ISSUE 2 SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2008 www.thetransmitter.co.uk
FASHION ON DINO ISLAND
Penge, Palace, Paris, Pubs... KAREN MCLEOD SHARES HER FANTASIES
KIDS COMPETITION INSIDE!
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ISSUE 2 SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2008
4 A WORD FROM THE EDITORS WORD ON THE STREET 5 BITS OF LOC AL NEWS AND GOSSIP LETTERS 8 SOME OF YOUR HALF-B AKED THOUGHTS A MASTER OF HISTORY 10 LOC AL HISTORIAN DR JAN PIGGOTT PENGE, PALACE, PARIS, AND PUBS. 12 LOC AL AUTHOR KAREN MCLEOD TALKS TO US NEW NUMIDIE 16 TRANSMITTER FOODIES STUFF THEMSELVES (JUST FOR YOU) AUTUMN PLONK 19 MICHAEL FINDS SOMETHING FRENCH AND TASTY NEARBY PALACE PATCH 20 SUE TELLS YOU WHERE TO STICK YOUR SHRUBS TEA WITH REX 22 TRANSMITTTER GIRLS IN LOC ALLY SOURCED LOVELINESS SHOPPING 24 LIZ’S LOC AL LEATHER AND LACE THE BOOKSELLER 26 JONATHAN CROWS ON ABOUT BOOKS THERE’S A WORLD OUT THERE 27 HOWARD’S MUSIC COLUMN BREAKS THE LANGUAGE B ARRIER PHILOSOPHY CORNER 29 NOT AS BORING AS IT SOUNDS A PARENTS GUIDE TO SCHOOL 30 NEW TERM TIPS FOR PARENTS CATHY’S COLUMN 33 COMPETITIONS AND FUN FOR KIDS WHATS ON 34 STUFF TO DO WHEN THERE’S NOTHING ON THE TELLY BUSINESS DIRECTORY 36 CONTACT DETAILS FOR ALL THINGS LOC AL PARK LIFE & WRITING COMPETITION 41 PARK PICS & THIS ISSUE’S KIDS COMPETITION ECONOMY CUSTARD 42 SIMON SHARVILLE NEEDS HIS HEAD EXAMINED 3 TTr_V01_Is02a.indd 3
COVER Mirabel Takes tea with the DInos. Photography: Smash Bang Wallop Red Dress: Allbone & Trimmit
From the Editor
We are very pleased to render unto you dear readers the second issue of The Transmitter. A big thank you to all the people who took the time to write or email us regarding our first issue. We have recieved many great ideas for future articles (and a few not so great!). It is really helpful so keep them coming in.
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We were particularly taken by the gentleman who wrote to gently chide us against becoming a bit too flash, especially as his hand written note came to us on headed notepaper from a casino in Marrakech. Hats off to you sir! The same gent (see letters) suggested that we could benefit from a bit more intellectual weight. Our first instinct was to throw a heavy book at him, but when we had calmed down we thought we would take up his challenge, so we have added a bit of poetry (p.8) and philosophy (p.29). If you donâ€™t like that sort of thing, just ignore it and it will probably go away. On a less weighty note we have a fashion shoot with the dinos (cover), with the lovely Transmitter Girls all decked out in locally sourced frocks and accessories. For this months profile we review the immensely varied career of local author Karen McLeod. The former performance artist and burlesque dancer tells us of her love for the underrated delights of Penge (p.12). Also, now that our contributors have finally returned from sunning themselves in various exotic parts of the world, we can present to you all our regular shopping, food, drink, music and book review features. Blimey, next stop Christmas!!! Arghhh!!
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WORD ON THE STREET Get Smart! We have a New Hairdressers! Willy Smarts have opened a posh new salon following their massive success in posh Clapham. Wow! The Transmitterâ€™s new patented Poshometer just registered a force 6 on the poshfort scale!
Lovely Grub Our new eatery on The Triangle, The Exhibition Rooms is off to a good start by all accounts. The Transmitter foodies have yet to fill their nosebags at this joint in order to deliver their verdict.... watch this space!
Dinosaur Extinction at Domali Regulars at Domali on Westow Street will notice the absence of the Dinosaur exhibition that has graced their walls for the past year. There is a new exhibition featuring abstract acrylics on canvas by Roy Petersen. Anyone wishing to purhase any of the art should enquire at Domali.
The outgoing Domali Exhibition Dinosaur framed prints (actual exhibition pieces only) are available for a limited period only at 50% discount (ÂŁ175). Smash Bang Wallop, 85 Church Road. 020 8771 5517 New work at Domali by Roy Petersen
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Church Road changes It’s a Green Thing has moved from Church Road to take over the former Little Yellow Bird shop at 40 Westow Hill. That leaves number 79 Church Road free for Vivien to move in with her eclectic mix of vintage goodies at a fab new shop ‘Vien’. The (very!) short lived health food shop at no. 77 has become a fab new Beauty parlour where Renata Brown is ready to take up your beauty challenges, so go get waxed ladies!
IS GR EENER ...
Triangle-fest! On Saturday 27th September there will be a Triangle-fest with all sorts of goings-on including music, food, activities... Andy from Bambino’s is organising it and would like anyone with ideas or contributions to contact him on 0795 632 3164. While we’re on the topic of Bambino’s, take a look at our shopping pages (p.24-25) for some exciting news about who’s been wearing his leathers lately!
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Then & Now
Interested in local history? The Norwood Society is not just for old fogies (though I believe that old fogies are welcome), the society keeps an eye on what local and national government are doing to look after (or destroy) all the lovely old buildings and stuff around here. They research and publish lots of interesting stuff and are a good first point of call for anyone wanting to find out more about local history. www.norwoodsociety.co.uk Did you know... ...the 1966 World Cup trophy was discovered on Beulah Hill by a dog called Pickles. It had been stolen prior to the tournament but, thanks to Pickles, was retrieved in time for Bobby Moore to hoist it aloft at Englands famous victory. Sadly it was stolen again in 1983 and has never been seen since.
Water tower becomes lamppost, but Westow Hill’s architecture remains largely the same.
Historical pictures from Pete’s Prints 07896 150187 Catch Pete’s stall at the Alma Garden Market every Saturday.
More Ef Words Efisio would like to warmly thank all theTransmitter readers who booked into the Mediterrania following our magazine review. He had his best week ever and he hopes you all enjoyed yourselves. All September Efisio is offering a great deal on bookings Sunday to Thursday; 2 main courses for £14.90. Also see our What’s on section for some very special nights at the Mediterrania in October,Yum!
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LETTERS Dear Sir Congratulations on the first edition of your new magazine which has style and quality (and only a few printing errors)! I look forward to the next edition and would like to suggest an article on another famous past residents – Vice-Admiral Robert Fitzroy who captained The Beagle on which Darwin’s famous voyage was made. A biography entitled Evolution’s Captain tells his story. A plaque on 140 Church Road commemorates him, but the original house was, I understand, demolished. His grave and that of his widow and daughter, stands in front of All Saints’ Church, stating that the widow’s place of death was Hampton Court Palace where, presumably, she was granted a ‘Grace and Favour’ residence by sympathetic Queen Victoria.
