Brixton news, rumours and general chat - March 2017

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  1. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Radio 4 is in full whimsy this morning. There was just a half-hour programme in the series "The Long View" recorded at the South London Botanical Institute (in Norwood Road).

    The programme is here BBC Radio 4 - The Long View, 14/03/2017

    Apparently the British East India Company constructed a wall across India to prevent smuggling. Well not a wall actually - more an impenetrable hedge. Compare and contrast with Donald Trump - costs, estimated time, availability of labour etc etc

    A summary of the issues is here, though the BBC programme dealt more with the botanics than the politics:
    British colonial history tells many remarkable tales, none more so than the story of the Great Hedge of India. This relatively unknown story was rediscovered recently by author, Roy Moxham. He tells of a botanical and architectural structure, an impenetrable 8ft high hedge, 1500 miles long, that stretched across Central India. How is it that a wall, comparable to The Great Wall of China, has completely vanished from the story of the British Raj? And what relevance does it have to bordering today?

    A map of the inland Customs Line including the Great Hedge
    In 19th Century India, one resource was crucial: salt. In the heat of India an adult was thought to require an ounce of salt a day. Whilst the region of East India possessed large deposits of salt in salt-bearing soils, salt lakes and rock-salt, the expense of extracting from these sources and shipping them to Bengal and East India were very high. Therefore, Bengal became dependent on large salt deposits in the so-called ‘Salt Range of the Punjab’. A number of custom houses were established in Bengal in 1803 to prevent the smuggling of salt from the Punjab to British controlled India in the East. As trafficking and smuggling became rife, the East India Company, perceiving a security threat to their territory, linked many of these custom houses together. They made a barrier, mainly consisting of dead thorny material such as the Indian Plum. This eventually evolved, growing into a living hedge that became known at the ‘Great Hedge of India’.

    The Great Hedge of India, was part of the Inland Customs Line, which at its peak in the 1870s, was 2500 miles long. It ran from the Punjab in the northwest all the way to the state of Orissa in the southeast. To put this to scale, it is the equivalent of a continuous barrier running from London to Constantinople. This hedge was nowhere less than 8 feet high and 4 feet thick. In fact, in some places it was 12 feet high and 14 feet thick. The Commissioner of Inland Customs at the time, Allan Octavian Hume, was so impressed by this piece of botanical architecture that he described it as “utterly impassable to man or beast”. This hedge was supported by a vast government department, the largest in the Raj, with 12,000 guards patrolling its edges. The brutal physicality of this hedge was combined with huge tax levies on salt within British occupied India. It would need two month’s income of an average farm worker to pay for a modest year’s supply. Whilst one can only speculate at the social impacts of such an extortionate tax, it has been estimated that millions of people died as a result of this levy through shortages of salt. It seems unfathomable that such a vast colonial project can appear to vanish from the collective consciousness of Indian and British history.
    (From Oliver Dixon - Royal Holloway College)
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  3. Gramsci

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    I don't think so.

    I wouldn't want her to be pushed out by people like Chuka.

    However her stance on Brexit is appalling. I'm not surprised she voted against the Lord's amendment to gaurentee existing EU nationals the right to say. Heard some of her comments on recent immigration. She wants immigration controls on people from other European countries.

    My view is that this government won't go as far as a send them back policy. What it will do is make existing EU nationals jump through bureaucratic hoops to stay here.

    I'm no fan of the EU -the way Greece has been treated-for example. But unlike a lot of posters on politics boards see Brexit as negative.
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  5. lefteri

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  7. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Lovers of ClearChannel and Trumpification may care to note that Clearchannel are applying for planing permission to upgrade their advertising hoarding at 253 Brixton Road (opposite Crown and Anchor more or less). The new advertisement will be 3 metres x 6 metres with backlit LEDs of the phasing type. Not one to be missed by passing motorists. Should bump up the accident quotas for SW9. Fans will want to contact Lambeth Planning to support! 17/00787/ADV

    What I find odd is that there is no record at all on Lambeth's website of permission being granted for an advertising hoarding there - though there has certainly been hoardings there for 20 years I think.

