We’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.But 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.
Sleep warm Peeps! xxx