Author Archives: Brian Human

Agios Nikolaos, Hora

I was due to fly to Greece for a week in the Mani at Kardamili yesterday, but it became a pandemic victim.  Tom Sawford’s excellent web site dedicated to Patrick Leigh Fermor, patrickleighfermor.org, reminded me that my departure would have … Continue reading

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Walking 43

To walk at night is to yield to, or embrace, an outlaw status.

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Walking 42

‘Out in the street, we become observing entities, “part of that vast republican army of anonymous trampers”.’ 

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Walking 41

‘…walking articulates both physical and mental freedom.’  

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Walking 40

‘In the contemporary city, the eyes on screens often outnumber those on the street.’

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Walking 39

‘…it is both means and end, travel and destination.’

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Fen Landscape – New Bedford River

The New Bedford River, also known as the Hundred Foot Drain because of the distance between the tops of the two embankments on either, is a man-made cut-off or by-pass channel of the River Great Ouse in the Fens. It … Continue reading

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Blue Rope – Magog Down

The Magog Downs were gilded delicately with cowslips on Friday, showing up the trashy gaudiness of lurid fields of rape. I like the brilliance of the blue here, the spiral and the way the end on the rope is pointing … Continue reading

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Walking 38

‘In the contemporary city, the eyes on screens often outnumber those on the street.’

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Shingle Street – German Ocean Mansion

Shingle Street is not somewhere you go for the architecture. Pevsner ignores it in his Suffolk, though that is no surprise.  Its distinctions are found in the works of nature, not humankind.  Yet the hamlet is not without interest, with … Continue reading

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Walking 37

‘…a way to bask in the faint human warmth of brief encounters, acquaintances, greetings, and overheard conversations.’

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Shingle Street 29

A visit to Shingle Street yesterday – first since October 2020 – a day of haze and bright April sun with skylarks singing and hares out on the marshes.  The cycle of changes rolls on: a new island has formed … Continue reading

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Walking 36

‘How do you navigate a city where the streets have no names?’

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Walking 35

‘No walk, as far as I am concerned, is ever wasted.’

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Fen Landscape – Lodes Way, Reach

The abutments to the Lodes Way bridge over Reach Lode have big open arches to allow for flooding and the free moment of grazing animals.

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