Crate Expectations - Digging The Dig Scene
There are some ideas so simple and so obvious that it takes a stroke of genius to come up with them - the iPod, post-it notes, cats eyes. Now there is another great innovation to add to this distinguished list – the Dig - an idea which combines two of our own great passions - vinyl music and real ale - to create a really intoxicating brew.

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El's Bells! The Eltham Bell Ringers
If you ever find yourself around Eltham High Street on a midweek evening you may hear a ringing sound chiming out above the hum of the A20 traffic. If you’re lucky this will not be the shrill din of the flaky Poundland alarm but the bells of St John’s Church. It is here that the Eltham bell ringers meet every Tuesday evening to continue a centuries-old (and peculiarly English) tradition. We decided it was time to find out more about this anonymous band of ringers who weekly serenade the good folk of SE9.

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Blackheath Art Society - Imagine Exhibition
Blackheath art Society was formed in 1947 and, sixty seven years later, is not only still going strong but also experiencing an influx of new talent. Even though the Society was born in an era of severe austerity, its founding was emblematic of a prevailing will to rebuild and create a better society after the ravages of the war years. From the outset the Society could boast a roster of distinguished artists from prestigious institutions such as Goldsmiths College and the Camberwell School of Art. That is a tradition which continues to this day. The current President is Terry Scales, a former lecturer at Camberwell who is also a celebrated painter in his own right. He is particularly noted for his depictions of life on the Thames. The Society is currently holding an exhibition with the theme "Imagine" in the magnificent setting of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.

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Balfron Tower and Around
Balfron Tower in Poplar is an unmistakable structure which does not so much etch its presence on the canvas of the East London skyline as punch a hole right through it. It disrupts and at the same time exercises a strange pull. It was designed by the Hungarian architect Erno Goldfinger - and its brutalist aesthetic perhaps belies the social democratic idealism of its creator. Defying the popular image of the faceless, mercenary architect he actually lived in a flat on the estate for two months after it was inaugurated and solicited the views of residents on what it was like to live there. He then incorporated their suggested improvements into his design for the landmark Trellick Tower.

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