Author Archives: jonswinburne

Nature, language and law

I’ve spent much of my working life as an editor immersed in the world of law – legal journals, books, court judgments, law reports and the myriad other literary effusions of a world that balks at any linguistic ornamentation that … Continue reading

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Three Points of Contact : A Paean to the Mountain Scramble

A walk in the mountains usually involves following some kind of path: more or less clearly defined, marked on a map, inscribed into the surface of the earth, trodden by countless thousands before us. In this most human of inventions, … Continue reading

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The Science of Hiking

A journey on foot is an integrative, mind-body activity. As the legs move, the mind wanders. By being forced to focus on realities close at hand, such as negotiating uneven or perilous ground, the brain is freed from having to … Continue reading

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Foot People

In the 1993 republication of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, the world’s most famous urban planner, Jane Jacobs, argues that there are two kinds of people in the world: “foot people” and “car people”. The former are … Continue reading

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Epigraph

“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental … Continue reading

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