A Fan... Dear Editor I am delighted to see your new magazine The Transmitter. I find it the ideal size, not too shiny, nice and colourful, good contents and best of all it’s FREE! Very good name too. I hope you can put my request for friends in your next issue. It is: Ex Crystal Palace Campaigner lady wishes to make contact with local friends. Please write to me. Thank You Yours sincerely Diane Redford If you would like to contact Diane please write in the first instance to The Transmitter and we will pass your messages on.
Hi Guys I liked your new magazine. It is well-produced, looks good and is quite classy – perhaps a bit too classy like those property mags that masquerade as a good read but are all adverts. You need a bit more weight. How about some poetry or those local history articles that were in The Palace? Good try – keep trying Best Clive Boot The Transmitter is too classy? We’ll try to drag it down a bit for you, Clive! You’ve just revealed the big Transmitter con trick, it’s only masquerading as a good read, actually it isn’t. That weight comment really hit us where it hurts, so this issue we have added some poetry and a bit of philosophy. As for local history, did you read the last issue? It had the best almost true local history piece ever!
Yours truly Miss Shiela Rowks Thanks for your comments, Shiela. We have just discovered something called proofreading, it’s a really great new idea and we have tried it on this issue, so hopefully the error rate has gone down a bit! We agree, Admiral Fitzroy needs to make an appearance soon, he’s too big a local fish to leave out for long. Bit depressing though, all that throat slashing in Church Road - maybe we can find a way to look on the light side!
...and another Hello I read the first issue cover to cover and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Loved the flashes of humour enlivening the writing, fun and informative. As an object the magazine suggests quality. It feels good and is just the right size. The photography is good, the front cover signposts the potentially exciting contents within. All at once it says that Crystal Palace is an vibrant place, that this publication will reveal it and even acts as an advertisement for the shop selling the red hoodie. By now you will have gathered that I liked it and I am looking forward to the next issue. I wish you well with your endeavour.
POETRY CORNER Love and Life John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester All my past Life is mine no more, The flying hours are gone: Like transitory Dreams giv’n o’re, Whose Images are kept in store, By Memory alone. The Time that is to come is not; How can it then be mine? The present Moment’s all my Lot, And that, as fast as it is got, Susan, is only thine. Then talk not of Inconstancy, False Hearts and broken Vows; If I, by Miracle, can be This live-long Minute true to thee, ‘Tis all that Heav’n allows.
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I have been living with my family in Crystal Palace for eight years now, six of them as a Beauty Therapist.
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A Master of History
A new book – Dulwich College: A History – has just been published. Jo Akrill meets its author Dr Jan Piggott: long-time resident of Sydenham, chronicler of the Crystal Palace, and a former teacher at the College. Jan Piggott has a passion for the grand gestures of bygone ages. In his book Palace of the People, he revels in the almost ludicrous scale of the Crystal Palace in its Victorian heyday, with its multitude of fountains, colossal Egyptian figures, vast orchestral concerts, and firework extravaganzas. Now Piggott has written, with equal enthusiasm, a history of Dulwich College, alma mater of P.G. Wodehouse, Raymond Chandler and Ernest Shackleton. The book is a mine of information about local history, landscape, and politics. The school’s founder, Edward Alleyn, was a prominent Elizabethan actor who starred in the plays of Christopher Marlowe. Doctor Faustus, Tamburlaine the Great, and The Jew of Malta were the roles for which ‘Ned’ Alleyn was celebrated. He married cannily, too: his first wife, Joan Woodward, was the step-daughter of his boss, theatre-owner and
manager Philip Henslowe. If those names seem strangely familiar, it’s probably from walking or driving around Dulwich, where so many street names bear testament to the area’s association with Elizabethan theatrical history. Even ‘Eynella’ Road is an anagram of an alternative form of the founder’s name! In his later life, Alleyn set up a school for twelve ‘poor scholars’, orphan boys from neighbouring parishes, and almshouses for twelve elderly men and women.You will have passed the ‘Old College’, as it is known – it is the beautiful building with the Chapel next to the Picture Gallery, and is still the headquarters of the Dulwich Estate. When you drive through the tollgate on College Road, the pound you pay for the privilege goes direct to the Estate!
Piggott, who was Keeper of the Dulwich College Archives after retiring from the classroom, writes with erudition, passion and precision, often drawing fascinating links between the history of Dulwich and that of Crystal Palace. During the midVictorian era, when Paxton’s great glass structure was moved from Hyde Park to its new site on Sydenham Hill, Alleyn’s Estate allowed the fledgling Crystal Palace Company to buy part of Dulwich Woods, now Crystal Palace Parade. The cutting of three railways through the Estate allowed them to fund the construction of the presentday school (known as the ‘New College’), with its striking mockVenetian buildings designed by Charles Barry Junior.
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Jan Piggott has pursued a lifelong interest in literature and the visual arts. After studying English Literature at Oxford, he taught at Kuala Lumpur University, before moving to California, to complete a PhD on W. B. Yeats in the 1960s. He returned to England with an American wife, Cas, daughter of a Hollywood cinematographer, Charlie Straumer, who won an Emmy award for his work on the TV series of The Untouchables. While he was working in the College Archives, Piggott’s interest in Edward Alleyn and the Theatre Papers of Henslowe swiftly became an overriding passion. Turner is another strong interest, and he curated an exhibition on the painter at the Tate Gallery, which gave him “a taste for putting on exhibitions – I’m a show-off, an exhibitionist”, he claims, but this is belied by his gentle, modest manner. The exhibition he organised at the Dulwich Picture Gallery to mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Crystal Palace at Sydenham by Queen Victoria in 1854 led him to write his book, Palace of the People.
One of Piggott’s favourite characters of the period is the Victorian acrobat Blondin, whose exploits included cooking an omelette on the high wire above the Palace, and lowering it down, together with two glasses of wine, to the astonished spectators. Piggott would have loved to have been a witness, too, to those breathtaking firework displays: “They showed tableaux from famous works of art, battle-scenes with action, and men in asbestos suits with live fireworks on them on the high wire doing gymnastics – a kind of protocinema. Just extraordinary!” Both of Piggott’s books are exceptionally well-designed and illustrated, offering valuable insights into the ways personalities, politics and private enterprise have shaped our local environment. Edward Alleyn’s small school has grown into a prominent institution and were it not for his fiercely protective estate,
Dulwich Village would by now almost certainly resemble most other South London suburbs.
