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Issue 3


October 2019

Issue 3


7-8: Inside the Dulwich Dream House

39: Fiendish fun at the Horniman this Halloween

Editor’s Letter Laura Burgoine


elcome to the October edition of the Urban Fox, our monthly love letter to south London. Locals Chris Mullany and Kevin Quinn have been at the helm of London’s last paid-for independent local paper, the Southwark News, since 2002. The Fox is their latest creation. In this issue, we find ourselves in royal society with Prince of Peckham Guv’nor Clement Ogbonnaya, and Greenwich choral arranger Mark DeLisser, who sang in the gospel choir at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. And, as always, we bring you our local gig guide courtesy of Brixton DJ and muso Mike, while life coach Carrie Brooks walks us through functional relationships, and our resident horticulturalist Jackie Power looks at the autumn plants coming into bloom. Finally, we welcome Camberwell chef Philip Coulter to our South London Larder – he shares his hot stock tips and handy hints for Harvest season. Follow the Fox as we bring you all the latest stories and goings on around town.

About us Editor Writers Cover Photography Marketing

Laura Burgoine Cara Cummings, Michael Holland Monia Antonioli Tammy Jukes, Clarry Frewin, Lorraine Wood, Katie Boyd, Samantha Ratcliffe

52: Meet the Guv’nor and Prince of Peckham Clement Ogbonnaya

5 Home Secretary: Our curated pick of the month

8 Local faces: Stephen Wright’s Dulwich dream house

11 Around Town: Theatre, film and open studios

12-17 South London sounds: Local gig guide from Brixton Buzz

18 Shopping: Mining for gold on Lordship Lane

20-31 South London larder: Food news, wine-tasting and edible Advent calendars 32-37 Wellbeing: Genital model-making classes

39 Family: Halloween high jinks

Media Partnerships Anthony Phillips Design Aurelio Medina, Ann Gravesen Finance Emrah Zeki Managing Directors Chris Mullany, Kevin Quinn

41 South London Hemisphere: Greenwich astronomer falls into a black hole...

Contact us Email enquiries@urbanfox.london Phone 020 7231 5258

Website www.urbanfox.london Printed by Iliffe Print Published by Southwark Newspaper Ltd

43-44 Home Turf: Autumnal gardening with local horticulturalist Jackie Power 47-51 Homeward bound: Property, homes and gardens 52 My Manor: Locals loving life south of the river Our next issue hits the streets in November. Contact us to get involved: enquiries@urbanfox.london or 0207 232 1639

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Elephant and Castle’s community hub is running free yoga and meditation classes with Chi Hatha Flow, chair yoga and meditation classes. Classes are on a first come, first served basis.

Upper floor of the Elephant & Castle shopping centre, Unit 227 - 230, New Kent Road, SE1 6TE.




The Southbank Centre's London Literature Festival returns for its thirteenth year with The Booker Prize Readings, where authors shortlisted for the 2019 prize are reading from and discussing their work, on the evening before the winner is announced.

Sunday 13 October 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £15 - £35. www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Join Dulwich Books and author Lara Maiklem for a discussion on the most varied archaeological site in the world. Lara has scoured the banks of the Thames for over fifteen years in pursuit of Neolithic flints, Roman hair pins, medieval buckles, Tudor buttons, and Victorian toys. Her new book unearths all this and more: Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames.

Explore the Great North Wood in a series of forestbathing walking trails designed by app Go Jauntly. The routes take in remnants of the ancient landscape of woodland and wooded commons that once covered the high ground between Deptford and Selhurst. There are around 20 woodlands or wooded areas where you can still see Green woodpeckers high in the trunks of oak trees and Purple Hairstreak butterflies floating among the leaves. Not to mention many other species of wildlife including Tawny owls, kestrels, and Stag beetles.

The green spaces include: One Tree Hill, Sydenham Hill Wood, Biggin Wood, Crystal Palace Park and more. www.wildlondon.org.uk


Hungarian photographer László Francsics is this year’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year with Into the Shadow, taken in Budapest.

The exhibition of winning photographs is at the National Maritime Museum from September 13.

October 23 from 7pm8:30pm. Admission: £10.

Making headlines AN ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS PATRON Stockwell local Joanna Lumley is leading Morley College’s £15 million fundraising campaign to expand and improve the college’s Waterloo campus. “As a neighbour of one of Morley College’s centres in Stockwell, I’m very much aware of the good work they do,” Joanna said. “Morley has a wonderful reputation for encouraging adults to find and develop their creative talents and has played a big role in enriching the lives of people and the cultural life of London.”


London’s adopted Gentoo chick has become the aquarium’s first penguin in history to not have its gender assigned. Raised by samesex parents, the chick is one of two born at the aquarium this year as part of its conservation programme.


Inside the House of Dreams


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By Cara Cummings ’m honestly worried I might not find Stephen Wright’s house. Turning off Grove Vale, I open Google Maps just in case. Which semi-detached on this quiet suburban street might be his? Spotting a bright blue fence, I realise I needn’t have stressed. Painted fences aren’t uncommon; giant mosaic faces guarding your front gate, however, are. I’m here to find out why Stephen has spent the last 30 years covering every spare centimetre of his terraced home with ‘found’ objects, from ceramic chips to broken dolls, watering cans, teacups and a liberal stash of false teeth. And that’s just the front garden. “Everything is here for a reason,” he’ll later tell me. “It’ll go all up the front of the house eventually.” I’m yet to ring the doorbell and I’m already lost for words. To step inside The House of Dreams is to be overwhelmed in every sense. Stephen’s temple of toys, tinsel and tiles is so all-consuming that it’s hard to do more than gawp whilst your brain tries to catch up. It’s visual balderdash; blink, and you’re overpowered anew. Continued on next page u ©©All pictures: Christian Fisher


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The House of Dreams is at 45 Melbourne Grove, SE22 8RG www.stephenwrightartist.com


For the first time in my life, I’m moved by disused bleach bottles - and that’s before reading the searingly emotional ‘memory boards’ Stephen has painted throughout the space. What the deuce is going on, and what on earth does it all mean? “I don’t analyse what I’m doing,” Stephen insists. “I know the house works on lots of different levels; it isn’t what it first appears. If it’s ‘about’ anything, it’s how you can make a life of your own - you don’t have to fit in a box. You don’t have to conform. Life shouldn’t be like that. It shouldn’t be so... organised. Leave things to accident.” The House of Dreams is that philosophy writ large - and given a carnival makeover for good measure. What started in the corner of a single room as an homage to ‘outsider artists’ has gradually taken over Stephen’s entire ground floor, and attracts more than a hundred visitors a month. He lives upstairs nowadays. Yet it wasn’t always meant to be this way. “My partner Donald and I started The House of Dreams as a museum for ourselves, really,” says Stephen. “It was more decorative in the early days. Little did I know it was going to change along the way.” Two years into their project, Donald suddenly passed away. Within a year, both Stephen’s parents followed. “The three closest people - I lost them all,” he says quietly. “As an only child, that was awful. I stopped working on The House of Dreams for maybe a year and a half. I didn’t know what to do with it - it was a project for two. But I woke up one morning and thought: I need to do it for me. For Steve. My heart needed to heal, so I started to write about it.” Stephen began adding inscriptions about life, death, love and loss to The House of Dreams collection. Hand-painted on stark monochrome tiles, their raw depictions of grief pulse with pain - “most of the hallway is about what you do when someone dies, how you wash

down the body because you love them” - and marked a change of direction for the project. “It became more… poignant, I think,” says Stephen. “Honest. Brutally honest, sometimes. “I started to make sculptures out of my parents’ clothes, and Donald’s clothes. ‘Comfort sculptures’, I call them, because I didn’t have a family. I didn’t have anybody, so I needed things to hug. That’s what I did; I hugged them. They became my family. “It’s interesting that when it came from the heart, people seemed to respond to what I was doing.” As he processed his loss, Stephen realised he was ready to share The House of Dreams with the world. In the early days, his open days attracted ten visitors. Today, it’s not uncommon for 140 people to arrive every month for “an emotional day”. Stephen might have created the House for himself, but it’s empathy that throws open the doors. “People come here for all sorts of different reasons,” he explains. “I encourage them to tell their stories, if they want to. Some bring objects from loved ones and leave them here. Some want to swim the Channel, or climb Mount Everest. I always say: you don’t need permission from anybody. Only yourself. I don’t ask permission from anybody to do what I’m doing; I give myself permission. That’s all you need. “If it helps people to heal, or go on their own journey: great. Go and do it. Go and do what you need to do. Always say yes, not no, and then sort the problems out later.” It’s no surprise that the House draws those seeking something fundamental to its doors. For all the embellishments, Stephen’s fantasmagoria speaks of simple human truths. Light and dark, sunshine and sorrow, permanence and plasticity - it’s all here, outrageous and elegiac in equal measure. “That’s what life is,” says Stephen simply. “A journey of self-discovery. As much as you can do while you’re here.”

