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Sky Broadband

Back in October 2009, I wrote about how I had cancelled my Demon account and switched to Be Broadband. Be were the broadband provider of choice for the discerning geek. None of their customers had a bad thing to say against them. All was well with the world.

And then, just over a year ago, the sky fell in.

Or, rather, Sky brought out Telefonica’s broadband business – and Be was one of Telefonica’s broadband brands. It was terrible news. Geeks all over the UK were appalled that their favourite ISP could be owned by a company that so many of us have strong political objections too. The news got worse soon afterwards as it was announced that we would all be migrated over to Sky’s broadband network within a year.

A mass migration of geeks started. The internet was awash with discussions of the best alternatives. If Sky were watching, then I’m sure that they were rather taken aback by the reaction.

I was one of the people who was determined to leave. I spent many an hour perusing other broadband providers’ web sites – weighing pros and cons.

But a combination of lethargy and business took over and I never left.

In January I got a letter from Sky announcing that I would be migrating in the spring. They proudly announced that my new plan would be cheaper than my old Be plan – a fact that was only true because of a 12 month discount that they gave me. The letter came with a brochure explaining all the advantages of being with Sky. It also told me that my old Be router would work with my new connection.

Still, I didn’t change providers.

In March I got another letter telling that I’d be on a different plan (fibre, not ADSL) and that it would cost quite a bit more than my Be plan. There was no explanation of the change, but I didn’t object as I quite fancied a fibre connection.

Then I got more communication. An email telling me my  new IP address. And another telling me that my new Sky Hub was on its way. That’s the replacement router that they told me I didn’t need. Then another letter telling me that my broadband would be switched over on 10th April. And then the router itself arrived.

Then, last Thursday, the day of the changeover arrived. In the middle of the afternoon my Be connection was switched off. And replaced with nothing. The Sky connection wasn’t turned on. I was told that it could happen at any time up until midnight so I didn’t worry (much) until I got up the next day and still had no connection.

I needed to call them. But their support line costs 5p/minute unless you call from one of their phones. So I waited until I got to work. On the way I got a text from Sky telling me that I had missed an installation appointment. Which was weird because a) I didn’t have an appointment and b) my wife had been at home all day.

When I got to work, I called them. And sat there on hold for thirty minutes. Eventually I spoke to someone. He couldn’t explain why I hadn’t been connected or why I had been told I’d missed a phantom appointment. But he said that our only option was to book a new time with the BT Openreach engineers (the people who actually needed to do the work in the exchange). He said he would phone them and call me back with a date. He also set my expectations and said that it wouldn’t probably be before the middle of the next week.

He called back in about half an hour. He said that he had been offered a date of 28th April but that he had argued that down to the 16th. I realised that there was nothing else I could do, so I hunkered down to weather six days without an internet connection.

Today was the day that the connection was finally going to be made. I was slightly worried as my “track your order” was still showing the “we have a problem” message from last week. But I put that down to Sky’s incompetence and tried to think positive thoughts. My wife was at home and resetting the hub every couple of hours to see if it would spring into life – but to no avail.

When I got home this evening, I plugged our house phone into the Sky line and called their support number. I got through quickly and explained my problem. At first the adviser tried to convince me that it could still happen any time up to midnight, but I persuaded him to speak to the actual installation team. When he took me off hold he had some rather bad news. Somehow, the change of date from the 28th to the 16th had never been confirmed. And the installation team weren’t planning to do anything to my line for almost two weeks.

I explained again what I had been told. He spoke to the installation team again but they were adamant that my service was going to be turned on at the end of the month.

So I finally did what I should have done a year ago. I cancelled the contract. Well, I asked to. He put me through to a colleague in what I assume was customer retention. I explained the whole sorry tale again. He asked for half an hour to try and salvage the situation, which I agreed to. But when he called back, he said that he could do nothing to fix things. So the contract was cancelled.

All of which leaves me with no internet provider. And a long weekend coming up. I might need to leave the house. Or I might just buy a Y800.

But it’s all very disappointing. Some fundamental mistakes have been made. What Sky don’t seem to realise is that Be customers are used to a company that routinely exceeds customers’ expectations. Sky seem content to fall well short of them. There are three areas in particular where I think Sky fell down.

