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Published: Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:37:59 +0000

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Re: Pigeon feeding - £400,000 annual cost

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:37:59 +0000

[quote boroughonian][quote John C][quote boroughonian]I was just thinking, years ago around here, you would always see loads of bread off cuts in the streets, loads of people fed the birds, there was always a "catwoman" about too, she would leave tins of opened (obviously) cat food for the strays, never saw no rats though and that's with all the bomb sites/dumps around too.

If we have a rat problem, it's because of all the food outlets in the area, which I enjoy, nothing else.[/quote]

Ah, the good old days. When little Gertrude Lawrence danced to the music of the barrel organ and fed off fish-heads picked up from the gutters in Kennington.[/quote]

Ahhh the sweary teacher. You wouldn't understand. We had it good, and before us they had it better. Now we're going backwards. I despair.[/quote]

No, boroughonian - I'm afraid don't remember the 'good old days'. There was a war on when I was born, I grew up in east London in the 1950s, somehow missed out on 'flower power' in the 1960s, and was too busy working for the next 40 years to notice whether the days were particularly good or bad. But it's left me healthier, better housed, better clothed, better fed and better educated than my parents and their parents were. And it all started with the socialist legislation of the post-War Labour government. In spite of all the efforts of Mad Margaret Thatcher and the gaggle of incompetent imitators who have followed her in government I'm still optimistic - at least about my own life. If I despair it's for the young and for future generations; there are certainly a lot of things wrong with society today. If I have a particular concern it's that it was people of my age who voted in such large numbers for Brexit. My father always assumed that education would solve all our problems - after all, he said, no properly educated person could be foolish enough to vote Tory. Sadly, state education after the War seems to have bred a generation of people many of whom were idiotic enough to vote for Brexit. Perhaps that's where nostalgia for the good old days leads you.

I really should learn to label my less serious comments with 'JOKE'. If you got the Gertrude Lawrence reference you should know that her claim to have danced to the barrel-organ and 'gnawed kippers' heads in the gutter' was apparently something she put on to impress American journalists with her poverty-stricken working-class origins (which wasn't true).

PS - I don't get the reference to 'the sweary (?) teacher' - if you mean me, sorry, but I've never been a teacher.

PPS - apologies, James, but this is a long way off-subject. Whatever happened to the pigeons?



Re: London Bridge Station - Tooley Street entrance

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:21:52 +0000

Looks like Ted Baker is coming too (just along from Hamleys and Cath Kidston)



Re: Pigeon feeding - £400,000 annual cost

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:01:28 +0000

[quote John C][quote boroughonian]I was just thinking, years ago around here, you would always see loads of bread off cuts in the streets, loads of people fed the birds, there was always a "catwoman" about too, she would leave tins of opened (obviously) cat food for the strays, never saw no rats though and that's with all the bomb sites/dumps around too.

If we have a rat problem, it's because of all the food outlets in the area, which I enjoy, nothing else.[/quote]

Ah, the good old days. When little Gertrude Lawrence danced to the music of the barrel organ and fed off fish-heads picked up from the gutters in Kennington.[/quote]

Ahhh the sweary teacher. You wouldn't understand. We had it good, and before us they had it better. Now we're going backwards. I despair.



Re: Chiropodist

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:37:19 +0000

Thanks for that Jules62,

I never thought of contacting my practice. I shall do that now.

Regards
Aiberdeenloon



Re: One Tower Bridge retail

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:22:02 +0000

Do retail here is a misnomer. It’s all restaurant use at a time when it is becoming clear that London is now completely saturated with restaurants as they are going bust right, left and centre.



Re: One Tower Bridge retail

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:04:00 +0000

[quote Pops][quote James Hatts]In Crown Square Prosecco House is now open[/quote]

Cheapest bottle is £38.00, I'd rather go to Wetherspoons!!![/quote]

Grossly overpriced.

I served in the Army in Treviso, capital of Prosecco country, near Venice.

Prosecco there costs the same as any other wine...



Re: Pimlico Plumbers

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:35:21 +0000

You would think they would be a perfect target for a Rogue Traders type investigation, but I'm afraid our Charlie now fancies himself as an establishment figure and is probably/possibly untouchable due to his years of donating to a certain political party.



Re: Pimlico Plumbers

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:11:05 +0000

And with the High Court case going on every news item has a PP van in it, lots of free publicity whichever way the case goes



Re: One Tower Bridge retail

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:01:29 +0000

[quote James Hatts]In Crown Square Prosecco House is now open[/quote]

Cheapest bottle is £38.00, I'd rather go to Wetherspoons!!!



Re: Pimlico Plumbers

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:03:39 +0000

[quote Pops][quote soundman]http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5348557/Plumber-earns-210-000-doesnt-work-weekends.html[/quote]

you beat me to it!!! Shocking really[/quote]

I'm in the wrong job!



Re: McColls - Great Dover Street

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:25:07 +0000

Premises now for rent:
https://realla.co/m/26155-159-great-dover-street-se1-159-great-dover-street

Meanwhile the Post Office has been advertising for a franchisee in Pilgrimage Street



Re: One Tower Bridge retail

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:17:49 +0000

Varian can be added to the list of new openings:

https://www.hospitalityandcateringnews.com/2018/02/vapiano-double-london-presence-three-2018-restaurant-openings/



Re: Chiropodist

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:57:30 +0000

You GPs practice is likely to keep a list of local chiropodists: it might be worthwhile asking there for a recommendation.



Re: Selfish cyclists

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:08:59 +0000

I sense that this thread is likely to cover the same ground as many previous exchanges of views on this topic, none of which have proved to be edifying experiences.

