‘I live in the Managerial Age, in a world of “Admin.” The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid “dens of crime” that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed, and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern.’
According to Wikipedia
‘Subway is one of the fastest growing franchises in the world with 35,302 restaurants in 98 countries and territories as of September 10, 2011. It is the largest single-brand restaurant chain globally’
I marked all the locations of Subway in Northern Ireland on the map. They’re everywhere.
I imagine if Northern Ireland was a metaphorical sub it would be a Tesco roll filled with Subway, Spar, Boots, Poundland and sprinkled with Costa coffee and Halfords.
This is one of these things that seemed like a good idea, then you realise after spending time on it that its not but have spent too much time on it not to finish it.
Somewhere in my head I got the phrase ‘all roads lead to Rome’ , a phrase that speaks of the might of Empire and the centralisation of power. And the roads to Rome were straight.At least I think they were.
So then I wondered if I could start mapping the roads to the capitals of power in our world. So taking the top company on the Forbes list I did this map
It seemed to make sense at the time. It’s not accurate (I didn’t join up three places in Brazil, didn’t do Canada either), but the lines are meant to be from the offices I could see listed on JP Morgan Chase website to their HQ in New York.
I think its good to visualise where the power is centred, who the false gods and empires are that we may be living under so that we can live a different sort of life. That probably doesn’t make sense, but I’m wrestling with things and just flinging it out.
This I can imagine the wealth being filtered along these routes back towards the elites in ‘Rome’ as well.