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Paul Doyle: There is life after death. Of that, I am sure. But I'm also pretty sure dead people no longer need their stuff.
- Pain and Gain

Don't talk to me about sacrifice, I'm missing Ant-Man for this
Nearly a century ago, towards the end of The Great War, the people of Brockley, weary from bloodshed and sacrifice, came together on the slopes of Hilly Fields for a group photograph that would capture the character and resilience of their community forever. Today, between 2-3pm, the Brockley Society is inviting us all to recreate this moment in 2015.

So let's show those old piles of dust and bone who's in charge now - and how much better the vitamin-enriched, artisan-fed, digitally-filtered population of today looks. Our forebears probably never even heard of type II diabetes!

Meet on the slopes next to the cricket pitch from 2pm today. Details here.

17 comments:

terrencetrentderby said...

Nothing like a war and victory to instill a bit of community spirit and gumption into people. This gathering seemed somewhat undeserved, and smug.

Brockley Nick said...

Yes, unless millions of us are slaughtered, what right have we to get together and take a picture?

Monkeyboy said...

The standard of your trolling has slipped of late.

Headhunter said...

The cornerstone of war is peace...

terrencetrentderby said...

After surviving the horrors and privations inflicted by WW1 the community, soldiers, sailors and the like took a photo of themselves following a long procession through the street, perfectly understandable. I just don't understand the basis of BrocSoc's decision to recreate the end moment in the park now.

They found a photo taken after a world war and decided to recreate it. On what grounds, to sell the photos and make some money? What next, grabbing other select moments from history and reenacting them out of context?

history buff said...

On what grounds?


On the grounds that it was a good excuse for a community to gather together in this pleasant public space on a fine summers day and record the moment in high resolution. Comparing the two photos will be very interesting from a cultural point of view. They certainly dressed up in their Sunday best in the old days. 'Then and now' pictures tell a lot about how the community has changed.


Look on it as a celebration that Hilly Fields is still there after all this time and has not been built on. It is a wonderful local asset.

terrencetrentderby said...

Buy a history book while you're at it.

Brockley Banker said...

Why didnt they wait until 100 years after the original photo? Seems a bit daft to me.

Brockley Nick said...

Yes, that's basically it. Even if there had never been a photo in 1918, it would still be an interesting exercise.

Brockley Nick said...

Because they wanted to do it now and who knows whether the people with the wit and energy to organise it would still have been around / involved with BrocSoc in three years. No time like the present...

Headhunter said...

The 1918 photo was to commemorate the start date of the Great War 4 years earlier, not to celebrate the end of the war which didn't happen until Nov 1918....

Headhunter said...

To be fair to the complainers, Broc Soc did hang the whole thing off the original event in 1918 so 100 years later would have been a nice round number but it was fun anyway - I was there (for part of it anyway before I got a bit bored of standing in the full glare of the sun doing various poses for loads of pics)

terrencetrentderby said...

I'd be
interested to view BROCSOC’s archives for the period 1933-1945.

Headhunter said...

Now on the BBC website
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-33592589

history buff said...

You might find your archival research a tad limited by the fact that it was not founded until 1974.


http://www.brockleysociety.org.uk/about-us/

Tj said...

The photgraph has been featured on the BBC news website and its recreation

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-33592589

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

I am in there wearing a hat. The new photo that is.

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