January 31st, 2011

Tea-drinker par excellence

Giant Steps

Our home work for Creative Writing this week included designing a walk round Clapham South, were we have our meetings, with more than a nod to Psychogeography defined in 1955 by Guy de Bord as "the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals".

I spent a while yesterday, between bouts of writing a short story, copying the outline of the 1969 moonwalk onto the map of Clapham and expanding it so that it would last about the 2 hours and 31 minutes of the original (this would have fit on a football pitch).

And then I found that the BBC had already got there with Dimensions which allows you (if you're not using IE6) to overlay all sorts of interesting things on a map centered anywhere you like. Mars Rover in Doncaster, Glastonbury music festival on Central London, the Gulf Oil spill on France, all these and more are possible.

Anyway, here's my map below a cut for size's sake.

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