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the forver fantastic Cornishe coastline

Let England Shake!

The title of PJ Harvey’s album seems apt. We were driving down to the West Country for some time out, and the news broke that Brexit had won the vote, n the referendum. A feeling of impending doom took over me. This year has been varied and interesting. I have posted some of my best blogs.

I decided to post the best blogs of 2016. Hope you enjoy.

FEBRUARY 2016 ‘STATES OF MIND-

Here I looked at Lack of social housing in particular in London, I joined an old friend walking from Kennington to Downing . I’m not normally up for marching and protesting. Got some great pictures. States of Mind

 

APRIL 2016 A WEEKEND with the UK Explorers’ taking time out to meet a new group. I have eventually joined another walking group and went off for a weekend . Peak District Weekend

JULY 2016

 The Eden Project  

I would like to dedicate this post to my friend from Cornwall.

the forver fantastic Cornishe coastline
On the way to Sennon Cove

Keith Richards who passed away unexpectedly w/end of July 28th 2017. The last time I saw him was at this gig. !

 PJ HARVEY at The Eden Project

The Eden Project
EDEN Project

 

I met Keith in London in the early 80’s both of us were on some Government Back to Work Scheme;  we became friends as we had a shared interest in bands like The Fall and The Damned!  He had a good sense of humour & an appreciation of the ‘Dark Side’, When he moved back to Cornwall he kindly put me up on my many visits. He gave me the opportunity to really get to know Cornwall. Keith was a real fun guy unfortunately Chron’s disease finally got him. RIP Keith.

Let England Shake After all the tension pre Brexit, we got a great polished performance from PJ Harvey.

 

 

 

WHERE NOW?

I’m going to NYC in September and haven’t visited there since 1986, at that time I stayed in Harlem for a month,the hostel cost me $3 a night, it was the best time ever I loved it.

This time I’m sharing the experience & staying at The Jane near the ‘meatpacking’ industry and I’m prepared to have my eyes opened again. I will be doing a lot of walking.

NYC should be a good jumping off point in terms of looking at the bigger picture and making long sought after changes.

Until then

keep on keeping on.

 

 

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I can’t explain my Feet -Best posts 2014-2015

Best Walks of 20142015

 It’s difficult to pick the best walks, or the best blogs;or even the best pictures, but did manage to select a few.  All walks and the blogs posted here are my personal favourites.

February 2014 Westgate to Margate…

A familiar stroll – See archives for more stories and pictures.Westgate to Margate revisited February 8th 2014

MARGATE BEACH FEBRUARY 2014

 

May 2014 Urban Landscape

Excel/ Docklands Trinity Buoy Wharf

One of my favourite off the cuff walks.

The entrance to the Wharf has a varied display of street art, sculpture & murals.
A musical tide chimer….

July 2014 Photography in Posts

Walking the cliffs of Dover.Photography in posts

Wild flowers on cliff top Dover

Photography is another tricky art form, depending on what camera you use will determine whether you can size them up all the same. After a lot of experimenting with different cameras, I realised the convenience of an I phone is sufficient but a portable recharger and an old I Phone is needed. One phone just for pictures the other for maps on very long walks. Occasionally I like to use a 35 mm camera. 

SEPTEMBER 2014 -Thorney Island! A strange hypnotic walk

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best blogs 2012-2013

 

I cant explain my feet  20122013

Thinking about writing, thinking about walking

 I have learnt about new walks, in areas outside of London, but near enough to be able to do in a day. Since starting this blog it has been a pleasure to have discovered new places and enjoyed writing about them all. After many years of neglect,where I have stayed in my comfort zone too many times. Rewriting and republishing gave me an opportunity to reflect on how far I have travelled. It has been a joy to write about my travels.

I rediscovered my Love of London; as well my love of Newcastle, and the North East coast; and on top of that I have found new places on the south coast and Sussex.

Below I have selected some of my favourite blogs in my first two years as a blogger! It has been great fun.

 

Shoes and Boots!

The Charleston House Experience

Rye- Hastings walk

Thinking about walking -thinking about writing!

LONDON LIFE/MUSIC MACHINE

 

 

1979 you could smoke on tube- All night!!

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Is it better to travel or arrive

BRIXTON TO MONTCUQ

 

Magic ward and fairy dust

 

BRIXTON TO MONTCUQ A 12 HOUR JOURNEY DOOR TO DOOR

I leave my building at 8.20am, where I walk briskly down Railton Road to Brixton Tube. As I got to the station, my heart sunk as I was confronted by 2 queues being controlled at the top of the stairs. ‘(crowd’ control!)  There are three staircases to the entrance at Brixton Tube Station, two going in and one for those coming out. There are considerably more want to go in than come out.

