9 PM Monday 9 July 2012 Nunhead Heights
Nunhead American Radio is on the air tonight, Monday, on Resonance FM – the best radio station in the world, and that isn’t just me who thinks that.
It’s the only radio program for Americans living in Nunhead and for all Nunheaders, with special focus on where I live, Nunhead Heights.
Southwark News reports that just one intersection leading into Nunhead generates over 7,000 traffic fines a year worth almost million pounds [$1,500,000] for Southwark Council. [For Americans, the “Council” is the local authority, similar to a city or a county in the USA. There are slightly less than three dozen local councils making up Greater London who control much of London's heavy lifting.]
The Council is accused of confusing and hard to read signs at the intersection of Heaton Road and Peckham Rye to make it, as Londoners say, “a nice little earner” for the Council. This kind of 1950s American hillbilly South “speed trap” is very common all across this country but the victims don’t seem to be only the “you’re not from around here, are ya” types. It burdens Nunheaders with another layer of indirect taxation.
Read here how the Council is going to chopping down inner London woods to sell grave sites: “Will we regret cutting down the forests of Southwark?”
The main man behind traffic control at the Council defended the signage by urging those who drive there “to read the signs carefully.” That is typical too: Blame your own constituents.
There isn’t a pretence of American-style “of the people, for the people” in Britain. Here, the State inherited the power of the King – and once elected – the ruling party acts, well, kingly. Sometimes the Council is benevolent and sometimes they are vindictive but they always seem to work for the benefit of the Council.
According to the Southeast Central Forum, the loveliest street in Nunhead, by consensus, is Hichisson Road in postal code SE15 3AL. I concur because my two beautiful sons live on that very road! My ugly sons live somewhere else.
The Olympic Torch is not passing through Nunhead. The closest it gets is Peckham High Street sometime before 11 AM Thursday 26th July when the participants stop for lunch at the Harris Academy.
Top Tips according to the Southwark News:
When meeting a Japanese person NEVER blow your nose in front of them.
Top Tips according to Lewis Schaffer:
When meeting ANY person from ANY COUNTRY never blow your nose in front of them.
Never blow your nose, ever, as it is unnecessary and disgusting.
What could have been called the “Nunhead Comedy Festival” is now the “Herne Hill Comedy Festival” since Vivienne and Martin Soan had to move their gigs to the Half Moon Pub in Herne Hill. It isn’t that far and I recommended Phil Nichol and Charmian Hughes tomorrow, Tuesday the 10th of July. Go to www.ptoocomedy.com for info. Sponsored by Estate Agents Roy Brooks. Why I’m giving them a plug, I don’t know, they won’t come on my show!
[That is, if you can’t get to Soho to see me at the Source Below.]
Nunhead’s other local football team, and the closest, is Millwall FC. The team is universally disliked in England for their racist and belligerent fans. One horse policewoman who had to work their matches told me they were “animals”.
That said, I have met many, many, lovely Millwall supporters and this past Thursday I even met a black Millwall supporter! Plus, the owner of the team is an American John Berylson from Boston, Massachusetts!! Double exclamation point!
See Lewis Schaffer in Edinburgh
Go to edfringe.com and search for Lewis Schaffer
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“His total indifference to all things British is brilliant.” (The Scotsman)
“A unique style – he can insult you and love you in the same sentence” (Time Out, New York)
“Controversial. Warning: Unpredictable. Recommended.” (Time Out, London)
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