This hyperlocal thing is getting out of hand.
In fact, I’m thinking of starting a competition to see who can go the longest without leaving their own neighbourhood*. [*And maybe a secondary competition for the best alternative to the grating americanism that is the word ‘neighbourhood’, without resorting to ‘look at me, I’ve done TEFL’ continentalisms such as ‘quartier‘ and ‘barrio‘.]
Here’s my bid:
It is now more than a fortnight since I last travelled more than a postcode away from where I live. And yet in that time I have managed to lead a perfectly normal life of work and entertainment. Including…
an exhibition of punk posters… at the 198 Gallery in Herne Hill
dinner out with friends at award-winning restaurant… Angels & Gypsies
a Saturday night out with the girls… at the Plough
some superb pork dumplings… at Mama Lan, Brixton Village
a concert… ok it was at my daughter’s school, but the standard was not shoddy
a jumble sale
4 paid work shifts
a work meeting with a new client in their office
an interview/site visit for a feature I’m writing
a two-hour training walk… round Crystal Palace Park
And if I’d had time I could also have gone to free Friday film screenings every week this month c/o Nunhead and Peckham Free Film Festival
Not to mention the fact that roughly 80% of my Twitter interactions and reTweets seem to have involved people with a South London postcode.
Anyone else think they can claim the hyperlocal crown?