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BS: Desk touring

Bert 11 Nov 12 - 05:44 PM
Bill D 11 Nov 12 - 08:32 PM
Charley Noble 11 Nov 12 - 08:59 PM
Bert 12 Nov 12 - 03:28 AM
John MacKenzie 12 Nov 12 - 04:03 AM
YorkshireYankee 12 Nov 12 - 04:14 AM
Newport Boy 12 Nov 12 - 04:18 AM
Will Fly 12 Nov 12 - 04:42 AM
ragdall 12 Nov 12 - 04:45 AM
GUEST,Eliza 12 Nov 12 - 06:14 AM
Charley Noble 12 Nov 12 - 10:20 AM
Jim Dixon 12 Nov 12 - 01:11 PM
fat B****rd 12 Nov 12 - 03:30 PM
ChanteyLass 12 Nov 12 - 07:54 PM
Sandra in Sydney 12 Nov 12 - 08:18 PM
Bill D 12 Nov 12 - 10:27 PM
Crowhugger 13 Nov 12 - 12:48 AM
Charley Noble 13 Nov 12 - 11:58 AM
Bev and Jerry 13 Nov 12 - 05:58 PM
Bert 13 Nov 12 - 09:52 PM
Charmion 14 Nov 12 - 09:13 AM
GUEST,Charmion's brother Andrew 16 Nov 12 - 05:21 PM
Bill D 16 Nov 12 - 05:36 PM
gnu 16 Nov 12 - 07:17 PM
Pete Jennings 17 Nov 12 - 09:04 AM
John MacKenzie 17 Nov 12 - 10:06 AM
John MacKenzie 17 Nov 12 - 10:16 AM
Pete Jennings 17 Nov 12 - 11:47 AM
John MacKenzie 17 Nov 12 - 12:00 PM
GUEST,Patsy 18 Nov 12 - 02:34 AM
Rusty Dobro 18 Nov 12 - 05:09 PM
Bert 02 Dec 12 - 03:03 AM
Joe Offer 02 Dec 12 - 03:35 AM
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Subject: BS: Desk touring
From: Bert
Date: 11 Nov 12 - 05:44 PM

Is it just me or does anyone else do it? Get into Google maps and go touring. I started with looking up places where I have lived, which takes a while 'cos our family was semi nomadic.

Then I got onto visiting other tourist spots. The Parthenon in Athens, The pyramids at Giza and so on.

What places have you visited?

A spin off is Desk archaeology. Look for where the Romans crossed the Medway at Branbridges in Kent. Hint Seven Mile Lane was a Roman Road that changes direction when it meets Hale Street. It left the modern road at Old Street and used to continue through to Torbay Road heading for Queen Street.

You can go anywhere in the world, on land or sea. Now you can look for Atlantis from the comfort of your home.


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Subject: RE: BS: Desk touring
From: Bill D
Date: 11 Nov 12 - 08:32 PM

Oh, sure! I read about some interesting place and go look it up on Google Earth. Someone I know went to The Republic of Georgia with a group, I spent several hours following the adventure. (see Ushguli, Georgia)

   I have gone 'back' in the US to places I used to live and work. Some are gone, some are much as I remember.

I also just zoomed in to the UK and went wandering SouthEast of Lancaster... and accidentally stumbled on the Duke of Westminster's shooting lodge...called 'Abbeystead'. What a nice little country cottage... with houses guarding each end of it's entrances bigger than MY house.

I have 'driven' thru the Australian outback, Italian coastal villages and many streets in interesting cities all over the world.


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Subject: RE: BS: Desk touring
From: Charley Noble
Date: 11 Nov 12 - 08:59 PM

Some are able to go abroad in their minds. My mother has never been outside the States but her mind has traveled to the savannas of East Africa, the steeps of Asia, the Australian Outback, Antarctica, the Congo Jungles, the Amazon rain forests, and worlds well beyond Earth. I envy her ability to transport herself through time and space. And she records her experiences in wonderful oil paintings: Click her for transportation!

I actually have to deal with airlines, customs, my bank account, language problems, and parasites, to get to some of these places. Life is so unfair!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Desk touring
From: Bert
Date: 12 Nov 12 - 03:28 AM

Wow Charley what great art.