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by L aura Burgoine valhouse is having a demolition party and everyone’s invited. Trans artist Emma Frankland is creating a show called We Dig for the theatre’s final season before the building is knocked down and relocates to Brixton. “The Ovalhouse has been going for about 50 years in its current location and has been a home for radical performance across that time,” Emma told the Fox. “Whoever required a voice at any time could find the space for that at the Ovalhouse. Whether it was black artists, feminist performance or LGBT writing. Now it’s recognising that one of the groups experiencing massive

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Celebrate the king of Afrobeat Fela Kuti at the Prince of Peckham for Black History Month. On October 17 (7pm-late), two days after what would have been Fela’s 80th birthday, the Prince is hosting a screening of Finding Fela followed by a Q&A with Dele Sosimi, and also a live performance from the internationally acclaimed Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Quartet playing a Fela Kuti tribute set featuring all of his most loved back catalogue.

Go behind the scenes at independent Stockwell print studio Slaughterhaus as part of Lambeth Open. The space, which is shared by a collective of artist printmakers, is run by painter and printmaker Michelle Avison and her sculptor husband Alex Le Fevre and has been growing for the past nine years. The duo is planning to expand the studio’s membership and launch a crowdfunder campaign. “Our current members are donating work to go towards a project to build community,” Michelle said.

prejudice at the moment across the world are trans people, particularly trans feminine people.” The theatre called on artists to destroy the fabric of the building through their work. “Playful destruction is part of my process,” Emma said. “We have artists coming from Indonesia and Canada to work on this project. It’s a piece of work you’ll never see again somewhere else. “We’re going to be digging and excavating the main performance space of Ovalhouse… Are trans people at the point of uncovering what’s been buried? We’re re-discovering a lot of our history and fighting against that notion that we’re something new. Actually, we’re very ancient, we’ve always been here.”

Emma Frankland’s We Dig is at Oval House 4-19 October, to book go to www.ovalhouse.com

The studio is hosting courses in October and November as well as taster sessions running for three to five hours. For Lambeth Open, Slaughterhaus is opening its doors on 3 October (6pm-8pm –private view), and on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October (10am-6pm). On the weekend of Lambeth Open, there’s printmaking demonstrations at 2pm both days.

Vincent’s Yard, 23 Alphabet Mews, SW9 0FN. Phone: 07946 854207. www.slaughterhaus.net


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SW8 1RT, 10pm-6am, £15 Vowel-eschewing club night mashing up a half ton of dubstep, grime, garage and jungle, with the likes of Ivy Lab, Skeptical, J Kenzo, Headhunter, Hi5 Ghost & Jammz gliding the sliders along the sonic highway.

Sat 5th Oct, SW9 The Shutdown at Jamm 261 Brixton Road, SW9 2LH, 7pm-11pm, £12 Rev up your engines for a floorboard lacerating night of grime, hip hop, rap, UK garage with nine artists on the bill including Fonzie, RawzArtilla, D-Saro, The Young Fresh A.K.A TFK and more.

Making a Hideaway debut with her full live band, Matshidiso merges neo-soul, South African and Jamaican influences. A classically trained pianist, her music fuses early Alice Coltrane and Nina Simone influences with the storytelling nature of Joni Mitchell.

Fri 11th Oct, SW2 Pop Party Night at the Effra Social

128 Hartington Road, SW8

301-303 Railton Road, Herne Hill, SE24 0JN, 8pm-10.30pm, free Roger Humbles, head honcho of house

89 Effra Road, Brixton, SW2 1DF, 9pm-1am, free It’s the biggest pop party in town as well-oiled Brixton Buzz DJs crash the decks with floor-crunching party anthems and arm-waving bangers till 1am, backed by crazy dance visuals. Expect dancefloor mayhem to a fun soundtrack of Cyndi Lauper, Beyonce, Bon Jovi, A-Ha, Fleetwood Mac, Cher, Dolly, Whitney, Queen, Bowie, Outkast and more.

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crowd, with DJs playing the latest hits and old school classics.

2HJ, 8pm-11pm, free There’s three alternative bands lined up for this quirky, fun venue, with Sad Clown painting a palette of pop, prog, country and electronica, while Sea Diver plunge into a pool of ambient rock. Slow Like A Feeling round up the bill with a scuzzy blend of dirty electronic beats and post punk guitars with an 80's cherry on top.

band Head's Up, invites jazzy types to do their jazzy things in a jazzy way.

Fri 11th Oct, SW9 Jacked-up Jukebox at Cafe Cairo

DJ, Brixton Buzz/Urban75 founder, drummer and Dulwich Hamlet die-hard Mike Urban shares his selection of south London sounds Tues 1st Oct, SW4 Tuesday Warm Up at Lotus Bar

shindig in downtown Peckham.

6 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UL, 10pm-1.30am, £5+ Upmarket, cocktail-shifting bar attracting an eyebrow-perfect

Fri 4th Oct, SW8 Sad Clown + Sea Diver at The Cavendish Arms

Thurs 3rd Oct, SW2 Jamaica Jazzzz at Effra Hall Tavern 38 Kellett Road, Brixton, SW2 1EB, 9.30pm-11.15pm, Free One of the few traditional pubs left anywhere in the area, this locals’ boozer has regular live music nights throughout the week. Thursdays is always a busy night, with the house band mashing up jazz, ska and reggae in front of an appreciative crowd.

Fri 4th Oct, SE27 Pepperpot DJs at the Railway Tavern 7 Station Rise, Tulse Hill, SE27 9BW, 9pm-2am, free One of the longest running nights in this sprawling boozer with a magnificent garden, you can expect smoking’n’simmering slices of all-vinyl ska, reggae, funk, soul & 50's RnB from Big Matt, Bongo Pete & Don Lorenz.

Fri 4th Oct, SE15 Disco Freaks at CLF Art care Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST, 11pm-5am, £10 A trouser flapping night of get down disco, funk and soul as Disco Freaks whoop it up for their 6th birthday


Fri 4th Oct, SW9 Signal Sessions at Market House 443 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LN, 9pm-3am, £5 DJs Matt Klemara & Mr Corsini specialise in classic hip-hop, breaks, disco and all things flipping funky with a bit of scratching to keep your appendages motoring.

Sat 5th Oct, SW16 Boozy Bougie Brunch at Exhibit B 5 Streatham High Road, SW16 1EF, 2.30pm-7pm, £35 It’s a Streatham drag brunch extravaganza with drag sisters hosting, dancing, and prancing throughout the venue with games, catwalk competitions and dance offs.

Sat 5th Oct, SW8 Hvywght Ldn at Fire & Lightbox 39 Parry Street, Vauxhall,

Mon 7th Oct, SE24 Jazz Jamm at Off The Cuff

Weds 9th Oct, SW4 The Hype at Aquum 68-70 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UL, 10pm-2am, £6 Resident DJ Jukees shunts out a straightforward set of hip-hop, R&B, chart, Afro and bashment at this self proclaimed ‘luxurious and stylish venue.’ We prefer down to earth and unpretentious ourselves, but to each their own.

Thurs 10th Oct, SW9 And What? Rise of the MC at Chip Shop Brixton 378 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LF, 8pm-midnight, free It may be a titchy venue but Chip Shop Brixton already has a well earned reputation for putting on some fabulous nights. Tonight, MCs and vocalists are invited to step up to the mic at this free grime/ hip-hop event hosted by Absent Minded Poetics, with Calaida & Joel Deep administering deck duties.

Thurs 10th Oct, SW16 Matshidiso at Hideaway 2 Empire Mews, Streatham, SW16 2BF, 7pm, £12.50

88 Landor Road, SW9 9PE, 9pm-2am, £5 Still firmly embracing Brixton’s old hippy/alternative vibes, Cafe Cairo is an unpretentious venue with cubby holes a-plenty, pizza, cocktails and friendly folk. Quirky and unassuming, it’s a million miles from the on-trend yup-magnets currently popping up all over Brixton. Hosts the Positivity Project are on hand to present, “outrageously creative and original dance music in a chilled and collaborative environment,” with a cluster of DJs playing funky bass hop beats laced with psychedelic swing.

