I saw a map displayed on a poster outside the British Library the other day. And I was shocked. As if the water had been drained out of the seas it showed the scarred and weird world at the bottom of the ocean.
It looked like the skeleton of the world and I had never seen it presented like that before. Strangely I had been talking in Blackpool earlier at a college and had mentioned my idea of starting a water-bottling business in that town. But the water wouldn’t come from some hill bore-hole; rather, it would be extracted from the sea. It would be desalinated water, in other words.
There are, though, some issues I need to resolve around extracting water. They will be resolved because we will have to end up drinking the infinite rather than the finite.
Blackpool is one of those places that needs a giant investment of money. It needs new jobs, and not simply the stuff that keeps people just about managing. It needs prosperity and that is not simply going to come through the usual government support. You need opportunities where businesses move there.
Blackpool is one of those places that needs a giant investment of money
The only recent investment seems to be a fracking site a few miles out of town. That will produce jobs – but what kind, and at what costs to the environment?
Margate, another seaside town – they do seem to be suffering – has managed to begin to turn itself around by building the Turner Contemporary gallery on the beach. This has pushed up visitor numbers and generally aided the local economy.