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Newman
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Posted on Monday, 10 January, 2005 - 02:52 pm:   

TJ would have us believe that Linda (always cutting prices) Barker is a resident of FH/HOP, but as Dave has pointed out, she falls outside of the area. So who is the area's most famous resident? At the moment, it's Timothy Spall, but then the competition thus far has only consisted of members of long since forgotten 80s pop groups and that Handy Andy bloke. Any advances on Mr Spall?
ToffeeJim
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Posted on Monday, 10 January, 2005 - 03:37 pm:   

Jackie Trent: 60's singer and wife of the legendary Tony Hatch (composer of the crossroads theme)

Also two near misses: Status Quo come from Sydenham and Kate Bush comes from Brockley. Who'll back a campaign to get Brockley Rise redubbed Wuthering Heights in her honour?
Newman
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Posted on Monday, 10 January, 2005 - 03:47 pm:   

Status Quo, Kate Bush, Jackie Trent, Curiosity Killed the Cat and the woman out of Republica. Not to mention Dave's beloved Forest Hillbillies and Cosmic Sausages...They've also got a painting of David Bowie in the Capitol, but I think that's stretching it a bit. I never knew that the area had such a rich musical heritage.
Damon
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Posted on Monday, 10 January, 2005 - 06:45 pm:   

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Brenda(Oscar nominated) Blethyn. She must be up there with Tim Spall.

To name a few others
Desmond Decker (my ears are alight)
Linda Barker (has a house just of brockley risebut probably resides in a posher house thanx to I'm a 'b' celeb)
Michael Gambon ( who only recently moved from sunderland rd)
Dont know his name but the bloke who had 2 heads in Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy and Dear John(Kirk St Moritz)

and last but not least

That oriental elvis look a like on those AOL street posters

If i think of any more you can rest assure I will let you know
Johnnyb7
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Posted on Monday, 10 January, 2005 - 06:56 pm:   

Michael Keating (Vila from Blakes Seven), lives fairly close, in that plodge of property behind the EDT.
michelle#
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Posted on Monday, 10 January, 2005 - 07:21 pm:   

James Nesbit and Jo Brand live in East Dulwich oh and that bloke from the Carling Black Label ad's from years back
WiseGuy
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Posted on Monday, 10 January, 2005 - 08:02 pm:   

Jo Brand lives in East Dulwich, I'm guessing there's a Greggs their.... can anyone confirm?
julianm
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Posted on Monday, 10 January, 2005 - 09:30 pm:   

He of two heads is Mark Wing-Davey
julianm
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Posted on Tuesday, 11 January, 2005 - 07:06 am:   

And Brenda Blethen lives in the Honor Oak Park area and Miranda Richardson used to live on Devonshire Road until a few years ago.
michelle
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Posted on Tuesday, 11 January, 2005 - 10:40 am:   

no greggs but a very good sweet shop!!
BaggyDave
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Posted on Tuesday, 11 January, 2005 - 12:14 pm:   

Now you've got me started

I worked with Michael Keating for a number of years - I'll see if he would like to contribute!

I play badminton (the sort of game we play on our posh estate) with Jess Jaworski who was in the original Status Quo (or at that point they were probably the Spectres formally the scorpions). They met at Sedgehill School, Francis Rossi was also apparently from Forest Hill according to the various web sites (www.statusquo.co.uk seems pretty reliable) although I thought he came from Downham. [Note this is no personal endorsement of SQ]

Jed Dmochowski ex of the VIPs (pop group early 80s ) see http://groups.msn.com/MARCHOFTHEMODS/thevips.msnw
is a neighbour of mine on our posh estate, and is threatening a new career in music.

There seems to be a Polish theme here.
ronnie
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Posted on Tuesday, 11 January, 2005 - 01:04 pm:   

David Bowie grew up in Beckenham.
ToffeeJim
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Posted on Tuesday, 11 January, 2005 - 02:15 pm:   

So well respected thespians Blethyn (from FH), Spall (in FH unspecified location) and Gambon (long-term resident of People's Republic of Southern FH).

Leading designer: long term resident of Honor Oak Park/People's Republic of Southern Forest Hill

Pop singers: Desmond Decker, Jackie Trent (locations unknown but sound like they're from the People's side of town to me). Member of globally successful 80's pop band Psychadelic Furs (previously based in People's Republic of Southern Forest Hill). Member - not the one with the beret of course - of 80's band Curiosity killed the Cat and some chap from the VIPs (latter two based in 30's hilltop estate currently known as Upper Dulwich Bottom)

So just remind me BaggieDave - which is the wrong side of the tracks again?
Ryan Bobson
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Posted on Tuesday, 11 January, 2005 - 02:51 pm:   

Wrong side of the tracks, right side of the tracks - oh dear. Can you imagine folk living north of the river in NW3 banging on about who lives in their 'hood? Blimey, if they started up, we wouldn't hear the end of it. Perhaps it's the river that's the tracks and we're on the wrong side of it. Just joking, of course.

Mind you, the bird from Republica (Saffron) was fit. Can anyone confirm if this is still the case? It'd be worth knowing. And don't get me started on Barker. She needs a damn good seeing to. I can't be the only one fed up of seeing her 'always cutting prices' on the box.

BaggyDave, was your Jess in the 'Pictures of Matchstick Men' Status Quo? Or did he bail before they hit the big time of snorting coke and going out with Page 3 lovelies?
Ryan Bobson
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Posted on Tuesday, 11 January, 2005 - 03:11 pm:   

Wrong side of the tracks, right side of the tracks - oh dear. Can you imagine folk living north of the river in NW3 banging on about who lives in their 'hood? Blimey, if they started up, we wouldn't hear the end of it. Perhaps it's the river that's the tracks and we're on the wrong side of it. Just joking, of course.

Mind you, the bird from Republica (Saffron) was fit. Can anyone confirm if this is still the case? It'd be worth knowing. And don't get me started on Barker. She needs a damn good seeing to. I can't be the only one fed up of seeing her 'always cutting prices' on the box.

BaggyDave, was your Jess in the 'Pictures of Matchstick Men' Status Quo? Or did he bail before they hit the big time of snorting coke and going out with Page 3 lovelies?
TJ Hooker
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Posted on Tuesday, 11 January, 2005 - 04:47 pm:   

Jo Brand actually lives in Camberwell, not East Dulwich so I'm guessing she falls out of this discussion.
Newman
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Posted on Tuesday, 11 January, 2005 - 05:01 pm:   

Chances of the woman from Republica still being fit are pretty high, I would imagine, as it wasn't that long ago that they had a hit with that 'ready to go' song, was it? Or am I just desperately trying to deny the passage of time?

Suggesting that Linda Barker needs a good seeing to is a bit drastic isn't it? I dislike her annoying grin and vacant stare as much as the next person (unless the next person is TJ of course) but would not suggest that a good seeing to is the way forward. How about we start a 'leave our area now' type petition instead?
Newman
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Posted on Tuesday, 11 January, 2005 - 05:12 pm:   

Dave, you may well play badminton with Jess Jaworski, but on the vibrant side of town (I stand corrected, TJ), it is not uncommon for some of us to enjoy the occasional game of bar billiards with the fit one out of Republica. Beat that!
GingerScotsman
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Posted on Tuesday, 11 January, 2005 - 05:13 pm:   

As a resident of the previously mentioned hilltop estate I can confirm we also have the following retired musos as neighbours: Tristram Lager-Shandy of the 80's cult-rockers Trev's Turkey Wattle - and Ritchie "RickyRich" M who used to head up the Watford branch of the Cocteau Twin's fan-club.
BaggyDave
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Posted on Tuesday, 11 January, 2005 - 05:36 pm:   

Newman, are you and TJ ganging up on me, or are you just both jealous of me and my posh estate, and my local facilities and my proximity to Linda (see, I'm on first name terms)
And where has Jack gone when you need a friend?
BaggyDave
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Posted on Tuesday, 11 January, 2005 - 05:53 pm:   