Dr Jan Piggott Both of Piggott’s books are available from the Bookseller Crow on the Hill and Dulwich Books. Dulwich College: A History is also available from the Dulwich College Commissariat (020 8299 9222)
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Karen McLeod grew up in Penge. She studied Fine Art at college in Cardiff and has since worked as an air stewardess, a performance artist and a burlesque dancer. Her first novel, In Search of the Missing Eyelash, set in Penge and Crystal Palace, was recently published to great acclaim. She is currently hard at work on her next book. You seem to have become a bit of an ambassador for Penge. Well, my attachment to Penge comes from growing up here. When I was at secondary school and worried more about what other people thought than what I did, I realised that I was
rather ashamed of the place. There was (and still is) a stigma about Penge. When I say where I’m from people laugh thinking it’s a comedy name or they screw up their nose as if there is a bad smell. I mean one of Monty Python’s first sketches was John Cleese dressing up in
a brown mac parading around stupidly being ‘the man from Penge’.You see at school there was a huge snobbery about living in Beckenham and not in Penge. If you did live here you were seen as being poor and common. My niece goes to school at the same secondary
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and it still goes on, all that pretentious crap. It’s really about class. It’s taken me a long time to work out why Penge is so different to its neighbouring hamlets. It’s a little to do with location, being in the dip of a hill, but mostly about economics and attitude. But now I’m kind of weirdly proud to say I live here, I suppose it’s a form of inverted snobbery, of being mixed up with what’s seen as being the underdog. It’s not a fashionable place so at the moment I am trying to write about Penge with all the humour and community spirit and eccentricity that i see around me. With occasional trips up the hill? Crystal Palace is rather like Paris to me. It has such a grand old history which i find fascinat-
In Search of the Missing Eyelash (Jonathan Cape) is available from Bookseller Crow and all good bookshops.
ing. When you walk amongst the stone sphinxes and ruins of the old Palace and get that view where on a good day you can see the beginning of the South Downs (so an old bloke in a pub told me) you know you are in the company of something exotic and sophisticated. The feeling of the past is trapped there for me. For years I’ve pretended that I’m going abroad when I go up the hill from Penge. There’s artists and cafes and a buzz which Penge in comparison lacks. Maybe that’s why I set my first novel partly in Crystal Palace, it is a space to dream of what could be. How has the area changed over the years? Penge has changed loads over the years. I remember the old Co-op and getting my feet measured in one of those electric machines. The green shield stamps my mother collected. The butchers with sawdust on the floor. As i grew up in the 70’s there was a real feel of the history of the place. But now Kennedy’s the sausage shop has closed, I see it as really significant. It was the last remaining shop which was of original design. I fear that it will all be lost. That shop was 140 years old and many people loved those chipolatas. It stands empty, surrounded by nail parlours and pound shops and a deflating Woolworths. I’m tempted to buy it and keep it as a museum. The closure of many of the pubs is depressing too. In the glory days of Crystal Palace before the fire Penge used to have over twenty pubs. It was known as a drunks’ paradise. Now there are only a few places to go for a pint, but some of the pubs prevail, The Pawleyne Arms be-
ing one of the most classic old man pubs. Never been tempted by further afield? Sometimes I walk along the same streets that I’ve walked along for years and get a feeling that I should leave, see some new streets, but the more I find out about the place and the people, the fact that we still have a strong sense of community here makes me stay. Also my family are here and I’m away half the time with my job with BA. I lived in Australia for a while but came back as I was homesick. My mother is becoming increasingly political in her sixties and I like to stay close. Most people leave a place to get away from their family, but as mine accept me for who I am, author quirks and all, I chose to stay and my feel and love for the area has intensified the more I write about it. Besides I can’t afford to go anywhere else and I happen to love South London, warts and all. Some of our greatest writers lived or wrote about south of the river - Angela Carter, Muriel Spark and now Stella Duffy and Sarah Waters are basing their new books down this way. Things can only get better!
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Justine Crow samples the delights of the refurbished Numidie.
I very nearly didn’t make it to Numidie. Firstly, we were supposed to eat elsewhere but for various reasons that particular culinary adventure is on hold (I’ll explain all in the future). Secondly, I had a list as long as one of Peter Crouch’s socks of things to do and nowhere did it say sit down, relax and have some nosebag. Luckily the bookseller insisted. Nothing to do with the fact that he’s been hanging his nose over their menu for years. Every time he goes to the bank, in fact (not as often then, as he’d like). So now was our opportunity to discover if it really was the dog’s cojones that everyone claims. I met him downstairs in the bar. One minute out in the hot, filthy sunshine of Westow Hill, the next we were in a cool base-
ment sipping cold Casablanca beers. Had I died and gone to heaven? The pocked walls and stone floor reminded me of the cafés I used to go into in Brussels back in the 80s, where a good ale was a darn sight more important than a posh lick of paint. Upstairs, we were still in Belgium with stained glass and wooden topped tables, it was like the Mort Subite - it was a sudden death then, after all - without the old battleaxes in pinnies, and the miniature jam jars serving as condiment pots were thrillingly Brussels underground. As it was quiet, we thought we’d over-egged Numidie’s popularity by reserving but we did the right thing because by the time our first courses arrived, accompanied by some
olive flat bread for dipping, the decidedly unbattleaxey lone waitress was rushed off her feet, with what looked like just about every cover taken. Looking at the menu, it was no wonder I was reminded of my former stomping ground by the cracking selection of dishes of Moroccan influence with a franc-ish sheen. The set menu at £13.50 boasted couscous royale after mackerel with gooseberries or salt beef, but the carte was tempting: chorba de poisson with coriander and mint, the red mullet and samphire, the smoked duck salad and the merguez … there’s a saucy joke there about me liking spicy sausage but I was too damn hungry to make it. In the end I chose the anchovies in salsa and they were the podgiest, chavviest
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Food things in their silver tracksuits. The bookseller had the pretty house salad which starred an artichoke heart and humous served in a classy bowl. The Moroccan rosé Volupilia we chose to wash the fish and leaves down with was young and buttery and a bit naughty in the strength department. But it went fine with our mains which could have been couscous or tagine, but I went for the meaty lamb gigot à la pieds noirs, which was cooked medium rare and was a silky as a red hanky and the bookseller got his nose stuck into the sfriya chicken served with egg and parsley Algerian dumplings. The writing in my notebook gets a bit squiggly after that. But I found a corner in my beloved belly for some crème brulée and the bibliopole pre-
tended he didn’t have room for the chocolate tart that didn’t touch his insides on the way down. I see that I made a slightly squiffy comment in my notes about the appalling new Woolworths sign blaring in from across the road with all the verbal charm and subtlety of a giant belch. What possessed Planning to allow that? I mean, I gather Numidie got some stick from the local awkward squad about their tactful, tasteful front but if I were them, I’d be tempted to lob the peelings and leftovers (not many of those) every night at the red and white abomination they have to face. The restaurant in the last issue of this mag set a pretty high standard so I’m not gonna gush
all over again, but Crystal Palace really does have some excellent places to eat and they really do need shouting about. I’m not up for trashing anybody’s business - I leave that to the professional bastards. But we had some pretty decent dog’s cojones at Numidie at a very reasonable price in a very un-sarf lundun atmosphere that brought back hints of the best bits of my misspent past. In fact, afterwards I could have donned a stripy jalabah and believed I was skipping down past the glorious art nouveau of the Chaussée de Waterloo once more. Then the bookseller would tell the nurse that I was out of bed again..
