Visit Brockley

One of our day-job clients is Visit London, who've got an impressive number of Brockley connections among their team and who, with a bit of gentle persuasion, have told the world's tourists of Brockley's charms on their blog here.

Great to see the Brockley MAX used to illustrate Brockley's arts scene and local institutions like the Brockley Jack, Tank Gallery, Mr Lawrence and the Tea Leaf Arts gallery getting namechecked.

Great shot of the door too.

34 comments:

PutTheWoodintheHole said...

Hilly Fields, and the Door were mentioned on the Danny Baker Show last Saturday.

BardyHaHa said...

I see they done it at the end of the Festival,and still got it wrong, with the Sonnets having been canceled.

Anonymous said...

the whole purpose of this blog seems to be aimed at selling Brockley to London's yummy-mummies, presumably with the intention of increasing the authors' (/author's friends') housing value.

how very, very droll.

Brockley Nick said...

It's news to me that free community arts festivals are exclusively the preserve of yummy mummies. Certainly didn't appear that way on Saturday night on Hilly Fields, but wot. eva.

Monkeyboy said...

No, it's a soap box for a collection of cynical
misanthropes to bang on about how things should stay EXACTLY how they are. Can anyone seriously claim that the max had a detrimental effect on se4?

Step away from the keyboard.....

Anonymous said...

yeah, sorry for the snide comment in the last post, the last part of it (saying it was droll) was unnecessary, please disregard. I typed first and thought about it later, sorry to have been so inarticulate and offensive.

There are a lot of cool things going on in Brockley and in all locales around London, and as a Londoner it's great that these are celebrated online. The people who organised the local festival seem to have done a really good job and i never meant to knock them for that. Props to them. That's the stuff that makes living in a neighbourhood great.

It's just that sometimes, reading this blog, it just seems that the whole blog is geared up for selling Brockley as a desirable place for people outside the area. And yeah in this case that means rich londoners wanting to buy a particular lifestyle. At least every other post seems to be more about selling Brockley as a great place to live for others, rather than just chatting about life in Brockley for the enjoyment of life in Brockley. If selling Brockley *is* what the blog is about, no complaints there - it's a free world, and perhaps I should just s*d off and let you all get on with it.

Ciao bellas, good luck with it all

Random relevance. said...

I think there is something to be said for sometimes just pausing and enjoying the now.

Monkeyboy enjoying the now said...

ok, I'll try hang on.....yep that was great what's next?

Brockley Nick said...

Anon, jolly decent reply, thanks. I've always been quite clear that ONE of the reasons this blog exists is to promote Brockley. This is because it's bloody great and I'm very proud of it. Things like the MAX depend on their popularity for ongoing funding - without people coming, there'd be no justification for public cash and no private sponsorship interest. Fewer artists would want to be involved.

It would die. The promotional role this blog attempts to play is by no means limited to "outsiders" - there are many people around here who don't know what the MAX is, let alone when it's on. They've probably never thought to try some of the great bars and cafes locally and wouldn't know how to get involved in the community projects that take place around here. The blog attempts to inspire people to get involved locally. I think that's something we can all agree is a laudable aim, no?

In this particular case, I offered to help Moira promote the MAX and spoke to some contacts to try and spread the word. Visit London was one of those. Although they couldn't run something in time for the event itself, the fact that it's served as a springboard for a wider piece about Brockley is fine by me. And hopefully it gives Moira one more bit of ammunition for next year's funding application - she can point to the range of positive coverage about local life which the MAX generated - one form of ROI for the modest amounts of public money spent.

Random relevance said...

Monkeyboy by name, monkeyboy by nature.

Monkeymind

Definition: Describes a mind that jumps from thought to thought like a monkey jumps from tree to tree. The monkey mind is not content with exisiting in the present moment, but rather engages in the thoughts that pass through.

Monkeyboy said...

Are you accusing me of having a short attent....Ooooh! bannanas, yum!!!

BardyHaHa said...

Exactly Nick,the London Blog put a page on after the event and still got it wrong,must be one of those who didn't know when it was on.

Brockley Nick said...

It was on the programme and mentioned in our preview article, so I think it's a fair mistake. Or we could dwell on the error...

Anonymous said...

Thought I'd let you know that my wife texted me this morning to tell me she was going to work on the Easy London Line - I'm fairly sure it was a typo as t and y are next to each other on keyboard, but I thought it was a great new name for the ELL.

The Cat Man said...

Everyone has become increasingly negative over the last few months, whats going on? Is it unemployment?

We have new flowers at the station and new trees planted everywhere - be happy, go for a stroll and get it out of your system.

Anonymous said...

You tend to reduce everything to twisted view of communities at war, perhaps you should post elsewhere?

HappyBrockers said...

Isn't Brockley great. Loved the article.

Bea said...

I like "Easy London Line" - think that's what I'll call it from now on.

TJ said...

Enjoying your new commute, Bea?

Anonymous said...

Well the roundels are orange...is there some great big Greek chap at the ticket office yet?

Nux said...

