Folks – I’m back, after another bout of self-inflicted purdah, blinking into the late-autumn sunshine and wondering what the hell just happened there…
Thank you for all your messages, listings and intriguing suggestions – at some point I’ll catch up with actually listing the listings and, oh, boy, have I got some interesting stuff for you over the next few weeks.
But I need to ease myself back in – I have been almost Greenwich news-free over the last couple of weeks. I know that the evil developers have cut down the lovely mature trees on the old hospital site (and yeah, I also know that they’re ‘going to plant fifty more’ but I’m willing to bet my tricorn they’re going to be those stupid little apologies for trees that don’t grow higher than 20ft and’don’t make a mess’ – we’re never going to see handsome, mature limes like the ones they just massacred).
I know that if you try to walk along that bit of path at the moment and meet a pushchair or wheelchair, you’re in the road. In fact there are bits, where the kerb is dropped, where I can’t see how a wheelchair would actually manage to negotiate that bit of walkway – forcing them to play bus-queue-slalem on the other side. Don’t get me wrong – I’m glad something’s happening there at last – and from the top of the 177 I can see quite a bit’s happening – but the amount of path left outside is rubbish.
I know that Bar du Musee’s going to be a Jamies – a chain, where I’d rather see a (good) indie, but I just can’t mourn what BdM became in the end – a soulless maw where once true eccentricity reigned. If the indies that are there now (and by that I mean most of them in the town centre itself) up their game to somewhere locals would want to eat rather than just attracting tourists they have nothing to fear.
I know INC are selling up all over the shop. I know there’s a petition to get another proper pub in Woolwich (I’m rather hoping it’s not too later for ANTIC to rebuild the Old Friends once the new heart is built – which makes me a bit of a hypocrite but I maintain all chains are not equal…)
Apart from that I know very little. So today, I’m hoping you’ll tell me what’s going /been going on in the last couple of weeks. I need to catch up…