  • Their project planning is terrible. If you’re removing a service and replacing it with another one, then it’s basic common sense to ensure that you don’t remove the first until you’re sure that the second is ready to be put in place. I would happily wait until the end of April or beyond for my new Sky connection if they hadn’t turned off my Be connection.
  • It seems that part of the problem here is the BT Openreach team who do all of the work in the exchange. Sky are making commitments to their customers using resources that they have no control over. This is clearly ridiculous. Sky (and, I suppose all of the other ISPs who resell Openreach products) need to get contracts in place that hold Openreach to their promises. If an Openreach engineer misses an appointment, then the customer should get an emergency appointment the next day – not in two weeks time. And Openreach should compensate the ISPs for any missed appointments.
  • Sky’s communication with me throughout this has been terrible. A lot of the time I have felt like people are just telling me what I want to hear. Or I’ve been told contradictory things by two different people. I never got an explanation of why my service was upgraded from ADSL to fibre. Sky need to better train their support staff. They can learn a lot from the staff that they have inherited from Be.

So. What ISPs should I be looking at. I’m considering Virgin Media, because I already get my phone and TV through them. The broadband is a separate account (paid for by my company) but VM say I can get what sounds like a pretty good connection from them for only £2 a month more than I’m currently paying them.

But I’m open to alternative suggestions.

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Sadiq Khan completes his first marathon

On Sunday 13th April, local MP Sadiq Khan completed the London Marathon in 4 hours 19 minutes, well ahead of his Shadow Cabinet colleagues Ed Balls and Andy Burnham. 

Sadiq first announced he was running the marathon in February and only began training just over two months before running the 26.2miles. He ran the marathon for The Dispossessed Fund, which fights poverty and inequality in Tooting and across London. It supports local charities such as the Klevis Kola Foundation, the Furzedown Project and STORM.

Catch Me If You Khan!

Read Sadiq's full column in the South London Press below.

Whip-smart Cinderella fantasy comes to Balham

ash girlBalham’s award-winning theatre group, Southside, will stage ‘The Ash Girl’, Timberlake Wertenbaker’s lyrical and knowing version of the Cinderella fable, from Wednesday 28th – Saturday 31st May at Chestnut Grove School Theatre, Boundaries Road SW12.

Tickets £10, concessions £7.50, Wednesday and Saturday.  Performances: 7:45pm Weds-Fri, Saturday at 5:00pm.  Box office: 07914 657524 or book online at www.southsideplayers.org.uk.

About the show

Abandoned by her father to the tender mercies of her stepmother and two sisters, Ash Girl seeks sanctuary in the cold grey ashes of the fireplace.  When an invitation to the Prince’s ball arrives – and with the help of a few friends – she finds the courage to step out of the fireplace and fulfill her destiny.  But beware the woods, Ash Girl – they are inhabited by the Seven Deadly Sins in animal form!

The Ash Girl is a fascinating twist on the Cinderella story that explores the emotions of all the characters involved.

The Guardian praised it as ‘a mix of C S Lewis and Sondheim’s ‘Into the Woods’: an eclectic fairy-tale anthology.

‘As lyrical and thought-provoking as you would expect from the award-winning playwright.’ (Independent on Sunday)

‘The Ash Girl’ will be directed by Helen Jaggers, whose last production for Southside was ‘Road’ by Jim Cartwright.

For further information: Southside Players: southsideplayers@hotmail.co.uk; Website: www.southsideplayers.org.uk  twitter: @southsideplayrs; facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/dramaonyourdoorstep/

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Whip-smart Cinderella fantasy comes to Balham

ash girlBalham’s award-winning theatre group, Southside, will stage ‘The Ash Girl’, Timberlake Wertenbaker’s lyrical and knowing version of the Cinderella fable, from Wednesday 28th – Saturday 31st May at Chestnut Grove School Theatre, Boundaries Road SW12.

Tickets £10, concessions £7.50, Wednesday and Saturday.  Performances: 7:45pm Weds-Fri, Saturday at 5:00pm.  Box office: 07914 657524 or book online at www.southsideplayers.org.uk.

