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Donkin's World: Martians In Woking

Richard Donkin has set himself the task of publishing on the Net a new picture a day for 365 days.

What fun, I thought, when just less than a month ago I signed up to Blipfoto http://www.blipfoto.com/Earthwatcher with the aim of recording a picture a day for the next 365 days. After nearly four weeks of snapping I can tell you that it's a tall order for a casual photographer. But I'm enjoying it all the same. It's forcing me to look more intensely at my surroundings.

The problem is that there are days when I never venture out, and when I do, I've often got the dogs in tow. This afternoon we took them to the sandpits on Horsell Common used as a setting by H G Wells for a Martian landing, when he wrote The War of the Worlds in 1895. He was living in Woking at the time.

Woking can't have left a lasting impression on Wells as he made sure that the Martians destroyed the town in his book. Now the council has taken up where the Martians left off. Only this time they're burying the place in high rise developments. At least someone finally woke up to the Wells connection three years too late for the book's centenary when a "sculpture" of a Martian tripod appeared in the town. So I've Blipfotoed the Horsell sandpits and the tripod and I'm quickly running out of interesting places in Woking for the rest of the project. I suppose there's the cemetery but I can't walk the dogs there.


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