Armed robbery on St Asaph Road

Police are calling for witnesses after a four-year-old girl was held at gunpoint by a gang of armed robbers who threatened to pull the trigger in front of her grandmother at a house in St Asaph Road. The Standard reports: 

Rosemary Campbell, 47, was looking after her granddaughter at her Lewisham home when up to five balaclava-clad men stormed in with guns and knives in a “terrifying” broad daylight break-in. The raid, in which the home was ransacked while the gang searched the first-floor flat and demanded cash, happened just after 3pm on Monday. 

Detective Inspector Ian Cameron described the raid as a “terrifying attack”, adding: “I’m convinced that someone in the local area has seen or heard something that could assist us with our investigation.”

Witnesses should call the incident room on 020 8284 8337 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

68 comments:

Paul said...

Very scary, though it doesn't really add up unless they thought there was supposed to be something really valuable there

Mah said...

Interesting idea to close the police station in Brockley, as if it was a gentrified area...

Rose Bud said...

What a shocking story - I don't know if there are many cctv cameras on St Asaph Road. Hope they find them.

Monkeyboy said...

I think you credit burglars with too much intelligence. They are opportunists.

On a positive note, the old bill collared a bloke red handed in my neighbours. Police dogs and a dislocated shoulder, poor lamb.

Monkeyboy said...

Don't thing a police station there would have had any effect. I didn't even know we had one until I heard it was closing.

detective terrencetrentderby said...

Important description in the article "Police have issued an appeal for information for the five men who were described as black, wearing balaclavas, gloves and dark clothing. One suspect was wearing a green camouflage jacket."


Looking for a gang of rough black guys in Brockley.


Should narrow it down a bit.

Robert said...

WTF? If ever their was a case for moderating a racist post, this is it. TTD, you are a moron.

daniel said...

i see more bearded honkies in brockley than 'rough black guys' these days…...

Robert said...

The bearded honkies have always been here.

daniel said...

i'm not a criminologist, but that doesn't sound like your average burglary, hence the coverage. but i agree with mah that it was premature to flog the part time police station on howson rd. i've lived in brockley for 5 years now, and in 2009-2010 there was a real problem with teenage gangs fighting in the streets, and loitering on brockley rd, insulting, and threatening people. they were young, aged between 12-18. i was told by them i was going to die, when i was walking down the road. a couple of months later i confronted some of them in jam circus, after they were going to the toilets for 20 minutes, and were hanging around the fire exit casing the joint. i got set upon by three girls 15-17, punched in the face by one. this all coincided with, but was unrelated, to the two shootings that occurred, one on howson rd, one on foxberry rd i think. there was a general concern among locals about crime in the area and the police held a street meeting on howson/dalrymple rd. it was well attended and people expressed their concerns in a forthright way. and to their credit, over the following months there were more CSO's on patrol around the streets, and things cleared up. i haven't seen any of those gangs in a long, long time. although much maligned, cso's in this case i think helped. just their presence served a deterrent function. now, i expect that the closure will lead to decreased presence, and also expect that, within a couple of months, this to have a detrimental effect. i agree the closure wouldn't have had a direct bearing on monday's incident. but if, as seems the case, there is a resurgence of crime in the area, it doesn't appear wise to deplete local resources. on my road alone in the past few months, one person was beaten up at knife point, another assaulted, and a couple of weeks ago a teenage boy was found unconscious in the street having been mugged. financially as well, it may be more costly to sell off real estate, that you may very well need at a later date. it would be nice to have a new pub but there are plenty of untapped sites in se4. market forces are dynamic, but also impatient, and so do not always foster good judgement in the long run.

daniel said...

apologies, i didn't realise how long that post was until i saw it up on the page. :P

Headhunter said...

That police station has barely been open for years. I think it used to be open once a year when the sun was over the yard arm and the moon was in its 7th phase or something.... Other than that it has been firmly shut since I've lived in Brockley....

Brockley Nick said...

Yes, I agree that the police station is a complete irrelevance. Not only was it rarely open, it never deterred gun crime in the past

freedomofspeech said...

That's also racist, moron.

latte said...

