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    me and the boy craner ( http://cittaviolenta.blogspot.com ) inaugerated the 2005 walking season by going
    plaistow-beckton
    scaling the beckton alp and admiring the view. this was pretty exhilerating. better in fact than the view from stratford's multi-storey carpark. a black patch with charred wood and ashes showed someone had had a fire on the summit. that seemed like a good thing to do. i hope they did it at night. driving past and seeing the alp aflame in the middle of the night would be an eerie sight.
    i might lead an expedition up beckton alp later in the year.
    come down
    wandered about
    got hungry
    ate crisps
    found our way to the lighthouse on the thames
    it was open
    went inside
    the sun was setting
    the sunset was reflected on the water and the windows of the office blocks.
    three herons were fishing on the mudbanks.
    that was good.
    went to canary wharf. drank coffee. read paper. came home.
    the end.
    (the picture at the top of citta violenta is the view from the lighthouse)

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    anyone fancy doing a walk outside of london one day? i quite fancy going somewhere on a train, getting some real fresh air and winding up in a pub with a fire and pies

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    i've got leigh-on-sea in mind, but i'm probably going on a tuesday. some sea breeze to blow the cobwebs away. but i'm sure i'd be up for anything else.

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    I miss London walks

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    I'm going to go walking in Tokyo on friday. It's bitterly cold and a bit damp and grey, so perfect walking weather. It's very flat so you can walk for miles, and it's good because no two bits of it are really the same so there's lots to look at. The downside is there aren't many places with views because all the buildings are too tall. I want to find an industrial area, but failing that will just wander around Shinjuku.

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    I really enjoyed walking around Tokyo the one time I went there.

    Yesterday I walked from where I live (Astoria, Queens) to Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Took about an hour and a half. Quite a fun walk, although pretty grimy (especially through Long Island City...filthy).

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    Me and my brother Jim Jnr went to the Bird Hide by the Walthamstow reservoirs on Sunday.
    We saw a couple of herons, some cormorants obviously, shellduck, teal, white swans and a large rat.
    There was hardly anyone about and the sky was clear and crisp.
    My brother is going through some stress at the moment and reckoned that the walk and a spot of birdwatching had "proper chilled him out".

    I want to know where the Greenway ends, does it just go into the Thames Esturary ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backjob
    I'm going to go walking in Tokyo on friday. It's bitterly cold and a bit damp and grey, so perfect walking weather. It's very flat so you can walk for miles, and it's good because no two bits of it are really the same so there's lots to look at. The downside is there aren't many places with views because all the buildings are too tall. I want to find an industrial area, but failing that will just wander around Shinjuku.
    Recommendation: do the river boat from that area north of Ginza, east of Akihabara - can't remember what it's called - all the way down to the harbour. Then get off and walk around. Very easy to get lost and out of your depth.

    I once walked from Minato-ku to shibuya along the main road and I'm not sure my lungs will ever recover.

    However, my favourite walks are along the coast in cornwall.

    Last Sunday we walked from our house to a wood packed with natural springs that feed Hobsons Brook in Cambridge. It was a bit bleak and the springs had been scraped out by mechanical diggers recently - but still better than a wintry wood should be.
    Last edited by HMGovt; 09-02-2005 at 10:08 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backjob
    I I want to find an industrial area, but failing that will just wander around Shinjuku.
    Hi B
    Looking for industrial Tokyo - depends on how much time you have .
    South of Tokyo in Kawasaki you wil find that ,
    Oil , gas refineries with puffs of flame pluming

    * even monorail from Hamamatsucho to Haneda Airport (1 hour or less),
    on the rail you are above and can see what's there .

    While even 'ol Haneda's been redone and looking spiffy,
    some of the areas around Tokyo Bay are pretty gritty and strange.
    Touring the area by van years ago we saw the buildings there that were some inspiration for the
    Tyrell buildings in Bladerunner .

    Really depends on how much time you have , above RT could be 2-3 hours

    Tokyo Bay's Odaiba used to be wild, weed filled landfill industrial artificial island but by now it's Venus Port
    but that's another fun

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