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AUTUMN PLONK! Michael Ayre suggests we snuggle up with something French. So. As we sail silently away from the sunset that was summer and amble amiably with remarkable alacrity towards autumn, our minds will most certainly turn from those light and frivolous whites and rosés to the all embracing and most comforting of wines for this time of year Clarets and Burgundies. Perfect for keeping that late evening chill away and even more delightful for those unexpected ‘Indian summer’ nights that come upon us once in a while. With this in mind I have found some rather exceptional wines from a local stockist that will fit the bill in no uncertain fashion. These four wines come from Longford Wine Merchants, a fellow who has set up in Penge with a mail order firm (www. longfordwines. co.uk). And as it is so local, if you feel the need, you can pick the wines up yourself. Not bad eh? To the wines then. Château Malromé Cuvée Classique 2000 Bordeaux Superior. 12% @ £6.50 (£78.00/ case). An excellent
little number from a stonking vintage. For the price we have a classic Claret. Straightforward, well balanced drinking. Tannins are tops as always, the fruit sweeps in and the rest is history. Food? If we are sullying the system with solids, then, bangers and mash would do it. Otherwise, keep it simple kids, don’t. Château Grand Pey Lescours 2002 St. Emilion Grand Cru. 13% @ £8.50 (£102.00/case). What we have here is a rather fabulous piece of work. It’s big, full, rounded and balanced. It has, in the immortal words of David St. Hubbins, ‘the majesty of rock and the pageantry of roll’. I could drink this all day. It would sit perfectly with a rather good steak (the choice is yours) or a vegetarian dish with some sizeable boot. Château Moncets 2005 Lalande de Pomerol. 13.5% @ £12.00 (£144.00/case). This little number leads you down many different tracks which twist and turn not unlike a ‘twisty turny thing’. One minute there is a definitive notion in your head as to what this is, next it’s all over and
something else takes its place. Truly excellent drinking. May the ‘Indian summer’, a) come & b) last a long time, ‘cos we’re going to need it with this one. Tops. The whole food thing can only be subjective. This, as with all the wines in this month’s selection, is extremely versatile and will go with almost anything you throw at it. Vavasour Pinot Noir Awatere Valley Marlborough NZ. 14.5% @ £9.95 (£119.40/case). Burgundies were mentioned, I know, but we had to throw this one in. As a Pinot Noir it is unassailable. We are looking at a wine that could only be described as ‘French’. The lightness, nuances and downright frivolity of it are irresistible. Drink this, you win. Stunning.
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A Shrubbery? Sue Williams September is upon us and the late summer garden can start to look a bit tired – rangy perennials on the wane and bare patches in the borders. A boost is needed and this month ‘The Patch’ will take a look at two well-known horticultural stalwarts that can provide a much needed injection of colour at this time of year. The first of these and one of my favourite shrubs is the Hydrangea. Often overlooked in planting schemes because poor sitting and poor soil can make this shrub chlorotic, the Hydrangea can provide a terrific shot of drama if used imaginatively and correctly planted. It is fully hardy and will continue to provide good colour until the first frost. The flowers can even be dried and used in flower arrangements. Hydrangeas are divided broadly into two groups – lace-caps and hortensias or mop-heads. The lace-caps have large flattened flower-heads with small central flowers extending to larger ones at the edges. The colour variation in the flowers on each bloom is one of the beauties of the shrub – vibrant blue merging into pure white (H. macrophylla “veitchii”) or the deep blue into lilac of the H. macrophylla “Blue Wave”. In my view the hortensias are less interesting with spherical flower heads of a more uniform size and colour.
In fact the colour of Hydrangeas is affected by the pH balance of the soil – acid soil with a pH of less than 5.5 produces blue flowers and above this level, pink. White flowers are unaffected by the soil and provide some of the most dramatic plants. “Lanarth White” is a stunner, providing a wave of white in late summer as is “Petiolaris” - a vigorous climber bearing pure white blooms of up to 10” across.
Hydrangea can provide a terrific shot of drama if used imaginatively Hydrangeas like a moist, fertile but well–drained soil. I always prune mine back hard in the late winter/early spring to about 12-18” above groud level and they appear to thrive on this harsh treatment. Unpruned hydrangeas can grow leggy and a bit scrawny looking. They also appreciate a good mulching after pruning – garden compost is ideal and of course ecologically friendly – we’ll tackle compost in a future issue!
from a feed and water in very dry summer months to maintain a glossy, healthy foliage. There are countless varieties of Hebe from large almost tree-like specimens to dwarf plants suitable for an alpine ‘set-up’. Some Hebes are not particularly lovely but there are some really stunning varieties. Hebe “Bowles Variety” is a glorious glossy specimen with tapered mauve/blue flowers in summer. “Great Orme” produces large bright pink flowers fading to white in dense slender spikes until mid-autumn. “Gauntletti” has pendent purple racemes up to 6” long in late summer. The larger Hebe varieties can have a tendency to grow straggly and carry a lot of spent foliage on their inner branches. Like the Hydrangeas they do respond to a good pruning and this encourages new growth even when cut down to a few inches above ground level. For those of you who are keen to be involved in a local community project, check out the Norwood Park Wildlife Team - see What’s On page 34. Happy Gardening
Hebe (scrophulariaceae) is my second featured shrub for September – another common plant found in some form in nearly every Norwood garden. It can provide fantastic colour and structure at this time of the year. Hebe is evergreen, so a great border infill and as tough as old boots. It will tolerate almost any conditions but does benefit
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From left to right: Liv wears dress by VIEN at 79 Church Road SE19, Hannah wears dress from Eclipse, 92 Park Hall Road SE21, Mirabel wears dress by Allbone & Trimit at Coopers Yard, SE19. Shoes and handbag from Merlin Shoes, 44 Westow St, Jewellery from VIEN, 79 Church road.Tea set, cake display and candle cakes from Glitter & Twisted, 25 Westow Street, SE19. Hair & makeup by Heather at Forty Seven, 47 Westow Street SE19. With kind thanks to the Bromley Parks Department.
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This Autumn we are taking our cues from Stevie Nicks: lots of leather & lace, thinking back to the 70’s but grown-up. The hero items this season are a leather jacket, feminine blouse and knee high boots. Starting with a stalwart of the cupboard – a good leather jacket just improves with age. For Winter 08/09 the biker jacket is back (if it ever went away), out there in many guises, the original is still the best. If you thought waiting lists were confined to the high street, I have it on good authority that Bambinos is currently holding a waiting list for black Lewis jackets. Ps. He doesn’t just have a local following: Eddy Grant popped in on his way to Glastonbury this summer, and look out for what Kate Moss is wearing in October’s Vogue... Let your blouse play a starring role. It’s all about femininity. Seek out lace, floral prints and ruffles. To anchor the look, tuck the blouse into a pair of jeans For an amazing selection of lived-in jeans try Living Water Satisfies.Every girl needs a pair of flat knee-high boots in her wardrobe, practical and chic, they add finish to an outfit. The equestrian look is strong this season and will stand the test of time. Wear your flats with chiffon and chunky knits. Plum is a key colour, evoking a rich Autumn mood. Use accessories to add colour to an outfit. Our local shops carry statement bags from squishy patent totes to vintage evening clutches. Hunt out those Hero pieces!
This juicily patent ‘IT’ bag will make a great statement wherever you go adding polish to any outfit. £34.99
South of the River, 56 Westow Street, SE19
Rocktastic – original Black leather Lewis jacket from Bambinos, 32 Church Street. Leather jackets from £45.00
This selection of nail polishes gives the very berry colours of the season plus a metallic for evening glamour. O.P.I from Fortyseven, 47 Westow Street, SE19
Lovely lace blouse from Vien at 79 Church Road SE19.