I don't quite agree 'rough black guys' is necessary racist? think 'rough white guys' 'rough Asian guys'



As it's descriptive in both manor and appearance.
They were a rough looking bunch... of white lads.



But more bad judgement and a bad delivery of humour bordering the crass by Det TTD



When you substitute words with slang and venom, then the spoken words get closer to racism... I think.

I'm thinking, rough - N word(plural) , whities, pikes, micks, p word(plural) cossers etc.. to name only a few, but could be a whole lot more offensive.



Also I actually find honkie, offensive when used in the derogatory context, even more with the addition of the f word.



The wider question is: Is it right or still acceptable for different races to use different slang in the world?

Surely it's the context, venom and delivery that's defines the language as racism.

Monkeyboy said...

Context is almost always the most important thing. It's just a bunch of vowels and consonants until you put it in a sentence and understand the setting.

Tezza is just trolling because he's an idiot so i wouldn't attach any importance to it.

terrencetrentderby said...

But important enough to cause Robert to throw his toys out of the pram (whilst endorsing a racist word) and also to receive an intelligent response to this strop and my comment from latte.

No one really has much to say about your jolly comments, do they monkey?

Mo said...

It all sounds quite forboding and I'm sorry to hear what happened to you, especially as we're looking to move to Brockley and have heard such good things about it.

Monkeyboy said...

Looks like I hit a treble twenty there.

terrencetrentderby said...

Get your paws off me you dirty ape.

daniel said...

i don't think anyone believes the station staying open would have prevented that specific incident. mah was making a more general point that is absolutely relevant. i have to say brockley nick, your arrogance and naivety is prodigious. maybe you would be more considered if you your self were left lying on the pavement having been knocked out and mugged. the overall tone of your admin of this blog indicates you are deeply concerned with the gentrification of brockley. i personally have nothing against that, but being realistic, the more affluent the area becomes, within the context of the borough's character, it will be seen by criminals as rich pickings for muggings and burglaries. the station was used as a base for cso's, who did street patrols which do make a difference to street crime. i would like to be wrong, but decreasing police presence, even a part time presence may prove not to be wise.

Brockley Nick said...

"i don't think anyone believes the station staying open would have prevented that specific incident."


It was certainly implied. If you don't think that, then you agree with me, that it's an irrelevance.


"mah was making a more general point that is absolutely relevant."


What was the general point?


"i have to say brockley nick, your arrogance and naivety is prodigious. maybe you would be more considered if you your self were left lying on the pavement having been knocked out and mugged."


I would still consider the police station irrelevant. The incidents you suffered were horrible and I am very sorry about what happened, but they happened while the police station was operational, so I don't see how it changes anything.


"the overall tone of your admin of this blog indicates you are deeply concerned with the gentrification of brockley."


I have no interest in "gentrification" - I do like things like full shop units, new places to go, new groups to join and and nicer, safer environment.


"the more affluent the area becomes, within the context of the borough's character, it will be seen by criminals as rich pickings for muggings and burglaries."


More affluent residential areas tend to have less street crime (not that this was street crime), better crime-fighting resources (there are plenty of police stations in the posher parts of London).


"the station was used as a base for cso's, who did street patrols which do make a difference to street crime."


CSOs are important. The police station wasn't. Police numbers in Lewisham are rising.


"i would like to be wrong, but decreasing police presence, even a part time presence may prove not to be wise."



Agreed. But the police station was not "police presence". I'd wager very few potential criminals even knew of its existence. What kind of a deterrent is that?

Rose Bud said...

Don't worry Mo, we have lived on St Asaph Road for ten years and have never been held up by balaclava wearing gunmen. I think you should be fine too. It's a terrible crime but not an everyday occurrence.

Monkeyboy said...

I wonder if anyone can actually define what a "gang" is? Is there a membership card or sumat? Noisey, obnoxious teens have existed for a thousand years.

Brockley Nick said...

"there was general concern among locals about crime in the area and the police held a street meeting on howson/dalrymple rd. people expressed their concerns in a forthright way. and to the police's credit, over the following months there were more CSO's on patrol around the streets, and things cleared up."


Good, that was the police doing their job.

"they were based at the station."


And now they will be mobile.

