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It was a rainy day in Nottingham, but by the evening, the weather had started to clear up, so I decided to go for a walk. Earlier in the day, I got a map from Tourist Information. I decided to do a beer glass walk, so turned a glass upside down and drew around it on the map.

I tried to follow the outline I had drawn as closely as possible.

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This was my first attempt at flâneuring (flâneurery?) and I decided to go for the first left, second right option, starting from home. I was running, and decided to go for the duration of a podcast I'd just downloaded, which was 28 minutes. I thought that would be quite short, but actually I still went through 33 turns and 35 different streets in that time.

List of turns and streets )
Meanings of street names )
By the end of the podcast I'd run about 4.5 km, but because the route had generally made an anti-clockwise loop (Runkeeper map), I was only about 1.5 km from home, so there were no problems getting back. Given that it's hot out there today I was running in only shorts and vest, and the path took me through some of the more Muslim bits of Rotterdam, I felt a little awkward at times. But hey, Bullet Catcher Street!
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Yesterday I decided to give one of the bus challenges a go.

I could possibly have timed my trip a bit better, I stopped after the fifth bus not because I had enough of waiting on bus stops or had to be somewhere else but because it was late afternoon in the city and my busses were just not moving at all any more.



I started at Finsbury Park Station and the first bus that came by was the 106 to Whitechapel. I'd picked the number 7 but stop seven was a one line stop so I continued on to the first stop that had multiple lines serving it. That was Stoke Newtington Station.

Five minutes later I was on the next bus, this one a 149 to London Bridge. South it went, past the Aziziye Mosque (originally built as a cinema as wikipedia tells me) and the 7th stop was at the Rio Cinema.

Busses kept coming really quickly and less than a minute later I was on the next one, the 76 to Waterloo. This one changed destinations after three stops and instead was only going to go to Hoxton, but my 7th stop was before that at Downham Road. The next bus coming along was a 76 to Waterloo *again* but I got on anyway.

Short bit along the Regent's Canal, across and the seventh stop was City Road/Leonard Street. Traffic was getting a bit slow already, but I decided to try one more bus. 21 to Lewisham Shopping Centre it was.

But that one was winding its way through the city before even getting close to crossing the river and after getting from Liverpool Street Station to Bank took nearly 15 minutes I decided to stop my excursion at the 7th stop - King William Street/Monument Station.

It was a fun trip, but possibly not the best time xD
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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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