Participant Voices

Read about CoolTan Arts’ participants’ experiences surrounding creativity, mental health and wellbeing.
CoolTan have developed many different blogs over the years to share ideas and artwork and showcase work from different projects.
We would love to have further contributions of writing, poetry, art or video, reviews or anything you would like to share!
If you would like to submit work to be published here, please email: elizabeth@cooltanarts.org.uk
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5 places to enjoy the sun in South London – chosen by Walk Leader Volunteer Arun

These are some perfect places to have a break, eat your lunch and catch some rays. Vitamin D is really good for you!

1. Myatt’s Fields

Myatt’s fields was awarded the prestigous ‘Green Flag’, denoting it as a quality green space in 2015. It includes a bandstand, summerhouse and café which are all well used, and it also has basketball and tennis courts along with a children’s play area and picnic spaces.

The jewel in the crown is the community greenhouse, which is overseen by head gardener Fabrice Boltho, who is passionate about the greenhouse and vegetables he grows from all around … Read More »

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Peter’s Corner: Who do you think you are?

The question “Who are you?” is usually a challenge to someone considered to be an intruder, while “Who do you think you are?” is not usually a question but an angry criticism of someone who appears arrogant and overbearing.

However, who do you think you are? has now become a way of asking someone “What kind of ancestors do you imagine you have?”, and this is one way of identifying yourself as opposed to giving your name, age, place of birth and occupation if any.

I was interested to find that Gary Lineker has an ancestor in the early 19th century who was a legal … Read More »

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Peter’s Corner: Two Poems

To a man wearing a solid gold hat and solid gold socks.

Take off your hat of solid gold.
I really think it should be sold.
Take off your solid golden socks.
Wear normal hats and socks. Detox!
Then feed the hungry, sick or broke.
You might help 50,000 folk!

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Peter’s Corner: Cycle for CoolTan

London to Brighton 1985

I was, in fact, quite an athletic person in the field of running and cycling until becoming too overweight in 2011, and even at my present weight, have continued to do a long annual charity swim. Not a practical person maybe due to autism, I first completed the London to Brighton ride in 1985 on a very rusty old bike (as a person of only 14-14.5 stones, my weight until Sep 1999), and also remember cycling from London to Cambridge in 1988 using another very rusty bike that could not be oiled and only functioned in third gear. From 1990, however, I rode rather better bikes.

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