A year of success for trio featured in new-look Bromley Times

PUBLISHED: 14:59 15 July 2013 | UPDATED: 15:16 15 July 2013

Carly Smallman is preparing for her Edinburgh shows.

Carly Smallman is preparing for her Edinburgh shows.


Last July we took the bold move of redesigning the Bromley Times, making it more compact but still bursting with features, news and entertainment.

Martin and his animals have appeared on various television shows since we spoke.Martin and his animals have appeared on various television shows since we spoke.

It’s been a very busy year and we have featured some truly inspirational people with fantastic stories, as well as our special reports, business news, club updates and heritage features.

We look forward to bringing you more of the best local stories from across the borough in the next 12 months and beyond, but to celebrate our birthday in this edition, we caught up with some of the more memorable people featured over the past year to see what they’ve been up to since appearing in the Bromley Times.

Carly Smallman, Beckenham comedian preparing to perform at the Edinburgh Festival alongside big names – appeared October 2012

Georgie de la Nougerede has released a book of embarassing stories since she was out first local hero.Georgie de la Nougerede has released a book of embarassing stories since she was out first local hero.

I’ve been gigging lots and Edinburgh is coming up, so I have been writing like a busy beaver.

My show constantly changes and my agent sent me an original draft recently because I was feeling a bit down about it. It was so bad, I was embarrassed by what I had first been performing.

My venue in Edinburgh is a really great spot and I have a 7.30pm timeslot, which is fantastic. I was speaking to Sean Hughes recently and he’s playing the same place at the same time. I said it was brilliant because I’ll get all his overspill.

If we speak again next year I’d have liked to have won the Euromillions and be writing on a yacht somewhere. But failing that, I’d like to just continue to get better at comedy and maybe write a script.

Martin Southcombe, actor turned exotic animal handler and founder of Celebrity Reptiles, which hires out animals to the entertainment industry and does school educational visits – appeared September 2012

We have been expanding and now work with lots of different animals, last Christmas we worked with reindeers for a tour across shopping centres in the UK.

Since appearing in the paper our workload has increased, around 15 per cent of our callers mention that they have seen something in a paper, magazine or on television.

The business is now much more media-related, whereas in the beginning we were heavily weighted towards private entertainment, corporate and educational visits to schools.

In the last few months I appeared on the ITV show Loose Women with a 14ft python for an interview, and worked with penguins for The Alan Titchmarsh Show.

We are also working on a current Natwest campaign – they have been using our snails and caterpillars for their adverts.

I’m still enjoying my work, I love it all but the educational and school requests are still the most rewarding for me.

Georgie de la Nougerede, co-founder of charity South East London Breast Cancer Trust – appeared July 2012

After I was in the paper last year people I know sent me emails to say they saw me and well done.

The charity is getting quite well known now and I think people are really beginning to appreciate our hard work. It’s been a productive year and most of our members have now been trained to be Macmillan buddies, so we are there to discuss problems with breast cancer patients.

I have released a book, Oh No I’m Having A Blonde Moment, which is a series of real-life embarrassing stories from hospitals or doctors surgeries.

We’ve also got a fashion show planned at intu Bromley for October, with a generations theme – so women will walk the catwalk with their families to show there are happy endings.

I have also been quite busy at home since we last spoke, as I’ve had another grandchild and one of my daughters is getting married in August.

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