Revisit the Clay Basin


I read @JamesTheo’s blog (The Mountains of Kong) tonight. I get the whole mythological pedagogy thing, with fake stuff persisting from generation to generation because people just accept what they’re told (especially as the previous generation clearly believe the stuff is real; and they must know…right?).

But, honestly, the Mountains of Kong; well that’s just awesome. When I was a kid (in London) I imagined that North of the Watford Gap was some sort of wasteland, like the Tundra, because all the road signs just said “The North”. I did Geography at school, obviously, and learnt about CBD’s, and Golden Triangles, and Ribbon Development, and Physical Geography stuff. London was one huge clay basin covered with houses, but everywhere else had hills and farmland, and stuff like that. A different world. In Edinburgh there’s even a hill in the centre of town (Arthur’s Seat) that isn’t even covered…

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