Simulacra and Brockley Station



"We live in a world where there is more and more information, and less and less meaning."
- Jean Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulation

Baskets of plastic flowers have appeared at Brockley Station, as illustrated by this photo, courtesy of reader 'b.' We particularly like the juxtaposition with the security cameras and the concrete hut. It may be a case of pig-lipsticking and they may be fake, but we still quite like them.

Also, is it just us, or are the station managers taking a more relaxed attitude towards opening the bottom gate since this little episode?

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Council always seem to have a good array of hanging baskets in the Borough.

Cheap and nasty said...

Those 'flowers' are great so Lewisham Planning.

Monkeyboy said...

If your going to make rash, ill informed bah humbug comments at least get it right. They may be Network Rail or TfL, I doubt Lewisham would be allowed on the station. Cheer up you miserable buggers.

TYS said...

If you are going to tell ill formed and rash comments, it would have more credibilty if a) your grammar was correct and b) if it made sense.

You say people should get things right, implying if you have some definitive information about the situation. But then follow up with a sentence, which you don't know what you are talking and are being speculative as you accuse others of being.

So think it through before you post.

Brockley Nick said...

Monkeyboy is correct. The station is private land, owned by TfL / LOROL. They have installed the 'flowers', which are also in place at Honor Oak station.

Mb said...

I guess we're both assuming, would you agree?

Mb said...

... And I still think you're being a miserable bugger

Anonymous said...

Yeah read Baudrillard at Uni. Had some fairly interesting things to say, as did Roland Barthes, but he went down in my estimation when i discovered he died from being hit by a milk float, loser.
Simulacra - a copy without a true original, I think - CD's being an example of such. Do plastic flowers technically qualify? Dunno - probably should be discussed over several coffees.

Anonymous said...

You know what - I was completely fooled by these baskets. I thought they were real flowers and therefore couldn't possibly have been installed by TFL or LOLrail or whoever but must have been a covert mission by mask wearing guerilla gardeners armed with stepladders, screwdrivers and hoseclips. Great job.

Anonymous said...

Actually there were some bods scaling the slopes of the station today weeding and stuff. I would have helped but I had an appointment with my sofa

Anonymous said...

BXAG planting probably.

Anonymous said...

Maybe it is TFL but I say Lewisham Council still do a good array of hanging baskets.

Anonymous said...

Yeah hang the bastards!!! Oh, hanging baskets........

Simon said...

Going up those stairs and down again take about 4 minutes. The other day someone who was in front of me getting out of the train gave out the biggest sigh I've ever heard upon noticing that the gate was closed. Give it a rest.

Anonymous said...

You need to get out more Simon.

M said...

Actually, 4 minutes sounds quite a long time to walk up and then down some stairs. Not the end of the world obviously but when it comes at the end of a long days work when all you want to do is get home I'm not surprised some people get fed up.
Especially as the only reason the lower gate is closed is so Network Rail/TFL can squeeze every last penny from their long-suffering, overcharged and poorly served 'customers'.

Nux said...

I have to say that whenever I have been at the station recently with my pram, and the gate has been closed, I have just pressed the button and hey presto the gate is opened for me. Hurrah! :)

Anonymous said...

Can somebody explain the purpose of the wide access gate in the ticket hall which kas pictures of wheelchairs and buggies next to it. There is no way either of those can get to that gate from either platform.

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