Fri 11th Oct, SW2 Beat Wave at Barrio 30 Acre Lane, Brixton, SW2 5SG, 8pm-2.30am, free Barrio All-Star DJs roll out a favourable party mix of tropical soul, Latin licks, funky disco and familiar hits to get your weekend wobbling.

Fri 11th Oct, SW9 Burlesque at Courtesan 69-73 Atlantic Road, Brixton SW9 8PU, 10pm, free Tucked away in Atlantic Road, Courtesan’s striking interior recalls a backstreet Shanghai bar from the

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1920s. Serving as a dim sum restaurant during the day, the venue transforms into an artistic speakeasy at night with cabaret and live music. Inspired by the classic splendour of early 20th century film stars, Ruby Deshabillé will be your performer for the evening.

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soul/jazz practitioners The Mayans wrapping up the day’s strutting at The Earl Ferrers. Download the full guide here: bit.ly/streathamstrut

Sun 13th Oct, SE17 Jaded x Voltage at Corsica Studios

21 Bartholomew St, London SE1 4AL, 6pm-midnight, free This lively, ale-stuffed boozer celebrates its 3rd birthday with two bands, free food, wine and beer samples and the hyperbolically billed, “Best DJ in the world.”

5 Farrell Court, Elephant & Castle, SE17 1LB, 5am-3pm, £15 For hard core Saturday night ravers who simply refuse to accept the night is over, Corsica Studios opens up at 5am and keeps the repetitive beats going till 3pm, with Voltage Records and a hefty stash of high grade DJs including Phara, Border One, Paolo Clerici, Tonia Nee and Arweenn.

Sat 12th Oct, SW2 Funky House at Gremio de Brixton

Sun 13th Oct, SW2 No Frills Sunday Session at The Windmill

St. Matthew's Church, Effra Road, Brixton, SW2 1JF, 9pm-3am, £5 DJ Yvette Lindquist spins funky vocal house and Latin beats in this jam-packed venue, accompanied by an undetermined sax player, who we’ll call Sax X.

22 Blenheim Gardens, Brixton SW2 5BZ, 7pm, Free Headed up by the hard drinking No Frills Band, this jaunty, round-thetable, tumbler-clattering, candle-lit session invites musicians of all abilities to ‘swap tunes and songs, meet people and learn stuff.’

Fri 11th Oct, SE1 Third Birthday at the Spit and Sawdust

Sat 12th Oct, SE15 Dusty Groove at Canavan's Peckham Pool Club 188 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4NF, 10pm-4am, £7 Housey chums Janix and Franklin will be jostling for space in the DJ booth at Peckham's finest pool hall-cum-barcum-ping pong venue. Get there before 11pm and you can gorge yourself on £3 pints and £2 shots. Waheey!

Sat 12th Oct, SW16 Streatham Strut at multiple venues Streatham High Road & other locations, 1pm-11pm, free The Streatham Strut is the musical arm of the 19th annual Streatham Festival, celebrating the best of SW16. The festival kicks off at 1pm with traditional folkie Bity Booker at the Streatham Wine House followed by indie/folksters Richard O’Gorman at Perfect Blend and Vincent Burke at El Chicos. Other acts performing throughout the day include rocking duo the Whiskey Kittens, surf twangers Gene Pool & The Shallows and the splendidly named Blodyn Bach, with

Mon 14th Oct, SE5 Folk Jam at The Old Dispensary 325 Camberwell New Road, SE5 0TF, 8pm-1am, Free This traditional Irish boozer is the perfect setting for a spirited but laid back weekly folk jam, where anyone can join in with the band and sing, strum, rattle or parp to their heart's content. Popular with students who appreciate live music (and the cheap bar prices, natch), the vibes are always welcoming - we love this place.

Tues 15th Oct, SE11 Tara Lee Minton at Toulouse-Lautrec 140 Newington Butts, Kennington, SE11 4RN, 7.30pm-10.30pm, free Australian-born Tara is a pianist, harpist, vocalist and songwriter and founder of the London Jazz Harpers. “Wow, wow, wow, wow. Tara Lee Minton is awesome,” frothed someone at the Lantern Jazz Club.

Thurs 17th Oct, SW4 Mica Jane at Bread & Roses 68 Clapham Manor Street, Clapham,


SW4 6DZ, 9pm-11pm, Free Indie/folk singer songwriter Mica Jane draws on her mixed heritage to commingle poetry, reggae and African sounds, filtered through her traditional four piece band.

Fri 18th Oct, SW9 Ross From Friends at Phonox 418 Brixton Rd, Brixton, SW9 7AY, 9.30pm-4am, £10 Anyone looking to meet David Schwimmer and chat about The One with Unagi is going to be disappointed as it’s the DJ handle of UK electronic music producer and platter operator, Felix Clary Weatherall. Felix’s last EP ‘Epiphany’ delved into deeper and darker sounds and his month-long Brixton residency will give fans a chance to dive into his new sound.

Fri 18th Oct, SW16 Vinyl DJ at the Rebel Inn 78A Streatham High Road, London SW16 1BS, 9pm-midnight, Free We’re not sure if it’s a DJ made of vinyl or someone playing black plastic 45s, but we reckon it’s worth a Friday night punt. Come down and shake a body part to old school funk, reggae, hip-hop and more.

Sat 19th Oct, SE15 Poorly Lit at Four Quarters 187 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4TP, 10pm-3.15am, free Alexis and Tom Unlikely’s new project looks forward to playing to “more than two people in a basement” and a pledge to keep their fingers off the sync button. And I think we can all get behind their polite request: “We ask that if you attend you do not behave like a massive douchebag.”

Sat 19th Oct, SW2 Jack Medley’s Secure Men album launch at The Windmill 22 Blenheim Gardens, Brixton, SW2 5BZ, 7pm, £4 When Jack ‘Lose It’ Medley left the all-night party for good earlier this year, friends launched a crowdfunder to posthumously release his debut album. There’s an all-star south London line-up for this bittersweet

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celebration including Sleaze, Jack Medley's Wife, Zsa Zsa Sapien, Filthy Pedro and Larry Pickleman with MC Pat Lyons trying to keep the chaos in check. According to Jack, the album is “like one big orgasm.” All proceeds go to the Music Minds Matter charity.

Sat 19th Oct, SE11 Disco at the Cock Tavern 340 Kennington Road, SE11, 5pm-2am, Free Strut, swivel and sashay your nether regions to the DJs and cavort with the pansexual allsorts at this lively, quirky camp boozer with original artwork bolted on to the ceiling. Set in the former South London Pacific, it’s a great new addition to the area.

Sat 19th Oct, SE11 Duckie at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY, 9pm-4am, £8 One of the most provocative and funny cabaret nights in London, the long running Duckie club mixes and mashes burlesque and random acts in front of a packed gay/mixed crowd. This week’s offbeat live entertainment serves up fishlicking performance artist Lucia Pazzini and Essex Girls, while DJs Trés Bien & Mellow Tone will be keeping the floor moving faster than a Vaseline powerslide.

Sat 19th Oct, SW9 Queen Bitch at the Dogstar 389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LQ, 11pm-3am, £5 This sparkling new LGBTQ+ friendly club night (named after the Bowie song) has proved a massive hit, and they’re back at the Dog for another uplifting night of inclusiveness, fun, hedonism, boozing and partying like a love-loosened Liberace. Continued on Page 15 u

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Sun 20th Oct, SW9 Craft Sunday Sessions at Craft Beer Co 11 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PA, 7pm, free Taking place on the third Sunday of the month, anyone hoping to bag a 15 minute slot needs to register their interest on the bar’s website in advance.

Tues 22nd Oct, SW12 Five Live Acts at The Bedford 77 Bedford Hill, Balham, SW12 9HD, 8pm, free There’ll be no less than five original artists performing live for nowt in this legendary venue which helped launch the career of Ed Sheeran. Taking turns onstage will be Nashville-based pop/RnB singer Josey, Dallas-born Silas Nello, soul and blues singer Luca Volpe, with singer songwriters Sabrina Kennedy and Yvette wrapping up the show.

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Thurs 24th Oct, SW2 ARKIVE at White Horse

Sat 26th Oct, SW4 Paul Goodfellaz at Fu Manchu

94 Brixton Hill, Brixton, SW2 1QN, 9pm-midnight, free BRXTNFNK and their chums frantically rummage through their record boxes like crack-addled squirrels looking for a long-buried fix.

