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….and so it came to pass, that after being told continuously that the unique Sensible Garden (the first park bench to be named after a punk, who still on this mortal coil), we are gathering to celebrate it’s 2.33(rpm!) birthday. With no committees, guardians, ‘friends of’ or anything involving a bureaucratic process, coupled with a militant attitude against anyone fly tipping – the community have constantly, consistently attended to maintain it’s appearance and continue to encourage it’s growth. When you pass you may see a few regulars sitting on the benches enjoying lunch, or a glass or two of their favourite tipple, the garden is for use by all to relax and enjoy watching the world go by, whilst safely in the arms of a Sensible environment where all are equal

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The toast is also going to be very special, as we are raising a glass to Robbie, all wishing his safe return. It was Robbie himself who unveiled the Sensible Seat with the Captain himself, and was instrumental in the hard work and motivation to all who contributed, whilst immediately understanding SNTB and contributing to the whole tone of the garden’s creation.

It is now four months since Robbie was last seen, but we are all still hopeful and looking forward to more evenings of swapping inspirational tall stories, whilst drinking a few but above all….laughing until it hurts.

As a reminder to our call for Robbie to safely return to his family and friends, the adjacent bench (The Sensible Seat’s Sister!) has been given a facelift and will be unveiled.

The personal statement from Ian below, sums up how SNTB feel:

Missing Robert – ‘cos he was a kindred spirit – he ‘got’ the Tourist Board from the start – he knew it was 50% hokum – and the other half bloody mindedness. There was no ‘can we do this – like renaming the lake’ – just a ‘of course we bloody can.

The Sensible Garden was perfect for him – ‘do we know who owns the land?’ No! Good – lets do it.

One day Robbie was heaving some vast filthy tarpaulin from the brambles. Ah I cried ‘a downed zeppelin skin no doubt’ Straight away Robbie was displaying the ‘zeppelin number’ to a local zeppelin expert who just happened to be passing – hello Jason.

Then it took off – it turned out a zeppelin had indeed been downed near the station – experts argued over the numbers on the skin – from Germany. The lettering was wrong – no said another it may have been on a secret mission.

Yes that was definitely the case me and Robbie concurred over a pint or two. – it was a secret mission.

Miss you Robbie.

Please come and share the laughter. We will all meet at 6:30 at the Sensible Garden for a toast and unveiling and then onto the ‘Shelvie Goaty’, to continue our drinking and talking bollocks – a night Robbie would love!

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wetland-wader-fundrasierAs those who have followed SNTB from the start, the Country Park has been a key part of us promoting all that is wonderful about South Norwood, as well as being used for a variety of our ‘events’. Who can forget the Battle of Lake Conan; SNTB vs Croydon Council, regarding the naming of the lake. Again the power of community won, defying the council and over 100 people strong witnessed a unique event.

The Friends Of South Norwood Country Park have returned with vengeance to ensure our jewel in the crown remains untouched and like a phoenix from the ashes, flying above it to ensure it’s natural state remains, enhancing and repaired where necessary and appropriate.

However, as with everything, funds are required to ensure all aspects of the park are maintained, so please support the events below, however you can:

Friends of South Norwood Country Park Wetlands for Waders Project

John Hickman and Carole Roberts will give a local history talk on the John Gent Postcards collection on Friday 14 October at 7.30 pm at Oasis Academy Arena, Albert Road. Attendance is free but donations towards the project will be welcomed.

“The John Gent Postcards Collection allows us an amazing peek into the Croydon, including South Norwood, of the past – not only in pictures, but also in messages sent to family and friends a hundred years ago. We will be briefly looking into how the collection of over 12 500 postcards was catalogued, and then delving into the treasures it contains.”

Friends of South Norwood Country Park are seeking donations for their newest project ‘Wetlands for Waders’ which will encourage different waders and waterfowl to the park. Working with the park wardens they hope to provide wader scrapes which will imitate natural hollows where water will collect. This will help to support high volumes of insects which feed birds and amphibians & will encourage plant species which benefit water voles. The scrapes can be designed to hold surface water and act as important wet features in their own right and can be used to channel water to the centre of fields. They are hoping to install a couple of long linear drains to feed a network of half a dozen scrapes. This work is supported by Croydon Council’s Environmental Services and the Water for Wildlife Manager from the Wildlife Trust. They expect that this work will cost in the region of £1,000 – £1,500.

The above says it all – once complete South Norwood will be home to an even bigger jewel!!

A new gold rush has started! The future is at our feet! The capitalist world’s demand for fossil fuel knows no bounds in its quest to provide ever more trinkets to keep the masses amused. Now, thanks to the Government’s relaxation of planning laws, we can all share in this bonanza! That is the message from the South Norwood Community Fracking Initiative, a body set up to exploit
“the wonderful opportunity to create an independent fuel economy for South Norwood.”
“The British Government has made some rather vague promises of compensation to households affected by fracking,” said a spokesman, “But, even they were to escape the clutches of the tax avoidance specialists, such measly amounts pale into insignificance against the profits that are going to be made.”
The South Norwood Community Fracking Initiative (hereafter referred to as SNCFI) argues that an independent fuel economy would see South Norwood well placed to ride out any economic shocks from Brexit without engaging in the speculative bubble economy of property development as some other parts of the borough have been prone to do, and provided a pretty impressive char.  Asked how their proposal was being greeted by the residents of South Norwood an SNCFI spokesman replied,
“Well, they are generally happy once we explain that extracting gas through fracking is well-known to be an easy process with very few environmental repercussions, save for the occasional geological one.”
The boffins at SNCFI have invented a new process to replace the pressurised water method favoured by the petrochemical industry, which is claimed to be wasteful and damaging to the water supply. SNCFI claim that their Mass Perturbation Technique (or MPI) is an innovation that will revolutionise the industry. At the appointed time – probably Tuesday evenings after work, the citizens of South Norwood will be called to South Norwood Lakes, a venue chosen both for its unique geological features and closeness to local bus routes. Everyone will be asked to bring a large black plastic sack.
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Fracking Practice?

