Monthly Archives: June 2011

Eclipsnic Tonight from 9pm!

Blackheath Eclipsnic Lunar Eclipse Picnic tonight 9pm
Come and wonder at the pink moon tonight on Blackheath! From 9pm the Flamsteed amateur astronomy society will be holding a lunar eclipse picnic (wonderfully dubbed the “Eclipsnic”), at the location shown above, which isn’t a million miles away from the Blackheath Tea Hut. Anyone can come along, it’s free, but I guess warm clothes and a pair of binoculars would be a plus. It’s a great idea. More info on their site.

See the previous post about this here.

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The Greenwich Park Encroachments…

If I had more time (which I don’t right now), I would take my GPS phone, and walk around all of the Olympic encroachments within Greenwich park. Trace a line exactly around the boundaries, and see that they match up exactly with what was promised. Trails is a good app to use for this. If anyone else has time, please send me the trails that you make! I can understand certain areas being fenced off, but is is really necessary to hang sheets over the fences to block the view?

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I’ve been embossed!

Went for a curry to recover from a day of wallpaper steaming at the lovely Spice of Life curry house, only to discover that they’ve put my review, and the reply on the back of their menus (the in-house ones, not the takeaways). What an honour!

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Lunar Picnic on the Heath

Supermoon over Blackheath, taken by twitter user howierayner
UPDATE: Map and more info in this post.
Flamsteed (the amateur astronomers club, based at Greenwich observatory) wrote:

On 15 June,from 9pm onwards,we will be having a picnic on Blackheath with @ROGAstronomers to view the lunar eclipse. All welcome. #eclipsnic

According to @TimandraHarknes The total lunar eclipse is on 15th June, and starts when the moon rises at 2112 untill late. It should be in a South-East to South direction.

NASA Techy eclipse info here (PDF).

Photo shows a non-eclipsed Supermoon over Blackheath, taken by twitter user howierayner.

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Polite protest

Shame on you Steve Bullock grafitti on Blackheath Library
Here’s the very polite graffiti left on the window of Blackheath Library. It doesn’t seem like enough of a protest. I wonder when is the last day that library users are allowed to borrow books from the library, and how many they are each allowed to borrow. I wonder if someone chaining themselves between the railings either side of the railway bridge on a busy Monday morning might have more effect than all of the alternative proposals, plans, and half-baked Big Society alternatives. The loss of a local library is intellectual theft from anybody who used to use it. And if any local luminaries feel like blaming it on the current government, or the previous government, then please don’t. We know. In the words of Uncle Monty “Shat on by Tories, shovelled up by Labour.”

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Is that it?

We have finally bought a flat, after years of renting right in the heart of the village (in a top secret location). It’s still just about in Blackheath.

Having been surrounded by a sector of retail that I’d never had to go anywhere near until the last few months – visiting the ever expanding Estate Agents of Blackheath was a strange sensation. So here’s a completely non-scientific survey:

Winkworth – Helpful, good for renting, but didn’t quite manage to find the place we were looking for. They found us our first rented flat in Blackheath, and we were very happy with it.

Felicity J Lord: Didn’t seem that interested in helping two completely helpless newbies in starting their way out on the journey. Felt like we couldn’t afford anything in there, but were probably just daunted by the process of buying a flat.

Kinleigh Folkard and Howard (KFH): Worked very hard to find us a place, including one that I’m totally convinced was actually haunted. Felt incredibly bad when we ended up buying a place with someone else, as they had showed us more properties than anyone else. I think they thought we were freaks. They may have had a point.

Foxtons: Ha! We’d just looked at a flat in Ryculff Square (near the PoW pub), offered by KFH. Then we looked at one next door, being sold by Foxtons. The Foxtons one was £20,000 more. It had a freshly painted front door, and some iron railings in front. Everything else was comparable. We didn’t go back.

Comber & Co: Rented us our second dodgy flat, promised a load of work that was never done. Implied that they would be more involved with the management of the property, then were uncontactable as soon as the contract was signed. As a result, we couldn’t bring ourselves to even look into their shop when trying to purchase a place.

Humphreys Skitt: Showed us one place that we totally fell in love with, but then started a bidding war between buyers, pushing it well over the asking price, and over what we felt it was worth. Left a bad taste, so we avoided after that.

John Payne: Well, we purchased our flat from them. Really not convinced that they added any value to the process. The estate agent got my name wrong twice. And slammed the phone down on me when we had a disagreement. Buying a mobile phone for £15 per month would require better behaviour… And yet, they won our business.

Which leads me to this great post about Makers not Takers:

If you’re making money from other people’s ideas, without creating anything, you’re accruing a debt. You’re a sinkhole in the system, into which value flows without any commensurate output. That’s not entrepreneurship, and if you even think it’s a business, then I have a queasy feeling about you. I imagine that your handshake is probably slippery.

Clearly this quote has nothing to do with Blackheath, but when you look at the estate agents encroaching on every part of the village, and then look at the real “Makers” of the village – Black Vanilla, Hand Made Foods, The Bookshop on the Heath, Buenos Aires Cafe, etc., I think you get the point. Be a maker, not a taker.

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