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Could we turn that ex-government property in York into a writers’ commune? It looks like a great project. Put the poets in the attic, the crime and gothic writers in the basements- lots of room for all the other genres. And I bet there’s something interesting in the grounds for Sci-Fi enthusiasts.

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Ha ha! I used to live in Catford over 20 years ago. Certainly changed! Here’s a bit off useless intel - my father in law manufactured the famous Catford Cat atop the entrance to the shopping centre.

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Aug 6, 2023Liked by The Sophist

Really don’t know what Catford gets so much attention when Plumstead isn’t that much further away but has better transport access (thanks Elizabeth line), no giant A Road cutting right through it, more green space, loads of Victorian houses with gardens and if you tell people where you live in a loud pub they’ll often think you said Hampstead and if they do hear you they’ll still won’t know where it is so you can say ‘near Greenwich’ so will get the associated social capital of sounding like a vaguely rich person regardless.

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Aug 6, 2023Liked by The Sophist

Practically perfect, in every way. Can confirm Catford is a shit hole 👌

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Amy has exquisite taste! I love the hearth mantle coordination with the artwork in the first pic, am curious about the back left wood/metal piece in pic 2, press or guillotine?

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I have been to Catford once and once only, and that's coming from somebody who lived in Redbridge by birth and then by choice.

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Portobello is the best! My pal and I have joked that our husbands will retire to a remote Scottish island and we will retire to a Porty flat. Love our optimism that we’ll a) ever be able to retire and b) be able to buy in Porty.

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*tempted to move to Edinburgh*

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The decor in the Edinburgh flat is just 🔥 love it

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I’ll take the Fire Island beach shack thank you please

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Came for Catford, stayed for gay First Lady

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Hahaha! That’s the one. IWD dip there was properly magical. 5 degrees. Tits frozen right off. Thousands of us. Bosoms everywhere.

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If you enjoy a game of Cryptosporidium bingo it’s generally quite lovely!

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Catford is shit compared to bethnal 15 years ago! Whoever said that obviously wasn't cool enough for bethnal back then

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