About the show

Abandoned by her father to the tender mercies of her stepmother and two sisters, Ash Girl seeks sanctuary in the cold grey ashes of the fireplace.  When an invitation to the Prince’s ball arrives – and with the help of a few friends – she finds the courage to step out of the fireplace and fulfill her destiny.  But beware the woods, Ash Girl – they are inhabited by the Seven Deadly Sins in animal form!

The Ash Girl is a fascinating twist on the Cinderella story that explores the emotions of all the characters involved.

The Guardian praised it as ‘a mix of C S Lewis and Sondheim’s ‘Into the Woods’: an eclectic fairy-tale anthology.

‘As lyrical and thought-provoking as you would expect from the award-winning playwright.’ (Independent on Sunday)

‘The Ash Girl’ will be directed by Helen Jaggers, whose last production for Southside was ‘Road’ by Jim Cartwright.

For further information: Southside Players: southsideplayers@hotmail.co.uk; Website: www.southsideplayers.org.uk  twitter: @southsideplayrs; facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/dramaonyourdoorstep/

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Balham facelift underway (from the Wandsworth Guardian)

Community_Space1-W1200A series of artworks will be popping up around Balham, as part of a regeneration drive in the area.

The urban makeover follows the town’s naming as one of the ‘Best Places to Live in Britain’ two years in a row. 

Balham, with its leafy streets and high performing schools, made the Sunday Times list earlier this year and in 2013.

Now, striking works of art will breathe life into areas such as Hildreth Street and Befford Hill Place.  The Balham high Road Railway Bridge and the flank wall at 154 Balham High Road will also be on the receiving end of a cultural enhancement.

 Read the full story here.

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Tooting residents say ‘Yes He Khan’

Local residents gathered in the heart of Tooting days before the London Marathon to say good luck to their MP Sadiq Khan.

Sadiq is running the marathon for the Dispossessed Fund, which supports hundreds of charities and thousands of people across London.

 

Sadiq gets advance preview of St George’s new helipad

This week, Sadiq Khan MP was taken to the top of St George’s Hospital for an advance preview of the new helipad, as it undergoes its final tests before it begins to receive air ambulances. 

The helipad cost £5 million to build and has been one and a half years in the making. £1 million of the funding was generously donated by the charity HELP.

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Painting

a seemingly never-ending series of spindles (is that what they're called? the things that hold the banisters up) and the lightbulb has gone in the top hall and the light is fading and I can't reach the bulb to change it - so I'm stopping now and taking the poor long-suffering dog for a walk. Listening to music while painting:

(1) Adele: why does she sing as though she were some kind of world weary torch singer who's really been through the mill, when she's only 21? How many devastating relationships can she possibly have had? She's not bloody Billy Holliday
(2) soundtrack to 8 Femmes: love this. Now these ladies really sound as though they've been through the mill in a super-sophisticated French way. Perhaps I should actually try and work out what the lyrics are saying.
(3) Neil Young: After the Gold Rush - bought this cheap from Amazon and listening to it for the first time. Jury still out.

Going to give choir a miss tonight as I don't want to leave poor ill Child #3 on her own.

Afternoon

Tinned stilton and broccoli soup for lunch and tuna mayonnaise and tomato on toast. Dog looks hopeful. No chance, babes. Watching Gogglebox on 4oD.

Well, I was going to make a lemon meringue pie with Child #3 today, but since she has the dreaded lurgy, I'm going to sandpaper the top stairs instead, preparatory to painting it in brilliant white gloss. This is going to take a really really long time. It took me weeks to paint the shutters in the study because after about an hour, I'd lose the will to live and have to go off and do something else instead.

Thank God it's raining - no need to water the garden.

Mass Observation

I'm trying to get back into the habit of doing some writing every day and this seems like a good way to ease into it. So in the spirit of Mass Observation - so far today: Child #3 came into my room this morning to announce that she'd just thrown up and was feeling dodgy. I didn't think it could be food poisoning because I'd eaten everything that she'd eaten and I was fine - although to be fair, it has to be a pretty brutal bacterium to get through my Malaysia-honed digestive system - so I gave her some juice, some bread, some peppermint tea, a basin to throw up in (she hasn't again, so far) and sent her back to the bed. I suspect it's the same bug that Child #2 had a couple of weeks ago.

