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by chrisj1948
4 May 2016 12:11
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Co-operative Food store to rebrand as a Budgens store
Replies: 74
Views: 33350

Re: Co-operative Food store to rebrand as a Budgens store

I am a Lidl fanatic myself, but my wife shops at the Co-op. She is a registered coeliac (not just fashionably 'gluten intolerant') and the Co-op is reliable for having some gluten-free products. I suspect the change may not be for the better for her.

Regards
Chris
by chrisj1948
27 Mar 2016 09:01
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: DIY shop open Easter Sunday???
Replies: 3
Views: 1648

Re: DIY shop open Easter Sunday???

Musti's Pound Plus store on Sydenham Road undoubtedly have PVA glue, although possibly not in the size you want. I used papiermache (with some PVA and colouring) to fill in floorboard cracks. For more substantial gaps I cut strips from a grey foam pipe insulator and forced them into the cracks. Rega...
by chrisj1948
21 Mar 2016 16:46
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: vote for the best coffee in Sydenham
Replies: 16
Views: 3768

Re: vote for the best coffee in Sydenham

<coffee snob mode> Every couple of days I medium roast a batch of green beans. Favourites are Old Brown Java and Guatemalan HueHuetenango. When I want a basin of coffee I grind about 3 oz, put them into my ancient drip filter machine set to 'slow pass through', warm up some milk with sweeteners, and...
by chrisj1948
21 Feb 2016 16:43
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Water Leak - Perry Rise - Road Closed
Replies: 22
Views: 4625

Re: Water Leak - Perry Rise - Road Closed

Complete chaos there today, as there are now temporary traffic lights and all approaches are down to one lane for no apparent reason (other than a shortage of temporary lights I presume). Tailbacks stretching as far as the eye can see towards Sydenham and queues to enter Sainsbury's by the garage.....
by chrisj1948
19 Feb 2016 15:35
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Billings' samosas
Replies: 11
Views: 2598

Re: Billings' samosas

I think they are cooked by Meena from Fresh & Fruity, the owner's mother! I had some at Christmas and they were so good that I am ashamed to say that I pigged out a bit.

Regards
Chris
by chrisj1948
12 Feb 2016 16:02
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: 'Legible London' sign outside Palace Wines
Replies: 34
Views: 18638

Re: 'Legible London' sign outside Palace Wines

A bit unfair as I did say I had no idea as to how it had been damaged - not much would stand up to a vehicle collision.. Except for trees! My bike group gets an annual lecture from a group of police accident investigators, suitably illustrated with many harrowing pictures. One of the most striking ...
by chrisj1948
2 Feb 2016 11:33
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Texts from Sarah/Emma
Replies: 6
Views: 1793

Re: Texts from Sarah/Emma

We have two landlines. Both have been registered with TPS for some years. In 2015 we received over 2000 cold calls; 7 or 8 every day! The vast majority are for 'marketing surveys' and appear to originate from India using Internet telephony with spoofed caller ids. We learned very quickly not to answ...
by chrisj1948
25 Jan 2016 15:59
Forum: Town Asylum
Topic: Town Pub
Replies: 63
Views: 50410

Re: Town Pub

..., the consensus was that it was a total waste of time where negative, aggressive, hostile, and/or provocative opinions are not so much discussed as thrown at each other - and that they no longer want to be "any part of it"... You have reminded me that, in the time before Big Bad Wolf was banishe...
by chrisj1948
24 Jan 2016 10:44
Forum: Town Asylum
Topic: Town Pub
Replies: 63
Views: 50410

Re: Town Pub

rod taylor wrote:Can you be more specific about what you don't like now, and what you think has changed for the worst over the years?
I do not think that things have changed for the worse. What I find discouraging is the sameness of the discussions. Put it down to age-related ennui.

