Psycho-geography in Madrid - a picture story - in parts

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When I first saw this post I thought 'far too long for just a passing glance', but here I am on a quiet non too tasking morning sat on the bridge of a ship and time to waste. So a return to this thread to give it a more attentative glance

I am glad I did. I really enjoyed the way you write and your observational connections. Other than that, damn interesting.

I do hope there is more to follow as I need to find further excuses to pass my time in the quiet moments

Good stuff
 
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Los de Abajos - part the third - let's go deeper - confront and examine our fears of the under world.


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Portal - gateway to the underworld - Lavapies barrio.

I think by the point this picture was taken my eyes were well attuned to what I was looking for - I had a nagging anxiety I was being watched though. Not from the surface but from below - I turned around and saw this -


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Gates - obviously - need gate keepers - and this one had noticed me. I had dallied too long - shown too much interest. I took my warning - and wandered off - doubting my vision I decided to go back to the first portal I had discovered - and look at it again - and found this -

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Again directly behind me when I took my original picture - unnoticed by me at the time. That gecko may be drinking but it's paying close attention. It turned out that every gate had a watcher -


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Cerberus - granted - with only one head - but that leads us neatly to the narrative.

Why should we be instinctively or culturally conditioned to be afraid of that which lies beneath? The subterranean? Hell is down there isn't it? The realm of the damned. All things from below must be bad. Pretty much all Judeo/Christian concepts of the subject derive from the Greek idea of Hades. The Greeks understood it thus - Hades - a person - well an immortal - brother of Zeus and Poseidon - after their successful battle with the Titans cast lots to decide their respective realms. Zeus got the sky - Poseidon - obviously - the sea and Hades the underworld. Some sources mention he was a bit miffed about this but he accepted his lot with good grace. Initially - the Greek Hades - the word quite quickly comes to mean the realm in total and not just the person - was the repository of all dead souls - there was no idea at all of any sort of judgement.
 
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I apologise - when trying to post the above - the rest of the text disappeared - several hundred words. Site error. The best part of my narrative. It took me hours to write. It's gone - you'll just have to do with the pictures with no supporting text. That's probably an end to this thread - as I'm not going to take the risk of this happening again. I.
 

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Los de Abajos - part the third - let's go deeper - confront and examine our fears of the under world.


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Portal - gateway to the underworld - Lavapies barrio.

I think by the point this picture was taken my eyes were well attuned to what I was looking for - I had a nagging anxiety I was being watched though. Not from the surface but from below - I turned around and saw this -


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Gates - obviously - need gate keepers - and this one had noticed me. I had dallied too long - shown too much interest. I took my warning - and wandered off - doubting my vision I decided to go back to the first portal I had discovered - and look at it again - and found this -

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Again directly behind me when I took my original picture - unnoticed by me at the time. That gecko may be drinking but it's paying close attention. It turned out that every gate had a watcher -


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Cerberus - granted - with only one head - but that leads us neatly to the narrative.

Why should we be instinctively or culturally conditioned to be afraid of that which lies beneath? The subterranean? Hell is down there isn't it? The realm of the damned. All things from below must be bad. Pretty much all Judeo/Christian concepts of the subject derive from the Greek idea of Hades. The Greeks understood it thus - Hades - a person - well an immortal - brother of Zeus and Poseidon - after their successful battle with the Titans cast lots to decide their respective realms. Zeus got the sky - Poseidon - obviously - the sea and Hades the underworld. Some sources mention he was a bit miffed about this but he accepted his lot with good grace. Initially - the Greek Hades - the word quite quickly comes to mean the realm in total and not just the person - was the repository of all dead souls - there was no idea at all of any sort of judgement.
What a shame, I bet you was as miffed as Hades! It was going so well!
 

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I apologise - when trying to post the above - the rest of the text disappeared - several hundred words. Site error. The best part of my narrative. It took me hours to write. It's gone - you'll just have to do with the pictures with no supporting text. That's probably an end to this thread - as I'm not going to take the risk of this happening again. I.
Iain that’s awful. I know how much work you have put in to this.
 
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Great work Iain, really enjoyed it.

I asked myself when you said in your narrative,
"I had a nagging anxiety I was being watched though."
Maybe that was the case when you were compiling this thread?
The gods did not appreciate the fact you were revealing too much and that was why there was a site error?

A little out there granted but food for thought.

Thanks for sharing most appreciated.
 
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Evening gentlemen - thank you again for your positive comments - they mean a lot to me. After having time to calm down and get over my hissy fit - I have reconsidered and will finish the project. I remain though gutted at losing all of last night's work - 7 hours worth. It's not just a matter of re-typing it because of the way I put the narrative together. I use my original notes taken in Madrid for inspiration - form a rough idea of what I want to say - then research the outline - to make sure I spell names and place names correctly - also dates are checked if I'm going to cite them - ditto book titles and the like. Then I start writing - it comes together as I type - to some degree it's spontaneous - so impossible to replicate but then again you won't realise - your never got to read it. Thanks again - I shall return. Yours - I.
 
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