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.

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

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

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

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

Psychogeography from Huddersfield to Hackney

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The latest episode of Inside Culture on RTE Radio 1 features a report by Regan Hutchins from the 4th World Congress of Psychogeography, which took place in Huddersfield in September. The report features Unofficial Britain’s Gareth E. Rees as he explores

Welcome to the Molly House

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WORDS: Alex Cochrane In the 18th century the secret world of the molly house was a place for gay men to socialise, cross-dress and role-play. But it was also a place of danger and treachery. It must have taken some

Lowriders, Joyriders, Cruisers & Doughnuteers – Car Park Life at Night

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LOCATION: A supermarket car park near you, probably. WORDS: Gareth E. Rees In 2014, Plymouth’s Crownhill retail park hosts a nocturnal gathering of around hundred cars and five hundred people. A twenty-year old named Christopher Budd enters a skills competition with

The Gallows Pole: Myth & The Taxonomy of Terrain in Yorkshire’s Rebel Landscape

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WORDS: Gareth E. Rees LOCATION: Yorkshire Benjamin Myers’ The Gallows Pole [Bluemoose Books] is a novel about the Cragg Vale Coiners, a band of forgers led by David Hartley in the 18th Century. The Gallows Pole opens with a taxonomy

Lost British Landscapes

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LOCATION: The Submerged Coastline of the UK WORDS: B G Nichols In September 1931 the trawler Colinda set sail from Lowestoft on a routine trip towards the Leman and Ower Banks some 25 miles off the coast of Norfolk in