Restaurant reviews: Rebaz in Penge, South London

If you are eager to eat traditional Indian and Bangladeshi food that is great value for money, grab a take-out from Rebaz.

Rebaz make delicious, restaurant quality curry in their small, family run take-away just off the main drag of Penge High Street; nice, big tasty orders are completed swiftly from 5-11 pm every day of the week and you are always served with a smile.

You may take the free-delivery service and many other great deals on meals on wheels: discount on collection, extra side dishes and a loyalty scheme that leads to a freebie of your choice – these are just a few!

Curried Cranberry Chicken doesn’t appear in many places and must be tried because it is a house specialty along with the baked tikka which just tastes so good from the clay, tandoor oven – cooked at really high temperatures – hence, the most delicious herbs and spices really complement these dishes well.

Freshly prepared, the meals from Rebaz are authentic and always taste yummy from the kitchen which always has three chefs: one specialist tandoori chef, another preparing sides and someone else on mains.

Lovely food at Rebaz always looks nice and tasty; they have a good selection of starters and side dishes on the menu, plus all of the traditional main courses.

The overall impression of Rebaz is really good quality. As such, many loyal customers are definitely returning now the place has built up a local reputation.

Bangladeshi cuisine comes mainly from the province of Bengal and their culinary expertise has been popular with the British ever since the Partition of British India in 1947; this is partly because the Bangladeshi style is similar: for example, food is served course by course, rather than all at once like in many Asian food cultures.

Natives in Bangladesh like to use sweet water fish, vegetables and lentils, served mainly with rice as their staple diet, thus their most traditional meals are well known and notable for their subtle flavours.

Customers are never kept waiting for long at Rebaz and there is always a good atmosphere inside with TV, comfortable sofas, magazines and friendly, family people to talk to while they cook your food.

Clearly, the menu at Rebaz is a fusion between two cultures using traditional and authentic recipes that have been tailored for England, hence none of their meals are ever likely to disappoint!

Give Rebaz a call on 020 8778 5251 / 020 8659 6444, check them out on-line at or grab a menu at 79 High Street, Penge, SE20 7HW next time you’re passing.

Marc Antony features in ‘Feed the Kitty’ with Pussyfoot


Warner Bros made “Feed the Kitty” in 1952 as part of the Merrie Melodies cartoon series, and it is an animated short film featuring a bulldog called Marc Anthony, who adopts a small cat named Pussyfoot!

Out crawls this little treasure from a tin can. When bulldog Marc Anthony tries to hide his little kitten – Pussyfoot – from owner and mistress, he copies the kitten and plays with the cat and the kitty climbs all over the doggy in a way that doesn’t usually happen.

This bulldog (Marc Anthony) falls in love with his playmate and adopts it as his very own, but the human owner forbids him to bring it inside the house. For this reason, the beastly pair have to hoodwink their owner and hide in the house to avoid getting caught, thus the cartoon really then begins to take shape.

Kitty runs across the kitchen floor covered by a bowl and the owner (whom viewers only ever see the bottom half of) believes it to be a mouse, so Anthony grabs a key and winds it up pretending for the kitten to be a clockwork toy; much to his delight the master falls for it.

The house owner is a women and she begins to suspect something when Marc Anthony tries to hide the kitten in flour while the dog is attempting to look innocent. When the owner scoops up the flour mix to bake cookies, she doesn’t see the cuddly kitten in the measuring cup; she attempts to blend the flour in a mixing bowl with an electric food mixer, so the dog sprays himself with whipped cream to make it look like he has rabies, and this is adequate to distract the woman long enough for the kitten to climb out and hide.

Marc Anthony doesn’t realise that the kitten has escaped and sees the lady blending the mixture before cutting it into shapes and baking them as cookies in the oven. Marc breaks down in a pool of tears out in the back yard at the very thought of what has now happened.

Clearly distressed, the mistress comes out to comfort poor Marc Anthony by giving him a cat-shaped cookie, thus he doesn’t see the funny side of it oddly enough, and just cries his eyes out again instead.

When kitty calmly walks up to the bull doggy and meows, Marc Anthony is beside himself with joy, but has to keep hiding the cat from the owner. Finally, she sees the two of them together; she then allows him to keep kitty and they all live happily ever after. Such a happy ending (how nice) and what a contrast between not just a dog and cat, but huge bulldog and tiny cute kitten – how lovely!

In summary, this cartoon “Feed the Kitty” was voted one of the best 50 of all time in 1994 by senior members of the animation field in Hollywood and it is notable for the domestic environment portrayed by two pets living comfortably in a normal friendly atmosphere at the end.


