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For the last two weekends, I’ve been walking the moors above Merthyr Tydfil.  It is a landscape formed by geology and people over the ages.  There are multiple Bronze Age burial mounts on most summits and the whole area is dotted with the ruins of stone build sheepfolds and small substance farms long since abandoned. […]
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Dave Snowden
You see a lot of mountain shots in posts here, in part because I spent as much time as I can hiking and carting around a full frame Nikon camera (although today’s picture is from the iPhone.   I took it yesterday from the summit of The Nab, my tenth Wainwright coming to the end […]
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Dave Snowden
It’s winter solstice and as I live in the heart of Neolithic England we are always more than aware of such events. Avebury (a much older and in many ways more interesting stone circle than Stonehenge) is a shortish walk from my house as-is Silbury Hill, the West Kennet Long Barrow, Devil’s Den and the […]
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Dave Snowden
Carwyn Edwards sent me an interesting link via social media the other day.  It was to an article by an anthropologist at Dartmouth College on the link between great thinking and obsessive walking which starts with a wonderful quote from 1861: “Moreover, you must walk like a camel, which is said to be the only […]
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Dave Snowden
So on this day, 15 years ago I wrote my first ever blog post.  I was just settling into staff accommodation at Nanyang University (The banner picture I grabbed from Google Street View but I can’t remember exactly which one) for a three-month sabbatical. In keeping with an overall theme over that period my second […]
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Anna Panagiotou
Unless this is the first time you have stumbled across this blog by accident, you might have come across the idea of “the Wiki”. This usually does not refer to The Big Wiki but to the Cynefin one, which is a labour of love by many in the community and an attempt to ensure openness, authenticity, and rigour […]
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Dave Snowden
I’ve always talked a lot about maps and the importance of managing the evolutionary potential of the present.  I’ve also emphasised the importance of starting journeys with a sense of direction rather than having goals, and by the way, talking about how things should be is a form of goal.  Our own adaption, possibly exaption […]
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Dave Snowden
Having All Fools Day as your birthday means that you rapidly become hyper-cautious until midday or simply avoid communication.  The British have a long tradition of this with the famous BBC Panorama’s 1957 Spaghetti Harvest hoax. Then there was the Guardian’s 1977 special travel supplement on the island of San Serif is one I remember […]
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Dave Snowden
I grew up in and around the hills of North Wales, walking most weekends when were were not dinghy sailing.  Rather than a birthday party when I was young I managed to persuade my parents to book a caravan in Snowdonia and took a couple of friends.  The mountains are, to use the language of […]
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