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.

Bare Knuckles, White Ladies and Martyred Rebels: The Mythic Townscape of Merthyr Tydfil

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WORDS & PHOTOS: Gareth E. Rees In the year leading up the (Not So) Great Pandemic, I was fortunate enough to take a trip around Wales, researching my next book, on a sunny weekend in spring. It was just me,

As the Crow Flies: Cross City Walks in Birmingham

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1. Take a map of a city 2. Draw a straight line from one side of the city to the opposite side, passing through the centre 3. Walk this line In the winter of 2014/15, Andy Howlett and Pete Ashton

A Walk into the Dark Side: A New Map of Occult London

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“Within the city exists a shadow world of druids, mystics, magicians and witches.” Occult London: A Guide to the Highly Unusual , published by Herb Lester Associates, is a beautifully packaged, litho-printed map of the capital city, designed and illustrated

The Supermarket Car Park Fugue

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On The London Ear show on Resonance FM, Unofficial Britain’s editor Gareth E. Rees reads from his new book Car Park Life (Influx Press) with car park music interludes selected by host Ben Thompson. LISTEN HERE: TRACKS: Euros Childs –

Jazz Odyssey Reveals The Secret Life of the Car Park

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WORDS: Gareth E. Rees MUSIC: Simon&thePope with Gareth E. Rees FILM: Martin Fuller PHOTO: Jeff Pitcher ‘It is Morrisons that lights the fire of my obsession. Not the supermarket itself but the space outside: the car park.’ Car parks are

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