Over the past couple of years I've been compiling information from periods throughout my life, collecting documents via subject access requests and visiting places I've lived. Not having really anything from my childhood in the form of school reports, photos (I have two) I'm re-visiting places and taking a photo. It's good fun and occasionally stirs up emotions, which is interesting. Considering 'false memories' and massive structural change to the road network, upgrades of buildings, demolition and re-building it can be quite a struggle to work out the exact spot or nearabouts where I stood or passed years ago. If anyone has read Peter Ackroyd's 'Hawksmoor' you might remember when, at the very close of the novel, he (Hawksmoor) enters Little St Hugh church, sits down in a pew and ponders the idea of that space and those who occupied it previously. I won't ruin the end of the novel but it's all very metaphysical as past and present meld. A couple of things I've found on my travels is undoubtedly the massive change and loads of re-routing of paths and roads. A lot of what I'm doing is driving routes I used to walk. Often I stop and have a proper look at buildings but it probably looks weird to observers. I used to do a lot of hitch hiking from the age of about fourteen right up into my mid thirties. When you're 'stuck' without a lift you get to see a lot of the landscape and it's amazing for me that I remember certain named places. This is just one example. In Bretherton Lancashire right close up to the A59 junction there used to be a toll house. I think it was called 'Toll House'. Close by was the dolls hospital and museum in a lovely building. I passed them a lot. Opposite was a field and some woods. The field and woods are still there. I think it's Hesketh land. The toll house is gone. The junction is now a roundabout and the dolls hospital and museum is just a house now. I find memory very interesting. I use it as a guard against future shock. Is anybody else doing this wandering around trying to recapture the past? I know people do genealogical research but is anyone else trying to catalogue their past life by actually going places and taking photos? Maybe I'm just weird. Another nice thing is to be able to book-end the whole thing by keeping some sort of record now.