OK, I am so hacked off with this now I feel I have to say something - what is it with the term "yummy mummy"? On this blog I have seen it applied to pretty much everyone who is a mother. By dint of having a child (and then leaving the house with said child) somehow you are labelled as a yummy mummy, which has connotations of being selfish, stuck up, pointless, vain and annoying. It makes me really angry. If you are middle class and have a baby then, according to everyone on here, you are a yummy mummy and can be reviled by all. It isn't fair and it doesn't even make any sense. This isn't even just reverse snobbery - If you are middle class and working, or a middle class student, or an artist etc etc no one has any problem with you but heaven help you if you are female with a child in tow - you must be some sort of spoilt idiot who cares more about a manicure than your child's behaviour and is going to ruin Brockley by braying over your coffee while your children run riot. It is wholly untrue and it's verging on misogynistic.

There are plenty of mothers in Brockley - this is a popular area for young families, because there is a good community spirit, decent facilities and reasonably affordable housing. Most mothers also work - shock. Mothers are people who spend a lot of money locally, especially if they are SAHMs or on Maternity leave, they get involved with community events, they add a hell of a lot to the community as a whole - and yet it seems to be fine to slag them off whenever you fancy. I don't know of another group that is regarded with such derision (apart from perhaps the Mungeaters, where at least someone will chip in to say how tired and boring the cliche is - not so with mothers). Grrr.

Monkeyboy said...

Relax, it's the misanthrope tendancy. They also hate (I susspect) single teenage mums, mums of 40+, those who claim benefit, the mentally I'll - you know, people. It's a minority who have the problem and usually confined to the usual suspects.

For me, it's dogs, plants and foxes when they have noisey sex or eat babies.

Sparrow said...

I know Nux it is rather like the mung thing, it just can't seem to be quashed. My children are older now so I've escaped this particular name calling trend. I personally love to see babies and toddlers being trailed around the area, it means it's a lively place with things to do. Meanwhile I'll shuffle off to have a nap.

Anonymous said...

"If you are middle class and working, or a middle class student, or an artist etc etc no one has any problem with you"

Oh no, we take all comers.

Anonymous said...

' If you are middle class and have a baby then, according to everyone on here, you are a yummy mummy and can be reviled by all. '

I have never used the term 'Yummy Mummy' and never would. I read and write comments on this website regularly.
You are complaining about people making a generalisation of all mothers in Brockley, yet by saying 'everyone on here' uses the term 'Yummy Mummy' you yourself are generalising.

Nux said...

Sorry Anon 13.51, but as you are an Anon it is impossible to tell what you have said or not!

Nux said...

I suppose what winds me up is that when the term is used (which it is, commonly and sweepingly) no one ever argues or points out that it is unfair. When applied to other groups (e.g. Catman's recent references to the 'black community' re guncrime) plenty of people swiftly point out the fact that this is a ridiculous generalisation and totally unfair/bigoted. Why not for women?

D said...

It's just a descriptor that lets us all know which general group of people are being referred to: 30-something mothers likely to go to nice cafes and bouncy-baby clubs. I don't see anything derogatory about that. Chill, and be grateful people think you're yummy!

Anonymous Pete said...

'Yummy mummy' rhymes so it's true. It's a simple fact of modern life.

Better, perhaps, to have YMs chatting in our various cafes than single blokes frowning over their laptops, silently annoyed with themselves that they wouldn't be able to tear themselves away from bustysextits.com if they had tried to work in their rooms.

Tressilliana said...

Scummy mummy rhymes too, but I doubt that would be quite so popular.

not so yummy mummy said...

oh dear - I thought yummy mummy meant a pretty lady with a baby. Better tell my 6 week old that his mummy isn't so yummy after all....

p.s i can raise you on the Visit London mention, Nick;
i managed to persuade BBC London that last year's Ladywell christmas market was one of the top 5 activities in london that weekend...which it was, of course

HappyBrockers said...

I don't have any children at the moment, but when I do I hope people think I am, and refer to me as a 'Yummy Mummy'.

Pete said...

I have to say I agree with Nux. Some would try to claim that cafes should be the sole preserve of people working from home on their Apple Mac laptops and that people with children should stay at home with them.

They really need to get a grip and realise that the world is designed for every kind of person to coexist in.

Nux said...

@ not so - I have no doubt that you are yummy in the nicest sense and congratulations on your baby :-).

I think the term originated in exactly the way that you say - a pretty lady with a baby. However it seems to have gained a life of its own and now has implications of being shallow and image-obsessed, someone who spends a lot of time wondering how to accessorise her pram while chatting to friends in cafes, considering how to spend hubby's next bonus and ignoring her child's bad behaviour- and certainly the way the term is generally used on this forum is in a derogatory way. Hence the rant.

I have met a lot of really lovely mums around here but none of them come close to being "yummy" in that sense - although we do all go to baby groups and cafes. I think it is also partly that I find it depressing to be tagged in this way purely as a result of being female and having a child. Before the baby I was a professional. Now, even when I return to work, I will still be seen as a "yummy mummy" first and foremost. My husband is still just a professional, even though he is just as much a parent as me. Do you see what I mean?

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