Newman, are you and TJ ganging up on me, or are you just both jealous of me and my posh estate, and my local facilities and my proximity to Linda (see, I'm on first name terms)
And where has Jack gone when you need a friend?
Johnnyb
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Posted on Tuesday, 11 January, 2005 - 06:38 pm:   

Dear Ryan Bobson & BaggyDave:

it's a sign of the advancing years when you keep repeating yourself. Its a sign of the advancing years when you keep repeating yourself.
julianm
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Posted on Tuesday, 11 January, 2005 - 07:14 pm:   

I had a maths teacher once called John Jaworski in the seventies at a school in SE22. I wonder if he and Jess are related?
PVP
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Posted on Wednesday, 12 January, 2005 - 03:23 pm:   

Saffron from Republica - my mate said he knew her way back in 1980's (never snogged though), but she was an Acton girl.
johnnyb7
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Posted on Wednesday, 12 January, 2005 - 06:48 pm:   

Drool...............

http://www.tonynelsonphoto.com/live/republica.html
Hilltop General
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Posted on Wednesday, 12 January, 2005 - 09:58 pm:   

Not bad. Haven't seen her round unfortunately. Not sure the talent is up to all that much round here, even in the rarefied heights of Upper Forest Hill.
Newman
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Posted on Thursday, 13 January, 2005 - 09:11 am:   

Dave, can't speak for TJ, but can confirm that I am jealous of your posh estate and am in fact planning to move there soon. Sorry, TJ, but I'm fed up with the vibrant side of town and am off to join Dave, Jess Jaworski and the other badminton playing types.
Newman
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Posted on Thursday, 13 January, 2005 - 01:04 pm:   

Alas, Saffron from Republica's time in the spotlight was shortlived. As I recall, they had a minor hit after Ready to go but failed to survive the death of Britpop. Their website says that they 'are not recording at this time', which is PR speak for 'they've called it a day'. Still, Sky Sports are currently using Ready to go as one of their football theme tunes, so hopefully the lovely Saffron is benefitting from that.
ToffeeJim
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Posted on Thursday, 13 January, 2005 - 02:34 pm:   

Ah Newman, you have clearly reached pensionable age and no one will begrudge you spending your Autumnal days in the Upper Dulwich Bottom estate. After all you'll be in good company with the countless hordes of Daily Mail reading drivers of Rover 216s already installed. And such sensible houses for the elderly too - none of those lengthy multiple stairways (or indeed any of the other interesting features you get in the Victorian housing stock elsewhere in Forest Hill). And think of all the practical, easily washable linoleum floors you'll be able to install and that'll match so well with that 1930's look!

Not only all these exciting features but as we know the estate even has it's own Victor Meldrew who can be seen amusingly shouting at other residents from his bicycle. Of course all this needs to be slightly balanced by the lack of any shops or pubs and it being a mile away from any public transport but rest assured, most of the properties up there are gently sliding down the hill anyway, so you should be back with the rest of us in a few years time!
Newman
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Posted on Thursday, 13 January, 2005 - 02:49 pm:   

But on the plus side, Linda Barker and Jess Jaworski live there and if it's good enough for lovely Linda and badminton playing ex-rock stars, then it's good enough for me.
baggydave
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Posted on Tuesday, 18 January, 2005 - 02:48 pm:   

Frank Thornton (Captain Peacock and codger in Last of the Summer Wine, for readers from my Estate who do do not recognise these sit coms try Burkett in Gosford Park) had his formative years around here (think he was somewhere near to UDB)and sited the Capitol as a great influence being at the intersection of the tram, train and bus routes (they hadn't invented SUVs and MPVs in them days). And of course that was when the Capitol was a cinema and my posh estate had a pub.

Oh and Stephen Lewis also of Summer Wine and of course Blakey is a regular visitor.
Newman
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Posted on Tuesday, 18 January, 2005 - 02:57 pm:   

Dave, Blakey from hilarious '70s sitcom On the Buses is a regular visitor to the posh estate? Do you see what we're missing out on, TJ?
pippa
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Posted on Tuesday, 18 January, 2005 - 03:01 pm:   

Where exactly is this posh estate of yours?
Newman
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Posted on Tuesday, 18 January, 2005 - 03:07 pm:   

You mean to say you don't know, pippa. Bow your head in shame!
pippa
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Posted on Tuesday, 18 January, 2005 - 03:13 pm:   

I am bowing my head in shame! that I have lived in SE23 for 3 years and still haven't come across the posh estate, I suppose only posh people would know it!
Newman
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Posted on Tuesday, 18 January, 2005 - 03:47 pm:   

I have to confess that I also don't know where it is. But it does sound very, very posh - badminton with Blakey from On the Buses, Captain Peacock and Linda Barker and all round Dave's afterwards for afternoon tea and cucumber sandwiches. Smashing.
BaggyDave
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Posted on Tuesday, 18 January, 2005 - 04:50 pm:   

Ask TJ, he coined the phrase 'posh estate' that he know refers to Upper Dulwich Bottom.
Was that a hint of sarcasm Newman?
BaggyDave
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Posted on Tuesday, 18 January, 2005 - 05:05 pm:   

Ask TJ, he coined the phrase 'posh estate' that he know refers to Upper Dulwich Bottom.
Was that a hint of sarcasm Newman?
ToffeeJim
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Posted on Tuesday, 18 January, 2005 - 05:23 pm:   

Pippa: I think the posh estate is somewhere around Sunderland Road where respected thespian Michael Gambon used to live. Or/also on the private road at the bottom end of Perry Vale.

I confess to once describing the UDB estate as posh. Congratulations and a prize of a subscription to Heat magazine to celeb-spotter Newman for being the only one to work out this was a tongue in cheek reference primarily aimed at winding up BaggyDave.

It seems clear from later references that the UDB estate is in fact a retirement estate apart from a small enclave of vegan activists. The conspicuous lack of a pub or any other facilities for persons below retirement age is the giveaway.
Baggydave
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Posted on Tuesday, 18 January, 2005 - 05:36 pm:   

For the record, both Newman and TJ are now officially off my Christmas card list, but if you give me your addresses happy to dump my used Chrimbo trees in your respective back gardens, that is if you have them in your respective manors
lubemonkey
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Posted on Wednesday, 19 January, 2005 - 04:03 pm:   

All this talk of Linda Barker in Forest Hill environs. Has she actually been spotted on foot in Forest Hill? If so, are we sure it's her?

I only ask as my wife is often mistaken for Linda Barker (though I don't see it myself), to the point of "so great to see you, love the shows, it was great what you did with that piece of lace curtain in blah, blah blah" conversations in the street. And it's amazing how some people will not be told either.
It's most bizarre on the train or in shops when we're together. I've seen people (usually ladies) checking her up and down to make sure "it must be Linda", then they start eyeballing/pointing at me with that "so that's Linda's fella look".

So if you do see Linda Barker in Forest Hill, bear in mind that your chance of blagging a free sofa is probably even slimmer than you first imagine.
Newman
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Posted on Thursday, 20 January, 2005 - 11:03 am:   

Does your wife ever get people coming up to saying stuff like, "Words cannot express the level of hatred I have for you. If I see your adverts one more time, I won't be responsible for my actions etc etc." Or is it just positive remarks? Just curious.
Newman
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Posted on Thursday, 20 January, 2005 - 11:12 am:   

So Dave, is TJ correct in saying that you live in a retirement estate? Certainly, the ages of your fellow residents would seem to bear this out - other than Linda Barker (who perhaps doesn't actually live there as you claim, but instead pops round once a week to entertain the old folks with a song and a dance?), none of your fellow residents would appear to be under the age of 90.
BaggyDave
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Posted on Thursday, 20 January, 2005 - 12:32 pm:   

(a) I realise now that you and TJ are simply jealous of me and my posh estate so I wont let your cruel words harm me anymore
(b) Like that Olivio add, we may be old but we are very active
(c) perhaps Linda Barker is a myth in the way that Maggie Thatcher once lived in Dulwich. They both have/had houses in the area but neither were ever seen
(d) we are bound to get the new Italian Deli so there
Newman
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Posted on Thursday, 20 January, 2005 - 12:38 pm:   

There, there, Dave, ignore the nasty people. Go and have a lie down and you'll feel much better.

