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Liz’ Bonfire


Her Royal Highness the Queen, will be approving the lighting of a bonfire on our glorious heath, around 10pm on Monday 4th June on the Heath. Be there or be republican…

As spotted by The Blackheath Society, who will fix their root redirects to “www” soon I’m sure…

Photo of what might be Banksy from here, from a Pound shop in Turnpike Lane, nowhere near Blackheath.

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Torches on the heath for the Queen’s Jubilee


Local councillor Kevin Bonvia has emailed to say that plans are afoot in Lewisham to host two beacons in honour of the Queen’s Diamond jubilee. One is likely to be on the heath. See the PDF file here, and google map above, based on the grid coordinates TQ39501 76629 in the doc. More info on Liz’s homepage.

There’s also an excellent article here, with a foreword by Jeremy Hunt, explaining exactly how best to light a fire. Which could come in handy if the government’s austerity measures get any worse.

In the course of 2012, I’m also hopeful that our local councils (Lewisham and Greenwich) will manage to cook up a few high profile schemes that don’t involve the Olympics or the Monarchy, and will have a legacy longer than that of a few weeks.

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Blackheath: The expert speaks


Neil Rhind is going to be speaking about Blackheath’s history at the Old Royal Naval College on 1st May. If you haven’t heard of Neil Rhind, then you surely haven’t being paying attention to this blog.  It would be no exaggeration to say that he is the authority on Blackheath’s history. If you’ve never read his books, then I urge you to check them out. Reading Blackheath Village and Environs is like peeling back the layers of time. It’s a forensic examination of every little nook and cranny of the area. You can pick it up in the Bookshop on the Heath, in Blackheath Library (look, it’s on the shelf!), and they even sell it in the Clarendon Hotel.

The talk is on Saturday 1st May, at the Old Royal Naval College, in Greenwich (map and full address here), from 6pm-8pm. It costs £20. To book your place, telephone Rachel Wiltshire on 020 8853 7037.

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How to stop junk mail

How to stop royal mail junk mail
I’ve finally requested that Royal Mail stop sending us junk mail. Having read this, it seems like it would be better for the planet, the postmen/women and even the Royal Mail in the long term if they packed in the junk mail habit.

The official method to stop your junk mail is quite convoluted:

On their website, they ask you to email this address: optout@royalmail.com, telling them your name and postal address. Then, in a few days, a letter and a form turn up in the mail. You have to sign the form and return it to them. And supposedly this stops all unaddressed mail (I’ll let you know if it works).

Here’s an easier way:

1. Download this form:
How to stop junk mail PDF form
2. Add your address.
3. Print it off, sign it, and post it to this address:

Freepost RRBT-ZBXB-TTTS
Royal Mail Door to Door Opt Outs
Kingsmead House
Oxpens Road
OXFORD
OX1 1RX

I suspect that Royal Mail aren’t cross-referencing every email with every form. One of their reasons behind such a complex process is to ensure that everyone in a property has guaranteed that they don’t want junk mail. Personally, I can’t imagine anyone getting annoyed that their junk mail has stopped. The other reason is that government documents may be sent to you using the unaddressed mail system. If the government can’t figure out a better way of telling me important information than “To the Occupier”, then I think I probably don’t need to know about it.

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