Victorian Comic performer John Baldwin Buckstone is the star of the final episode of the first series of podcasts by Mike Guilfoyle

John Baldwin BuckstoneJohn Baldwin Buckstone enjoyed enormous fame at the height of his career - an adored comic performer, a great friend of Dickens, a prolific writer for the stage and a successful impresario - but his gravestone was paid for by donations from close friends who had seen his fortunes dwindle. Learn about the ...

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Careless Whisper – a Peckham ballad

The late great George Michael may have grown up in north London and Hertfordshire, along with his Wham! mate Andrew Ridgeley, but who knew that one of their best known songs was written in Peckham?As told in his recent recent book 'Wham! George & Me' (2019),  Andrew Ridgeley moved in with his then girlfriend and later ...

Kylie Minogue at the Rivoli

Kylie's Secret Night, shown on Channel 4 over Christmas 2019, showed everyone's favourite Aussie pop star staging a surprize night for fans, hosted by Alan Carr. And where better to do it than the Rivoli Ballroom in Crofton Park, where so many others have trod - Rihanna, Lana del Ray, Elton John, Tina Turner, Oasis, ...

SAINTS, SINNERS & SAVANTS – free guided walk New Year’s Day 1:30pm

To shake off the Xmas torpor the Friends group are offering a free guided walk across two cemeteries (Brockley and Ladywell) stopping at the graves of some of the more or less illustrious deceased including clerics, acrobats, adventurers and scandalmongers!Meet at the Brockley cemetery gate on New Years Day at 1.30 pmWalk will last around ...

‘your discovery was my land, my discovery is your borders’

This work by Glasgow-based Iranian artist Iman Tajik was recently displayed in the window of the new building on corner of Borough High Street and Marshalsea Road SE1. Referencing the 1951 UN convention on refugees it proclaimed 'your discovery was my land, my discovery is your borders'. Wonder whether the artist was aware that this building ...

Winter morning

Following receipt of a tree plan from the council we went on a walk around the park, to check the impact of the proposed tree planting. Four of the new trees are proposed along the path that runs along the south meadow. Looking towards the south meadow. Looking towards music block at Prendergast School Within ...

Crass, Poison Girls, UK Decay – Luton 1979

As I post this it is forty years ago this very night that anarcho-punk pioneers Crass and Poison Girls played in Luton, along with home town punks UK Decay on 14th December 1979. A friend who was there (I wasn't) posted the flyer on facebook. I remember the venue well enough, an old hanger next ...

Villages Brewery birthday

Villages brewery in Deptford is three years old and celebrating this weekend with a party. Must admit my visit to the Villages taproom in Resolution Way last weekend was my first. The brewery/bar is in one of the railway arches there, and as well as serving their own brews they are hosting music sessions, quiz ...

Adeline Tanner’s moving story is the subject of the latest podcast by Mike Guilfoyle

Adeline Tanner died young, broken by the horrific experience of being sold abroad into prostitution. Her moving story from Victorian times finds uncomfortable parallels with present day accounts of human trafficking.