I’m sure most people now her, the vintage dj, the mad hatter who organises tea parties, or rents her vintage crockery, or the enthusiastic mad women who tried to do her best for South Norwood.
We are proud to announce that she has become a fully fledged member of the tourist board. She is full of the quirky humour that we love and loves the area, what a perfect match.
Together the whole world will know the utopia that is South Norwood.
On Tuesday myself and Ian went to visit Wheels for Wellbeing at Croydon Arena. What wonderful people, what a wonderful set up, what amazing bikes. Whilst we are celebrating our own Tunnel of Love Lane on 14 February, we are also going to try and raise some money for this wonderful charity.
We have created window stickers so you can brag to your neighbours, work colleagues or strangers that you carried away in the Tunnel of Love. Whilst we gave them away free at the Sensible Garden, this time we are going to ask for a small donation (suggest £1 but whatever you can afford), to present to WFW and help them continue with their wonderful work. There is a limited number available so get one early to avoid disappointment. They look wonderful in the car or any window in your house.
On 14th February 2015, SNTB are celebrating love, from our unique walk through ‘The Bunny Hole – The Tunnel of Love Lane’ to the betrothing of a couple underneath the tree at the gateway of Love Lane, where any volunteering couple will be lavished with poetry readings (Tim Wells & Maria Ogundele) and a blessing (TBC), before being whisked away in our unique carriage to our own Loving Albert Inn. We are also providing our own Love Locks, to seal your love eternally, then threading the key upon a silver chain to continually be reminded that South Norwood is the home of Romance and Love Lane. All this to music of Love provided by Rose – the Vintage DJ RPM (Rose Plays Music).
The history of love padlocks dates back at least 100 years to a melancholy Serbian tale of World War I, with an attribution for the bridge Most Ljubavi (lit. the Bridge of Love) in spa town of Vrnjačka Banja. A local schoolmistress named Nada, who was from Vrnjačka Banja, fell in love with a Serbian officer named Relja. After they committed to each other Relja went to war in Greece where he fell in love with a local woman from Corfu. As a consequence, Relja and Nada broke off their engagement. Nada never recovered from that devastating blow, and after some time she died due to heartbreak from her unfortunate love. As young women from Vrnjačka Banja wanted to protect their own loves, they started writing down their names, with the names of their loved ones, on padlocks and affixing them to the railings of the bridge where Nada and Relja used to meet.
We shall all meet at Harrington Road Tram Stop at 2pm, wearing your most dandy, foppish garments, and then whisked into Kent by Shank’s Pony before commencing our exciting, unique experience into South Norwood through ‘The Tunnel of Love Lane’.
Do you want to renew your vows, betroth yourself to your loved one or cherished item. Contact SNTB now for further information.
January, named after Janus; typically depicted with two faces, one looking to the future and one looking to the past. At SNTB, we are no different and want to create a living history of our wonderful area to share with the world BUT we need help, we need stories, anecdotes, details of what you have experienced in South Norwood and where.
It will be fun creating a map of South Norwood that has personal stories stories attached. Did you used to dink in the Goathouse and can confirm if an actually goat was kept in the pub; did you experience the bombs dropping on South Norwood; work at the sewage works, brickworks or one of the many pubs that used to exist in South Norwood.
We want to create an historical, visual image of the area but not necessarily based around our historical buildings, but stories of everyday life; where were you when Crystal Palace burnt down, did you feel the heat. Did you have your first kiss by the Bunny Hole or proposed to your partner in a particular pub. What shops existed, and were they particularly aimed at a certain social class.
What entertainment existed in South Norwood, who had that flash car in the street that everyone admired and talked about. We want the stories that wouldn’t normally get into your archetypal history book.
REMEMBER SNTB NEEDS YOU.
It was with great regret that we heard of the sacking of Neil Warnock as manager of Crystal Palace FC, our local team. Of course, seasoned observers of our national game will not see this as an unusual state or affairs – and not one that reflects particularly badly on either Mr Warnock or Crystal Palace FC. More than in any other walk of life, the career of a football manager will always, sooner or later, end in failure – and on the few occasions where it doesn’t, in all likelihood it will end in betrayal as the successful manager walks away to a more lucrative contract elsewhere.
This merry-go-round has gone on for so many years it is accepted as part and parcel of the game – but does it have to be? It strikes us that the problem maybe intrinsic to the role of manager itself. Over the years, many clubs seem to have come to the same conclusion and sought to ameliorate the problem by appointing additional roles such as Directors of Football and the like – but this merely adds to the clash of egos that is inevitable when power and decision making are left in the hands of too few people.
When news of Mr Warnock’s sacking emerged the South Norwood Tourist Board gave considerable thought to the problem, taking consideration of the many developments in the fields of football, science, sociology and politics. It is clear that the role of football manager as developed in the 19th Century is no longer fit for purpose in the 21st Century, where people expect to be participants in their entertainment rather than mere spectators. Football has the potential to be the ultimate reality experience yet is seen by many as becoming ever more divorced from reality. Let us grasp both these problems by the horns and with the benefit of new technology create a truly immersive experience for the 21st Century football fan!
As James Surowiecki pointed out in his book, The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few, it is collective rather than individual wisdom that shapes the development of economies, societies and nations. On that basis the collective wisdom of the people of South London should be more than adequate to develop a strategy that would secure The Eagles’ long term survival in the Premier League. That is why we are proposing a smartphone app be made available to every Crystal Palace season ticket holder, enabling them to make decisions in real time on matters such as formation, tactics and substitutions. From the noise of many thousands will come the coherent tactics to save the day!
Just think of it; the collective consciousness of the Holmesdale End being passed via a terminal in the dugout, directly to the players on the pitch! Football becomes once more the game of the people! We can see from the massive participation in Fantasy Football games that everyone thinks they can manage a football club – now everyone gets the chance to! We firmly believe that the collective wisdom of the people of South Norwood is more than a match for José Mourinho, Louis Van Gaal and Arsène Wenger! So we expect that over time this system will see Palace rise to join the elite of the Premier League and ultimately the elite in world football. When that happens there will be no poaching of the manager – because the fans are the club – and they have red and blue running through them like a stick of South Norwood rock. If for some reason it does not work out so well, then there will be no calls to sack the manager because there isn’t one. Instead we all have to collectively take it on the chin and vow to come back smarter, sharper and more technically astute in the new season.
Other benefits of the system mean that the management of the football club truly reflects the full diversity of the fans. It also means that the problem of players agents trying to have undue influence over football managers would become a thing of the past – but there again, if they were that determined that they tried to bung the several thousand people necessary to sway the hive mind then it would be of immense benefit to the local economy.
As keen supporters of our local football team, the South Norwood Tourist Board are happy to gift you this idea – although we would retain onward syndication rights for other teams as we anticipate considerable demand once they see how successful it is.
Good luck with all your endeavours. Onward and upward!
The South Norwood Tourist Board