Toast and Marmite for breakfast, reading Wolf Hall on Kindle.

Had bath. Finished Norman Davies' Europe.

Walked the dog.

Went to Tescos and bought Spam, All Bran, rich tea biscuits, 2 packs of Duracell AA batteries, flour, chicken, salmon, bacon and Cif. Went to halal grocers and bought tomatoes. Went back to Tescos and picked up bag that I'd left behind.

Had a cup of tea with Anne. Bemoaned our uselessness in the face of life's challenges.

Defrosted mince for dinner.

Funded account with solicitors.

Bought some Sainsburys shares.

Played some online Scrabble against Little Sister.

Played some online Killer Sudoku.

Began JJ Norwich's History of Venice.

And now for lunch!


Have I Got News For You?

Dear friend,

Have I Got News For You?

Tonight I’ll be appearing on the first episode in the new series of the comedy news show ‘Have I Got News For You’, alongside  the brilliant Jennifer Saunders, ‘Pointless’ presenter Richard Osman, and of course Paul Merton and Ian Hislop. If you’re in tonight why not tune into BBC One tonight at 9pm to see how I get on? You can also get all the backstage gossip by following me on twitter @SadiqKhan.

Dead and Buried – The London Men’s Convention

2014LMCflyerfront_001The London Men’s Convention is going to be killed off this year. In its present form. But it’s due to rise again in a new and more glorious form.

I can still remember the excitement on the evening before eth first ever LMC. I was at Oak Hill Theological College wheer I was studying. I was having a BBQ with Tim Chapman and a whole load of others who’d gathered. Phillip Jensen was due to speak at Westminster Central Hall on the subject of biblical manhood. I’d never been to anything especially for Christian blokes on this scale. And it didn’t disappoint. And it’s been an indispensible resource in Christian ministry to men over the past decade. So it’s with some sadness that I’ll preside (as a session leader) over the burial of this great conference.

Here’s the official blurb sent out from Stephen Fletcher’s laptop this very morning.

This year’s event, on Saturday April 26, will be the last LMC of its kind – so come and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus – and what the London Men’s Convention will become!

Convention Chairman Richard Coekin explains, “Since 2002 we’ve heard the greatest truths of scripture proclaimed by some of the most gifted preachers of our generation to men from all over London and beyond – and we’ve burst our lungs in praise of our God in some of the premier venues of our city – many men have been saved – all have been encouraged to serve Christ full throttle at home, at church, at work and at play. Bookings are coming in well but after 2014 it will be time for a change – so come for one last time to celebrate the passing of the old and the rising of the new…to celebrate the grace of God in the resurrection of our beloved Saviour and in the London Men’s Convention as we look back with fond memories and look forward with fresh resurrection hope – DON’T MISS THIS LAST LMC OF ITS KIND!“

Thank you to those who have already booked – we look forward to sharing the day with you!  If you haven’t yet bought tickets, we’d love to see you on this very special occasion.  Tickets can be purchased here.  Further details of the day can be found across the website.  It would be wonderful to see Central Hall Westminster full at both sessions (Early  – 10am, Late – 4pm) with men celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, and His goodness over the years to LMC.  And yes, just to clarify one thing that a few have asked about: we are at Central Hall Westminster, and not Westminster Chapel where we were in 2012 and 2013!

We look forward to seeing you on April 26!

As a committee member, I’ve been involved in some of the discussions about the future of the LMC. Watch this space for more details in due course.

 


Three Ways to Grow A Church

growthWhat is it that makes churches grow?

Is it down to their buildings? The music? The location? The leader? The preaching? The style of their meetings? Their website? Which factors combine to create the elusive growth dynamic and ensure that the numbers are on an ever upward curve?

I preached on Acts 11 a few weeks ago. Cracking sermon. Small crowd (just a reminder that growth isn’t necessarily automatic!) But in Acts, the church in Antioch grew. God grew it. And He did it using three factors.

Without these we won’t grow. At least we won’t get biblical growth. With them, we may grow. That’s up to God. But these are three factors that He invariably uses.