15 Lendal Terrace, Clapham, SW4 7UX, 10pm-3am, £20 Named after a fictional villain, Fu Manchu claims to be an “Edwardian Opium den themed cocktail bar,” with the Paul Goodfellaz night targeting a “grown and matured” crowd who both have to be over 28 and wearing “hard sole shoes” to gain admission. If you pass the sartorial examination, expect to pay top whack for your drinks and listen to RnB, Afrobeat, house, hip hop and 90s classics.

Fri 25th Oct, SW16 Live Music at Pratts & Payne 103 Streatham High Road, SW16 1HJ, 9pm-2am, free Unquantified ‘live music’ takes to the stage at 10pm in this retro chic pub named after two memorable landmarks from Streathams past; the now sadly destroyed Pratts department store and eccentric suburban brothelkeeper, Cynthia Payne.

Fri 25th Oct, SE1 Bassjackers at Ministry of Sound 103 Gaunt Street, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6DP, 10.30pm-6am, £26 Bassjackers return to the Gallery at the Ministry ready to dispense big basslines, mammoth drops and dirty riffs, wrapped up with a remix of the ‘Mortal Kombat’ theme tune.

Fri 25th Oct, SW2 Cirque Du Soul at Electric Brixton

Brixton Oval, Brixton, SW2 1JG, 7pm-11pm, free Mind Over Matter is an independent project which looks to break down the stigma attached to mental health and widen the conversation by discussing it through Hip Hop and Spoken Word Poetry. Expect some great talent on stage for this important initiative.

Town Hall Parade, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RJ, 10pm-5am, £17 The Electric Brixton hosts a Halloween House and Disco Special with Glitterbox regular The Shapeshifters and Bronxborn John Morales rattling out the tunes. Don’t think of ambling along in your tatty jeans though: if you’re not rocking suitable clobber like long tails and corsets, top hats and canes, glitter, sequins and feathers you’ll be turned away at the door.

Thurs 24th Oct, SE11 Live Music at Brown Derby

Sat 26th Oct, SW9 Focus Africa at Pop Brixton

336 Kennington Park Road, Oval SE11 4PP, 8pm, free Unspecified ‘live jazz and blues artists’ bring the music to this unpretentious, 1920s-themed

49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ, 3pm-midnight, free Album launch party by host Noumoucounda Cissoko from Senegal, plus free drum and dance workshop

Weds 23rd Oct, SW2 Mind Over Matter at Upstairs at the Ritzy

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Sat 26th Oct, SW2 Halloween Special at Blues Kitchen 40 Acre Lane, Brixton, SW2 5SP, 9pm-3am, £8 The Blues Kitchen’s Brixton branch presents a Halloween themed night with Motown, funk & soul DJs, plus resident band The Beekays mashing up live blues and jive.

Sat 26th Oct, SW9 South London Punk Collective at Queens Head 144 Stockwell Rd, Stockwell, SW9 9TQ, 7.30pm-midnight, £5 After being unceremoniously turfed out of their former base at the now-closed Hand In Hand, the South London Punk Collective have fled to the welcoming arms of the Queens Head. This four band line up guarantees bucketfuls of righteous angst and energy, with headliners Scandal backed by Emergency Bitter, Inglorious Thunderc*nts and The Anoraks

Sat 26th Oct, SW9 Halloween Rooftop at Prince of Wales 469 Brixton Rd, SW9 8HH, 3pm-3am, £14 Renamed the Prince of Wails for Halloween (ouch!) the line-up includes Tube & Berger, Alex Metric, Ollie White and Goddard & Ned making speaker cones oscillate wildly across two suitably decorated rooms in this “rooftop raveyard horror-show.”

Tues 29th Oct, SE15 Open Mic at Canavan's Peckham Pool Club 188 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4NF, 8pm-4.30am, free This weekly sesion invites all styles to get onboard and show the microphone who’s boss. There’s half price shots, booze deals, a happy hour and a DJ afterparty with Jules on the decks till 4am.

Tues 29th Oct, SW2 The Soothsayers at Effra Hall Tavern Kellett Road, Brixton, SW2, 9pm-11.30pm, free Glug down a Guinness in this oldschool Brixton boozer and enjoy splendid original Afrobeat and reggae-influenced grooves from local legends, The Soothsayers.

Thurs 31st Oct, SE5 Open Mic at The Joiners Arms 35 Denmark Hill, Camberwell, SE5 8RS, 8pm, Free Test out your talents in this friendly and affordable boozer where aspiring comedians, musicians and poets are cordially invited to wow the crowds or die a thousand deaths onstage.

Thurs 31st Oct, SW2 WSTRN at Electric Brixton Town Hall Parade, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RJ, 7pm-10.30pm, £20 Another vowel-jettisoning gang, WSTRN hail from west London and declare their sound to be a feel-good mix of reggae, Motown, hip hop, R&B and pop music.

Thurs 31st Oct, SW4 Hollywood Horror Halloween at Clapham Grand 21-25 St John's Hill, Clapham, SW11 1TT, 10.30pm-3.30am, £10 A night of “dancing, spooking, drinking and seances,” is promised in this delightful old Victorian music hall with capacity for over a thousand souls. Based on the theme of ‘Horror Movie Characters & The Living Dead Celebrities,’ the night will be soundtracked by the disco, horror hip-hop and classic horror movie theme tunes.



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Gospel according to Mark



FOR AGES 3 -13

By L aura Burgoine horal arranger Mark De-Lisser grew up singing in a church choir in Brixton. Since then he’s spent years as a vocal coach on ITV’s the Voice and BBC One’s All Together Now and - last year - he arranged the Kingdom Choir’s performance of Stand By Me for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. Now, you can learn from the master as the maestro’s Greenwich community choir, Singology, starts a new term. Going for a few years now, Singology Greenwich is “a community choir where people can come to have a really good time,” Mark says. “You don’t need to know how to read music or any musical theory; come in, we’ll teach you and the most important thing to us is that everyone feels welcome and feels part of it.” “We want to give people a chance to lose themselves in the music, the singing and the people,” Mark says. “For two hours, you can release anything you’re going through in your life and be around likeminded people.” Members of the choir can drop in as and when they choose; you don’t have to attend every week. It starts with a taster session and, if you sign up, you’re given the material for the whole term. Having studied at the Colchester Institute and the Central School of Speech and Drama, Mark has worked at Westminster University, the Academy of Contemporary Music and the BRIT school, where he taught Jessie-J. “When I met her I was playing piano and I stopped playing when she opened her mouth,” Mark says. “She is so gifted and literally born with that talent. She was 16 then. It’s lovely to see where she’s gone onto now.” All of Mark’s musical education came from the Seventh-day Adventist church on Santley Street. “I’d sit in the pews, from six years old, and watch my father, who was a very good singer, but I never knew I was getting an education,” he says. “Music wasn’t a choice. You kind of grew up with this thing where you went to church and you sang. All my best friends are from the church; none of them work as professional singers but they all sing. My parents didn’t think music would be a career for me.” In his 20s, Mark sang with the conductor now known as “Britain’s godmother of gospel,” Karen Gibson in the original Kingdom Choir. “I know Karen really well. She got the call to do the choir for Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding, they suggested the song, and then she called me,” he says. “She didn’t tell me who it was for. She just said it was for a wedding and she said “I want you to sing as well.” I told her I couldn’t because I was meant to be away at the time and she said “you might want to make yourself available.”” The choir had to be at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle all day and the minister “went on for so long” that Mark was afraid the choir might end up being cut. “But you can see me singing in the choir on the day,” Mark says. “I’m at the back looking incredibly proud.”

