How I killed (and revived it later)

Just a flying update, this one; I’d intended to write more, but it’ll have to wait.

A few people have mentioned the SE5Forum website being offline, and I have to take responsibility for this. There are changes ahead for the website, and as an interim measure I was asked to move all the files to a different web host in preparation for the changes. However, I didn’t manage to do this in the timely fashion that was needed, and the old hosting deal expired.

The forum area of the site is actually now online again and available to use; it’s hosted at:

Which isn’t a very memorable address, but will soon be relocated at the domain as usual.

Update: The address is currently updating on internet servers, so the site may appear wacky for the next day or so.

In the meantime, if you wish to use it you should be able to log in with your existing username and password.

I’m not any kind of spokesman for the forum (and, indeed, have no official involvement with it at all), I just wanted to let people know that the only reason it’s not available is tardiness on my part.

Author: Peter

Long-time resident of Camberwell, author of this blog since July 2004.

26 thoughts on “How I killed (and revived it later)”

  1. Thanks Peter.

    I always admire your upfront-ness.

    Have a good weekend.

    In the Appeal Court Monday 10.30am. The case could change the whole construct of pub rents across the UK, or leave me with a 150K debt.

  2. Indeed, Mark, I will chant for your every success. It’s easy to forget just what an original and influential pub the Sun and Doves has been for many years now; seems silly to stop really. Good luck.

  3. Peter does this mean you are the administrator again?

    There have been tech problems with SE5 website for some time, and my understanding was that there were IT conflicts between your original set-up and a newer one installed by someone else?

    Anyway it’d be nice to have you back, consolidating and rectifying; it’d give you something to do when you’re not having haircuts and taking Mrs G for relaxed weekend brunches.

    Be happy

  4. Norman @5

    Nice one, it kind of puts in perspective some of the media-hyped hysterical rantings regarding the youth of today…

    There were more than a few John Bowden type characters around here back in the day!

  5. My Mum knew the wife of one of Bowden’s accomplices. She said, “He was a bad article as well.” I’d say that’s an understatement, Mum!

  6. “John Bowden is unlawfully at large. If anyone is aware of his whereabouts, they should contact the police.”

    Wonderful. I’m off to Tesco.

  7. Stain at the drop of a hat Norman and the next problem is the medium size is much too large and they work their way round into twists and turns and become very uncomfortable. The final issue is of practicality. All places I have been to recently for my five yearly stock up on underwear have not had basic, old fashioned Y fronts. All sorts of ‘slips, shorts, pants, boxers’ and there’s a few other invented names besides I can’t remember.

    And few of them have a willy hole. I find this amazing. No willy hole in underpants. What happened to the onward march of 25,000 years of civilisation?

  8. The soft tears of the angels rained sadly and solemnly on Nunhead Cemetery Open Day yesterday. There seemed to be many more people there than walked through the gates, which was strange.

  9. You have the freedom of the old Borough of Camberwell, Mark, so the Southwark Sparrow reports. What sort of thing can you now do, in your Y fronts, in old Camberwell?

  10. Ha! I thought I might turn it into a chance to walk the old borough boundary and record its extent on flickr then set up a movement (democratic of course) demanding that the old borough be reinstated with its own tax raising powers and toll gates at every crossing from the outside in and… take over the town hall and make it a magistrates’ court and make the magistrates’ court into the Camberwell Civic Centre for international crafts commerce and culture, make Camberwell baths into a leisure sports and arts centre, linked across Church Street with the police station converted into supporting role combined with local shopping when Butterfly Walk Somerfield becomes a Waitrose shop local; let the ground floor shops as loss leaders to high quality traders of all descriptions and build marvellous bijoux town centre housing above with roof terraces and high rise gardens to complement the St George’s stuff. All this would fit in well with the plans to bring an arts crafts and farmers market to the centre of Camberwell; reinstating Camberwell Fair; and a few other things like a cinema with cafe and bars and a new library.

    or something like that. Did I forget to mention the district heating or the plan to make Camberwell GREEN?

  11. Mark @16

    It won’t be long now before Southwark Council leave Camberwell for the non-descript office blocks in Tooley Street and that beautiful art-deco building is reclaimed by the residents of Camberwell Borough Council

    Which don’t forget also includes Dulwich,Nunhead and Peckham

    Good luck with the court case Mark…

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the judge won’t be a Keynesian gimp…

  12. I thought Keynes was all about loosening the shackles of neo-classical economic theory, not introducing new ones.

  13. florian @20

    His teachings have always been fully embraced by the neo-conservative crowd…

  14. Not really: neo-libs/neo-cons very much a reaction against intervention of the type he proposed (Friedman, Hayek, rational expectations etc). But what’s that to do with sunny Camberwell. Is there a Serfdom Road locally?

  15. As far as I understand it, the neo-con variant of Keynes’ model is Military Keynesianism, in which governments ramp up military spending in order to promote economic growth; otherwise known as ‘the 21st Century’.

    Keynes is generally unfairly blamed for the World Bank/IMF; his model was never implemented according to his original proposal, and was co-opted by the strong economic power of the US.

    And that’s all I know about Keynes!

  16. Keynes as mustard.

    Thanks — seriously — for the good wishes in court today folks. As was impossible to predict, therefore rather predictable, the appeal court judge threw out one part of our application but upheld the second part. All advice said the first was almost unassailable and the second much weaker.

    So the long and short of it is that the Arbitrator in the Sun and Doves’ rent review has been instructed by the appeal court to reinvestigate his award and apply some figures to his calculations that were put to him by us (my side) but which he completely ignored in arriving at his initial rental increase figure.

    This, essentially is a victory, although not an earth shattering repudiation of the rent review process, and could mean that the rent set finally is fair and we won’t be put out of business by the increase and back rent and the massive fees accumulated by the other side.

    So knackered, relieved and still here to revisit another day in court.

    As a precedent it will take time to filter through.

  17. Keynes plan/teachings were therefore misinterpreted to suit the selfishness of the bourgeois supremacy and maintain their hold on power.

    That’s what I was trying to explain in the first place but the rudimentary nature of my comprehensive school education has deprived me of the ability to instantly articulate my thoughts in a concise way.

    So it was rather like the liberty that they took with Charlie Darwin’s teachings I suspect…

    You know: the law of the jungle, winner takes all, man is a captain of industry and therefore should have no conscience because it’s just a matter of natural selection, blah,blah,blah argument

    Which is perhaps why Darwin got depressed and spent the rest of his life almost as a total recluse…

    Mark — Glad to hear that the case was a strange sort of good news — at the very least anyway

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