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

    Tuesday, December 13, 2005
    Forgive me my trespasses
    Today I received my copy of Access All Areas: A User's Guide to the Art of Urban Exploration (described by the Toronto Star as "a practical guide to indulging one's curiosity while gently subverting the structures of authority"). And also today, in that sort of spirit, I drove the wrong way up Upper Parliament Street, to avoid a roadworks snarl-up. I was following a taxi driver, a person who by necessity is probably growing very used to subverting the road rules in our chaotically dug-up city centre. I don't think that this is the sort of behaviour the folk behind the Infiltration website really have in mind. But my fairly accidental detour into illegality gave me an inkling of how their explorations of various abandoned sites, drains, catacombs, transit tunnels and back-ends or underneaths of public buildings, must feel. A bit scary but very liberating...

    ['It's important not to confuse the words "illegal" and "immoral"' - interesting discussion about the ethics of urban exploration, here]