Down the rabbit hole, again

This disappointingly short brief history of protest tunnelling in the UK sent us down some tunnels of our own. It seems that protest tunnels barely scratch the surface of a country that has an extensive rumoured subterranean network, mostly private, secret or unknown. While the official efforts are slowly coming to light – Who Owns England has some impressive digging into the documents – one wonders how many more William Lyttles there are yet to be found. While the ‘Mole Man’s’ house now has new life as a artist’s residence and studio, there may be more. It was also a good excuse to sift through the ‘tunnels‘ tag on BLDGBLOG (BLDGBLOG! It’s been too long) and this old piece at the much-missed Pruned, ‘Tunnel Digging as a Hobby‘,w hich traces the below ground activities of one Harrison G. Dyar, Jr in Washington. More detail at the Smithsonian Magazine: ‘The Bizarre Tale of the Tunnels, Trysts and Taxa of a Smithsonian Entomologist‘. Dyar is a fine example of the hobbyist tunneller and there are some great images and diagrams of his work. A decade ago we were lamenting the absence of a survey of Lyttle’s travails – tunnel makers are not great record keepers, it seems. Related, The Same Gates, a post about the Chelsea Mystery House of one Dr Phene (check the comments on that last link) at The Library Time Machine, and the near-obsessional paintings done of the gates by the artist Juliet Nora Williams.

Other things. The ötzi peak observation deck by noa* / photographs of NY by Ruth Orkin, ‘A Centennial Celebration’ / At De Monsterkamer, designers blog about paper / Google Song Maker / reverse any video / music by Flocks / soundtracks by ROMY / avant-garde music by the late composer Roland Kayn / Ombra Oscura, ‘a tribute to 70s Italian horror films’. Recommended.

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