Sunday, April 29, 2012

Will Self on walking

'You've spoken about people being alienated from their environment. Should people walk to work rather than commute?
I don't mind public transport. The car's the really pernicious thing. People have an hour's commute on public transport - how the hell are they going to walk to work? But I think there is more walking to be done. At the age of 27, I was standing in central London and realised I'd never seen the mouth of the Thames or knew what it looked like. It's strange how divorced we are from the reality of where we are. London's in a river valley and if you walk across it for any distance you start to appreciate tha. You can get a lot out of walking if you approach it with an open mind.'

'Metro 60 Seconds', Metro, Wednesday April 11, 2012, p. 22.