As some of the best things come in small packages this cute suede bag will take you from day to evening. ÂŁ15.00, Next Address, 76 Westow Street, SE19
Earrings and Necklace
Beautiful set of lace inspired earrings and necklace comes with a matching bracelet from Chutzpah! www.chutzpah-palace. co.uk or at the Phoenix Market
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Crows – there’s a lot of them about, and, increasingly, a lot of books about them, too. Endearing (well I think so) little fellows and clever with it, the crow, as the oldest of three recent books about them, Crow by Boria Sax, Reaction Press, £9.99, would have it, ‘ is a remarkably graceful bird: a single curve runs from the tip of its beak to the end of its tail, which changes rhythmically as it turns its head or bends towards the ground. It takes flight almost without effort, ascending like a spirit to glide over the earth.’ Which to anybody who has seen me cycling up Gypsy Hill to work of a morning, will know is the absolute truth. This book, is part of a beautifully designed series on animals that explores them in a faintly academic but very entertaining way, in myth and history and art and literature – did you know for instance, that, because of its courtship dances and monogamous nature, at weddings the Greeks invoke the crow as a symbol of conjugal love? No didn’t think so.
heartland of South England and the hills of Dumfriesshire, incorporating scientific exploration, and poetry to create a book about landscape and flight. Corvus A Life With Birds by Esther Woolfson, Granta £16.99 was recently chosen as the Book of the Week on Radio 4. Corvus tells the story of Chicken, a rook, who, having been rescued by the author’s daughter as an injured fledging, lives with the family for the next 16 years. Later he is joined by Spike a talking magpie and, amongst others, a crow named Ziki. As if to prove her affinity with the birds Woolfson is pictured in her author photograph holding a Chicken and gently boasts that she is ‘quite used to sitting of an evening with a rook on my knee.’ More than one reviewer has likened her book to Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals. A short while ago, inspired by our article on Karen McLeod, I decided to ask on my blog for suggestions for books set in Crystal Palace. One of my regular readers in Australia suggested The Young Visiters (sic) by Daisy Ashford. Although I knew of the book, I had never read it. What a treat! The author was just 9 years old in 1890 when she wrote what many consider to be a comic masterpiece. It was published in 1919 and comes with a very sprightly introduction by J M Barrie.
The book tells the story of Mr Salteena ‘an elderly man of 42’ and his friend Bernard Clark as they vie for the affections of a 17 year old girl named Ethel Montacue. Whilst it is true that today both men would probably appear on a social services register of one kind or another, and as Barrie points out, chaperone ‘seems to be one of the very few good words that our authoress had never heard’, it is also a charming, cheeky glimpse of Victorian society, Hampton Court, The Gaiety Theatre, Buckingham Palace, and yes, the Crystal Palace where much of the book takes place. More recommendations welcome. Finally, new books on my reading list for this month include Man in the Dark from Paul Auster, Faber £14.99, Indignation by Philip Roth, Jonathan Cape £16.99 a new collection of stories from Annie Proulx, Fine Just The Way It Is, Fourth Estate £14.99 as well as more books by my other discovery of the month, Penelope Fitzgerald, whose novel The Bookshop, I have just read and loved. It’s only fault? It didn’t, as far as I can remember, have a crow in it.
Mark Cocker’s Crow Country, now out in paperback,Vintage £7.99, was shortlisted for the 2008 Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction and is a book of popular natural history, part travel writing and part memoir, in which the author follows the birds from his Norfolk home, to the
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THERE’S A WORLD OUT THERE! DON’T FEAR THE LANGUAGE BARRIER! SAYS HOWARD MALE AS HE PRESENTS ANOTHER SELECTION OF WORLD MUSIC NEW RELEASES. Although I’ll mainly be writing about world music in this column, I know from experience that many music lovers still have a problem listening to singers performing in different languages. But trust me, you’ll adapt! Just imagine the human voice is just another instrument, like a sax or trumpet, and stop worrying about what the singer might be going on about. After all, how many English song lyrics are worth the toilet paper they were probably scrawled on in the first place? By not being able to understand a song lyric you’ve probably inadvertently saved yourself from
just another set of banal clichés about moons in June, but sung in Spanish, French, or Wolof rather than English. But as I plunged you in at the deep end last time, this time we’ll start with a couple of more mainstream releases (after all, it’s all world music in the more literal sense of the term!) However, when a band call themselves the Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir and they’re not from the mountains, they’re not a gospel choir, and perhaps they’re not even agnostic you may wish I’d stuck to rambling on about African bands. But bear with me because these heavily bearded Canadians who sound like a cross between Captain Beefheart and Tom Waits are definitely worthy of your attention. If you enjoy battling banjos, screeching slide guitars and pieces of sheet metal being used for percussion,
you’ll love ‘Ten Thousand’ (Balling The Jack Records).
award-winning but rather staid ‘Bowmboi’ of three years ago.
At the opposite end of the sonic spectrum there’s a new one out from the legendary American singer, Al Green. Having gone through a rather difficult-to-listen-to gospel period, the Reverend Green has settled back into doing what he does best, which is making effortlessly sublime soul music which feels like the aural equivalent of a sauna. There may not be a ‘Let’s Stay Together’ on ‘Lay it Down’ (EMI) but if you liked his 70’s stuff you’ll like this.
Chiwoniso is less familiar outside her home of Zimbabwe but ‘Rebel Woman’ (Cumbancha Records) is an absolute delight. If you like South African township jive you’ll love her dancefloor-friendly mix of thumb pianos, guitar and soaring vocals. Chiwoniso’s voice is sweet but powerful and her songs about sexual equality and fighting for national independence come across loud and clear despite the language barrier (although a couple of tracks are sung in English).
Two fascinating African female artists have just released new albums and both are definitely worthy of your attention. Mali’s Rokia Traore is already familiar to western audiences but there is more of a blues influence on ‘Tchamantche’ (Nonesuch) which makes it a more relaxed and gritty effort than the
Finally, still in Africa, Issa Bagayogo has been producing his unique mix of quirky electronica and traditional Malian sounds for a decade now. But hopefully ‘Mali Koura’ (Six Degrees Records) with its jazzier, more soulful vibe will be his breakthrough album here.
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Chris Ernest started tap dancing at
the age of six, winning many competitions throughout his childhood. In 1997, when he was twenty-one, he auditioned for and became a cast member of the world-renowned show Tap Dogs. This show took him to nearly forty countries around the world on tour, performing to hundreds of thousands of people. Chris has now started teaching tap to both adults and children. Tap dancing since the age of six, pardon the pun, but
dancing with its industrial theme. It was originated in Australia by Dein Perry, and has been a worldwide success. The great thing about the show is that it showed the world that tap dancing is cool and very athletic. Guys that never thought they would enjoy tap dancing were dragged to the theatre to watch the show by their wives and ended up enjoying it just as much. You must have had quite a time. Through my twenties I had the great experience of doing a job I loved whilst seeing the world. It took me to countries I would probably never have visited, like Israel, Lebanon, Russia and Taiwan. In 1999 we traveled to Lodz, in Poland, and performed at their Opera House, where I met and fell in love with Joanna who was a dancer in the resident ballet company (we are now married). And eventually all roads, as we know, lead to Crystal Palace?