"i haven't seen any of those gangs in a long, long time. but recently, on my road alone in the past few months, one person was beaten up at knife point, another assaulted, and a couple of weeks ago a teenage boy was found unconscious in the street having been mugged. so although problems subsided in 2011, it seems a resurgence is occurring. and seeing as the station did make a difference then, it would be logical to believe it could make a difference again, if it was still there."


All anecdotal stuff. What do the crime figures for your ward say for the last few years? The station didn't make the difference - concerted police attention did, but you don't need a station for that. BTW, this blog helped to exert pressure on the police to deal with those problems at the time.

"the more affluent the area becomes, within the context of the borough's character". statistically, lewisham is the most dangerous borough in the country.


No it isn't. I think you're referring to the "peace index". Which is different.


"do u really expect the se4 postcode to remain a middle class oasis, insulated from that? it's just not realistic."


I never said that. I said it was wrong to assert that if (big if) Brockley becomes more affluent than the rest of the borough, that the crime rate would rise. There is no evidence of a causal relationship or even correlation. And take this incident by way of example, it wasn't a raid on the affluent. Poor people are disproportionately more likely to be victims of crime.

"numbers up by 13? could you tell me what positions those are? officers, admin, ….?"



Numbers up by 2015. Click on the police tab below this article for the full list of articles. Scroll down to see the story about police numbers...

daniel said...

'now they will be mobile'

remains to be seen. i haven't been any police or cso's on patrol where i live for months now.

'All anecdotal stuff'

i live on beecroft rd where these 3 events happened. i know 2 of the people involved in the incidents described. and had a police letter through the door appealing for witnesses on each occasion. it's not 'anecdotal'.

your blog had no role in the police meeting being called. it was the residents of beecroft, dalrymple and howson rd who got that arranged. i don't know why you are trying to take credit for that. but it doesn't surprise me.

'you're referring to the "peace index". Which is different'

the Peace Index is based on five factors - homicide, violent crime, weapons crime, public disorder, and numbers of police officers. Homicide and violent crime were given greater weighting. the five measures created an artificial number for overall levels of violence. lewisham was the worst in the country.

'Poor people are disproportionately more likely to be victims of crime'

all types of crime?

'Click on the police tab below this article for the full list of articles. Scroll down to see the story about police numbers'



i did. that figure was from your post. there was no detail about positions, officers or admin.

Brockley Nick said...

"it's not 'anecdotal'." I mean, you are extrapolating from the things that happened on your street and saying that there was some sort of crime wave that disappeared in 2011. What do the crime stats say?

"your blog had no role in the police meeting being called. it was the residents of beecroft, dalrymple and howson rd who got that arranged. i don't know why you are trying to take credit for that. but it doesn't surprise me."

http://brockleycentral.blogspot.co.uk/2010/04/twin-shootings-show-need-for-leadership_14.html

It's not a case of trying to take credit, but among your many ad hominem attacks, you have called me naive - I'm pointing out that I am well aware of the issues.

"all types of crime?"

Certainly the ones you are most concerned with. Street crime, violent crime, etc.

"officers or admin."



If you find out, please let us know.

daniel said...

anecdotal definition - 'not necessarily true or reliable, because based on personal accounts rather than facts or research'.

'crime wave'? i never said that. i 'm talking about variations in my direct experience based on facts over the last 5 years.

the cavalier nature of your comments, to me does suggest naivety. being cavalier doesn't serve anyone well in personal or professional life.

burglary and street theft is what i'm concerned with.

i'm asking you about officers or admin - you seem to know it all

yes, we will see. i would like to be wrong.

Brockley Nick said...

I'd suggest to you that it's "cavalier" to predict (without any foundation and in complete contradiction to the official figures) that police numbers will go down as a result of the police station's closure.

