Archive for April 22nd, 2007

Feel good factor

April 22, 2007

toilet page thumbThe campaign to assert the constitutional prerogative of the Area Forum to place items on the Executive Agenda of the London Borough of Lewisham has made it into the press.

On Wednesday the local newspaper the Mercury published on page 6 a perfectly worded summary of the issue accompanied by a large photo of me peeping out of our campaigning toilet seat together with fellow campaigners Mary and Ben.

But to give me even more joy the newspaper placed a teaser on the front page right under the title. And what a front page it is, the jolliest for years. Normally the headline would be about a terrible tragedy. This time it’s about a chap that did not get hurt at all in what could have been a terrible accident. Next there’s a report on a fancy dress competition for dogs. Above, my face is coming out of a toilet seat.

The people of Lewisham this week is a smiling lot. The fair weather of these days surely plays a decisive part in the good mood, but a jolly front page delivered to each household maybe does help. And I’m on it. And proud of it.



April 22, 2007

Yesterday I’ve been down to my local for the second Lewisham bloggers’ meetup.

I think that I counted 12 bloggers, in no particular order there were Andrew (who organised, well done), Andrew, Bob, Tom Richard, Robert, Michael, Kate (with husband James), Adam, James, Wulf and me.

Nobody took a laptop out of the bag but a few were taking photos, here’s Robert’s series.

All lovely people and a lot of interesting conversations on all sorts of things. This was a (slightly) less political meeting than the first one (at least at my end of the table). As the pints rolled in I praised the architectural baldness of Milford Towers, heard that if you join second life you also get a virtual job there (no thanks), made some considerations on the institutionalization of local politicians, divulged confidential information and shamelessly tried to promote the toilet widget (Kate‘s got one now).

Oh, we also spoke of blogging of course. Here’s my nomination for the most powerful use of the net today, it’s this week’s post by Beppe Grillo on his speech at the shareholders’ meeting of Telecom Italia. Watch it.

Cheers to all those that came down to the Jolly Farmers, I look forward to the next one.

Update: I have been told that there were 14 bloggers at the pub and not 12 as I previously erroneously estimated. David and Katy, aka Publicansdecoy and Obsessive Katy were also present at the symposium.