The Good Life

Today is about sunshine and optimism. So here is a list of good things that have happened to us locally lately. Please feel free to add to it.

  1. An early morning taxi journey took us over the top of Telegraph Hill. London twinkled before us and has rarely looked more beautiful.
  2. We finally got around to getting our hair cut at Geddes. We have rarely looked more beautiful. Actually that might be an exaggeration, but they certainly coped with our cowlick and propensity to look like a schoolboy better than most. Unprompted (we were incognito), they also mentioned how many new customers had come in as a result of the discussion on Brockley Central
  3. Thanks to Twitter, we now know what a few of you look like. Twitter followers have rarely looked more beautiful. For the pitiable luddites who have not yet fallen in to lock step with the march of social networking fashion, there is now a Twitter box on the right hand side.

56 comments:

osh said...

4. The french lady in degustation is so nice.

nobbly brick said...

I saw a woebegone man sitting in the window of Geddes the other day - presumably waiting for a haircut - I wonder if it could have been Nick...

But what worries me more is why Nick keeps on referring to himself as 'we'.

welcome to 2009 said...

If it bothers you mate, you can always bugger off. Never hear you say anything nice.

welcome to 2009 said...

Ps
5. The fact that the dog poo signs are finally fading.

psyche9 said...

I am completely baffled by Twitter - the world seems to divide into those who are completely baffled by it and those who get it immediately. I fear the division may be along the lines of age.

psyche9 said...

aaaah. hang on ... is it like a haiku sort of thing?

Bea said...

Walking accross London Bridge and looking at Tower Bridge and the Docklands through the pink early morning mist.

Tamsin said...

Queuing for the day tickets in the National and having London wake up around you.
(Although sorry, Welcome to 2009, the dog poo signs may be coming back - they are apparently quite effective in deterring the real thing.)
And I like Nick's editorial "we".

drakefell debaser said...

Speaking of Twitter:

http://tinyurl.com/c4d6hg

Brockley Kate said...

I met someone I knew at university on platform 1 of Brockley Station earlier this week!

Anonymous said...

Were they sweeping it?

Ugh, "The Good Life" - reminds me of that crap BBC sitcom. You can just imagine Margot and co. smugly eating their fairtrade mung beans in the conservation area!

Hugh said...

Am I the only local nutter to cycle over Telegraph Hill to and and from work every day? Brockley Road up the hill and down to Evelina Road is pretty hard, but doing it in the other direction on the way home is lactic city. I love it.

Hugh said...

Am I the only local nutter to cycle over Telegraph Hill to and and from work every day? Brockley Road up the hill and down to Evelina Road is pretty hard, but doing it in the other direction on the way home is lactic city. I love it.

Brockley Nick said...

No Hugh, you're not. I think it's the best way to do it. The rest of the journey is essentially flat, so you need a bit of a challenge.

The Cat Man said...

I cycle over the hill too - but only from end March to end November.

I quite like the challenge up Pepys Road on the return journey. Its very challenging!

Headhunter said...

I cycle up Vesta and down Pepys then the reverse every day. With a 10kg rucksack.

Hugh said...

I, however, find the ride into town too short so turn left into Nunhead, then continue through East Dulwich, Herne Hill, Brixton, Stockwell, Vauxhall and Waterloo, before entering the City.

And yes, I also carry a rucksack.

Who wants a race?

Headhunter said...

I'll take ya, hands down.... Even on my dirty, 20 year old Peugeot commuter bike...

The Cat Man said...

I often have a rucksack with a Laptop, audit files or gym kit in it. Its quite heavy, but then I am weak and feable.

Hugh said...

Let's get a weekend ride organised. Hell of Ashdown route? Plenty of London dwellers wear the kit and talk a good race, but hills tend to reveal the truth.

drakefell debaser said...

So, which one of you goes down Drakefell Rd at around a quarter to 8 in the morning wearing black and dark grey riding gear?

The Cat Man said...

Not me. I leave at 6am.

Hugh said...

Not me - I tend to wear yellow or orange.

Headhunter said...

I don't go down Drakefell....

When are you free? I was going to head out tomorrow on the Sat morning Dulwich Paragon ride. How about meeting for that? Or next week the 7th? Whenever really...

toshy said...

I'm up for a ride. I don't go through Brockley but I ride a black fixed Soma with pink wheels (usually go via Lewisham Way/Trundleys Road/Jamaica Road).

I would like to add to the good life points in this thread but someone tried to break into my flat last night so I am sulking.

Headhunter said...

DO you ever head out of London on the fixed or just London?

Nightmare about the break in - did they try to break in while you were there?

fabhat said...

toshy - are you on tressillian? Unfortunately there was a successful burglary there yesterday...

fabhat said...

6. The bulbs are starting to come up in my windowboxes

Hugh said...

Headhunter, I often ride into Kent when it's warmer. Sometimes take the train to somewhere like Knockolt and start there.

Headhunter said...

Hugh, so fancy something tomorrow? Sunday looks much colder and possibly snowy...

toshy said...

Headhunter - I haven't as yet; the fixed is fairly new. I have a (slightly beaten up) Pinarello which I take out for longer rides occasionally, though I've got pretty lazy recently. May have to avoid the hillier routes when I take the fixed out as I've got a fairly hefty gear ratio on it...

I wasn't in when they tried to break in - think I disturbed them by coming home clowndrunk as there was definitely something weird going on in the bushes outside.

