The Guardian has been to Brockley and found it to be good

This week, one reader suggested that this blog is all very well but what we really need to do is tell the world how great Brockley is via something like the Guardian.

A while back, we were approached by The Guardian's travel editor to write a piece about Brockley for the relaunch of their "Been There" blog. The site will feature reviews of places by people who live there, in an attempt to give the true flavour of an area. We were asked to be honest, not to gloss over Brockley's flaws and to write it for the person who's never been there before. And we were asked to be concise.

So we wrote something. And now it's live and Brockley is laid bare for all to see. It is the very first entry on the blog.

Due to space restrictions, some places have been missed and the keen-eyed will notice that west Brockley gets little recognition - this isn't a reflection on the area as a place to live, rather on its limited offer for the tourist.

We hope we have done it justice. You can read the article "Brockley begins to wake up" in full here.

We hope, before long, to be able to share more of South East London's delights with the readers of that blog.

47 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good to see Morleys getting some much needed coverage in the photos :-)

M said...

Good work Nick! We just need a 'Let's Move To...' column now.

Hugh said...

Nice job. My equity has been taking a hammering of late.

Bea said...
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Bea said...

Great article - and amazed to see two of my photos from Flickr used ... pleased you thought them worthy ;D

The Cat Man said...

Im insulted i'm not mentioned - I'm going to write to my MP.

max said...

Well congratulations for the guest article Nick. A pretty balanced view I'd say.

Hugh said...

Albeit rather generous to Meze Mangled.

Anonymous said...

Very enjoyable and balanced article,thanks Nick

Anonymous said...

Andy, was that you I saw buying your tea last night in a shop in brockley?

Headhunter said...

Am I getting my directions mixed up? Isn't the Wickham Arms north and east from the station, rather than south and east?

Otherwise very good. Gold star.

Anonymous said...

On a completely different topic, fair play to the government for having the balls to cut throught the mung bean-flavoured bullshit and approving Heathrow.

That should sent a clear message out to the green nimbies.

Anonymous said...

The opening paragraph looks very much like something I've read before. London Property Guide form a few years ago???? Fess up now Nick if you've been doing some cutting and pasting...

lll said...

He probably wrote that too.

Hugh said...

Most of the better Brox pix on findaproperty were taken by yours truly.

drakefell debaser said...

Damn, if Eternal Jerk was still wth us you could have had something to write about on the westside Nick.

A good write up despite this though.

Anonymous said...

I don't recall any good pix on findaproperty...

Anonymous said...

There are other things on the dark side! A laundrettes, a kebab shop, a sweaty looking supermarket, some grafitti...

Anonymous said...

Isn't the sea conatiner on Lewisham Way considered a focal point?

I see a very large sign about Transport for London works has now joined the container.

JPM said...

Terrific, well-written, warts an' all, well-balanced piece. Well done, Nick!

Luke said...

Textbook PR

Nice work, Nick.

abdou said...

Nice one. Reminded me that I spotted Brockley in The Observer over Christmas; Blake Morrison is setting a novel in SE4.

http://74.125.77.132/search?q=cache:MbJuQrDotMoJ:www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/dec/28/1+brockley+kate+kellaway&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=uk

Apologies if this has been mentioned elsewhere already

abdou said...

Balls. Obviously I meant

www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/dec/28/1

Brockley Nick said...

Thanks for your feedback everyone - glad you liked it - I was fairly nervous about the reaction...

Headhunter, you are right - north, not south!

Bea, you will pleased to hear that it was the Guardian staff who picked your photos - so they got the professional seal of approval.

Anon - no I didn't nick it!

drakefell debaser said...

abdou, I am reading South of the River at the moment and it's pretty good for a light read. It mentions Brockley and some of the characters live here.

It doesn't go into too much detail about Brockley itself but Foxes play a big part in it.

Richard Elliot said...

Very impressive. Love the fact that you are linked to from the front page Nick!

Anonymous said...

Bea, if they're your photos and the Guardian have used them then you should have been paid. They have no right to use your images without copyright. I'm surprised they used them actually without checking.

The Cat Man said...

Who is the anon who 'saw' me in the shop last night? And are you fit?

And what makes you think it was me?

nobbly brick said...

Your prison tats give you away - especially the swastika on your forehead - very 70's.

Bea said...

Yeah – you’re right – it probably is a copyright infringement but I don’t really care as I am not a professional photographer and I’m happy for them to be used to promote Brockley.

The Guardian won’t be getting a letter from my lawyers.

Furthermore – they may have emailed permission to my hotmail account but since I only check it intermittently I don’t know (another site firewalled at work! Grrrr)

quick brown fox said...

Well done - it's always a pleasure to see Brockers getting good press.

Also good to see that the Brockley branch of Curmudgeons'R'Us have kept their mutterings to a minimum so far.

Paddyom said...

Good article well done!

On a side topic, anyone know if Dandelion Blue has closed down yet?

Anonymous said...

In a report going to council I see Brockley Cross & Hither Green are to be treated as 'local hubs'.

8.17 Brockley Cross and Hither Green would be established as ‘local hubs’
of economic activity as they have small clusters of potential
development sites and good public transport links centred around a
local shopping parade.

Anonymous said...

there is a sign up in Dandelion blue saying happy new year, owners on holiday, opening again soon.

Anonymous said...

Damn - I need an artisan bun as a matter of urgency!

nobbly brick said...

Take yourself down to Oscars in Ladywell anon, I'm sure they'll oblige, or is your desire a limp attempt at sarcasm?

The Cat Man said...

You can get fresh 'daily' baked bread from a local bakery in the Broca market near the station. It is also cheap, and very tasty..!

Anonymous said...

Cat, I do wish you'd stop using parenthesis in all your posts. Is the bread baked daily? If so there's no need for the annoying little '.

The Cat Man said...

I have no idea if its baked 'daily', it could be 'branding' on behalf of the Broca.

is that 'ok' for you? :o)

nobbly brick said...

In the defence of Catman he didn't actually use any parenthesis in the critical note - you're refering to an apostrophe.

Anonymous said...

Catman is implying that the food could more more than '24' hours

Tamsin said...

No - a set of quotation marks or quotes. An apostrophe is what you get wrongly or rightly in "it's" (note my double quotes, this comment being within parentheses).
Sad, I know, but I copy-edit and proof-read in the moonlight...

nobbly brick said...

of course, my mistake

Paul said...

Hi Tamsin,

Technically, they're neither parentheses, apostrophes, nor quotation marks, as HTML text isn't great at rendering typographic subtleties.

They're actually primes, more commonly used to denote minutes/seconds, feet/inches.

I should get out more.

nobbly brick said...
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nobbly brick said...

& lsquo; (with the space removed) should do it

Tamsin said...

True, but at least one doesn't have to go to inordinate lengths to change from 66 to 99 or 6 to 9 when the clever-clogs computer in word mode thinks it is helping you.

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