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This topic explores how movement through exterior space mobilizes a dynamic inner life for the walker.
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The top 10 walks in books

The top 10 walks in books | Walking - A means of exploring the unfamiliar and the unexpected | Scoop.it

From Laurie Lees departure for Spain one sunny morning to Floras unfortunate sexual odyssey in Cold Comfort Farm, Duncan Minshull chooses the best literary journeys on foot


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This link brings together two passionate pursuits - books and walking - and leaves us exploring the recesses of our minds for other famous (unremarked on here) passages.... Be sure to scroll down to reader comments for many more titles....

 

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Lumière | India in Paris

Lumière | India in Paris | Walking - A means of exploring the unfamiliar and the unexpected | Scoop.it
There are times when Paris is touched by other cultures. This is Paris’s India moment.
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If you're lucky enough to be walking through the city of light this autumn, Elaine Sciolino provides the inside story on where to seek out the best of Indian food and culture.

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Flanders Soldiers - a picture from the past

Flanders Soldiers - a picture from the past | Walking - A means of exploring the unfamiliar and the unexpected | Scoop.it
In this photograph from 5 October 1917, 96 years ago today, supporting troops of the 1st Australian Division walk towards the front line to relieve their comrades near Hooge, in the Ypres Sector
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Stuart Weitzman Kicks Off Made for Walking Campaign With Kate Moss

Stuart Weitzman Kicks Off Made for Walking Campaign With Kate Moss | Walking - A means of exploring the unfamiliar and the unexpected | Scoop.it
The brand is looking to go viral with its fall campaign, which features Moss strutting down several central London streets in a video shot this summer.
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Want to walk all day and dance all night?  Shoe artisan Stuart Weitzman promises both comfort and style in his latest short advertising film gone viral, starring Kate Moss.

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Belgians celebrate liberation - a picture from the past

Belgians celebrate liberation - a picture from the past | Walking - A means of exploring the unfamiliar and the unexpected | Scoop.it
A photographic highlight selected by the picture desk. Belgians celebrate liberation from German occupation in Brussels after the allied campaign in north-west Europe, 4 September 1944
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The finest kind of walk is the walk toward liberation.  My dad was in the Canadian Scottish Regiment fighting in Europe when this photo was taken in Belgium. My mom was an RCAF Leading Air Woman serving on Canadian soil.  They were wonderful parents both.  Even so, their psyches were significantly damaged by the incursion of WW11into their young lives, and I get a poignant sense of what liberation must have meant to them by looking at this photograph.

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Hemingway, Thoreau, Jefferson and the Virtues of a Good Long Walk

Hemingway, Thoreau, Jefferson and the Virtues of a Good Long Walk | Walking - A means of exploring the unfamiliar and the unexpected | Scoop.it
Solvitur ambulando -- "it is solved by walking." This phrase refers to the 4th-century-B.C. Greek philosopher Diogenes's response to the question of whether motion is real -- he got up and
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Walking ‘That Long Trailing Leg of Britain’

Walking ‘That Long Trailing Leg of Britain’ | Walking - A means of exploring the unfamiliar and the unexpected | Scoop.it
The poet Simon Armitage talks about his coming quest to walk the South West Coast Path — and pay for it in poetry.
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Love Simon Armitage, love the idea of walking a long leg of Britain right out into the North Atlantic.  I look forward to the poems.

 

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A New Test for Dementia: Walking

A New Test for Dementia: Walking | Walking - A means of exploring the unfamiliar and the unexpected | Scoop.it
Scientists find a new indicator of cognitive decline.
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“Changes in walking may predate actually observable cognitive changes in people who are on their way to developing dementia,” said Molly Wagster, chief of the National Institute on Aging’s behavioral and systems neuroscience branch. Experts said the studies could lead to developing a relatively simple tool that doctors could use to forecast, if not diagnose, possible Alzheimer’s disease."

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Having good posture is so important for your well being.  Now scientists believe that how we walk is a new indicator of cognitive decline 

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What Happens When Everyone Makes Maps? - The Atlantic Cities

What Happens When Everyone Makes Maps? - The Atlantic Cities | Walking - A means of exploring the unfamiliar and the unexpected | Scoop.it

What Happens When Everyone Makes Maps? The Atlantic Cities Finally, a frustrated physics student named Steve Coast developed OpenStreetMap as a way to give cartography back to the public. Now, data is the website's "raison d'être," ...


