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Nunhead Cemetery: Death by 267 More Cuts. The News of Nunhead for 22 October 2012

22 Oct

9:30 PM Monday 22 October 2012 Nunhead Heights

News of Nunhead

What Munich is to Octoberfest; what Rio is to Carnival; what New York is to food, shopping, rap music, musicals, business, disco, sex…; the increasingly in demand Nunhead is to Halloween. We have three huge cemeteries making Nunhead the Land of the Dead. 

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A rededication service is to be held on Sunday 4th November in Nunhead Cemetery marking the complete renovation and reinstatement of 267 soldiers graves from the First World War.

World War One ended in 1918.

Is this a case of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission having too much money as the government isn’t killing as many soldiers as they used to and they have to find a way spend the money? My apologies if wrong. 

Only about 40% of wild Nunhead Cemetery is ‘protected’. I think the rest is open for ‘renovation’ which means neatly cut grass and no birds or bees, and more burials.

Why not join the Nunhead Choir at the Ivydale School this Thursday? Meet at 8 PM the 25th October 2012 and sing until 9:45 PM for only £5 a session. A maximum of £40 for the term. You will be lead by Richard Swan who is not only musically talented but quite a looker. Go to their website: NunheadChoir.org.uk.

A four-bedroomed house on St Mary’s Road in Lower Nunhead, equidistant from two train stations I don’t use, is being offered for sale at £750,000. That is three-quarters of a million dollars in a time of a grinding credit crunch. Even more proof that this radio show has increased property values in Nunhead.

On Saturday 27th October, the London Wildlife Trust will be leading an Autumnal walk along the dismantled Crystal Palace High Level railway. Meet outside Nunhead Station at 10:45AM with the London Wildlife Trust. The line was closed in 1954, if I remember correctly. 

The autumnal tree colours in Nunhead are more beautiful than anywhere else in the world because they last longer here, due to the slow decline to a winter freeze due to our West Coast Maritime climate, buffered from the ocean by the Nunhead Hills, and the warmth of its people.

The Southwark Council, according to nunheadnags.wordpress.com has funded first Nunhead Green shopfront under a new scheme to show how shopfronts they can be restored sensitively.

I have not noticed, in my very cursory reading, the main reason for the Green not doing well – the shortage of parking – is either omitted from the Regeneration Plan or doesn’t play a very large role. Ah, well, I cannot save the world, let alone Nunhead.

Our special guest couldn’t make it tonight. Mitt Romney is running for President of the United States. He is out worshipping his crazy God that makes him wear magical underpants. Barack Obama’s religion is reasonable. He worships a man who didn’t have a father.

Instead, as guests we have The Woodentops, my absolutely favorite rock band, are based in Nunhead Borders by Peckham Rye Park. Actually, just leader and front man Rolo McGinty. 

They are playing a rare gig Friday 26 October 2012 at Nambucca, 596 Holloway Road N7 6LB London, UK. Nearest Tube Archway on the Northern Line. Gig info click here. I am going, will you? 

Also on the show is the lovely American Heather Anderson, who lives hard by the Nunhead Train Station.

They join East Dulwich American Lisa Moyle, England Engineer Chris Dixon, and our house band, The Dulwich Ukulele Club with Richard Guard and Anna Crockatt. They have a big show in Peckham Rye on October 27th! The Day of the Dead!  We’ll all be there!

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What we will lose when Camberwell Old Cemetery Wood is cut down.

14 Jul

8 AM Saturday 14 July 2012 Nunhead Heights

Camberwell Old Cemetery Wood

Plans are still afoot to create space for 5000 more graves in our area – The Leafy Bits of Southwark and Lewisham.

 We will lose this wood when the chain saws and the weed-whackers come in to provide cheap burials in our inner city suburbs.

A child in a meadow in Camberwell Old Cemetery

The Council  will call it “re-using” graves – sounds benign but it means the end of Camberwell Old Cemetery Wood. Once lost, never returning.

