Local hero

Adding fuel to the fire of those who accuse Brockley of becoming over-run by the middle class, Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson revealed in yesterday's paper that he's a Brockley resident. In the Review section's weekly 'Writers' Rooms' piece, he writes: 'I've got a wonderful view from the room where I work at the top of our house. It's of Hilly Fields Park in Lewisham, and I can happily spend most days gazing idly at people walking their dogs or birds and squirrels leaping through the hawthorn trees over the road.'

That should give BC readers enough info to try and doorstep him, if you wish!

22 comments:

Monkeyboy said...

Oooohhhh.... I like his stuff, Bit of the Ralph Steadman about him.

By the way, anyone want to adopt my garden? I like the idea of the outdoors but does stuff REALLY have to keep growing? Did my twice yearly deforestation yesterday. Five bags of dead shrubbery and assorted greenery taken to the dump. Can't be arsed with all that to be honest.

Richard said...

Someone at work noticed that and we blogged it too, aren't we all proud when Brockley gets into print!

Tressilliana said...

He's a Ladywell resident, actually. Sorry! He and his wife have lived round here for a long time, I believe - his wife put in a stint as manager of Lewisham station for a while, before sensibly changing careers. His book Stuff is a really excellent read, if anyone hasn't come across it.

nobbly brick said...

Try his follow up (kind of) to stuff etc: "Fuck"

Brockley Kate said...

Monkeyboy - sounds like you need a compost heap and a garden shredder!
I'd offer to help, but unfortunately I'm in the same situation. One of the blessings of Brockley is sizeable gardens! Just say you're turning it into a 'wildlife haven' ...

Anonymous said...

If you live in "Ladywell", you live in Brockley. End of story.

He describes it as being next to "Hilly Fields in Lewisham" anyway - how un-mung is that?

nobbly brick said...

There is a ward boundary for Ladywell and there is a ward boundary for Brockley, if you live within either of these boundaries you would say either Brockley or Ladywell.I live in Ladywell, under no circumstances would I say that I live in Brockley, simply because I don't!

Monkeyboy said...

Perhaps if I claim to be hiding a terrorist training camp under the foliage the yanks will napalm it?

*If MI5 are scanning this I was joking, OK?...or am I???

nobbly brick said...

you're very paranoid Monkeyboy

whats the problem?

Monkeyboy said...

It's the voices, they make me scared.

mg said...

You just jogged my memory - in the Time Out Book of London Walks there is a 'brief stroll thru Deptford 'n' Brockley' by Martin Rowson. It's written/illustrated as a comic, starts/ends at St Johns Station (that's the Deptford bit) and takes in Tressillian Rd, Hilly Fields, Whitepost Lane and Loampit Vale, pointing out historical facts, famous residents and the crazy painted house along the way. The Talbot is suggested as a refreshment stop.

Tressilliana said...

Brockley = SE4. Ladywell = SE13. I suppose this puts Ladywell in the same relation to Lewisham as Crofton Park is to Brockley.

Both Brockley and Ladywell fall within the London Borough of Lewisham and as that is the name most likely to have been heard of by Guardian readers not living in SE London I expect that's why Martin Rowson said Lewisham.

Lovely picture illustrating that article.

nobbly brick said...

I was going by the ward boundaries rather than postcodes - from a casual glance at both they don't seem to follow the same areas. In fact SE13 is notated as "Lewisham" rather than Ladywell (from what I can see). Ward boundaries being more recent and more flexible that postcode areas (I guess), but it's all splitting hairs a bit...

Anonymous said...

People walking their squirrels?

The Cat Man said...

I live in SE4 but within the telegraph hill ward

nobbly brick said...

I lived in SE14 for twenty years - I always said I lived in Nunhead although I was in one of the 'Telegraph Hill' streets - if you (one) said you (one) lived in Telegraph Hill you would be described (behind your back) as being a bit poncy... people still did it though

Tressilliana said...

Oddly, we're in the Ladywell ward even though we are in SE4 and very definitely on the Brockley side of Hilly Fields.

Tressillian James said...

I'm guessing you are at the top end of Tressillian, Tressilliana. Tressillian James, here is at the middel bottom bit of Tressillian and am in the Brockley Ward.

BTW did I say I was refering to Tressillian?

Tressilliana said...

By top, do you mean nearer Hilly Fields than Lewisham Way? If so, yes.

Tressillian James said...

Yes - exactly - sort of see Hilly Fields as being at the top.

The Cat Man said...

The government should really sort all this out. Now that we don't have a national post service anymore (soon to be privatised) there is no real need to have a seperate postcode system different to wards/council districts.

In fact, the government may even use the privatisation of the post office as an excuse to look at the postcode system in order to improve free-market efficiency!!

btw, does anyone know how the post-code is constructed?

i.e. SE4 2DR ? (thats not mine).

Headhunter said...

If it's been privatised, why would the government take an interest? Basically it means that they have washed their hands of the whole thing. No private company is going to "waste" billions of pounds revamping the postcode system

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