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Subject: RE: BS: Desk touring
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 12 Nov 12 - 04:03 AM

I have often plotted my world tour that I will take when I win the Lottery. It will start in Canada, go up to Alaska, and then it will continue all the way down to the Mexican border. All this will be achieved in my luxury RV, which I shall purchase in Canada.
While my RV travels by ship to Australia. I shall visit the West Indies, Pacific Islands, and NZ. Once reuinited with my transport, I shall spend a year touring Australia. So it goes on, Japan, China, India, etc etc.
It's a good game.


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Subject: RE: BS: Desk touring
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 12 Nov 12 - 04:14 AM

Yes... wonderful images, patterns, colours, shapes... just beautiful! Did she do any research, or just imagine/create these images out of her head? Whichever it is, they are a real feast for the eyes!


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Subject: RE: BS: Desk touring
From: Newport Boy
Date: 12 Nov 12 - 04:18 AM

I'm always planning some trip or other. It's no use dreaming - to do it properly, all the details have to be worked out. Our 1978 6-week camping trip in the Soviet Union started as one of my desk tours.

I also do desk walking & cycling. Anne & I finally did my Outer Hebrides cycle trip this year - 8 years since I first planned it.

My favourite desk walk was a few years ago, when I was leading an over-60s walking group. I planned a daywalk to the summit of Ben Lomond, not put off by the fact that it is 400 miles away. Here's how it appeared in the Newsletter:

Ben Lomond - Ambitious Day Walk

Early in November, Les & Barbara and Phil & Anne enjoyed a great day's walking to the summit of Ben Lomond. At 974m (3195 ft) this is the most southerly of Scotland's Munros. Driving back to our lodge after a beautiful day, we all agreed that this would be a superb walk for the Group.
The climb from the car park at Rowardennan is steep in places, but conditions underfoot are good and there are no technical difficulties. We used the more scenic route over the subsidiary top of Ptarmigan (731m) and the northwest ridge to the summit. The views in all directions are superb, with Loch Lomond spread out directly below. The descent via the tourist path is mostly paved and stepped, with only a few steep sections, and presents no problems, although the length of continuous descent makes it quite tiring.
The day would require an early start, and the following approximate timetable is subject to change when flight times are confirmed.
Depart home 05:15 for Bristol Airport.
EasyJet to Glasgow - dep. 07:00, arr 08:15. Minibus 08:45 to Rowardennan, arr. 10:00.
The summit should be reached by 14:00 (lunch stop at Ptarmigan). A break here to admire the views allows us to return to Rowardennan by 17:00, returning to Glasgow Airport by 18:30 in plenty of time for the return flight to Bristol at 20:55. We will easily be back home before midnight.
For those who would prefer a more leisurely journey, the Caledonian Sleeper leaves Euston at 21:15 the previous evening, arr. Dalmuir 06:06. Return Dalmuir 23:51 arr. Euston 07:45. This gives plenty of time for meals and a local train connection to Milngavie to meet the minibus.
Since this is a bit away from our normal routine, it will be additional to the regular programme.


I should probably add that I put it down for 1 April - I still had 3 serious enquiries!

Phil


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Subject: RE: BS: Desk touring
From: Will Fly
Date: 12 Nov 12 - 04:42 AM

Hi Bill D - I used to live in Lancaster and have been through/to/past the village of Abbeystead many, many times. It's in an area called the Trough of Bowland - a great beauty spot with wild moors all around - which are fenced off by the local Big Shot landowner. But people round there walk there want and trespass if they feel like it!


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Subject: RE: BS: Desk touring
From: ragdall
Date: 12 Nov 12 - 04:45 AM

Wow, Charley, your mother does amazing work! I just read, "My family, my life, my art". She's had a very interesting life.

Bert, I like to travel on Google maps, too. I love the street view feature, although often I find that I would like to see places where Google hasn't been yet.


