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Brixton chitter-chatter & news Feb 2012

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Feb 1, 2012.

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  1. nagapie

    nagapie Well-Known Member

    Council screwed them with the new opening hours after they cut the regular hours. One o' clock club hours are now 12-3 so when most 1-2year olds are asleep. And when many parents want to go home for lunch. I liked using it because it was the only thing open in the afternoon after nap time, all stay and plays being in the morning, but now it's closing as we're ready to go out. Many feel the council did this on purpose so they could then turn around and say look no one's using it. Did I say bastard cunts yet?
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  2. snowy_again

    snowy_again Slush

    Well the consultation doesn't suggest that it's closing - they're just - in their language - devolving responsibility of the service, which they are putting out to tender, and passing on the lease to the community.

    I actually winced several times writing that sentence. However the consultation publicity has been appalling, lots of parents and local education providers weren't aware of it happening. The letters to parents, governors and teachers didn't seem to go out at all, and posters advertising it are not exactly easy to find. The timetable to tender and to negotiate the lease is also too short.
  3. quimcunx

    quimcunx jesus tonsils

    Have you, or anyone else written to them about this?

    Big Society then. Going exactly as predicted. Open the wrong hours don't give people a chance to get proposals together then shut it because there is insufficient interest.
  4. nagapie

    nagapie Well-Known Member

    I tried to write to them. It was almost impossible to find out who I needed to talk to. I eventually chanced upon the seemingly right people through a work email. When I emailed them they told me they were not dealing with new hours but only wanting to hear from groups who might want to use the space. All the people who work in the clubs had already told them the new hours wouldn't be good.
  5. snowy_again

    snowy_again Slush

    And there's the rub. To make it work to meet the needs of parents and children you need to involve them in deciding what and when to offer. But the length of engagement of the adults tends to be limited according to how long they acces stuff offered there. Perhaps it's worth it's own thread.
  6. nagapie

    nagapie Well-Known Member

    Actually I am quite interested in how to access Lambeth, if anyone can give me tips. There are other things I want to write to them about that concern under 5s. My OH, who works for another council, said write to their director of education, but they don't have one. So I never know who to write to.
  7. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    Write to Pete Robbins - he's the cabinet member with responsibility for education. Details on this page:

    http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/services/councildemocracy/electedrepresentatives/cabinet.htm
  8. nagapie

    nagapie Well-Known Member

    Got an email today detailing the consultation times for the co-operative libraries consultation:mad:
  9. ajdown

    ajdown Posting in this thread

    Does anyone know anything about what the pub on the corner of Electric Lane and Coldharbour Lane (next to Satay bar) is supposed to be now? There seemed to be some sort of 'grand opening' yesterday, something about it being a 'retro market space' or similar, and there were some cold looking hipsters outside with a table full of jars of sweets as we went past.
  10. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    It's the Living Bar. There are threads ad infinitum on it here, but basically it closed down a few years back, became a fish shop for a few years, and reopened again last year. The thing yesterday was a Saturday vintage market which they've been having there once a month or so since well before Christmas. The reason it probably looks new is it's just been painted again. How long it will actually last is a different matter as it seems to have been very quiet recently, especially at the weekends.
  11. editor

    editor Like an ultra left hatboy on heat

    It's got new owners - the folks who run the Satay Bar, apparently*.

    *unconfirmed.
  12. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    Got the same bloke working in there who worked for the much loathed Merrett brothers, I've seen him going in with carrier bags of drink bought over the road when they were having a club night. Well, what looked to me like a wing, prayer, elastic band and cobbled together on the very cheap sort of club night.
  13. TruXta

    TruXta Tired of this

    Folks - where in Brixton can I pick up a cheap HDMI cable? Currys would have them of course, but massively overpriced. Anyone seen them in Poundland?
  14. TruXta

    TruXta Tired of this

    Found them in Poundland for a quid. If it works it's a bloody bargain.
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  15. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp

  16. JoJo17

    JoJo17 New Member

  17. nagapie

    nagapie Well-Known Member

    Anyone know what time the Japanese place in BV stays open until? Mr nags has the day off and wants to eat there but our son sleeps until 2.45 so we can't get there before 3ish.
  18. Ms T

    Ms T Honey-coloured ramparts

    I'm not sure it will be open today at all - thought it only opened Weds-Sun but could be wrong.
  19. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    The CD stall in the market was having it's very own Whitney Houston tribute by playing I will always love you on repeat this morning :mad: Any other song would be ok, just not that. After half an hour of that I was very glad to leave for work :D
  20. quimcunx

    quimcunx jesus tonsils

    Kaosarn 020 7095 8922

  21. London_Calling

    London_Calling Pleasant and unpatronising

    Matey in the tiny arch by the station still seems pretty set on Christmas carols as his lead marketing stratgey :hmm: I wondered if the confined space is getting to him.
  22. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    He *loves* Christmas Carols. I think he started playing them in about July last year. Was impressive he'd started marketing them before the supermarkets had got their Christmas puds out :D
  23. quimcunx

    quimcunx jesus tonsils

    He was being quite classically yesterday.
  24. nagapie

    nagapie Well-Known Member

    That's the Thai place, I want to know about the Japanese place next to Cornercopia.
  25. Thaw

    Thaw Aye like, so it is.

  26. Ms T

    Ms T Honey-coloured ramparts

    It's Tuesday today though and is unlikely to be open. I suggest Cafe Sitifis instead. :)
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  27. nagapie

    nagapie Well-Known Member

    Thanks all. We'll wait until later in the week as he particularly wanted to try the Japanese place. I do like Sitifis though.
  28. uk benzo

    uk benzo أنا ليس أمريكي

    Why not try that Curry Ono place? I think it's Japanese.. and they always have tonnes of tables free.
  29. nagapie

    nagapie Well-Known Member

    I do feel sorry for them, they must be losing money. And it looks really nice in there but somehow we never feel like going there. If they were in BV, they'd be doing great.
  30. Ms T

    Ms T Honey-coloured ramparts

    Curry Ono is lovely actually, but I've only been once. Must go again.
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