I attended my first Pre-riot Party last Thursday, here's what happened:
5pm: Many police piled in to arrest some squatters living across from a newly opened Tesco store, these naughty people had been singing and dancing outside it all week handing out free cake to anyone who didn’t go in. They had a sign saying HONK IF YOU HATE TESCO - the cacophony of honking cars had been continuous for 7 days.
Tesco might have been getting a bit fed up with this, but I'm sure that had nothing to do with the evening's events.
Four people were arrested without incident and nothing happened so the police sent for back up. During the arrest the police discovered the squatter's cider supplies and made a statement to the press that they had removed 'suspected petrol bombs’
6pm: ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY police along with dozens of vans and horses have now arrived, they are in full riot gear. They try and upset people by blocking the roads and pushing them around but we’re on holiday, it’s Easter – Peace Man!
11pm: It’s a beautiful warm evening and I’m on my way home, but police and horses are blocking the roads around my house so I join the milling crowds, there are dozens of bars along the road where the police want the riot to happen. so the essential ingredients of many people and alcohol should get things going, but we’re on holiday and in no mood to protest.
This non-event is surreal, lines of police stand behind riot shields across the roads. We try and ask the police about what is going on but they stand on silently waiting for the riot to happen.
2am: The crowds in the bars have been tweeting away about 'something going down’ in Stokes Croft, hundreds of people have now turned up for a riot, the bars are closing, AND NOTHING IS HAPPENING. Guess what happened next?
Everyone is away filming - Whiplash and I are left in the office to sort out the remaining engineering issues that need to be resolved before the next trip. Glass tubes and lumps of metal are arriving at our offices and we need to tell other people what to do with them, Whiplash listened to a man who arrived with a large box and wrote down what he said to her, I've typed her notes up so we can all know what's happening:
electrical dome comments 2 x 4 ft connector leads with 12 way female one end and 4 way females at the other end
connect spheres to junction box spotex making (cameras have gone to spotex) box of mashers large and small spring mashers coming tuesday item 2 on scan drainage or disc springs on nautilus draining
plastic mashers – 1 made big for dome electrics, 4 smaller ones for little domes 2 x 5/8 hole optics 2 x 1/2 “ hole electrics
2 optical connector with big one and one each little one
still havent got camera with large enough head so big dax
Bristolians don't like words that don't end well, they round off rogue vowell-y words with an 'l'. This can be confusing and entertaining such as this exchange I had today regarding the cleaning skills of someone I know as Tanya:
Me:Hi Kath how are you?
Kath:Not good - I've just had words with Tanyal, she's not cleaning the common arials properly.