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Blur to play Hyde Park comeback gig

By Paul Campbell


Twenty years after forming at Goldsmiths college, Blur have retreated from their country houses to launch another assault on Britain’s music scene. Following Led Zeppelin, The Police and their Britpop contemporaries The Verve, the band play Hyde Park next summer, in what will be their first gig since the end of the century.



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Suicidal samurai saved by Kylie

By Paul Campbell

General Ninja Ant, who stopped short of stabbing himself to death outside Number 10 when he heard a Kylie Minogue song, was cleared of any wrongdoing this week. Continues…

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Chaplin’s colourful childhood documented

BFIBy Paul Campbell

A young and desperate Charlie Chaplin planted a row of pennies in a Southwark field, hoping to grow enough money to feed his poor family, according to a new book released this week. Continues…

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Bermondsey boxer “The Hayemaker” debuts at the O2

By Paul Campbell


Cruiserweight champ David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye makes his heavyweight debut against American Monte Barrett, in what will be the “most explosive” fight of his career this Saturday at the 02 arena in Greenwich. Continues…

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Tango for cash over Brockley ballroom

By Paul Campbell

Ambitious plans to save a historic ballroom have been rocked this week after the owner slapped a £10 million price tag on the property.

A consortium of interested buyers, who formed a group called ‘Let’s Buy The Rivoli Ballroom’ on social-networking site Facebook, hoped to make “a reasonable offer that is affordable to us,” for the Brockley property.

photo-rivoliHowever the plan has taken a blow after Bill Mannix – who is selling up due to ill health – revealed his astronomical asking price.

Continued: Concerns remain over the building’s dilapidation

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Olympic hopeful fights for European crown

by Paul Campbell

A boxing champ and Olympic hopeful from Bermondsey is going for gold in this week’s European Amateur Championships.

boxer-22Obed Mbwakongo, a 19 year-old light-heavyweight, trains under Samm Mullins at the Lynn club on Old Kent Road and is ‘quite confident’ he can bring a gold medal back to south London.

Speaking on the eve of the competition from Liverpool, where the event is staged this year, Samm said: “He has a good chance. I keep telling him its not going to be easy, but he’s earned his place and can beat anyone on his day. He has the talent to do it.”

Samm continued: “I was speaking to him this morning and he’s very excited. I don’t want to put pressure on him, but I think he could win it. He’s got to look for it, and if he did win it would make my Christmas.”

Despite their confidence, Samm and Obed are aware of the fickle nature of the sport: “He’s been boxing well, is quite confident and deserves to be on the England team, but you need to do more than fight well to win a championship like this. You need luck with the draw and to stay clear of injuries,” said Samm. Continued: Obed looking to 2012 Olympics

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