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Brixton news, rumours and general chat: Summer 2019

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twistedAM

Left Of The Dial
There was a skinhead guy on Streatham High Street aggressively demanding £2 from passers by on Saturday. He didnt get very far with me but i thought he had a right cheek. Whatever happened to asking for 10, or maximum 50p?
Was this outside M&S? Somebody asked me for a fiver as I walking past there once. I thought it was a fair ask for M&S shoppers.
 

Ms T

Honey-coloured ramparts
There was a chap seemingly unconscious on the pavement near Pret the other week. I stopped to ask him if he was ok and he immediately got up and asked if I could buy him a sandwich and a coffee. By the time I’d finished paying he was sitting at a table waiting for his meal. I half expected him to have a napkin tucked into his collar. :D
 

Ms T

Honey-coloured ramparts
Some gang violence went down on Railton Rd this afternoon. I had to take a detour because ther3 was a police cordon not far from Lesson Rd, which turns into Mayall Rd. Not sure what happened but there was a 322 abandoned inside the cordon, along with a bicycle and a car, and tons of police.
 

Smick

Strictly Second Class
Some gang violence went down on Railton Rd this afternoon. I had to take a detour because ther3 was a police cordon not far from Lesson Rd, which turns into Mayall Rd. Not sure what happened but there was a 322 abandoned inside the cordon, along with a bicycle and a car, and tons of police.
'Armed police' called to fight after car and cyclist crash in Brixton

It doesn't sound to have been very serious, based on the news report above. Although there is very little detail.
 

ViolentPanda

Hardly getting over it.
I couldn't agree more.

As you know, I do a LOT for the community outside this website. Brixton Buzz has given away many thousands of pounds to local charities and has tirelessly campaigned on Brixton issues as well as helping local businesses and individuals. Truth is, I'd originally wanted to make it a part of this site, but as you can see, with all the infighting and personal attacks it would have been a pointless and self defeating venture.

As for this forum, Gramsci does a lot for the community and raises many important grassroots issues here but his posts are pretty much universally ignored. I post up a picture of anonymous businessman that some people decide they don't like, and suddenly the police is alive with people with opinions. As you suggest, it's a real shame they can't direct all that energy into doing something to help the community.
Sadly, there are a number of wankers in this forum whose main purpose is to have digs at you, and they're arrogant, ignorant and self-righteous enough to use any avenue to do so.
 

ViolentPanda

Hardly getting over it.
And why does the local youth think of these people as the enemy? Because you, and others who share your view, constantly vilify them. Less negativity all round might not go amiss.
Are you taking the piss?

Locals think gentrifiers are "the enemy" because of the well-documented social effects of gentrification, not because people TALK about what gentrifiers do to our communities.

Get real. Get your head out of your arse.
 

ViolentPanda

Hardly getting over it.
Perhaps we should start a thread highlighting volunteer opportunities around the Brixton area? The amount of hours put into arguing about clothing could be put far better used helping a primary school child learn to read, staffing an adventure playround for a couple of hours on a Saturday morning, or befriending an elderly person. I do a bit, but could do more. If everyone did a bit, then what a difference that would make. It's not what you do or what you wear when you head off to work but how far you're willing to play a part in the community in which you live. Maybe Urban could play a role in making more people aware of how they can get involved. Bracing myself for a torrent of abuse...
I totally agree with you. I'm fortunate enough to live in a community where a lot of the residents help take care of one another - where we still knock on our neighbour's door to see if they're okay, help each other take on the council, participate in community activities. We're hoping to get together and finance an ESOL class, as some of our residents asked for one.
 

ViolentPanda

Hardly getting over it.
Let's pray that none of the people who contributed to that £1,500 were white, middle-class, newly-arrived or professional, eh?
Is that the best you can do? Send yourself into exile, for your own sake. You're too pathetic to survive in the real world.
 

ViolentPanda

Hardly getting over it.
It might be like Lidl. They sell some branded stuff alongside their own wares, but only to provide an unfavourable comparison.

Lurpak, £3.99. Danpak £1.89.

Heineken, £2.50/litre. Perlenbacher £1.50/litre.
I remember turning the late, lamented loki onto Lidl's lagers - "they'll be shit" he cried. A week later "fucking hell, brilliant beer, and well cheap" he cried. :D
 

editor

hiraethified
If you've just had a single speed bike stolen, some brazen 7 year old kid has just abandoned it outside Pret.
 

BusLanes

Pedestrian
Just walked past KFC to Windrush Square and there's a small van/people mover sound system playing to what looks like a couple of hundred or more people dancing
 
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