BTW, someone has been filling the bins of my 'posher than your estate' (it's official, see the messages about the TV weather girls who live on my estate, if you want proof) with Christmas trees. This wouldn't have anything to do with you, would it? I foolishly let slip my whereabouts the other day and next thing I know someone is dumping their Christmas trees in my bins...coincidence, I think not.
adrian blerk
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Posted on Thursday, 20 January, 2005 - 01:44 pm:   

This morning I was making my way from my posh estate, on my bike but not shouting, up towards Sydenham Hill when I was overtaken by a blobby grey SUV with 'really linda barker' printed on the spare wheel cover in nice off-white sans-serif letters on a tasteful lime-ish green backround. I'm pretty sure this was not a hallucination, although I am one of those people who always reads 'shopfitters' as 'shoplifters'.

I don't get out much or watch much TV so I don't really know what Linda Barker actually does. Does she a) sell SUVs, b) do coachwork for SUVs, c) design spare wheels, or d) tend to announce herself in this way doing the school run?

I didn't get a more than a glimpse at the driver but it looked like a bloke, so I guess it wasn't Linda herself at the wheel, more's the pity.
Jack
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Posted on Thursday, 20 January, 2005 - 02:00 pm:   

The woman gets everywhere. Is there no escape?Can confirm that Linda Barker doesn't a) sell SUVs, b) do coachwork for SUVs, c) design spare wheels, or d) tend to announce herself in this way doing the school run. Or perhaps she does and this is just another development in her bid for world domination.
adrian blerk
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Posted on Thursday, 20 January, 2005 - 03:11 pm:   

Thanks Jack. Just checked her website. Nothing about SUVs. Perhaps she uses them instead of vans for delivering items from the really eating/sleeping/bathing range.

Can anyone say why she is so keen on drawing our attention to a difference between 'really' bathing being immersed by accident / to some other purpose?
lubemonkey
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Posted on Friday, 21 January, 2005 - 03:02 pm:   

>Does your wife ever get people coming up to
>saying stuff like, "Words cannot express...

Only positive comments so far. Mind you a good negative attack could be quite amusing, though it could damage the real Linda's reputation by the time me and the missus have returned fire just for a laugh!
James Allison (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Tuesday, 15 February, 2005 - 09:16 am:   

I see a dead ringer for Susannah Doyle (Joy Merryweather from Drop the Dead Donkey)at Honor Oak Station.
OtterBoy (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Wednesday, 16 February, 2005 - 08:31 am:   

She was FIT.

Was she unaccompanied?
sara (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Thursday, 17 February, 2005 - 07:48 am:   

Cj Lewis, a one hit wonder from the nineties, Ian wright (from the not so posh estate in HOP. Jude Law comes from dulwich village and went to alleyns (claims he grew up in the hood!!!!) Nick Hancock (they think it's all over) used to live in wood vale
BaggyDave (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Thursday, 17 February, 2005 - 04:25 pm:   

If we are moving onto Dulwich we should of course include Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise who weren't too far away from Odbins -

Spot the house, Georgian house coved in ivy, Georgian house covered in ivy, Georgian house with ivy removed and several CC camaras.....

Oh and they've used our posh estate to film a Mr Bean episode (Westwood Park, crest of the hill), a car advert about a year 1/2 ago (postman delivering on top of Horniman Drive) and an ITV thriller with Peter Davison (Dr Who/Tristram), again Horniman Drive, about a year ago.
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Posted on Thursday, 17 February, 2005 - 04:50 pm:   

They have also filmed The Bill, Londons Burning and ITV1's 'The Knock' around here Dave, it's all going off on the posh estate, never seen so many police and emergency services! well of the ficticious kind anyway!
ToffeeJim (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Thursday, 17 February, 2005 - 05:18 pm:   

BaggieDave: It looks like I'm following you around in my shallow kind of way again but it does strike me as a little odd that you put up two posts almost simultaneously. One berating me for talking about the "posh estate" and then using the term as your very own once again here 10 minutes later. Double standards? As you'll know I started referring to your estate as UDB some time ago. OK - enough of the rant.

The Cruises owned a house in Dulwich for about 5 minutes before their divorce although there were a few amusing weeks when Oddbins in Dulwich Village hid their bottles of BigTom under the counter in case he came in and was offended by the heightist inference.

I also remember the car advert. This was based around the premise of a couple having lots of fun on holiday and sending a postcard to their car at home parked on a particularly grey and miserable road. They chose the UDB estate for this - I rest my case m'lud!
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Posted on Thursday, 17 February, 2005 - 10:16 pm:   

I must not call my posh estate the posh estate
I must not call my posh estate the post estate
I must not call...

Kind of enters your psyche doesn't it
Or perhaps I am Toffee Jim
Going down that I am Sparticus route again
Perhaps I need to lie down

There are some more East Enders people round here and someone who was in Love Actually, not that I actually saw it

Question for a new thread, cinemas. You save money going to Peckham, go posh going to Becknum, or splash out going to town
I can't be bothered posing a new one, but for some reason interested in the outcome

And the Ritzy has never been the same since it was reopened. Get fed up of waiting in the Capitol for the film to start.
Newman
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Posted on Friday, 18 February, 2005 - 10:43 am:   

You may be interested to know (or possibly not) that I have written the pilot for a sitcom set in se23. I am currently shopping it around the production companies, so if it gets picked up, I could well be responsible for putting FH on the map. Well, you never know...People could come miles around to visit the place where it is set, in particular, the posh estate to try and catch a glimpse of the real life version of one of the characters - a veggie beer drinking, sandal wearing, reactionary old luvvie. NB: any resemblance to persons either living or dead is entirely coincidental.
Newman
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Posted on Friday, 18 February, 2005 - 10:48 am:   

You may be interested to know (or possibly not) that I have written the pilot for a sitcom set in se23. I am currently shopping it around the production companies, so if it gets picked up, I could well be responsible for putting FH on the map. Well, you never know...People could come from miles around to visit the place where it is set, in particular, the posh estate to try and catch a glimpse of the real life version of one of the characters - a veggie beer drinking, sandal wearing, reactionary old luvvie. 'Look, it is, Dave', they would say. 'We must obey'. NB: any resemblance to persons either living or dead is entirely coincidental.
michael (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Friday, 18 February, 2005 - 12:35 pm:   

People are already planning tours of Forest Hill. I recently found out the 20th Century Society is touring the Architectural wonders in and around Forest Hill.

http://www.c20society.org.uk/docs/events/051_syden ham.html
Adam (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Friday, 18 February, 2005 - 12:52 pm:   

Meet: outside Sydenham Station at 1.30pm

Cost: members only £14


"Mugged and they haven't even been to SE23 or met these famous muggers people like to go on about!"
Newman
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Posted on Friday, 18 February, 2005 - 01:11 pm:   

Agreed, Adam - £14 to walk up a load of steep hills and wander around the posh estate trying to catch a glimpse of the minor celebs that reside there ("Look, there's one of the Chuckle Bros. And unless I'm very much mistaken, that's the guy who used to play Blakey in On the Buses. I thought he was dead" etc etc. Not my idea of fun.
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Posted on Friday, 18 February, 2005 - 04:24 pm:   

What a view though! (count to five and wait for the amusing comments)

(what's the view like from your estate TJ, the portacabin depot, the self storage depot...)
ToffeeJim (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Friday, 18 February, 2005 - 05:05 pm:   

BaggyDave: you live in Upper Dulwich Bottom. Does it not follow that your view is as thereby described? Must be dark up there.....

The view down my end of town takes in two open and thriving pubs, a chippy, a co-op and a short, flat walk to the station. On the way we can admire the extension-free architecture dating back all the way to the Victorian period. It's all us 'umble folk need from life y'know. Oh, and the occasional Waitrose delivery van wheezing up the hill to deliver to those that don't like to support the local shopping.
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Posted on Friday, 18 February, 2005 - 05:44 pm:   

I recall Penge Papers being on Radio 4 in the early eighties.....riveting stuff.....but a sitcom in FH?.......whatever next....
BaggyDave (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Friday, 18 February, 2005 - 09:00 pm:   

Penge papers - sweet memories.

