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A bit of lateral thinking for today's TITC. Another dull wet miserable day put an end to the
few (lame) ideas I had of shooting mechanically propelled vehicles (sorry I was in court all day
and have slipped into the jargon) so it was back to the drawing board. I needed
something quick and easy and was considering looking for old bus/train/boat tickets
from holidays abroad but even that seemed too much like hard work.
And then I remembered how books transport us to another world. Authors can weave
a magic carpet of words on which we let our imaginations travel. In the case of
travel writers like Paul Theroux we can accompany them on journeys to far flung
places that we will most likely never visit. Theroux well observed warts and all narratives
about the countries he visits and the people he meets is almost as good as actually being there.
In fact, his descriptions of sharing his accommodation with rats and travelling on grossly
overcrowded trains has often made me glad that I was just an armchair traveller.

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Inga Morozoff22-Jan-2010 20:25
Terrific out-of-the-box thinking.
Chris(tine)22-Jan-2010 19:14
Lateral thinking on this one!
Valene22-Jan-2010 19:09
Love the commentary and the image! V
Kevin Chester22-Jan-2010 15:46
Nice idea, thinking outside the box. And it saved getting cold and wet outside :-0
Norbert Fortelny22-Jan-2010 14:24
Nice one!
Nora van Beek22-Jan-2010 14:20
Very clever! You are so right. Books transport us to another place and time the way nothing else can. I love curling up with a good book on a rainy day. ~V~
Neal Nye22-Jan-2010 12:13
Some of the best reading about a country I'd like to visit accompanies your pictures every day! Delightful!
Colin Storey22-Jan-2010 09:26
Great thinking for the challenge, well thought out and executed.
Blandine Mangin22-Jan-2010 08:52
j'ai toujours été une amoureuse des livres...encore plus ici ! v
globalgadabout22-Jan-2010 03:43
books like these are transports of delight...stimulating in their descriptions and observatons, and they whet the appetite for trips abroad...another wonderful travel writer is Patrick Leigh Fermor..
Wolfgang Bluhm22-Jan-2010 02:12
What a great idea for the challenge. Well done!
Cindi Smith22-Jan-2010 01:20
Like your spin on this one.....I gotta read those!
Jola Dziubinska22-Jan-2010 01:07
Excellent take on the challenge, I've been always (since childhood) a "books traveler".
pkocinski22-Jan-2010 00:42
Super creative idea and image you came up with!
carol j. phipps22-Jan-2010 00:04
Stories of transportation.
k_grqst21-Jan-2010 23:34
This is a great idea for the challenge. Books are amazing to transport us out of ourselves.
LynnH21-Jan-2010 23:14
This is a terrific idea! Very clever Mairead!! Excellent photo work too! V
Barbara Heide21-Jan-2010 23:04
a very nice idea Mairead... I'd love to take this ride on the iron rooster... sounds fun!
J. Scott Coile21-Jan-2010 22:52
Still my favorite mode...
sue anne21-Jan-2010 22:37
Yes books are a great way to escape. Good thinking.
Máire Uí Mhaicín21-Jan-2010 22:35
That is the ultimate power of a good book: to transport us from where we were to where the imagination can lead us. A wonderful take on the challenge.
Patricia Kay21-Jan-2010 22:21
A great idea and commentry your snippets of information...BV
Available Light Images21-Jan-2010 22:15
You can't go wrong with a bit of Paul Theroux and a fine choice for your journey author metaphor...
Laryl21-Jan-2010 22:00
excellent thinking
larose forest photos21-Jan-2010 21:58
Wonderful commentary to accompany this shot. I love travel books... have read many. Best in my humble opinion, is Dervla Murphy. Have read all but her latest book, and have re-read her earlier ones, which I think are her best! Thanks for making me think!
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