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 Digger’s Tale

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LOCATION: Hertfordshire  WORDS: George Sandison Arthur saw it first, or what was left of it after the digger had sheared through the legs. It sounded like squealing hydraulics, the visceral potential of the moment drowned out by machinery, and left

Baleen

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WORDS: Gary Budden LOCATION: Kent There was all the stuff you’d expect; heart lungs liver kidneys etc. Baleen thick and numerous like bristles on an old paint-brush. But nothing in the gut, half-digested and smelling of pricey French perfume. Empty

Port Lympne: Matrimony at the Fascist Zoo

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LOCATION: Kent WORDS & PICTURES: Kit Caless One gentle morning the post arrived when I was working from home. I opened an envelope that had something flat, rectangular and solid inside. It was a wedding invitation from an old school

Dredged From the Memories of Glen Reid

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LOCATION: Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire WORDS: Paul Case (with help from Glen Reid) It’s 2004. Glen and I sit in his front room, gazing over our purchase of two bags of magic mushrooms. In April 2005, the Drugs Act will be passed, rendering

Astronaut, Spelunker, Deep Sea Diver*

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WORDS & FILM: Emma Bolland LOCATION: Somewhere in Staffordshire, possibly… This is a true and faithful transcript of the story of the cave-wood as related to me by B­––– in the autumn of 2015. Whilst she assured me that the

The Ape Dreams of Charles Dawson & Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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LOCATION: East Sussex WORDS: Gareth E Rees Charles Dawson was the Uckfield solicitor who discovered Piltdown Man in East Sussex in 1912 – a broken skull buried in million-year-old gravel deposits alongside a carved elephant femur and other fragments.  Proclaimed

The Eel with a Head the Size of an Armchair

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LOCATION: Dover WORDS: Gareth E. Rees In the waters of Dover harbour, there was an eel with a head the size of an armchair. That was the rumour I heard anyway, aged 15 or thereabouts.  Back in the late ’80s.

The Death of a Fish in Hackney’s Abandoned Filter Beds

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LOCATION: London WORDS: Gareth E. Rees. In which I discover evidence of mythical battles in the abandoned Victorian filter beds by Hackney Marsh…. Extracted From Marshland: Dreams & Nightmares on the Edge of London (Influx Press, 2013). [“Layered London, black, funny, marshy,

Dieback

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Unofficial Britain is pleased to host new fiction, for those with time to spare for a longer read. Today, a short story by regular contributor Gary Budden… LOCATION: Blean Woods, Kent   Dieback Off the path, the forest sways and