|863||Wareham to Swanage||19.9||21/07/2010|
|862||Poole to Wareham||17.6||19/07/2010|
Both were interesting walks, with moments of annoyance and exhilaration.
|861||Bognor Regis to Lancing||18.2||07/07/2010|
|860||Southampton to Hythe||14.6||30/06/2010|
|859||Bath to Avonmouth via Bristol and the River Avon Trail||26.3||26/05/2010|
|858||A circular walk around the Isle of Portland||13.8||22/05/2010|
|857||Westbury to Bath||22.8||20/05/2010|
The organisation has, after all, been pretty thoroughly decontaminated...'Decontaminated' is a very loaded word to use, especially when those very people created the works of art that so captivated him as a child. Broadened, certainly; opened up, yes; but saying it was 'decontaminated' seems fairly squalid, as if anything that has been touched by the military needs a thorough cleansing before it is suitable to be seen by the public.
There should be a special symbol for these toy trains that doesn't confuse them with the real thing: my suggestion would be a pictogram of a grinning old man dragging a reluctant grandson along. Such an image could be misconstrued, I realise, but perhaps not entirely without justification.Firstly, this is plain nasty rather than funny. Secondly, there is just such a symbol; a blue steam train. This section seems odd when he also talks about the way that maps have to cater for the diverse interests that are found in society and, increasingly, the leisure sector. Just because you are not interested does not mean that others are not. I have little use for knowing where to fish or sail, yet I do not begrudge the symbols on the map. He continues later in the book:
And if you consider that the only other probable outcomes to such a start would have been to end up as a Neighbourhood watch coordinator or a volunteer on a steam railway, I may well have got away relatively unscathed.He certainly has a thing about preserved railways and their volunteers. He also has a thing about Harold Shipman lookalikes and stereotypes about women not being able to read maps (although he later readily accepts that women are better at visualising a city - apparently, invented stereotypes are fine one way but not the other).