Getting from A to B shouldn’t be that difficult, or is it?

Living as a student means three things: I’m always thinking ahead and realising I don’t have enough time in the day, two is that I am consistently checking my bank account to see how much money I have left, and three I’m trapped in the constant mindfuck that is public transport.  Plagued by the nonsensical timetables. Constantly frustrated when buses just disappear from the radar and having to smile and bite my tongue at the cheek of the drivers.

It’s annoying how the latter makes my love of buses more of burning hatred, I am a bus enthusiast and have always loved getting on bus routes, learning about the buses and teaching myself how the technology inside them works.

I am always the problem passenger to the drivers, when I held a concession bus pass for my autism. When I was a young boy I’d be the one who gets the random checks and the constant questions about the nature of my autism. I even had one driver throw me off a busy bus for having a fake pass. Spoiler alert he got punished for that after a letter to the managing director.

It’s quite funny that the bus companies always bang on about how reliable the service is, yet it seems they can’t see when a bus doesn’t show up. I often find myself daily debating on which way to commute home. I’ll stand and wait for one route for it to not show up and then leave for the second way home only to find the one I waited for just turns up and zooms like a red arrows jet passed the bus stop.

Then on the odd chance that I manage to get on a bus that shows up, and a driver who doesn’t give me the full CIA interrogation about where I’m going or what sort of condition I have. I end off forgetting my headphones and having to listen to the delightful tales and anecdotes from the older generations. I’m a social person at the best of times Afterall I am a journalist, and I do talk to people. But at 7am in the morning and coffee deprived I am Definity, the king of the anti-social crew.

I love buses, but not enough to actively go out on a bus adventure, maybe I’ll take up walking around and rambling. Then I can go out and be social among the elders at a suitable time such as 9am or even the fable 1pm.

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The latest Sunderland exhibition is a showcase for local artists

Mackie’s Corner, the building which hosted two commissioned exhibitions during the Tall Ships Races is currently hosting a Showcase for Local Sunderland Artists. The Sunderland Indie 20/20 VISION Exhibition.

The Exhibition being held at the Mackie’s Corner in the city centre is currently running from September 27 to October 13 will showcase the works of 20 members of Sunderland Indie in two three-week blocks with the second block of 10 being showcased until October 13.

The Creator of the exhibition Barrie West Said “The Project has taken over three years to come together. About two years ago I became more aware that there was a lot of talented artists who were just under the surface of credit”.

“Having just done a project at the time called the ‘All That we were saying’ International art project for peace, I noticed there was no room for local artists. We needed a place to showcase our work and I made the decision to contact private business who were interested” He Explained.

“I got contacted by Sunderland Culture around Easter time if I was interested in putting an exhibition on at Mackie’s Corner. They gave me two units for six weeks to showcase the work of 20 different artists. We have had 10 artists displayed and our second group of 10 are having the work showcased currently” He Said.

Alex Surtees, A full-time artist said “the work is the exhibition is from

Image of a collection of art work featureing LP covers
Using Covers in his work to show his love for vinyl

around two years ago and a lot of my ideas feed into each other with this piece of work is made with real LP covers in them. Vinyl has always been part of my life, and even when CD’s came out I kept hold of mine.”

a collection of pictures depecting the sea and the sky
A Selection of Alex’s work showing progression from the base of the sea to the sky

Explain his other showcased work he said “This work here is a montage of photos, a selection of pictures of the rocks, sea and sky. Giving the theme of progression throughout the work” as having progressed into being a full-time artist.

Alex is a former art teacher and a graduate of Sunderland University, having taught art for nearly 30 year before coming back to Sunderland to complete a fine art degree and going into art full time with an art gallery at the Spectrum Cultural Hub in Seaburn.

If you are Interested in this exhibition then pop along to Mackie’s Corner in Sunderland until October 13, the exhibition is open from 2PM to 5PM every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Or Check out Alex’s Website here or Barrie’s Website Here

This article originally ran on SR News and was written on Friday, October 5. Check out SR news here and read the original here.