Only in Lewisham - top 10 weird things seen that help give area its unique character

Only in Lewisham - see below for 10 weird things seen that help give area its unique character. Picture by Inkysloth

Only in Lewisham - see below for 10 weird things seen that help give area its unique character. Picture by Inkysloth

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This is a top 10 list of things unique to Lewisham – weird little quirks that give it character.

Helena King, 21, from Lewisham, compiled the list and said these are things “that you could do in Lewisham, but nowhere else I have ever known or heard of, which are socially acceptable.”

1. Being a one-man band equipped with front drum and harmonica, playing through Lewisham High Street at 2am when I'm on my way home from a club and no-one bats an eyelid. In fact, the odd drunk will start dancing up the round with him.

2. Where the guys in the chicken shop give you free chicken on your birthday. And ask how your mum is.

3. When a guy lets his Staffie dog poo on the pavement and walks on, then a grumpy old Chinese lady picks it up in a sandwich bag and lobs it at the back of his head, then screams at him in Mandarin.

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4. When a guy in the local Wetherspoons poops himself then pees in the corner and refuses to leave and when you ask what the smell is the staff say “don't worry it's just one of the regulars.”

5. Where there are four 99p/£1 shops and people still complain at how pricey everything is.

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6. Where drunken slurred speech is considered a local language.

7. Where wine can be bought two bottles for £5 - well, I say wine, it was labelled that, but it could probably also power aeroplanes.

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9. Where you can go bowling...and as you go through the doors 'back to the future' it 30 years to the 80s. There is debate over how intentional this is.

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9. Only in Lewisham on a Sunday can you buy original Air Max trainers.

10. All of its residents unite in their hate of the millions of traffic wardens that like to swarm locally.

This list was submitted as part of our ‘write a top 10 list’ competition. If you have an interesting or funny list, send it to us for the chance to win £50 when the competition ends on March 31.

To enter our list competition fill in your details here and write your own top 10. It can be a top 10 memories of ..., top 10 facts about ..., top 10 reasons for ... – anything you like really, and so much the better if you can put a local spin on it.

Once we receive your list we'll check it over and if it's suitable we'll publish it at newsshopper.co.uk. Out of all the lists received we'll pick our favourite, taking into account page views and shares after it's been published, and the author of the winning list will be sent a £50 cheque.

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12:03pm Tue 18 Mar 14

sarfflondonbird says...

1. Beats all night parties and raves locally that keep you up all night.
2. The guys in the chicken shop probably had high hopes!
3. The area could do with more people like her.
4.That's just bad health and safety. Next, we know the pub has been shut down and turned into shops/flats.
5. Tis so true - and to think everything breaks within five minutes of use!
6. Considered just one of the many local languages.
7. Where's that from then?
8. Manky shoes worn by all and sundry - veroucas (sorry about spelling) galore. Ewww.
9. and sweat shirts, and handbags and mobile phones and on and on....
10. The best of the lot - good ole traffic warden bashing (in the verbal, non physical sense). Although this is not just local to Lewisham.
What a glorious 10 pointer for Lewisham. Thanks.
1. Beats all night parties and raves locally that keep you up all night. 2. The guys in the chicken shop probably had high hopes! 3. The area could do with more people like her. 4.That's just bad health and safety. Next, we know the pub has been shut down and turned into shops/flats. 5. Tis so true - and to think everything breaks within five minutes of use! 6. Considered just one of the many local languages. 7. Where's that from then? 8. Manky shoes worn by all and sundry - veroucas (sorry about spelling) galore. Ewww. 9. and sweat shirts, and handbags and mobile phones and on and on.... 10. The best of the lot - good ole traffic warden bashing (in the verbal, non physical sense). Although this is not just local to Lewisham. What a glorious 10 pointer for Lewisham. Thanks. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 5

5:20pm Tue 18 Mar 14

goldenbroomboy says...

Some moons ago The Sharm council wanted to gentrify Rushey Green, so they chucked out all the bums & winos, relaid the grass, put in some flowers, and painted the seats & railings. It all looked rather nice. The problem was once the renovations were completed the bums & winos came straight back.

Undeterred, a few years later The Sharm council had a small green space constructed at Loampit Vale roundabout, on what had been the site of some decrepid shops ( I remember buying some cheap wrapping paper from one of them sometime in the nineties). To get to this green oasis, one needs to cross either Lewisham High Street, or Molesworth Street, both of which are busy polluted and noisy day and night, for a view of a Car Park, a roundabout, and Sharm Met Police Palace. As a result nobody ever sits there & the place looks more like a piece of bizarre modern art than anything else.
Some moons ago The Sharm council wanted to gentrify Rushey Green, so they chucked out all the bums & winos, relaid the grass, put in some flowers, and painted the seats & railings. It all looked rather nice. The problem was once the renovations were completed the bums & winos came straight back. Undeterred, a few years later The Sharm council had a small green space constructed at Loampit Vale roundabout, on what had been the site of some decrepid shops ( I remember buying some cheap wrapping paper from one of them sometime in the nineties). To get to this green oasis, one needs to cross either Lewisham High Street, or Molesworth Street, both of which are busy polluted and noisy day and night, for a view of a Car Park, a roundabout, and Sharm Met Police Palace. As a result nobody ever sits there & the place looks more like a piece of bizarre modern art than anything else. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 4

10:25pm Tue 18 Mar 14

mouthalmighty says...

goldenbroomboy wrote:
Some moons ago The Sharm council wanted to gentrify Rushey Green, so they chucked out all the bums & winos, relaid the grass, put in some flowers, and painted the seats & railings. It all looked rather nice. The problem was once the renovations were completed the bums & winos came straight back.

Undeterred, a few years later The Sharm council had a small green space constructed at Loampit Vale roundabout, on what had been the site of some decrepid shops ( I remember buying some cheap wrapping paper from one of them sometime in the nineties). To get to this green oasis, one needs to cross either Lewisham High Street, or Molesworth Street, both of which are busy polluted and noisy day and night, for a view of a Car Park, a roundabout, and Sharm Met Police Palace. As a result nobody ever sits there & the place looks more like a piece of bizarre modern art than anything else.
As long as they are seen trying to make things better.
[quote][p][bold]goldenbroomboy[/bold] wrote: Some moons ago The Sharm council wanted to gentrify Rushey Green, so they chucked out all the bums & winos, relaid the grass, put in some flowers, and painted the seats & railings. It all looked rather nice. The problem was once the renovations were completed the bums & winos came straight back. Undeterred, a few years later The Sharm council had a small green space constructed at Loampit Vale roundabout, on what had been the site of some decrepid shops ( I remember buying some cheap wrapping paper from one of them sometime in the nineties). To get to this green oasis, one needs to cross either Lewisham High Street, or Molesworth Street, both of which are busy polluted and noisy day and night, for a view of a Car Park, a roundabout, and Sharm Met Police Palace. As a result nobody ever sits there & the place looks more like a piece of bizarre modern art than anything else.[/p][/quote]As long as they are seen trying to make things better. mouthalmighty
  • Score: 2

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