The City of Bath is restrained by the hillsides around it and like little marbles the people all roll down to the town centre, of old Edwardian architecture famous the world over.
Under the cameras in an area demarcated by the police for beggars, there is no movement that is unrecorded.
Students have disappeared since I was on Bath campus. New venues in the city and on campus keep the student population separate. They used to throng the town from all 3 campuses and puke was a street fixture like post boxes.
The campus invasion with the genteeling of the City has led to resentment amongst the local population.
I used to play frisbee in the park with some locals during my undergraduate years but that dried up. Then began the street theatre, and the harassment by insinuation.
After I had been assaulted by the right I did the obvious thing – I joined the left and joined the local Labour Party and i still carry a card. This was war and it was political I had decided.
This was while I was in my first year of my post grad studies, in 2003 when everything was Stop-the-War and and Tony Blair. There had been a big scene of local members burning their cards in front of the Abbey. And in spite of this I joined the Labour Party and began fervent support. (See blogging).
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