It's also cavalier to suggest that "so although problems subsided in 2011, it seems a resurgence is occurring." without any statistical evidence. You weren't just talking about "variations in your direct experience" you said: "but if, as seems the case, there is a resurgence of crime in the area,"



All I'm asking for is for you to back up such sweeping claims with stats.

daniel said...

i didn't predict police numbers will go down as a result of the police station's closure. i was talking about presence, not overall figures of numbers, which your grasp of seems to be a bit shaky, as you didn't even recognise the figure you yourself posted.

variations in my direct experience is exactly what i was talking about. i cannot speak with certainty beyond that hence, use of 'IF' and 'AS SEEMS THE CASE', conjectural terms, not sweeping claims.

what i can be certain of is that on my street there have been no incidents at all for 2 years, and then 3 incidents in a couple of months occurring within a 50 metre stretch. all assault, one involving a knife, the other, a boy being found unconscious in the street having been mugged. now that is a spike in statistical terms, and unusual.

daniel said...

this is the most recent comparative table i could find

ace detectivea said...

If you live on Beecroft Road you live in Crofton Park ward (not Brockley ward). And all those numbers don't really show anything.

Monkeyboy said...

Your direct experience is a bit like saying your grandfather smoked 50 a day and lived to 90 and extrapolating that smoking is actually life enhancing. It's anecdotal. I do wonder why lewisham has crim at all given it has the largest police station in Europe looming over the high street like a Deathstar.

For the record i was broken into in march and my neighbour was broken into a few weeks back. I don't think it illustrates anything on its own.

VOR said...

Daniel, you seem to be picking lots of arguments for no particular reason. No one is saying they want fewer police on the streets or that crime is not something we must all be vigilant about. It's just a bit stupid to suggest that a police station that was nothing more than a glorified common room makes a blind bit of difference to the war on crime.


The individual incidents you mention would not have been affected by the presence of a police station and the spikes you mention have everything to do with tit-for-tat attacks and nothing to do with whether or not local youths were aware that the future of the police station was subject to review.

CleanApe said...

No specism, please!

daniel said...

there was nothing comparative beyond 3 months duration for crofton park. but i thought this would be of interest still. it shows that other theft, burglary and violent crime form approx 70 % of crime in the ward, and are almost twice as high as a % of crimes in may 2013 than they were in previous 12 months. 'those numbers' do show something.

daniel said...

well i got 100% for quantitative statistical methods in my studies, so i do know how to read statistics. if you want to reject do, but don't pretend it has an objective, scientific basis. it does show absolute numbers for may 2013. and specifies types of crime. it shows the rise in each as percentage of total offences in the ward. and as i said its the best comparative range i could find.

Brockley Nick said...

Here are some stats for you:


1. Crime down significantly in Lewisham between 2012 and 2013 (crime levels rated average by the Met) http://www.met.police.uk/crimefigures/datatable.php?borough=pl&period=year


2. At a ward level, Brockley is down over the last 3 years (and a lot down on 2011/12) while Crofton Park is slightly up over the last 3 years, but from a comparatively low level and again, down on 2011/12.
http://maps.met.police.uk/



My original point was to agree with Headhunter that the police station was an irrelevance. You then proceeded to be rude, at which point I had to take apart your contradictory and evidence free assertions.

detectivea said...

Where did you study?!
I'll repeat, you picked numbers for the wrong area, that tell us nothing about trends. As an analysis of trends in your area, that is as hopeless as it gets.
Just once, it would be nice if people could acknowledge the glaring holes in their arguments.

daniel said...

yes i looked at those but they didn't give comparative numbers month by month for crimes types, burglary and personal theft. they only went back 3 months on types. and the year by year comparisons did not give detail of crime types.

what i found did.

my original point was to agree with mah.

i understand in the pr industry you operate on the principle that just saying something makes it true, but you haven't taken apart anything that i wrote, and are simply proving your arrogance, yet again.

anything i asserted was based on evidence - my first hand experience. everything else was speculation/conjecture.

you believe what you want, but on every point of detail caveat, and nuance you fail. you simply ignore anything that doesn't fit with your own view, and if you want to conceive of this in an adversarial way, which is revealing in itself, i don't think there is a winner. i can't predict the future. maybe you can. it's just discourse. we will see what happens. just don't expect that you can be condescending, and supercilious without people having their say back.

and btw what is your opinion on fracking. any potential sites in brockers?

Brockley Nick said...

