8319 8900

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WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton OPERA Handel’s Belshazzar Blackheath Halls 7.30 COMEDY Monty Python Live O2 DANCE 1yr End Of Year Show Laban Theatre 2.30, 7.30 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s MUSIC Glenn Tilbrook DJs Pelton

Thursday 3

MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 COMEDY Monty Python Live O2 DANCE 1yr End Of Year Show Laban Theatre 2.30, 7.30 COMEDY The Blackout Up The Creek 7.30 OPERA Handel’s Belshazzar Blackheath Halls 7.30

Friday 4

COMEDY Monty Python Live O2 OPERA Handel’s Belshazzar Blackheath Halls 7.30

Saturday 5

COMEDY Monty Python Live O2 OPERA Handel’s Belshazzar Blackheath Halls 7.30

Sunday 6

FILM/OPERA Don Giovanni Link to Glyndebourne Greenwich Picturehouse 1 TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7

Monday 7

PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s

Tuesday 8

MUSIC Robbie Williams O2 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood

Wednesday 9

MUSIC Robbie Williams O2 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s MUSIC Glenn Tilbrook DJs Pelton

Thursday 10

MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 COMEDY The Blackout Up The Creek 7.30 DANCE BA3 Commissioned Works Laban Theatre 7.30

Friday 11

MUSIC Robbie Williams O2 DANCE BA3 Commissioned Works Laban Theatre 7.30

Saturday 12

FUND-RAISER Book sale For Age Exchange & Blackheath Village Library. Old Bakehouse 10-4 SALE Going For A Song Amersham Arms, from noon MUSIC Robbie Williams O2

Sunday 13

MUSIC Greenwich Steel Orch & Samba Band Greenwich Park Bandstand 2, 3.30 DANCE Children’s Mixed Bill Laban Theatre 3, 4.30 DANCE Make Your Move IndigO2 TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7

Monday 14

PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s

Tuesday 15 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood Wednesday 16

WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton COMEDY Monty Python Live O2 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s MUSIC Glenn Tilbrook DJs Pelton

Thursday 17

MUSIC Trinity Laban recital

Want the inside guide to what’s best in Greenwich and Blackheath? NIKKI SPENCER asks a local... St Alfege 1.05 COMEDY The Blackout Up The Creek 7.30 COMEDY Monty Python Live O2

Friday 18

BLOOMS Blackheath Flower Club Mycenae House 1.45-4 DANCE Graduate School Showcase Laban Theatre 7.30 COMEDY Monty Python Live O2

Saturday 19

FAMILY Police Community Day Greenwich Park 10-4 DANCE CAT Performances Laban Theatre 7.30 COMEDY Monty Python Live O2

Sunday 20

MUSIC National Youth Jazz Orchestra Greenwich Park Bandstand 2, 3.30 MUSIC Take Flight To The West End Lon Theatre 4 & 6.30 COMEDY Monty Python Live O2 TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7 DANCE CAT Performances Laban Theatre 7.30

Monday 21

PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s

Tuesday 22 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood Wednesday 23

WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton DANCE Graduate School Showcase Laban Theatre 7.30 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s MUSIC Glenn Tilbrook DJs Pelton

Thursday 24

MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 LECTURE Greenwich and Blackheath Decorative and Fine Arts Societies Harold and Laura Knight, a Partnership of Painters St Mary’s, Blackheath 2.30 2.30 DANCE Graduate School Showcase Laban Theatre 7.30 COMEDY The Blackout Up The Creek 7.30

Friday 25

VOLUNTEER Nature Trail Dig-In Greenwich Pk Wildlife Centre 9.30 DANCE Graduate School Showcase Laban Theatre 7.30 PLAY Theatre Of Horror Lon Theatre 8

Saturday 26

VOLUNTEER Drop-In Greenwich Pk Wildlife Centre 1-3 PLAY Theatre Of Horror Lon Theatre 8

Sunday 27

MUSIC South London Jazz Orchestra Greenwich Park Bandstand 2.15, 3.30 TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7

Monday 28

PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s

Tuesday 29 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood Wednesday 30

WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s MUSIC Glenn Tilbrook DJs Pelton

Thursday 31

MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 COMEDY The Blackout Up The Creek 7.30 CARS Park it In The Market Greenwich Market 7.30-11 DRAMA The Little Soldiers Greenwich Theatre 8



