Spring 2000 Directive
|Part 1: Travelling|
directive is about travelling.... travelling within Britain as well as
travelling abroad. How much of the world you have seen? How much do you
want to see? What are your thoughts on travel generally? You can write
about your holidays, or the travel you may do for your work or for other
Please remember that if you don't travel much, or you don't enjoy travelling, we still would like to have your thoughts and experiences. I know people will differ immensely on this subject both in terms of their experiences and in their views on the appeals of travel. Your views and experiences may have changed over the years. For example, when I was a child living in Yorkshire in the 1950s, a journey to London was a rare and momentous event. Nowadays, I take much longer journeys for granted.
What this directive is NOT about:
Your travel life story
· Childhood: memories of any travel you may have done as a child or very young person, alone, with your parents or family members. Where did you go? Why were these journeys made? Were they holidays? What form of transport? What were your thoughts and feelings about the journeys?
· Youth: can you remember the first time you travelled alone - if you ever did? Again comment on your feelings and describe the occasions, the forms of transport, the purpose and so on.
· As an adult: as much as you can
remember…. If it is hard to recall all the details, then an overview would
be fine, or a story about one particularly memorable experience.
value and pleasure of travel
We have all heard the old adage that travel broadens the mind. What are your views on this? Do you feel it has been true in your case, or in the case of people you know who like to travel?
Do you think that a young person should "see the world"?
See Naples and die? Are there places you would like to visit that you have not yet been to? If so, please explain why. What plans have you got to make this happen?
What do you feel (if indeed you enjoy travel) are the benefits and pleasures?
What is most important to you when you travel? Meeting new people? Learning about different cultures? Learning a new language? Returning to places you have enjoyed visiting before? Historical or cultural interest? Sporting opportunities like skiing, scuba diving or mountaineering? Interest in wildlife and scenery -trekking in the Himalayas or going on safari? Or getting away from it all and enjoying a change?
hazards and costs of travel
What are the unpleasant aspects of travel: here you may wish to talk about the discomfort, the costs, the dangers… as experienced at a personal level. Do you prefer travelling by train or by car? By boat or by aeroplane? If you rarely travel is that a positive choice or would you like to travel more? What are the obstacles to travelling?
The practicalities of travel
The wider implications of travel
2: Collecting things
This subject has been suggested by a Mass-Observer who himself is a collector and was interested to know whether other people collected things as a hobby or interest.
At first I assumed that this might be a minority interest and would not be a suitable theme for a directive, and then I started to talk to people around me and discovered that lots of people I know DO collect things.
Tom Harrisson, founder of Mass-Observation, collected ornaments and other objects in the shape of turtles because he was passionate about turtle conservation.
What do you think about people who collect things? Can you understand the appeal?
If you are NOT a collector, do you have friends and relatives who are? For example, if you have young children, do they collect things? And swap things?
If you are a collector, or were once, what
do/did you collect?
Do you buy magazines, books, videos or CDs relating to your collections? Do you use the internet to make contact with other collectors or collections?
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