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Brixton Splash continues to airbrush its founder from history

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. editor

    editor Like an ultra left hatboy on heat

  2. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    I was doing First Aid at the European No-Car Day on CHL and Pat was so pleased with the event as something everyone in Brixton enjoyed and came up with the idea that day as having a sort of annual Brixton Festival. He then got the ball rolling.
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  3. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    I have to admit I was initially sceptical that it would ever be allowed to happen because it would involve closing CHL.
  4. editor

    editor Like an ultra left hatboy on heat

    Me too. He worked hard to get this pushed through.
  5. shygirl

    shygirl Well-Known Member

    His face/profile obviously doesn't fit. The board are clearly pretty spineless and don't want to rock the boat.

    Good blog, ed.
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  6. wurlycurly

    wurlycurly diss member

    Blacker is described on the front of today's SLP as the co-founder, so at least he's not trying to claim all the credit. I still feel Pat deserves a mention on the Splash website, though. There's no doubt that he came up with the idea and worked hard to bring it to fruition.
  7. editor

    editor Like an ultra left hatboy on heat

    Ros Griffiths has been busy claiming the other half of the credit.
  8. wurlycurly

    wurlycurly diss member

    I assumed the 'co-founder' line was a subtle nod to Pat. Is a mention on the Splash website really too much to ask?
  9. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    I don't think so. As I mentioned on another thread, it means he can't even mention it on his CV or it makes him look like a liar, which he most certainly is not.
  10. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    So, it's more than just lack of acknowledgement, it impinges on his livelihood which is wrong.
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  11. wurlycurly

    wurlycurly diss member

    I never thought of it that way but see where you're coming from. It's a truly fantastic event, up there with the Country Show in my affections.
  12. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    Because Pat's job does move him around it's an important thing to be able to mention in CVs. He's never been a egotist, this isn't about bigging himself up, it's about being able to demonstrate on his CV what his experience is.
  13. editor

    editor Like an ultra left hatboy on heat

    No. He's never had any kind of credit or even a subtle nod. As fas as Brixton Splash are concerned it was all Ros Griffiths' and Blacker Dread's idea from the start, which is simply not true. And they know that.
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  14. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    ...because Pat approached Blacker Dread to get him on board, as I understand it.
  15. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    In no way I am trying to downplay Ros and Blacker's involvement, commitment and sheer bloody hard work. They do loads for Brixton. I don't know Blacker personally, although I know him to have done loads for the area, but I know Ros and have huge respect for what she's done for Brixton, especially in terms of getting young people into employment.

    Pat's job means, much as he'd love to have permanent roots in Brixton, his job moves him around every few years (he was 'parachuted' into a Brixton Pub from Aldershot by the brewery). Because he's not someone who has been involved in Splash year after year after year doesn't mean that his contribution should be denied. Especially from the point of view of his CV. It could be the difference between getting a job, or passed over.
  16. editor

    editor Like an ultra left hatboy on heat

    Btw, Pat's inspiration for the day came after the Brixton Car Free Day in 2000/2001 which saw Coldharbour Lane being closed for the day.

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    http://www.urban75.org/brixton/photos/18.html

    Video (blimey, it's like a different world)

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  17. spanglechick

    spanglechick Lying in the gutter, looking like a star.

    Have Blacker or Ros been approached for their opinions? A statement in support would help, I'd think. Not that it should be needed.
  18. editor

    editor Like an ultra left hatboy on heat

    Pat has tried and tried and tried and tried on that score.
  19. Kid_Eternity

    Kid_Eternity "You might be a lord but here comes the king."

    It's a real shame but save people turning up in Pat masks on the day I'm not sure you're going to see much movement on this.
  20. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    Unfortunately because he's quite self-effacing he doesn't push himself forward for photographs so the mask idea has fallen at the first hurdle. Perhaps just as well, he'd probably be hugely embarrassed.
  21. editor

    editor Like an ultra left hatboy on heat

    My blog article has already been read by hundreds of people, and at least Pat can now finally include Brixton Splash on his CV.
  22. Kid_Eternity

    Kid_Eternity "You might be a lord but here comes the king."

    Unless those 'hundreds' of people can change the BS website or actively contact BS to get them to change it makes no real difference in terms of the main aim of getting his name on the website. Have you considered asking your readers to email BS demanding answers?
  23. Kid_Eternity

    Kid_Eternity "You might be a lord but here comes the king."

    Then the next idea is a campaign to gets people to email BS demanding answers. Writing a blog an patting yourself on the back isn't good enough if you're serious about getting Pat's name as a founder on the BS website.
  24. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    ...and there is dated evidence of his original idea, so it's not something that is their word against anyone else's.
  25. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx purves grundy - definitely a bloke

    Is their comma not working?
  26. editor

    editor Like an ultra left hatboy on heat

    Who's "patting themselves on the back"? :confused:

    For the record, I've written to BS several times and I've also got it into the local press next week. More importantly, Pat can now include it in his CV without people questioning his integrity.
  27. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx purves grundy - definitely a bloke

    I was plonked in front of McDonalds. I seem to remember a naked guy up a lamp-post :hmm:
  28. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    was that not reclaim the streets you are on abaht? :hmm:
  29. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    No.
    Well there was a woman, painted green, who stripped off. Her kid was completely freaked out and was close to Death By Total Embarrassment.
  30. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    Plus there were a load of school groups there and Brixton Cycles had to detour a kids race round Rushcroft Road till the police made her get dressed or the teachers were going to take them all back to school.

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