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Helen Macdonald: the six books that made me | Books | The Guardian
"Some of the best field naturalists I know grew up in working-class rural communities, skipping school like Billy Casper to practise forms of natural history that bent or broke the law: they ferreted rabbits, collected eggs, broke into quarries, kept pigeons, reared finches, climbed fences to poach for fish. Today they can still spot a linnet’s nest in a furze bush at 50 paces and possess fieldcraft skills that would put many a birder to shame. There’s little room for them in today’s culture of nature appreciation and even less so in nature writing, which tends to entrench a sense that the correct relation to the landscape is through walking and distanced looking." From the section on 'Landscape and Englishness', which sounds excellent.
books  nature  society  outdoors  class 
january 2015 by infovore
russell davies: blog all dog-eared pages: notes from walnut tree farm
"The Whole Earth Catalogue, our bible as self-builders of our residences in the hippie-ish days of the 1970s, was subtitled ‘access to tools’. ‘With tools,’ ran the editorial preface, ‘you can do more or less anything.’" Lots of good quotations, including this, and also on fires.
books  culture  tools  nature  outdoors  rogerdeakin 
april 2009 by infovore
Swinxs, the toy that's active and fun - Swinxs the first computer to use outside
An outdoor games console, with lots of fun locative play elements. And it's *real*.
swinxs  play  outdoors  games  technology  everyware  ubicomp  fun  nlgd 
june 2008 by infovore

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