Tuesday, 27 September 2011

14 and 42 - Explanation and Notes (Part 1)

Well, like i said, i was a bit bored and mopey - unmotivated i suppose you could call it, so i asked for a little outside help; give me a number between 0 and 24 and another between 1 and 100 and i'll see what i can do with them i said.
So, someone comes up with 14 and 42 and someone else chips in with pi and love, just to make things interesting.

What happened next: being someone who uses them a lot, i quite like messing about with maps, me, so i did this:

View 14 42 in a larger map

It didn't turn out quite how i wanted it, for some reason the editing was a bit glitchy on my machine, but it's a fairly good start. If it works properly and you click 'view in a larger map' you should get some kind of a clue as to how 14 and 42 ended up as a spot on the map just outside Colchester town centre. Now i have an idea of what i can do with Google maps i might try adding pictures from other spots on the line, but that's getting ahead of myself, for now i'll just stick with what i got up to in Colchester.

It hadn't originally been part of the plan, but as 14.42 can be read as a time, i decided to take my pictures of the 14 42 spot at 14.42, which was handy because once i'd got myself together and driven up to Colchester it was about lunchtime. Being tight, when i arrived i hunted round the back streets for somewhere with free parking and discovered that though most of the roads were restricted till about 6pm on a Saturday, the area around Oxford road was only restricted between something like 12.30 and 1.45 pm - strange hours but good for me, all i had to do was potter about Colchester for an hour or so and i'd be able to come back and park safely for free for the rest of the day. Nice.

So, off i went up to the big Tescos at the Hythe to kill some time and get a bottle of water, which i did, then headed back toward Malden road. On the way i spotted this place:

Ancient and Modern

First time i've ever seen a scrambler done in pargetting. The bloke from the tattoo parlour saw me clicking away and came out to ask me what i was up to, when i explained that i was just a clueless but innocent camera monkey he seemed quite relieved and went back inside. Better than someone from the council snooping about i suppose.

By the time i'd finished playing tag with the cars outside the tattoo parlour it was getting on for half past one, i didn't want to miss the 14.42 shot so i got back in the van and got a move on. By about quarter past two i was parked up in Oxford road and ready to get snapping. Off i went down Malden road to the spot that was, as far as i could tell by dead reckoning and guesswork, at about the 14 and 42 point. I expected to find some fairly ordinary Victorian era houses, i found something a wee bit more unusual. I don't have time to go on about it tonight, there's workies tomorrow and i need to be off to bed, i'll post another thrilling instalment when i next get a minute. For the moment you'll have to make do with this:

Looking up Malden Road

Nighty night!

1 comment:

  1. The 12:30 to 1:45 parking restriction is common in areas where people might want to park all day - e.g. near a railway station.