Franco Rosso RIP – director of Babylon

The film director Franco Rosso, best known for the classic sound system movie Babylon (1980), has died (see John Eden's obituary). Born in Italy in 1942, he attended Camberwell College of Art and was working at the Albany in Deptford along with the film's co-writer Martin Stellman when they conceived of a film based around ...

Christmas Meerkats of Nunhead Grove

As in previous years, a couple of houses in Nunhead Grove SE15 have brightened up the area with their Christmas decorations. Favourite feature for me is the Christmas hat wearing meerkats.The display put me in mind of Les Back's excellent piece about Christmas lights, Fairytale of New Addington: 'At the heart of this story is ...

What didn’t happen in 2016

Before I write the Brockley Central review of the year, I thought it would be worth reflecting on three things that don't appear in the 2016 round-up. These are stories and themes that were staples in previous years, but were happily absent in the last twelve months:Brockley murderWith depressing regularity each summer, as the nights ...

Vote for the best local newcomer 2016

Voting for the Best Newcomer 2016 Award is now open. Previous winners have included Masala Wala, The Brockley Deli, Brockley Market and Gently Elephant, so 2016 has a lot to live up to.Despite much of this year's local newcomer action falling just outside the catchment area, in PLACE Ladywell, The Deptford Project, Brockley Rise and ...

Brickfields, 293 Brockley Road

Dark star: Brickfields is deliberately dark, inside and outBrickfields, the new Brockley Road bar from the team behind The Orchard, launched this week and is open every night from 6pm-midnight (except Christmas Eve, when it shuts at 10.30pm).Like The Orchard, the owners have come up with an unfussy recipe, focused on atmosphere, rather than gimmicks. ...

The Telegraph Hill booksale for Crisis

Tamsin writes: Having a clear out for Christmas? Please donate any unwanted books - fiction, non-fiction, magazine collections, children's - to the regular fundraiser for CRISIS.  This will be held in the Telegraph Hill Centre, SE14 5TY (on the 343 and 484 bus routes and with parking in the streets nearby) on Saturday 7th January ...

Talking Trees at Number 57

It's late we know, but we didn't want the year to end without mention of a rather understated, but really rather wonderful evening hosted by our friend Mary McGeown, the owner of Number 57 on Loampit Hill. On Sunday 30th October, a group of us gathered in the beautiful space shared with L'Oculto Wine & Tapas Bar (who provided ...

India shows us how it’s done!

Well, here's an end of year good news story (and my word, do we need more of them!) ...In Uttar Pradesh, India, activists have planted almost 50 million trees in just 24 hours! We thought this was some sort of crazed exaggeration when we first read it, but no — it happened on July 11 ...

Once were Tea Dancers

An application has been made to convert the empty Brockley Cross Tea Factory retail units into a two-bedroom flat.The space has variously functioned as a gallery space, a life drawing studio, estate agent and an implausibly elaborate Tea Dance-themed childcare centre (in the days when Brockley entrepreneurs thought business plans were dangerously capitalist and the ...

Coming very soon: Brickfields

Brickfields, the new Brockley Road bar from the team behind The Orchard. Its test-run last night went swimmingly and the public opening is imminent.An early Christmas present for Brockley and a shot in the arm for this Midtown stretch. Somewhere to go past 11pm in Brockley. This is a big deal. #brickfieldsbar you are so ...