So now we know. The final bid for the Blackheath Fireworks VIP ticket was £1000. Placed by the mysterious “0***o” (an anonymous name given by eBay) on October 28th at 7:21am, the user has 0% positive feedback, so let’s just hope it’s not a spoof account. In the meantime, I’m personally looking forward to the bidding for the “pay to get your wheelie-bins left back where you put them” auction. Should be a corker.
Item number: 330487371384
Item title: START BLACKHEATH FIREWORKS + VIP EXPERIENCE FOR TEN
Winning bid: £1,000.00
Time Ended: 31-Oct-10 17:36:43 GMT
Duration: 10 days
Info This item has ended.
Only actual bids (not automatic bids generated up to a bidder’s maximum) are shown.
Automatic bids may be placed days or hours before a listing ends.
Bidder Member Id: 0***o ( 1 )
Bid Amount £1,000.00
Bid Time 28-Oct-10 07:21:03 BST
Bidder: 0***o ( 1 )
Feedback: 0% Positive
Item description: Item Title: START BLACKHEATH FIREWORKS + VIP EXPERIENCE FOR TEN
Bids on this item: 1
Total bids: 1
Items bid on: 1
Bid activity (%) with this seller: 100% Help
Bid retractions: 0
Bid retractions (6 months): 0
So the great Lewisham Council eBay experiment ends in just under an hour. It’s currently up at £1000. What do you think the end price will be? Correct answer gets a damp squib… Graph above by me, based on my dodgy data munging here.
Just back from holiday, and couldn’t help remembering back to this piece in the Guardian.
When you’re performing the required turn of security theatre at Heathrow, spare a thought for Blackheath’s most infamous school-boy.
Image from Wikipedia.
…if you take the train. I really like the logo – it looks so solid, and reminds you that people used to know how to manufacture things in this country! The Phoenix Foundry, who built the posts that hold up Blackheath’s station roof, also built parts of Nottingham station. The foundry was built on Canary Island in Derby, so called because it was surrounded by canals on all sides. More info about the company, and its various names at the National Archives. Poster below, advertising the “Phoenix’s Steam Engines and Thrashing Machines” from a website called revolutionary players:
The poster is a bit washed up now, but here’s the text from it:
This black and white kitten / young cat was found at 123A Lee Park on 18/10/10. If this is your cat, please contact Rich on 07772167911. The kitten will be looked after until we find the owner
Above is a hastily knocked up chart showing the bidding so far on Lewisham Council’s Blackheath Fireworks eBay page.
The x-axis isn’t correct, as it doesn’t show the dates & times properly. If anyone wants to make a better one, the data so far is here as a google doc. I won’t be updating it this week, as I’m on holiday, but will try and make a better one on my return. Apparently the mayor of Lewisham was on LBC Radio yesterday, complaining to Shouty Nick Ferrari about Greenwich council failing to stump up any cash… I looked for a podcast or recording of it, but couldn’t find it on LBC’s website. See you in a week.
Classy. From their website:
Lewisham Council is aiming to boost its public appeal for donations towards this year’s Blackheath fireworks on 6 November by offering the chance to bid on eBay for a VIP night out at South London’s largest firework display. The VIP package includes the privilege of starting the firework display itself.
The successful bidder will not only win the chance to launch the firework display but a VIP package that includes:
* access for up to ten people to an exclusive VIP viewing area for the duration of the display
* a private tour of the firing zone by experts from Pains Fireworks where all the fireworks will be laid out ready to fire (the tour will take place at 6pm, two hours before the display itself)
* VIP parking for three cars in the very heart of the event
* 10 meal vouchers from the Fine Food Company
* 10 drink vouchers to be used at any of the mobile bar units supplied by Creative Bars
* 10 hot chocolate vouchers supplied by Jaz and Jules
* Glo sticks for the whole party provided by Limelight Entertainment Ltd.
The eBay auction will start at 7pm on Thursday 21 October with a starting price of just 99p. Bidding will continue until 7pm on Sunday 31 October.
This is not the first time that land on the common has been auctioned on eBay. Although the last one was a lot funnier.