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Vanessa: He has a five year plan. 
Sonny: What is it? "Don't die"?
- Big Daddy

We're indebted to Transpontine, who points out that today is Brockley Central's fifth anniversary. Our first article, about plans for Brockley Common, was written on Valentine's Day 2007, suggesting the longevity of our marriage is more of a miracle than the ongoing existence of this site.

Transpontine writes:

As a near neighbour I certainly didn't used to have such a sense of it being a distinct place - I am afraid I used to consider it just as that bit on the way to Hilly Fields. Or say 'you know, where Moonbow Jakes is'. Now it is spoken of as if Brockley was a third sibling of the great SE London twin cities of New Cross and Deptford (and Moonbow Jakes has been replaced by Brockley Mess).

If we had an ambition for this site when we started it, that sums it up pretty neatly. We were once fuelled by a burning sense of injustice that Brockley's wonderfulness was so little understood by the wider world and those who lived here. Now Channel 4 dedicates programmes to househunters scrambling to be close to the Brockley buzz. So what has replaced our inferiority complex as a motivating force? Probably a belief in the power of networks - the desire for Brockley to become the best-connected part of London and for a thousand ideas, projects, groups and enterprises to evolve from our primordial soup. Thus, we have BC Facebook, Twitter and the South East London Forum. But not Foursquare though, that was a waste of time.

At some point entropy will kick in. Not for Brockley, which is an open system, but one day someone will come along and invent a bigger and shinier local service. Until then, let the dance of the anons play on.

We'd like to take this opportunity to dedicate Brockley Central to our lovely wife, who, as she takes up yoga and inches towards profitability, must wonder what we offer her. Let's hope she's impressed by 3,428 Twitter followers.

28 comments:

b. said...

congrats mate. I can imagine its been a dream ;)

But seriously, well done and hope you can keep it going. I'm still a regular reader, even from this part of the world!

Anonymous said...

I love a little thermodynamics in the morning!

Oli said...

Happy Valentines anniversary!

Here's to the next five years of hyper-local, pithy, incisive and dman fine news!

Headhunter said...

b. - So did you leave Brockley? I remember meeting you and a few others who have since stopped commenting back at 1 of the early BC drinks gatherings back in early 2008 I think...

Cllr Mike Harris said...

A very, very happy birthday. We're lucky to have you.

The Cat Man said...

live long and prosper!

Tom said...

Great work Nick! You have created something really special and given Brockley a focus it deserves.

Tamsin said...

And as the Bellman said "what I tell you three times is true".

And let me add my congratulations - I've waste an awful lot of time here, but have found out useful stuff and enjoyed myself.

Anonymous said...

If I dedicated a blog to my wife I'd get a hefty kick up the backside . . .

nonny mouse said...

Just out of interest, how long have you lived in Brockley, Nick?

Congrats on the anniversary, keep up the good work.

BrockleyKate said...

Yay for the lovely wife! :-)

Well done Nick, keep up the hard work.

Brockley Nick said...

@nonny mouse - nearly 6 years.

@Anon - some thermodynamics, some romance. The very essence of BC.

Anonymous said...

Great work, well done. xxx

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday/Valentines to Brockley Central!

Keep up the good work.

JW

TM said...

Happy fifth birthday. You'll need to find a good local school now the nursery years are over :0)

Lou Baker said...

Thank you Nick.

You provide a great local service. The area is much richer for your efforts.

Though - when reading Brockley Central - even I do occasionally have to resist the urge to buy corduroy.

Brockley Nick said...

@Lou - thank you. I do it for you.

Anonymous said...

Streetlife - What the South East Forum should've been.

Brockley Michael said...

Happy Birthday Brockley Central. Here's to another five years.

Brockley Nick said...

Ah yes, the Streetlife evangelist. Streetlife was going to reinvent the interweb with its dazzling technology - thus rendering everything that had gone before obsolete.

Last time I looked there was about one post from someone in a 1 mile radius of Brockley Station. I'm surprised you haven't taken advantage of your anonymity to pretend you never made that prediction.

Brockley Nick said...

@Michael - cheers Michael, the new five year plan is much like the last.

Anonymous said...

Thansk so much! As well as making me feel like I know what's going on 'round here' with trains, shops, traffic, roads, pubs etc you have helped me discover quite a lot of things I wouldn't otherwise have done.

Bring on the next 5!

fabhat said...

Thanks for slogging it out for 5 yrs Nick - and creating a hub for local gossip/info and absurdity. When we moved to Brockley I was lamenting the loss of the SE1 website, but brockley central has more than made up for it. But surely we need a 5 yr celebration brockley drinks now...?

Anonymous said...

Well done you - this blog is one of the best things about Brockley

Brockley Ben said...

Happy birthday BC. And thank you Nick. That you still have an employer and a wife, despite the time you must have to put in to the site (not least dealin with the absurdity) is a credit to you. Or them. Or both.

mg said...

Congratulations and thanks, Nick. And yes to a real world celebration! It's been a long time since the last BC drinks. BC swing dance at the Amersham in March?

Anonymous said...

Serious police incident at Loampit Vale, with Scenes of Crimes Officers and approximately 7 shops cordoned off.

Anonymous said...

Congrats, I don't know how you find the time to do this, but keep it up!

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