"i understand in the pr industry you operate on the principle that just saying something makes it true"

No, in PR, we have to find evidence to construct an argument. Your argument was that the police station has crime-fighting powers and that police numbers would probably go down (they are going up). I asked for your evidence.

You began this whole thread by announcing you were no criminologist. I think you could have stopped there.

daniel said...

social science, London school of economics and goldsmith's. it's one table, and should be taken as such. why don't you try and find something that shows refutation regarding 'other theft, burglary and violent crime' in brockley or crofton park ward. most people will consider the brockley ward of interest in this discussion when we are talking about crime in the area. i repeat there was no long range comparison data for crofton park on specific crimes, so there was nothing of value to post. it's quite easy to understand.


i'm sure most residents don't conceive of brockley in terms of wards. do you only stay in your ward without ever crossing into another? no. so of course it's relevant.


jeeeeeeeeze

Westsider returns said...

Wow, a social scientist who doesn't know that the poor are more likely to be victims of crime.


And you keep moving the goalposts.


At first, everyone was talking about crime. Then you arbitrarily decided that we were talking about three random categories of crime. (eg: other theft but not gun crime)


At first, you started talking about the general area, then you said no, you were just talking about stuff on your street, now you're back to talking about the whole area.

daniel said...

pr is evidence based?! careful, you'll be fired?!

the station was part of a repertoire of resources. for the umpteenth time, i said decreased presence, not overall no's may prove to be unwise. that is all.

why should i have stopped there - because you don't agree? isn't this forum about open community debate?

you didn't answer my question about fracking? i write articles for huffington post. i'm genuinely interested. fracking is an issue which people are really concerned about. i see private eye did some digging and published that the company of which you are an executive director edelman is offering free services to pro fracking lobbyists in the uk, and that you represent cuadrilla in the uk, and the American Petroleum Institute, a pro-fracking lobby group in the United States.

how does that sit with your interest in a 'nicer, greener, cleaner, safer environment'?

care to comment?



as i said don't be dismissive, condescending and attempt to ridicule others without expecting them to have a say back.

daniel said...

it's possible to discuss something with different facets. it's really basic.

Brockley Nick said...

Erm, I didn't respond to the fracking comment, because it's irrelevant to this discussion. I don't do any work related to the issue of fracking, which is a shame, because it's a very important issue. So I don't have any professional knowledge of the issue, but let me know if you want to get in touch with one of my colleagues who work in this area and I will email you their contact details.

Another granny said...

How does this kind of crime affect a neighbourhood?

I live on St Asaph Road too. My neighbours are lovely and to date I have never felt unsafe. This crime is particularly unpleasant though, and for me as a new grandma, well, it's a worse nightmare really.

My heart goes out to the grandmother and her granddaughter, victims of this act which ultimately netted the perpetrators a few quid and a couple of mobile phones. At such a cost, poor kid.
There have been incidents around us like in any London road, bike theft, break ins, a mugging. I always lock and bolt my door from inside now when I'm at home. I walk confidently and I don't use my phone out in the street. Maybe it will be me next even then. Otherwise life goes on and I refuse to be made to feel unsafe in my own home.

Wild Bill Howlett said...

I find these kinds of comments about incidents of crime interesting (but understandable) as it seems to me to be a subconscious attempt to rationalise what happened as being something that the victim could have somehow avoided, thus making yourself feel safer ('it couldn't happen to me' etc.).

In a similar vein (though your comment is perfectly benign as opposed to the one I'm linking to below) comments were made about the stabbing outside John Stainer school a few months ago which implied that it was something the victim brought upon themselves (http://brockleycentral.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/serious-incident-outside-john-stainer.html#comment-849898755)

As I say it's perfectly understandable to want to rationalise these kinds of things, but I worry that it feeds into the culture of victim blaming that allows criminals to commit these kinds of acts with impunity. When my partner was violently mugged in broad daylight on Revelon Rd last year the police made no effort to find the perpetrator, and gave her the advice to 'not allow herself to be a target' (apparently women shouldn't walk down streets on their own on Sunday afternoons in Brockley).

The reality is that crime can affect anyone, and the more that the police and the public turn a blind eye to it the worse it gets. If criminals have started to feel they can get away with home invasions then that seems to me to be a clear sign that something has gone extremely wrong in the area.

