perlmonger: (revolting)

I expect anyone of a Bristolish persuasion reading this will already know it's happening, from [ profile] quercus and elsewhere: Zombies invading Babylon Circus in the Slavers' Quarter tomorrow:

In recent times government & commerce tried to turn us into mindless consumers,
time to show them what horrors their policies have spawned.

Zombies Rise up & Invade Cabot Circus

Saturday 27th September 2008

Assemble at the Bandstand in Castle Park, Bristol
at 11:00am, shamble & lurch from noon.

A protest against over-consumerisation and the homogenisation of city centres.

A homage to George A. Romero’s classic film Dawn of the Dead.

An absurd and amusing day out for all your family and friends.

I thought it worth a repeat as I just read the datapoint that "[m]edium-sized cities seem are more apt to suffer from “placelessness”—the debilitating condition that saps a community of civic and economic vitality due to a lack of distinctive local character and lively public spaces" and "inflict huge damage on themselves, such as bulldozing the heart of downtown to build a parking ramp, high-rise hotel, convention center, corporate headquarters, or stadium."

Bristol, of course, still does have a sense of place: in Easton, in St Pauls, in Totterdown, on North Street and Gloucester Road. But for how much longer as enclosure of public spaces and destruction of communities by demolition and the ethnic cleansing of gentrification continues? How many shops have closed, replaced by wine bars and worse, in the last couple of years on those two streets I mentioned?


Jun. 17th, 2008 01:52 pm
perlmonger: (cycling)
Renovo Hardwood Bicycle

I'm not normally seduced by SHINY! but beautifully crafted hardwood bike frames are beyond my terminal squee! threshold. Renovo wooden bicycles have to be the most beautiful things I have seen in $LONG_TIME and (leaving aside trivia like not being able to afford one) I want one that meets the principles in the article on economic relocalisation from On the Commons that I found them in; one made to their pattern in the UK from English oak. The pony would be nice too, but I haven't anywhere to stable it.

More photos from BikePortland, who have a review online.


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