Map the holes, gaps and crevices in your life
Examine their emotional tone—dark, light, coloured
Walk into the void
Perforate your everyday navigational maps
Embrace chance encounters
Your local-social fabric is restitched
And, as you map anew, move toward interdependence
Seen in Urban Cartography
THE Ood are an odd bunch. Among the more enigmatic of the aliens regularly encountered in “Doctor Who”, a television series about a traveller in time and space, they are mostly silent—though sometimes given to song—and disconcertingly squid-like. What is more, evolution has equipped them with two brains—one in their heads, the other carried around in their hand.
The Economist. February 28th.
Those of us who have grown up in the city know that what is at Birmingham’s heart is not easily definable. It’s a quality that sits somewhere between eclecticism and incoherence, stubbornness and ambition, self-awareness and self-sacrifice. Oddly enough, the Bullring does seem to represent these qualities. Not in an easy-on-the-eye marketable fashion. Rather, in its mix of public and commercial interests, its reversal of the indoors, its potentially self-destructive approach to the markets and a fluctuating physical presence, the Bullring captures the city’s contradictions as lived by its inhabitants.
The Bullring effect. Chris Prendergrast.
I sip my coffee. I look at the mountain, which is still doing its tricks, as you look at a still-beautiful face belonging to a person who was once your lover in another country years ago: with fond nostalgia, and recognition, but no real feeling save a secret astonishment that you are now strangers. Thanks. For the memories.
Pilgrim at the Tinker Creek.