Led by the fracking coordinator, a former choreographer for the Royal Ballet, they will then perform the specially composed Dance Of The Frackers. The synchronised leaping and landing of over 16,000 people will release the gas trapped deep underground (and perhaps some trapped closer to the surface). This will all rise into the air to be trapped in the bin bags, tied and taken to the huge tanks assembled at the edge of the site. According to SNCFI,
“It will be a magnificent spectacle, unrivalled in the modern world.”
Rather than individual payments, gas will be made available to all South Norwood citizens (possibly directly through their water-taps) free of charge in the hope of stimulating a form of gift economy within the area.
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Not actually Simon Fond as he phoned in.

Not all residents are happy though. Already a petition has been set up to oppose SNCFI which already has several signatures. However, local resident Mr Simon Fond, photo left, welcomed the news,

“The trouble with all these environmentalists and do-gooders is that they’re always moaning. . It’s about time someone grasped the potential of community fracking – I bet the Chinese have been at it for years! And if it does result in sinkholes appearing in my back garden – well, I’ve always fancied a pool.”
A spokesman for Croydon Council said,
“To be honest, if it doesn’t affect Central Croydon property prices you can do what you like.”

Robbie

Hope you are safe and well wherever you are.

Please contact someone to confirm that you are well and simply guerrilla gardening the whole country or wherever it is your path is taking you.

Captain Sensible has contacted us to express his concern and his hope you are well and safe.

Our thoughts are with you comrade in arms.

SNTB

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Robbie on far left with Captain Sensible.

 

Alternate title – who watches the watchers?

Yesterday, SNTB reaffirmed and reminded everyone not to worry about this morning’s referendum result as South Norwood is already a Republic. Anyway, within 30 minutes, despite comments and likes, our post vanished from Facebook and couldn’t be found in any of our history.

Was it the Ivor Cutler quote  that was offensive? Did someone complain?

…OR WAS IT DUE TO THE FOOTNOTE?

Before we get down to our experiment, I have replaced a potential source of the offence by replacing Mr Cutler with an inoffensive song by the world’s best comedian / top class entertainment, Ted Chippington. Enjoy…

 

A comedy legend in full flow, hopefully less offensive if anyone found Ivor Cutler inappropriate.

So now, without further ado let the Facebook censorship experiment commence! The questionable footnote from yesterday*:

*Note the irony that Facebook was created by a misogynistic whose main reason for it’s initial creation was to embarrass and humiliate a girl, and now used by by people  to spout bile, hatred and simple bollocks; life can be hard enough without people contributing to the general malaise of misery and anger.

This is automatically posted to Facebook but I don’t personally use it and believe it is actually detrimental to the development of society. Between Facebook and Google I think they now more than the CIA and GCHQ put together.

Note the potential irony that if Facebook removed the post due to our criticism they have they have confirmed  their dictatorial Machiavellian approach to ensure their programme’s design has the potential to dumb down society by censoring any criticism that questions their morality and any suggestion that its cultural effect on society is a metaphoric burning of selected literature to stop people questioning which may impact on their profit.

*Using Facebook leaves a bitter taste in my mouth but our ultimate agenda has always been to promote South Norwood and its wonderful hidden gems that are reminders of our rich history.

We shall see how long this post stays up, the footnote is now a quote and the new footnote is above. Anyone who guesses how long it remains up shall win a fine set of the Emporer’s new clothes with matching accessories.

Just in case you have been ‘outraged’ by our suggestions above, some more top class entertainment by Ted; let your outrage disappear through tears of laughter

We are the People’s Republic of South Norwood, promoting equality and regeneration regardless of barriers.

Whatever result is declared, the citizens of South Norwood can rest easy knowing we are an independent Republic; lets face it Croydon didn’t want us and neither did the GLC when  dividing up in 60’s, not that SNTB give a fuck what any governing body say or do. Our decoration of being a republic is more democratically legitimate than the house of Lords or the monarchy.

Always question the answers to destroy the lies.

However we must be prepared for all the people who will want to become a South Norwoodian, especially if the majority of the country have been fooled by people who never have to work a day in their life; note the 10 billion will not be divided up.

Before the potential backlash from all those armchair internet moaning people, who don’t actually seem to have a life apart from criticise and moan about everything on Facebook, REMEMBER there are those who actually do and those who talk or moan but don’t do anything positive*

 

On a personal note the whole contradictions of how a society works has made me laugh. As a child I was always taught that you can achieve great things united, teamwork not individualism – (just ask Ronaldo). Where has all our industry gone, along with the jobs and pride it brought. The fact that it has now been proven that the government blatantly lied about their intent to closure of the coal mines, and Scargill was actually right appears to be forgotten when listening to the Brexit, those who have the same selfish view on life as they did in the 80’s.

If we leave Europe  SNTB will be running a sweepstake as to how long it will take Boris et al to fully privatise the NHS, and how many people will no longer afford to get treatment for any ailment.

*Note the irony that Facebook was created by a misogynistic whose main reason for it’s initial creation was to embarrass and humiliate a girl, and now used by by people  to spout bile, hatred and simple bollocks; life can be hard enough without people contributing to the general malaise of misery and anger.

This is automatically posted to Facebook but I don’t personally use it and believe it is actually detrimental to the development of society. Between Facebook and Google I think they now more than the CIA and GCHQ put together.

 

 

Robbie