1. God grew the church in Antioch through evangelism on the ground (19-21)

In Acts 8  God’s way of getting Christians out of one geographical location so that they could share the gospel in another was persecution. It’s an unusual missional strategy. But an effective one. And as a result, Christians ended up travelling as far as Phoenicia (modern-day Lebanon), Cyprus (modern-day venue for package holidays) and Antioch (modern-day Turkey). As these Christians fanned out across the Eastern Mediterranean, they shared the gospel. But their evangelism had a narrow focus. They went only to Jews. The idea that the gospel was good news for the world was slow to catch on. But some enterprising men from Cyprus and Cyrene understood that Jesus had died for the sins of the world, not simply the Jews. And so they employed a very different strategy. They went to Greeks. This was deliberate cross cultural mission. And it was the first time it had happened in the history of the Christian church. They intentionally reached into a very different culture from their own in order to share the gospel. The Lord clearly thought this missionary endeavour was a good thing because He blessed their efforts (21). And this church grew. And it happened simply through evangelism on the ground. It was carried out by unnamed church members. Luke doesn’t say who they were. They were just the normal men and women of the church family sharing their faith in the Lord Jesus. And so this was a church that grew through the evangelistic efforts of everyday church members on the ground.

2. God grew the church in Antioch through encouragement from the side (22-24)

What happened in Antioch was so remarkable that the church back at Jerusalem HQ decided to send an envoy. They sent Barnabas. And I think they knew exactly what they were doing when they sent a guy whose name meant ‘son of encouragement’. When Barnabas saw the undeniable evidence of the grace of God, he took it upon himself to encourage the church. But his encouragement had a particular shape to it. It wasn’t that he was generally encouraging (though I’m sure he was). His encouragement had a specific purpose. He encouraged them to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. He urged and exhorted them to steadfast wholehearted loyalty to the Lord Jesus. What a blessing this man must have been to the church! That’s the kind of encouragement that I need. And I suspect it’s the same for you, isn’t it? I need people in my life who are there for me when I’m tempted to half-hearted discipleship. It can be a very powerful thing when one person takes it upon themselves to encourage another. So ask yourself, is there someone in your small group who could benefit from some encouragement? There will always be people who are les mature in their faith than we are whom we can encourage. This is something that every single one of us can do.  Imagine how much better you’d live the Christian life if everyone around you was roaring on their support! Imagine how much difference we could make if we were as positive and as vocal in our encouragement as we sometimes are with our criticism! Churches can grow through encouragement from the side.

3. God grew the church in Antioch through education from the front  (25-26)

Very quickly Barnabas realised that he needed outside help. And so he went to Tarsus to get Saul. It takes a big man to admit that a church needs more than he can manage. Whether he realised that the workload was beyond him or that he was out of his depth, we’re not sure. But he knew that this church needed a teacher because they needed educating from the front. And so this church grew because they had at least one gifted teacher. The New Testament takes it for granted that churches will appoint senior, godly men to instruct them. Churches need people who can spend time studying the scriptures for themselves so that they can teach those scriptures to others. In Ephesians 4, Paul makes it clear that pastor-teachers equip the rest of the church body for diverse works of service so that the church can reach maturity, unity and stability. And so churches need teachers to explain and apply the truth of the gospel. When that happens, men and women like Barnabas know what to say to encourage others to wholehearted service of Christ. And every church member then knows how to explain the gospel. Churches need gifted teachers with time to teach. And we need to access good teaching.

Every single church member has a crucial part to play in the growth of their church. All of us can contribute. We can all get involved in sharing the gospel on the ground. We can encourage one another from the side to keep serving Christ. We can demand andwelcome teaching from the front. The ‘formula for growth’ is actually very simple. And so we’ll send our forthcoming Streatham plant off with little more than a leader, some people and a Bible. And we’ll send them off with every confidence that God can use that to grow them if He so chooses.


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Balham facelift underway
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Later in April work will start on the side wall of 154 Balham High Road, which will be brightened up with artwork celebrating the area's architecture. Waitrose car park opposite will have its rails replaced with a low wall clad in green faience tiling ...

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Wednesday Wisdom

Let me reassure anyone from our church family reading this that I am not thinking of any particular conversation or any particular individual! It’s not you. Honest. But there was an incident the other day that caused me to revisit these proverbs. They’re all about how to deal with someone who’s short on wisdom but not short of opinions.

