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Greenwich Village Market gone

The Greenwich Phantom reports that the Greenwich market where you could actually find stuff you might want to buy has closed down.

Bright new dawn for capitalism in Brockley

Transpontine has a shot of the westside graffiti which, as he points out, may not have had quite the effect on the reader that the author imagined.

Bob From Brockley v Cafe Crema v Israel

New Cross blogger Bob from Brockley wrote an admirably measured response to Cafe Crema's regrettably-worded anti-Israeli sign, which read:

"We don't sell any Israeli goods. We are not anti-semitic; we are anti-fascist. Jews are as welcome here as anyone else."

The resulting debate carried all the way to the Jewish Chronicle and the Jerusalem Post. Read more here.

Guys reclad by 2012

An exhibition at the Building Centre shows how Guys Hospital could look by 2012. With two other towers torn down and replaced with infinitely superior buildings as part of the development of London Bridge Quarter, Guys was going to stick out like a sore thumb. What with it being an important hospital and everything, a reclad is the only realistic option.


32 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is a bit grotty. No doubt looked good when it went up.

Bea said...

Wow - the "Bob From Brockley v Cafe Crema v Israel" debate looks BC's occasional dramas look positively tame!

Brockley Kate said...

Poor Cafe Crema!

westsider said...

Kate, it was a stupid and offensive thing for them to do. And Bob was right to challenge them on it.

The Cat Man said...

Yawn, live and let live I say. If you don't like what they are saying don't shop there.

Anonymous said...

Only the same as mung bean eaters insisting on free range eggs

Brockley Nick said...

No dogs, no blacks no Irish, that's the way you like it eh Cat Man?

Hugh said...

Does anyone else have Blondie ringing in their ears whenever they contemplate the Shard?

Anonymous said...

One Way or Another?

Brockley Nick said...

I presume Heart of Glass?

Anonymous said...

Please don't let them reclad Guys.

It is one of London's ugliest buildings - and no amount of makeover will ever make it look pretty.

Such a monumental eyesore deserves just one fate: complete and utter destruction.

The Cat Man said...

Its the Scottish that really get me going, how dare they eat all the porridge.

And ginger people.

The Cat Man said...

I agree, guys is very hurtful to the eyes. Not all guys, just that guy. :o)

Has anyone got their bbq out yet? Its getting pretty nice out there....

Comment said...

Not "poor Cafe Crema" what they did was offensive. It just goes to show that the saying 'the road to hell is paved with good intentions' still rings true. Whilst Cafe Crema may have meant to show solidarity with the Palestinians, that statement and boycott just ignores the plurality that there is in Israel and in Israeli opinion.

After all that Jewish people have been through throughout numerous centuries but especially the last one in Germany with firstly the ghettoisation.

What happened in Gaza in the early part of the year was horrific and people clearly have a right to register protest and opposition but the context of what happened Israel is a wary country that it feels it is battling to survive in a hostile world. And signs like this don't add to the comfort of Jewish people throughout the world.

Headhunter said...

Fine bit of brutalist architecture if you ask me. In a couple of decades we'll be wanting to keep what's left as most of it will have bee demolished. We may look upon architecture like this as people looked upon fine Victorian architecture in the 1960s. Look what happened to the fantastic old Euston station in the 60s, no one really opposed its demolition and now it's gone (to be relpaced by a concrete brutalism, which ironically I wouldn't want to see demolished now). Also look what almost happened to St Pancras station, much derided as old fashioned and from a bygone era but saved by John Betjman and has now been restored as the terminus for Eurostar.

Headhunter said...

I read somewhere that in the 1930s there was a plan to clad Tower Bridge in glass and steel in an attempt to make it art deco and "moderne". I wonder how that would be viewed today.

Danja said...

I agree with HH. Southwark Towers was no loss, but New London Bridge is a fine building as well.

Guys needs to be cleaned and freshened up, all buildings do now and then.

Anonymous said...

I think I'd take the glass and steel over the slightly NHS shade of eggshell blue its been painted with. I read somewhere that they're going to sand it down to the metal soon, wonder when thats happening? It would be allowed to be resited in the conservation area then.

Danja said...

They just have - that's what they been doing to it behind the scaffolding and sheeting. Once it's back to metal, they are painting it that "NHS eggshell blue".

The Cat Man said...

Cant they just leave it metal?

Think of all the money they would save from having to re-paint it every 2 years or so.

Danja said...

Ever heard of rust?

Anonymous said...

They could galvanise it!

max said...

They could even grow the world's biggest ivy.

Monkeyboy said...

Random posting....

I say a small flyer in the Babur takaway (Mmmm.... curry) that the restaurant is doing a St Georges day themed menu thing.

Something very apt about that in 21st Century London - in a good way.

magpie said...

Is anyone else sad that "Shunt" the arts / music venue in London Bridge arches is closing due to the emergence of the Shard. I think it shuts for good on May 9. Personally I am gutted as it is one of the few places I actually visit regularly and like.

BrockleyBiker said...

@ Headhunter

"Look what happened to the fantastic old Euston station in the 60s, no one really opposed its demolition and now it's gone"

Actually that is not quite right. It was the demolition of Euston that so galavanised people into trying to save St Pancras, despite the fact that it appeared to have very little worth saving.

Headhunter said...

I heard that Shunt was closing, didn't realise it was so soon. It's a real shame as it was just emerging as a major venue. I don't really understand why it needs to be closed, it extends through the arches under the tracks rather than in the direction of the Shard....

Anonymous said...

The whole station's being redone as part of the deal

fabhat said...

Shunt Collective is one of the three finalists up for running a new space in the big development on potters field by tower bridge. Even if they don't reappear there I'm sure they'll find a new place soon. The London Bridge arches weren't their first performance space and as they got Arts Council funding for this, they should be able to get more funding when they move.

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