It all starts somewhere?

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And back in my day you were cursed if you made the tent touch the fly sheet and we had ground sheets and wooden tent pegs and the tent smelt of old socks the moment you took it out of the sleeping bag sized canvas sack it had been stored in since last year.

Now, we have pop up, poliurithaneingy, single cells thingys which can resist the elements, be put up in 2 minutes and aren’t cat proof (That’s another story)…

But, I’ve known the feeling my daughter experienced when she slept in the garden over the weekend, I felt it about 38 years ago and you can remember it forever. You’re only a few feet away from absolute safety but separated by a million miles. I miss that feeling!

I’m hoping that a link to Thomas Heatons youtube channel will ease the forgiveness required for plagiarising his well know shot which for those of you who use Flickr will know well.

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Manual 365/311 The Significance Of One

dsc_1060-pano-edit-2We’ve been to Bristol today, an afternoon spent watching the new Manga Anime film A Silent Voice screened in the Watershed. A moving and emotional portrayal of bullying, isolation, ignorance and eventually understanding and friendship. Hosted by the BBC See Hear team it was a refreshing break from the norm. I’ll be honest though, apart from Upfest earlier this year I haven’t been to the centre of Bristol for a very, very long time and by heck has it changed from what I remember, the waterfront, full of market stalls, performing artists and cafes.DSC_1066-Edit.JPGDSC_1082.JPGDSC_1085.JPGBut the image that’s really stuck in my head though, the little tent, sheltered from the wind and rain by the Cathedral with a view, across the way, of the Bristol City Council Offices all lit up, snug and… Empty. Yes, infrastructure requires co-ordination and architecture is important but must it be so illuminated in these “austere” times? Or is the facade more important than the cold inhabitant of that small tent? I think not.DSC_1123.JPG

Sleep warm Peeps! xxx