19 January 2015

Episode 150: Live at Hold Fest


South London Hardcore live at Hold Fest, 11th January 2015. Our local news roundup includes unparliamentary language, Alan Pardew's return home and '5 birds that caused chaos in Thamesmead and Crayford'.  


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13 January 2015

Episode 149: Bermondsey



This week we visit Bermondsey, a hotbed of history, culture and industrial innovation.

Starting at Shad Thames, we passed by the Rolling Stones old rehearsal room and a couple of recording studios that have had huge acts pass through their doors, as well as the birthplace of two big name biscuits, the location of the world's first tinned food factory and the football club no one likes. 

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04 January 2015

Episode 148: Angela Carter / Sophie Kinsella


The South London Book Club meets again to discuss two books by women from South West London - The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter and Shopaholic and Sister by Sophie Kinsella.

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31 December 2014

Episode 147: Playlist VI - The Alumni (side 2)



The sixth volume of the South London Playlist is a collection of artists that went to university in South London. We're joined by Goldsmiths lecturer Stephen Graham to talk about side 2. 

Side 2:

6. Bloc Party – Helicopter 
7. Placebo – Nancy Boy  
8. Natasha Bedingfield – These words 
9. Hawkind – Born to go 
10. James Blake – The Wilhelm Scream 
11. Velvet Underground - The Black Angel's Death Song

Side 1: (covered on last week's show) 

1. Blur – End of a Century  
2. Klaxons – Gravity’s Rainbow 
3. JME – JME 
4. Humphrey Lyttelton and his band – Bad Penny Blues 
5. Pink Floyd – See Emily Play

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23 December 2014

Episode 146: Playlist VI - The Alumni (side 1)



The sixth volume of the South London Playlist is a collection of artists that went to university in South London. We're joined by Goldsmiths lecturer Stephen Graham. 

Side 1

1. Blur – End of a Century  
2. Klaxons – Gravity’s Rainbow 
3. JME – JME 
4. Humphrey Lyttelton and his band – Bad Penny Blues 
5. Pink Floyd – See Emily Play

Side 2 (follows next week):

6. Bloc Party – Helicopter 
7. Placebo – Nancy Boy  
8. Natasha Bedingfield – These words 
9. Hawkind – Born to go 
10. James Blake – The Wilhelm Scream 
11. Velvet Underground - The Black Angel's Death Song

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15 December 2014

Episode 145: Manfred Mann


Our guest this week is Manfred Mann, the keyboard player from the band of the same name who had hits with 
Do Wah Diddy Diddy, Pretty Flamingo, 5-4-3-2-1Mighty Quinn and My Name Is Jack

We talked to Manfred about music career, covering Bob Dylan, trying to sell Paul McCartney a harmonium, the difference in recording in Old Kent Road and Abbey Road, and life in South Africa, Walworth and Lee. 

We're also treated to a piano rearrangement of Queen's We Will Rock You, which features on his new record Lone Arranger

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08 December 2014

Episode 144: Putney


This week we visit Putney, an area of huge political significance. 


St Mary the Virgin Church was the site of the Putney Debates, which were massively influential in the development of modern democracy, William Pitt the Younger lived (and duelled) in Putney 
and Thomas Cromwell and Clement Attlee, both important figures in British political history, were born here. 

We also visit some notable graves at Putney Vale Cemetery and pop over to Mr Benn's house.

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01 December 2014

Episode 143: Fakebit Polytechnic

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We're joined by chiptune pop punk duo Fakebit Polytechnic for a chat about their songs, gigs and unique instruments, and a wander through Deptford Market.

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25 November 2014

Episode 142: Norwood - A Matter of Considerations

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On this week's show we offer a meditation on the history and development of Norwood.

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16 November 2014

Episode 141: Local News




Our latest local news roundup features some stolen lightbulbs, skyline preservation, WWE wrestlers, public urination, a vision of our care home future and John Loughrey, Diana Super Fan.  

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10 November 2014

Episode 140: Spike Milligan


This week we induct Spike Milligan, one of the most important figures in the history of comedy, into the SLHC Hall of Fame. 


We talk about his childhood in Catford and Brockley and a career that included The Goon Show.

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03 November 2014

Episode 139: Imperial War Museum


This week we paid a visit to the newly re-opened Imperial War Museum.
We talked about the sites historical use as a site of the Bethlem Hospital, the history of the IWM as an institution and some of the curatorial decisions made in the museum's new incarnation.

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26 October 2014

Episode 138: Live at Elefest



For this year's Elefest we hosted a live show where we lead the audience on an aural adventure, spiralling around the Elephant & Castle roundabout from the outside in.

We cover schools and churches, cinemas and shopping centres, housing estates and subways before ending up in front of a stainless steel substation.


Join us on this journey, this time at your own convenience, where we can guide you around the colourful and expansive history of this iconic South London spot.


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20 October 2014

Episode 137: Raymond Chandler / P.G. Wodehouse


The South London Book Club meets again to discuss novels by two alumni of Dulwich College - The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler and Psmith in the City by P.G. Wodehouse


We're joined by Paul Ansorge of Rant Cast, the popular Manchester United podcast.

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13 October 2014

Episode 136: The Cinema Museum




The Cinema Museum, based in the old Lambeth Workhouse which Charlie Chaplin visited as a child, is packed to the rafters with equipment, signage, furniture, uniforms and ephemera from picture houses across the decades. 

We talked to Ronald Grant, the founder of the museum, about its history and their vast collection. 

Visit cinemamuseum.org.uk for full details about visiting the museum and a full list of upcoming events. 

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