The new term for Greenwich Singology starts on September 16 at the Village Church, 10 Devonshire Drive, SE10 8LA. For more information, call 02086866479 or visit www.singology.com

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FOR AGES 3 - 7

MAGGOT A Unicorn Production

MOON Based on the novel by Sally Gardner Adapted for the stage by Jemma Kennedy Directed by Jesse Jones

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are forever

he 19th century gold-mining cart in the middle of Cata Rosca’s shop floor comes from a Romanian scrapyard. “It used to bring gold out of the mines in Transylvania.” Cata and her husband Dan opened their disarmingly chic boutique jeweller, Lila’s on Lordship Lane -named after their youngest daughter- on Valentine’s Day, 2014; an appropriately romantic debut for their stock of ‘pre-loved’ pieces. Step inside and you’ll find Edwardian engagement rings, mid-century pendants and Art Deco earrings sharing display cabinets with repurposed ‘70s bangles, jewellery by local designers and contemporary ranges made entirely from Fairtrade materials. Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Cata and her team can design it for you, from scratch. Got a broken heirloom that’s hundreds of years old? They can fix it. Using the original craftsmanship methods. “We try to look for stories about each piece we stock. Sometimes, it’s a bit of detective work. We did reconnaissance forensics work on a lion signet ring recently. It proved to be a Portuguese ring with an ancient Greek silver coin that was 2000 years old in the middle.” Cata and her all-female team of expert designers aren’t just focused on reinvigorating jewellery of the past. Lila’s stringent stance on sustainability makes it one of the leading responsible jewellers in the capital.


“Being able to restore something and pass it forward is one of the best resources - and greatest weapons - we have against mass consumerism,” Cata explains. “We buy so much stuff that is completely useless in our culture. There’s a lot of base metal used in fashionable jewellery; you can’t repair that, so it’s like disposable plastic. You just get rid of it whereas a piece of jewellery that’s got precious metal or gemstones is a durable material. ‘Diamonds are forever’ is not just a marketing line - it’s real. You’re able to reuse them over and over again.” “There’s a certain vanity to wearing sparkly jewellery whilst there’s human trafficking, child labour and horrible life conditions on the other side of the world,” she explains. “But the reality is that some communities rely on that resource. Smugglers will take advantage of it and the very people who mine the gold or gemstones are the first to suffer. Fairtrade means those people can be protected, that conditions are decent and there’s no child labour involved, and it gives people a fair price for their products.” After years on the diamond frontline, what’s Cata’s top tip for nervous beaus? “If you’re going to propose on holiday, don’t wait until the very end because it will make you stressed out. Do it as soon as you arrive and then you get to enjoy the rest of the holiday together!”

Lila’s is at 117 Lordship Lane, SE22 8HU Phone: 020 8693 6674 www.lilasjewels.co.uk

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ON THE BOIL: October openings Australian brand Butcher and the Farmer makes its international debut at Greenwich’s O2 with a farm-to-table concept created by Steve Flood and Will Stewart, the 2015 winners of Aussie reality cooking show My Kitchen Rules.

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Adam Byatt’s Clapham neighbourhood favourite, Bistro Union, is playing host to guest chef, Yoshiko, for three days on Monday 30 September, Tuesday 1 October and Wednesday 2 October, coinciding with Japan Week in London. Yoshiko joins the Bistro team to create a very special menu for £50 per head, which includes dishes such as spicy tuna tartare, beetroot and snow crab with yuzu, and wasabi mayo and red bean paste tiramisu.

40 Abbeville Road, SW4 9NG. www.bistrounion.co.uk


Electric Brixton is transforming into an all singing, all dancing Bavarian beer hall complete with long wooden tables and bunting, an excess of beers, and sausages courtesy of London’s own Herman ze German. Live music from London Brass All Stars will keep the classic oompah favourites rolling throughout the day while DJs from Sexy Kitchen Party will keep the soiree running late.

October 19 Brixton from 2pm - 9pm. Tickets start at £10. electricbrixton.uk.com

26 Grains comes to Borough Market after sowing their wild oats in the breakfast biz at Neal’s Yard. They open at 2-3 Stoney Street, SE1 9AA with a seasonal menu adapting breakfast through to dinner. The lovechild of Heston Blumenthal’s chef and sommelier from Fat Duck, Trivet is taking over the space formerly home to Londrino. 36 Snowsfields, SE1 3SU

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JUST SERVED Award-winning cocktail bar Tequila Mockingbird has launched on Brixton’s Atlantic Road, serving up martinis, margaritas and mojitos, oh my! Open until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays with a revolving line-up of guest DJs playing all the biggest tunes, the bar has a limited edition menu inspired by David Bowie where £1 from every cocktail is donated to Brixton schools for new music equipment.

64-68 Atlantic Road, SW9 8PY. www.tequilamock.com

Bistro Union

Marks & Spencer has re-opened its 105-year-old store on St John’s Road in Clapham Junction. The store originally opened in 1914 and it is still located in the same site, only now the revamped shop features a glitterball pizza oven cooking wood fired takeaway pizza (until 10pm daily) and a vertical farm with six varieties of herbs grown and harvested in-store. 45 St John’s Road, Clapham, London, SW11 1QP

28 Well Hung has opened on Nunhead Lane, serving pasture-raised, heritage breed meats with rustic skin-on chips. Expect 28 day dry-aged rump and bavette from the Dales and tender marinated lamb neck fillet from Kent and Sussex.

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Seabird has landed on the 14th floor of the Hoxton Hotel. Run by the team behind New York’s Maison Premise and Sauvage, the menu is influenced by Portuguese and Spanish flavours and centres around a raw bar with a killer view to boot. Seafood. And see London. 14th Floor, 40 Blackfriars Rd, South Bank, SE1 8PB

Tonkotsu Peckham is dishing up dumplings and ramen on Rye Lane in its eleventh outpost.

133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST

Tonkotsu Peckham

A new all-day café adjoining a hair and beauty salon in Nine Elms, Linnaen is inspired by a Swedish naturalist.

2 New Union Square, Embassy Gardens, SW11 7AX.





















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YOUR NEW VILLAGE BUTCHER IS HERE! The Proud Sow Butchery is now open in Dulwich Village. We would like to thank everyone for their support so far it's great getting to know you all. We are your fully free range butchery stocking meat and poultry from sustainable farms across the country along with some fantastic cheeses, fresh bread, a range of condiments and kitchen cupboard essentials. We use whole carcass animals and are committed to the highest quality. All of our award winning sausages are hand made and gluten free and we aim to keep all of our products as natural as possible. You can find us at 86 Dulwich Village on the zebra crossing. Keep up to date via our website : proudsow. co  .uk  We look forward to serving you ! Oliver  ∼  Butcher and Owner

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The grape escape

BY Cara Cummings ince last summer, Vignette Wine founder Sophie Griffiths has been ripping up the wine tasting rulebook with sensory-led events fusing art, neuroscience, AI and even afrobeat vinyl all liberally lubricated with some seriously good vino. Vignette bills itself as ‘a different kind of wine experience’ and holy merlot, is that the case. Consciousness, sensory perception and the very nature of reality itself are all on the agenda at Sophie’s immersive south London events, where you’ll learn as much about the human mind as the tipples you’re trying. Past adventures have seen guests testing their own mouth chemistry, donning virtual reality headsets to show others how their wine tastes, or facing off in challenges that demonstrate how easily the brain’s sensory inputs can be spongled. “We’re anti- ‘wine snob’ in our approach,” explains Sophie, “because we put the focus on you and your palate more than the wine itself. Wine is complex - that’s why it’s wonderful but it’s stuck in a vicious cycle where people think you need loads of knowledge to enjoy it. As if there’s this hidden value that only people with special superpowers can deduce. “We’re trying to turn connoisseurship into a process of self discovery, rather than something based on somebody else’s perception.” A former advertising executive, Sophie experienced firsthand how closed a world wine can be. “I remember being too intimidated to take any of the courses at [fine wine merchant] Berry


Sophie’s top tips for: Brothers Rudd, which is based on Pall Mall and is basically all tweed jackets,” she says. “I would never have seen myself as being part of that.” “There’s a scientific basis as to why wine is ultimately subjective,” Sophie explains, “so there’s something inherently patronising about dismissing someone’s response if it doesn’t agree with an ‘expert’ verdict. It’s all to do with sensory context - your palate, and your brain in a particular environment.” “As humans, 77% of perception cognition comes from what we see,” Sophie explains, “so information that conflicts with what our eyes are telling us will be disregarded by our brains and we’ll literally experience it in a different way. If you see a wine that’s pink, you will taste it as a rosé - even if it’s not. So many wine professionals have been fooled by that! The secret? “Smell everything!” Sophie laughs. “It’s one of the most important ways in which we experience the world. Your sense of smell is your brain literally connected to the physical world, picking up on chemicals that are coming in and stimulating the limbic system which is responsible for memory. “Your olfactory system is something you can develop. When one receptor is constantly involved in stimulating another receptor, they wire together; by recognising what certain smells are when you smell them, you’ll be able to pull out aromas in wines. Eventually, you’ll build up enough knowledge to experience a plethora of levels within a wine and it just opens up endlessly.”


