The jury is out on what the best way to pay for Nottingham’s new mood-based-state-of-mind-inducing underground system.
Some think it should be free, while others reckon somewhere between 1p (for your thoughts) and £100 a ride, the use of your Oyster Card or, a smile and some manners… Maybe you would just have to share a precious memory or undertake a kind act that makes you confront a prejudice you may hold. Possibly a piece of your life would have to be exchanged for a ride or simply the use of your favourite word. A random act of kindness, a ‘good deed’, a hug, a polite hello, or a sweet smile or just a twinkle in your eye. A pint of Guinness, two daisy chains, a story, tuppence, two bob, a sliding scale depending on the state of mind, whatever you can afford, helping someone out, kindness coupons, getting something off your chest, a pony and a bag of hooves, pay it forward on the return trip, offering to teach something to someone in exchange, donations, train driving shifts could all be an option for this transport system in exchange for a journey. It has been mooted that the charge might be a pair of ‘happy feet’ insoles, or that the council or the government should be paying, that your time is cost enough.
On that map, would be stops called happy, peaceful, confident, patient, accepting, relaxed, tranquility, elation, solitude, rage, contentment, fitting in, having a dreamy sleep, laid back, decisiveness, adventurousness, focussed, fluffinity, success, achievement, failure, enlightenment, disappointment, passion, excitement, despair, hope, elation, clarity, grounded mindfulness, ecstatic reverie, crystal clear ‘hyperperception’, joy, laughter, glee, sadness, determination, calm, exhilaration, socialisation, contemplation, empathetic, struggle, laughter, frustration, carefree, complicity, closeness, inner-peace, relief, refreshment, remembrance and inspiration. You might drop off at Forget-the-world, intellectual stimulation, bitter-sweet-melancholy, toffee-apple-joy and fresh-mint-clarity. Whimsical, reflective, movie freak, energised, anger, confusion, adventure, satiation, convivial, alive, creativity, curiosity, focus, mindless-distraction, nostalgia, me-time, escape, sanctuary, despair, space and cloud 9.
There are many more, but not all are on the map yet.
Where do these places belong on the physical map of Nottingham? Where is courage in Nottingham? Where is tolerance? Where is pathos? It’s your map… you decide.