Actually the department store in said programme/book was based on Cobbs in Sydenham, sadly half of it now knocked down and the rest occupied by not particularly interesting businesses. But the dome still remains. And the comedy relocated from the Greyhound pub to the nightclub, briefly. Is Twilights still there? Do I? care??
Baggydave
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Posted on Tuesday, 03 May, 2005 - 02:54 pm:   

All quiet at the wrong end of the tracks but things continue to thrive up here in the heights (or nether regions as someone commented)
Another local celeb spotted, Michael of the folly is a voice over of one of the Germans in the cartoon film Valiant. Spose he is a bit typecast being from Germany.

More exciting revelations later
Johnnyb7
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Posted on Tuesday, 03 May, 2005 - 06:31 pm:   

Never mind the Germans Baggydave, when is the next pub-crawl.
Jo108
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Posted on Saturday, 07 May, 2005 - 02:34 pm:   

We saw the Linda Barker SUV yesterday too!! It was parked outside the Chinese chippie at the end (not sure if it's top or bottom end - the non-Sainsbury's end) of Perry Vale. I was slightly surprised having just read on this thread that she lived in the area moments before leaving the house, and then, there she was, or at least there was a parked vehicle claiming to be hers, just yards from my dwelling, in the posh flat part of FH. Strange how the universe conspires to engender uncanny coincidences - what does it all mean??
Jo108
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Posted on Saturday, 07 May, 2005 - 07:49 pm:   

Really Linda Barker is a company selling interior design stuff - I just saw it in a magazine. This is starting to feel weird.
Baggydave
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Posted on Monday, 09 May, 2005 - 06:03 pm:   

Handy Andy is/was from somewhere in this neck of the woods. And if you'd been on around Fairlawn school a week ago Jo you would have seen another celeb from just down the road:
www.foresthill.org.uk/news_graffiti.html
Jo108
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Posted on Tuesday, 10 May, 2005 - 04:15 pm:   

Ah, LLB! Showing off yet another of his flimsy masterpieces that he produced in under 5 minutes I see. Actually, I think it's one of his better efforts.
Matt
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Posted on Sunday, 14 August, 2005 - 03:42 pm:   

Im sure i spotted Trudie Goodwin who is June Ackman in the Bill shopping in Lordship Lane, Barry Road end... im sure it was her... she's very attractive.
Sherwood
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Posted on Sunday, 14 August, 2005 - 11:14 pm:   

Matt,
Graham Cole (PC Tony Stamp)told me Trudie lives in Forest Hill.

So does Timothy Spall.

Cathy Shipton used to live in Woolstone Road (until she moved).

Nick Hancock used to live in Kilmorie Road until he deserted to Dulwich!
Brian
Joined 18-04-2005
Posted on Monday, 15 August, 2005 - 07:32 am:   

I understand Jim Dowd MP and our MAYOR live in SE 23.
Beat that
Seeformiles
Joined 09-04-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 17 August, 2005 - 12:39 am:   

Ok... I saw the actress Harriet Walter jogging past the Horniman with a personal trainer a few months ago. I'd seen her on stage only a few months before that and so I knew it was her.
Zampa
Joined 25-05-2005
Posted on Sunday, 18 September, 2005 - 09:21 pm:   

Handy Andy, Edward Botsio (ex ITN news blokey) Duncan Goodhew (top end of Sydenham Park) Bill Ward (bit part actor often in sitcoms)Richard Davies the Welsh bloke from please sir lived in Canonbie rd..Rolf Harries
Sherwood
Joined 30-03-2005
Posted on Sunday, 18 September, 2005 - 09:38 pm:   

Rolf Harris used to live in Border Road. He has moved out of the area.
Brian
Joined 18-04-2005
Posted on Monday, 19 September, 2005 - 07:21 am:   

Yes I remember Rolf.
He used to have his signed autograph in the dry cleaners. Border Road , however in SE 26

Most famous resident was William the Fourth. Before he was King.
Honor Oak Road
Baggydave
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Monday, 19 September, 2005 - 05:27 pm:   

Richard Davis? He's appeared in everything including Zulu and the Lavender Hill Mob, but generally small and/or uncredited parts or sit coms with such low popularity they don't even get a proper entry in www.imdb.com (now there's a good way of wasting the hours. Believe he's almost 80 and still with us.

So that's what we are, with the exception of Timothy, all we get is bit part actors....
Roz
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Monday, 19 September, 2005 - 10:31 pm:   

The guy from the Actimel advert lives in Forest Hill- I saw him at the station the other day.
Baggydave
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Monday, 26 September, 2005 - 10:38 am:   

The latest amazing news, Alan Hansen (ex-Liverpool player and now most famous for pundit on Match of the Day) was seen on Horniman Drive, leaving his house, reading a Telegraph (that is quite a surprise as thought only Guardian readers lived in our posh estate).

We don't get your normal chavvy overpaid footballer living round our way, only the best. Well what will that do for our house prices?

And my mate Michael Keating on East Enders again (the vicar in Dirty Den's funeral), shame he lives just outside SE23 and can't be added to the list.
Seeformiles
Joined 09-04-2005
Posted on Monday, 26 September, 2005 - 11:01 am:   

I keep seeing someone who I think is a tv actress in the Horniman gardens. I recognise her from loads of TV dramas but can't remember her name, annoyingly.
And now I think the woman I saw jogging the other day was Penny Downie rather than Harriet Walter - but I always get those two muddled up. Was definitely one or the other - plus she had a Hello magazine style personal trainer with her. It all looked a bit glitzy for the London Road.
Brian
Joined 18-04-2005
Posted on Monday, 26 September, 2005 - 01:30 pm:   

What is all this fixation with celebratories . Are they better people.
I know TV is fixated with programmes about so called celebs . Jade has been mentioned. Not sure what or who it is.
Sherwood
Joined 30-03-2005
Posted on Monday, 26 September, 2005 - 01:47 pm:   

Brian,

I think it adds prestige to our area if celebrities think Forest Hill is good enough for them to live in!
Monty
Joined 09-03-2005
Posted on Monday, 26 September, 2005 - 03:45 pm:   

Good try Baggy, you had me going for a minute or 10, but Hansen lives in Southport (thankfully)!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport3/worldcup2002/hi/tv_ra dio_coverage/newsid_1907000/1907001.stm
Ophelia
Joined 18-03-2005
Posted on Monday, 26 September, 2005 - 04:48 pm:   

Now there's a let down. Was almost tempted to take up celebrity stalking!
Seeformiles
Joined 09-04-2005
Posted on Monday, 26 September, 2005 - 04:57 pm:   

Brian I don't think anyone's suggesting celebrities are somehow 'better' than the rest of us. It just surprises me when I see them in Forest Hill rather than Notting Hill.
Baggydave
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Tuesday, 27 September, 2005 - 09:36 am:   

A harmless persuit Brian - most of us would do a double take if we saw Beckham in Sainsburys - OK it would be more like Waitrose in Beck(en)ham

Doesn't mean we are all fixated with Hello/OK and other glossies and celebrety brain death (or whatever the latest craze is). Also I enjoy telling those of you in lower FH and HOP about how upmarket my bit of South Dulwich is I(we're too posh to have a Post Office, pub and train station).
Baggydave
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Tuesday, 27 September, 2005 - 09:41 am:   

Ahh Monty, that was 2002 that he lived in Southport. I'll wager my house that you will be seeing the man in black in Forest Hill soon. Although this as this is not an on-line betting web-site this is not a serious offer. What do you think TJ?
Monty
Joined 09-03-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 27 September, 2005 - 12:15 pm:   

Good spot Baggy, didn't notice the date on the article! Despite being particularly partial to the odd bet (stroke I am a compulsive gambler) this is one (not serious) offer I wouldn't want to get invloved in.

