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September 29, 2011

Changes

Saying goodbye to LewishamIt has been a week of changes, which is one of the reasons for my silence on the blog. The big change came on Monday, when we finally completed the sale of the flat I've lived in for the last decade and a half. For a short while, I am no longer a property owner. Instead, I'm a happily renting with my wife in a town on the south coast, and positively relishing not having a home in London for the first time since, as far as I can recall, 1990. After two decades I am officially no longer a Londoner. And yet, I'm not tired of life. ;-)

And that means some changes for this blog. During 2004 and 2005, this blog was often focused on Lewisham and its surrounds. That phase has long passed, and apart from some recent quick flings with my past, it's not coming back. This blog is now firmly around the intersection of journalism, social media and technology, and I have other places for other subjects. Most particularly:

And there's assorted other stuff, too, but those are the blogs that have inherited what were once parts of this blog's remit. So feed free to dump this feed if you don't care about journalism/social media/technology and pick up one of the others instead...

And, as the week was already one of adapting to change, I made the decision to change the software running this blog. The last time I mentioned this, I was choosing between Movable Type 5, Melody and WordPress. I dismissed WordPress first. Although I create the majority of new blogs I set up on the platform, the effort of migrating the 3000+ entries on this blog, plus all the assets, and then getting the URLs all lined up just didn't seem worth the benefits I'd get. Melody fell next - I like and respect what the team behind it are doing, but they haven't yet persuaded me that they're in it for the long-haul. Perhaps if version 1.1 was out by now, I might have chosen differently. But it isn't, and I didn't. 

One Man & His Blog on Movable Type 5
And so, this blog continues its eight year history on Movable Type, finally hitting version 5 with this software upgrade. (5.12 for the pedants). 

A new start this week, on lots of levels. And lots of stuff to talk about. Onwards, to the future... ;-)
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September 20, 2011

-7: Scaling issues

Development scale in Lewisham

September 19, 2011

-8: Choices

Choices

September 16, 2011

-11: A commuter hub

Commuter Central

September 15, 2011

-12: Where cultures (and eras) meet

Where cultures meet

September 14, 2011

-13: A place that looks elsewhere

A place that looks elsewhere

September 13, 2011

-14: The inevitability of change

The inevitability of change.jpg

August 31, 2011

Riots = Hyperlocal Traffic

Brockley Central traffic graph
The London riots sent traffic through the roof, with 35,000 visitors on the Monday, when riots in Lewisham took place and 45,000 visitors on the Tuesday, when Brockley Kate provided coverage of the aftermath and we provided a live report, during which mostly nothing happened. On a good day, the site normally gets 2,000 visitors.

I'm not surprised - as someone who was monitoring the situation in Lewisham very closely, Brockley Central was the only reliable source of information when the national media was largely ignoring what was happening in Lewisham. 

August 9, 2011

Video of Lewisham Riots, last night

After the London riots: some links

Burned out car

A burned-out car not far from my Lewisham flat, from a photo set by Tom Royal.

A rough night in London, as looters smashed up and burnt high streets all over the capital.

Morning has dawned, with the #riotcleanup hashtag, promoted early on by Dan Thompson, helping people co-ordinate themselves to clean up the damage of the night before. Proof, if you want it, that social media is inherently neutral, and that people can use it for good or ill.

Some links:

Clapham looks shut this morning:

[via @greencourier]

More as I find them.

Update: 10.10am

Eager to get going #clapham #riotcleanup #londonriots on Twitpic

People waiting to join #riotcleanup in Clapham, via Simon Parsons

Update: 10.20am

Update: 10.45am

The Great Harry pub in Woolwich (via @darryl1974)

The Great Harry pub, Woolwich  on Twitpic

Feels like a miracle that no-one's been killed in the riots yet, especially when you see this:

Update: 12:01pm

There's been a definite shift away from recording the damage and arranging positive action, into blame-storming and political posturing, which I'm less interested in chronicling.

Here's a last link for now, channeling the positive vibe of this morning.

August 8, 2011

Trouble in Lewisham Tonight

There's trouble in my long-term home of Lewisham tonight. Joseph Stashko is doing a bang-up job of tracking it on Storify:


June 4, 2009

My First Post-Expenses Scandal Vote

Lewisham Polling Station
Just been to exercise my democratic rights. 

12 different parties and four independents on the ballot paper, which was the longest I've ever seen. And a pencil to vote with rather than a pen. 

Hmmm.

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