Great Dancing Scenes


Why dancing in movies has become hugely entertaining and quite an art

Some say that dancing should really be saved for musicals, however there are plenty of great dancing scenes in feature films and these movies really wouldn’t be the same if the actors weren’t boogieing away at some point; hence, turning what would normally be a good movie, into a great one, on the basis of a fantastic dance routine, has become quite an art!

“Quadrophenia” is a 1970s rock opera by The Who and in the screen version the protagonist Jimmy, tries to out-do the ‘Ace Face’ by climbing up on the highest part of the balcony inside the Florida Ballroom.

While drawing as much attention as possible (and busting some serious moves up there in front of the whole crowd gathered below) Jimmy, then launches himself into the air like Superman and dives into the club-goers, to the great astonishment of the security guards, who then launch this human cannonball, even further out of the door for good!

Cameron Diaz moves really well for an actress – almost like she was born to boogie – and in “Charlie’s Angels” Cameron pulls off some spectacular dancing.

She is a ‘fit’ bird in every sense, and has her routine, down to a tee, in a full of energy, movement of expression, that really is pure entertainment!

John Travolta dances in all of his movies and has become quite famous for it, thus it is perhaps John of all people, that has brought this level of excitement into films, using dancing.

By encouraging directors to be as creative as possible, dancing his spiced up many scripts and “Saturday Night Fever” is just amazing on that dance floor.

When the whole place comes alight with a young John Travolta – truly magnetic – he really gets down and shakes his funky stuff.

Cool as a cucumber, this is the first film of many where John boogies, thus making dancing his signature – nobody can truly ‘move in movies’ quite like John Travolta!

Gene Kelly leaping around in the pouring rain with a police officer just staring right through him, has to be an all-time great; this routine transcends every age group and could easily be a child splashing around in puddles, but just happens to be a fully grown man!

Perhaps then, the best dance scene in cinema does actually come from a musical after-all! “Singin’ in the Rain” is one of the best movies of all time, and has to have one of the greatest dance scenes really – doesn’t it?


Scenes of Mindless Violence

Mindless Violence

What British cinema can offer in the way of violent scenes 

Films can often be remembered by one scene that particularly stands out, and British cinema certainly has enough extreme violence to entertain the X-rated movie fan.

“Scum” was directed by Alan Clarke in 1979 and features Ray Winston as a young offender in Borstal.

Ray, really hits the target when he disrupts a game of pool by borrowing the cue ball, putting it in a sock and using it as a sling-shot; he truly demonstrates that ‘he’s the daddy now’ in a manner that only someone like Ray Winston can – it is a scene that has been emulated since, with a bar of soap and other hard objects, but none of them quite match the original!

“The Hit” was made in 1984 and begins in South London before moving out to Spain where many criminals often thought they were safe in exile. Those days now appear to be over, but Tim Roth plays a football hooligan, on-the-run in his first feature film, during the days when the Costa del Crime was still a safe haven; with great style (as an up and coming criminal, slowly rising the ranks) Roth, just had to ‘do-a-number’ on a Spanish café bar while he was out there.

Earning his stripes, he orders ‘quatro cerveza’ without paying and then wrecks the joint. It is a classic scene that is a fine example of mindless violence, orchestrated by a thug who really should have been behind metal bars, rather than drinking in Spanish ones!

“The Long Good Friday” is the quintessential cockney gangster movie. It features Bob Hoskins dealing with an eruption in the status quo, as terrorism begins to supersede his level of criminal activity, and outrank London’s ‘top boy’ on his own manner!

Unhappy about what is taking place and desperate to find the answer ‘H’ drags in all of his contemporaries, hangs them upside down in an abattoir alongside freezing cold meat and attempts to get somebody to talk; by rustling a few feathers as well as landing a few punches to an outspoken man, the plot begins to thicken.

“McVicar” is the true story of criminal John McVicar, and immortalized by Roger Daltry in the 1980 film directed by Tom Clegg.

Daltry plays the part amazingly well, thus when particularly unhappy about the dining facilities offered at one of Her Majesty’s hotels, Macca shows his displeasure to the head waiter in a manner not often seen in such high class establishments – John McVicar was a hardened criminal, and really proves in this scene that the customer is always right!

“The Krays” is one such film that should not be missing from this list. Ronnie and Reggie Kray (known as the terrible twins of East End gangland London) are the two brothers portrayed in the movie.

This scene takes very little away from an actual incident that took place in 1966, when Ronald Kray walked into the Blind Beggar public house in Whitechapel, and shot George Cornell in the head; oddly enough, not one of the thirty witnesses to such a vicious murder, would pick out Ronnie Kray in the identity parade that followed – this East End gangster then walked, only to continue his infamous criminal career with fatal consequences.

Red Leicester

Red Leicester

Red Leicester is a cheese with a wonderful history and a slightly nutty taste

Red Leicester is an English cheese that is made in a similar manner to cheddar although it is slightly crumblier, thus it is a cheese that makes a nice addition to virtually any salad when grated.