did it just click with you? During my first tap class I cried because I didn’t have any tap shoes. I was really lucky to have had a male teacher who was a fantastic tap dancer and his school had a lot of boys which was really important, and rare. It was great because we learned to dance but at the same time could muck around as boys do. I can honestly say that my passion for tap started from my first tap class and has remained ever since. And at twenty-one you became a member of the show Tap Dogs. Having tapped all my life this was the perfect job. My life literally changed over night. The theme of the show is based on a building site and it’s six guys tapping away for 80 minutes without an interval. Dressed in jeans and work boots it really changed the image of tap
Joanna and I first came across the area about five years ago. I am originally from Surrey and Joanna is from Poland and we were looking to buy a flat in the London area but didn’t know where. At the time we were event managers for a promotional activities company and we were running a promotion at the then Safeways. We instantly fell in love with the area. So the Fresh Air Suburb agrees with you? We really love the community up here on the hill. I love the fact that I can pop out to pick up a ‘quick’ takeaway and take an hour doing so, as I end up chatting to shopkeepers, restaurant owners etc. I love the history here too. After we first moved here I was told that my great-grandfather lived here at the turn of the century and built properties here. I haven’t really found out too much about him but I do know that in the 1920s he built and owned a sporting club called ‘The Jubilee Club’ which also had a swimming pool; I have no idea where it was but if anyone could be of help… Chris’s courses will run from September at The Waterside Centre, 26 Avenue Road, South Norwood SE25 4DX. The classes will be run as six week courses and will cost £42 for the six weeks. Joanna will also be starting ballet classes and the couple hope eventually to have a full-time school in the area.
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PHILOSOPHY CORNER In an attempt to seem deep and interesting, we are going to include a bit of philosophy in The Transmitter. First up, let’s separate what we are calling philosophy from both religion and various forms of eastern mysticism doing the rounds. One of the key features of the kind of philosophy we will be talking about is the application of human reason. By contrast, religion is characterised principally by the application of faith, i.e. believing something for which there is no good evidence (if there were good evidence to support the existence of a god then this would become science, thus undermining the requirement of a god for their followers to be faithful - as you don’t need any faith to believe something for which there is good evidence). As for eastern mysticism, most forms seem to require adherence to one or more obscure tenets or principles which a) are not meant to be questioned, and b) tend to resist interpretation by straightforward rational inquiry as to what they actually mean. Secondly, there are two important strands of western philosophy that you might have come across in Jonathan’s bookshop and we ought to distinguish between them. One flavour of western philosophy is adhered to mainly by the British and Americans (and Australians, Norwegians, Finns,..seems to be countries that either speak English or are a bit cold and quite sensible). For brevity, we will call this Anglo-American philosophy. Anglo-American philosophy is characterised by quite a heavy reliance on logic, and so can seem quite restrictive and boring to those with a wild creative side. At the risk of seeming dull rather than deep and interesting, this is the kind of philosophy we will be featuring in The Transmitter. You may also have encountered something that the French and
Italians call philosophy, often called continental philosophy. From where we stand, continental philosophy is not philosophy at all, in the same way that a continental breakfast is not really a breakfast. This kind of philosophy is popular in countries where, if you ask for a coffee, they give you a thimble with black liquor in it. That this is so blatantly not a cup of coffee gives you an idea of the kind of thinking and behaviour that continental philosophy produces in otherwise rational people - contradictory, surreal and rather annoying.
the continental philosophers that they have no idea what they are talking about and go off in search of a proper breakfast and a bit of sightseeing. It’s completely pointless but the shopping is quite good. These two ways of doing philosophy are fundamentally different. Anglo-American philosophy is about forming a coherent argument (argument as in a supported point of view, not as in two people shouting at each other in Sainsbury’s) based on a careful and clear use of logic and language. Continental philosophy is, to be fair, sometimes a wonderfully poetic vision of our existence in modern society. But mostly it is toxic, impenetrable nonsense and should be avoided. A Little Bit of Philosophy We’ll start with one of the all time great little bits of philosophy. William of Ockham (c. 1290 -1349) was a famous mediaeval logician and he invented one of the greatest weapons in a philosopher’ s armoury, Ockham’s Razor: “Entities should not be multiplied beyond necessity”
A continental philosopher In an effort to breach this great divide, well-meaning types sometimes suggest ‘hands-across-the-water’ seminars where Anglo-American philosophers go to Paris to meet with their counterparts from the Sorbonne. After a couple of thimbles of black liquor the AngloAmerican philosophers politely tell
Eh? What he meant was don’t start inventing stuff if there is a explanation for the observed phenomenon that doesn’t include the stuff you just made up, or in other words cut the crap and go for the simplest logical explanation. Bear in mind that this was back when philosophy was being done by monks who spent their time arguing over how many angels could dance on the head of a pin; so this was radical. Ockham’s Razor is a fantastic bit of kit, really sharp but very lightweight so you can keep it on you at all times and whip it out when you need to cut through whatever crap someone might be doling out - try ufo’s, ghosts.... god?
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WHAT’s ON Horniman Museum: Horniman Museum & Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill 020 8699 1872
Fri 5 Storytime for Under 5s Sat 6 Family Storytelling Gallery Tales Hands On Masks Recycled Indian Pop-up Toys Sun 7 Baluji Shrivatsav Hands On Africa Wed 10 Storytime for Under 5s Fri 12 Storytime for Under 5s Sat 13 Discovery Sessions for All Family Storytelling Gallery Tales Hands On Toys Indian Elephant and Bird Strings Sun 14 Carnatic Music Performance Hands On Puppets Mon 15 Sarangi Making Demonstration Tue 16 Sarangi Making Demonstration Indian Drumming for Adult Beginners* Raise the Roof Salsa with Mandacaru Dance* Tango Argentina* Wed 17 Sarangi Making Demonstration Storytime for Under 5s Thu 18 Sarangi Making Demonstration Storytime for Under 5s Raise the Roof Music Appreciation* Fri 19 Sarangi Making Demonstration Storytime for Under 5s NEW! After School Art Club* Sat 20 Sarangi Making Demonstration Family Storytelling Gallery Tales Hands on Music from India Recycled Shadow Puppets Learn the Art of Iyengar Yoga* NEW Art for All: Still Life* Sun 21 Hands On Animals Kala Chethana Kathakali Sarangi Making Demonstration Behind the Scenes Aquarium Tour