The comment above about there being a known problem in 2009-2010 mirrors conversations I've had with people who work directly with the council in that area, and there is known to have been a concerted effort by the police to then tidy the place up. That effort worked, but it seems to me that the rot is starting to creep back in.

Yes, this is all based on anecdotal evidence, but quite a lot of it (in addition to the incidents mentioned by myself and others on this page, there were a spate of muggings around Nunhead station early this year, the St. Norberts Rd shooting, the sexual assault on Millmark Grove, and there was also a random commuter stabbing on St Norberts Rd shortly after my partner's mugging that never got any attention), all permeating from the west side of the tracks.

Bit of a diatribe. Apologies. My point is these crimes are not the victims' fault. They are obviously the fault of the scumbags who commit them, but blame also lies with the local police who do not do enough (or any) preventative work (posters saying 'don't be a victim of crime' don't cut it), and with the community themselves who do not make their voices heard or insist that the police actually do something. I've actually moved away from the area now as we didn't feel safe there anymore, but while still there I tried to voice my concerns to the local council and the police, which achieved nothing. If a horrific event like this doesn't get you all up in arms about it then I don't know what will. This blog likes to portray Brockley as a community, but community means more than running bake sales. You need to step up.



My heart goes out to the family involved. An attack in the street sticks with you for years, but this will stay with them for their whole life, long after the Brockley blog will have forgotten about it.

finkabahtit said...

The circumstances of this sound odd. Years ago in Brockley my friend had a similar thing happen, bunch off guys kicked down his front door one summer's evening, armed with knives. Turned out they were looking to rob the dealer that used to live there, however unlike this time as my mate was a poor student they basically walked out with nothing. It sounds like this was a case of mistaken identity or the wrong address or something. Criminals aren't so stupid to burst into a random flat with guns for nothing.

NAT said...

The really cool thing about blogsites and the net in general is that we no longer need to give undue weight to posters academic achievements. Looking at the gist of their argument generally serves.
And good luck with that.

daniel said...

and the other thing about them is wimps can sit behind their computers and communicate in terms they wouldn't dare, face to face.

knowledge in itself is useless, it's how you apply it. so academic qualifications by themselves don't mean anything.

if someone is telling you don't have a specific skill, like deciphering and understanding stats, and you actually do, it's fair to point out that out. it's not boasting. it's just fact.

this was a discussion. it then turned into a dialogue of attrition between me and nick, with neither prepared to back down. which had more to do with our mutual contempt than the actual issue of crime,


the gist of my argument? i don't have one. i'm only offering my experiences and opinions about issues affecting the area, which may or may not resonate with those of others, and may or may not prove to have some affinity with what is actually going on.

i am more interested in knowing other people's experiences and opinions about crime in the area, not arguing about the methodological credentials of blog comments. it's ridiculous. i'm not writing an official report.

and 'good luck with that' is a facile, hollow put down, which means nil.

NAT said...

I'm quite happy to deliver my comments on your comments in person if that is your preference.

Daniel said...

yes it is my preference

NAT said...

I can manage Wedendsday. 10am. Top Chef? I will be carrying a copy of The Times rolled up.

daniel said...

if you are serious, it's probably better to just meet in the street, or go for a walk, because i have a large malamute dog which won't be allowed in a cafe, and can't be left on its own.

Ref said...

Careful NAT, he once took on three 15 year old girls and nearly got the better of em. If he hadn't been worrying about his defenceless dog, who knows what damage he could have done.

daniel said...

this is exactly what i'm talking about with some people on blogs. 'the other thing is wimps can sit behind their computers and communicate in terms they wouldn't dare, face to face'.


idiot. even on blogs you should have a basic level of respect. some people just aren't brought up that way.

NAT said...

Mamaluke eh? I had to google. Sorry about the delayed response time, Daniel. Cooking and all that .I'm sure we'll meet in Hilly Fields and you wont mind me introducing myself and having a chat. Small cross bred terrier, and that goes for my dog as well. (cue puzzled Siberian Husky owners,... well they're very alike!)

Ref said...

