A few folk are meeting up for drinks on Sunday 4th July in the afternoon at The Harrison on Harrison Street in South Kings Cross to celebrate this webite's fourth birthday. All readers are welcome – to give me an idea of numbers let us know in the comments if you want to come along or reply to the daily email. Will advise on precise time nearer the day. [Update – let's make it 1700]
After several years of traditional campaigning – going to meetings, writing letters, sending email etc I tentatively set up this site in July 2006. I wanted help to manage the huge flow of information generated by local civic activism. At the time my main focus was an obsessive assault on fly tipping and broken street things in north Kings Cross where I lived at the time – on one night i had recorded 50 broken lights maintained by the council and there was an epidemic of litter and waste. I wanted to keep track of the things I had reported and let others know. I didn't really know what i was doing and was sceptical per se of 'blogs' but Tom Steinberg persuaded me that you could blog without being a t*sser and use a service like typepad to create a website.
Anyway with huge support from local people – especially Stephan, Sophie, Lisa, Diana, Paul, Daniel, the late Phil, Sarah and recently Clare and many others over four years this site has become a community endeavour, helped people fight campaigns and hopefully helped people change things for the better. So Tobias and others suggested a drink, which we probably deserve.