Proverbs 26 gives us two options.

Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
    or you yourself will be just like him.
Answer a fool according to his folly,
    or he will be wise in his own eyes.

Let me just state what ought to be obvious even on a first reading, these two pieces of advice are plain contradictory. Answer him. Don’t answer him.

And so the deeper answer seeems to be ‘it all depends’. At one time it’ll be appropriate to say something. And at another time it’ll be sensible to keep schtum. There’s no automatic formula which we simply apply. It’s a judgment call. There are some times when an answer will simply inflame the situation and lead to a protracted argument in which the fool simply continues to demonstrate his stupidity. And there are other times when a simple answer will silence the fool and stop him in his tracks, thereby doing everyone a favour.

Judging how the fool will respond is the key!

 


Balham facelift underway (from the Wandsworth Guardian)

Community_Space1-W1200A series of artworks will be popping up around Balham, as part of a regeneration drive in the area.

The urban makeover follows the town’s naming as one of the ‘Best Places to Live in Britain’ two years in a row. 

Balham, with its leafy streets and high performing schools, made the Sunday Times list earlier this year and in 2013.

Now, striking works of art will breathe life into areas such as Hildreth Street and Befford Hill Place.  The Balham high Road Railway Bridge and the flank wall at 154 Balham High Road will also be on the receiving end of a cultural enhancement.

 Read the full story here.

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More good news for Balham (from Wandsworth Council News)

The next stage in Balham’s revival is now underway as work begins to improve Hildreth Street and the Balham HighRoad Railway Bridge.

Next month work will also get under way to improve the flank wall of 154 Balham High Road (next to Waitrose car park)…and Bedford Hill Place (next to Sainsbury’s car park) will be transformed into a seating area and occasional events venue.  

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This scheme is part of a long-term regeneration effort which has seen Balham named as one of the “Best place to live in Britain” by the Sunday Times in 2013 and 2014.

Balham is one of just five locations in London to have made it into the Sunday Times list and wa sdescribed as “one of the capital’s most sought-after addresses.”

For more information on the Balham Outer London Fund project visit www.balham.com/olf2/

Read the full story here.

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More good news for Balham (from Wandsworth Council News)

The next stage in Balham’s revival is now underway as work begins to improve Hildreth Street and the Balham HighRoad Railway Bridge.

Next month work will also get under way to improve the flank wall of 154 Balham High Road (next to Waitrose car park)…and Bedford Hill Place (next to Sainsbury’s car park) will be transformed into a seating area and occasional events venue.  

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This scheme is part of a long-term regeneration effort which has seen Balham named as one of the “Best place to live in Britain” by the Sunday Times in 2013 and 2014.

Balham is one of just five locations in London to have made it into the Sunday Times list and wa sdescribed as “one of the capital’s most sought-after addresses.”

For more information on the Balham Outer London Fund project visit www.balham.com/olf2/

Read the full story here.

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Anna Kemper of Smallworld Bellydance (Featured Artist) performing at "The Silk Route" show at the Ballroom at The Bedford, Balham, London 19th January 2014 - "Rhythm & Beats" Theme.

The Silk Route - a cultural evening of dance held on alternate months - see www.SilkRouteShow.com.

Photograph courtesy of www.DaveHalleyPhotography.co.uk (copyright Dave Halley 2014).

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Anna Kemper of Smallworld Bellydance (Featured Artist) performing at "The Silk Route" show at the Ballroom at The Bedford, Balham, London 19th January 2014 - "Rhythm & Beats" Theme.

The Silk Route - a cultural evening of dance held on alternate months - see www.SilkRouteShow.com.

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Anna Kemper of Smallworld Bellydance (Featured Artist) performing at "The Silk Route" show at the Ballroom at The Bedford, Balham, London 19th January 2014 - "Rhythm & Beats" Theme.

The Silk Route - a cultural evening of dance held on alternate months - see www.SilkRouteShow.com.

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Shazzizam of Bognor Regis (aka Rachel!) performing at "The Silk Route" show at the Ballroom at The Bedford, Balham, London 19th January 2014 - "Rhythm & Beats" Theme.

The Silk Route - a cultural evening of dance held on alternate months - see www.SilkRouteShow.com.

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