With cold weather here, it’s not just us humans that suffer the effects – despite their warm coats, our pets are not immune to the effects of low temperatures. Vet charity PDSA is encouraging pet owners to take simple steps to keep pets warm and safe.
A documentary about a food bank handling the Covid-19 crisis has won international film awards. Feeding Lewisham, directed by Cara Bowen, shows how the We Care Food Pantry in Deptford adapted from feeding 30 families to almost 5,000 as the pandemic hit.
A theatre programme has been launched online to support the well-being and mental health of young people. Theatre Peckham will provide 28 online creative classes including music production, street dancing, spoken word and acting.
A couple have created a children’s book about being different and defeating adversity. The Brixton-based duo’s book Trexy finds his Roar draws from their own experiences of being bullied.
Abiola Rufai-Awojide, from Streatham, was selected to take part in the British Film Institute, BFI NETWORK x BAFTA Crew programme. Funded by the National Lottery, the programme sees that 16 emerging film-makers from under-represented groups are mentored by senior figures from the industry, as they put together their first feature or major broadcast/online commission.
A singer songwriter has won a MOBO award for her genre-bending soulful music. Ego Ella May pronounced “Eh-go” won at the Best Jazz Act in the 2020 awards. She released her debut album Honey For Wounds in June last year.
Writers and artists have joined a forum to help amplify black and diverse voices through culture. The Lewisham Culture and Diversity Advisory Forum will also advise the council on how to help under-represented young people get into the creative industry.
How a grieving Brixton son discovered it was a policeman’s bullet which killed his mum – 25 years after it happened and how a traumatised son learned to grieve on the written page
January 4th brought back some of the anger after his mum, Cherry Groce, was shot by police in 1985 – an event which sparked the Brixton riots. Lee Lawrence writes his story in The Louder I Sing
Covid infections are rapidly increasing. In Southwark, one out of every 20 people are Covid positive. Rising infection is followed by more people going into hospital and sadly, rising deaths.
Forty years ago on January 18, Yvonne Ruddock and Angela Jackson held a joint birthday party at a house in New Cross. The celebration was to end in tragedy after a fire ripped through the house in the early hours of the morning. A total of 13 young black people died.
With 2021 here many people will be thinking about getting in better shape in the New Year. It’s also a great time for your pet to join in too! Too many calories and not enough exercise cause weight gain but, with some simple changes, owners can get their pet’s weight under control.
By Melissa Kasule
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, they say. Which means South Londoners are not looking very hard, according to new data – or are they using Boris Johnson as their lockdown hair inspiration?
At the time December felt depressing, with even the imminent arrival of a ‘normal’ Christmas in doubt. Looking back now it was a period of relative freedom bookended by two lockdowns.
David Bowie did not seem to age much in the 43 years between performing Star Man in a fake snakeskin leotard on Top of the Pops in 1972 and the last pictures in 2015, soon after he discovered he had terminal cancer. That was one factor which made his death on January 11 2016 such a shock. Here TOBY PORTER remembers his South London roots on the fifth anniversary.
Lee Lawrence’s win in the memoir category of the Costa Book Awards brought back some of the trauma and anger of the incident which is the pivot of his story. His mum, Cherry Groce, was shot by police in an incident which sparked the 1985 Brixton riots. Here TOBY PORTER recalls the events which shocked a community.
A French singer-songwriter has released his first studio album in English after feeling the need to counter the language-barrier-induced loneliness and connect with his English- speaking neighbours.
It’s time to be one of the pillage, people. And the latest Assassin’s Creed release is Norse-y but nice. Okay, I promise I’ll leave the puns there. For anyone was has previous played Ubisoft’s popular series, then you’ll know the drill. And I’ve got no axe to grind about that. No, quite on the contrary, I need to sharpen it. And my dagger. And my spear.
South London’s most creative music is thriving despite the handicaps caused by lockdown. Here MELISSA Kasule picks a selection of up-and-coming artists who could make an impact in 2021.
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