hen I was seven I began keeping a diary and I haven’t stopped writing since. I write for around 12 hours every day. When I’m not busy being a wordsmith, I make things. I’m writing my third book from my flat in East Greenwich. The last one I had published – 101+ Things To Do With Glitter – resulted in my living room being taken over by 150 varieties of the sparkly stuff. Bits have fallen into every nook and cranny so whoever rents it next will be in for a treat. I used to sell my own accessories at Greenwich Market but now I get my crafty fix blogging (www.CosILikeMakingStuff.Blogspot. com), tweeting (@TheCraftCafe) teaching and running an event called The Make Escape. eople assume I work in fashion. I have my own distinct sense of style and regularly look for treasures on the rails of Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice shop or secondhand stalls like the monthly table top sale at The Forum. I dress to match my hair colour which I change regularly. I’m a stickler for colour co-ordination. Even my gym kit matches so you might spot me working out at The Arches with a sports bra that matches my socks! Although the pool there is drab, my mornings begin with a pre-breakfast swim. My deep connection to water makes me wonder if I was a mermaid in a previous life. I walk by the river most days - it helps me feel at ease. I used to commute by boat on Monday mornings in the days of the £1.60 carnet singles but now can only do it on special occasions. reativity and community spirit are in the Greenwich air which is why I instantly felt at home when I arrived seven years ago. I’m one of those rare Londoners who have lived on both sides of the river. I was born in Enfield but have lived North, South, East and West of the city though Greenwich remains my favourite borough. There are artists everywhere... love Open House weekend as you can wander inside some of the borough’s grand private mansions – so many owners have art studios in their gardens or garages. My own flat is teeny but I call East Greenwich Pleasaunce my garden. I often take my deckchair and laptop there to work. My late pet hedgehog Miss P is buried in the grounds, so it’s nice to be near her. ravel is a passion. I recently went to India, Nepal and Bangladesh and am turning my tales into a travelogue. My aim is to travel the world learning different craft skills – I just need a TV crew to foot the bill. Till then I’ll continue writing while enjoying the simple pleasures in life like drinking fresh lavender tea at Royal Teas cafe and munching on warm cherry pie from Goddard’s whilst sitting at the front of the DLR.




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LOOKS LIKE LOTS more locks OF LOVE LOVE grows in Greenwich Park. Reader Chris Forrest sent us these before and after pictures of the locks on the Meridian Line, which we featurs in our February edition. “The collection is growing,” she said. “These are my pictures from November 30 2013 and April 21 this year.” The craze is thought to have begun in Rome around 10 years ago. Padlocks are inscribed with the sweethearts’ initials or a love messages, then locked

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1 Two is the only even prime number. 2 A group of peacocks is called a parliament. 3 The African Rhinoceros has two horns on its head. 4 In the film Fantasia, the sorceror’s name was Yensid. 5 Identical twins have the same fingerprints. 6 Elvis Presley was a black belt in Karate. 7 A rat can survive longer without water than a camel. 8 Charlie Chaplin once won first prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-a-like contest. 9 Rubies and Sapphires are exactly alike except in colour. 10 Donald Duck’s middle name is Fauntleroy Answers: 1 True. 2 False (it is a muster). 3 True. 4 True (It is Disney spelt backwards). 5 False. 6 True. 7 True. 8 False (though he did come third in one). 9 True. 10 True.

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to the railings. The sweethearts usually throw away the key so the sign of their love cannot be removed. We love to see YOUR amazing pictures taken here too. Whether – like most of our readers – you live here or are visiting. Email Matt@TheGreenwich We hope you enjoy this edition.Let us know what you think of it. Your feedback helps us make the paper better for you – whether you’re here for a day or for life. And if you have a business here, ask us about advertising. email Sam@

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The Blog of Samuel Pepys id hear this morning a mighty roar in the streets so took myself now did see he was dressed in the manner of a Viking, so, fearing they towards the river where I beheld a large shouting crowd. My first Ihad allied themselves with the Dutch, I rose and threatened him with D thought was that the King must be coming so I joined the throng, waved my cane. His companion now appeared, dressed as an enormous dog. I my cane and shouted “Huzzah for His Majesty!” A mocking woman asked “Why, is he running?” A traitorous insolence as the King is prevented by both dignity and the weight of his wig from running. f a sudden the street was full of a horde of galloping people, seemingly in their underwear. I now feared that, far from being a welcoming throng, they were fleeing a Dutch invasion and had been frighted from their beds. Such cowardice ill becomes our great nation. I shook my fist and shouted, “Back, varlets, face the foe!” They carried on coming so I jumped into their midst crying “Fight!” and was struck down by a runner and sprawled on the ground in a most ignominious manner, scratching my gold buttons on the road. A man stopped and said “Are you alright, mate?” “I am no mate,” I replied. “I am His Majestys Secretary for the Navy.”


admit now to a feeling of confusion. I would become the laughing-stock of the Mall if I became embroiled in fisticuffs with a Dalmatian. Besides, His Majesty’s love of dogs is well-known. “Great costume,” said this man to me, “What’s your charity?” This was a gross insult as I paid for my coat and wig myself and can show receipts. Before I could berate the fellow a large crowd of runners swept me along and I was borne some hundred yards before falling out and collapsing in exhaustion by the kerb. here a woman of kindly mien did offer me a drink. The cup was most flimsy but I accepted with grace, only to spit out the liquid. “You make a gentleman drink water?” I cried, “You must be a foul Puritan!” I went home with my temper and cravat sorely ruffled. However, the town has not fallen to Dutchmen nor succumbed to the Puritans nor been overrun by giant hounds. But it will be some time before I venture back to the river.



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