Current prices:
Hansen in Forest Hill 4/6
Hansen not in Forest Hill 6/5
Brian
Joined 18-04-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 27 September, 2005 - 12:17 pm:   

I have heard on the grapevine a certain Miss Booth ( together with family ) have purchased in Tyson Road
Monty
Joined 09-03-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 27 September, 2005 - 12:24 pm:   

Betty Booth?
Baggydave
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Tuesday, 27 September, 2005 - 12:34 pm:   

You can buy me a pint in my local, the Moor Park Hotel, when you see Mr Hansen on Horniman Drive. Surprised that none of you out there have sussed this out yet.
Brian
Joined 18-04-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 27 September, 2005 - 12:59 pm:   

Looks like we were all fooled by you again.
Have a pint of Bathams on me.
As a Black Country man I am sure you appreciate the great brewery from Quarry Bank.
Ophelia
Joined 18-03-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 26 October, 2005 - 10:09 am:   

Just spotted an advert (think on one of the Sky sports channels) for the Telegraph sports bit and Alan Hansen was being pulled along what looked like Horniman Drive on the back of a Postie's trolley and another shot in the ad has someone standing on Honor Oak Park station carrying a jockey and reading the paper. All very strange I know. Seems he's got some sort of affinity for the area even if he doesn't live here. Or is it just my wishful thinking I might meet him on the station?!
Baggydave
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Wednesday, 26 October, 2005 - 01:55 pm:   

That took long enough for the penny to drop. Obviously if Mr Hansen wanted to live in London not Southport he would have bought a house on the hill. From my viewing of filmint the ad, thought it was supposed to be just one clip, with the paper boy not being able to get his Torygraph throught the front door and Hansen saying 'amazing' or whatever his catchphrase is. Baggy Dave remembers delivering b... Sunday papers to the posh houses on the Lickey Hills and having to carry two bags because of the supplements and not being able to post them through the letter boxes.

I tried engaging Mr H in conversation but he didn't take kindly to my complaint that I thought it was Adrian Chiles who was being filmed.

Pint of Bathams please Brian, several pints please Monty
Jo108
Joined 03-03-2005
Posted on Monday, 31 October, 2005 - 05:06 pm:   

A photographer involved in making the ad with the commentator not fitting through the letter box photographed my front door (he knocked and asked first) - not for the ad itself, but as one of a selection of front doors for the ad agency to choose from. He explained it was for the Telegraph. The door failed the audition, but I think it's now finally starting to recover it's confidence and sense of self worth.
Abi
Joined 09-09-2005
Posted on Monday, 31 October, 2005 - 07:44 pm:   

My door suffered similar problems of self loathing and low self esteem.
According to the counsellor it felt it was constantly left open (to what, Iím not sure).
Loneranger
Joined 29-10-2005
Posted on Monday, 31 October, 2005 - 10:12 pm:   

Despite their knockers, doors in Forest Hill are not unbalanced or even unhinged?
Loneranger
Joined 29-10-2005
Posted on Monday, 31 October, 2005 - 10:15 pm:   

By the way on the back of Quadrophenia by The Who is a thank you to Forest Hill.
Brian
Joined 18-04-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 01 November, 2005 - 01:19 pm:   

I think I saw Elvis Presley in The Hob .
Loneranger
Joined 29-10-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 01 November, 2005 - 06:07 pm:   

Hob err, Hob err?
Ophelia
Joined 18-03-2005
Posted on Friday, 04 November, 2005 - 03:25 pm:   

Part of our junk mail this morning was a "Really Linda Barker" catalogue! Looks like she'll flog anything. You can share the joy on www.reallylindabarker.co.uk...............
Baggydave
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Monday, 07 November, 2005 - 01:11 pm:   

Orphelia

Why don't you return it back to her house, I am always tempted!
Loneranger
Joined 29-10-2005
Posted on Friday, 16 December, 2005 - 12:06 am:   

Famous people I've seen in Forest Hill...Prunella Scales and her husband (Sunderland Road). Stephen Fry and a comedy actor who's name I can't remember (Railway Station).

Also the famous not seen in Forest Hill, Chris Evans & Gaby Roslin...as an application to locate the 'Big Breakfast' in a house next to Forest Hill school didn't go ahead.
Baggydave
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Thursday, 09 February, 2006 - 05:08 pm:   

Not really a 'who's famous resident (but Enid Blyton was near by) but to pass on a web site for the near-by Lordship Lane:

See http://london.openguides.org/index.cgi?Lordship_La ne%2C_SE22
(does SE23 have any entries? and wrong about the EDC)
And the very wizzy:
http://www.lordshiplane.co.uk/
Sherwood
Joined 30-03-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 21 February, 2006 - 01:37 pm:   

Webmaster,
Enid Blyton was born in London, in a small flat above a shop in East Dulwich.
How does this relate to SE23?
Andy
Joined 23-02-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 21 February, 2006 - 04:06 pm:   

Mrs Tiggywinkle used to drink in the Dartmouth Arms.
Andy
Joined 23-02-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 21 February, 2006 - 04:10 pm:   

With Noddy
Baggydave
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Tuesday, 21 February, 2006 - 04:47 pm:   

Sherwood, you teachers pet! Have you got a sense of humour failure!! Point was to introduce you to a useful website of a nearby area.

Suggest you contact the webmaster directly if you have a problem with me rather than looking a twit on line. This is written in good spirit by the way!
Loneranger
Joined 29-10-2005
Posted on Friday, 24 February, 2006 - 10:41 am:   

Dave Courtney's mum lived in Forest Hill.
Brian
Joined 18-04-2005
Posted on Friday, 24 February, 2006 - 10:55 am:   

How about the two people arrested for the robbery in Tonbridge
Pvp
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Friday, 24 February, 2006 - 11:05 am:   

The Tonbridge Two definitely top the charts at the moment. Art Malik apparantly got beaten up a few years back around here (he did live here at the time).
Loneranger
Joined 29-10-2005
Posted on Monday, 27 February, 2006 - 10:03 pm:   

Alfred Jeacocke described as Forest Hill and Surrey County cricketer when he married at St. George's, Perry Hill in July 1920


http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/england/content/pl ayer/15663.html
Brian
Joined 18-04-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 28 February, 2006 - 08:11 am:   

If we are going bach in history how about
1. William the IV . Honor Oak Road about 1820's
2. Frederick Horniman . Surrey Mount 1890's
Loneranger
Joined 29-10-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 28 February, 2006 - 08:24 am:   

Jill Hogg, crowned Forest Hill Summer Beauty Queen at the Capitol Cinema, July 1959.
Hilltopgeneral
Joined 24-03-2004
Posted on Tuesday, 28 February, 2006 - 11:06 am:   

It wouldn't just be PC that would prevent such a contest now. Sadly there don't seem to be too many attractive ladies around FH these days!
Elizabeth25
Joined 04-03-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 28 February, 2006 - 11:42 am:   

Hey! I'm assuming you look like George Clooney?

In his biography, Vivian Stanshall is described as riding up Dartmouth Rd and drinking in the Bird in Hand.
Baggydave
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Tuesday, 28 February, 2006 - 12:34 pm:   

This is getting really surreal - good. Pinch me in case I am dreaming.

(A pretty pointless posting)
Hilltopgeneral
Joined 24-03-2004
Posted on Tuesday, 28 February, 2006 - 01:42 pm:   

I said "not too many", not none - it's up to you where you put yourself! Wouldn't say I looked like George Clooney TBH - hence the lack of false sightings around the Hill reported on this thread(!) but I humbly believe I do my small bit to increase the average for the area...
Brian
Joined 18-04-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 28 February, 2006 - 01:46 pm:   

Sorry BD if I lost the thread . But too be honest this particular subject was going all over the place before I intervened.
Perhaps we should list people who lived in West B.
Brian
Joined 18-04-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 28 February, 2006 - 01:46 pm:   

Sorry BD if I lost the thread . But too be honest this particular subject was going all over the place before I intervened.
Perhaps we should list people who lived in West B.
Loneranger
Joined 29-10-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 28 February, 2006 - 02:44 pm:   

Bearing in mind the title of this thread, the bevvy of 1959 Forest Hill beauties were photographed next to a shop called 'LINDA' in London Road.

