Theatre review: ‘Scarborough’, Stanley Halls

Posted on November 21st, by Charles B. Wordsmith in Culture. 2 comments

It’s not fair: Scarborough fails to excite

I suspect that the tourist board in Scarborough may have mixed feelings about being the name of a new-ish play by Fiona Evans. Of course, there’s that famous saying that ‘all publicity is good publicity’ – but having a Scarborough B&B depicted as a location where PE teachers take their pupils for a dirty weekend is perhaps not how they’d … Read More »



My first Croydon summer

Posted on September 8th, by Charles B. Wordsmith in Culture, Uncategorized. No Comments

Charles B. Wordsmith reflects on his first taste of summer in the Cronx

I am still a bit of a new boy as regards being a resident of Croydon, having only arrived this spring. Yet somewhat surprisingly for a lover of the natural world, I am slowly coming to love this southern outer section of London’s urban jungle. I thought therefore that I’d try to write a … Read More »



Event review: it’s culture, innit? Nigel Kennedy and the Fairfield Halls, Friday 22nd May

Posted on June 2nd, by Charles B. Wordsmith in Culture. 1 Comment

Charles B. Wordsmith is rewarded for not judging a concert hall by its cover

A concert by the virtuoso violinist Nigel Kennedy, ably supported by the accomplished Oxford Philamusica orchestra, led me to return to the Fairfield Halls after a period of more than thirty years. Indeed it was so long ago that I cannot even remember who I saw there all those … Read More »



Reflections on an election

Posted on May 21st, by Charles B. Wordsmith in Culture. 1 Comment

Since moving to Croydon from Woking, Charles B. Wordsmith has been blogging his experiences and observations about his new home. Here he reflects on the outcome of the recent neck-and-neck election race for the parliamentary seat of Croydon Central

Reflections on an election

Took a stroll with my dear wife
Down the now familiar streets
To a hall at St.Michael’s church.
Put a cross against a name
One of whom would claim … Read More »



Poem: Observations from a bench in Wandle Park

Posted on April 28th, by Charles B. Wordsmith in Culture. 2 comments

Since moving to Croydon from Woking some months ago, Charles B. Wordsmith has been blogging his experiences and observations about his new home. Here he seeks to capture an afternoon on a bench alongside the re-surfaced Wandle river

Observations from a bench in Wandle Park

 

Small, dainty, pretty seagulls swim

Around the pond in Wandle Park,

Like toy model boats with bobbing bottoms,

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The road from Woking

Posted on April 20th, by Charles B. Wordsmith in Culture. 7 comments

Croydon incomer Charles B. Wordsmith on a urban journey and the discoveries he’s made on the way

When I tell people that I’ve recently moved from Woking to Croydon, the usual reaction is “Why?!”. Why would someone to choose to leave a tranquil town in well-heeled Surrey for the stressful, noisy, urban jungle that is Croydon? Yet although I have lived here for barely a month at … Read More »