Oxfam are holding a charity Cheese & Wine evening this Wednesday. The cheese is from Neal’s Yard Dairy, which is certainly the most amazing cheese shop I’ve ever been into. It’s in Covent Garden, full of free samples of delicious unusual cheeses, served up by enthusiastic people who know what they’re talking about.
Anyway, back to the story. The wines are from the local Everyday Wines,
which used to be “Nicholas” (a much better name for a wine shop!). The tickets are £10 and when I looked there were only seven left. So snap them up!
Photo above is of Neal’s Yard cheeses, by Mermaid99 on Flickr. (Not the actual cheeses being presented, your mileage may vary, etc, etc).
Richard from the Bookshop on the Heath writes:
You may be interested to hear that Blackheath (Oxfam Shop & our Bookshop) featured on House Gift that was broadcast on ITV last Friday, 25 Feb. It was about two Blackheath residents for whom the presenters were searching for a surprise anniversary gift.
I’m outsıde the UK right now, so the link won’t play for me. Hopefully it works for you. (Let me know in the comments when Blackheath appears, so that others don’t have to watch the whole thing!)
Can you spot who it is in the Background? The nation’s favourite dungeon-loving popstar, Boy George, not enjoying a cup of tea, but being filmed outside the Oxfam shop on Blackheath. (I promise not to turn this blog into a downmarket version of Heat Magazine… Not too often, anyway.)
Spotted by @hillalexandra on Twitter
Nicola emailed me to say:
I don’t know if you remember this advert, but it was filmed at Oxfam over a couple of very hot July days 2 years ago!
Click the picture to go to the ad.
I don’t remember the ad, but then I tend to skip most of the ads, by various means… It is a strange one – are they taking a pot-shot at the Cookery Nook? I’d quite fancy a cut price waffle iron if I could find one!
There’s not a great deal of Blackheath visible, most of it is tastefully blurred out in a depth-of-field that makes the ad look like an old romantic movie. A bit of the shopping arcade next to Oxfam and the sofa shop is visible, and there’s a good shot of the Picture Gallery behind him, but that’s about it. I don’t know where the big billboard is (but then again, it could be anywhere).
Does anyone else have any examples of Blackheath caught on film, besides this one, and the Hexagonal House? I’m still trying to get hold of a copy of “BBC – Voice of Britain“, made in the 1930s by the GPO Film Unit (now named “The Blackheath Arts Club” at the end of Bennett Park), as many of the scenes were also shot in Blackheath.
Blackheath Library was closed today. This seems to be its default state whenever I try to go there. However, if you can remember when it is open (not Mondays, Wednesdays or Sundays), it can be much more use than its small size might suggest:
I recently became interested in a book called “The Death of Grass” by John Christopher. It is out of print, and was recommended on a literary blog called The Age of Uncertainty. I looked on abebooks
, as this is usually the best place to find obscure books cheaply. They wanted £20 for a paperback, or £60 for the hardback version!
So then I went to the Lewisham Library page, and looked up the book using their online catalogue search. My book appeared! I reserved it online, and a few days later I received a note through the post (how quaint) saying that it was ready for collection – all for the princely sum of 50p! So Blackheath’s library is bigger than it may appear. It’s a great book incidentally – about the world’s food supplies being wiped out by a virus that attacks all forms of grass (an online version is here).
Two other bookish parts of Blackheath are worth a mention – “The Bookshop on the Heath“, a wonderful place to browse, full of treasures, including a 1920s illustrated edition of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (for some huge price)… They also have a good selection of paperbacks outside too, as well as local antique maps which I have covered before.
The other one is the slightly hidden Oxfam shop at the top of Tranquil Vale. The upper floor of this shop is entirely dedicated to second-hand books.
I always forget when the library is open – here are the opening times, as of 4th July 2008
Monday 10am to 7pm
Tuesday 9.30am to 5.30pm
Thursday 9.30am to 7pm
Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm
Saturday 9.30am to 5pm