Bug Behaviour and Welly Walk African Drumming for Children 5–12 African Dance for Children 5–12 African Drumming for Adults African Dance for Adults* Wed 24 Storytime for Under 5s Thu 25 Hands On Africa for Adults Fri 26 Storytime for Under 5s Sat 27 Discovery Sessions for All Family Storytelling Gallery Tales Hands on Toys Indian Elephant and Bird Strings Sun 28 Assamese Dance & Pandit Biplab Mondal Mr Horniman’s Global Adventures Hands On Masks
Pubs/Clubs The Alma 95 Church Road, Crystal Palace 020 8653 3223 www.myspace.com/thealmapub Wednesday: Huw Price live Thursday: Needle and Thread open Jam session Saturday: Alma Garden Market
The Goose is Out! Tel: 020 8693 1316 www.thegooseisout.com October 24th: Martin Carthy November 14th: Dick Gaughan Westow House 79 Westow Hill, Crystal Palace 020 8670 0654 Tuesday: Acoustic Gallery Thursday: hi energy jazz with Julia Farinai Friday: 99 Comedy Club + Party DJ The White Hart 96 Church Road, Crystal Palace 0871 971 4084 Monday: Quiz night Tuesday: Girls night in Wednesday: Hart Beat live music Thursday: DJs night Food served everyday 12-10pm September: 3rd - Jonathan Glew - WanderingMinstrel 4th - DJ James Vignel - Soulful Funk 7th - Will Bushell - Pop Covers 10th - Wei San - Female Stevie Wonder 11th - Snitch DJ’s - Alt/Tech 14th - The Effra’s - Folk/Rock 17th - Pete Jagger - Acoustic Blues 18th - DJ James Vignel - Soulful Funk 21st - The Spiral - Punk Rock Black Sheep 23 Westow Hill, Crystal Palace 0871 223 7176 Salsa night every Wednesday Dulwich Woodhouse 39 Sydenham Hill 0871 984 4557 Tuesday: Quiz Night - 8:30– prizes Wednesday: Poker Night – 8:30 Sundays: Jazz
Your event not listed? Tell us about forthcoming events in November/December (next issue of the Transmitter out 7th November) firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gipsy Hill Tavern 79 Gipsy Hill 020 8761 6533 / 07758 521 378 www.gipsyhillcomedy.co.uk October 11th: Dan Antopolski October 25th: Tony Law Jack Beards at the Palace 2 Anerley Hill, Crystal Palace 0871 984 4632 Every Saturday 2pm til late Family BBQ Party&Dance
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Community Phoenix Centre 66 Westow Street 020 8771 6023 September 18th Amphlett Lissimore coffee morning at 10:30am September 21st Antiques & Collectables Fayre 11am - 4pm Sydenham Library 210 Sydenham Road 020 8778 7563 September 30th
Author Event - Alex Wheatle
Upper Norwood Joint Library 020 8670 2551 39-41 Westow Hill The library is open Monday 10-7, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9-7 and Saturday 9-5. Two Saturdays in September (from 11am on 13th & 27th) devoted to local/family history. There should also be some period entertainments such as music hall, Punch & Judy, and an organ grinder - An evening with Kate Colquhoun Tuesday 23rd September at 7:30pm More info call 020 8670 2551 Norwood Society www.norwoodsociety.co.uk September 7th Thornton Heath High Street Stall & Display
Other South London Theatre 2a Norwood High Street, West Norwood 020 8670 3474 September The Elephant Man – Gala Show, by Bernard Pomerance, Directed by Anton Krause October School for Scandal, by Richard Brindsley Sheridan, Directed by Simon Gleisner
The Waterside Centre 26 Avenue Road, South Norwood SE25 4DX. Chris Earnest tap dance courses will run from September. The classes will be run as six week courses and will cost £42 for the six weeks.
Kirkdale Bookshop 272 Kirkdale, Sydenham 020 8778 4701 email@example.com www.kirkdalebookshoop.com Art Exhibition: Viv & Dom Richards Paintings - 12th September-31st October
September 27th: Special story time with authors of Look out stripy horse October 18th: Our 42nd Birthday, readings from 42:life, universe and everything Mediterranea Restaurant 21 Westow Street, Crystal Palace SE19 3RY 2nd October Sardinian Cheese and Wine Night 23rd October Themed Music/food Night
Gardening (see palace patch feature) For those of you who are keen to be involved in a local community project, the Norwood Park Wildlife Team welcomes volunteers every Saturday between 1pm and 4pm to help “create a perfect piece of countryside”. The project is at the bottom end of Norwood Park alongside the railway line and can be accessed from Salters Hill or Finch Avenue. The project is totally self-funded and much of their income is derived from the sale of wildflower seeds from local gardens at only £2.50 a packet. They also hire out tools for £2 a week – tree-loppers and matlocks to name but two. It’s a lovely space but please don’t pick the flowers (requests the team leader) as some visitors have made off with the carefully planted flora!
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September 13th Upper Norwood Joint Library Local History Day Includes talk at 2pm on Buildings in Norwood by Keith Holdaway September 21st Kingswood House Open Day 1-4.30 pm ? Display September 27th Upper Norwood Joint Library Local History Day Includes talk on Pissarro in Norwood by Richard Lines Bookstall
Buy stuff you didn’t know you wanted until you saw it! Every Sunday, from 6.00 am, Selhurst Park (Crystal Palace Football ground) car park. Buyers entrance fee £1.00 before 8.00am, 50p after 8.00 am. Sellers: Trailers £5.00 Cars £10.00,Vans £15.00
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Business Art & Entertainment Blockbusters
Restaurants & Take Aways Afro-Caribbean
020 8653 9908 62Westow Street
020 8669 1872 100 London Road
Crystal Palace Museum
South London Theatre
020 8676 0700 Anerley Hill
020 8670 3474 2a Norwood High Street
Dulwich Picture Gallery
The Churchill Bromley
020 8693 5254 Gallery Road, Dulwich
020 8290 8225 High Street, Bromley
Cars (Taxis) Borough Cars 020 8776 5555 25 Anerley Road Crystal Cars 020 8771 9682 122 Church Road
Eagle Cars 020 8670 9000
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London Cars 020 8778 3000 1 Station Approach
Community Crystal Palace Park 020 8778 9496 Phoenix Centre 020 8771 6023 66 Westow Street
Upper Norwood Public Library 020 8670 2551 Westow Hill
Creative Words and Pictures 020 8653 5203 25-27 Westow Street
Antenna Studios 020 8653 5200
Bowyers Yard, Haynes Lane
Arcade78 07813 985970
Eating and Drinking
Cafes Alistairs 020 8771 3729 3 Westow Street Café Nero 10 Westow Hill La Bruschetta 020 8771 7478 52 Westow Street The Café 34 Westow Hill
Café Sol 020 8771 4078 61 Westow Street Crystal café Church Road Little Palace Café 020 8670 0123 49 Westow Hill Blackbird Bakery Westow Street
Gastro Pubs The Mansion 020 8761 9016 255 Gipsy Road
Westow House 020 8670 0654 79 Westow Hill
The Rosendale 020 8670 0812 65 Rosendale Road
The White Hart 0871 971 4084 96 Church Road
