I failed to make it to the Brockley bloggers meet-up last night, out of overwork and exhaustion, exacerbated by a rare case of going camping at the weekend, not my idea of relaxation. But I can report, a week late, on the Lewisham bloggers meet-up a week ago.
I got there late, so I missed Max and Wulf and Adrian. But I was really pleased to finally meet Neil and Henry, as well as catch up with Rob, Michael, Andrew and Sue. I kind of failed to chat with the legendary Inspector Sands (currently of the Last Bus Home), despite sitting across the table from him all night. Topics of conversation included Class War back in the day, the synagogues of SE London, the Israel boycott, unusual ethnic mixes, the pleasures of Catford, where Brockley ends, anti-Germanism, and the pleasures of being an ex-Labour Party member. Other highlights included the (hopefully to be made a regular institution) singing of "The Red Flag" on passing Jim Connell's house on Stondon Park on the way home.
Other local news: the Solidarity Federation and the Post Office (via Andrew); the death of the lead singer of Mud; the privatization of schools.