Surreal or what.
Seeformiles
Joined 09-04-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 28 February, 2006 - 09:51 pm:   

I saw John Walsh, regular columnist for the Independent coming out of the Dartmouth Arms the other day.
Forester
Joined 04-02-2006
Posted on Monday, 10 April, 2006 - 02:42 pm:   

Kerry Godliman, comedienne (appeared on C4's Spoons) - she lives in FH. She also compered at the ED Comedy club in the Hob on Saturday. Very funny lady.
Brian
Joined 18-04-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 11 April, 2006 - 01:36 pm:   

I think we need to define the word celebrity.
Loneranger
Joined 29-10-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 03 May, 2006 - 10:27 am:   

Tracey Temple, one time (ok a number of times) lover of the Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott lived in Brockley for a couple of years.

Not quite Forest Hill but close enough.
Roz
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 03 May, 2006 - 08:32 pm:   

Too close if you ask me. I'm afraid its the very idea of anyone having an affair with Thumper that I have trouble with. Not the most picturesque of gentlemen.
Hilltopgeneral
Joined 24-03-2004
Posted on Wednesday, 03 May, 2006 - 08:41 pm:   

Sweaty man
Melissa
Joined 08-05-2006
Posted on Sunday, 14 May, 2006 - 07:31 pm:   

Celebrities may add excitement to the area, but may not always be an asset. One of them named above used to live near me (my legal adviser informs me that what is true cannot be defamatory, but I'm not going to say which one!) and was one of the noisiest neighbours I have ever had. In addition to hyperactive kids, hooray-henry garden parties, and designer wind-chimes making the night horrible there were constant shouted mobile phone conversations in the garden, so that everyone would know how many famous people they knew. We were so sorry when they left.
Roz
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Monday, 15 May, 2006 - 08:53 am:   

Enid Blyton, most definitely.
Melissa
Joined 08-05-2006
Posted on Monday, 15 May, 2006 - 11:26 am:   

Curses, discovered!
Brian
Joined 18-04-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 16 May, 2006 - 07:10 am:   

Define Celebrity
Les
Joined 28-01-2004
Posted on Tuesday, 16 May, 2006 - 06:48 pm:   

I saw the actress who plays Sophie (Olivia Colman?) in Peep Show the other day on Lordship Lane.

In fact I nearly ran her over. Ooops. (Sorry Sophie, in Mark voice)
Baggydave
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Wednesday, 17 May, 2006 - 12:26 pm:   

Freaky Les as I cycled past Mark (David Mitchell) outside Channel 4 a few months ago. Shouted that I enjoyed the programme and he acknowleged me. And his birthday is the day before mine.

Nothing to do with SE23 Brian, and one could debate whether these are celebs and why the hell this is important. But need to keep up my postings.
Brian
Joined 18-04-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 17 May, 2006 - 01:30 pm:   

Dave
We are in an era of phoney celebrity culture.
Surely we are all celebrities in Tony's New UK.
Philip
Joined 19-03-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 17 May, 2006 - 01:30 pm:   

Spooky even - additional Peep Show SE23 connection - I used to work with Jesse (co-writer) Armstrong's sister.

(Or is that too tenous?)
Lillam
Joined 15-04-2006
Posted on Thursday, 08 June, 2006 - 05:51 pm:   

I have heard that longtime (30 years and still running) sound system operator Jah Shaka resides in Forest Hill - can anyone confirm that?

Here's a pic - let us know if you've seen him:
http://punkcast.com/171/IMG/SHAKA.JPG
or
http://www.raspectshop.com/Jah_shaka_radio.JPG

Also Maxi Priest is from Brockley!
Seeformiles
Joined 09-04-2005
Posted on Saturday, 10 June, 2006 - 09:12 am:   

He looks very familiar...
Ooperlooper
Joined 28-06-2006
Posted on Thursday, 29 June, 2006 - 11:44 pm:   

There was a documentary on the telly a few months ago in which members of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band said they lived in, and played their first gig in, East Dulwich. Considering what a bunch of 'urban spacemen' they evidently were, I'm impressed they can remember anything.
Baggydave
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Friday, 30 June, 2006 - 01:26 pm:   

Pay attention Oooperlooper, Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band's presence was covered in a separate thread (whatever happened to the Forest Hill Billies... ), where our own Matt Billy referred to them playing: Found out the other day that The Bonzo Dog Doodah Band used to play The Bird In Hand (Before even my time)
Ooperlooper
Joined 28-06-2006
Posted on Friday, 30 June, 2006 - 10:15 pm:   

Okay Baggy, here's a new one. I myself have graced our telly-boxes - in an ad for The Sun during the run up to the last World Cup, posing as a Swedish football fan who wanted "to burn Sven in elk dung".
Baggydave
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Monday, 03 July, 2006 - 01:08 pm:   

Nice one - think half the country would want to do that now!
Sherwood
Joined 30-03-2005
Posted on Monday, 03 July, 2006 - 04:04 pm:   

I imagine Sven and Ronaldo will not be very welcome in our country!
Baggydave
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Tuesday, 11 July, 2006 - 12:30 pm:   

The Forum reaches new levels of toilet humour. Well not quite but I am led to believe Thomas Crapper was a one time resident although from what I can find out he was based near by:http://www2.newsquest.co.uk/local_london/features/ ed02130502.html
Intersting bit of local history in any case
PS save water, once you have been wash your hands in the toilet cistern (wasted otherwise) As seen on last nights Newsnight.
Fanboy_mark
Joined 08-03-2005
Posted on Thursday, 27 July, 2006 - 03:04 pm:   

Her off "Look Around You 2", with the curly hair.

And I'm told that Richard out of Big Brother is a Brockley man.
Loneranger
Joined 29-10-2005
Posted on Sunday, 10 September, 2006 - 10:20 am:   

Stewart Till, Chairman of Millwall and Chief Executive of UIP (Universal International Pictures). Just given an honourary fellowship by Glodsmiths College.

Grew up in Forest Hill and went to Christ Church Primary School, Perry Vale.

Yet Lewisham doesn't have a cinema?
Sherwood
Joined 30-03-2005
Posted on Sunday, 10 September, 2006 - 12:41 pm:   

Sadly no commercial enterprise wishes to run a cinema in Lewisham.
I think they occasionally show films in the Broadway Theatre.
Loneranger
Joined 29-10-2005
Posted on Friday, 24 November, 2006 - 09:11 pm:   

Maxwell, who has to be on the A list of Forest Hill celebs. Who appeared in the James Bond film 'For Your Eyes Only.'

40 year old Maxwell is a blue and gold macaw.
Les
Joined 28-01-2004
Posted on Saturday, 25 November, 2006 - 10:13 am:   

The ex-girfriend of a friend who knew the actor who once played the left pair of feet in the opening sequence of The Bill used to live on Devonshire Road.

This place is practically the Hollywood of London!
Michael
Joined 04-03-2005
Posted on Saturday, 25 November, 2006 - 05:27 pm:   

We also have Piers Gibbon not only living in the area but contributing to this forum!

