Unreal Brockley drinks

It's been a long time coming but finally BC managed to organise our fourth drinks evening, which took place on Tuesday night. Being so near to Christmas we weren't hoping to match the numbers that attended past events, but we were gratified that some of you turned out. It was especially good to meet some of those mysterious anonymii. Also many thanks to Richard from Jam Circus for his unstinting hospitality - definitely one of the area's most welcoming proprietors.

The event was considerably enlivened by a chap* who, on being introduced to us, expressed incredulity that we 'knew each other off the internet' and insisted that we couldn't be 'real Brockley' as he had never seen any of us before. Perhaps this marks the start of a new quest for BC - the search for the Real Brockley. Suggestions and nominations welcome ... As well as an answer to the question: How does one know when one has found The Real Brockley?



* = Hello, if you're reading!

24 comments:

lb said...

"we couldn't be 'real Brockley' as he had never seen any of us before"

Well, I've never seen Lily Allen, but I've regretfully been forced to conclude that she really exists.

lb said...

As for the second bit of my answer, it's a well-known fact that some residents of South London refuse to accept you as a 'proper' fellow resident unless your family crawled out of the primordial ooze here around 2 billion years ago.

Brockley Jon said...

Hello to everyone who made it!

It's true though, there is a real Brockley (not that we're not, cos we are, as was proved the other night).

He's probably refering to the Brockley mafia - the same faces who you always see out and about. They were quite prolific when I first moved here. Now though, Brockers has been filtered down by city workers, media types and bloggers like us.

The mafia don't tend to like sitting hunched up in front of computers either, prefering to be free to roam studio spaces, jazz gigs and squat parties, so are probably under-represented in cyberspace. The Max is probably the best place to spot them now.

Brockley Jon said...

sorry Hugh, proven.

Headhunter said...

That's funny! So unless mystery man has met you, you are not part of "Real Brockley". It's almost like that eternal question, if a tree falls in a forest and no one is around, does it make a sound?

There's no such thing as the Real Brockley - Brockley can't be boiled down into some essence, single statement or person! However if it had a local dish, it would have to be organic...

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Brockley Kate said...

I think it added to the night, rather than detracted from it!
In my view, you're not Real Brockley til you've been accused of not being Real Brockley. Deep, huh?

Monkeyboy said...

I wouldn't join any club that would have me as a member.

Double deep.

May actually try and attend the next one, I'd just got home from a boring contractors gig. 2nd night out in a row, can't deal with it at my age so sat in with a cup of tea.

Brockley Nick said...

I'd completely forgotten about that moment. Ironically, I'm almost 100% sure I have seen him around in Brockley before somewhere.

Anyway, let that not detract from what was a lovely night - nice to see you all.

Brockley Nick said...

Does quoting Groucho Marx make you the new Wittgenstein now then? ;)

Headhunter said...

No one has met Monkeyboy.... Does he really exist?

Anonymous said...

"What do you mean I'm not Real Brockley - I shop in the delis all the time!"

By the way Nick, did you settle your tab? :-)

Anonymous said...

You are 'real Brockley' When they know your name at the Wickham, or is that real alcoholic?
Brockley Jim

The Cat Man said...

the 'real' brockley is in a state of flux therefore it can be whatever you want!

:0)

Tressillian James said...

"How does one know when one has found The Real Brockley?"

When you come out of your house in the morning and find your car has been broken into the night before.

Brockley Kate said...

What if one lacks a car?

Headhunter said...

Was yours nicked? Then you definitely know the Real Brockley...

Richard said...

Great to have you all in, it was nice to be on the other side of the bar for a change. The staff told me about Nick leaving his tab the next morning and asked if I could have him barred - presumably such behaviour is not 'real Brockley'.

I think my mum and uncle qualify as real Brockley - they've lived here all their lives (mum has technically been SE23 for some years), but I've only recently felt like a true Brockleyite - secondary school in Orpington, weekends playing football in Kent, then uni in Yorkshire. 'Real Brockley' now though I hope! Where's my badge?

Monkeyboy said...

Bit like saying that you see the 'real' peru/india/goa when you go on holiday, no such thing really. The observer has an affect on the thing being observed. Bit like Schrödinger's cat.....or something.

No idea what I'm blabbing about really. I live here, shop here, vote here - I'm Brockley. 6 years ago I was Acton, before that Greenwich, before that Brighton, before that southgate, before that Muswell Hill.

Anonymous said...

I think he was referring to the fact that he recognised not one of the faces from BC, despite the fact that he socialises in the handful of coffee shops and watering holes that the area provides.

The rude implication was that Brockley Central folk spend their time hunched over computers musing on a virtual Brockley rather than engaging socially or shopping locally.

I have heard similar remarks before and it predates the Internet. A lot of people who live around here just use it as a bolt hole, a place to sleep: a dormitory suburb. Much to the chagrin of local enterprises keen on trade.

I think Brockley Central drinks should be a regular thing for locals to meet locals.

osh said...

It's a wonder all these people who never go out manage to write all these reviews and interesting things that are going on locally.

Brockley Nick said...

Anon - that's exactly the idea for BC drinks - only problem is how often we're able to organise them. I'd like to do them more regularly - every couple of months, but it's more like every four months. But I'd definitely encourage people to come along and get to know some new people.

Anonymous said...

Every month or couple of months would be good.

4x4 said...

Sorry I missed it, when is the next one?
Was this guy there on his own?
Perhaps he can be my friend.

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