So many (free) films, so little time

The free film festival scene continues to grow, easy to take them for granted but seeing lots of great movies for free at interesting venues on your doorstep - how cool is that?Peckham and Nunhead  is on right now until 11 September - full programme here. It will soon be followed locally by Forest Hill ...

‘Mutiny at Woolwich Dockyard’ (1802) – attempted escape by hulk prisoners

During the 18th and 19th centuries, many ships no longer fit to sail the seas were converted into floating prisons. In the London area these 'prison hulks' were located in the Thames by Woolwich and Deptford.This account of an  'Mutiny at Woolwich Dock Yard' (Morning Post, 2 August 1802) describes an attempted escape by prisoners ...

Woolwich Rent Protest 1939

From the Daily Herald Archive at the National Media Museum:'A photograph showing residents creating a road blockade as part of a rent protest in Woolwich, south London, taken in July 1939 by John Topham for the Daily Herald'.  Great photo, unfortunately I don't know any more about the context. The placard reads 'we the tenants ...

The World Cup in South London

As the World Cup comes to an end, here's some pictures from around South London over the last month.The Artmongers mural on Deptford High Street redecorated in Argentinian and German colours for today's final, by artist Patricio Forrester, who is Argentinian Watching the world cup at Tomi's restaurant in Deptford High Street, on night Nigeria played ...

Joan Littlewood (and Brendan Behan) in Blackheath

This year is the centenary of the birth of Joan Littlewood (1914-2002), one of the most influential figures in 20th century British theatre. Among many other things she founded the radical Theatre Workshop and directed iconic plays including Shelagh Delaney's A Taste of Honey and Oh What a Lovely War (1963).Joan Littlewood - not sure ...

Music (and poetry) Monday: Joseph O’Connor

As part of the Irish President's recent state visit to London, there was a night of Irish music broadcast on BBC-4 as 'Ultimate Irish Music at the Royal Albert Hall: A Presidential Celebration'.Truth be told it was a bit patchy, but one of the strongest parts was a reading from the writer Joseph O'Connor, best ...

The Brits in Greenwich – time to rename the 02?

This week's BRIT music awards took place on the Greenwich peninsula, with Beyonce, Prince, Lorde, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers,the Arctic Monkeys and many others appearing on stage as performers and/or givers and receivers of awards. But you would never have got a sense that, like Leonard Cohen, Jay Z, Kanye West and Bruce ...

Burns Night + Scottish Martyrs at Woolwich

It's Burns Night on Saturday, something I always try and celebrate with some Islay whisky (I got a bottle of Laphroaig for Christmas), a vegetarian haggis and my dad's old bagpipe chanter from when he played in a band on Islay in the early 1950s. Plus my dad's collected poems of Robert Burns that I ...

South London Misty Mornings

Beautiful sunrise this morning, here's a few shots I found on twitter:Peckham Rye in the mist from top of 78 bus (my photo)Shooters Hill by James Morrow (@jimbo341)Woolwich Arsenal by Major DraperThe Shard by @alexbrownaFinally from yesterday an actual misty morning Albert Bridgeby HappyTaylor3050'I dreamt we were standingBy the banks of the thamesWhere the cold ...

Nicky Crane, Jobs for a Change 1984 and other nazi attacks

The crowd at County Hall on June 10 1984 (photo from Tony Hollingsworth on flickr -I believed he was one of the organisers of the event)On June 10 1984 the Greater London Council, on the verge of being abolished by Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government, put on the 'Jobs for a Change' festival by County Hall ...