A path in Camberwell Old Cemetery wood

London takes pride in our green spaces. Yet we are about to lose acres and acres of lovely wood and meadow  to the desolate wasteland of graves.

What makes our wood less beautiful than Nunhead Cemetery? Or in Highgate or even in the New Forest or Hampstead Heath?

What will the wood and meadows will become when the graves are “re-used”? The dead need to be buried – but not at the expense of the living.

This is the return of the North Wood that once ran to London but was cut down for agriculture.

Camberwell Old Cemetery – A dead cemetery – full of the forgotten dead. The Future?

Click here for my original post about losing the Camberwell Old Cemetery Wood.

And click here for something about Nunhead Cemetery.

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Speak up for Southwark’s forests? I’m not the right man.

9 Jun

8 AM Saturday 9 June 2012 Nunhead Heights.

I have been called my “own worst enemy.” I don’t mind being my own worst enemy because that way I know my enemies aren’t as bad as I am.

Yesterday, I posted about the chopping down of the wood in Camberwell Old Cemetery in East Dulwich, southern Southwark. That’s right next door to my Nunhead. I wrote how The Council is to cut down acres of trees, bushes and flowers for thousands of new graves. And that someday people will regret doing that.

I am not the guy to be making a stink about this.

I shoot from the hip, don’t do the detail work, get too upset. And yet I want people to like me. It’s a bad combination.

Most important: I am not English. There is a certain way that English people talk to each other so as not to offend. I haven’t mastered that. I offended people when I lived in New York, too.

The Council will probably cut down more trees just because I’m putting in my two cents.

But someone needs to stand up for Southwark’s trees and green places.

Two years ago I was on BBC Radio Four standing up for New York in “The Great Cities Debate.” I lost. Nikky Bedi and Mumbai won. I haven’t been asked back on the BBC since.

Novelist Jake Arnott thought London was the greatest city because it was the greenest city, with its parks and open spaces. That’s hardly praise for a city. It’s like saying a rural county is great by noting how urbanised it is. He didn’t see the irony.

You can compare it to the ridiculousness of the London “congestion charge.” Cities are supposed to be congested. Without traffic and people you wouldn’t have a city. The equivalent would be making city people pay money for staying out the countryside. More irony.

Southern Southwark is green.

Nunhead and East Dulwich are surrounded by parks, cemeteries, reservoirs and allotments. Once the northern tip of the Great North Wood, the area was the last place in Southwark to be urbanised and much of it became cemeteries. Over the last 75 years the cemeteries became overgrown and the natural forest returned.

But maybe only ten percent of the population of Southwark live in Nunhead and East Dulwich. We’re richer [well, not me], we own our own homes [on a mortgage] and we’re not as dependent on The Council for our incomes and our flats. It seems we don’t have much a voice in Southwark.

Most of Southwark doesn’t know about the forests of Nunhead and East Dulwich.

And probably most Nunhead and East Dulwich people don’t even know about the wood of Camberwell Old Cemetery – the beautiful wood that The Council calls “scrub” and “contaminated” and is planning of mowing down and replacing with ugly, ugly, dead graves.

Someone needs to tell southern Southwarkers – Nunheader and East Dulwich peeople – what they are about to lose.

Someone needs to tell northern Southwarkers – the people in Bermondsey, Camberwell, Peckham, and Borough – that these forests are there, that they belong to them and that they need to be saved.

I am not the man to do it. I am my own worst enemy.

Another post concerning Nunhead’s cemeteries:

“The Delightfully Dead Nunhead Cemetery is Buried Alive.”

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John Fleming's blog - SO IT GOES

John Fleming’s blog: human interest, humour, humor, comedy blog featuring eccentricity, performance, movies and occasionally a few tears

Nunhead Nags

A blog about Nunhead regeneration

Lewis Schaffer

Nunhead American Comic