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by chrisj1948
21 Feb 2016 16:43
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Water Leak - Perry Rise - Road Closed
Replies: 22
Views: 4169

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: 2284

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: 17835

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: 1557

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: 48614

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: 48614

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: 48614

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: 48614

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: 30133

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: 6954

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: 6346

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: 6954

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: 5040

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: 5040

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: 1613

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: 30133

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: 30133

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)...
by chrisj1948
10 Nov 2015 16:02
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Lewisham Card Has Launched
Replies: 19
Views: 2401

Re: The Lewisham Card Has Launched

Mosy

Giving discounts seems to be a very flexible arrangement. I well remember my father blagging a 10% discount for me on some photographic equipment by falsely claiming to be a member of an organisation to which the shop did not award discounts. He was a very persuasive man :-)

Regards
Chris
by chrisj1948
1 Oct 2015 10:03
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Fox Cubs -Sydenham Road / Newlands Park
Replies: 37
Views: 7888

Re: Fox Cubs -Sydenham Road / Newlands Park

I sent a message of thanks to The Fox Project, accompanied by that last photo, and they shared it on their Facebook page. Twelve hours later the post and photo combined had over 10,000 likes, 700 sympathetic comments and over 100 shares. It is short of having gone viral but I was astonished at the r...
by chrisj1948
29 Sep 2015 15:18
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Fox Cubs -Sydenham Road / Newlands Park
Replies: 37
Views: 7888

Re: Fox Cubs -Sydenham Road / Newlands Park

Foxie (it turns out 'she' was a he) returned again yesterday for what was, sadly, his last visit. Something was badly wrong and, whilst there were no external signs, we suspect an internal injury. We contacted The Fox Project, who dispatched an animal ambulance. At the end Foxie dragged himself out ...