Bristol Culture

The Bristol Pound was launched with much fanfare on Corn Street soon after midday yesterday, with Bristol’s Lord Mayor, a gaggle of traders, a throng of media, and massed mayoral candidates, councillors and MPs. The aim was to have the launch as the sun was at its highest in the firmament, a rare literal example of blue sky thinking.

I got my hands on a few of the pristine Bristol Pound notes later in the afternoon and felt an odd compulsion both to spend and at the same time not to spend.

I wanted the notes to remain unsullied in my wallet, but I also wanted to use them, to contribute to this project that some have called harebrained, others inspired.

Whatever your feeling, the Bristol Pound has already caught the public imagination, with thousands of pounds worth of notes in circulation hours after being released.

St Nic’s and Corn…

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