Event review: Jamie Reid’s Short Sharp Shock at RISE Gallery

Posted on May 24th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. No Comments

Is Jamie Reid’s ‘old Croydon’ a frightening taste of what’s to come? asks Bernadette Fallon

His work sits within a tradition of English radical dissent and he’s been compared to William Blake. He’s stirred up local governments with claims of corruption and his satiric Suburban Press publications from the ‘70s have achieved cult status, as have his iconic Sex Pistols covers. He’s an artist with a strong … Read More »

Restaurant review: Cote d’Azur

Posted on May 20th, by Joy Akwue-Butler in Culture. 1 Comment

French cuisine meets the island of Mauritius in South Croydon. Joy Akwue-Butler paid a visit

18 Selsdon Road, SouthCroydon, CR2 6PA

Time from East Croydon:  25 minutes / 5 minutes 119, 466 or 312


Cote d’Azur is a French restaurant with a Mauritian influence. I hadn’t heard of it before, so when my friend Michelle suggested meeting there for a meal and a catch-up, I … Read More »

I was saved by Fairfield

Posted on May 16th, by Amie Salmon in Culture. 1 Comment

Amie Salmon reminds us that there are human stories like hers behind the headlines surrounding the Fairfield closure, and appeals for care to be taken in whatever decisions are made

My story is unique. Not uncommon, but unique. It’s uniquely mine.

In September 2013, Fairfield (Croydon) Ltd offered me an apprenticeship in ‘Technical Theatre’. I thought: ‘finally’. I saw it as my last chance … Read More »

Chainsaw Ian, Croydon street art, and wooden wildlife

Posted on May 10th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. 1 Comment

Bernadette Fallon catches up with an artist with a difference – and a chainsaw

It was an unlikely start to a conversation about mythology, wildlife and nature. I was talking to a man called Chainsaw Ian, after all. But Chainsaw Ian has created some of the most popular, talked about and tweeted objects in Croydon in the last few months; the beautiful wooden sculptures of the owl, … Read More »

Event preview: Family Fest 2016 and the Big Dance, Saturday 4th June 2016

Posted on May 6th, by John Lawlor in Culture. No Comments

Croydon’s newest summer festival offers children the chance to enjoy nature and gets the whole family dancing, says John Lawlor

On Saturday 4th June, from 12:00pm to 9:00pm, Croydon’s first Family Fest will be held in Park Hill Park, thanks to volunteers from the park’s lively and committed Friends group. It’s an active, family-friendly festival with a gardening, bees and bugs theme and lots for children to … Read More »

Celebrity interview: X-Factor’s Ben Haenow’s coming home

Posted on April 19th, by Lauren Furey in Culture. No Comments

Ben Haenow takes to the Fairfield stage on Tuesday 19th April. Lauren Furey chatted to him about music, family, Fairfield and dreams coming true

Hey Ben! Firstly, let’s go back to your X-Factor audition, back in 2014. What was it like getting those four yeses from the judges?

It was absolutely incredible. It was almost like an out of body experience … Read More »

Restaurant review: Las Fuentes tapas bar, Selsdon

Posted on April 18th, by Anne Giles in Culture. No Comments

Friendly staff, lovely food and a secret liqueur added up to a great meal out for Anne Giles

143 Addington Road, Selsdon, Croydon, CR2 8JJ

Time from East Croydon:   15 minutes 64

My husband Steve and I decided to try out the new tapas bar in Selsdon. Las Fuentes also has a branch in Purley, which we had been to, so we … Read More »

Event review: ‘The Ladykillers’ by Theatre Workshop Coulsdon

Posted on April 15th, by Andy Ellis in Culture. No Comments

A mis-timed sound effect caused chuckles, says Andy Ellis, but a great time was had by audience and cast alike

I had never seen nor read The Ladykillers, a stage adaptation by Grahame Linehan of the Ealing comedy of the same name, and so entered Coulsdon Community Centre with no idea of plot or even of genre. I wasn’t even quite sure how to get … Read More »

Beauty review: Shellac nails at Hellogorgeous Studios, Church Street

Posted on April 13th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

Liz Sheppard-Jones gets tip-top toes

Shellac toe nails at Hellogorgeous Studios, 85-87 Church Street, Croydon CR0 1RN.

I’m a medium maintenance woman. I think most of us would say the same: ‘high’ has unpleasantly princess-y overtones, whilst ‘low’ smacks of eyebrows gone feral and leg stubble sprouting like mushrooms. One of my middling requirements is definitely tarted-up toenails.

A Shellac toe-job’s a life-changer: unchippable, immaculate nails for … Read More »

Event review: Beethoven in Stalingrad at the Spreadeagle pub theatre, Friday 1st April

Posted on April 12th, by Charles Barber in Culture. No Comments

Rather than being transported to the battlefield, Charles Barber is left a little too conscious of sitting in a comfortable theatre

A part of me wondered why I’d chosen to go and see a play with the title ‘Beethoven in Stalingrad’ after I’d already read Antony Beevor’s brilliant book about one of the second World War’s most devastating battles. At the end of the book, … Read More »