    Does anyone know what the housing is behind the ad? I seem to recall it was one being done up buy West Lambeth Health Authority as some kind of hostel - but it's clearly not a hostel now. Some flats pop up on Zoopla.
  8. Reiabuzz

    Reiabuzz Banned Banned

    There's another one wandering around myatts fields this morning. Looks similar to the above but s bit older and with white markings. Didn't know what to do with her as the cafe is closed. I'll check if she's still out there in a bit.
  9. Lee Japser

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    editor Taffus Maximus

    Huge congestion on Brixton Road earlier

  11. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    I think someone has been killed on Lyham Rd by the Screwfix. The amount of police cars, police tape and the fact that not even pedestrians were being allowed access does not bode well...
  12. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Whilst still reeling from indecision about whether to boycott the Evening Standard (new editor George Osborne) tried watching Channel 4 documentary on the oppression of benefit claimants.

    Imagine my surprise when one of the pundits interviewed was one Lord Kerslake. Just look at this guy's interests:
    Chair of King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (wef 1 April 2015)
    Occasional adviser, Penna plc (global people management business)
    Occasional adviser, GatenbySanderson (executive search recruitment services)
    Chair of The London Collective Investment Vehicle (CIV) (collective pension fund investment for London boroughs)
    Member of Advisory Board, Engie UK (trading name of ENGIE Supply Holding UK Limited and subsidiaries; global energy company providing services, energy solutions, and energy infrastructure)
    Chair, UK Northern Powerhouse Advisory Board
    Strategic Adviser, WANdisco (global IT company)
    Speaking engagement, 29 June 2016, speech on housing as part of the Evolving London Series organised by Bilfinger GVA
    Endcliffe Consultancy Ltd (see category 1)
    Chair, Peabody (housing providers in London) (wef 1 June 2015)
    Chair, IPPR London Housing Commission (wef 15 June 2015)
    Governor, Board of Sheffield Hallam University
    Member, Cambridge Whitehall Group (policy discussion group)
    Member, NHS Estates Strategy Advisory Group
    Chair, Sheffield Theatres
    Chair, Centre for Public Scrutiny (independent charity and company limited by guarantee) (scrutiny, accountability and good governance) (wef 1 June 2015)
    President of the Local Government Association (wef 30 June 2015)

    This is his current register of interests entry at the House of Lords.

    I only noticed the name when he popped up on Channel 4 on benefit poverty where he was stated to be head of the Local Government Association.

    More pertinent might be he is Chair of Peabody - currently taking over Family Housing Association. No doubt neither Peabody nor Family Housing are particularly keen on the Benefit Cap for obvious reasons.
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  14. lefteri

    lefteri Well-Known Member

    I currently use the evening standard only as cat litter but am going to boycott it and stick to the metro from now on
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  15. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Hitherto I thought the Standard had redeeming features- arts coverage and a good business section.

    The Metro is best for celebrity issues - it is like the authorised version of Yahoo News IMHO. Not much else at all. You should have used it for cat litter all along.
  16. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint


    That road is nuts - lots of drivers frustrated at being held up on Bedford Rd/Kings Avenue flooring it when they turn into Lyham Rd.
  17. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Sad to note that the upstairs club at the Prince of Wales now makes customers endure a fairly comprehensive search by bouncers and a photo ID scan before being allowed in.
  18. jimbarkanoodle

    jimbarkanoodle Well-Known Member

    The toilet doors of the cubicles are also only 50% of what they should be allowing an easy peer over to catch you doing something naughty.
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    Email to Buzz:

    "Hi. My friend has just written a review of my pop up supper night. Could you run it on Buzz please?
    <frothing, gushing, uncritical advertorial rave review follows>"

    Don't these people have any self awareness?
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  21. jimbarkanoodle

    jimbarkanoodle Well-Known Member

    Wow, all that must have taken some effort, because the club at the POW is pretty much a blank canvas. looks like Whirlygig or something, impressive!
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  22. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    They put in a phenomenal effort, and totally transform the place on both floors. The fact that it's done by volunteers with all the money going to charity makes it even more impressive.
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  23. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

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    From a few days ago.
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  24. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Do you two watch those robot programmes on BBC2 at midnight?
    Good picture though - interesting use of perspective.
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    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

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  29. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

  30. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Does anyone know what's going down at the Angel Davis Industrial Estate?
    Obviously the council's ethnic cleansing programme is proceeding apace - they already demolished Mary Seacole House, now Angel Davis's Industrial Estate bites the dust. Only Olive Morris House to go as far as I can see.

    Unless you count the Marcus Lipton Centre - named for the late Jewish MP for Brixton, and offering youth work services to a largely black clientèle. Progress Labour show every sign of eliminating this too as soon as they can.
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