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It’s a strange time for our community. We either seem to be stuck at home bored, or worked off our feet on the front line, trying to keep our community running. Either way we might need something constructive we can do to take our minds off of the current crisis for a few minutes. We might also be able to raise a few bob for our friends at South Norwood Community Kitchen who still continue to work hard to keep the community fed during the current crisis.

Some of our friends organise community learning projects, and one such project can offer FREE English, maths and ICT courses up to Level 2. All of these courses can be done remotely from your home. Neal Colpitts explains more.

Contact Neal via neal.colpitts@sigmaukgroup.com or on 07527 965604

The courses are completely free – but if you are able to make a small donation to the Community Kitchen that would be greatly appreciated. Click here to make a donation. Thank you.

Stay well everybody x

Our community is everyone who has made South Norwood their home.

Everyone is welcome. Everyone has something to contribute.

The General Election has once again shown South Norwood to be a beacon of diversity, tolerance and hope in the dystopian dark-ages of the 21st Century. As much of Britain, and indeed the world, harks back to an imagined past, we unashamedly look towards a glorious future that can only be built by us all working together.

These are undoubtedly dark times. Our first imperative has to be to pull together as a community to ensure that the poor and the vulnerable are supported. A decade of austerity means that South Norwood already has a great many such initiatives, quietly working away without fuss or fanfare. We need to support them in whatever way we can. We are happy to use the communications of the South Norwood Tourist Board to help these initiatives organise and fund-raise. It is a sad and cold-hearted country that forces its most vulnerable citizens to rely on charity – but that is where we are right now. The path towards a brighter future starts from where we are now. We will not see our friends left behind.

Being home to a community of innovators, inventors and instigators, South Norwood cannot help but stand in opposition to the dead hand of conservatism. Culture is not a dead fly, sealed in amber, but an ongoing process of us communicating and relating to each other. It is an engine of evolution, that since pre-historic times, has seen people moving around the world, sharing and stimulating the ideas that built our civilisation. We are lucky to live and love on one of the world’s great crossroads which makes South Norwood a melting pot for imagination and creativity. When your neighbours are the whole world, popping next door to borrow a cup of sugar is an adventure of friendship and discovery.

The Empire is as dead as the Latin that vomits forth from our newly anointed leader. The neo-liberal European dream is likewise extinguished. But in South Norwood the laboratory of future lifestyles is all around us. The future is in each and every one of us.

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South Norwood is rightly famed for the works of art that crop up unannounced around the place. At Woodside tram stop you can currently see an homage to the great Rene Magritte.

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A Garden Built With Love

When residents first took it upon themselves to rescue the plot of dirty and disused land at the end of Love Lane it was a  full of old mattresses, discarded needles, dog shit and the detritus of dereliction that comes with speculative property deals and absentee landowners who have no interest in the local community.

5 years of love and hard graft have turned this wasteland into a community garden. Move loved and well used. But today Mayfair property speculator Tyger Sanchez parked his tanks on the Love Lane garden, obliterating the stage that children use to put on shows and serve cakes.

Well, he might be a big noise in Mayfair – but there’s a bad smell surrounding this. What sort of bully smashes up a kids play area? He has no planning permission to build – so no need to do any of this. It is just pointless vandalism. Or is it an expedition to see how much he can get away with? Other property speculators have tried such brinkmanship with local councils. Tyger probably thinks Croydon Council are an easy touch, having been accused of being too close to property speculators in the past. But they have accepted Love Lane Green as an Asset of Community Value – and the community does indeed value it.

This is the Council’s chance to show that they are in fact on the side of local residents – not bully boy speculators who make Rachman look good by comparison. People who appear happy to destroy everything that the residents have built and then leave it to fester. Perhaps the hope is that if it becomes a big enough eyesore and health hazard the council will eventually relent and give planning permission. Well, not this time.

Our community is our home – not your get-rich-quick scheme. And we will fight to save it!

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What it used to look like before residents took action

 

Moon AntFor some weeks now SNTB’s boffins have been experimenting with the South Norwood Large Array, our contribution to the exploration of space. This top secret network of wires, electronics and coat hangers has been trained on deep space (upwards).

From the outset we were intrigued to discover what wonders awaited us. Now the truth can be told.

A repeating signal, apparently beamed at us from beyond the Solar System. Was it a pulsar? Was it some stray microwave signal? Or was it something else entirely?

A message from the stars, translated on the beating wings of a billion flying ants. Synchronised perfectly with the code, flapping in unison, acting much like the diaphragm in an old telephone, turning the tiny vibrations into speech.

So here it is! Courtesy of the flying ants! A message from the stars!

Greetings Earthlings!
We have detected your transmissions.

It has taken 50 years for your primitive radio waves to reach our space station, orbiting out beyond the furthest reaches of the Solar System. We heard and were inspired by the communications between Earth and your pioneers on the Moon, “As you talk to us from the Sea Of Tranquillity, so shall we make tranquillity here on Earth. All people on this Earth shall be one!”

Such a positive statement from someone who we took to be surely be one of the most upright and honest of your political class – Mr Richard Nixon. Using our inter-galactic catch-up service, our stellar sociologists have studied his track record – which was perhaps a bit of a let down. However, it appears that subsequent appointments could make the age of Tricky Dicky seem like a Golden Age in comparison.

As a result, we have this simple message for you all, “Do not, under any circumstances, take us to your leaders!” They are, quite frankly, an embarrassment to you.

In studying your planet, we see how you come together to achieve great feats. You are more wonderful than you could ever know. Unfortunately your humanity is not shared by those of your political or mercantile class, whose attributes are not suited to sustainable growth. Many species have fallen under the spell of such leaders but their ideology is an evolutionary dead end: As dead as the surface of the Moon. 

Mutual aid and co-operation are the key to evolution. It is in that spirit that we extend the hand of friendship to the humans of Earth.

We offer you a place in our Galactic Federation!
We offer you free movement between the planets!
We offer you a purple passport to the stars!

There’s just the small matter of a referendum….

One Giant Leap

One Giant Leap