I spent Saturday with Bianca, Jake and Sandra from the SMJ’s, meeting Liz, Kim and Ed from Glasgow. Liz, Kim and Ed have been making a film with Fablevision funded by the LegacytrustUK – it charts their journey up the West Coast of Scotland in search or different, ‘unofficial’ stories that they can feed into the cultural celebrations surrounding Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games in 2014.
I’ve been trying to do justice to this whole experience in a blog, but I basically can’t. Meeting people from different parts of the country and just talking about where you’re from, what it’s like etc is basically fascinating. Who knew that pipers in Larkhall get free drinks when they go in their local pubs; that if you’re being chased in London there are safe shops who will lock you inside, or that you could live in a village so small and remote that moving to a town with three streets when you’re 18 would be the first time you learn to cross a road?
We need to do more of this. If you work with or you’re in another country and you want to come and meet us, go for a walk around Stratford and have a look at the Olympic Park then get in touch with us now! I will arrange. It will be good.
Here are some photos of objects we used to introduce each other (before we got on to talking about similarities between The Commonwealth Games and The Olympics, different ways of coming from two Nations, belonging to cities, neighbours, pets and binge drinking)
BOX FROM ACCRA/EARINGS FROM DEPTFORD MARKET INSIDE.
RANGERS SHIRT FROM LARKHALL. A TOWN WHERE THE COLOUR GREEN IS HATED SO MUCH, GREEN TRAFFIC LIGHTS HAVE GRILLS TO STOP THEM BEING SMASHED:
TWO SETS OF KEYS: TWO HOMES.
I AM THE SON OF A CHURCH OF SCOTLAND MINISTER.
DAGGER NOT INCLUDED, BUT APPARENTLY IN LONDON, IT COULD HAVE BEEN, LEGALLY:
NO SURPRISES HERE:
An exercise there wasn’t time for, sadly:
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