online: 19 february 2017
modified: 19 february 2017
19 february 2017 rising to the
sitting in the hill garden for nearly half an hour while witnessing
several pairs of people... some with cameras... posing and photographing
as if in the fashion industry... though as i write thus i wonder if
these words are 'out of date' (as is that very phrase perhaps)...
...at which several people who were taking photographs walked away
towards the gate... it must be closing time so i follow them... only to
find them gone and the gate locked and no sign of the person with a
...after about 10 minutes a man appears outside the gate and i ask his
help... he tells me the emergency phone number (which is visible only
from outside the gate but not from within)... i try the number but get
no reply... so he phones it on his mobile... after about 10-20 minutes a
very welcome heath policeman appears and lets me out... (before nightfall)...
...while waiting to be released i learn that my rescuer is a regular
heath walker... and is also a recording musician... i was much impressed
by his calm and sensible way of taking charge and doing exactly what
seems necessary to rescue me... yet more evidence that (when things go
wrong) there are plenty of people able to rise to the occasion...
...and thus (i think to myself) the hazards and weaknesses of the
designed world can be overcome spontaneously by what we may call
'someone'... or even 'everyone'... (provided officialdom has not
and i was equally impressed by the policeman... he seemed to me to be
well able to 'do the right thing' (without fuss... or blame... and with
respect... and confidence)...
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