Brixton news, rumours and general chat - April 2017

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  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Here we go for April!
  2. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

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  3. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Just back from Carnegie Library.

    Celebrity speakers included local novelist Stella Duffy - who gave a very incisive and logically argued intro.

    Laura Swaffield of the libraries campaign who set out the background of the campaign over the previous year.

    Radio 4 celebrity Jeremy Hardy who gave a rather militant condemnation of Progress Labour's 20 year history of capturing the Lambeth Labour party and imposing right wing policies - including privatising libraries.

    I think there were about 3 trade union officers - one to do with disability - he pointed out thew work done with visually impaired and deaf groups in Lambeth libraries - up to now.

    Last and most popular was Rachel Heywood who stressed that the libraries campaign needs to be sustained. She claimed with enough pressure the council would have to reopen the currently closed libraries (both Carnegie and Minet). Rachel also said that she had been asked by the Lambeth Labour group to recant - in writing - her previous statements against Labour Group policy. She was asked to do this initially and when she refused she was suspended for 6 months. After the 6 month suspension they again asked her to publicly recant and she refused. She did not explain exactly, but I assume that means she is still suspended.

    After Rachel's speech we were invited to form a human chain round the library. This was closely watched by the police, who had apparently been assigned to this ultimagte of middle class demos for fear of a violent break-in. The chain was evidently successful and presumably may make some publicity shots in dcue course. I think there must have been 150 - 200 people at the demo including the super-keen Wendy (80) who carries banners saying "Hoot to save the Library" everywhere and was acting as marshal, keeping people to the pavement.
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  4. Tropi

    Tropi Well-Known Member

    Despite a couple of nasty drivers it was great.
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  5. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Thanks for this report.

    Cllr Rachel refusal to recant means her she won't be reselected as a Cllr for next election. A sad loss imo.
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  6. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

  7. Ergo Proxy

    Ergo Proxy Well-Known Member

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  8. stockwelljonny

    stockwelljonny Wait here I have gone to get help

    A Stall holder at the farmers market by the Rec today said that Lambeth are winding up the Sunday market, all of the Sunday traders have been told they will have to leave after April by Lambeth. :(
  9. organicpanda

    organicpanda cat herder extraodinaire

    there was always the possibility/probability of that happening, when the stallholders took over from the Farmers Market they were told that their contract would be up for renewal this year, I don't know for certain but I would bet that it's another example of our caring council showing their true colours when it comes to non-corporation business in Brixton
  10. Ergo Proxy

    Ergo Proxy Well-Known Member

    Clapham by the Cinema market on a Sat has always been cheaper than Brixton Sunday!

    Moens the butcher on Clapham Common the pavement is also cheaper than Jones the Butcher

    Moens claims free range and organic meat - Jones expect to argue if you want a chop!

    Oh to tell you about Jones ... their £2.50 eggs free range sell for £1.20 in the Atlantic Road Health food shop. Their white black pudding rings cost £1 they charge you £4
  11. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    Only if you assume that she won't stand as an Indie. Given that she's probably the best-liked of the Coldharbour Cllrs, I suspect she'd piss it as an Indie, over whichever Progressite bellend they try to put up in her place.
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  12. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    She'd certainly get my vote.
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  13. Mr Retro

    Mr Retro Beware hedgehogs

    I don't understand what you mean by this

    Or this.
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  14. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Was thinking that in a way a monument to Darcus Howe would represent a lot about the Brixton than the Bowie zigzag would have done . Don't suppose there will be a crowd funder though.

    BTW I noticed Sandra off Gogglebox hanging out in Windrush Square this afternoon.
  15. Ms T

    Ms T Honey-coloured ramparts

    Not necessarily! He used to live a few doors down from us and our neighbours had a few "issues" with him, shall we say.
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  16. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Yes. Well I only saw him live as it were on three occasions that I remember.

    Once was when he was chairing a discussion after a performance of a ballet called Check Mate about an interracial (romantic) relationship - at the Onion Shed temporary ("Pop Up"?) theatre near Myatts Fields - in the 1990s.

    Darcus proceded to demolish the idea that black/white relationships could be valid - which kind of took both performers and audience rather aback. Not much discussion there - more like Hard Talk with Darcus Howe playing Stephen Sackur. Some people got upset and walked out.

    The other two occasions were "functions".
    1. an office party thrown by Greenhall Jenner Architects, then in Shakespeare Road opposite where he lived.
    2. a party given by Metropolitan Housing at the back of a house in Loughborough Park to celebrate taking over the Moorland Estate (maybe 1995?).

    On both occasions he was rather drunk and also obnoxious in a loutish and sexist kind of way. In fact if he had not been Darcus Howe he might well have been asked to leave.

    That is what made him (and the events described) so Brixton (IMHO).
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  17. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Brug Newsletter April 2017

    Latest Brixton Rec Users Group newsletter.

    It looks like the problem with cold showers has been fixed.
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  18. DJWrongspeed

    DJWrongspeed radio eros

    I'm annoyed by that Jesus as anarchist stencil down on Atlantic Rd. WTF, he was no anarchist in my book. He was all about submitting to the power of God?

    Errrr? Or is it a joke?

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    editor Taffus Maximus

  20. xsunnysuex

    xsunnysuex Life is a horizontal fall.

    Pretty sure I recognized an urban face on last nights 24hrs in a&e. :D
  21. Nanker Phelge

    Nanker Phelge Monkey Boy

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  22. xsunnysuex

    xsunnysuex Life is a horizontal fall.

    Haha :D x
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  23. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    I also saw it and they can across really well ;):):cool:
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  24. Angellic

    Angellic Well-Known Member

    Does anyone know where I can get some glass cut to size? Its for a smallish sized fame.
  25. felixgolightly

    felixgolightly Well-Known Member

    glass centre on the cut through behind clapham north, opposite The Falcon (sorry, don't know the road name) - not super local but...
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  26. Angellic

    Angellic Well-Known Member

    Thanks. Think it's Kingseal.
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  27. SheilaNaGig

    SheilaNaGig Struggling and striving

    They're good.
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  28. SheilaNaGig

    SheilaNaGig Struggling and striving

    He came in the Wholefood shop once and was pretty foul to 'most everyone. Like merely shopping was just so beneath him. When I later told the tale to my sister she was all, like, "!!But but but...! He's Darcus Howe!!"

    But because Brixton, he was given pretty short shrift by everyone. He came in pretty puffed up and pushy, and he left saying thank you and sorry to the Aunties.
  29. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    He was blates a fucking lifestyler. Probably had a trust fund from his real dad, too. :hmm:

    Motherfucker has freakishly-large big toes, too!
  30. DJWrongspeed

    DJWrongspeed radio eros

    I think the last time I saw him was on Mayall road sitting in his door way drinking Super T. Well, it was a summer evening in Brixton.
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