Monday to Wednesday the last three walks in the Sweet Waters cycle.
Over two days, Monday and Tuesday, we walk to Bristol gathering a virtual cargo and Wednesday we walk back to Bath starting at midsummer sunrise on the Avonmouth Bridge.
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(very strange when there is no data this defaults to the West African coast...)
You should be able to see the walk progressing with the social media postings...please take part in the conversation where ever you are.
You may like to join for some of the walk
I estimate that we will be coming in to Bristol around 9.00, MShed cafe if its open. We will be walking around the harbour then along Feeder road and off towards Keynsham.
I estimate about 14.00 at the Keynsham Brass Mill for a pint
I hope we will be coming into Bath from about 18.00.
On the walk on Saturday there was talk and much sadness about the Grenfell Tower tragedy. How both this warehousing of people and the attitudes shown by the rich and powerful towards them echoes the same deep rooted slaveowner mentality. Thinking about the challenge I was met with about the living conditions of people on the West Indies versus people in West Africa, that took no account of the economic, cultural impact of centuries of European exploitation, the harvesting of human life. Took no account of the lives, loves, the languages, the culture destroyed and never to become, discarded like damaged fruit into the Atlantic. Thinking about the Missing signs appearing round the Grenfell Tower in the richest borough in London, one of the richest cities on earth, in one of the richest countries on this planet. Lost friends, families, networks, communities, potential. All our lost riches. Missing.
A resonance around the theme 'missing' .... this walk in witness becoming more powerful at every step,
Join us as the walk finishes
I would like to finish the walk formally on the stone platform overlooking the Pulteney Weir...down the stone steps at the end of the bridge. Aiming for 19.00 Wednesday.. Remembering the missing. Be there if you can.
I then plan to make my way to the bench at the top of Bathwick fields as an act of remembrance for another friend gone missing from this life.... and if the weather offers it...to sense the planet revolve and watch the sun set. Hope and act for better times
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The first walk of the cycle, Bath's Last Legal Slaveowners, outside the residencies of Bath's Last Legal Slaveowners, those who hung on to the bitter end to claim their share of the £20 million payout. I performed the court judgment angry perhaps for my own white skinned and gendered euro centric collusion, perhaps for the way that They always get away with it. Bear witness at least we can all do that. My sense-ing began playful, turns angry and by the end as we taste sugar and I read Dabydeen turns to tears.
On Tuesday it began with a station announcement "Platform One for the Merchant Venturer to Bristol Temple Meads only"
and I was off into the layering, the obscuring and wondering how to unpick and tell it. So were we all for the rest of the day. I got off at Keynsham met with the walkers and we headed down pst the old Cadbury's factory gates, to the river to the Brass Mill. Another sharp and painful connecting point. Here is the social media trail for the day, a few blips to be ironed out.
and thus we arrived walking through to Bristol having dragged virtual fingers across the sharpest points, the piercing points through which chocolate and tea are made palatable, the deafening bashing out of brass pots and the deadly silence of the money that greased it all. The water cycle, warm wet winds from the Atlantic dampen our cheeks, more than tears flowing in river memory water. Walks continue.