Fill yer boots (or stockings) in Brockley!

This month's Lewisham Life features a piece on locally bought gifts for under a tenner. We couldn't help noticing how Brockley businesses seem to dominate the list. Dandelion Blue, Shop on the Hill, and Magi all feature. Degustation must have been closed when the journo stopped by, but Mr. Lawrence has made up for it, with three items featured.

They even feature a product by local organic cleaning brand Hetty Hope - watch this space for more information about them! However, we're not sure what the other half would make of getting a bottle of 'Knuckle Down Wood Polish' for Xmas!?

Read the article: Gifts for Under £10 (PDF)

27 comments:

The Cat Man said...

I had to read the description twice when it said 'fat ball feeder', all those woman out there eating kit kats must be perishing the thought!

Jt said...

I really am not bothered about Christmas spending, did anyone hear Martin Amis on the Radio this morning? Yes he's a peddler of fiction but jeez, it's frightening the way things are going in this country.

Balliffs will if a government proposal goes ahead have the right to put their hands on you in pursuit of any debts owed. Centuries of rights enshrined in laws just going out the window.
This proposal, plus identity cards is part of a pattern whereby our freedoms are eroded. Not good.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article5375668.ece

Tressilliana said...

I did hear Martin Amis on the radio and thought he was completely OTT in his predictions. The economist who was interviewed a few minutes said so too.

I do agree with you about civil rights, though. As someone who always used to vote Labour, I've been shocked to the core by their cavalier approach to the law.

Headhunter said...

Can't see that article, part of the URL disppears under the comments column, can you mak up a tinyurl or insert a link?

Can't say that I have much to o with bailiffs, although had a problem with TfL threatening to send bailiffs round in pursuit of a congestion charge debt because the previous owner of my flat hadn't re-registered his car elsewhere.

TfL were complete imbeciles, basically told me that it was my responsibility to prove that the guy did not live at my place any more or that they would send the bailiffs over. It was essentially "you are guilty unless you can prove your innocence". It's easy enought to send proof of address but how on earth do you prove that someone is NOT living somewhere? In they end they refused to even take my calls as they said that the matter had been referred to bailiffs and was out of their hands.

I basically took some solace in that hopefully if the bailiffs did turn up when I was at work, they would be unable to break in without some kind of cout order. Has this been reversed now?

Monkeyboy said...

Bit of a digression but I had a similar experience. I rented out my old flat while I worked in Australia. The bods who lived in my flat allowed all their mates to register their cars at my address. I got back how to find a door mat full of letters telling me that large gentlemen were going to visit and remove various things from my flat!!

Took much phoning around to the various councils, balifs and courts to persuade them not to break my legs.

Hugh said...

Who is Amis poking these days?

Richard said...

Continuing the digression - British Gas once called me 2 days before Christmas telling me I owed £300 to settle the bill from my student house and that the baillifs would be round by the end of the week (festive spirit and all!). Nevermind the fact I had given my name and home address purely for correspondence (and had stressed this at the time), they had decided I alone was liable.

I had paid the amount in August, but couldn't find my statement from that far back and had to assume the payment had failed. Feeling thoroughly skint I cancelled plans to head to see a friend in Cardiff for NYE and instead went back to uni early to work the night instead.

Once HSBC sent me a duplicate statement it turned out the balance had been settled after all and British Gas had been a little hasty in offering to empty my parents' house of its valuables. I was promised a letter of apology, but nothing!

I've bought a few alcoholic gifts from Mr Lawrence's before, brilliant selection.

Jt said...

Here's the article linked up. Balliffs get the power to use force on debtors

All these liberties we had just seem to be as said cavalierly eroded. It's surreal and not dissimiliar in mind my to how we got into the current economic crisis, we could all see house prices rising astronomically but we just awestruck and did or could very little about it.

max said...

Last year on 20th August a bailiff knocked on my door and said:

"I'm here on behalf of NPower, it looks like you last paid your bill on 5th August."
"Yes, and so?"
He paused a but and said "I'm sorry, you must be on my list by mistake"

At that point I called NPower and said that their management is made of trigger happy idiots and that I'm switching company, which I did.
Still today NPower calls me from time to time asking if I would rejoin them and every time I have the joy of repeating them that idiots like them can just get lost and please stay out of my doorstep.

I really do not take lightly people sending bailiffs round my doorstep.

Monkeyboy said...

I've just switched to NPower. Should I disconnect my doorbell?

Jt said...

According to what's being proposed the the balliff will be able to break down the door, so I don't know whether having a working bell or not will help.

Crazy times.

Tamsin said...

NPower has just been fined £1.8 million for inapropriate door-step selling. Yes, switch.

This New Labour Government has steadily eroded liberties enshrined in British law since the Magna Carta. Jury trial among them. And how anyone can with a straight face post George Orwell, can set up a Ministry of Justice I don't know.

Monkeyboy said...

I posted this some where else, it's a quote I heard...

"1984 was written as a warning, not an instruction manual"

Oh well, I'm switched now (used 'Uswitch') I'll let you know if they give me a beating and nick my widescreen.

Monkeyboy said...

....but we are digressing big time...

Anyone actually bought anything from Bird's Dress Agency??

One of those shops with no visible means of support.

Sue said...

Now is definitely the time for us tree-hugging SE4ers to be putting our money where our mouth is and supporting any local businesses that we still want to be here this time next year. . .

Pesto said...

I want world peace for Christmas, do they sell that in Brockley.

Paddyom said...

Have to say i have only started shopping in Dandelion Blue now i hear its shutting and i wish i had done so sooner! Its brill!

The Cat Man said...

Yes, dandelion blue is rather nice but to be honest now that the Broca Market is open (and they have a 'few' treats that i would otherwise would of brought from dandelion blue) i tend to go there - more convienient as its on my doorstep.

Is that bill likely to pass? The thing about Labour is that they are rather authoritatian about liberty - i.e. their interpretation is all that matters, low and behold anyone who disagrees with them. They are like it on many different policies i.e. there interpretation on an 'issue' is all that matters. Things are often much more complicated then they care to admit.

Tamsin said...

Is Birds the one near Brockley Cross? If so I bought four oak dining chairs upholstered in velvet there. From having too few chairs I now have too many but they are very nice and of use in the Festival for events in people's houses, chamber music, poetry etc. The shop is fascinating but, except for the chairs which she was wanting to get rid of without delay, quite pricey.
To divert even more - are you the Monkeyboy who on another forum gave the recipe for mixed spice last March? If so, thank you!

Monkeyboy said...

There's more than one Monkeyboy*? He's an imposter, wasn't me with the mixed spice. I have the secret of a good basic tomato sauce for your pasta though.

*can't log into my google account at work so not verified my moniker...

Tamsin said...

He did say Monkeyboy32 - there is obviously a troop of you scattered over cyberspace.

Monkeyboy said...

Top Tomato Sauce Tip....

A sprig of Rosmary in with the basic Toamto, garlic, good olive oil (and a pinch of sugar)


MB

Pesto said...

I need a local mince pies taste test review. Which local place sells the tastiest mince pies, light flakey pastry and suet free mince?

Brockley Kate said...

My home-made ones are (dare I say it) pretty good, but they contain suet I'm afraid ...

Sue said...

Can I also give a plug to Sunrise Ceramics on Algernon Road in Ladywell? Pottery, chocolatier and jewellery/gifts all in one place!

The Cat Man said...

no, this is a brockley thread :o)

Anonymous said...

A proper mince pie always needs suet.

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