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The cast of Invasion! at the Selkirk Tooting

Invasion! An anarchic romp through some serious issues

Tomorrow, the play Invasion! starts its second week at the Selkirk. Since its run began, it has received a thumbs up from Time…

Tomorrow marks the opening of the first production of theatre group Tooting Arts Club.

The latest addition to Tooting’s cultural scene was born in the Antelope over dinner. Long term…

Sunday was the day of the Big Lunch - an annual event where people across England hold street parties and garden parties and share food with others.
I managed to get to two in Tooting that afternoon - one on Salterford road and a smaller, garden party in Trevelyan Road. It was a great opportunity to get to know people in the local area.
However, local MP Sadiq Khan surpassed even my efforts and got to half a dozen Big Lunches. The picture here was taken at Salterford Rd and you can see me lurking in the background. There is a slideshow of all of Sadiq’s pictures on his website.

Sunday was the day of the Big Lunch - an annual event where people across England hold street parties and garden parties and share food with others.

I managed to get to two in Tooting that afternoon - one on Salterford road and a smaller, garden party in Trevelyan Road. It was a great opportunity to get to know people in the local area.

However, local MP Sadiq Khan surpassed even my efforts and got to half a dozen Big Lunches. The picture here was taken at Salterford Rd and you can see me lurking in the background. There is a slideshow of all of Sadiq’s pictures on his website.

Trashcatchers’ Carnival (dt rough edit) (via TransitionTooting) A film from last weekend’s Trashcatchers Carnival. Try and and spot me operating one of the rickshaws!

Just wanted to share this Podcast from the City Bumpkin blog which includes an interview with David and Malsara Thorne. They are involved in the Transition Town Tooting movement, which seeks to make the community more self sufficient.

This was the invitation to Tooting residents from organisers of next Sunday’s Trashcatcher’s Carnival, and I accepted it. If you go down to Broadway Studios between 11 and 6 every day this week you’ll meet the gang and might end up mucking in with the preparations.


View Tooting Bookmakers in a larger map

This map is a project I am working on. I am trying to find out how long these bookmakers have been here and what was in these premises before. Please reply or photo reply if you have any information.

A campaign to save the RACS building at 180 - 214 Upper Tooting Road is stepping up this weekend with a drive to raise awareness of demolition plans.

Adam Gabbatt tests out Boris Johnson’s new cycle highway through Tooting for the Guardian: Riding London’s new cycle superhighway | Environment | guardian.co.uk

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Cecil Mansions is just a typical Victorian mansion block, but venture into Nick Cliff’s flat and you’ll discover a fledgling chutney making enterprise.

Nick, who founded the Cecil Mansions Co-operative with other residents, recently left his job in the film industry to turn his hobby into a career.

Spices come from down the road in Tooting, while some of the fresh produce comes from West Yorkshire, where Nick grew up, but the chutney is conceived, made and bottled in his Balham flat.

There are now four chutneys in Cecil Mansions’ London postcode range and Nick and his colleagues are ready to take on the world. Common People caught up with him to find out more.