The Story of Eileen: ‘MAKER’

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The maker’s plate of our BCN day boat, in raised sans serif, says it all: ELI . ASTON MAKER TIPTON. (I wonder why Eli Aston felt compelled to add the ‘dot’ between ‘Eli’ and ‘Aston’?)

The boat has presence. She’s a reservoir of memories and stories, a vessel, and ambient echoes thrum through her iron hull. Through association, and research I’ve been trying to piece together her history and find out more about the people who were part of her story. I’ve been helped in this by the huge generosity of a number of people who’ve volunteered memories and images, and by the fact that public records, once only accessible by visiting distant archives, are now increasingly available online.

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Tor by Moonlight

“Moon hangs, almost full
pieces of cloud scatter,
glide in soft, summer breeze.
We lay in our meadow
listening to the sound of night….”
Daniel James Burt, ‘Meadow Again’

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Unravelling the Story

A fascination with a shadow-figure, a ghost.

Our sense of place, our ‘position’ in a  social, cultural and topographical sense, creates our sense of personal identity. In an increasingly uncertain, rootless and virtual world, sense of place takes on still greater resonance. How do we find ourselves? How do we understand our desires, our motivations, our fascinations? Is it as simple as looking in a mirror for answers? Or relying on the uncertain responses of the ever changing Other?

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Reflections on a postcard… 5.

Posted 18.07.1973 to Mr. & Mrs. Roisum, San Jacinto, California G2 383 the postcard bears the following message: "GREETINGS FROM DUBLIN! HAVE ENJOYED MY VISIT HERE WITH THESE BROTHERS. THEY ARE HAPPY & GAY AND YET SOFT SPOKEN AND SINCERE - FRANCES MIEHS" Information provided on the reverse of the card: "The GRAND CANAL extends from Ringsend, Dublin to the River Shannon, branching en route from Lowtown to Athy where it meets the River barrow Navigation, its total mileage being 153 miles. Together with all its connections the canal has an overall navigable mileage of 348 miles. Completed towards the end of the eighteenth century its original purpose was the carrying of commercial and passenger traffic. Today, however, the Grand Canal is used only by pleasure craft and holiday makers."
Posted 18.07.1973 to Mr. & Mrs. Roisum, San Jacinto, California G2 383 the postcard bears the following message:
“GREETINGS FROM DUBLIN! HAVE ENJOYED MY VISIT HERE WITH THESE BROTHERS. THEY ARE HAPPY & GAY AND YET SOFT SPOKEN AND SINCERE – FRANCES MIEHS”
Information provided on the reverse of the card: “The GRAND CANAL extends from Ringsend, Dublin to the River Shannon, branching en route from Lowtown to Athy where it meets the River barrow Navigation, its total mileage being 153 miles. Together with all its connections the canal has an overall navigable mileage of 348 miles. Completed towards the end of the eighteenth century its original purpose was the carrying of commercial and passenger traffic. Today, however, the Grand Canal is used only by pleasure craft and holiday makers.”

Surely there’s something calm in the pose…
a moment of contemplation? Perhaps…

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Dabbling in Deltiology…

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A bundle of my as yet unsorted ‘Matlocks-related’postcards… any one of them can send me tearing off on an imaginative journey of exploration…

Deltiology is the technical term for collecting and studying postcards, and it’s a pastime that claims to be “the third largest hobby after collecting stamps and money” – though quite how anyone comes up with such a statistic is anyone’s guess!

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Marvellous Maps 1. – Introduction

The challenge of trying to succinctly articulate complex information in an accessible form inevitably brings you via annotated drawings, diagrams and flowcharts into the wonderful world of cartography.

It’s a fabulous world that I’m planning to explore through a series of posts that will celebrate map making in all their various forms: sketch maps, world maps, ‘imaginary worlds’ maps, artist’s maps, local maps, underground maps, annotated drawings etc. etc.

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The London Perambulator at the Old Fire Station off the Holloway Road…

Reel Islington, as part of the Holloway Arts Festival 2014, brought together film maker & author John Rogers and author & deep topographer Nick Papadimitriou  to a showing of, and reflection upon, John’s wonderfully tender, thought-provoking, humorous and surprisingly intimate film study ‘The London Perambulator’ which follows Nick Papadimitriou into his Middlesex heartland.

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