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Only when I look down at the last second do I see it. I recoil instinctively

Only when I look down at the last second do I see it. I recoil instinctively | Walking - A means of exploring the unfamiliar and the unexpected | Scoop.it
Country diary: Sutherland: I immediately realise that this is no snake, but a slow worm, a legless lizard, basking in the sun like an adder
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This lovely rumination returns me to childhood, and the joy of happening upon the loveliest and liveliest of nature's creatures.

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From Beethoven To Woody Allen—The Daily Rituals Of The World’s Most Creative People And What You Can Learn From Them

From Beethoven To Woody Allen—The Daily Rituals Of The World’s Most Creative People And What You Can Learn From Them | Walking - A means of exploring the unfamiliar and the unexpected | Scoop.it
The novelist Patricia Highsmith worked in bed surrounded by cigarettes, an ashtray, matches, a mug of coffee, a doughnut and a cup full of sugar.
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This is a joyful little piece that lets you in on some of the unusual habits of those individuals who are most highly culturally productive.  Wallking?  Yes!  Frequent bathing?  Who'd have imagined??

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Why Doesn’t Mrs. Dalloway Get a Day of Her Own?

Why Doesn’t Mrs. Dalloway Get a Day of Her Own? | Walking - A means of exploring the unfamiliar and the unexpected | Scoop.it
On Sunday, literary types the world over donned blazers, sported colored glasses, and drank pints of Guinness for Bloomsday, a celebration of James Joyce’s allusion-laden epic Ulysses. At once utterly canonical and a sort of cult...
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Who are your favourite literary walking muses?  Here are two to choose from: Leopold Bloom and Clarissa Dalloway.  As many readers have learned, what it is fun to walk in their steps, even if the most exacting of literary pundits cannot identify the exact day in June when Mrs. Dalloway set out to buy her flowers...

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The Indextrious Reader: Walking a Literary Labyrinth

The Indextrious Reader: Walking a Literary Labyrinth | Walking - A means of exploring the unfamiliar and the unexpected | Scoop.it
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In "Walking a LIterary Labyrinth" by Nancy Malone, walking a labyrinth serves as a rich metaphor for the cathartic and mobile nature of literary experience:

 

"She compares walking the labyrinth with reading our way through life; we

may be heading in to our centre, but there are others on our journey, and the centre is not the "goal" -- the entire labyrinth is our path and we are part of the whole. I love the imagery of a life's reading as a literary labyrinth; unlike a maze, a labyrinth is one path, with no dead-ends or places to get lost. Malone states that the authors she's read have helped her move along the pathway, that reading time hasn't been wasted. We are heading to our own interiority at the centre, but we are also heading back out into the world."

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Walking and…

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Great walking A-Z website! Walking and... Art Audio Books Borders...Politics Processions Projects....Research Rituals Science...

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Jon Hopkins: London Dance Architect Trusts His Gut, Relaxes His Brain

Jon Hopkins: London Dance Architect Trusts His Gut, Relaxes His Brain | Walking - A means of exploring the unfamiliar and the unexpected | Scoop.it
"I really do just write on instinct."
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Although not addressed specificly to his experiences with walking, I love this interview with musician John Hopkins.  The artist talks about how various forms of movement from dance to piano performance inform his writing as a musician.  He's a huge advocate of relying on instinct as a strategy to slow the brain down and get at the words you seek in writing.

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Reboot

An interview with British climber Andrew Kirkpatrick on Tunnel Mt., Banff, summer 2006.
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You've got to love Andy Kirkpatrick in this video interview entitled Reboot.

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PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY

PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY | Walking - A means of exploring the unfamiliar and the unexpected | Scoop.it
Psychogeography: part psychology, part geography, is an approach to physical space that emphasizes playful "drifting" over following standard routes or maps. Its aim is to take pedestrians off thei...
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With Dog–E–Glow Accessories, Your Pet Is The King Of Cool

With Dog–E–Glow Accessories, Your Pet Is The King Of Cool | Walking - A means of exploring the unfamiliar and the unexpected | Scoop.it
Want your dog to be styling and safe when you take him for a nighttime walk? Then you might want to dress your pup in a Dog–E–Glow collar and leash.
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Very cool (and I'm not even a dog owner)!