Some deviants try to escape the cattle like situation & huddle into a small lift, which is only big enough for about 4 people with suitcases. The scoundrels squeeze themselves in hoping to get to the platform without having to wait in line.

I look back thinking to attempt it myself and see that the lift doors aren’t closing . They are jammed and it’s going nowhere. I wait in line while the people in the lift , realise their efforts to escape are futile.

Is it better to travel than to arrive.?

Arriving at Victoria Station, I was getting flustered at being diverted to a different exit. It was jam packed and claustrophobic. . I start to feel panicky in the crowd trapped under ground.

Further panic as I realised it wasn’t such a good idea trying to get on a peak time train to Gatwick with an off-peak train ticket. I managed to get away with it.

I arrived at Gatwick, realised  in the nick of time Easy Jet who usually depart from South Terminal had changed to North Terminal. If they emailed me that information I overlooked it.

 

I ask again. Is it better to travel than to arrive.?

What is it with this part of the journey, you are at the gate with passport check/boarding pass & going on to the plane. You are told to put your handbag in your bag! Now walk 100 yards from here to the plane and take your bag out of your bag-

Oh for Christ’s sake I’m getting annoyed and flustered now. All said and done once I sat on the plane I was fine.

The Journey French/English

Funny as soon as I got to France all office politics and tedious concerns had dissolved. There is no point caring about things you cannot change, but to focus on the things you can. My extremly limited understanding of the French language is shown up at the ticket bureau in the airport.

Buying a return ticket for the airport bus to Toulouse. We have a bit of a situation. The guy could speak good English.I can sort of string a sentence in French with missing bits!

It was a sort of polite battle of wills as to who was going to lead the conversation. I will make the effort but if the guy can speak fluent English and is keen to do so who am I to argue.? The journey to Toulouse was easy the roads not crowded and I was there in no time.

My next hurdle is buying my aller simple  (Single ticket)to Cahors! I had it written down on a bit of paper but wanted to practice speaking.

There was some confusion the lady misunderstood my request for a simple aller Cahors with a simple Latour de Carol.

Although I might be able to ask for something in French, I can’t always understand what they are saying back. Unless they pronounce it clearly and speak slowly.

She printed a ticket out and I asked if this was the Paris Train or the train that goes to Brive? Apparently not.

This train was not going to either of those places.

I knew something was wrong  Buried somewhere in my bag. I had this information written down, the exact time, price and train type.  The price of the ticket and train and where it was heading to. She was printing the ticket and I knew it wasn’t right. Eventually somehow, I revived my bit of paper. she reimbursed me with the correct ticket. Not too much tutting or disapproval expressed no harm done.

Better to travel than arrive.?

RL Stevenson original quote

“Little do ye know your own blessedness; for to travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labour.”It is ultimately expressing that to live in hope and anticipation is more exciting than arrival.

Taoists also believed the journey is as important as arriving. Life is a journey. There’s a lot of talk these days about people being on journeys but usually people are waffling on about their careers or path to success.

I doubt  this has much to do with any real journey of Taoist Wisdom, travelling far and wide.!  Modern travel these days has about as much romance in it as a Brussel Sprout, it feels more like being on a conveyer belt.

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counting Steps

  A feast of walks, counting steps and getting there.

Picture courtesy of Jan n Blue taken from their flat at Newcastle Quayside.

 

I had bought a pedometer & tested it out walking from the lighthouse at Newhaven,to  South Shields . That was a wee walk really about 4 miles.counting steps goes something like this. Roughly speaking 10,000 steps is about 4 miles.

Taking the bus back to South Shields to get lunch, in the fantastic ocean road fish and chip shop. We were going to carry on walking & counting steps in Newcastle, later on that day.

Big Clouds you can almost touch
Marsden South Shields

 

 

It’s surprising how easy it is to clock up the miles, it is inspiring to see if I have walked over 10,00 steps in a day. Before I knew it we had walked over 30,00s steps

 

I spent a lot of time just walking up and down the Quayside & visiting the Baltic http://www.balticmill.com/visit

(there’s always something new & interesting going on in there) followed by a walk in the City Centre & a quick  visit to Tynemouth we clocked up about 12 miles.

Looking at Newcastle from The Baltic

 

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