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

Brexit, Landslip, Divorce & a Very Sussex Apocalypse

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WORDS: Gareth E. Rees LOCATION: Hastings, East Sussex The Stone Tide: Adventures at the End of the World is an apocalyptic black comedy set in Hastings, written by Unofficial Britain founder Gareth E. Rees, featuring Aleister Crowley, the Piltdown Man

The Militarised Countryside: A Journey to Imber, Salisbury Plain’s Ghost Village

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LOCATION: Wiltshire WORDS: Gareth E. Rees It’s a long road to Little Imber, Salisbury plain’s ghost village. The MOD have opened it for public access, as they do occasionally at Easter and Christmas. Turning off the A360 from Tilshead, the

An Exploration of St Peter’s, Cardross

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LOCATION: The Firth of Clyde, Scotland This is an extract from Angus Farquhar’s photo essay in the new book St Peter’s, Cardross  I set up NVA, an independent arts company (the letters stand for nacionale vita-activa, meaning ‘the right to

Magic & Mystery in the Mundane – An Exploration of Uncanny Places

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WORDS & PICTURES: Gareth E. Rees This is an edited Transcript of the talk I gave at the Hastings Storytelling Festival, Wednesday 9th November 2016. I want to tell you a story. It’s about how an erotic encounter with an

Uncanny Landscapes: From Pylon Love & Mad Benches to Car Park Epiphanies

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WORDS: Gareth E. Rees EVENT: Uncanny Landscapes at The Hastings Storytelling Festival, November 9th, 7pm, Havelock Road, Hastings (FREE) I’ve been kindly invited to speak at this year’s Hastings Storytelling Festival. Because it’s a festival of storytelling, I am going to

The North London Museum of Native American Culture: A Southeastern Rail Shaggy Dog Story

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LOCATION: Southeastern Rail, London, Hastings WORDS: Ben Thompson The first time I saw Tex (and although at that point I didn’t know his name, it would probably have been one of my first guesses) was at about eleven o’clock on

The Fate of England’s ‘Infant Hercules’

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A review of Stripped Tees: Endurance and Hope in the North East by Richard Milward and Natalie Hardwick [Influx Press, 2016] LOCATION: Teesside REVIEWER: Laura Harker “This remarkable place, the youngest child of England’s enterprise, is an infant, but if

Outer Space Travel In Manchester’s Makro

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LOCATION: Manchester WORDS: Gareth E. Rees I only remember Makro because of its car park, the space outside the place. The interior of Manchester’s warehouse cash ‘n’ carry store was forbidden to children under twelve, so my parents would leave

Pier Pressure: Matchbook etiquette and Dizzee Rascal’s Birthday Cake

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LOCATION: Hastings, East Sussex WORDS: Ben Thompson Piers are by definition irrational structures – temporary institutions, neither sea, nor land, living on borrowed time until the inevitable conflagration. But then, which of us hasn’t felt that way at one time