|Posted on Wednesday, 02 February, 2005 - 12:15 pm: |
Another favourable article on our hood, pg 27 in the property section of today's Independent. The first in a series for aspiring house-hunters who want "the lowdown on affordable yet attractive" spots.
Pity they didn't devote a little more time to fact-checking though. Postcode is noted as SE21, and the answer to the question "can you shop till you drop?" reads: "No. Forest Hill has a good local deli, and there's a Sainsbury at Bell Green east of Perry Hill. Otherwise, it's a schlep to busy Lewisham" (The boards around our own crumbling sainsbury's may have thrown the reporter off-scent. And personally I'd head for lordship lane over lewisham any day)
|Posted on Wednesday, 02 February, 2005 - 12:25 pm: |
Nothing like a bit of lazy journalism, is there?...Let's do a piece on FH without actually visiting the place or talking to people who lives there. That way we can recommend it to our readers without actually setting foot outside of Docklands and running the risk of coming in to contact with those horrid South London types. Genius. But won't our complete lack of knowledge be obvious to anyone with a brain? Who cares, it'll fill some space.
|Posted on Wednesday, 02 February, 2005 - 04:38 pm: |
Oh don't be so harsh - it's quite positive. At least FH is becomming more known, when we moved here two years ago from SW London most of our friends said forest where?
|Posted on Thursday, 03 February, 2005 - 10:15 am: |
Who cares whether a bunch of SW Londoners know where FH is? The article was a joke - can't see how it is supposed to be positive as it misrepresents the area by neglecting to mention a number of facilities. se21!! Go back to journalism school that man!
|Posted on Thursday, 03 February, 2005 - 10:44 am: |
Mrs H, I agree. I've been here 3/4 years, and it did feel like you were going home to a big black hole called south east london, where 'decent' people would never consider living.
I think the area has improved a lot in that time, and continues to do so. Yes, it may be far too slow, but the area is still on the up.
As for sloppy journalism, poor indy, I think the staff cuts may have gone a little too deep. Decent sports section though.
|Posted on Thursday, 03 February, 2005 - 11:15 am: |
The education section really takes the biscuit, recommending a school that closed down 15 years ago(the Sylvan is now Harris CTC} and both it and Prendergast have very tight catchment areas which pretty much exclude Forest Hill children from getting places. Finally Aske's is not fee paying as the article seems to imply.
|Posted on Thursday, 03 February, 2005 - 11:54 am: |
LOL - an area where 'decent' people would never consider living? What exactly do you mean by 'decent' people - nice middle class, Tony Blair-voting, Daily Mail-reading sorts, presumably. Nice to see that snobbery is alive and well in FH.
As for the excuse of staff cuts at the Indy, that still doesn't excuse all the errors in the article - it doesn't cost a lot of money to buy a train ticket to FH and wander around the place for a few hours.
|Posted on Thursday, 03 February, 2005 - 04:34 pm: |
My nomination for best quote of the week...PVP's description of his arrival in FH "feeling like you were going home to a big black hole called south east london, where 'decent' people would never consider living." As someone who was born and raised in SE London, I should be offended by such a jelly headed comment but it's almost amusingly quaint in its narrow mindedness.
|Posted on Thursday, 03 February, 2005 - 04:46 pm: |
Oh dear, I was reflecting the reaction of the lovely middle class masses of Clapham, Fulham, etc that I experienced when I first moved here.
If I didn't like it here, firstly I wouldn't have moved here, and secondly, wouldn't have stayed as long as I have. South-east London did used to have zero profile for people coming in from outside (apart from Students at Greenwich uni), but that has changed over recent years.
But maybe I'm just not a decent person? There, that squares the circle.