Music Monday: Mott the Hoople ‘Then we went to Croydon’

I spent Sunday morning running a half marathon round Croydon, or to be more precise the Sandilands/Shirley suburbs of said borough, which got me re-reading Les Back's great appreciation 'So... Fuckin' Croydon', which made me think of  'The Saturday Gigs' by Mott the Hoople...The glam rock band's 1974 single, like their biggest hit 'All the ...

White Panther Party 1972 – ‘hassled by the pigs’ in Abbey Wood and beyond

The White Panther Party was a radical and anti-racist organisation originally established in the Detroit area in 1968 with the aim of bringing together white radicals to act alongside the Black Panther Party. It had its roots in the counter-culture, with one of its founders being John Sinclair - manager of the proto-punk band the ...

Croydon Westfield shopping centre approved

Plans to create a new Westfield shopping centre in Croydon, replacing the rather tired Whitgift Centre, have been approved by Croydon Council. It means there will be a new shopping destination at the southern end of the East London Line, but Stratford's already within fairly easy (and cheaper) reach, meaning it's of dubious benefit for ...

EDL splinter group in South London on Saturday

The English Volunteer Force is a far right splinter group from the English Defence League. Charmingly it takes its name from the murderous Ulster Volunteer Force, responsible for numerous killings during the Irish conflict.On Saturday 27th July 2013 they are planning an anti-immigration protest outside Lunar House  (40 Wellesley Rd), the immigration office in Croydon. ...

May Day 2013 – what happened?

The Shard shines through the May Day blossom in St Johns Churchyard SE1So how was May Day and the holiday weekend for you? On May Day itself the Fowlers Troop made their way through Deptford and Greenwich with the Jack in the Green - pictured here outside the Rose and Crown in Greenwich.Photo from Diana ...

‘Mad Tracey from Croydon’

I used to love Tracey Emin. Her breakthrough exhibition at the South London Gallery in Camberwell 'I need Art like I need God' (way back in 1997) really blew me away, and I still think that she has brought some material into the art world boys club that has rarely found expression there before - young ...