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Vicenza – more than a Palladian masterpiece & Exhibition: From Raphael to Bacon, Freud, Picasso...

Vicenza – more than a Palladian masterpiece & Exhibition: From Raphael to Bacon, Freud, Picasso... | Walking - A means of exploring the unfamiliar and the unexpected | Scoop.it

"It is rare for a town off the classic tourist trail like Vicenza to stage such an illustrious exhibition as Raffaello verso Picasso, but this show is definitely going to put it on the cultural map. It is spectacular walking through the Grand Hall of the Basilica, where curator Marco Goldin has put together a stunning collection of 85 paintings, spanning Old Masters such as Botticelli, Titian and Giorgione, Rembrandt, El Greco and Caravaggio, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Renoir and Cézanne, through to modernist paintings by Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Andrew Wyeth. While the exhibition will run until the end of January, the Basilica Palladiana will become a permanent venue for cultural events, and there are several newly opened museums that make it worth spending a long weekend in Vicenza, rather than just stopping off for a day trip to whizz round the 20 palaces, villas and the visionary Teatro Olimpico that mark the official Palladio itinerary."

 

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Learning to Write and Let Live

The most useful piece of writing advice I ever received.
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A reflective piece in which Gervino, a writer, pays tribute to his high school English teacher's advice.  I like the story!

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Walks And Walking - Walking GPS Garmin Oregon 600 GB Discoverer

Walks And Walking - Walking GPS Garmin Oregon 600 GB Discoverer | Walking - A means of exploring the unfamiliar and the unexpected | Scoop.it
Exclusive offer for the new Walking GPS Garmin Oregon 600 GB Discoverer - 1:50K Ordnance Survey mapping for the whole of Great Britain on one microSD card

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Exclusive offer for the new Walking GPS Garmin Oregon 600 GB Discoverer - 1:50K Ordnance Survey mapping for the whole of Great Britain on one microSD card. More here http://www.walksandwalking.com/

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Psychogeography Maps

Psychogeography Maps | Walking - A means of exploring the unfamiliar and the unexpected | Scoop.it
These maps cover a specific area, within what used to be the West Riding of Yorkshire; an area beginning with Leeds in the north, to Sheffield in the south, roughly following the Hallam Railway line.
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Holloway by Robert Macfarlane, Stanley Donwood, Dan Richards – review

Holloway by Robert Macfarlane, Stanley Donwood, Dan Richards – review | Walking - A means of exploring the unfamiliar and the unexpected | Scoop.it
William Dalrymple on a gorgeously produced little book from a writer at the peak of his power
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Another literary gem from the wonderful walker and writer, Robert Macfarlane: "Holloway is physically a very slight object but it is an exceptionally written, gorgeously produced little gem. It will have to act as an amuse bouche to satisfy us until Macfarlane produces his next major project. This, rumour has it, takes him deeper into Albion, beneath even the holloways, as he walks down into the bowels of England's earth."

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A New Feet in Primate Research

A New Feet in Primate Research | Walking - A means of exploring the unfamiliar and the unexpected | Scoop.it
Researchers have discovered human foot movement previously observed only among apes.
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This article makes me wonder about how our feet developed in response to  the human animal's proclivity for walking on the ground with two feet, as opposed to moving through upper spaces on four?  It's also interesting to me that humans and apes share the identical number of bones in the feet, and yet the two animal types seem to have adapted in distinctively different ways to moving through the environment.  Perhaps if I were a scientist, I would understanding these issues more clearly.

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Lost? New York Pedestrian Maps Are Coming

Lost? New York Pedestrian Maps Are Coming | Walking - A means of exploring the unfamiliar and the unexpected | Scoop.it
The city’s Transportation Department plans to install in the subways and on sidewalks a network of direction-oriented maps to help visitors, and even New Yorkers, find their way.
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Good news for those of us who tend to lose their inner compass while walking in Manhattan!
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