Adventure on the High Teas: In Search of Middle England by Stuart Maconie

By Stuart Maconie

Everybody talks approximately 'Middle England'. occasionally they suggest whatever undesirable, like a lynch mob of day-by-day Mail readers, and infrequently they suggest anything reliable, like a pint of ale in a sleepy Cotswold village in summer time twilight. yet simply the place and what's heart England? Stuart Maconie didn't comprehend both, so he packed his Thermos and sandwiches and trigger to discover out...

Is heart England approximately culture and decency or closed minds and bigotry? Is it maypoles and evensong, or flooded marketplace cities and binge drinkers within the park? And is Slough rather as undesirable as Ricky Gervais and John Betjeman make out? From Shakespeare to JK Rowling, Vaughan Williams to Craig David, William Morris to B&Q, Stuart Maconie leads the excursion, with lots of stop-offs for tea and scones, to find the reality.

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E. with the vertical points located at the corners of the overlap (to establish the datum above which the elevation can be measured) and the two horizontal ones located toward the centre of the overlap (so as to fix the map scale). In between, ground control will 28 Highways need to be maintained at the rate of one horizontal point near the centre of every fifth photograph, and one vertical point near each edge of every third or fourth photograph. Additional control points may then be ‘bridged-in’ to intervening photographs using a stereoplotting machine; if no bridging can be done two points will be needed on each photograph.

These fords are best used at locations where the normal day-to-day water flow exceeds the fordable depth by vehicles. Crossing locations for vented fords should be selected so that sloped culvert entrances, when formed, are self-cleansing. A low-level bridge, usually of concrete, may be used instead of a vented ford at locations where culverts cannot handle the day-to-day stream flow. In this case a low-cost bridge may be designed so that its surface is covered by water during the design flood.

Many poor drainage and marshy areas, faults and strata boundaries, unstable ground, mining subsidence, local drainage patterns, abandoned streams, swallow holes and rock outcrops that are not on maps can also be identified with the aid of these photographs. Stereoscopic pairs of aerial photographs can be very helpful in locating places where special engineering attention is necessary. There is no central archive or complete index of aerial photographs available for the UK. g. most county planning authorities take photographs of their county at regular intervals), or by the commercial companies that flew them.

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