Saturday, 18 September 2010

Fabric on the rocks

Noticed this today on the BBC. 893 rural pubs closed last year. Quite relevant for us in a way. It seems our project will always be intertwined with local economies, and the recession will feature heavily in the worlds that we enter. This news made me think of the importance of pubs in the make-up of a village or a town, in the social fabric that binds a community together. Perhaps we should consider - perhaps with half a tongue in our cheeks - the humble public house? It would be a stretch of language: 'mixing' drinks and 'mending' broken hearts perhaps? Silly as this would be, they do lie at the heart of the issues that we will be considering. A note to self for field trips: yes to the pasty at the local baker but perhaps yes to the lemonade at The Losthwithiel Arms.

Photograph: Chris Etchells

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