I feel curiously reassured knowing about John Cheever’s underwear.
Redcliffe Street underpass has won Most Intimidating Subway of the Year.
Judges visiting Bristol for this year’s National Urban Decay Awards, noted how the subway’s darkened entrance, blind corners and sunken ceiling all contributed to a sense of ‘dread and uncertainty’, making it the favourite of the category.
Local residents were thrilled with the award. Rosary Farce said ‘it’s the last place on earth I’d ever want to go, except maybe with a hatchet and chainsaw. There’s not many places you can say that about in Bristol. Well, maybe a few.”
Councillor, Tim Reid, said the community had a love-hate relationship with the subway, as in they love to hate it. “It’s long been a talking point for the local community as a place that contributes to personal safety fears and general uneasiness within the neighbourhood. It’s fantastic that this is now being recognised as something to be proud of.”
Swindon was the overall winner, however, receiving the Gritty City award for being “generally bleak all round.”
Gayle held the pot to her abdomen as she stood in the middle of the front garden.
“How about here, Sophie? What do you think?”
Sophie contorted her mouth and looked down at the gravel space that was plugged with tufts of grass. Then she shrugged.
“I think this is a good spot,” added Gayle. “It’ll get plenty of light.” She bent down slowly, her hands trembling a little under the weight. She set the plant down and then straightened up. Only then did she realise she had broken a sweat across her forehead.
“Mum,” uttered Jane, by her side. “You should’ve just let me…”
Gayle hissed and backhanded the air as if preventing the words from ever arriving. Jane shrunk and Gayle returned her attention to Sophie.
“You must remember to water it everyday, especially when it’s hot. Then, one day it will grow into a bright, yellow sunflower.”
“Say thank you, Grandma,” murmured Jane.
“Thank you,” replied Sophie, twisting on the ball of her foot and breaking into a grin.
Gayle looked at her fresh, sun-blushed face and then to the gap in her lower front teeth, which Sophie tongued habitually as if it was the source of some new and delightful flavour.
Gayle smiled back, feeling satisfied. It seemed the spirit had merely skipped a generation.
“Well, it should brighten things up a bit,” said Jane, with a sigh.
Her gaze wandered upwards to the gritty facade of the new house and suddenly, Gayle wanted to tell her how it was so much more. How the flower was a symbol of hope, of a new beginning and soon, how it would be something to remember her by once the thing growing inside her took hold.
But she didn’t, of course. It wasn’t the way. Not in this family. She could only give her doe-eyed daughter a hard look as she turned to her, side on.
“Cup of tea?” asked Jane.
“Thought you’d never ask.”
In case you missed it, Tony Walsh’s delivery of his poem at the Great Manchester Run, is worth a moment of your time.
It’s a shame that these swells of inspiration and coming togetherness only seem to occur following such a tragedy. If we could find it in our everyday then maybe great and good things would happen more often..
I’ve been on the hunt for jobs lately and have found myself amused, frustrated and straight-up perplexed by a few ads I’ve come across. In particular, the controversially named ‘creative’ positions (which generally amount to advertising roles, but worded in incredibly flamboyant ways). In my view, these are an insult to genuinely creative people who produce work of artistic merit or expression. They also talk a lot of bollocks.
In response, I decided to write my own job ad. I hope it will entertain others who are in a similar position and provide some light relief from the weird (and sometimes pretentious) world of job searching.
Happy new year!
Are you a creative genius with a surgical eye for detail, sickly amounts of enthusiasm, doesn’t know tired, a smile carved onto your face, leaper not a jumper, amazing at numbers and everybody’s friend, with at least 5 years experience working in Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Powerpoint, Excel, felt tip pens, international politics and subterfuge?
Then you might have what it takes!
Here at Amazing Incredible, we don’t do things by half, we do them by a whole and a half!
You might also have noticed (because of your eye for detail – if you didn’t then you’re already fired) that we love to use exclamation marks! That’s because everything we do is amazing (and incredible)!
We work with the world’s top brands (even though every other company says that) to make their wildest dreams come true (we produce ads). But more than that, we strive to make sure everything we do for our clients is so eye-wateringly spectacular that they actually leave us with tears in their eyes. After all, we want people to be in love us, not just pay us.
The Good Stuff
– Free grilled quinoa on toast every morning, a pint of coffee and sourdough macaroons
– Tricycle racing around our own purpose built track on the roof (with incredible views of everything cool)
– An office orangutan to hang out with on your lunch break
– bouncy balls
What we ask in return
- You’ll be bold first of all, preferably have a beard, possess bombastic design skills, brave, bouncing with energy (did we mention beard?) and love other great-sounding words beginning with B!
- You must be a team player, but also work fine on your own, be consistent yet adaptable, bleed creativity and also be hyper-numeric; in other words, an extremely conflicted individual!
- You will literally shit ideas.
Who cares when we’re such an extraordinarily fabulous company to work for?
10% off beard combs from John Lewis
Free Friday drinks at Wanko’s Gin and Sourdough Pizza Bar
Stupid games to play (because Google do stuff like that, don’t they?)
If, after reading this, you’re not feeling physically sick or experiencing the shakes, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org telling us how you would keep the fires of creativity burning from atop the gleaming spire of our brand-building beacon.
Down by the river, beneath the motorway is a place where the sun burrows deep. Concrete pillars are its pen, and the banks the paper, on which the light draws ever-shifting shadows.
Every so often, I venture down there, and try to capture what’s been sketched on the walls. Its particularly interesting visiting at different times of the day, with mornings casting a bright white light across the Easton side, while sundown brings a warm, yellow glow that dies out over the western end of the river.
There’s not many places like it, especially in an age where any unkempt space is quickly pounced upon by rabid developers. Closed in by the motorway in an area still overlooked by estate agents means it continues to exist for now; an obscure and gritty canvas for graffiti artists and sunlight, alike.
I couldn’t stop grinning as the Earth fell away, crashing down to seas of broken slate. The old bones that remained, charted a jagged course across the sky and we followed it with tentative feet and fingers.