Island Fusion 020 8761 5544 57b Westow Hill Chinese Blue Orchid 020 8771 3673 5 Westow Street Chi Oriental 020 8761 6186 14 Westow Hill Miss Haung 020 8771 8169 10 Church Road Indian Gurkha Cottage 020 8771 7372 17 Westow Street Golden Tiger 020 8670 3212 78 Westow Hill Indian Dining Club 020 8670 7588 244 Gypsy Road Indian Post Tandoori 020 8670 5079 79a Gipsy Hill Italian Lorenzo’s 020 8761 7485 48 Westow Hill Napoli Pizza 020 8776 5969 96 Anerley Road Pizza Express 020 8670 1786 70 Westow Hill Modern European Domali Café 020 8768 0096 38 Westow Street Mediterranea 020 8771 7327 21 Westow Street Spanish/Portuguese
A Torre Restaurant 020 8653 9895 19 Westow Street Los Toreros 020 8771 0087 35 Westow Street
The Spirited Palace 020 8768 0609 105 Church Road New Chong Kee’s 020 8778 2797 23 Anerley Road Noodle Time 020 8653 3012 3-7 Church Road Shanghai Wok 020 8771 6212 72 Church Road Mehfil 020 8771 6898 107 Church Road Palace Spice 020 8655 7140 36 Westow Hill Shelina Tandoori 020 8771 7900 62 Church Road Viva Goa 020 8761 1515 24 Westow Hill Pizza Fresco 020 8761 1761 64 Westow Street That’s Amore 020 8291 2901 124 Kirkdale Il Ponte 020 8761 3371 66 Westow Hill Joanna’s 020 8670 4052 56 Westow Hill The Exhibition Rooms Westow Hill Thai Nim’s Kitchen 020 8766 8820 7 Westow Hill South East 020 8670 6222 26 Westow Hill Tamnag Thai 020 8761 5959 50-54 Westow Hill
Japanese Edo 020 8670 8900 18 Westow Hill Legal/Professional P&A Business Consultants Ltd 0208 776 9500 Regent House Business Centre Suite No: 210 291 Kirkdale Amphlett Lissimore 020 8771 5254 80/86 Westow Street Begg, Williamson &Co 020 8771 3644 24 Church Road Health & Beauty
Beauty Crystal Nails 020 8670 3221 28 Westow Hill Northwood Clinic 020 8653 5646 36 Westow Street Mother Earth 020 8768 0620 42 Westow Street Beauty by Renata Brown 020 8771 5062 77 Church Street
Chemists Fairways Drug Store 020 8761 1017 11 Westow Hill Hamlet Pharmacy 020 8778 7529 45 Anerley Road Makepeace Pharmacy 020 8778 8657 264 Kirkdale Perfucare 020 8669 3172 136 Kirkdale Sefgrove Chemist 020 8670 5198 3-5 Westow Hill
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Sports & Fitness
Bandlish Surgery 020 8670 2296 5 Gipsy Hill CP Dental Practice 020 8761 6252 88 Westow Hill
Dulwich Physio 020 8693 9930
L A Fitness 020 8778 9818 291 Kirkdale
Afro & European 07980510973 78 Westow Street Faith Salon 020 86593492 48 Anerley Hill Feathers 07748908587 40 Westow Hill Fortyseven 020 8771 7170 47a Westow Street Friends 07980510973 78 Westow Street Hair by Jay Michaels 020 8771 7440 30 Westow Street Kreative Lynk 020 8771 9572 16a Church Road Mario and Bambos 020 8653 1599 63 Westow Street Outback Hair Salon 020 8676 9593 2 Station Approach Way Ahead 020 8653 7342 43 Westow Street World of Hair 020 8778 5538 275 Kirkdale Zorkot Barber 020 8916 1000 22 Church Road
Opticians Crystal Eye Centre 020 8766 7476 20 Westow Hill
Doctors Lordship Lane Surgery 020 8693 2912 417 Lordship Lane
163 Crystal Palace Road
Crystal Palace Triathletes 020 8659 8091
National Sports Centre
020 8778 0131 Ledrington Road Sydenham Tennis Club
020 8778 4217 Gymophobics
020 8778 8111 10 Station Approach
Therapies Crystal Palace Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre
020 8778 9050 Crystal Palace Back & Neck Pain Clinic
020 8653 5058 32 Westow Hill CP Osteopathic Practice
020 8771 9050 10 Westow Street CP Physio & Sport Injury Clinic
020 8778 9050 Jubilee Stand, CP Park Natural Way 020 8761 0666 35 Westow Hill Planta Health Shop 020 8761 3114 32 Westow Hill Natalie Swanson Hynotherapy 10 Westow Street 07901 883531 Tracey Goulding 10 Westow Street 0208 771 9050
Edward James Florist 020 8670 2453
19 Crystal Palace Parade
Gregory Leeson Associates 020 8768 5669 Stem Flowers 020 8761 1248 The Secret Garden 020 8771 8200 Coxwell Road
Dry Cleaners Cleaning Touch 020 8659 6265 173 Kirkdale Kirkdale Express 020 8921 6688 155 Kirkdale Palace Dry Cleaners 020 8653 0446 101 Church Road Silk Route 020 8670 8221 77 Westow Hill
AFS Tree Surgery 020 8653 0513 108 Church Road Plews 020 8289 8086
Agape 111 Church Road Allbone & Trimit 07764 196284 4 Coopers Yard Dâ€™Solos 020 8653 7585 27 Church Road Grand Bay Boutique 020 8653 9347 23 Westow Street Merlin Shoes 020 8771 5194 44 Westow Street Next Address 020 8771 1884 76 Westow Street South of the River 020 8653 1669 56 Westow Street Spotrusherz Fashion 020 8771 1879 45 Westow Street Vintagehart 07982 184657 07949 552629 96 Church Road
Topy Key Cutters 020 8670 1778 38 Westow Hill
Chutzpah 07958 910939
Montrose Building Services Ltd 020 8768 1878
Hollybush Stores 020 8653 1258 24-28 Westow Street
Books The Lane Books Haynes Lane Market Kirkdale Bookshop 020 877 84701 272 Kirkdale Bookseller Crow 020 8771 8831 50 Westow Street
Bric a Brac Horticulture
Lawrences 020 8766 6886 54 Westow Hill
Confectionery Feast 16 Westow Street
Coconut Trading 020 8771 0700 73-75 Church Road Crystal Palace Antiques 020 8480 7042 Jasper Road Floorzone 020 8676 8333 244-246 Kirkdale Glitter & Twisted 020 8771 9493 25 Westow Street P.J Wright & sons Fireplaces 020 8771 9708 59 Westow Street Palace Fires 020 8771 8311 109 Church Road II Restauro 020 8771 4240 76 Church Road
Gifts Smash Bang Wallop 020 8771 5517 85 Church Road
Pets Crystal Palace Aquarium 020 8771 1349 54 Westow Street
Macdonalds Discount Store 020 8670 0696 57 Westow Hill
Home Interiors Antique Fireplace Restoration Service 020 8771 9708 59 Westow Street Art Deco Store 020 82916116 98 Kirkdale Art with Glass 020 8771 6845 Haynes Lane Bambinos 020 865 39250 32 Church Road
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Small jobs, big jobs Call Ben for a free quote
020 8778 0098 or 07919 088 549
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Park Life Each issue we will print a photo sent in by a reader taken in Crystal Palace Park; so send in your best/wierd/amusing/cute shots of anything or anyone park related and we’ll try to pick the best. This issue we’ve kick started with a couple of our own ideas; For instance, do you know where these lovely old posts are in the Park? Has anyone noticed the similarity between the Joseph Paxton statue in the park and Gene Hunt, the misogynistic, homophobic, racist, ‘role model’ from Life on Mars? Are they perhaps related?
e-mail your Park Life pics to email@example.com
Write a story and win a prize! We would love to read any stories by kids that are set in and around Crystal Palace. You can write any kind of story you want; creepy horror stories, exciting spy thrillers, love stories, anything you like, so long as your story is set in Crystal Palace. The stories you send in will be read by the boys and girls who write things for The Transmitter and they will try to make their mind up which are the best. You can be any age up to sixteen, so don’t worry if you are not very big yet......The winner and two runners-up will get tokens to spend in Bookseller Crow. The best story will appear in the next issue, so get scribbling guys and girls...Please keep your stories to under 800 words (It’s only a little magazine!). 41 TTr_V01_Is02a.indd 41
HARMONY IN DEATH
When energy runs out.
by Simon Sharville http://economycustard.wordpress.com
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