Making sense of a wine menu

Always go for the most obscure thing! A sommelier has put that list together and they’ve only got space for a certain number of wines. If there’s some crazy, unpronounceable Bulgarian wine, it’s probably because it’s amazing and has fought its way onto that list.

Wines to try now

English wines, particularly sparkling. One thing you can be pretty sure of with English wine is that it will be quality; there’s a wonderful, artisanal vibe defining English wines right now. If you like sauvignon blanc, try a bacchus - some people are calling it England’s sauvignon blanc because it’s got that same really fresh, elderflower character. Croatian wines are great, too. They have excellent indigenous grapes, but at amazing value because they’re still not that well known.

Where to find great wine in South London and beyond...

The New Zealand wine cellar in Pop Brixton is always impressive. They’re all about being pure, clean and with a really strong focus on quality. Terroir in East Dulwich is also very good. There are some really exciting urban wineries in London too, like Renegade Wine or London Cru or Vagabond. What’s interesting is 30 years ago, Oregon was nothing in terms of wine and now it’s a premium global region. That could be England in 20 years.

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and double the veg. If this is too tricky, you can get good stock from Boroughbrothcompany, Ossaorganic or even Waitrose.

The ultimate root vegetable has to be the potato

Harvest season: lock, stock and barrel Camberwell chef Philip Coulter stocks up for autumn inter veg is coming. Going into autumn is a special time for chefs; it marks a shift from the quick and simple summer salads and barbecues to the low and slow of root vegetables, wild mushrooms, apples, berries, roasts and braises. All UK shellfish are a great buy as the waters get colder and they fatten up for the onset of winter. Three tricks for getting the most out of your shopping this season? Stock, soup and compote.

Stock well

Homemade stock need not be difficult or expensive but the key is where you get natural collegian and gelatin. Ask your butcher for any bones. When cooking, instead of throwing everything into the food bin, keep a pan handy for scraps: vegetable peelings, parsley stalks, bacon rind, raw and cooked bones, onion and a few herbs. Exclude fish, bread and potato. Pack everything in and just cover with cold water, put on the lowest heat and simmer for 5-10 hours, adding more water as necessary. For vegetable stock, omit bones


They’re cheap, they last forever in the fridge, and are extremely versatile. As an Irishman, I like to think I know a thing or two about the humble spud. Here’s a recipe for a potato and herb soup using the homemade stock. This is a thick comforting soup, ideal as a base, and you can add cheeses, smoked fish, smoked meats, watercress, croutons etc. - 1 mug of sliced onion - 2 mugs of peeled, diced potato
 - 3 mugs of homemade stock
 - 1/2 mug milk/ soya milk
 - Sprig of parsley, thyme, rosemary, bayleaf,
olive oil,
salt and pepper

Toss the potatoes and onions in hot oil, then cook gently for 5 minutes with lid on, add stock and herbs and cook until soft. Puree the soup, add salt and pepper and enough milk to get the right consistency. Serves 6 and will keep in the fridge for 5 days

How do you like them apples?

English apples are at their peak at the moment and it should be criminal to buy any others from New Zealand, South Africa or Chile! Here is a simple, healthy compote recipe that’s great for breakfast, good for gut health, tasty with pork, and lasts for a few weeks in the fridge. - 10 apples, peeled and cored
 - 1 lemon, juiced
 - 1/2 mug of water
 - Sugar to taste, depends on the apples
 - Cinnamon stick, cloves, nutmeg (optional)

Add all to a stainless steel pan, cook slowly till apples turn to pulp and reduce.

My weekly shop

I try to stick to this schedule; it helps with avoiding wastage and budgeting.
 Saturday/Sunday: Farmers’ Market days at either Oval or Brixton, where I buy fruits and vegetable for the week, stock bones, meat, dairy and cheese. Wednesday: Local organic veg shop top-up, dairy, fruit, fish from a local fishmonger (Wednesday is the best day to go), zero waste store. Once a month: I buy canned goods, drinks and dry goods on delivery from the local supermarket. No fresh produce. One local gem is the zero waste store and vegan restaurant Pipoca on Brixton Road. You don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy this place; there’s some interesting touches with a Brazilian and Caribbean mash up of food, super friendly staff, good coffee and a relaxed atmosphere.

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Stocking up for Christmas Watch out for these edible arrivals and tinselled tipples in the run-up to Christmas

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Aldi is launching its first ever Candy Cane Gin Liqueur. Available in stores and online from October 1: £9.99

Whiskey Explorer Advent Calendar (2019 edition): £99.95. www.masterofmalt.com

Gin Advent Calendar bottling note: £124.95. www.masterofmalt.com

Paxton and Whitfield’s new Christmas Cheese Cake: £50.00. www.paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk

Chococo Giant Christmas Hamper: £100. www.chococo.co.uk

Chococo Vegan Advent Selection Box: £24.50. www.chococo.co.uk

Chococo Milc Bauble: £12.50. www.chococo.co.uk

Hotel Chocolat and Gin Gift collection: £20. www.hotelchocolat.com

Biscuiteers Christmas cake: £48. www.biscuiteers.com

Biscuiteers Nutcracker Christmas Cake: £48. www.biscuiteers.com

Joe and Seph’s Gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendar: £25 www.joeandsephs.co.uk

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Carrie on...

Greenwich life coach Carrie Brooks shares her tips

How to navigate relationship minefields and stay in one piece 34 URBAN FOX

here is so much information out there about what makes a healthy relationship and although we try to pay attention, inevitably we get side tracked and find ourselves getting into habits that really don’t help us in any way or benefit the person we are in a relationship with. The first error that most people make is to ‘think’ relationships instead of ‘feel’ relationships. What I mean is that we spend most of our time minutely analysing and over thinking our relationships, instead of just tapping into to how we honestly feel, which will never let you down. Let me give you a scenario. You have just met the most amazing person, you are excited and feel the heady rush of new beginnings. Now as you start regularly seeing each other, you begin to build a scenario in your mind of how the relationship will go and how it definitely should be. I feel I have to make you aware that this way of thinking is crushing any blossoming connection under the heavy weight of your expectations. To give you an example, you may find yourself thinking something like this: “It’s been two days since he texted, that’s not right, I expect a guy to text me every day.” You then step on to the emotional rollercoaster and imagine all the reasons why you think he hasn’t texted. “He doesn’t like me anymore, he’s out with someone else, I knew it was all too good to be true.” I’m sure you recognise the stream of self-doubt which is gathering momentum here, resulting in you feeling hurt and upset and proceeding to download all this emotion at the earliest opportunity. Sound familiar? Often the truth will simply be that he was busy, stressed at work or didn’t want to crowd you too soon. However by the time you get to talk to each other, you have built yourself up into

such a state that any true connection is killed instantly right there! This is a perfect example of building up expectation, overthinking and going down a road that will threaten your relationship. A much better way would be to take your time, choose the right moment to explain that you would like him to text more often and ask him how does he feel about this? This is an example of communicating in such a way that the person on the receiving end is much more likely to take it on board. This is because what you are saying and how you are saying it hasn’t got the damaging emotional charge and upset behind it. Instead this is taking a step back and asking yourself how you want to best deal with the situation, what outcome do you want? As you practice the art of stepping back and taking charge of your reactions, you will feel more and more empowered, ultimately boosting your self-esteem and feeling positive about yourself. A win-win! Our old enemies: insecurity and low self-esteem are the culprits that cause us to build up unfair expectations and to not react at all well when they are not met. When we feel good about ourselves we tend to go with the flow and enjoy the gentle unfolding of all life has to offer, our thoughts will be positive about ourselves and anyone we have dealings with. However when we are in full reactive mode, we need to become aware that we are acting out of insecurity and fear of getting hurt, therefore our first reaction will not be the correct one. The secret here is to resist the impulse and take a moment. Ask yourself: how do I best want to deal with this situation? If the emotion is still running really high, give yourself time to centre yourself and, if that takes a few days, that’s ok. React to people in a way that when you look back on how you behaved, you feel proud of yourself and have no regrets. This will make all your personal interactions so much easier; I promise. In the beginning of this article I talked about the importance of feelings; they are your inner compass and they will never steer you wrong. When in a relationship the question to ask yourself is how does this person make me feel? Do you feel positive about yourself when you’re around them? Do they make you feel more or less? Any relationship that makes you feel insecure, not worthy and crushes your self-esteem is a red flag. Why would you want to be with anyone who makes you feel negative emotions about who you are? An ideal relationship is about two people coming together supporting, inspiring and making each other feel really good, a team that boosts each other’s self-esteem and makes each other feel valued and appreciated. Anything less and you’re selling yourself short. Set high standards and hold out for the relationships that you deserve and always remember check in with yourself and ask ‘how do I feel?’ I hope this article has helped to clarify some of the misconceptions that surround relationships and to reassure you that you do deserve the very best. Hold your head up high, believe in yourself and above all remember the importance of feeling good!

