Progress is still being made with walls being knocked down, windows removed and sparkys being onsite doing the first fix…
Earlier during the summer, I was lucky enough to be able to purchase my own house and finally, after several false starts, work finally begun on the renovation and I’m really happy that progress is starting to happen – up until very recently I’d been living in Brockley SE4, in a lovely Victorian terraced house with loads of original features including lovely stained glass windows and more importantly, a couple of decent pubs on my doorstep.
For various reasons I had to reluctantly had to sell the house and move on. Being unsure of what to do next and with house prices going through the roof I was pretty sure I’d end up living in small two bed flat somewhere in South East London – since coming to London I’ve lived pretty much everywhere: NW6, NW10, , W9, W10, SW9, SE5, SE15, SE4 and now SE13 <- unless you live in London, none of these will make any sense to you though all the S’s are South of the River!
I’m not a native Londoner though my pretty much grew up in Peckham before my parent left London during the mid-70’s to move to a new town outside of London called Milton Keynes. At the time we were living on a major housing estate in Bermondsey called the Bonamee(?) which was condemned with all the council tenants – we left for Milton Keynes sometime during the mid 70s.
Growing up in Milton Keynes was quite interesting – being a young kid from inner-city London and moving to what at the time was proper countryside was eye-opening though as I grew older and more ‘sophisticated’ in my outlook, quickly realised how much of a shithole Milton Keynes is and at the earliest opportunity (leaving School at 16) I joined the military vowing to never go back!
Ten years quickly followed and rather than return to MK opted to come to London which is where I’ve been ever since and i’ll no doubt be here for another ten years before moving somewhere else – either near the coast or near one our fantastic national parks.
Like most people coming to London, I started in the north before gravitating south quickly to where a lot of my mum’s family were/are based, back to Peckham/Camberwell and the surrounding areas. Someone once told me that everyone comes south at some point, maybe it’s the less busy roads, the nicer parks of the fact that south of the river tends to be more the ‘real London’, it certainly feels that way to me – north London is too transient, too many people passing through whereas in the South everyone’s been there for years – in each of the places I’ve lived you’d have pensioners living next door who by and large had been born in the house!
The house I’ve bought, was purchased from a lovely old lady called Bessie, she’d been there for fifty years and was selling up to be near her daughters and grandchildren near Hastings. The house is located in an area I hadn’t really noticed previously, it being Hither Green in Lewisham (SE13) and only about a mile from my last place in Brockley – I do love that about London, new areas to discover most of which are on your doorstep.
It’s a standard two up, two down that needs a full refurb – little had been done to the place in the last fifty years and it’s quite a big project for me (more for my team of builders!) and I’m quite excited that finally after a couple of months of pondering, worrying and planning, work has finally begun.
What was meant to have been a quick post has ended up being quite few paragraphs but thought it would be good to give a little bit of background – updates to follow…
Imagine my suprise when this morning I see my good mate’s Son on the front cover of the South London Press…
Just off the Old Kent Road is Stompie the Tank – a decommissioned Russian T34 Tank!
Legend has it that a guy in dispute with the Southwark Council, submitted an application form to site a tank on this piece of land and it would seem that the council didn’t actually read the application too well – probably thinking he wanted to place a large water tank or something similar apparently the turret points to the council office involved in the dispute!
Not sure how true the story it is but it’s a very good one.
Called Stompie in memory of Stompie Moeketsi – an ANC activist killed by Winnie Mandela’s bodyguards in 1988. Not really sure whats going on with the land its sat on – there’s an advert/sign asking for volunteers to help with the gardens.
Hats off to Southwark Council – the eagerly awaited BMX track is now open and it’s absolutely fantastic – without doubt one of the best tracks in the country which is already proving very popular with everyone in the area.
Whilst already open, Peckham BMX Club will be officially welcomed on Friday the 16th August.
Even if you don’t ride, its great to watch – the action is fast and furious.
Once you’re accredited, you can also hire out the protective gear,
Peckham BMX Club
At the Gate, ready for the off.
Young Gun – the club attracts Young and not so Young riders!
Check it out!
When I first came to London I would spend every Sunday at Speakers Corner, located at the end of Oxford Street/top corner of Hyde Park. Its a great specatcle with some very witty people arguing the toss with the various religious speakers – I love the place though only really visit from time to time now.
I love this Guy and always make a beeline to hear him speak as he’s a born again christian and he’s hysterical to listen to – he also gets a fair few hecklers and is very amusing to watch.
Some of the stuff he was coming out with today was pure gold – what with the above Adam & Steve, he was getting quite animated with a Muslim guy who popped up to argue points from the bible – at one stage he told him to go back to Woolwich!
Whilst wandering around Borough Market I saw this recent ‘addition’ to an old school Banksy piece. check out Blek le Rat and see the similarity between the two – you’ll also notice that Blek le Rat has been around since the early ’80s…
Just taken delivery of this great piece by Bruce Doscher celebrating the recent Tour de France. Bruce lives in New Zealand and during the tour was releasing a print each day – all are great – though I opted for the final one.
Have seen it in the ‘flesh’ it’s awesome and I’m well tempted to order a couple more…
If the old wives tale is anything to go be, we’re in for a great forty days…
‘St. Swithin’s day if thou dost rain for forty days it will remain, St. Swithin’s day if thou be fair for forty days ’twill rain nae mair.’
Not needing many reasons for playing Billy Bragg, enjoy!
A couple of weeks back Gilles Peterson played this on his BBC Radio 6 programme – it blew my mind!