The wonderful image of Leicester’s favourite dairy product is unmistakable. Melting beautifully and adding colour to any cheese board or sauce, Red Leicester should normally be served at room temperature and kept in the bottom part of the fridge.

Traditionally, Red Leicester was a cheese used in Welsh rarebit, however it is jolly nice on top of a baked potato, melted in a grilled cheese sandwich or served with fruits like apples, pears and plums, with a bold Bordeaux wine and some almonds to boot!

Leicester Cheese throughout history was always very highly rated – mainly because of the fine grazing conditions available in the County of Leicestershire – but during the Second World War, cheese had to be made to a national recipe for rationing purposes, and locals named their version ‘White Leicester’ for some reason.

After the war, manufacture of this delicious Leicestershire cheese was resumed with Annatto food colouring added to distinguish it from the inferior, mass produced, white version; Stilton cheese is now made in Leicestershire and this encouraged a third colour alternative – the experimental ‘Blue Leicester’ variety has been tried and tested!

Since the eighteenth-century (with the exception of the war period), Leicester’s cheese has been coloured orangey / red by adding the Annatto extract during manufacture to make it stand out. A cow’s milk cheese, this famous flavoursome feast, is named after the main city in that area and it has a firm texture with a slightly nutty taste.

Dating back to the seventeenth-century, farmers recognized the need to make their cheeses look and taste better than any rival, thus using Annatto (which is a vegetable dye derived from the husk of the fruit of the Annatto tree found in South America and the Caribbean) seemed like a good idea and has been used ever since.

Milk produced by cows grazing on Leicestershire’s rich grassy pastures would naturally have a high carotene content and that helped give the cheese an orange hue anyway, plus the cheese making process would have concentrated that colour as well and there is nothing quite like seeing such wonderful cheese on the deli counter, ready to be purchased.

With so many yummy English cheeses coming from the Midlands region, the name needed changing as well as the appearance and we now have the delicious Red Leicester cheese for everyone to enjoy.

When it was that
Pablo Ruiz Picasso really had about 14 parts to his enormous name. Living mainly in France he was responsible for beginning the Cubist art movement.


Born in Malaga, Picasso was schooled by his father (who was also an artist) at an early age before he sent young Pablo away to the Royal Academy in Madrid aged 16. However, Picasso hated formal instruction, preferring to observe alone, in the Prado, looking especially at the work of El Greco.

Picasso’s next stop was Paris – the capital of the world for art in 1900. Poor, he had to share an apartment and burned many of his paintings to keep the place warm!

It was in 1911 that Pablo Picasso was brought in for questioning by the police nationale for stealing the Mona Lisa from the Louvre.

During both the world wars, Picasso chose to stay in Paris, hiding from the Nazi’s and having materials smuggled in by the French Resistance. Then as an actor he always played himself in films.

Horrified by war, Picasso was against the international intervention in Korea and depicted it with Massacre in Korea, which he painted in 1951. His most famous quote is: “art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.” I think this means he believed his paintings were a stepping stone away from falsehoods.

The Blue Period began in 1901. Before that Picasso was really still a child with most of his early works now displayed at Museu Picasso in Barcelona. This Blue time was all doom and gloom influenced by prostitutes, blindness and suicide.

The Rose Period followed and was much more cheerful featuring the circus, acrobats and harlequins.

The African-Influenced Period was inspired by artefacts leading to perhaps Picasso’s most famous painting now on display in New York, called Les Demoiselles D’Avignon.

Cubism began with Picasso taking things to pieces and analysing their shapes. It is best described as an avant-garde art movement which pushed the boundaries outwards in art with innovative, experimental approaches and techniques. For example, the background and objects often would interpenetrate to create perhaps for many, a confusing image.

Pablo Picasso started to replace his colourful harlequin, used in many of his pieces, with a Minotaur and this appears for the first time in Guernica which he painted out of disgust when the Germans bombed that town in the Spanish Civil War.

The Weeping Woman painted in 1937 is an oil canvas in the Tate Gallery, London. It echoes Guernica because Picasso was now focussing on a singular, universal image of suffering as opposed to the Spanish Civil War directly. Both were painted the same year and Picasso’s model for Weeping Woman was Dora Maar who documented the successive stages of Guernica for the media. While Pablo was designing his masterpiece she became one of his many younger mistresses.

The late works were written off as pornographic fantasy for impotent old men by many and it was not until after Picasso’s death that everyone else in the art world caught up, realizing that not only was he ahead of his time in his final years, but had actually to his credit, created neo-expressionism which didn’t begin to take hold until after Picasso had passed away!

More of Pablo Picasso’s paintings have been stolen than any other artist according to the Art Loss Register. 550 have gone missing!