Lines on the Transpontine Madness – Brooklyn as South London?

I have been reading “The Boys of Summer” (1971) by Roger Kahn. Considered by many to be one of the great sports books, it focuses on the 1950s Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team who among other things broke down the colour bar in professional baseball in this period through the presence of the legendary Jackie Robinson. ...

Transpontine Pantomime, today and past

The Pantomime season is upon us. At Greenwich Theatre, Peter Pan: A New Adventure by Andrew Pollard opened last week, and Peter Pan is also to be found at the Broadway Theatre in Catford this Christmas with The Lost Boy Peter Pan (not technically a pantomime): 'The Broadway’s Resident Theatre Company, the award-winning ACTION TO THE ...

The transpontine people in Exile (1846)

Here's some more 19th century uses of the word 'transpontine' in a South London context. Interestingly two of them feature Westminster Bridge. If the word literally means something like 'over the bridge', we should remember that Westminster Bridge was the only the third bridge to be built over the Thames in London, after London Bridge ...

Transpontine Twitter Spam

When archaeologists from distant galaxies sift through the digital debris of 21st century human life will they be able to distinguish genuine communication between sentient beings from the randomly-generated utterances of spambots? Perhaps some of the latter will be hailed as great poets.One of the things this blog has helped do is to put the ...

South London Hardcore go live tonight

I guess Transpontine is concerned with 'the Matter of South London', starting from the basis that historically much that goes on in the capital on the south side of the river has been marginalised, overlooked and treated with condescension. The word 'transpontine' itself expresses that - on the other side of the bridges from the ...

Transpontine: Word of the Day

Thanks to No Yeah No on twitter for spotting that yesterday's word of the day on dictionary.com was... transpontine.They came up with a couple of good quotes to go with it:'There was nothing left but to retreat against the railing, and with my back turned to the street, pretend to be admiring the barges on ...

The Transpontine Paris Commune

Always on the look out for uses of the word 'transpontine', so that was the first word I entered when I found the treasure trove of the Spectator archive. There were quite a few references, confirming its most common meaning as being in relation to the 19th century theatres of South London, with their taste ...

Dulwich Hamlet FC – Transpontine Team

I have enough troubles of my own supporting a non-league club (one time old First Division) who are not from South London, without taking up the cause of Dulwich Hamlet FC. Still I notice with interest some of the banners that have been adorning their ground in recent times.There's a Pride of South London banner......a ...