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Subject: RE: BS: Desk touring
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 12 Nov 12 - 06:14 AM

I've used Google Earth, it's a wonderful thing. But as I'm particularly interested in parts of Central and W. Africa that I haven't yet visited, I was disappointed to find that the satellite pics were largely obscured by wodges of low cloud, as the tropical and humid climate made viewing the terrain a bit problematic. Anyone else found this while 'armchair travelling'? (Sub-Saharan Africa is okay, as it's very dry of course. So Senegal was easily viewable. But I've been all over that country on the ground!)


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Subject: RE: BS: Desk touring
From: Charley Noble
Date: 12 Nov 12 - 10:20 AM

We're trying to hook my mother (the artist) up to the internet so she can do some of her wildlife research there but at the age of 95 (today's her birthday) she's been resistant. She does have stacks of wildlife books and she certainly is able to envision animals in three dimensions from every perspective. She also can go well beyond the colors and traditional patterns of real life animals, as with her Blue Moon series, or with her fabric patterned animals (Calico Jungle). She's tolerant of people (except for political idiots) but her real love is animals. She is a merciless chess player.

It's a shame I can't post a few of her paintings directly into a Mudcat post but her website does provide a good overview.

Currently she is painting a picture of lemurs from Madagascar.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Desk touring
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Nov 12 - 01:11 PM

In case anyone hasn't discovered this yet:

If you look up any place on Wikipedia (for example, Abbeystead House; see Bill D's link above), you will see the latitude/longitude coordinates in the upper-right corner of the article, for example:

Coordinates: 53.9848°N 2.6615°W

If it's in the UK, you will also see the Ordnance Survey grid reference a little farther down, for example:

OS grid reference: SD 567 545

If you click on either of those links, it will take you to a page containing a list of maps (for example Bing Maps, Google Maps, Google Earth, and many others, including some you probably never heard of).

Then, click on the name of a mapping service, and voila! It will take you to the map, appropriately centered and scaled.

If it's Google, you can often switch to Street View and then see the actual building, and move up and down the road to see the building from different angles, or see other adjacent buildings, etc.


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Subject: RE: BS: Desk touring
From: fat B****rd
Date: 12 Nov 12 - 03:30 PM

Best wishes to your Mother, Charley


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Subject: RE: BS: Desk touring
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 12 Nov 12 - 07:54 PM

Yes, happy birthday to your mother, Charley.

Desktop touring is one of my favorite ways of draining my laptop's battery so it will be empty when I plug it in to recharge it. YouTube is another. Both are entertaining.


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Subject: RE: BS: Desk touring
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 12 Nov 12 - 08:18 PM

adding to the birthday greetings heading Dahlov's way

Google image search on Dahlov ipcar wow!


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Subject: RE: BS: Desk touring
From: Bill D
Date: 12 Nov 12 - 10:27 PM

Like Jim Dixon says.... I actually found out what the image I saw on GoogleEarth was by using the Ordnance Survey grid reference. Once I had a name, it was easy to find references to it.

Those coordinates that are listed for many things in Wikipedia and the subsequent link to toolserver.org will get you almost anywhere!

Maps are nice...but the satellite photos that Google Earth and a couple other sites use show you what the world looks like.


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Subject: RE: BS: Desk touring
From: Crowhugger
Date: 13 Nov 12 - 12:48 AM

For sure yes! I'm a desk tourer too. Places I've been, places I might go someday. Love it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Desk touring
From: Charley Noble
Date: 13 Nov 12 - 11:58 AM

Google Earth is certainly opening up the odd corners of the world for aerial inspection. And every year brings higher resolution images. I can now watch the traffic flowing up and down Churchill Road in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, any time I want to!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Desk touring
From: Bev and Jerry
Date: 13 Nov 12 - 05:58 PM

Was you ever at Google earth?
Fly to Paris, Rome or Perth
Even see your place of birth
Surfing on a keyboard

Bev and Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: Desk touring
From: Bert
Date: 13 Nov 12 - 09:52 PM

Places to go.

Try finding Greensted Church near Ongar Essex. Claimed to be the oldest wooden building in the world.


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Subject: RE: BS: Desk touring
From: Charmion
Date: 14 Nov 12 - 09:13 AM

I do it all the time.

As a confirmed map junkie, I loved Google Maps from the moment I first saw it. When I'm reading, I often open the map program on my iPad to check out the place I'm reading about. My husband, who often reads about crime (not detective stories, real crime), likes to use Street View to check out the locus in quo. It's just fun, and highly educational.


