Fat Balls & A Lost Wedding Ring at a Sheffield Retail Park

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Author of Car Park Life, Gareth E. Rees, recounts the sorry tale of his trip to a retail park in Sheffield in which he encounters the Mad Hatter, fat balls, riverside poetry and loses his wedding ring.

The Supermarket Car Park Fugue

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On The London Ear show on Resonance FM, Unofficial Britain’s editor Gareth E. Rees reads from his new book Car Park Life (Influx Press) with car park music interludes selected by host Ben Thompson. LISTEN HERE: TRACKS: Euros Childs –

Jazz Odyssey Reveals The Secret Life of the Car Park

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WORDS: Gareth E. Rees MUSIC: Simon&thePope with Gareth E. Rees FILM: Martin Fuller PHOTO: Jeff Pitcher ‘It is Morrisons that lights the fire of my obsession. Not the supermarket itself but the space outside: the car park.’ Car parks are

Absurdities and Synchronicities: A Postman’s View of the Everyday

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WORDS: Gareth E. Rees reviewing Round About Town, by Kevin Boniface, Uniformbooks 2018 LOCATION: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire IMAGES: Kevin Boniface from Round About Town When I lived beside Hackney and Walthamstow Marshes, I was privileged to be a freelance writer who could

Object-Oriented Ontology: The Yorkshire Three

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LOCATION: YORKSHIRE FILM: A616 This is rather weird and wonderful… The film duo Joshua Alexander and Erkembode, who featured on Unofficial Britain in 2015 with their Hackney Marsh films (watch them here) , are back with an “Object-Orientated Ontology” trilogy

Fieldgate Street

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WORDS: Bobby Seal IMAGES: David Hoffman [© David Hoffman] Introduction: When I was a student in London in the 1970s I lived in a tenement block called Fieldgate Mansions in Whitechapel. The area was pretty run-down but had a fascinating history and

Wyrd & Riotous Calendars to Corrupt Your Poor Mind

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WORDS: Gareth E Rees LOCATION: The Year This month I’ve come into possession of two strange, unconventional calendars that turn the year inside out and upside down. First up… Wyrd Kalendar Wyrd Kalendar is written by Chris Lambert, the man behind

Hastings’ 1919 U-Boat Wreck: Dark Omen, Harbinger of Chaos, Agent of Eris

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WORDS: Gareth E Rees MUSIC: Wave Seer (Gareth E. Rees and James Weaver) In May 1919, the decommissioned U-boat 118 was on tow from France to be scrapped at Scapa Flow. But in a storm it broke loose and rolled

The Journey of a Memorial Bench, from Woodland Walk to Basement Techno

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WORDS: Gareth E. Rees MUSIC: Fireflies ft Gareth E. Rees In 2014 I went on a long walk through Brede High Woods in East Sussex, where I stumbled upon a memorial bench to a man named Duncan Sharp, upon which

Sound of the Sea & Shabby Magick

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CONCEPT/FILM: ZEROH. MUSIC: Fritz Catlin, Simon&ThePope WORDS: Michael Smith ZEROH hired drone company Drone On to record the walk along the front from St.Leonards to Hastings to accompany a commissioned piece by writer/ artist/ performer Michael Smith. ZEROH asked Michael