With macaws, Gibbons, and the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band we need to get Rolf Harris back in the area for Celebrity Animal Hospital.
Sherwood
Joined 30-03-2005
Posted on Saturday, 25 November, 2006 - 08:53 pm:   

Rolf Harris lived in Sydenham.
Lola
Joined 24-11-2006
Posted on Monday, 27 November, 2006 - 03:26 pm:   

Apparently Spike Milligan used to live in SE23 - 22 Gabriel Street to be exact. I think we need a blue plaque to commemerate his comic genius.
Andy
Joined 23-02-2005
Posted on Monday, 27 November, 2006 - 04:53 pm:   

He also lived in no 50 Riseldine Road, Honor Oak.
Lola
Joined 24-11-2006
Posted on Friday, 22 December, 2006 - 12:41 pm:   

Just this morning, at HOP station, there I was waiting for the 8.45 and I spotted an actor who regularly frequents our TV screens. Of course I can't remember his name or even the name of a film he has been in so now I am tortured trying to find out his name. I have spotted him a few times before at HOP station so whilst he may not definitely live in SE23, he regularly frequents our area. So, can we put our collective heads together and figure out who he is? He is quite plump, about 50, short brown hair and has distinctive squinted eyes. He's like a younger less jolly, posher Richard Griffiths. He has regularly featured in period dramas, especially around the 1940's in which he has had his hair oiled down to his head making him look vaguely repressed/sinister. My friend thinks his name may be Anthony Higgins, but I've no idea what Antony Higgins looks like and websearches have been fruitless. Can you help?
Sherwood
Joined 30-03-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 27 December, 2006 - 09:54 pm:   

Try imdb.com

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001891/

Anthony Higgins is 6 feet 2 inches tall and has apeared in many films.
Dommy
Joined 27-05-2004
Posted on Tuesday, 02 January, 2007 - 04:13 pm:   

Timothy Spall?
Forester
Joined 04-02-2006
Posted on Tuesday, 02 January, 2007 - 04:39 pm:   

There is an excellent young comedian living in the area who has won several national awards. I won't give his name away because he likes his anonymity. Connie Fisher who won the Sound of Music Maria role lives in Sydenham.
Seeformiles
Joined 09-04-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 03 January, 2007 - 01:58 am:   

I don't think it's Anthony Higgins - he was in the Draughtman's Contract and doesn't fit your description. Could you be thinking of someone who starred in the New Statesman with Rik Mayall? I think he got a mention on these threads sometime ago.
Roz
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Thursday, 04 January, 2007 - 06:57 am:   

I think the guy who played the (corrupt) bishop in Robin Hood;Prince of Thieves ( the one with Kevin Costner- on TV last night) lives in Forest Hill- I see someone just like him on the station platform most mornings. Anyone else noticed?
Simod
Joined 28-11-2006
Posted on Monday, 08 January, 2007 - 09:19 am:   

From memory, I'm sure I've read somewhere that its either Timothy SPALL or the other short 'plump' fella from the old builders drama Auf' Pet who lives in the area.
Sherwood
Joined 30-03-2005
Posted on Monday, 08 January, 2007 - 09:25 am:   

It definitely is Timothy Spall.
Brian
Joined 18-04-2005
Posted on Monday, 08 January, 2007 - 01:21 pm:   

Yes Sherwood I remember Rolf Harris living in Border Road in 60's. He had a signed photo in dry cleaners.
When he was on This Is Your Life in 60's he had an Aboriginal Gentleman camping in the garden
Loneranger
Joined 29-10-2005
Posted on Monday, 08 January, 2007 - 02:01 pm:   

An actor who is said to live in the area is Valentine Pelka.

http://www.vpfc.org/
Sherwood
Joined 30-03-2005
Posted on Monday, 08 January, 2007 - 03:30 pm:   

Rolf Harris lived at numbers 1 & 3 Border Road. He had two houses joined together.
Lola
Joined 24-11-2006
Posted on Monday, 08 January, 2007 - 04:57 pm:   

Back onto the subject of the HOP actor with a squint and without a name. Whilst Timothy Spall also lives in HOP, this is not the actor who I have spotted. He is a bit taller, posher and darker and tends to be typecast as sinister, uptight and villainous. It is also not Harold Innocent who was the corrupt bishop in Robin Hood with Kevin Costner. It also isn't Anthony Higgins as this man is about 5 foot 10 inches, not 6 foot 2. I think he was in a Peter Greenaway film but not the Draughtman's contract but of course I can't remember... The key characteristic which I think may prompt memories is this actor's severe squint... Anybody?
Seeformiles
Joined 09-04-2005
Posted on Thursday, 11 January, 2007 - 02:00 am:   

Hmmm the Valentine person looks very much like a regular at Forest Hill pools. Pretty sure it was him. I've just checked Anthohy Higgins biog and he was in the Draughtsman's Contract.
Seeformiles
Joined 09-04-2005
Posted on Thursday, 11 January, 2007 - 02:03 am:   

According to this Knowhere guide to FH the person you mention was in The New Statesmen. Not that this is the last word, but it's better than nothing:

http://knowhere.co.uk/4042_heroes.html
Roz
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Thursday, 11 January, 2007 - 08:23 am:   

Blimey, seeformiles, you've been up all night thinking about this?
Andy
Joined 23-02-2005
Posted on Thursday, 11 January, 2007 - 08:27 am:   

Sounds like he could do with some posh glasses.
Roz
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Thursday, 11 January, 2007 - 08:29 am:   

Seemingly Harold Innocent died in 1993, two years after Robin Hood was made, so unless he's haunting the station, I've made a bit of a mistake.

Was the guy in the New Statesman called Piers- another EuroMP who shared Alan Bstards office?
Lillam
Joined 15-04-2006
Posted on Tuesday, 16 January, 2007 - 06:08 pm:   

I was watching a documentary about Punk the other night called Punk Attitutde directed by Don Letts. Don was the reggae DJ at the Roxy that was responsible for the Punk/Reggae cross over here in UK - which went on the create band like Madness and the like. He's also madea bunch of music documentaries:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Letts

Anyway, in the docu Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders said that she lived in Forest Hill at the time, as did Don Letts himself.

Anyone who was anyone on the pUnk scene would come down to Don's flat and hang out (I imagine this was especially true of the "BRomley COntingent" , such as Souxie Soux and Billie Idol etc.,

On the off chance, does anyone know where this flat might have been? In the documentary you actually see footage of inside the flat - It looks like a forest hill flat alright!
Sherwood
Joined 30-03-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 16 January, 2007 - 08:35 pm:   

I have recognised an actor who lives about two roads away from me. Eventually, I have been able to put aname to his face. It is John Arthur. I have seen him in several programmes.
Essjaygee
Joined 24-01-2007
Posted on Monday, 29 January, 2007 - 10:43 am:   

Les - spookily I have a sneaking suspicion that ex-girlfriend might have been me....

Anyway, I actually had a conversation with Linda Barker in September 2005 (ITV's anniversary, whenever that was...). I provide the full transcript of that conversation below:
ME: Hi Linda, do you still live in Forest Hill?
LB: NO.

Fin.

Hope that clears up matters. It was, as you see, a deep, thought provoking moment.
Loneranger
Joined 29-10-2005
Posted on Monday, 29 January, 2007 - 06:14 pm:   

Essjaygee...err is your Bill appearance on your showreel? There must be some interesting actors CV's....'played corpse in mortuary, covered by a shroud but feet seen with label attached...'
Essjaygee
Joined 24-01-2007
Posted on Wednesday, 31 January, 2007 - 11:57 am:   

No- weren't my feet. I went out with someone who knew them though. And I used to live on Devonshire Road.

I would put them on my CV/showreel if they were, though, but very carefully, and not without a hint of irony.
Loneranger
Joined 29-10-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 13 February, 2007 - 05:22 pm:   

According to Lewisham Guide, Boris Karloff better known as Frankenstein lived in Forest Hill before moving to Hollywood.

