General Change…

David’s getting into a bit of a lather about the Wimpy Bar – and its surroundings.

is it true it is about to close and become a bloody chicken shop oh please say no and the video shop a pond shop oh please say no all the shops empty from the college what si happening to greenwich and could you please tell me what is going on where burger king was major works therealso the state of the st alfeges park the fences torn down the rubbish it s a mess.

Phew. The Phantom doesn’t really know what to say except, perhaps, suggesting a cup of tea and a sit down before reading on…

I don’t know about the Wimpy Bar per se. It wouldn’t surprise me to see it go – it must be one of the few left standing…

It’s certainly a marvellous throwback to the 1970s – when, standing proud in its Britishness, it may have served burgers – but you were never allowed to let it go to your head. You’d be forced to remember you were British, for God’s sake. and you had some values… Waitress service – and you’ll eat that burger with a knife and fork, young Phantom. And don’t forget to ask permission before you leave the table…

I really don’t know what’s happening with that funny little shopping centre – it’s getting sadder and sadder looking – we’ve been discussing it recently. I have indeed heard that the ex-video store will be a pound shop, but maybe better a pound shop than a dead shop? Personally, I’d like to see the whole lot flattened and rebuilt with something a bit less brutalist – they could still keep the Somerfield and the flats and the funny little shops – just in something that doesn’t look so depressing. I was reading about the mass demolition of old places in the 70s last night – presumably that nasty shopping centre was one of the proud results.

While I may have issues with some of the things the Greenwich Society do these days, without them and their efforts in the 1970s, the whole of Greenwich would have looked like that. They prevented a four-lane motorway from driving straight through the Queen’s House and developments like that monstrous shopping centre from replacing the market. And for that I doff my spectral cap.

I was rather surprised to find St Alfege’s cemetery chained and locked yesterday – I don’t know what’s going on there. Anyone know how long it’s been like that?

And David’s question – what’s happening to Greenwich?

I suspect Greenwich is happening to Greenwich.

I don’t know. I got up all happy and cheery this sunny Tuesday morning and now on a right downer. Cheer me up with something good, eh, folks…

:-(


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