Ten Excellent Blogs

Brockley Central was recently included in The Telegraph Communities Editor's list of ten excellent blogs. As a result, I'm expected to nominate ten more excellent blogs. Here they are:


I've never voted Green and I don't live in Ladywell, but GreenLadywell should be the template for every other local politician to follow. Sue Luxton's genuine commitment to the area and her hard work are clear to see, the posts are regular and informative and she is prepared to take and respond to criticism. She also gets stuck in to other local blogs (like this one) in order to reach a wider audience. Lots of politicians talk about using the internet to engage with people - but few do it as well as Sue and Ute.

UK resistance

I don't really play video games anymore either, but this site is a consistently funny paean to all things SEGA (and an era in which games all featured brightly coloured characters, set against vivid blue skies) and a vitriolic campaign against Sony. It's a culture war I never knew existed, let alone thought I'd take sides in.

Anna Pickard

What's better than sitting in your living room heaping scorn on The Apprentice candidates every Wednesday night? Doing so while reading Anna Pickard's live blog on the Guardian, sharing a whole nation's derision.

Larry David

He writes rarely, but Larry David's posts are worth the wait.

Rocket Boom

I'm not sure if I'm allowed to nominate this one because technically it's a vlog - a video blog. Each day, there's a new, dreamily-shot, short film about some aspect of technology. Best when it avoids political "satire" and sticks to footage of funny robots.

Richard Edelman

Because if I'm going to include a blog for the company I work for, I may as well go right to the top. Richard Edelman is the president and CEO of Edelman - which is the world's largest independent PR firm - and he's passionate about blogging. If Richard hadn't trumpeted the importance of the blogosphere so regularly at company meetings, it's doubtful it would have occurred to me to start Brockley Central.

Robert Peston

Good, clear business journalism.

Comment Central

Daniel Finkelstein's agreeably eclectic blog hoovers up an array of the most interesting articles online and he regularly lobs in some provocative opinions of his own, to keep it interesting.

And since BC's a collaborative effort, I asked Jon and Kate for nominations too. Jon went AWOL so Kate gets two:

Paul Linford

Paul Linford, an ex-Lobby journalist with some interesting insights into political news stories.

Little Red Boat

For sheer personality and amusing writing.


Brockley Kate said...

Littlered boat is Anna Pickard's personal blog, so maybe it should sit alongside the link to her Guardian blog and count as one joint nomination?!

Brockley Nick said...

In which case, you're allowed one more!

Anonymous said...

Use RSS to minimise the timecough*wasted*cough used up viewing blogs.

With RSS the info comes to you rather than you visiting the blog's site.

Brockley Kate said...

Argh! Well it's got to be Transpontine, hasn't it. Just a fantastic, esoteric example of localism.

spincat said...

I absolutely second Transpontine - it just has to be

Sue Luxton said...

ooh, thank you Nick, most honoured. Hope you will be breaking the habit of a lifetime on May 1st?! Does this mean I should now do a ten excellent blogs thingy on my blog to, in true chain letter style?

Brockley Nick said...

That's the idea Sue.

As for May 1st - get ready for the great Brockley Central Mayoral debate - it will change the face of London politics forever!

Anonymous said...

Transpontine is superb, I agree!

Transcendant I would say!

Monkeyboy said...

I must admit I've never really considered voting Green, always considred it populated by well meaning but inefectual people. But having seen that they will at least ask questions on our behalf and actually seem interested in the area is great. Also much more pragmatic then I thought they would be.

Will be getting my second preference vote, not sure I can bear the thought of Boris getting in so my first goes to Ken.

Tressillian James said...

Now now Monkey Boy lets not jump the gun and kick off the debate now - am looking forward to Nick starting this one.

Agree with you about the Greens - really impressed by our local councillors.

Monkeyboy said...

It'll be an epic thread...not sure I've got the energy for it.

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

We dont have any green councillors west of brockley station. Only 1 x labour and 2 x socialists! Sigh.. i miss hugging trees..

Brockley Kate said...

I'm preparing a post on the mayoral elections for next week, so you'll all have to play nice! I'm not as used to the rough and tumble of debate as Nick is ...

Bea said...

The first time I ever voted Green was in the last local elections (a couple of years back) as I was impressed by their literature. Read all four pamphlets that came through my door - red, blue, yellow and green - and by far the Green Party was, in my opinion, the most impressive.

Having seen the way Dean and Sue have engaged with this blog and taken active measures on behalf of the local community – from planting trees, opposing planning permission for advertising hoardings on pavements and assisted in the battle against yet more bookies - they'll be getting my vote again!

P.S. I know this thread isn't about the 1st May election but I felt it needed saying.

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

don't worry about it Kate, me and max will soon get you initiated into the spirit of things! :o)

patrick1971 said...

I do vote Green, but more out of a firm belief that if there is no environment, there'll be no economy. I find a lot of Green thinking fairly economically naive, and I feel that they can become a bit of a catch-all for broader left politics in the absence of a real Labour party.

But, as I said, I think their fundamental message is so important that I'm willing to put my reservations to one side. Sian first for me, then Ken second.

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

I will vote lid dem first, then red ken (although i feel a change is needed, he has delivered).

max said...

So APP&P, we won't argue on this one after all.

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

lol oh really? damn. there goes 50 potential posts to take my mind off work!

on second thoughts, maybe i'll vote......!?!

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