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    Walking across here is pretty great

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    You can walk (or ride) about 7k across those marshes from one town to another right by the Tagus.
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    I live in Hackney, squeezed between Shoreditch Park and the canal. The building is fairly dilapidated postwar council stock, and we're last on a long chain of rebuilding works, which kinda puts us in the crosshairs of the running down of local government budgets, debates about their collective duty, insane London property prices, gentrification and so on. All this discourses swirling around above our heads like smoke from a BBQ. The most striking geographical features are the park next to us and the canal. The park is great, like an extended front garden for me in summer even though it's very flat and empty of much wildlife and tree growth. It's more like a flat expanse of green than much else, and that took a beating in last year's hot summer. The canal - complete with Drax throwups (and a million others) - is like a kind of mainline for hipsters and probably one of the nicest walks one can do in London. Probably the best thing about the estate is it's quite cut off from roads so you get lots of kids running around playing and screaming, sounding like proper urchins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Tea View Post
    How did that turn out?

    Have you ever been over to Wistman's Wood, about an hour from Exeter?

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    a narrow middle class enclave at the meeting point of the traditionally (though rapidly gentrifying) areas of deptford and peckham. the locals are mostly caroline lucas types, soft spoken, artistic and left wing, however there are poorer immigrant households freckling the demographic map. around the corner is a rather astounding street in which everyone's latino; so much so that the one african kid who lives on it knows how to speak Portuguese without having taken a single lesson.

    it's on a hill and rather poetically the more uphill you go, the richer it gets. at the top of the hill is a park, which is unremarkable other than it allows you to see the whole of the london skyline.

    across the road from me is a drug den in in which shady characters amassed rather brazenly talking about brining uzi's to clubs. down the hill is the the beggining of pecham and the old kent road. it's full of homeless people and alchoholics and there are buildings that still show bullet holes from an ostensible kray twins drive by. if you walk the other way you get deptford, a special place that's like a magic-realis bazar. if you keep walking you get to luke's house or you get to goldsmiths. i'm not that into art students, but i do like in recent years a larger and larger trans-gendered community has amassed around goldsmiths. the cohabitation of pious africans with such blasphemers makes me proud of liberal democracy.

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    i live in the northwestern corner of the northernmost state of the mainland u.s. i live 25 minutes away from the headwaters of the mississippi river.
    i spend lots of my time in what used to be a railroad town but is now really just a collection of houses along dirt roads surrounded by evergreen trees, there's a paved trail that you can take into town right next to us.
    the town is named after its lake. its center is its state university and its downtown.
    over a bridge and next to its other lake is this really great arts + general community space, this indigenous-environmental group has its office there, they were at standing rock, they have a library as well, a performance space with really great acoustics.
    at one end of the town, its south, where i come in from these days, is a grocery store, a neighborhood that used to be a different town, bullshit suburban development that used to be woods with a couple houses next to the opposite side of aforementioned other lake.
    at the other end of the town is where most of the chain restaurants and big box stores and the mall and the repurposed strip mall have been relegated to. it's also where the high school-middle school i graduated from, as well as the mainstream high school and middle school all are.
    and holy fuck there are just so many churches, all different protestant denominations that aren't substantially any fucking different from each other, all over this part of the state, all over the u.s. i suppose but FUCK.
    oh did i fucking mention the settlers committed genocide and even those who didn't directly participate cheered it on and even those who didn't cheer it on are still eating the spoils? because there's a couple first nations reservations up here as well, god bless em for real. and this sort of quiet antagonism between natives and whites, houseless and addicted first nations people in the town, cliques in the elementary and mainstream middle + high schools along these lines. at the school i went to it's not *as* bad.
    it's pretty small but you have to drive an hour and a half south to find some place bigger. and i like the culture up here somewhat better, it's a degree less white bread than the more central and southern parts of the state. just a degree. though the rich from those parts come up here to vacation.
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    i don't know, probably some marxist cultural theory or something
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    also barty minor point but speaking as one u can just say transgender -u- 'trans-gendered' comes across as stilted, it's also apparently supposed to imply something ~problematic~ (not that u have to give a fuck) but i don't remember what, just that i was corrected on it when figuring this stuff out myself
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    Quote Originally Posted by HMGovt View Post
    How did that turn out?
    Sounds like they've got the guy - some double-barrelled ex-boarding-school toff, weirdly enough. Trial's still ongoing.

    Quote Originally Posted by HMGovt View Post
    Have you ever been over to Wistman's Wood, about an hour from Exeter?
    Not yet, but definitely intend to now spring's properly underway.
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    i think the most entrenched settler dipshits felt briefly emboldened by trump's campaign and election
    but there was like a "RESPECT" meeting in the public square/park (huge statue of paul and babe btw, talk about great depression tourist trap kitsch) shortly after the inauguration where lots of people came together to be like "we're going to protect first nations peoples afro-americans immigrants and our gay and trans kids and friends and use physical force to do so if we have to and there's not a god damn thing you can do about it"
    so now they're mostly talk, hunched over at tables at the bars, and otherwise signaling games to each other. i think lots of them have taken on this persecution complex, like they're being persecuted for being christians or whatever (matthew 6:27, y'all), of course it's just that nobody likes them.
    at the redneck bars out of town they've always had a more receptive audience than in town, probably thanks to the university. an acquaintance of my dad's was telling me how she's seen people ready to fight when overhearing that kind of talk in bars.
    a texas transplant who spent a fair bit of time in california even, partner of one of my dad and godmother's younger co-workers, said he's met more communists here than anywhere else he's been. which is also, cool.
    also my godmother hosts bitchin parties right next to the river, my dad has this whole chosen family, they've always been lovely. it's been a space where i've been able to get responsibly buzzed before legal drinking age (which i will be tomorrow) and have these in-depth conversations. i know they're not my age but at this point i don't give a fuck. i'll be going to uni soon (finally, 3 years after graduating hs...)
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    Ive been wistmans wood. My mate wobbly pete done a big sloppy beer shit in it

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    Why's he called Wobbly Pete?

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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    Ive been wistmans wood. My mate wobbly pete done a big sloppy beer shit in it
    Adding to the magic of the place in his own way. It takes something from each of us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craner View Post
    Why's he called Wobbly Pete?
    It's Fat Jims brother, Fat Will. He rechristened himself for his stay in Devon. Bought a new hat, new personna, new life history.

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    Ive been wistmans wood. My mate wobbly pete done a big sloppy beer shit in it
    One time when I went to visit my friend in Paris we were walking to a bar or something down a fairly busy central street and suddenly he gets the urge cos of all the booze and food etc, finds a kinda traffic island with a bit of shrubbery and a small pine tree and disappears for five minutes. When he comes back he tells me he's left a present under the tree.

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    We have a whole thread about this called 'al fresco shitting' I think Simon Reynolds or Droid started it, one of those two.

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