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Stoptober is back – give it a

go and quit smoking for good SMOKERS IN Southwark are being supported to quit smoking this October, as part of the annual Stoptober campaign.

The Stoptober stop smoking challenge encourages smokers to take part in the nation’s biggest quit attempt and give up for 28 days from 1 October. If you’re a smoker, quitting is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you. It helps you feel better, save money and protect your family from the harm of second-hand smoke. Research shows that if you can make it to 28-days smoke-free, you’re five times more likely to quit for good. Just go online and search ‘Stoptober’ for more information and to get started. But smokers won’t be alone in their quit journey – the most successful quit attempts are made with the right support and using a combination of methods.

Support options available to smokers include face-to-face help from local stop smoking services, GPs and pharmacists, together with a Personal Quit Plan, the Stoptober app and daily email tips. The Southwark stop smoking service is available all year round and with their help you are three times more likely to quit than if you go it alone. The service has trained advisers to help you quit, regular sessions to encourage you to keep going, and expert advice on the choice of medication that works for you. For information on Southwark stop smoking services, call 0800 169 6002 or email the team: gst-tr. stopsmokingsouthwark@nhs.net. Alternatively, you can visit a pharmacy stop smoking service and the location of participating pharmacies are found on the CCG’s website: www. southwarkccg.nhs.uk/your-health/ healthy/stopping-smoking

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Extra GP and nurse appointments available in Southwark PEOPLE IN Southwark have access to extra GP and nurse appointments from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week, including bank holidays.

MELBOURNE GROVE and Hambleden Medical Practices are the first GP surgeries in Southwark to receive a Pride in Practice Gold award for meeting the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients.

The gold award is the highest possible rating available and recognises the efforts of the GP surgeries in ensuring

that LGBT patients get the best possible care. Delivered by the LGBT Foundation, Pride in Practice is a programme available to all GP surgeries in the borough. It works with the surgery staff to strengthen relationships with LGBT patients and confidently support their needs. Surgeries that sign up receive personalised and ongoing support

from the LGBT Foundation through dedicated account managers and access to resources. Congratulations to everyone at the Melbourne Grove and Hambleden Medical Practices for this tremendous achievement! Find out more about Pride in Practice on the ‘Equality and inclusion page’ at www.southwarkccg.nhs.uk

Extra appointments in the evenings and at weekends offer greater access and more convenience for patients. The service, called the Extended Primary Care Service, covers most of the things you’d normally see your GP or nurse about. The extra appointments are provided at two locations in the borough:

• Lister Health Centre in Peckham • Spa Medical Centre in Bermondsey. To book an appointment, please contact your GP surgery as normal. This is not a walk-in service; you need to book an appointment to be seen. If you’re not sure whether the service is appropriate for you, just ask your surgery, which will ensure you are seen in the right place. For more information, visit our website: www.southwarkccg.nhs. uk/8to8


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Genital model-making classes? Check. Talks on improving pleasure? Check. Meet the woman bringing a whole new level of woah to the area - one vulva diagram at a time...

o you know how big the clitoris is?” I’ve been chatting to Becky Lund-Harket, the founder of sex positivity network the Candid Collective, for just over an hour when she reaches across the table, takes my notebook and starts sketching a toscale outline of exactly that. “That’s the head, these are the bulbs and those are the leggy bits,” titters Becky as she works. “And this is all similar tissue to the penis, so it gets erect. The clitoris is officially amazing.” Becky can’t help but serve up sex facts with the sunniest of dispositions. Spend time with the giggling body positivity pioneer and you laugh - but by god, you learn. In 60 minutes, I’ve discovered that ejaculate travels at up to 28 miles per hour, that there can be 300 million sperm cells released each time, and that female arousal hinges on something called vaginal tenting , which, let’s just say, it’s not a

great idea to google at work. “Vaginal tenting is always a good one,” grins Becky. Quite. Since kicking off in February, Candid Collective has sold out genital model-making workshops, where participants fashion plasticine appendages whilst learning secret wonders of the human nether regions, body positivity events where attendees can become life drawing models for an afternoon “even if you just feel like being topless or in your undies,” and talks on everything from boosting sexual pleasure, to how to find the right sex toy as your body changes with age. “The mission is to normalise conversations about sex, bodies and relationships,” Becky says. “In order to challenge the stigma and embarrassment that people feel about those things, as well as more in depth feelings of inadequacy about themselves.” “Sex can be tied up to all sorts of other things that you’re often trying to ignore, like ‘maybe my relationship isn’t quite right’ or ‘maybe Continued on next page u



the communication that I have with my partner isn’t great’. That’s all quite scary to admit. Plus, we don’t really know the language - our sex education in schools isn’t very good - and then all of a sudden, you’re an adult and you’re meant to learn, somehow by osmosis, or by chats with friends over bottles of wine. That’s great, but it’s not enough to change the core of it: that a lot of people are unhappy and don’t know how to voice that.” “The whole thing is about being open, honest, kind and straightforward,” Becky continues. “With a partner, slow down and feel it out. Ask: ‘is this nice?’ Slowing things down and communicating - they’re the two things that are never going to do it harm.” “Oh, and butt plugs,” she laughs. “Fully go in!” As a part-time sex education facilitator, Becky also delivers workshops about relationships to schoolchildren across the country and has - to put it politely - short shrift for those who back reducing or even stopping sex ed for under-18s. “Apparently we’re ‘ruining their innocence’,” she exclaims. “People think that if we talk to kids about sex, then they’re more likely to


have it, which is not true. Teaching abstinence is categorically proven to lead to exactly the opposite - higher teenage pregnancies, more risky sex and people having sex earlier. People who’ve had decent sex education have sex late and have healthier sex, i.e. using contraception. So it’s completely nonsensical as an argument - it’s not backed up by anything.” “Young teenagers can access porn nowadays. We have to get real about the landscape we’re educating them within,” she continues. That’s not to say that Becky isn’t concerned about the ubiquity of porn, and its impact on sexual wellbeing. “Worrying whether or not you’ve got too much hair, a big enough penis, a labia minora that’s bigger than it should be - it’s all directly linked to the rise of porn,” she says. “Labiaplasty [cosmetic surgery which removes the labia minora] is now the cosmetic surgery that’s increasing the most in the world, which is completely mad. It’s one of the most sensitive parts of your body, with the potential to give you so much pleasure, and people are cutting it off. The scarring, the real desensitisation - for what?

So it looks a certain way for somebody else? “I think there’s got to be a point where women say: we’re not going to do as we’re told. F**k that. I don’t think sex positivity is an isolated movement. So much is changing for women around the world; not enough, but there are more women in power, and making decisions, and that filters down.” Knowledge is everything, Becky insists. “It’s about being able to talk about your anatomy so you know if something is wrong or can go to the doctor and describe it. Or knowing what constitutes a healthy relationship that’s about making sure you don’t go out with a dickhead, but also much more.” “Candid is about starting those kinds of conversations, for everyone. Because it can be really powerful to connect with people who might be feeling the same as you, with the same thoughts, feelings, worries and insecurities. For you to see yourself in that is definitely part of this movement.”

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Enjoy fiendish fun at the Horniman’s Halloween Fair. Meet creepy crawlies, hear spooky storytelling, and browse for gifts and treats at the arts and crafts markets and food stalls.Come dressed in your best costume!

Saturday 26 October and Sunday 27 October from 10:30am-4:30pm. Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, SE23 3PQ. Phone: 020 8699 1872. www.horniman.ac.uk


Clapham boutique bakers the Biscuiteers are rolling out a special Day of the Dead biscuit tin: £35, and Haunted House biscuit tin: £35.