Daniel, you started this whole sorry mess with an unprovoked attack on brockley nick's character that you certainly wouldn't have had the guts to say to him in person, so your complaint is hypocritical in the extreme. You have also made up your educational achievements, which is another benefit of Internet debates.

daniel said...

'malamute', may not be a great idea, or at least keep a healthy distance. malamute's are dog aggressive, wonderful with people, but other dogs they do not like. they have very high prey drives and can't be trusted around smaller dogs especially. so she doesn't frequent the park often, we all love our dogs, and i wouldn't want anything to happen to someone else's dog, just as with my own. so if you see me (there aren't many malamutes around brockley) without your dog.

daniel said...

everything i have written on this blog i would have said in person, especially to nick. i have had the measure of nick's character over seeing his comments for a while. i haven't made up anything about my education. i was accepted to london school of economics in 1999 for social policy and government programme, having been interviewed by dr. Katherine rake OBE. i changed to goldsmith's in 2000, doing communications and sociology, then social and political science, and then straight sociology, before leaving in 2002. at a level in 1998, my english work on ts eliot's the wasteland, hawthorn's scarlet letter was described by moderator as the best they had ever seen for an 18 tear old. as i said i was awarded full marks for a comparative sociological study of gender in the classroom, based on both qualitative and quantitative methods, and statistical interpretation.


in recent months i started writing articles for huffington post.


please have a read (there are some copy errors which are my fault)


http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/daniel-woods/margaret-thatcher-month-on_b_3355495.html


http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/daniel-woods/welfare-reform-ideology-reason_b_2986708.html


http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/daniel-woods/conceits-of-modern-conservatism_b_2887949.html



i suggest that maybe you think you know me, but perhaps you don't.



anything else?

NAT said...

Daniel. You have a status dog!

Ref said...

So you didn't study at lse and your career as a freelance writer consists of three unpaid and unsubbed blogposts. Congratulations on the gold star from the teacher when you were at school. Shame you've nothing to show off about from the last 15 years.

daniel said...

i started at lse and changed.

gold star? hardly. it was from the exam board not my teacher. how could i describe the last 15 years of my life here. i'm just stating relevant facts. you questioned my education, i gave you the facts.

did you even read the articles? huffington post isn't like this blog, or a personal blog. and they aren't something any tom,dick and harry can do like here. the quality of your writing has to be vetted by the editors. you then get access to their intranet. the deal is you retain 100% reproduction, and copyright rights to your work. why don't you try yourself?

i would like to say you're an idiot, but i don't think you're stupid. you're just a pathetic personality.

it's no skin off my nose to continue sparring with you. as you might have guessed, it's second nature to me. i really don't mind.

'wimps can sit behind their computers and communicate in terms they wouldn't dare, face to face'.

we really should continue this discussion face to face. if not you are just proving my point

daniel said...

i didn't enjoy studying it. in fact i hated it, have no fondness for it. too bleak, and desolate.

Ref said...

Yes, I know how the HuffPo works, which is why I know you were unpaid. Good luck monetising the IP you have retained. You describe yourself as a freelance writer - I sincerely hope you have more strings to your bow.


I have no interest in meeting you. You have been rude and unpleasant to everyone who has engaged you (and those who haven't), used racist language and demonstrated an extremely poor grasp of logic.


I can only reiterate the post by VOR.

daniel said...

all i have done is give some opinions, experiences. and then defended myself principally against nick.

when the argument is lost, you have nothing to say, left only with hollow insults.

i'm not racist. use of the word 'honky' in a ironic way, when i am myself anglo-chilean, raised by a single mother and her jamaican partner.

my grasp of logic is just fine. in fact there are many different types of logic, not just one, your one, logic is not in itself intelligence. even the stupid follow their own logic. that is what makes them stupid. and you won't reveal yourself which proves you are simply a coward hiding behind the anonymity of a blog.

daniel said...

anyone who knows malamutes will understand they could never be classed as status dogs. do some research on the breed. courageous, dignified, gentle, quiet. of course like any dog it would defend it's family. but as long as you have no intentions that would clash with that instinct you have nothing to fear. the aggression towards other dogs is the only negative, but can be managed by a fit, strong, responsible owner who can control the dog.

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