- Created: 04 November 2016 04 November 2016
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InDulwich popped down to wild + lees at 2 Half Moon Lane for it’s opening last night and enjoyed a glass of fresh and fruity Cline Viogneer 2015, enough to buy a bottle to take home. It was a relaxed opening; Open bottles and some nibbles, couple sitting at the window counter drinking a bottle of cava and interesting labels to catch the eye.
- Created: 02 November 2016 02 November 2016
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Attractive wine for Autumn, lots of plum and dark fruit aromas, a touch herb and even liquorice flavours. Very attractive and easy to drink.
As temperatures fall through the floor here in Britain our veg turns heartier,
- Created: 02 November 2016 02 November 2016
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Herne Hill’s new wine shop, wild + lees will open tomorrow afternoon. It’s almost ready, except for the small matter of the stock but that is on its way. “I’ll have some bottles open, to welcome people in”, says Liam Plowman, the owner.
- Created: 31 October 2016 31 October 2016
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What is it with south London and cinematic horror? No snide remarks please. Cabs do go south of the river these days. No less than four of the horror greats were south Londoners. Boris Karloff and Peter Cushing spent parts of their respective childhoods in Camberwell and Dulwich, Elsa Lanchester was a Lewisham girl and Lionel Atwill lived a few miles south in Croydon. In that little grouping, you have the stars of a host of classic Universal and Hammer horrors and lots of ropey B movies too, of course.
- Created: 28 October 2016 28 October 2016
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Imagine a person, tall, lean and feline, high-shouldered, with a brow like Shakespeare and a face like Satan, a close-shaven skull, and long, magnetic eyes of the true cat-green. Invest him with all the cruel cunning of an entire Eastern race, accumulated in one giant intellect, with all the resources of science past and present, with all the resources, if you will, of a wealthy government-- which, however, already has denied all knowledge of his existence. Imagine that awful being, and you have a mental picture of Dr. Fu Manchu, the yellow peril incarnate in one man.
- Created: 15 October 2016 15 October 2016
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That’ll be the smooth satin textured Crowberry fruit you never tasted!
Tasting note: really ripe fresh berry fruit nose but with sharp twist of what Andy described as antiseptic. That may not sound appealing but strangely it does have an allure. It keep the fruit fresh and lively without that over the top cloying sensation that leads to sickliness.
- Created: 12 October 2016 12 October 2016
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The proposed plans for the future of the Carnegie Library are currently on display and unsurprisingly are very vague. They do reveal a few nuggets. The biggest shock is that a sizeable chunk of the garden will be lost to a new extension.
The background to the project is that Greenwich Leisure Ltd. (GLL) will take on the building under a 25 year lease, with a seven year break clause. GLL will excavate the basement, which is crouch-height at one end, and fit it out as a gym. A new reception will be built reducing the car parking space shown in the photo to one slot.
- Created: 11 October 2016 11 October 2016
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One evening, a few years ago, I walked past Herne Hill Books on my way to the shops and saw an author and a member of staff sitting alone in the shop. I had vaguely thought of going to the scheduled talk. On my way home, it was still just the two of them. I couldn’t abandon them to their fate, so I dropped off my shopping and came straight back.
I’m glad I did. The author was Colin Babb and the book, They Gave the Crowd Plenty Fun. It was about cricket’s role in forging a West Indian identity for the Caribbean diaspora. It’s an interesting topic and Babb was an engaging speaker. As the talk was a one to one, we were able to have a proper conversation, swapping cricket-watching anecdotes and discussing whether Fire in Babylon, albeit a super film, was a bit patronising to West Indian cricketers in the pre-Clive Lloyd era (I think it is). I bought and had a signed copy for myself and a copy for my brother.
- Created: 08 October 2016 08 October 2016
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Setting the scene for Malbec
The tasting was set up in the basement of Casa Malevo in Connaught Street London, a place famous for exceedingly high quality steak, a frequent food pairing for the malbec grape we were due to taste.
- Created: 23 September 2016 23 September 2016
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Am I Rembrandt? (8 Nov – 5 March 2017), the final display in Dulwich Picture Gallery’s Making Discoveries series will bring the Dutch Master’s flamboyant Self-Portrait, Wearing a Feathered Bonnet, 1635,
- Created: 21 September 2016 21 September 2016
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We were in Streatham a few days ago and decided to pop into a favourite restaurant for some noodles. Lo and behold, our beloved Oishii had gone and in its place was Saigon Bistro (or will be very soon).
We’d been going to Oishii fairly regularly since it opened about fifteen years ago. When our daughter was born, she had come with us. When she was a little older, the staff gave her bowls of rice on the house. Later she became a fan of chicken katsu don and crispy aromatic duck.
- Created: 12 September 2016 12 September 2016
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I went to the Florence in Herne Hill for a few pints last night. Truman’s Lazarus was the beer – light in colour, flavour and alcohol content (4.2%), which made it just right for a relatively balmy, midweek evening. Anyway, I hadn’t been to the Florence for a while and noticed that the children’s play room in the garden had mutated into The Lupino Room, named after Ida, the actor, director and local girl - there’s a blue plaque on the house she was lived in, on Ardbeg Road.
- Created: 09 September 2016 09 September 2016
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News that scientists examining human remains found during the Crossrail excavations have identified the bacterial cause of the Great Plague of London (it’s Yersinia pestis), had the Today programme dipping into its copy of A Journal of the Plague Year. Rather than descriptions of symptoms and mass burials, here’s a peep at what Daniel Defoe had to say about our neck of the woods in his novel about the 1665-6 outbreak.