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    Default Tell me about where you live

    Give me a feel for it. Describe. Document. Don't be dismissive.

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    I live on the A2 the main road out to Dover and the continent. I live at the bottom of a hill, at a crossroads. The A2 is the east west axis and the north south axis goes to Lewisham in one direction, Greenwich and the Thames in the other. If I climb the hill I am in Blackheath. The roof of the world. I often have my birthday sat there among the exhaust fumes. The skies are very large and dramatic. There are mansions along its perimeter. Greenwich park is away to one edge of it. I haven't seen a more beautiful park anywhere in the world. The views over London are staggering. Capitalism is fairy lights. I love London but I grew up in the east, the low marshland around the Lea and I need space. I need emptiness. I need big skies.

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    I like to walk up the hill, the HGVs hurtling towards you at 40 miles per hour, the road bending, all that weight and speed tilted towards you.

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    Today I was up at the Point, a little piece of parkland, with caves carved into rock beneath it, and one of the best views in all of London. I saw the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen. I was in tears. It was too beautiful to be real but too vivid to be a dream.

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    I remember in Autumn walking through the park in this great sweeping world of yellow. Caught up in all this glorious yellow. To be able to track the seasons in that park is something I'm super grateful for.

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    There was a wonderful rainbow up here in stabby edmonton this afternoon, all bright against the grey clouds with a faint second band, you could see where it landed as the rain was falling in front of the houses across the way. Its a fairly green area with some desolate anti-human spaces around the gigantic earthworks for our local 'a' road.
    we live on a space station type estate, dropped on a former toxic light industrial site, next to a small gurgling brook full of nasty stuff.
    it's lovely here by the north circular and the arla depot, but i have to get on a plane to somewhere else at the crack of dawn

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    I want to hear all about Barry, Berlin, São Paulo, South Devon, Dublin, New York, Manchester, Wood Green, your little patch and how you interact with it.

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    When I walk in North, East or West it's all like this



    Also to the North, the world's deepest hand-dug well, now located in a hospital car park. Why they decided to start digging a well at the top of a hill, 'tis a mystery.

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    That's an amazing picture. Don't recognise the signature.

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    I thought it was Nash, but it's Eric Ravilious

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    I was thinking about doing a countryside thread. I love hills and that. Rivers. Trees. Fucking absolutely love them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HMGovt View Post
    When I walk in North, East or West it's all like this



    Also to the North, the world's deepest hand-dug well, now located in a hospital car park. Why they decided to start digging a well at the top of a hill, 'tis a mystery.
    where do you live then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yyaldrin View Post
    where do you live then?
    a few miles east of Brighton, South Downs National Park

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    I live in a strange village or even town about 10k outside Lisbon, it's a mixture of the pretty and the banal (seems there is no planning permission rule - you can buy some land and throw up whatever you like, no matter how ugly) but it's by the river and the marshes and a few minutes from Lisbon by train. We're on the 3rd floor and can see the river and loads of other stuff. It's got a small rundown castle which is about 700 years old but (typically for Portugal) has been thoughtlessly converted into a cheesy bar, also a nice church and a massive house which (I guess) was built for the priest and several squares where old people often sit segregated into men and women like they were at primary school. Also lots of empty scrub - some of it fenced off, some of it open to you if you wanna risk it - and, the worst thing, loads of rubbish tipped into the bushes and long grass.
    It's weird cos the town is divided into bits by the motorway, some places which are really close as the crow flies are all but inaccessible on foot or take an hour to get to. If you walk down the street you see loads of old ladies dressed all in black glaring at everyone - I think they grew up under Salazar and hate to see young people having fun.

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