Monthly Archives: November 2010

Fresh mint coming soon!

Selecta Vending Machines in Blackheath Station
Dear Selecta,

Thanks ever so much for adding your vending machines to Blackheath Station. The machine isn’t filled up yet, but I notice there’s a poster on the side of it, suggesting the kinds of food it will contain. From the look of the poster, I’m really looking forward to being able to purchase:

  • fresh oranges (and their peel)
  • cappucino (with chocolate sprinkled on top)
  • crumbly dark chocolate
  • iced water in a glass
  • and mint!

Please can you let me know when these things will be available, as other machines tend to stock Pot Noodles, Twixes, HulaHoops, and lots of other rather unhealthy processed food!

Thanks,

The Bugle.

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Blackheath Fireworks 2010 Roundup

So yet again, Bugle-Dad-birthday (and a wedding to attend) meant that Mr & Mrs Bugle could not, and possibly will never manage to attend the biggest and best fireworks display held in their back garden (almost). So instead, to compensate I have re-lived the event by tragically staring into my laptop screen, whilst waving a sparkler. More below:

Lovely high definition video of the fireworks, from a Nokia phone (youtube user macintoshmorrisson)

An historical perspective on bonfire night in Blackheath from Andreas Moser, with links to more youtube videos.

“As far as I am aware, this is the only country that annually celebrates the failure of an assassination attempt on its head of state.”

When you put it like that, it does sound a bit odd…

Another HD video of the fireworks (no point in watching them at a lower rate!)

Great photo by Liam Hayter. Makes me wish I’d been there.

dclovell on twitter:

Blackheath fireworks were great. Lewisham Council showed Greenwich how to do it: big, not too long, no awful music. http://yfrog.com/eqt1hfj

Perry Luke on twitter:

All of Blackheath is engulfed in a thick low-lying smoke. Quite amazing, feels like a film set.

AnnaBucks on Twitter:

Blackheath fireworks. The best thing Lewisham Council does. http://twitpic.com/34joan

Apart from, you know, the schools, hospitals, GPs, libraries, etc etc :)

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Rickety bridge appears at the station

Temporary Railyway Bridge at Blackheath Station
Any takers to try it? Looks like it would barely hold the weight of two people…

By the time they’ve finished “enhancing” the station (so far only with a high fructose corn syrup dispenser), it will look as lovely as Calais. Thanks to David for the pics.

In other news, our landlord wants to put the rent up, and we’ll never be able to afford to buy a flat here. Feeling glum.
Temporary Railyway Bridge at Blackheath Station

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Meeting about Huntsman’s Field Property Development

There’s a meeting to discuss the plans to build on the Huntsman’s Field, at 8pm on Thursday 4th November. It’s being held at St Michael & All Angel’s Church Hall, Pond Road, Blackheath. Apparently it is for Cator Estate shareholders only, although I’m not sure how they’ll check, and indeed whether that’s really fair. Anyone trying to get the train in the morning will be affected by the building of hundreds of new flats in Blackheath.

The residents association are opposing the development on the grounds that it:

  • will provide an unsafe and dangerous junction at the corner of Manor Way/Brooklands Park will generate additional motor traffic
  • could very easily provide a ‘cut through link’ for all traffic from the KDA to the Cator Estate, vastly increasing (and introducing third party) traffic movement and volumes on the Cator Estate
  • will detrimentally affect the character of the Conservation Area and amenity of the Cator Estate
  • will detrimentally affect the character and amenity of the Cator Estate by virtue of the height and scale of certain buildings on the north boundary (being some 3-3.5 storeys) and the western boundary (3-5 storeys)

Don’t forget, the wonderful thing about our planning laws is that the developers only have to win once. See Foxtons, for example.

More details in their newsletter (PDF).

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