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by sparticus
11 Nov 2015 12:27
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Millie's Story Community Event
Replies: 35
Views: 5315

Re: Millie's Story Community Event

LIFE OF AN ANIMAL SHOULD BE NO LESS IMPORTANT THAN LIFE OF A HUMAN
Completely bonkers!
by sparticus
5 Nov 2015 07:48
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Golden Lion pub
Replies: 175
Views: 79126

Golden Lion

It's such a shame. There is lots of examples from the likes of Antic to show how to use these large old pubs in a creative way that brings the punters in. But you have to get it right, and unfortunately the Golden Lion just misses the target. I can't see that it's making money and I fear it will end...
by sparticus
2 Jun 2015 06:54
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Overground???
Replies: 13
Views: 3182

Re: Overground???

According to local news last night in a feature about TfL taking over suburban routes into Liverpool St, SE London is next on Boris' wish-list, so maybe soon all surface trains stopping at Sydenham will be "Overground"
by sparticus
31 May 2015 06:14
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Men's evening ware hire
Replies: 3
Views: 716

Re: Men's evening ware hire

Of course I should have said evening "wear" hire!
by sparticus
31 May 2015 06:09
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Men's evening ware hire
Replies: 3
Views: 716

Men's evening ware hire

I need to hire a dinner jacket etc for a formal dinner at my daughter's college the evening before her graduation - :) "proud parent face!!- any suggestions locally other than Moss Bros in Bromley?
by sparticus
2 May 2015 06:55
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Parliamentary Election Hustings
Replies: 120
Views: 51463

Re: Parliamentary Election Hustings

For heaven's sake, I know local Labour Party members, including elected members, read this forum, will one of you please come forward and defend Jim Dowd and try and persuade me to vote for him!
by sparticus
1 May 2015 14:42
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Parliamentary Election Hustings
Replies: 120
Views: 51463

Re: Parliamentary Election Hustings

The point has already been well made. For better or worse we have a 'representative' democracy- we vote for someone to represent us in parliament, and for me, whilst I would never compromise the possibility of a Labour victory, other things being equal I want a representative whose views more or les...
by sparticus
30 Apr 2015 18:55
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Parliamentary Election Hustings
Replies: 120
Views: 51463

Re: Parliamentary Election Hustings

I have voted Labour in every general election since 1970 and I have been a member of the Labour Party in previous residence. I desperately want to see the back of this cruel, dishonest and partisan bunch of incompetents, the worst and most right-wing government since the war. But I have decided, aft...
by sparticus
9 Apr 2015 14:01
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Fox Cubs -Sydenham Road / Newlands Park
Replies: 37
Views: 7319

Re: Fox Cubs -Sydenham Road / Newlands Park

I knew Fred was a bit of a plutocrat but the hunting angle is a new one on me so thanks for that, more ammunition when I argue with my left wing friends about the iniquity of the hunting ban. Of course beagling was a much more democratic affair, though some public schools and Oxbridge colleges had t...
by sparticus
9 Apr 2015 06:45
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Enough already - the old have caught up
Replies: 7
Views: 1187

Re: Enough already - the old have caught up

A very wealthy friend of mine once told me that to him the winter fuel allowance represented a tank of petrol for the Range Rover. This was enforce the drop in fuel prices. I don't go for the "baby-boomers screwed the young" argument, but I am very aware of what an amazingly privileged generation I ...
by sparticus
9 Apr 2015 06:21
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Fox Cubs -Sydenham Road / Newlands Park
Replies: 37
Views: 7319

Re: Fox Cubs -Sydenham Road / Newlands Park

It might be something to do with having been brought up in a village with an active beagle pack and being completely unsentimental about wildlife, but it always amazes me when I encounter sentimental gushing about vermin. Do people feel the same way about rats? In those days, we used to send the ter...
by sparticus
10 Mar 2015 08:45
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: RebuildTheGreyhound - pub to be rebuilt by April 2015?
Replies: 1039
Views: 402784

Re: #RebuildTheGreyhound - pub to be rebuilt by April 2015?

G-man: You wrote: And there is hardly anywhere to have a decent meal on the high street. I merely pointed out that in fact there are a number of good places to eat, hardly a rant. it's important to celebrate what we do have locally. My dream pub would be a traditional boozer that serves a decent ses...
by sparticus
7 Mar 2015 07:52
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: RebuildTheGreyhound - pub to be rebuilt by April 2015?
Replies: 1039
Views: 402784

Re: #RebuildTheGreyhound - pub to be rebuilt by April 2015?

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And just look at the correct use of the apostrophe and acute accent. They had standards in those days!
by sparticus
7 Mar 2015 07:46
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: RebuildTheGreyhound - pub to be rebuilt by April 2015?
Replies: 1039
Views: 402784

Re: #RebuildTheGreyhound - pub to be rebuilt by April 2015?

G-man writes: We need new pubs because new pubs and decent places to eat help lift an area. At the moment the only really decent place to go for a drink if you are someone like myself - Late 30s early 40s, professional, into music, ale art and such - is the Dolphin. No other pub works for me. And t...
by sparticus
26 Feb 2015 08:54
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: John Holland
Replies: 28
Views: 4781

Re: John Holland

Nigel writes: The Lampedusa point is very simple - an entry point for migrants and asylum seekers, mostly economic migrants , in southern Italy used as a launch pad to a better life in northern Europe . Main four destinations , Germany ,France Sweden and UK. Main country of origin Syria - highly un...
by sparticus
21 Feb 2015 14:28
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Street lighting in the Thorpes
Replies: 1
Views: 533

Street lighting in the Thorpes

Does anyone have an idea when the new lighting will be installed in the remaining roads in the Thorpes, Kingsthorpe Road and Princethorpe Road? Just curious really, as personally I preferred the old lighting poles, but now most of the roads have been done it might add to the sense of visual coherenc...
by sparticus
8 Feb 2015 10:02
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Mayow Park - New exercise equipment
Replies: 10
Views: 1683

Re: Mayow Park - New exercise equipment

I'm sure the new equipment an asset to the park and I speak as a daily dog-walker. I used to take he kids there 20 years ago when we lived in Forest Hill and it was a bit of a dump, it's improved immeasurably. It amused me to see that the notice introducing the trim trail says something like "not su...
by sparticus
30 Jan 2015 14:00
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Garage
Replies: 3
Views: 828

Re: Garage

Just got my ancient Peugeot back from Knighton following service and MOT. Very satisfied with the service there, and about half e price of the independent garage in Beckenham I used for years. The bloke at Knighton seems positively committed to keeping clapped-out old scrappers going.
by sparticus
30 Jan 2015 13:57
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Sydenham book club needs new members
Replies: 50
Views: 21051

Re: Sydenham book club needs new members

Hi.. Can you say a little more about the club? What sort of books, eg. Fiction or non-fiction, how "intellectual" or serious is it? How much beers gets consumed at the Dolphin get-togethers? How do you manage with the Stygian lighting levels if you want to read out a quote? BTW, this is a serious en...
by sparticus
28 Jan 2015 12:05
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Zip repair
Replies: 6
Views: 17633

Re: Zip repair

Thanks, helpful. Maria- this is a forum. I sometimes post a thank you, sometimes I don't. When I respond to a requests for information I don't expect a personal expression of gratitude. If it's not freely given its not worth having.