Big lunch in the rain

This post is for Brockley Dave.

I had a wonderful Brockley weekend. In Saturday's glorious sunshine, I was on Hillyfields at the Brockley Max festival. Some galleries here. Thankfully, no Gilad Atzmon playing this year, and I didn't manage to lose any of the kids I was in charge of this year. Didn't realise that excellent new local business Hills and Parkes would have a food stall, so bought a Turkish picnic from the TFC in Lewisham. Brockley Max is now in its 11th year, and testament to the level of communal and creative energy down here.

Then Sunday was Big Lunch day. Lewisham is the world capital of big lunches, apparently. There were several in my area. In what estate agents are now calling "Crofton Park Village", Peter the butcher (a local hero) had a busy day supplying meat to the barbecues, and there were bouncy castles across Honor Oak Park.

Unfortunately, the weather was not so good. (I blame David Cameron for corrupting the word "big".) The street I was on we had a cake competition, rum punch, a pub quiz, a salsa lesson, a raffle and some gorgeous food. It all got a bit British by the end, sheltering under the gazebo, but wonderful nonetheless.

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Here's Marlin Chops, who headlined at Brockley Dave's big lunch ("despite gazeebo galore the equipment and band was in danger from water getting in"), doing a not bad version of one of my favourite songs, all too apt given the weather.

And here's my ruminations and second thoughts about the big lunch and the big society.


davebrockly said…
thanks alot for putting that up actually poor old "marlon chops" didn,t get to play .Just as they were going to start too much water went on the wires and they had to pack up as it was getting too dangerous.
They deserved the plug because they supplied the pa etc that others got to use .

at least others can now see what they might have been like. maybe next year.
but thanks to everybody who helped set up Crofton park roads party because they did an excellent job .
davebrockly said…
got to work but here is a link to the best ever song about Hilly Fields what a neo-psycedelic classic by Nick Nicely .Apparently an influence on XTC becomming the Dukes of Stratosphere not sure of the video though .
camilla baker said…
A Big well done from all of us here at The Big Lunch. The band were great!!

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