Therefore I am closing the thread.



Chiropodist

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:50:52 +0000

I'm looking for a chiropodist and would be grateful for any recommendations that you may have.

Thanks and regards.

Aiberdeenloon



Re: Selfish cyclists

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:37:05 +0000

As the city gets busier things will get worse, gentle cycling with smiles and laughter joy is what we want, cycled thirty five years here and it’s not even plesent for me
Highly indicative of our times but little to be done unless you want a torrent of abuse, not much fun at all, like drivers on mobiles, cyclists on pavements are a real hazard, shame them, raise the fines make them outcasts, they are a disgrace



Re: Selfish cyclists

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:30:48 +0000

That sound you hear is another large can of worms being opened....tin hats on.

BUT before we are banned again, any ideas for getting it across to tourists that it is not the law that the Santander bikes are expressly for cycling on the pavement.....apart from shouting at them as they wobble past?



Re: Selfish cyclists

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:06:58 +0000

I think it is time cyclists should be made to put licence plates on their
bikes and fined if they don’t register them. I am fed up shouting after them
“ the lights are for you too” , when I am trying to cross the road, never mind
having to look over my shoulder when on the pavement.
Power to pedestrians??



Re: Eco Cleaners, Tower Bridge Road

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:16:44 +0000

Apologies, only just seen your comment.
This was back in the autumn, my goods were damaged badly, Vanesh didn’t even acknowledge the damage, no apology. They had difficulty locating my items as there was such confusion in the shop and with the delivery van. I have no intention of returning.



Re: Selfish cyclists

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:47:34 +0000

The pavement cyclist got so heated on the Forum discussion years ago James had to close the thread! Agree that pavements are for pedestrians , and riders under ten!



Re: Selfish cyclists

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:35:42 +0000

Glad I'm not the only one who thinks they are selfish. Since the new road layout in Tooley St, they think they can run the red light at the junction of Bermondsey St. I've nearly been hit twice in the last week crossing here when I had the right to cross (green man). One of the cyclists didn't have a helmet either.



Re: Suspect running

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:46:09 +0000

The teenager was 14 and looking at the block seems to be only one or two stories high. Perhaps he thought he could jump down. Very sad.

As for violent crime not being reported I have insider knowledge ! In 1986 my husband while working for post office was delivering diamonds in City road. After would be robbers shot his colleagues my brave husband hit them with the nearest thing to hand , a wooden box! The gunman said you wanna be a hero and shot him, bullet went through his thigh ,his bad polio stricken leg through testicles. Cutting it short all of three postman carrying out their work had surgery, Don had surgery to remove the bullet in his thigh.

I phoned and told everyone, my neighbours etc. The crime was on Friday, Saturday morning I rushed to newsagents, bought loads of papers, not one single one reported it!

I dictated letter to Evening Standard saying is violent crime so prevalent it does not merit a mention? I received a curt phone call from Post Office saying the one and only Press Officer was on holiday!

Don, Sidney and Arthur all received Captain Binney award.



Re: Suspect running

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:12:10 +0000

I suspect it's a bit of both, Jules, plus the fact that journalists - the esteemed editor of this excellent site explicitly excluded from this criticism - can't get out and about to cover the patch and thus resort to lazy (or perhaps easy might be a better word) journalism. The South London Press has one journalist covering pretty much all of South London and most - if not all - stories they run are what I would call "desktop" articles.



Selfish cyclists

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:20:15 +0000

What is it with some cyclists?
Twice in the last last 2 weeks I have nearly been hit by cyclists while walking on the pavement.
Last week while walking on the pavement in Globe st I was almost hit by a cyclist who was riding on the pavement.
Globe street has a purpose built cycle lane but he decided his fellow cyclist wasn't going fast enough in the cycle lane so mounted the pavement to pass him.
This morning while walking on the pavement in Trinity Street, I was just going through the barrier on the pavement when a cyclist almost hit me from behind. He was on the pavement when there was a safe cycle highway in place on the road for him. I pointed out that the cycle lane was on the road. He just said "there's a gap here as well"
Millions have been spent on safe cycle routes and cycle highways yet some cyclists continue to go on the pavements. They also think they have a right to be abusive and aggressive.
I've stopped walking along the Victoria canal because of fast moving aggressive cyclists with anger issues.



Re: Suspect running

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 22:31:51 +0000

I haven't read about this in any news sites, but that is hardly surprising: there are so many violent incidents that go unreported by the media.

I sometimes wonder if this is due to editors not wanting their publications ending up being associated with 'bad news', or if it is simply a case that certain tragedies are no longer regarded as newsworthy...



Re: Parking Space Wanted

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 19:09:40 +0000

I have space for Motorcycle if that helps?



Suspect running

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:23:01 +0000

A young man running from the police yesterday jumped from a block of flats, Flatman house.. Seriously injured or dead but nothing in the news? very sad whatever happened.



Re: The Cut roadworks

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:25:32 +0000

[quote ninja999][quote Zoe]The light is on the southwark side of the road. I was impressed it’s still working[/quote]

i watched several groups last night using it as a see saw/ bouncy castle/tightrope whilst filming each other[/quote] Thank you Ninja999 for alerting us to this issue and keeping an eye open



Re: The Cut roadworks

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:32:32 +0000

That’s a great tale John C!

The roadworks are rather close to Styles house. I hope we won’t find we can’t drive in or out.



Re: The Cut roadworks

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:06:33 +0000

I only just saw this lamp standard in road pavement and LBS assure me will be dealt with asap