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

A winter tree

Autumn leaves on the ground in the park

Some hard-nut geese roam around looking for trouble

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

The austere Baptist Chapel, standing and brooding on Denmark Hill

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

Hidden Diss: some mystery mini-catacombs on Shelfanger Road

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

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

The old flag hangs limply ouside the former Printec offices

Looking down Vinces Road

The door to the old heatset-printing shed

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

An empty office

Discarded service duct on the edge of Mission Road

A new roundabout is built

The remains of Mission Road

A portaloo in the middle of a muddy field

The drain seems a little proud of the ground

Little boxes, made out of tiffy-taffy

There are some signs of life as a builder walks past

Another brick in the wall

Tyre tracks, and half-finished garages

A coned-off bit of Mission Road

The road to nowhere

Discarded Sawmills Road sign

The New Buckenham Silver Band is playing outside Somerfield

'Twiglet' Carl (far right) plays cornet

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

A shop on Mere Street gets some work done

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

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

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

Richard's in the till

Roger Browne checks some notes

Richard chops something up

Christmas tinsel outside 'This 'n' That'

The Salvation Army band plays

The Sally Army band outside NatWest

Down by Mere's Mouth

Sophie in a tree, in the late-afternoon light

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

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A winter tree