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Subject: RE: BS: Desk touring
From: GUEST,Charmion's brother Andrew
Date: 16 Nov 12 - 05:21 PM

I not only do desktop touring, I have a folder of links--souvenirs--among my favourites to places where I have lived or served, from Tiberias in Israel to Rogers Pass, British Columbia.


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Subject: RE: BS: Desk touring
From: Bill D
Date: 16 Nov 12 - 05:36 PM

In Google Earth, enter 38°49'47.90" N 76°32'37.51" W

to see the FSGW Getaway site.


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Subject: RE: BS: Desk touring
From: gnu
Date: 16 Nov 12 - 07:17 PM

Was you ever at Google earth?
Fly to Paris, Rome or Perth
Even see your place of birth
Surfing on a keyboard

Bev and Jerry
********************************************************

Yes. Zweibrucken, Germany has grown so much since I was 3 years old and an RCAF brat.


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Subject: RE: BS: Desk touring
From: Pete Jennings
Date: 17 Nov 12 - 09:04 AM

I love Google Earth. If you enter 52 42' 53.3 N 2 06' 31.67 W you'll land right on top of my house! If you look to the left and up a bit, that white blob on the canal is one of the resident swans.

Magic.


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Subject: RE: BS: Desk touring
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 17 Nov 12 - 10:06 AM

Is that a bridge two far g?


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Subject: RE: BS: Desk touring
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 17 Nov 12 - 10:16 AM

What a nice position your house4 is in Pete. I would be out there most days fishing, in the canal. Is that marina south of you residential or not?


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Subject: RE: BS: Desk touring
From: Pete Jennings
Date: 17 Nov 12 - 11:47 AM

Lots of blokes fish in the canal, John, and they often have competitions along the opposite towpath. The marina is mixed I think, with mostly permanent residents and some berths for overnighters, but there's plenty of other temporary berths along the sides. There's always boats coming and going, especially in the summer. The canal is classed as a Conservation Area so it's clean and always well kept by the council - it's a great amenity.

If you follow the canal north to the second bridge, the Cross Keys pub is on the left (there's a photo of it): I can get there in 6 minutes (8 with the missus and the dog)!


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Subject: RE: BS: Desk touring
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 17 Nov 12 - 12:00 PM

As long as they both stand their round ;)


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Subject: RE: BS: Desk touring
From: GUEST,Patsy
Date: 18 Nov 12 - 02:34 AM

I desk tour too and I've been to many a remote island in my lunch break! Even travelled down many an Irish country road in a Gypsy Vardo.


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Subject: RE: BS: Desk touring
From: Rusty Dobro
Date: 18 Nov 12 - 05:09 PM

52 14'20.63"N 1.35'26.16"E will bring you to the 'Eel's Foot' pub, with 'anything goes' sessions every Thursday, and a traditional-only evening on the last Sunday of the month. Adnams Ales, and a friendly welcome.


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Subject: RE: BS: Desk touring
From: Bert
Date: 02 Dec 12 - 03:03 AM

OK let's play a game. Grab a picture from Google maps or other mapping service and tell a story about it.

The picture here is Boots the chemists at Piccadilly circus. We went there one time because they were open all night. Arlene went in to fill her prescription and I waited outside with the baby in the pram.

There was this prostitute standing by the door; she was well past her prime and looked dreadful with stark white makeup. She caught me looking at her and gave me the 'come hither look'; I looked her in the eye and looked down at the pram and looked back at her. She shook her head and rolled her eyes. Not a word was spoken.


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Subject: RE: BS: Desk touring
From: Joe Offer
Date: 02 Dec 12 - 03:35 AM

Since I retired in 1999 at a relatively young age, I've been able to travel to many of the places I only dreamed of in days gone by. This year, I went to Egypt, Ireland, and Italy - two weeks apiece, and a week on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. I find that my visits are too quick for me to absorb everything, and that my memory of my trips fades a lot quicker than I expected (could it be that I'm getting old?). I need things like Google Maps and the DK Eyewitness Guide books and the photos from Wikipedia to help me appreciate all I've experienced.

-Joe-


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