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    Fabulous piece in the Standard on Tuesday which found that, to no surprise of those of us who do like to walk in the city, walking was actually quicker than the tube for seven common London routes.

    Unlike the forms of exercise favoured by Kapitalism (quick energy burns in the gym so that you are fit for work the next day), walking is a form of energetic activity which has no relation to work whatsoever. Those arch opponents of work, the situationists, were correct to settle on 'aimless walking' (the derrive) as a strategy against zombie consumerism. There is no product, no goal; walking is the very defintion of a plateau.

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    me and my mate paul have this disease when we meet up in london. we plan to walk somewhere, usually somewhere that's very easy to find really, and always get hopelessly lost for hours, but it's brilliant and we like it.

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    I still got lost in Soho whenever I go to shops down there (for records, obviously). I will never figure it out, but I quite like the adventure of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggedy Derek
    I still got lost in Soho whenever I go to shops down there (for records, obviously). I will never figure it out, but I quite like the adventure of it.

    got lost in soho for 3 hours last night just trying to find beak street.

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    Reminds me that I need to dig out my W Benjamin books again.

    http://www.othervoices.org/gpeaker/Flaneur.html

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    I always get lost in Soho too! What is it about Soho that makes that happen do you think?

    The other place I'm hopeless at is Bloomsbury --- all those Squares --- I'll never fathom it lol ---

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    With Soho, it's like the designer drew an logical, square grid of streets, and then rubbed out some of the interconnecting roads, and added a couple of tiny little streets in between. So you can't rely on certain streets crossing, and other streets are secreted within the gaps with fractal-like detail. It should be so easy, but if you go into it with a gung-ho attitude you're liable to get it in the ass (so to speak).

    Dissensus-crew get lost in Soho a lot, yeah that won't stand up in court will it.

    Right, enough Soho jokes from me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k-punk
    I always get lost in Soho too! What is it about Soho that makes that happen do you think?

    The other place I'm hopeless at is Bloomsbury --- all those Squares --- I'll never fathom it lol ---

    distraction, lack of a centre, or rather several different areas with differrent meanings attached, ie old compton, gay, berwick street, music and cheap veggies, it's got soho square but that's almost impossible to find..

    soho is endlessly interesting as well, i want to know how it all started, music stores and pornography, the british film industry etc... geoffrey barnard and roland penrose. glamour, decadence, and misery. westminster council is hiking up the rents there which might kill some of it.
    you know roland penroses house in soho has a huge collection of picasso sketches, he used to go there regualrly and just draw in these books.


    i was gonna try and put a regular night together at a swanky but cool cocktail bar in wardour street as it goes, and invite some dissensus people down to play if they wanted to, but i don't think anyone will find it now!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggedy Derek
    With Soho, it's like the designer drew an logical, square grid of streets, and then rubbed out some of the interconnecting roads, and added a couple of tiny little streets in between. So you can't rely on certain streets crossing, and other streets are secreted within the gaps with fractal-like detail. It should be so easy, but if you go into it with a gung-ho attitude you're liable to get it in the ass (so to speak).

    Dissensus-crew get lost in Soho a lot, yeah that won't stand up in court will it.

    Right, enough Soho jokes from me.

    ever tried finding your way out of bank station and around that area. that is impossible..

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    Ha, no I've been OK getting around there.

    A lot re-development is happening in Soho soon, I think- the row of shops down Berwick St which includes Music And Video Exchange and Sister Ray are going to be replaced by, er, something new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggedy Derek
    Ha, no I've been OK getting around there.

    A lot re-development is happening in Soho soon, I think- the row of shops down Berwick St which includes Music And Video Exchange and Sister Ray are going to be replaced by, er, something new.
    i heard it was loft appartments, for all those poor fuckers that work in the soho media until one in the morning every night to crash down and eat takeaways in.

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    Funny, given Derek's jokes about Soho, but some of this reminds me of Freud's oneiric-comic description, in 'The Uncanny' of his inability to find his way out of the red light district of a 'provincial town' in Italy:

    'As I was walking, one hot summer afternoon, through the deserted streets of a provincial town in Italy which was unknown to me, I found myself in a quarter of whose character I could not long remain in doubt. nothing but painted women were to be seen at the windows of the small houses, and I hastened to leave the narrow street at the next turning. But after having wandered about for a time without enquiring my way, I suddenly found myself back in the same street, where my presence was now beginning to excite attention. I hurried away once more, only to arrive by another detour at the same place yet a third time. Now, however, a feeling overcame me which I can only describe as uncanny, and I was glad enough to find myself back at the piazza I had left a short while before, without any further voyages of discovery.'

    Which in turn always reminds me of pictures by De Chirico (I would post an example of one, but I don't know how to post images????, any way you've all seen em, you know what I mean....)

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    Quote Originally Posted by k-punk
    Funny, given Derek's jokes about Soho, but some of this reminds me of Freud's oneiric-comic description, in 'The Uncanny' of his inability to find his way out of the red light district of a 'provincial town' in Italy:

    'As I was walking, one hot summer afternoon, through the deserted streets of a provincial town in Italy which was unknown to me, I found myself in a quarter of whose character I could not long remain in doubt. nothing but painted women were to be seen at the windows of the small houses, and I hastened to leave the narrow street at the next turning. But after having wandered about for a time without enquiring my way, I suddenly found myself back in the same street, where my presence was now beginning to excite attention. I hurried away once more, only to arrive by another detour at the same place yet a third time. Now, however, a feeling overcame me which I can only describe as uncanny, and I was glad enough to find myself back at the piazza I had left a short while before, without any further voyages of discovery.'

    Which in turn always reminds me of pictures by De Chirico (I would post an example of one, but I don't know how to post images????, any way you've all seen em, you know what I mean....)

    de chirico reminds me of what jg ballard has been doing with his last few books too


    reminding me in another way of the label from rhythm is rhythm - nude photo, the dance
    from something called fixation with sensuous forms.
    travelling through realms of form and desire, the people encountered seem to be trapped, one such woman saw me and i grabbbed her, trying to free her. Soon i realised she did not want to be free.By then i was trapped. The woman held me with her form. Her embrace was passionate , her form sensuous.

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    I love walking in London. It is the king of cities.

    I also think you can do 'aimless' in a car equally well. I was driving away from Camden the other week at night, trying to get home (south coast), no rush, made a few mistakes, ended up going south over London Bridge and exclaiming aloud at how amazing the riverside looked all lit up, and then fucked up again and ended up going north over Tower Bridge and shouting 'amazing! amazing!' it was so... beautiful.

    London in no rush, it's wonderful.

    mms - I will pm/email you about that nite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by egg
    mms - I will pm/email you about that nite.

    it's just an idea at the mo, got to put it to the owner properly,but she seemed fairly interested last night.
    she kept on giving us free cocktails as well which was awesome.

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