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Recent reading

Haven’t been out much recently, so I’ve been travelling the world on a small screen.

Humberston Fitties by Seagull Swamp

Humberston Fitties, historic plotland developments on the bank of the Humber in Cleethorpes, lovingly documented by Seagull Swamp.  


How curling stones are made – quarried from Ailsa Craig, a well-known landmark off the west coast of Scotland, and made to Olympic standard by one company in Mauchline – photos by Andy Buchanan


Presenter Kirsty Young has bought the uninhabited Scottish island of Inchconnachan, home to a group of wallabies.


The Hermit of Treig – a great documentary about Ken Smith, who has lived alone off-grid on the shore of Loch Treig for the last 40 years. Incredible for his hardiness and indefatigability, I was fascinated with his thorough approach to record-keeping and the daily admin of being a hermit. (Not currently available on iPlayer but it has been repeated a few times).


The story of Clarion Clubhouses, founded by socialist organisations for the benefit of walkers and cyclists visiting rural areas. Found via a Guardian article about the last Clarion House in Lancashire, which I would very much like to visit.


Slow Ways – help create a national walking network.


Current reading: Tiny Islands: 60 Remarkable Little World Around Great Britain by Dixe Wills.