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This week seems to involve finishing up a lot of the smaller projects I have going on. Last night I finally finished the first draft of a comic strip script (my first, and therefore likely to be poor) and sent it off to an editor for acceptance or rejection. That had only been lurking in my in prog folder for about two years.

Then this morning I've finished posting the images for thisisalsoexeter. I think the presentation of the stuff isn't ideal. I need to look into how to create those far more user-friendly photo albums as used at No Relevance , street stickers etc. I wanted to get the stuff up whilst the Circled With Stone exhibition is on at the museum though.

The exhibition is interesting, if you're into mapping cities, although it has by its definition focussed on the old city walls rather than the whole of the city. The old maps are wonderful (especially the giant swans on the river in one sixteenth or seventeenth century map) but I think there is so much more that could be done with this material. Whilst I was taking the photos for thisisalsoexeter I noticed that one of the side streets off the High Street is called Goldsmiths Street. On the old maps at the museum, it was Goldsmythes Street. And then you realise that it has not one but two local jewellers on it, with another just a couple of doors away on Fore Street. In Peter Ackroyd's London: A Biography, he suggests that areas of that city retain meaning/use over the centuries. For example, the old St Giles' leper colony becomes the Rookeries slums and they in turn become Center Point. Goldsmiths Street in Exeter would seem to be a similar geographical hotspot, but for jewellers/goldsmythes. Which makes you wonder how many other hotspots there are in the city: is there some connection of meaning that a nightclub now resides in a building where witches were held prior to their execution? The Marsh Barton trading estate is merely the latest form of industry to take place on the now-drained marshes: the area used to be used for cloth dying when the wool trade was Exeter's main trade.

Posted @ 11:36 am on Saturday, February 14, 2004
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