Regards
Chris
by chrisj1948
23 Jan 2016 18:41
Forum: Town Asylum
Topic: Town Pub
Replies: 63
Views: 50410

Re: Town Pub

The sadness is that there have in the past been some quite edifying and illuminating discussions in the Pub which would be a credit to Sydenham if anyone were allowed to read them. The recent one between Rod and Michael about the non-proliferation treaty and Israel was a good example. There may be ...
by chrisj1948
19 Jan 2016 19:01
Forum: Town Asylum
Topic: Town Pub
Replies: 63
Views: 50410

Re: Town Pub

I say that things should be left as they are. If you look at the topics in the Pub the majority of them have absolutely nothing to do with Sydenham, and could equally well take place on any other Internet discussion board, even though those who use it tend to live in Sydenham. It is service provided...
by chrisj1948
19 Jan 2016 09:43
Forum: Town Asylum
Topic: Has our Town Pub been demolished?
Replies: 40
Views: 31353

Re: Has our Town Pub been demolished?

In particular, perhaps it should be made clear whether or not there is a home somewhere for what I described as 'friendly, constructive, illuminating, non-confrontational, mutually supportive conversation about general (non-Sydenham issues' (rather than 'flame wars' and 'banter'). So you want the T...
by chrisj1948
18 Jan 2016 11:58
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Christmas lights in Sydenham?
Replies: 36
Views: 7778

Re: Christmas lights in Sydenham?

Since we are long past Twelfth Night the continued presence of the decorations, however inadequate they may be, presages a year of misfortune for Sydenham!

Regards
Chris
by chrisj1948
9 Dec 2015 09:49
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Electricity problems?
Replies: 14
Views: 6958

Re: Electricity problems?

We had a flickering episode at about the time you stated. TV & computers not affected, so it was probably a short brownout. We are at the Sydenham Road / Newlands Park junction.

Regards
Chris
by chrisj1948
6 Dec 2015 16:09
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Christmas lights in Sydenham?
Replies: 36
Views: 7778

Re: Christmas lights in Sydenham?

Dear oh dear Lewisham - nil points once again for Sydenham Christmas decorations. Please don't bother next year. They can't even bother to check that all the bulbs work. We really are the poor relation when it comes to this. If a council is strapped for cash (and most are nowadays) I would prefer t...
by chrisj1948
27 Nov 2015 20:30
Forum: Town Asylum
Topic: Israel/Gaza
Replies: 3
Views: 5247

Re: Israel/Gaza

It all feels a little defeatist. We might make a breakthrough, you never know. A tag line I am rather fond of goes "It used to be said that a million monkeys pounding a million typewriters would eventually write out the complete works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know that this i...
by chrisj1948
26 Nov 2015 15:19
Forum: Town Asylum
Topic: Israel/Gaza
Replies: 3
Views: 5247

Re: Israel/Gaza

I hope the prohibition remains. It is a topic which normally generates great heat and no light whatsoever.

Regards
Chris J.
by chrisj1948
19 Nov 2015 17:18
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: #Lidlsurprises
Replies: 6
Views: 1837

Re: #Lidlsurprises

I am reminded about the old chestnut concerning how to make a monkey trap. Hollow out a heavy gourd through a small hole in the top. Insert a banana and leave in the open. Monkey comes, can get his hand in to grasp the banana, but cannot then withdraw it. Since he is too greedy to let go he is easil...
by chrisj1948
17 Nov 2015 11:20
Forum: Town Asylum
Topic: Has our Town Pub been demolished?
Replies: 40
Views: 31353

Re: Has our Town Pub been demolished?

Why not just have the Town Hall and the Pub? I think the current three tier approach is good. I would certainly keep the Pub separate. I confess that the divisions are less meaningful for me, since I always list unread postings and then pick the topics I think might be interesting, rather than brow...
by chrisj1948
15 Nov 2015 10:24
Forum: Town Asylum
Topic: Has our Town Pub been demolished?
Replies: 40
Views: 31353

Re: Has our Town Pub been demolished?

.... there is no place on the Forum for friendly, constructive, illuminating, non-confrontational, mutually supportive conversation about general issues. If you could devise a way of restraining general discussions so that they fitted into that category then I am sure that Admin (or his successors)...