Monthly Archives: March 2009

Landboarding – Grass not Snow


This looks like fun, if a bit risky… The Polish writing on the page says “Try to beat speed of sound on the grass”, according to Google Translate. It claims to have been shot in Blackheath, but it looks like Greenwich Park to me.

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Madame Chocolat wrapping up

Madame Chocolat in Blackheath

Just noticed that the ominous looking “SOLD” sign above Madame Chocolat has finally kicked into action.  The sign on the front of the shop reveals that they are shutting up shop, but will still be available for catering, and other things.  Which is a shame.  I hope the replacement is as quirky and interesting as the previous shop was, and not a second bijou-starbucks tucked away on Blackheath’s high street.
Sign outside Madame Chocolat in Blackheath

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The mysterious volcano of Blackheath

The Blackheath volcano by Flickr user Beglen
Twitter user @beglen sent a message to my twitter account, asking if I had seen the “bubbling heath”… Intrigued, I went to take a look at the flickr page suggested, and sure enough, there is a mysterious venting of gas from the depths… I believe the photos are near the Hare & Billet pub, next to the pond that is constantly overflowing.

So what could it be? Do we have a smaller Blackheath Loch Ness Monster? Has Spring Heeled Jack returned to scare us, or could it be another mysterious haunting on the Hare and Billet road?

Or perhaps there is a more geological explanation, and soon all of Blackheath will generate its electricity from thermal spa, like they do in Iceland… I can dream…

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Filming at the Farmers Market

Aldo Zilli filming at the Blackheath Farmers Market for a BBC TV show
I promise I do go to other places besides the Farmers Market, honest. As I was wandering up, I saw this message from Blackheath’s Premier Twitterer, Richard Bacon. He said that Aldo Zilli is at the Farmer’s Market, so it must be good…

And sure enough, there Mr Zilli was, filming a new BBC series due to go out in the summer, tentatively called “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is” (who says the BBC is dumbing down?), whereby a load of “celebrity chefs” go to farmers markets in various cities, and then use the food at various posh restaurants. Apparently Nick Nairn was also wandering around the market too.

It sounds like a recipe for an angry AA Gill column to me, but anyway, the episode being filmed at the Blackheath Farmers Market will be about The Mercer, on Threadneedle Street in London.

Which is all great, except that I wouldn’t know Aldo Zilli, Nick Nairn or The Mercer, if I hadn’t just been told about them… Lord Reith had a rule forbidding the use of the word “famous”: If the person is famous, then the audience doesn’t need to be told that they are, as they will already be instantly recognisable, and if the person isn’t famous, then it is a lie. For less media-saturated times…

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