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

An Unreliable Guide to London

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LOCATION: Erm…. WORDS: Gareth E Rees If you’re a regular reader of Unofficial Britain, you’ll know that I like to walk around chain store car parks, writing things down. It’s something of an obsession. On this website I’ve described my

Between Place & Imagination

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WORDS: Gareth E. Rees This is a transcript of my talk at the Walking Inside Out Symposium, an event in Sheffield to launch the new book Walking Inside Out: Contemporary British Psychogeography, edited by Tina Richardson. I’m an author of

Mock Rock in Ramsgate

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LOCATION: Ramsgate WORDS: Gareth E. Rees I was on a trip to Ramsgate with the kids at the weekend. Approaching the harbour from the west I found myself walking down the B2054, otherwise known as the Royal Parade, an elevated

Landscape Punk to Supermarket Car Parks: Unofficial Britain Live in Stoke Newington

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  Unofficial Britain was honoured to host an event at Influx Press’s day at The Stoke Newington Literary Festival, 6th June 2015. Below is a recording of that event. Thanks to Influx Press for their support, Meghna Gupta for the photo and

Brighton’s Unfinished Necropolis

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LOCATION: Brighton WORDS & PICTURES: Gareth E. Rees Brighton on a murky Easter Friday. A spectral mist scrubs out the sea and tall landmarks, leaving visible only streets and gravestones. It’s appropriate weather. I’m heading to a pub to listen

Britain’s Subterranean Ham Chambers & Why I Love My local Trophy Shop

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LOCATION: Hastings WORDS: Gareth E. Rees When I was 12 I fell off my bike and lost all my maths. Since then I’ve staggered through adult life with a childlike bewilderment about numbers. I haven’t a clue what they mean.

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 extraordinary thing I discovered in a Plymouth car park

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WORDS: Gareth E. Rees LOCATION: Plymouth, Devon The Crownhill Retail Park is on the road into Plymouth from Tavistock, via Dartmoor. My friend, Professor Dan Maudlin, is an architectural historian who lives in the area. He’s been to the B&Q in

The Sea, a Collaboration Between Gareth E. Rees and Dead Gull

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LOCATION: The Sea WORDS: Gareth E. Rees MUSIC: Martin Fuller AKA Dead Gull Below is a poem I performed in a series of coastal gigs for The Outer Church in summer 2014, now put to music by fisherman, film maker and