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The glorious grounds of Eltham Palace host a family-friendly and free afternoon of dance, theatre, music and circus from across the globe. Among the highlights is The Picnic, a new outdoor work created by award-winning dance company Protein. July 1


GREENWICH artist Gillian Burrows captured the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in a specially-commissioned painting shown on TV during the BBC’s coverage. Gillian was interviewed by Anneka Rice as she waited to paint the Queen and Prince Philip on their launch as it approached the Millennium Bridge. “It was a very difficult project as the weather was wet, cold and rainy,” said Gillian. “My original gouache painting of the scene was washed off the paper, but I did manage to complete an iPad painting.” Her Jubilee works are available to buy, with part of the money going to charity. Email


DANGEROUS? Refurbished Cutty Sark Gardens

OUR story about the people tripping in Cutty Sark Gardens – AFTER a £5.6million refurb – certainly hit a nerve. Here are two readers’ reactions.

I ALMOST came a cropper in Cutty Sark Gardens on my first trip to the re-opened boat and pedestrian area. I’ve lived here for 27 years and know the area well. But I caught my toe on the barely perceptible uneven/raised/recessed water feature just outside the Greenwich entrance to the foot tunnel. I just about kept my balance. Now I keep well away from it. I believe this feature is lethal. It’s not visible and is just a badly-finished uneven, pavement that will kill somebody. What exactly is the point of it? Roll on all the compensation claims the Royal Borough of Greenwich will be paying out...or rather we taxpayers of Greenwich will! Yours gobsmackedly! Patricia O’Connell.

WHILST I am generally satisfied with the overhaul of Cutty Sark Gardens, I have to say the new water feature is totally underwhelming. The flow of water is weak and it appears more like a stagnant puddle that an in intentional feature. I understand that it is supposed to adapt to the tidal state, I have seen no evidence whatsoever of this. Most importantly I have seen two people trip due to the

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s consulting detective Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick Dr Watson come to Greenwich Theatre compliments of Sell A Door to investigate the mystery of the luminescent devil dog with a taste for blue blood. July 2-8


Last time flautist Alice Thompson was at St Alfege she played a wonderful modern programme with a percussionist. This time she is joined by harpist (and Trinity colleague) Soraya Vermeulen for another of the parish church’s free lunchtime recitals. July 5


Families living near this 12-acre site in Blackheath are fighting tooth and nail to save their 120-year-old sports field from the developers and, as part of Parkfest 2012, they are organising a music and dance showcase. Show your support and be there. July7


The Olympics are almost upon us so to mark the occasion the pioneering London Theatre in New Cross has invited the Spearshaker company to stage a triple bill of related plays by three different authors and staged by three different directors. July 12-13


The annual laughter binge returns to the Old Royal Naval College with some of the biggest names in stand-up, including Jerry Sadowitz, Mark Watson, Milton Jones, Sean Lock, Andy Parsons, Reginald D Hunter and Dylan Moran - to name just a fraction. July 13-20


Nicholas Jenkins perform Massenet’s most famous opera at (surprise, surprise) Blackheath Halls. Anna Patalong sings the title role, with Stephanie Marshall as the prince. July 17, 18, 20, 22

Blackheath Halls Community Opera under the musical direction of


British Music Experience is devoting three months to an exhibition about the poet, prophet, politician and voice of reggae and Rastafarianism. July 24


As if to underline the point, Indig02 is hosting a two-week musical celebration to mark 50 years of Jamaican independence, starring the rest of the role of honour of reggae, ska and dub from Toots and the Maytals to Jimmy Cliff and Damian Marley. July 24-Aug 6


different paving levels. When water is stagnating/flowing in the feature it at least draws ones attention so that they take more care, but when it is empty it is dangerous. It is also in the direct line of sight of the foot tunnel so naturally people walk straight across it only to realise it is uneven, a particular problem for those with prams or pushbikes. When they then discover it is actually raised on the far side, it represents yet another hazard.

James Miller. Tell us what YOU think. email

Artillery at Woolwich are hosting the shooting and the North Greenwich arena showcases gymnastics and the final stages of basketball. July 28-Aug 12

At last, the Games finally get underway. Greenwich Park stages all the equestrian events, the Royal

Music has produced more than its fair share of cultural icons but few are bigger than Bob Marley. The




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