The Miley

The journey starts off by walking in the direction of a small stretch of land, created by a long forgotten Dundee to Newtyle railway called ‘The Miley’.[1] For years it was unused and ignored by ‘Dundonians’ who used it as a mile-long rubbish tip. Now however, the Miley is an urban wildlife sanctuary of grasslands, plants and trees and a haven for wildlife cared for by the Scottish wildlife trust

[1] Scottish Wildlife Trust. (2016). The Miley. Available: http://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserve/the-miley/. Last accessed 23rd September 2016

mileysign

 

Before you begin the walk, you’re asked to read a bureaucratic language of ‘pragmatic conservationism’[1]. It is the official linguistics of practical ecology.

Needed to approve the semantics of everyday ecosystem. You see it’s the accepted symbol of our normal environment. A believed signs in this common location…

Or possibly it’s just a thoughtful notice in a shared place?

 

[1] Ackerman, J. (2005). A Politics of Place: Reading the Signs at Walden Pond. Reconstruction. 5.3 (1), p2.

 

 

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The dee in Dundee

The dee in Dundee is to donder,

doon disappearing lines ta discover.

Dinnae greet, nae awthing dreich!

Tough is oor fabric, nae jam but traffic.

Streets fu o’ signs… in oor time,

hae a wee look, fae trams ta drams

and dae the dee… in donder.

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End All Edges

Trespass traps thorny threat

Protect prevention

Partition Partition!

Risk restriction

Limits

Intrude infringe invade

Danger deterrents defend divide

Mark menace maintain

Hide high hedges

End edges

Guard

Border barricades

Shields shelter spikes spears spines scratch score

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