June 2005 Archives
June 30, 2005
June 29, 2005
June 28, 2005
LONDON, England (AP) -- Japan's Tokyo and Osaka are the world's most expensive cities with London in third place, according to a survey released Monday. New York, the most costly of American cities, placed 13th.
So, my American friends, never again tell me how expensive the East / West coast is. You're not a patch on us here. Only the Japanese can manage to make their city lives more expensive - but they have even less land than us.
June 27, 2005
I was driving back through Deptford, returning from one of the many, many journeys I've been making to the local skip in recent weeks, when I noticed how, well, upmarket parts of it are beginning to look. I know, I know, Deptford and �upmarket� are not ideas you'd normally associate with one another, but the signs are clear: Deptford is gentrifying.
This is the second time I've seen a part of London suddenly start to regenerate. A decade ago, I lived in the East End, just prior to the sudden gentrification of the areas within easy Central Line reach of the city. In my visits back since, it's become steadily unrecognizable. In that same decade my local area, Lewisham, has stayed much the same. Oh, sure, there have been changes. The huge influx of East Europeans into the area around Lee High Road has been very noticeable, as the noticeably growing ethnic diversity of the area. The secondary shops around the town centre are much better occupied than they were a decade ago. But, fundamentally, Lewisham remains in much the same physical level it was back then. Regeneration on building stock has been, at best, small and incremental.
What separates Lewisham from the other two, I suspect, is that Lewisham never sank quite so low. It never became quite so run down. It's an odd thought, but areas which want to go up-market, probably have to go very down-market first.
June 26, 2005
June 25, 2005
June 20, 2005
More than one-fifth of people who read newspapers on the internet have all but abandoned purchasing print editions, a report has found.
A US survey by the research company Nielsen//NetRatings revealed that 21% of internet users who read daily newspapers have transferred the bulk of their newspaper reading to the internet.
As if that wasn't frightening enough for those of us who still work in the dead tree media, the story carries on:
The study comes after the president of News Corp and Rupert Murdoch's righthand man, Peter Chernin, admitted last week that his children got their news online.
Even TV's in trouble�
June 18, 2005
The book is as delightful as one would expect from this talent guy. It's a collection of strips from the web site, but with a pile of extras and some improvements to the originals that make it more a Director's Cut DVD than anything else. However, I was just about to chuck the envelope away when I spotted a little sketch Mr Allison had done on the back, which I've reproduced above.
He has a knack of making you me feel very good about buying his stuff, and this is the sort of lovely little touch that creates that feel.
Nice work, sir.
June 16, 2005
June 15, 2005
June 8, 2005
For various reasons, I have been �outed� as a blogger at work.
Time to be even more careful about what I write�
June 7, 2005
Andrew Brown again:
Who recycles more?:
I wanted to check whether recycling is a 'middle class hobby' - as some people have expressed it to me.
I'm pleased to be able to say it isn't.
This doesn't surprise me that much. The richest people I know are also the ones least likely to recycle.
June 6, 2005
Spotted via Andrew Brown's blog:
I presume that these are the people who are occupying the former Princess Louise Institute building on Hales Street in Deptford, which used to belong to my church, the Shaftesbury Christian Centre. History time: the building was condemned by a surveyor some years back and finally sold by the church's parent organisation the Shaftesbury Society last year. You can see some pictures of the church clearing out the building prior to the handover here.
The actual Ragged School was actually on a different site, now home to the nearby housing blocks, but was Deptford's main school in the era before state education. Christian people of the day used to come together to educate the local street urchins, and often found that they had to feed the kids before they could teach them anything, they were so starving. I have some historical photos kicking around somewhere which I must post. They clearly show the reason the operation was called a Ragged School - they kids' clothes were little more than rags. (More about Ragged Schools here.)
When the state took over education, the Ragged School became the PLI and then the SCC, and is still a functioning worship community today.
Slightly surprised to see a condemned building in use, but more power to them...
As I walked to work this morning, Lee High Road was ablaze. Or, to be more accurate, the former Hartwell Ford garage that's being demolished was ablaze. Lorna reports seeing an unfortunate cigarette / diesel incident that caused the fire. Whoops. Whoosh.
Now, I don't mean to criticise the team taking down the building. Actually, I lie. I do. In the past few weeks, they've had planned fires belching out nasty black smoke. They've brought a kid with them during half term and allowed him to play on the site. They wander around using welding torches without the slighted sign of protective equipment.
Glad as I am to see something being done with the site, these guys make me nervous.
June 4, 2005
And we're not talking about the magazine:
BBC NEWS | Business | Country life key for homebuyers:
Homebuyers value being near green open space more than living close to shops or other amenities, a survey from Halifax Estate Agents suggests.
More than one in four homebuyers chose proximity to the countryside as the most important factor when choosing where to live.
Fewer than one in five said that being near shops, a good school or transport links was the key deciding factor.