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Rattle your bones at Big Fish Little Fish’s Halloween Spooktacular! The mega family rave in Vauxhall brings acid house, techno, house, drum ‘n’ bass to families with 0-8 year olds with three rooms of live DJs.Get creepy crafty on the Captain Cookie Craft tables and enjoy the Villa Pia baby chill out or play areas. Rob Tissera makes his Big Fish Little Fish London debut this Halloween;

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Mini chefs can take part in a Halloween cooking party focused on healthy food and no sweets with Kids en Cuisine. Aimed at 3-8 years-olds.


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The London Dungeon’s Hide and Seek show is tipped to be one of the scariest ever at the south bank as the Dungeons delves into the story of the infamous Jack the Ripper for All Hallows Eve. Guests will be immersed in Jack’s tainted and twisted tale, traveling back through one of the darkest periods in London’s history to the heinous streets of Whitechapel.

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What happens if you fall into a black hole? Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer Ed Bloomer has the answers

e get asked this a lot, and there are a few different things to consider. Let’s start with the simple case where you’re falling in by yourself, feet first... Realistically, the immense gravity of the black hole would tear you apart. Close to the black hole, the gravitational gradient becomes very steep and there is a significant difference between the pull on your feet and your head. The result? A process called spaghettification, which is pretty much what it sounds like. You would be stretched out, and near the black hole there is no structure that could withstand this effect. With massive black holes, this may not be what gets you in the end. You probably wouldn’t be falling in entirely alone, and the black hole may be surrounded by an accretion disk of particles spiralling inwards. In this disk, there would be frictional heating in the turbulent flow of particles; not only would you be rubbing up against other particles at high velocities, you would be being blasted by the intense radiation produced by this process. Not pleasant! Continuing your journey, other strange effects occur. A rotating black hole would churn spacetime itself, preventing you from staying stationary. Close to the black hole, you couldn’t

maintain a stable orbit (even if you were in some amazing hypothetical spaceship which didn’t have to worry about tidal forces or radiation). Your trip right into the black hole itself is inevitable. As for me, sensibly maintaining a safe distance? I’m starting to have difficulty receiving signals from you; gravitational redshifting is changing the wavelength of whatever you’re emitting, and time dilation means that from my point of view time is passing ever more slowly for you. I might even start to think that it isn’t quite possible for you to reach the very heart of the black hole because you’re slowing down so much, but I’m afraid it won’t even come to that because eventually you’ll pass the event horizon, where the gravity is so strong that not even light can escape from beyond that boundary (and hence, a black hole). Your journey to the singularity itself at the centre of the black hole will have no witnesses. That’s certainly the end of you in any meaningful sense. There is a chance that through quantum mechanical effects, the black hole returns the material that it has ‘eaten’ as subatomic particles as it evaporates, but if that is indeed the case it probably won’t be much comfort. You as a person won’t pop back out safe from harm. Sorry. There are lots of extra little complications to this scenario, but in conclusion, nothing good happens when you fall into a black hole. Best avoided!


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A woman for all seasons ugust seemed to have weather from every season; it began with below average temperatures, periods of torrential rain and chilly evenings but the month ended with five days of scorching summer heat. September is often fine and settled, although conditions can turn quickly with autumn gales appearing (due to cooling temperatures in the northern hemisphere meeting heat coming from the equator). It is a delightful month in the garden with plants at different stages; fruits are ripening, vegetables are ready for picking; the borders are still full of summer perennials – now joined by early autumn bulbs and plants, and the leaves on some trees (most noticeably Lime trees) are slowly beginning to change colour. The late summer flowers competing for attention include the eye catching Echinacea (Cone flower), Passion flower, Roses and Hydrangea macrophylla ‘mophead.’ The first autumn plants coming into bloom are the showy Dahlias with their large colourful flowers; Asters and Sedum which produces clusters of shimmering pink flowers. At this time of year cuttings can be taken of shrubs such as Clematis armandii, Choisya,

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Into the wild atie Spragg’s large-scale ceramic installation Lambeth Wilds opens at the Garden Museum this month. This project realises an ambition of Katie’s to create work in direct response to the collaboration and participation of other people, in this case young people from Lambeth Young Carers, people with Dementia through the Clay for Dementia programme and Garden Museum visitors and workshop participants. Throughout the project, Katie has been collecting people's stories and memories of wild plants. These stories and observations have informed the plants featured in the commission.

An event to celebrate the launch of the artwork is at the Garden Museum on Friday 25 October from 6:30-9pm as part of the museum’s new Up Late programme.


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Peckham Place packs a punch with shared ownership A staggering £42 billion of inheritance wealth has skipped a generation over the last five years, with over half (57%) of parents aged over 55 choosing to pass it onto their children and grandchildren in a bid to help them buy their first home . For first time buyers looking to make their mark on the property market independently, Notting Hill Genesis is offering an exciting opportunity to purchase a new home in what is fast becoming one of London’s most sought after Zone 2 districts. Proudly occupying a spot on Queen’s Road, SE15, Peckham Place delivers a striking collection of one, two and three bedroom apartments. Available to buy with Shared Ownership, purchasers can secure a 25% share in a one bedroom apartment with deposits starting from just £10,625. Shared Ownership offers aspiring buyers the opportunity to buy a share of a home’s value, between 25% and 75%, while paying a subsidised rent on the remaining share. Continued on next page u



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The lower deposit level required with the Shared Ownership scheme means buyers need only put down a deposit on the share they purchase and not the full market value of the property. Shared Ownership also means you can become a home owner with a lower level of savings than if you were to buy the same home outright. Buyers can also choose to buy additional shares on their property as and when they can afford to, right up to 100%. Enjoying a well-connected location in the heart of this trendy south-east corner of London, residents at Peckham Place can effortlessly reach central London in just ten minutes from Peckham Rye station and in eight minutes from Queen’s Road stations, both just a few minutes’ walk from home. Rivalling the likes of Shoreditch and Dalston, Peckham certainly packs a punch for those wanting to be in the middle of it all, with its fashionable and creative hub brimming with a selection of trendy rooftop bars, thriving restaurants, quirky cafes and independent shops, there is something to suit everyone. Jim Munson, Head of Marketing at Notting Hill Genesis comments: “Peckham Place delivers everything you could want in a new home – a fantastic specification, outdoor space, residents’ parking and excellent access to transport links, within a thriving neighbourhood. The availability of Shared Ownership makes the possibility of living and owning a home in this bustling London location a more affordable reality, especially for buyers who perhaps don’t have financial support from friends or family members. This is something that Notting Hill

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My Manor Pub landlord and Peckham’s prince Clement Ogbonnaya serves south London love, straight up By L aura Burgoine

Home is…

My pub, the Prince of Peckham, and wherever I can get the best jollof rice, consistently.

On Saturday mornings you’ll find me…

At the pub amazed at the mess created from the night before or simply having a liein while my baby daughter shouts “wake up daddy, wake up daddy.”

Where I go to let my hair down…

Anywhere I can go with the family.

Where I go to get my hair cut…

My boy Dele. He’s been cutting my hair for the last 12 years, since he worked at a shop on Southampton Way. Now he does home visits… for the selective few.

The place I can’t live without…

Khan’s on Rye Lane. What an institution.

The best bit about living south of the river? That it’s not north of the river.

The idea for the Prince of Peckham came about from...

My favourite TV show growing up was Desmond’s. It was really the only show on TV that my family and I were able to see ourselves in. A black family, from Guyana (we were Nigerian) living in South East London. There was one character in particular, Lee ‘the Peckham Prince’ Stanley: my favourite character. One minute patois, next minute cockney as Arthur Daley. Charming, energetic, wheeler dealer but ultimately very loveable. The embodiment of the melting pot that Peckham was and has vastly become. So I named the pub after him.

Now, the Prince is conquering a new kingdom?

Annoyingly, as I write this, I’ve had to pull out of


the deal to take on our second site. I was so excited and nervous at the same time. The site was 15 minutes down the road from Prince of Peckham and would’ve offered something completely different while sharing the same ethos, values and morals of the Prince. We are still on the hunt for site number two and hopefully it won’t be too long before you’re writing a piece on our new site.

Right now, everyone's ordering…

We recently got in a delicious wine selection with a really hearty Malbec from Argentina. It’s safe to say it’s gone down a treat. Other than that our ‘Prince’ rum punch has been our best-selling since the pub opened. You’ve got to try it.

The most bizarre request I've had from a customer...

“Can I get a portion of wings please, off the bone?” You must be out of your mind.

What makes a south Londoner?

Acceptance, tolerance and a heartfelt ‘wha gwan?’

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Urban Fox October 19  

A monthly love letter to south London

Urban Fox October 19  

A monthly love letter to south London