I've just come across this thread about my blog at PerronetHouse.com. I'm glad there are readers. To answer the few old queries and comments above I can confirm that the blog relaunched a few weeks ago with a total change in emphasis. Where as before I shared the horrors and frustrations of the place I've decided to search for the positive in this place. Hence what was once "the trials and tribulations of a tower block" is now "the celebration". It's an experiment in rejuvenating this place and trying to lift spirits here and beyond. I began by gardening here and with that doing well I now want to see how much I can turn around the place by making people feel as passionate about the place as I do. It's not just the building but the people here, it's the friendliest place I've lived in London, even though it's the only place where I've had my flat threatened with arson, had a screw driver shoved into me (fortunately a cardboard box was between me and the offending weapon) and had my car stolen by a neighbour. You don't either love or hate Perronet House, you love it and hate it at the same time.
The blog briefly went off line this summer as I figured out how to change it, but should now be entirely accessible at http://www.perronethouse.com. I hope you find it as enjoyable to read, though like any news outlet, perhaps the horror stories are more compelling than the good news.
Other points to clear up:
- Longlaner wrote that I'd won BBC talent a few years ago... I've no idea where that idea came from as I've not entered.
- If the South London press want to employ me, just give me a call. My first book will be published by Bloomsbury in May 2008 and SE1 features prominently in it.
- Please do enlist at http://www.guerrillagardening.org, join me on one of our local digs and buy one of our Lavender Pillows harvested from our illicit field on Westminster Bridge Road. Our other giant triangle of sunflowers at the top of Blackfriar's Road / Stamford Street junction (currently still flowering at a height of about 8 foot) needs to be dug up with bulbs later in the month, a date will be announced shortly.
Thanks Perronnetonian. I am a close neighbour, a Gaywoodian. I may yet buy another Lavender Pillow, but am a bit beyond any useful digging due to general decrepitude. I did find the 'trials and tribulations' a good read if a bit depressing. I hope however that the new 'celebration' won't be undiluted saccharine!
I think most close neighbours as well as strangers and passers-by appreciate the guerrilla gardening work which so improves the locality and I am sure we would all wish to thank you and the other workers for your great efforts.
The Perronet House cake was delicious, if a little sugary, because we used icing sugar paste to glue all those biscuits together! It was also extremely delicate, bits fell off with the slightest wobble, just like the real thing.
Jackie, I'd love to come to your fireworks night. What are the details?... and I can I suggest a "cake-off" between all those living in Elephant & Castle landmarks. I want to see MCH, Albert Barnes Tower, Draper House and the Heygate in cake... Andrew H pointed me to a previous landscape version of the Elephant in cake, but whoever the chef was had a very poor sense of geography and architecture, it could have been Potsdamer Platz for all I know.