Monday, February 27, 2006

Who owns South London?: 1. Greenwich Market

Recent concerns about a threat to demolish Greenwich covered market has brought to light who actually owns this piece of land. It appears that it is owned by The Greenwich Hospital Charity- but what is this charity? The name is confusing - the charity has nothing to do with providing modern health services. It is in fact a relic of the body set up to run the Royal Naval Hospital for Seamen in the 18th century. The hospital has been closed since 1869, the buildings subsequently housing the Royal Naval College and now the University of Greenwich and Trinity College of Music.

The remaining charity is now effectively a property company, owning most of the centre of Greenwich, including the freehold on the old hospital buildings. Its main charitable work is running a boarding school! Furthermore, whereas most charities have a board of trustees, the sole trustee of the Greenwich Hospital Charity is the
Secretary of State for Defence. Its Royal Patron is the Duke of York. The royal and miltary interests that once dominated Greenwich might appear to have lost their influence, but seemingly not when it comes to the question of land ownership.

It appears that the market is safe for the time being, but we will be returning to the mysteries of 'who owns South London?'.


Thursday, February 23, 2006

Let's Go To The Bopp

Philbin then reached under her wing to deliver the following proclamation:

"The Wolfgang Bopp presents Ladyfuzz , Chik Budo and Wolf Gang DJs playing out twisted rock n roll, retro grooves and bleak disco…"

This the same Wolfgang Bopp that appeared in the Metro last week.

Again, this is Friday 3rd March, Doors: 8pm – 12.15am and Price: £3.

Venue is the venerable The Montague Arms, 289 Queens Road, New Cross, SE15 2PA.

Tel: 0207 6394923
Nearest Tube: New Cross Gate
Nearest BR: Queens Rd, Peckham

Films Going On Underground

Today Philbin, my polished ivory and steel clockwork magpie, brought me the following in her little metal beak:

"Exploding Cinema, London's most notorious and longest running Underground Filmclub, returns in ten daysfor a night packed with low budget and underground gems, great decor, prizes and general fun.

NEXT EXPLODING CINEMA SHOW:Friday 3rd MarchThe Hatcham Social ClubHall Entrance (on right hand side)369 Queen's RoadNew CrossLondon SE14DOORS 7.30pm. £4 entry (no concs)

Buses: 36, 171, 53

Tube: New Cross GateRail: New Cross Gate or Queens Road Peckham (6 mins from London Bridge)"

Directors & Map

Monday, February 13, 2006

Wednesday, February 01, 2006


This Sunday (5th Feb) get along to the Pullens Centre, Walworth for the... FREE STUFF BONANZA NEW YEAR (chinese) FESTIVAL FETE THINGEE featuring cake, tea, DJ's but most of all FREE STUFF. It goes like this:

1pm Bring your stuff, put it into correct position in the room. Then visit the cake stall, eat, drink, play some records, browse what others are bringing in.

2.15pm OPEN SHOP. frenzy where everyone takes what they want, argue with friends over trinkets etc etc

1. Books/Magazines/records/Videos/CD's etc
2. Clothes/Shoes etc
3. Household Stuff
4. Kids Stuff

Address is PULLENS CENTRE, 184 crampton street, SE17 3AE
Elephant and Castle tube, buses many 12, 35, 40, 45, 68, 133, 148, 155, 171, 176, 468

Peace in Camberwell

Stop the War vigil in Camberwell Green tonight, one of many across the country to mark the 100th death of a British soldier in Iraq. 20 or so people braved the cold.

Battle for the Trees

All this week, Tribal Voices are holding their Imbolc Gathering at the Synergy Centre, 220 Farmers Road, Camberwell SE5. Thursday night is film night, with films of various land struggles in England in the 1990s. Main feature is "Whose land is it anyway?", plus films covering the anti-Criminal Justice Act march (July 94), Claremont Road ant-M11 movement 1994, Camden and Islington Reclaim the Streets 1995, Newbury bypass protest 1996, etc.

Let the memories flood back and enjoy, or get yourself a history lesson on protest culture in this country. Ital, Vegan, Organic, Sattvic and Raw food served from 7pm, films from 8.

A kids film will also be shown from 6pm, and the main room is non-smoking. Suggested donation to the upkeep of the Centre is three pounds.