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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Tuesday, March 10, 2009
    Side street synchronicity
    Interested to see that Simon, inspired by our chat last week and by the ideas in Mis-Guides, took himself off on an 'alternative A6' walk yesterday, 'resolving to walk not one yard [of the familiar five-mile journey from home to town centre] along the main road.' He blogs about it at Walking Home:
    The A6 is a well-worn groove into Leicester and it almost feels tainted by the impatience with which many drivers use it. It's a hard road to like. But the side-streets are the roads on which journeys for most people begin or end. They're roads for pottering about in, nipping along to the corner shop, or in which visits to friends are made.
    Which connects very well with my own little project this week. Preparing for a couple of upcoming 'walk talks' I've created a visual presentation to accompany the song which is fast becoming my one essential urban walking track: Saint Etienne's Side Streets. If your computer can cope with the strain you can download my Side Streets - M62 mix [PPS, 15.7MB] and click into YouTube to listen along.

    Watch Saint Etienne's own video of Side Streets here