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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

Haunted by a Nuclear Power Station

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WORDS: Gareth E. Rees LOCATION: Hastings In 2013 I left London for good. It was traumatic. Fifteen years in that city, longer than any single place I’d lived for the forty years I’d been crawling over the earth’s surface. In

The Stone Tide – Psychedelic Visions at the World’s End

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FILM: Martin Fuller ‘The Stone Tide’, a short film by Martin Fuller, follows Unofficial Britain’s founder Gareth E. Rees, author of The Stone Tide [Influx Press, 2018] as he walks through Hastings with his dog Hendrix. “Winter by winter, the

Uncanny Waters: Life and Death by Coasts and Canals

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LOCATION 1: London, The Social, 28th February – tickets here LOCATION 2: Hastings, Electric Palace Cinema, 2nd March 2018 – tickets here This February and March, Unofficial Britain is proud to take part in two evenings of film, stories and