The thriller writer (no not the Michael Jackson song) Raymond Chandler lived in Devonshire Road.
Bigjulie
Joined 09-04-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 13 February, 2007 - 08:57 pm:   

There is a blue plaque on the house where Boris Karloff was born. It is in Forest Hill Road, SE22

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/ radio/specials/1758_blue_plaque/page17.shtml

I seem to remember about 5 years ago there was a shortlived wine bar called "Karloffs" a few doors away.
Fhssecretary
Joined 12-10-2006
Posted on Tuesday, 13 February, 2007 - 10:11 pm:   

Don't go by the Beeb's map though...
Roz
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 13 February, 2007 - 10:47 pm:   

Linda Barker lives in Underhill Road. Not quite FH but not too far away. Reliable sources tell me that she still uses the video shop in Dartmouth Road.
Bigjulie
Joined 09-04-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 13 February, 2007 - 11:48 pm:   

This is embarrasing, but who is Linda Barker? what is she famous for?
Bt
Joined 27-07-2003
Posted on Wednesday, 14 February, 2007 - 07:55 am:   

I've often seen Stephen Lewis (Smiler-Last of the Summer Wine : Blakey - On the Buses) in Sainsburys.
Scipio
Joined 08-05-2005
Posted on Thursday, 01 March, 2007 - 09:36 am:   

The Guildhall Art Gallery has an exhibition Painting the Victorian Age until Sunday. The paintings featured are by William Powell Frith who has an SE23 connection. Never heard of him? Read this article http://www.dulwichsociety.org.uk/newsletter/200609 -26-29.shtml
Fhssecretary
Joined 12-10-2006
Posted on Friday, 23 March, 2007 - 10:31 am:   

To add to Peter Perrett and Don Letts... the more contemporary figure of Luke Pritchard, former boyfriend of Katie Melua and singer in popular beat combo The Kooks, turns out to be from Forest Hill too. Although he moved to Clapham when he was 3 - which was clearly the start of his sliding credibility.
Kingkong
Joined 22-10-2006
Posted on Friday, 30 March, 2007 - 01:07 pm:   

Saw Shaun Wright Philipps of Chelsea reserves and England sitting in a flash new Mercedes coupe outside a house on Stillness Road last night. Also regularly see Hugh Fearnly-Whittganstall driving down our road as well. I think Wright Philipps is from around here, didn't he go to Haberdashers Aske's school in Brockley?
Ghis
Joined 02-01-2007
Posted on Friday, 30 March, 2007 - 01:24 pm:   

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaun_Wright-Phillips

He did
Roz
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Friday, 30 March, 2007 - 06:20 pm:   

I think his gran lives around Stillness Road; she attends the church on the junction of Wickham Road and Brockley Rise- I was involved in a housing project near there and found this out.
I always thought it an interesting coincidence that he was so good at football and wonder how far this was a result of 'nurture' by his adoptive father rtaher than ' nature'. Otherwise a coincidence?
Bigjulie
Joined 09-04-2005
Posted on Friday, 06 April, 2007 - 05:16 pm:   

The Only Ones have reformed (with original line up).
"This is an improbable reunion" - a heritage rock magazine.

There was an interview with Peter Perrett in yesterdays Guardian and he talks about the days he was "sequestered in a crumbling gothic house in Forest Hill that he fortified against police raids". He dealt heroin then and now talks about declining standards of morality among drug addicts "In my day, being a drug dealer was a respectable f...in' profession".
Oh, for the good old days of honest drug abuse.
Great to hear they've reformed though and don't worry, P.P. now lives in Norwood.
Mandy_playbox
Joined 25-11-2004
Posted on Tuesday, 10 April, 2007 - 02:12 pm:   

And I will be seeing them at All Tomorrow's Parties at the end of the month
Baggydave
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Friday, 13 April, 2007 - 12:05 pm:   

Younger viewers may wish to look at my Rockin in Forest Hill thread, now no doubt transferred to the archives, which included links to photos of bands in the Forest Hill area in the 70s and 80s. Mandy - don't recall you posing for some time, perhaps others are waiting to return. All Tomorrow's Parties sounds a bit of an intense event - or am I getting this mixed up with the large annual punk reunion
Laura
Joined 19-07-2006
Posted on Friday, 13 April, 2007 - 03:34 pm:   

ATP is an artist-curated music festival held a few times a year at a holiday camp - for years it was Pontins at Camber Sands, now it's Butlins all the way over at Minehead. They often get "classic" bands to reform to play - has included Television and Love in the past. But there's always loads of obscure stuff and very new performers, too.

Being in a holiday park it's anything but intense. How can it be intense when you stay in a chalet and you get to go to the beach? Favourite memory: goths playing crazy golf in the sunshine. Happy days :)
Laura
Joined 19-07-2006
Posted on Wednesday, 02 May, 2007 - 02:02 pm:   

Saw The Only Ones on Friday night - Pete Perrett's certainly showing the signs of a life lived on the rock 'n' roll edge. He came on stage to a unified gasp of "My goodness, he's looking barely alive!", or perhaps something more, er, colloquial than that. You get the drift.

I saw him wandering around a bit over the weekend - he looks even frailer close up. There's a lesson to be learned there, boys and girls. Maybe.
Michael
Joined 04-03-2005
Posted on Thursday, 21 June, 2007 - 09:02 pm:   

So we can now add Andy Coulson, David Cameron's spin doctor, to the list of famous residents.

If we are allowed fictional people, Siobhan Clarke's parents, Eve and Teddy live in Forest Hill. Reference can be found on pages 27 and 276 of 'The Naming of the Dead' by Ian Rankin, the latest Rebus novel. Something for all the Forest Hill book groups to read. The question is why did Ian Rankin choose to be so specific, is there a real life Forest Hill connection? Perhaps if any of the Forest Hill book groups are surprised by a TV crew and the author they can ask him.
Michael
Joined 04-03-2005
Posted on Friday, 20 July, 2007 - 10:18 pm:   

Bob from Brockley (http://brockley.blogspot.com/2007/07/lewisham-bloggers-drink.html) draws our attention to Jim Connell, an ex-resident of Honor Oak http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Connell who made good use of the train journey home to write the Socialist Anthem.
Baggydave
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Saturday, 04 August, 2007 - 09:22 am:   

I am so excited. Helen Worth, born Cathryn Helen Wigglesworth, better known during my brief time watching Corrie as Gail Tilsley, was, wait for it, a regular at the Moore Park Tavern. Why she lived in London and commuted to Manchester I havenít a clue, although she still has a flat in the metropolis. Did she live in SE23, does she still live in SE23? Any answers out there?

Green squawking birds are also another famous resident, but not seen too many of the red neck variety recently.

(thanks to Phil the builder for the Gail connection - we are talking 20 years or more ago.
Sherwood
Joined 30-03-2005
Posted on Saturday, 04 August, 2007 - 10:12 pm:   

She seems to have a flat in London. But I cannot find out where. If you saw her in the MPT, possibly she lives in Dulwich.
Pj
Joined 14-08-2007
Posted on Tuesday, 14 August, 2007 - 09:21 pm:   

Not quite a famous person living in SE23 but a famous person who died in (or at least, very near) was original AC/DC lead singer Bon Scott who was found dead from alcohol poisoning in a van outside his friend's flat in Overhill Road. You can still see some graffiti in his memory outside the property.

I can give another sighting of Linda Barker and her SUV in Underhill Road. I also heard the butcher in Wood Vale boasting about how she'd bought a roast from him that she was going to serve to some z-list celebs that she was entertaining.

If she did live where I saw her then I suspect she was responsible for an intensely irritating security system that boomed out "you are trespassing on private property ... the police have been called" several times most nights. Only a self-important celebrity could be paranoid enough to install something like that. That said, I haven't seen her of heard the offending alarm for at least 3 years now so she's probably moved (or she eventually realized that foxes were activated the sodding thing every night and switched it off)
Michael
Joined 04-03-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 18 September, 2007 - 10:48 am:   

I see that Linda Barker will be switching on the Christmas lights at the Honor Oak pub this year.
Triangle
Joined 08-05-2007
Posted on Tuesday, 18 September, 2007 - 03:48 pm:   

For those among us who can remember when actors earned their keep (I'm talking 1950's & 60's here...) I can confirm that both Welshmen Meredith Edwards (Film - The Cruel Sea) and Richard Davies (TV comedy - Please Sir!) lived in Canonbie Road. Just around the corner at the bottom of Ringmore Rise lived actor Ronald Hines, who used to pop up in things like the Avengers, Doomwatch and Elizabeth R. And if you've just mouthed "Who?" then you're simply too young!
Vipes
Joined 10-10-2006
Posted on Tuesday, 18 September, 2007 - 04:16 pm:   

The bloke who did our blinds reckons Brenda Blethyn lives on Ringnmore Rise.


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