If you hadn't guessed, this blog is all about SE11, which includes most of Kennington, Oval and Vauxhall, but I will mention surrounding places in so far as they affect local residents.
There's no particular focus, but I'm interested in community initiatives, politics, environmental issues, planning matters, local events and anything else that affects our tiny postcode. As a one person band, I don't try to cover all of the news, but there are other local blogs that fill in the gaps.
I'm quite excited about the new focus on hyperlocal blogs and Twitter because one of my key interests is building and sustaining local communities, in spite of the market forces that sometimes seem to mitigate against people getting to know one another. I'd argue that being a good neighbour is a skill that takes years to acquire, but in London, there are not many places where people of different class, colour, background and interests can meet one another any more to learn that skill. I want this blog to offer that kind of virtual space, but I'm still working out how to make that happen.
I choose to remain anonymous because I try to remain reasonably impartial. I want this blog to be a platform for debate and a place to air local issues that don't interest the South London Press or Lambeth Life. Politically, I'm generally on the side of the people who do not currently hold power in local or national government. If you are involved in local organisations, you'll likely know who I am, but I'd rather you didn't name me, since I can cause more trouble when fewer people know my identity :)
You can contact me by emailing me at my SE11 Lurking place here: LurkingaboutSE11@googlemail.com where my assistant, Ms Tri Porteur will attempt to respond to your queries as soon as possible. Also, if you are holding any local event (Kennington, Oval, Vauxhall, North Lambeth or Elephant) or want to publish some regional news or spread some local gossip, drop me a line and I'll do my best to blog about it.
Please don't send me leaseholder enquiries... I haven't a clue what to do with them!
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