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Post-modern Alienation: Bleak House, a Diss Miscellany, Norfolk - 3rd December 2005

Whilst recent photos seem to emphasise the destruction of parts of Diss, there is of course, elsewhere, commensurate building to make up for it. The problem is that whilst the odd new building here and there tends to blend in unnoticed to existing infrastructure in something of an organic way, slapping up entire estates in one go is doomed to create a soul-less wasteland of bleak, identikit boxes. And so it is around Mission Road on the outskirts of Diss, where Yet Another Housing Estate is seemingly prefabricated from concepts straight out of "The Big Book of House Design 101" and dumped whole onto a muddy field. It really sums up - especially on a cold, cloudy day - how much of modern life is rubbish. But, before all that, there are a few photos of Nosher's old work's building - the former BPCC Printec (Development Workshop/Anglia Web/Polestar) - once part of Maxwell's printing empire and now abandoned when production moved down the road to Severall's Lane in Colchester

next album: Sunsets, The BBs, a B-17 Crash Site and a Study of Pheasant Feathers, Diss and Bressingham, Norfolk - 11th December 2005
previous album: The BBs Rock'n'Roll Life, Kenninghall, Norfolk - 2nd December 2005

2005 A winter tree

A winter tree

2005 Autumn leaves on the ground in the park

Autumn leaves on the ground in the park

2005 Some hard-nut geese roam around looking for trouble

Some hard-nut geese roam around looking for trouble

2005 A view between two houses on Denmark Street, overlooking the Mere

A view between two houses on Denmark Street, overlooking the Mere

2005 The austere Baptist Chapel, standing and brooding on Denmark Hill

The austere Baptist Chapel, standing and brooding on Denmark Hill

2005 Nosher bumps into Penny of Suffolk County Coucil, whilst wandering back to ATS

Nosher bumps into Penny of Suffolk County Coucil, whilst wandering back to ATS

2005 Hidden Diss: some mystery mini-catacombs on Shelfanger Road

Hidden Diss: some mystery mini-catacombs on Shelfanger Road

2005 Cat 'B' - The Sock - lurks on the stairs

Cat 'B' - The Sock - lurks on the stairs

2005 Nosher's former office was the middle of the three upstairs windows

Nosher's former office was the middle of the three upstairs windows

2005 The old flag hangs limply ouside the former Printec offices

The old flag hangs limply ouside the former Printec offices

2005 Looking down Vinces Road

Looking down Vinces Road

2005 The door to the old heatset-printing shed

The door to the old heatset-printing shed

2005 Vinces Road industrial estate, with the former coldset printing shed straight ahead

Vinces Road industrial estate, with the former coldset printing shed straight ahead

2005 An empty office

An empty office

2005 Discarded service duct on the edge of Mission Road

Discarded service duct on the edge of Mission Road

2005 A new roundabout is built

A new roundabout is built

2005 The remains of Mission Road

The remains of Mission Road

2005 A portaloo in the middle of a muddy field

A portaloo in the middle of a muddy field

2005 The drain seems a little proud of the ground

The drain seems a little proud of the ground

2005 Little boxes, made out of tiffy-taffy

Little boxes, made out of tiffy-taffy

2005 There are some signs of life as a builder walks past

There are some signs of life as a builder walks past

2005 Another brick in the wall

Another brick in the wall

2005 Tyre tracks, and half-finished garages

Tyre tracks, and half-finished garages

2005 A coned-off bit of Mission Road

A coned-off bit of Mission Road

2005 The road to nowhere

The road to nowhere

2005 Discarded Sawmills Road sign

Discarded Sawmills Road sign

2005 The New Buckenham Silver Band is playing outside Somerfield

The New Buckenham Silver Band is playing outside Somerfield

2005 'Twiglet' Carl (far right) plays cornet

'Twiglet' Carl (far right) plays cornet

2005 The band plays Nosher's request: 'In the Bleak Midwinter': a melancholic favourite

The band plays Nosher's request: 'In the Bleak Midwinter': a melancholic favourite

2005 A shop on Mere Street gets some work done

A shop on Mere Street gets some work done

2005 Random Christmas decoration in the window of Larter and Fords - classic old-school ironmongers

Random Christmas decoration in the window of Larter and Fords - classic old-school ironmongers

2005 The Browne's the Butchers boys: Dan, Roger and Richard

The Browne's the Butchers boys: Dan, Roger and Richard

2005 Dan Dan the Meat Man, of Browne's Butchers in Diss

Dan Dan the Meat Man, of Browne's Butchers in Diss

2005 Richard's in the till

Richard's in the till

2005 Roger Browne checks some notes

Roger Browne checks some notes

2005 Richard chops something up

Richard chops something up

2005 Christmas tinsel outside 'This 'n' That'

Christmas tinsel outside 'This 'n' That'

2005 The Salvation Army band plays

The Salvation Army band plays

2005 The Sally Army band outside NatWest

The Sally Army band outside NatWest

2005 Down by Mere's Mouth

Down by Mere's Mouth

2005 Sophie in a tree, in the late-afternoon light

Sophie in a tree, in the late-afternoon light

2005 The Sock stands on a bird bath, with tail swishing through the air

The Sock stands on a bird bath, with tail swishing through the air

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A winter tree