Slightly terrified to start a thread on Urban75. I used to post here Millenia ago, back in the days when I resided at 'Stab Towers' I have a 'Generalised Anxiety Disorder' and I am very interested in the concept of seclusion and contemplation in Public Spaces. In the City, but not subsumed by its occupants and visitors. Basically, avoiding unwanted social interaction and spaces that offer this.. My expertise & interest is in Central Bristol. The only places I can really think of where the Madding Crowd can be ducked and avoided, whilst still being 'Outside' and not hiding in a box with a periscope, are. (1) The stones at the end of the small island under the Plimsoll Swing Bridge. Looking onto the River Avon. (2) The seat under the tree looking up toward the Cabot Tower. Although in the last year or so they have put an intrusive seat nearly opposite. So that place is ruined. I find being contemplated exhausting. Its a disorder - it's not logical. People most likely aren't even noticing me. But on some quantum level, my peace is shattered by facing people. When seeking a quiet refuge. For a rest. For a think. (3) The seat with the bushes behind it facing the clearing at the top of the junction of Bridge Valley Road and Ladies Mile. It may be called 'Fairy Land' and not without reason. Love that space. Perhaps also a distant seat by a copse deep inside Ashton Court and another lower down in Ashton Court where you can see oncoming Hoomans and flee as they approach.. Apart from that, the City design seems to be completely run upon the assumption that everyone is mad keen for interaction and socialisation. They constantly put park benches on paths. Seldom off them. They even put them facing each other like in Castle Park behind St Peter's Church. Not to mention the deliberate and uncomfortable shape of the seats. Probably to try and detract from people getting too comfortable and leaping off the Capitalist Treadmill. This perhaps comes across as a bit Fruitloopy. But this is a serious issue for those of us who wish there were designs in the urban landscape that allowed people to be both present but removed (for a while) from the chaotic energetic rhythms that Cities offer. Can anyone think of any other places of seclusion within Bristol City?