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I saw and can recommend the film Paterson, by Jim Jarmusch, which is a loving tribute to the art in everyday city life as found through walking, public transport, sitting and being with the city and its inhabitants (and also through home decor, popular music, and baking), and is highly relevant to flaneurs' interests.

Rotten Tomatoes is currently rating it at critics 95% positive and audience 78% liked:

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/paterson/
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While I was in Totnes in Devon I managed to fit in a town trail walk linking three urban community gardens via a local water source known as the Leechwell.

Report at my journal with four small images.
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I completed challenge III. (c) random pub to the Gunmakers Arms in Birmingham's Gun Quarter. Post including a one paragraph report with one photo inside the Two Towers brewery.

I did a second III. (c) random cafe to Wolverhampton Art Gallery cafe. Post including a one paragraph report with one photo of art in the cafe.

I completed challenge I. (a) and investigated an interesting thing seen from a tram window in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter. Post including a one paragraph report with one photo of Key Hill Cemetery.

I did II. (a) following a tram line in Birmingham city centre. One paragraph with five photos, from Grand Central to Snow Hill.

I also did a semi-failed II. (c) Local council walk in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Full report with a dozen photos, circular walk along the River Avon.
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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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Hello flaneurs! My daughter and I headed down to London this weekend for the last hurrah of the book benches (all will be removed by Monday the 15th). A report on our third expedition to the Bloomsbury trail, guest-starring my nephew, is here.

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Hello again! My daughter and I continue to hunt book benches in London. A report on our second expedition, to the south bank, is here. It is possible that the toddler is even more gleeful than last time.

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Hello flaneurs! My daughter and I have been hunting book benches in London. A report on our first expedition, to Greenwich, is here. Warning: contains a lot of gleeful toddler.

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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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