Ten things we learned at Brockley Central Drinks

1. A stick of broccoli with “Central” written on does not make a useful sign
2. When Brockley Ben tells you he’s coming off the wagon tonight, he’s coming off the wagon tonight
3. There are lots of nice BC “lurkers”
4. Brockley’s yummy mummies are miraculously transformed when you swap their babies for a bottle of wine
5. Everyone’s favourite BC articles are written by Brockley Kate
6. It is not easy to find somewhere to live in Brockley these days
7. You can pick the quietest, furthest-flung pub you can find in the area for a drinks night, but Sod’s Law dictates that your one Brockley based ex-girlfriend will choose that night to try the pub for the first time
8. The Old Haberdasher is a great pub once you fill it with people
9. They will let you drink until midnight if you bring enough friends
10. We should do this again in the summer

22 comments:

patrick1971 said...

They must have made their entire week's takings over again with our contingent, Nick! Thanks for organising. Pint IV was a mistake, I feel, although it did lead to Kate, Mike and I solving London's housing crisis.

The beer garden will indeed be great in the summer.

Saarf London Bird said...

Thinking of organising a bring and buy sale. Wine for children. Seems like a fair swap and when you've got 5 kids, you can afford to lose a couple at least! Fab night - looking forward to the summer repeat edition!

Tamsin said...

Where signs that advertise "Baby Changing Facilities" are so misleading...

Agree for the summer - with the sound echoing off the bare walls inside it was very hard to partake in a conversation with more than one other person at a time.

HeckMcBuff said...

Damn! We thought the drinks were in the Barge and missed you. Glad you had a good evening.

Crofton Park Ranger (and Jess) said...

Nice to meet Brockley Jon & Brockley Ben (sorry Ben, I didn't catch your OH's name) and the other people who ran off shortly after we started talking to them.

Some good chat - interesting to hear how Brockley has (or hasn't) changed from some back-in-the-day residents. Some good 'we need more restaurants and bars' chat. And some detailed cycle route discussions which my girlfriend enjoyed and which Ben and I managed to dodge by talking cricket... ;-)

Tamsin surprised me by claiming she didn't live in Brockley and followed this up by a staunch justification for Telegraph Hill self determination... (homogenous housing stock FYI) and I came away noting the parallels with Scotish Devolution with Tamsin playing the Alex Salmond figure. She did eventually conceded that TH could be considered part of the Greater Brockley area - and so peace returned to the shire...

See you all at the next one.

Brockley Ben said...

You can't say I didn't warn you!

Thanks for organising, Nick. Was fun. And good to put some faces to names. Looking forward to the over-ambitious barbecue I seem to remember proposing...

max said...

Sod's law also says that you'll receive an unexpected amendment to a job's brief to finish tomorrow. Sorry everyone, I really wanted to come but I was working even if I wasn't meant to.

Brockley Nick said...

@max In your absence, we were forced to conclude that all salt tastes the same.

max said...

I'm not surprised, the beer goggles work on everything.

Brockley Michael said...

That was a fun night! And it was great to put faces to names. Thanks for organising, Nick.

Brockley Jon said...

Was a great night. Sounds like it got even greater after I left. Sore heads all round. So many people, lots of new faces, I feel like I hardly chatted to any of you. Who got to take the broccoli home? It was organic, don't worry.

@Crofton Park Ranger, great meeting you both, and I was very impressed by Jess' encyclopedic knowledge of cycle routes. See you in the Jam sometime soon hopefully.

Brockley Nick said...

@BJ - I'm afraid I carried it until I found a bin... :(

BrockleyKate said...

I think I talked about housing the whole night! First house prices, then the housing crisis, then back to house prices. On reflection, I'm sure there's some connection between the two ... ;-)
And poor Councillor Mike got it in the neck from all sides. He was very tolerant.

Great to see everyone there and meet some new faces. Hope to bump into you all at the market on Saturdays from now on!

fabhat said...

Thanks for organising it Brockley Centralites - it was a great evening, and it was lovely to meet some of the people I only know through twitter...as well as catch up with some of the usual suspects.

Looking forward to the summer drinks and managing to increase my alcohol tolerance so I can stay til the last huzzah...

Manor Avenue Q said...

Damn I missed this. Must remember to check in more regularly. Organise another one soon.

Anonymous said...

A good night, decent drinks and a good laugh was had by all.

Now as to the fare...

Ramble said...

Very sorry that I didn't make it. I think I summer drinks is a great idea.

Self Righteous Anon said...

So the Sudanese are starvng and you hurled the worlds 3rd most popular brassica into a bin without a second thought?!

Damn you, DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL,!

gibby said...

Very sorry to have missed the drinks. Would have loved to have put faces to twitter names. Look forward to the summer drinks. In the meantime I will learn to say NO to working late..

MalB said...

At a risk of being the one party pooper: I turned up and found the loud music offputting. Then inside everybody was having to talk loudly to overcome that and, with the totally bare walls, the sound bounced around so much I couldn't make out what anybody was saying, nor did I wish to shout to make myself heard.

Having bought a pint of the only beer that was on offer, I took it outside, drank it there - the A21 was quieter - and went home.

Dearly love to meet you guys somewhere sometime for a quiet drink and a chat, but not there. It's not a place I would willingly revisit. At least, not unless somebody else wanted to stay outside.

Glad the rest of you enjoyed it though.

Isobel W said...

Next time could it not be on a Wednesday? I'm not so annoying when I haven't had an orchestra rehearsal beforehand.

TJ said...

"worlds 3rd most popular brassica"

which begs the question....

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