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I completed challenge III. (d) on Thursday evening, with a few variations.

Instead of using the instructions, "take the first left, then the second right, then the first left, and so on," I wrote an app for the Pebble watch that would randomly display one of the following when I pressed a button:
Take the first left
Take the first right
Take the second left
Take the second right

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I attempted June challenge IIId, take the first turning left then the second turning right, four times from the same point, although two of those involved reversing the instructions and taking the first turning right and the second turning left. I also incidentally did two different short versions of IIIc, navigate to a random cafe, and a IIa, follow the railway.

Report with a map and four small images at my journal.
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I was slightly sad that the challenges are the same as last year so I planned to do something different, however it turned into IIIa, but started out as IIIb. I think IIIa is broad enough to cover any travel starting at work that you haven't done before even if your motivations are different. I apologise in advance for not knowing dreamwidth as I don't live here any more. I also apologise in advance for the Ingress.

This is also a follow up to last year's challenge. Then my job was new, today it was my last day. I may do this from my new job next week.

The challenge:

III. (a) Travel to or from your workplace one day using a completely different route to any you've ever used before.

which started out as:

III. (b) Travel towards home from your workplace using your usual method, but stay on the first public transport vehicle that you use until either it reaches its terminus or you're about to reach a point where your ticket/pass is no longer valid. Navigate home from here.

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Total time - 4 hours.
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I decided to attempt challenge I.(c) again - get on the first bus that comes along, then get off after n stops, and then get on the next bus that comes along and get off after n stops, and so on.

I have done this challenge before, and decided to use the same conditions I have three times before: My start point is opposite Westminster Cathedral in London, and n is set to be 9.

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Happy May Day!

05 Be still like a mountain and flow like a great river, at the Old Bottling Works, Malvern well dressing 05-15

The theme for this year’s well dressing in Malvern is River of Life. I went for a walk, visited a dozen wells, and took some photos. The standard of competition entries by both children’s groups and adults was good, as ever, but some installations were difficult to cap so my photos don’t show all of them to their best advantage.

Report at my journal, with ten small images.
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Looking at an A-Z of Birmingham, I discovered that the first road listed, Abbess Grove, and the last road listed, Yoxall Grove, were within walking distance of each other. So I incorporated them into a "circular" walk through an area I’d never previously visited, navigated as a derive with only three fixed goals: a railway station for arrival and departure, and the two streets.

Report at my journal, with twelve small images. Enjoy!
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Gloucester Cathedral tower: third tower, begun 1450 CE, Perpendicular Gothic, 69m (about 225ft) to the pinnacle tops (so about 65m to the roof), 269 medieval spiral stairs, 12 bells, several views. Report with 14 small images at my journal.

13 view north down to cloisters from tower roof, Gloucester Cathedral 09-14
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This is my last June challenge report for this year. I completed challenge II. (c) walk a local council trail. I went to tourist information and asked about walking trails in the Jewellery Quarter and was told there are three, that all overlap, and was given a leaflet for this one (.pdf). It also turned out to be a good walk for me and an excellent route for playing postcode bingo with all the B numbers on the road signs. Warning: squeamish folks might want to skip the history of the whereabouts of John Baskerville’s body! Report with 17 small images at my journal. Enjoy!

12 little angels behind the ivy, Key Hill Cemetery, Birmingham 06-14
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From 1926 until 2013 the circular number 11 bus route (click tab for "map view") around Birmingham was Europe’s longest urban bus route at 43km (27 miles), and only the 360 in Coventry is now longer. The 11 takes 2-3hrs to complete a circuit, depending on traffic, and there are over 260 bus stops along the route. Surely this is the ideal bus on which to attempt [community profile] flaneurs challenge I. (a) investigate an interesting thing seen from a bus.

Report with 14 small images at my journal.
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June Challenge Lines II.(b), walk south from a random point, modified by walking north in a straight line from my point of arrival because I had an appointment northeast of where I began the walk at University station. A report with 14 small images at my journal.

E03 W&B Canal near University, Birmingham 06-14

It’s going to take me at least a couple of weeks to report but I also confess to challenge II. (c) a local council walk (my first attempt at this challenge!), and an epic version of I. (a) "investigate interesting thing seen from bus", both in Birmingham.
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The instructions:

III. (a)Travel to or from your workplace one day using a completely different route to any you've ever used before.

I have a new job which involves a 1.5 hr commute from Oval to deepest Leytonstone. A journey of this length should give me lots of opportunities so I started playing with journey planner, removing various options to see if it would send me from work to home via somewhere interesting.

My normal route home is a bus to Leytonstone station, then Central Line to Bank, then Northern Line from Bank to Oval. I could go to Wood Street station to Liverpool Street or to Leytonstone High Road and travel on the GOBLIN. One possible route involved taking HS1 from Stratford to St Pancras!
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For the June Challenge with the theme of Doing Something Different, I used the instructions for III.(d), but with modifications. I decided to start at the very centre of London, and to take the first left, and then the first right, as opposed to the second.

I got to the roundabout near Charing Cross that is supposedly the centre of London. (Or at least, where distances are measured from.) There was a statue of a man on a horse there - King Charles I. Bagpipes were being played nearby. It seemed chaotic, tourists in every direction. Which was the first left? I didn't know. I walked around in circles, around the statue, at least three times.

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