Fabhat - no, I'm the other side of the Lewisham Way tracks by St Johns - police said there were 3 other attempts last night in the immediate area. That will teach me for being smug about living in a low crime area...

Hugh said...

Headhunter, running and swimming alreay pencilled in this weekend. Maybe in a week or two?

nobbly brick said...

"If it bothers you mate, you can always bugger off"

7. he/she put 'mate' and 'bugger' in the same sentence - I can only conclude that "welcome to 2009" fancies a bit of rough.

Headhunter said...

Hugh - OK. Lemme know. Perhaps Sun 15th? We've been talking about this for aaaaages you know! Wonder if it'll ever happen....

Sextus empiricus said...

Nobbly but you are a bit of a miserable person, you're always moaning about something, I mean I know there's a recession on but you could try to be a bit less of a downer all the time. After I read your posts I just wanna top myself. I just think is there any point going on with life? What is the point? Things are just soooo bad now, there are people are referring to themselves as "we" on blogs when it's clear that it's an individual and not a group...how much more can we take?

drakefell debaser said...

Wow, riding running and swimming. The words alone have exhausted me.

Anyone plan to get drunk and lounge around this weekend?

max said...

We moved my daughter to a new nursery, she now goes to the one on the back of Ladywell Pool so I can drop her and go for a swim every day of the week.
On top of that I can even sleep a bit longer in the morning as it starts at 1pm.

mintness said...

I can top that - getting drunk, lounging around, making a pot of chilli and watching Total Wipeout and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Eurovision thing. Top loafing.

Friend of mine on Montague Avenue had a break-in a few days back. Seems to be all the rage at the minute.

Brockley Nick said...

There has been a spate of burglaries on my road in the last 3-4 months. Recessions are usually accompanied by an increase in property theft.

nobbly brick said...

In a desperate bid to be upbeat, when I lived on Telegraph Hill there was a spate of stealing the cast iron lids off the top of coal shutes, virtually a whole street full went in one night, then a lad, possibly living on a caravan site off the Old Kent Road, came round a few days later and said he had some spare if we wanted to buy them...

sorry, no jokes there, but I have just had a not unpleasant midday commute up to town and I think the Council is marvellous.

Anyone for dogging on Hilly Fields later?

Tressillian James said...

I think all the scaffolding up at the moment due to the PFi is probably encoraging the break-ins - people are gettign used to strangers going around properties. Is worrying though.

I'm swimming twice weekly at the new pool in Deptford - it's new relatively empty on the adult only weekday swims.

Headhunter - I'll buy you a drink if Hugh ever turns up for a bike ride.

Tressillian James said...

Oh - and whoever said they were baffled by Twitter - me too

Am i meant to link in with others and monitor their updates? It all seems a little bit egotistical too -constantly sending out your view of the world in 60 letters or less

Monkeyboy said...

I think the unsuccessful burglaries are probably city recruitment consultants and corporate lawyers downsizing.

Got to pay for the carbon fibre and titanium widgets for the bikes somehow.

(though I'd feel smug while I can, we're having our jobs 'mapped' at LU. Yet another euphemism for P45)

Brockley Kate said...

Sure it's not zombies?

[an aside: wouldn't Brockley be a great location for a sequel to Shaun Of The Dead, no?]

max said...

The parking shop in Rennel street was also burgled last night.

Anonymous said...

Kate - it almost was. The pub in the film is a Millwall boozer. Can't remember its name, but I've been in a couple of films which have been shot there.

psyche9 said...

Yes, I thought the Winchester was a Millwall pub but I just read in South London Press, Tuesday edition, that The Pharoah - a pub near Camberwell Art School that has just burnt down - was the setting

Anonymous said...

No no - it's tucked around the back of New Cross. Now sadly fenced off, boarded up and probably full of squatters shitting everwhere.

Tamsin said...

Closer than that. The Duke of Albany in Monson Road (right by the Monson school) http://www.movie-locations.com/movies/s/shaunofdead.html
and the film credits thank the inhabitants of New Cross who were the extras.

Tamsin said...

You beat me to it by a minute! Yes, closed now, but I did go there once on the "beating the bounds" ceremony led by Father Owen of All Saints Church (he who is also chaplain to Millwall FC and once did a marriage ceremony in the Den). Great fun, a glorified pub crawl really.

Brockley Kate said...

Ooh! I had just assumed it must have been filmed in north London, like Spaced. Cheers for the info guys!

M said...

It was mostly filmed in Crouch End (like Spaced) apart from the pub exteriors in New Cross.

I've often thought that Brockley and Crouch End were quite similar in appearance - wide, leafy streets, 'arty' reputation, no tube, slightly dodgy neighbours...

I hope we eventually get the decent selection of bars and restaurants they have up there though.

Brockley Kate said...

Eh? Spaced was filmed in Tufnell Park (very close to where I used to live at the time - me and the zeitgeist, we're like *that*)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0187664/locations

Quite a few of my other old haunts on that list too ... oops, I've just outed myself as an ex-north Londoner, haven't I.

Anonymous said...

cycling, running, swimming . . .

is this turning into a triathlon?

patrick1971 said...

Good things about the area: the warm welcome given by the proprietress of Oscar's this morning when we hardy commuters found there were no trains running and needed to stop for a fortifying beverage before making the return trip home.

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