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Thu 08 Apr 2021 at 11:14pm

Norwood’s blue plaque run

Lockdown has sucked hasn’t it, but I have tried to look at the positives throughout, like not having to commute, getting chores done during the week rather than taking up my whole weekend, and best of all, having more time with our daughter Beth, as trying as that ...

Fri 02 Apr 2021 at 1:26am

Croydon’s Skye

What better way to kick off a (fingers crossed) sunny but also (according to my weather app) snowy Easter weekend, than by hearing about a Croydon illustrator who creates some very joyful and Spring-like work. As well as being an illustrator, local creative Skye Baker works at Croydon’...

Thu 25 Mar 2021 at 10:41pm

Croydon’s original mural artist

Whilst I was reading about architect Jane Drew, who we featured last month, I happened upon a friend of hers and fellow Croydon-born creative, Barbara Mildred Jones. Despite being a rather influential post-war artist, designer and writer, Barbara Jones was shamefully not a name I recognised. As we are only ...

Thu 18 Mar 2021 at 11:11pm

Croydon’s modern tudor kitchen

If you take a look at my Instagram account you’ll see that I really only post pictures of two topics. One is wine and grapes, the other is grilled, smoked and rotisserie food. So, I was very happy to hear that Croydon was getting a brand new food ...

Wed 10 Mar 2021 at 10:38pm

Zoom to the moon and beyond

This year Croydonites Festival of New Theatre looks a little different for obvious reasons. The fifth festival was supposed to happen from 26-29 March 2020, but Lockdown 1 halted proceedings, so they have embraced the digital sphere to host Croydonites Bites this Saturday, 13 March. We’re promised an evening of antics ...

Wed 03 Mar 2021 at 10:17pm

Coromandel Coast’s climate-smart coffee

What has powered a lot of us through Covid? Well if you’re like me, it’s coffee. I’ve been rather dismayed in the last year when some coffee shops stopped serving me coffee in my reusable cup because of the hygiene risk. I think the ...

Fri 26 Feb 2021 at 12:05am

Escape to the Country Park

This last week has really started to feel more hopeful. The sun has been shining, giving life an air of Spring, and, although we might not be out of lockdown yet, we now at least have a path mapped out to look forward to. It’s been the perfect ...

Thu 18 Feb 2021 at 11:20pm

Croydon’s Chandigarh architect

Whilst I was enjoying a trip down a Google rabbit warren (as I often do) when I was researching modernist architecture for my chat with Keith van Loen last week, I happened upon a name in architecture I hadn’t come across before. And that name was Jane Drew (...

Thu 11 Feb 2021 at 10:30pm

Modernist angles and blue skies

Last month I met architecture photographer Keith van Loen through the Peckham-based (but currently online) monthly creative meet-up, Rye Here Rye Now. We got chatting and it turns out Keith is a fellow fan of Croydon’s modernist architecture. So he featured some of our skyline in his ‘...

Thu 04 Feb 2021 at 11:25pm

Slaying in her lane

This week we had the privilege to chat with multi-award-winning journalist and bestselling author Yomi Adegoke, who also just so happens to be a Croydon resident. She has a quite frankly formidable CV having worked for Channel 4 News, ITN, the Independent, Vogue, Elle, the Pool and more, and is currently ...