So long, and enjoy all the fish

Hannah is leaving Brockley to go to live in Faversham. She's written a short farewell to Brockley on her blog, which does a great job in one post of capturing many of the things we've been trying to say about the place over the last seven years. Click here to read the article.

9 comments:

Tiri said...

Yeah, i think hannah does describe well the character of the area, and it is exactly that i think people want to protect. Brockley's favorite businesses are all independent, local businesses - the orchard, brockley mess, browns, broca, gantry, orchard, sounds around, magi's, arlo and moe, le querce, patacakes, mr lawrence, mo pho etc. And hannah's lived it. And when you live something it becomes dear to you. there is a difference between the everyday, experience which inspires affinity and affection, and then opportunistic marketeers who deal in image, and understand how to monetise and exploit the appeal of certain aesthetics. Ie. conceiving of brockley's charm, as a ripe untapped selling point. I don't want starbucks, here, nor costa, nor nando's, nor mc donalds etc. etc. hannah articulates what it is about brockley we should try and protect, not exploit. Independents, yes. Corporates, no.

terrencetrentderby said...

You missed off Fishy Business and Paul's and loads of other good local businesses in your pretentious Brockley eulogy.

Brockley Nick said...

Speaking as someone who co-owns a small independent high street business, we're all in it because we're opportunistic. That's the nature of entrepreneurialism. You think you see an opportunity to make money by doing something you believe in and you go for it. I don't really see the difference between Costa and Browns in that respect. What IS good about independents is that they are unique and hopefully more interesting to spend time in than a chain. That's why I like our local businesses, but I don't consider it a moral issue.

Monkeyboy said...

Zzzzzzzz.......

Tiri said...

It wasn't a point about aesthetics in terms of styling , moulding a business' identity, more about the aesthetics of an area, it's image being presented and exploited in a certain way so as to attract certain types of investment. Investment which may then subsequently completely alter the charcter of that area, like greenwich for example. It was always a tourist attraction, so that can't be the main reason why it lost it's character

And it's not about corporate cleansing - corporations are a fact of life. You can't eradicate them completely, but surely supporting independents should be given preeminence. It is better for choice, better for the personality of an area and better for both the local and wider economy, as money is not funnelled off through foreign subsidiaries, and the porous global tax system.

terrencetrentderby said...

Exactly!

RB said...

"Brockley's favorite businesses are all independent, local businesses -
the orchard, brockley mess, browns, broca, gantry, orchard, sounds
around, magi's, arlo and moe, le querce, patacakes, mr lawrence, mo pho"



Source? I'm fed up of the above 'approved list' that others seemingly can't get a look-in onto. Who decided who my favourite businesses are?


I'm absolutely fed up of this post-2005 "independent is good, chain is bad" bollocks in Brockley. We've stopped judging things on their merits, and instead what the sign is made out of or whether their milk is organic or not. It's a marketers wet dream.

anon said...

That makes 7 people I know of that have moved to Faversham. Why Faversham?

Brockley Nick said...

You're right, someone else I know has just announced they are buying a house in Faversham. This is an epidemic.

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