‘The Algorithm’ – A poem by ©Anna Frances, 2021

Machine Learning, Information, Brain, Mind, Logo
Image source: Pixabay

Preamble: This is a poem dedicated to algorithms, or rather, my experiences of trying get noticed on social media as someone that’s self-employed and early on in their career.

If someone retweets your tweets
That’s the algorithm
If someone ignores your tweets
That’s the algorithm
If someone trolls your tweets
That’s the algorithm

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‘2021: The Tipping Point’ – A poem by ©Anna Frances

Build, Live, Rent, Housing Shortage, Real Estate

Will I be renting at 45?
Will I still be waiting to get that goldfish that I’ve always dreamed of?
The sofa that I’d always wished to lie on?
The coat hanging rail I’d always eyed-up in Ikea?

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‘Living in situ’ – A poem by ©Anna Frances, 2021

Key, Home, House, Estate, Business, Mortgage, Real
Image: Pixabay

I never thought I’d say the words:
‘I’m still renting at 30’
I’m still renting at 30
I’m still renting at 30

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The privatisation of Hamilton House: Why does gentrification keep leading to something like this?

End of an era for Stokes Croft as Hamilton House to come under new  management - Bristol Live
Image: Bristol Post, 2018

Although Bristol City Council have rejected property company Connolly and Callahan’s latest application(s) to turn 2 blocks of Hamilton House into apartments in 2019, the future remains unknown for the formerly abandoned office block, turned iconic community and art centre in Stokes Croft, Bristol.   

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It’s time to change: Why as a small business owner, I’m trying to source sustainable and ethical products for my online store (and why I’m hoping other retailers do the same).

‘Bi love’ Mens/Unisex organic cotton t-shirt from the Bi in the 2000s™ merchandise range

Like everyone, I’m trying my best. My business is relatively new, every step of the way is a huge learning curve, and I’m really trying to put a sustainable and ethical foot forward from the very beginning of the launch of the merchandise products that I’ve created, which I’m approaching in the following ways:

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Pride flag: How useful is it see the rainbow LGBTQ+ Pride flag used on commercial logos and packaging?

LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Pride flag – Red Dragon  Flagmakers
LGBTQ+ Pride flag

So you want to support LGBTQ+? You’ve bought your bacon, lettuce and tomato rainbow flag sandwich from M&S, you’ve bought your apple with a rainbow flag sticker for lunch from Pink Lady, you’ve bought your coffee in a rainbow coloured coffee holder from Starbucks, you’ve bought your rainbow trainers from Nike, you’ve been there, you’ve spent your money, you’ve got the proverbial t-shirt (from adidas). And how do you feel now? Do you feel proud to be you? Proud to support the LGBTQ+ community? Do you feel proud to embrace the side of you, that doesn’t necessarily fit into the hetero-normative narrative that we all have to love the same way? Or do you feel like a few trans-national corporations have just burnt a large hole in your wallet, you’ve continued to contribute to the global capitalist economy, and you’re still afraid to kiss someone that’s the same gender as you in public, for fear of public shame and discrimination?

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What’s it like to lose a parent, and be self-employed?

About a year and a half after I lost my dad to cancer, and I find myself in a really good place in a lot of ways. I’m working in a field I love, I’m doing what I believe in, I’m campaigning for social change, and I’m really happy in a lot of ways.

But the fact is, grief sucks.

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‘Bi love’ from the Bi in the 2000s™ merchandise range

‘Bi love’ design from the Bi in the 2000s™ merchandise range

This painting represents about how I feel about bisexuality now, and LGBTQ+ love is definitely included in this. The painting was initially titled ‘Happy Bisexuality Visibility Day’ and was released on social media on this day, 23rd September, 2020.

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‘Who do I sit with?’ from the Bi in the 2000s™ illustrative series – set in a night club in the 2000s

‘Who do I sit with?’ from the Bi in the 2000s™ illustrative series

I chose to include a painting set in a club in the UK in the 2000s as I felt that as a teenager and young adult, club scenes felt like there was a particular kind of intensity around 1.) what you looked like, and 2.) who you had feelings for. From memory (I stopped going to these kinds of places a while ago, although I respect people that still go), the clubs that I attended (these tended to be varied, but never specifically ‘gay’ or ‘lgbtq’ clubs) were never spaces where people were openly anything other than heterosexual.

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Bristol Art Tour: ‘Empty Plinth’ – the former site of the Edward Colston memorial, Colston Avenue, Bristol

Pictured: ‘Empty Plinth.’ Image: Anna Frances, 2021

As part of my Bristol Art Tour, I visited the former site of Edward Colston memorial on Colston Avenue, Bristol, which is now an empty plinth (you can watch my video here). The statue was removed by protestors, following race related protests worldwide which were sparked by worldwide outrage at the murder of George Floyd in the US in May 2020. The protests were peaceful, and the statue was disposed of in the Bristol Harbourside, in the River Avon.

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