All must have prizes

More great award season news and thanks to Ecoughnut for spotting it.

“Carboot Circus in Bristol has been named the best shopping centre of the year – despite being open just two months,” thunders today’s Evening Cancer.

“An international panel of expert judges selected Bristol’s new £500m retail centre from a shortlist of three leading shopping centres, including Forum Mersin in Turkey and Zlote Tarasy in Poland.”

“Judges for the MAPIC EG Retail Awards praised the “seamless integration” of Cabot Circus into Bristol and the impact that the development has had on the rest of the city since it opened in September.

“They said Cabot Circus had ‘changed the entire city and for one shopping centre to do that is quite an achievement,'” gushes the gullible local rag.

Great news. But hang on. Who’s this on the “international panel of judges” of the catchily titled MAPIC EG Retail Awards? Only Mr Peter Cole, Managing Director, Hammerson. That’ll be the same Hammerson that owns half of the Bristol Alliance and therefore Carboot Circus then.

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9 Responses to All must have prizes

  1. Jozer says:

    ‘Seamless’? F***ing priceless! All that traffic havoc around Carboot Circus is entirely unconnected then?

    FFS It wouldn’t take a lot to impact on Bristol’s shopping facilities as they existed before Carboot. They were s***e.

    I’ve been there once, and the only thing that stood out is that you couldn’t have done a better job of creating a wind trap if you’d tried.

  2. Anon says:

    Wow, it really tears you up inside that so many people like the new Cabot Circus, doesn it?

  3. Ecoughnut says:

    No dearie. Some of us just think corporate incest is a tad unhealthy in the body politic.

  4. Mike Hope says:

    Traffic is better in town now that Carboot Circus is open.
    Could it be that people have realised that it’s just a bunch of upmarket shops and fuck all else?

  5. Gareth says:

    I find this quite funny as Carboot circus was a 3 day event which happened at the old police station at Bridewell in Bristol city centre by a collective called Artspace Lifespace and not CABOT CIRCUS.

    Priceless missprint

  6. thebristolblogger says:

    It’s not a misprint.

  7. BristolPatriot says:

    Its a poor show when even the disabled cannot park in this white elephant for free.
    they will take money from just about anyone wont they.

  8. doug says:

    loving the carboot circus tag ! we really want to get the alternative market going on more often here but needing volunteers to run / manage it, such a good answer to the stuff goiong on in the rather less stylish circus at the other end of the street !!!

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