Author Archives: Luke Smith

About Luke Smith

I travel around and write about it. When I'm not travelling around, I write about whatever seems meaningful to me at the time; these are usually meditations on current events, finding ways to survive the crushing existential grind of modern civilisation or vaguely philosophical musings.

A walk in a falling castle – From Home To End 02 – Birkwood Hospital, Scotland

Originally posted on Journeys Through Pre-World War 3 Britain:
In this instalment of the Highlands adventure we explore the now-collapsed Birkwood Castle, still one of our most exciting finds. 7: 16PM 3.7.14 In the past two days we’ve barely slept. Ben…

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A walk in a falling castle – From Home To End 02 – Birkwood Hospital, Scotland

In this instalment of the Highlands adventure we explore the now-collapsed Birkwood Castle, still one of our most exciting finds. 7: 16PM 3.7.14 In the past two days we’ve barely slept. Ben opened the window and yelled as we crossed … Continue reading

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From Home to End – A Journey Around the Scottish Highlands – 01

This roadtrip was nearly four years ago now. We were all in our early twenties and it shows, in the style of writing and the style of travel. When I go through photographs of all these journeys, this is the … Continue reading

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In The Swamp – Isle of Wight festival 2012 – Complete

These journals are about music, drugs and the Isle of Wight. They’re about the joy of escape, the catharsis of being lost in a vibration, the comfort of anonymity in a large crowd and the strange things you see when … Continue reading

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Jaywick – The long walk back – 4

  In the final part of the Jaywick series we check out the much larger and more famous neighbouring seaside town of Clacton-on-Sea, one of the last traditional seaside destinations in the country. Clacton. Class and restaurants. Out of place … Continue reading

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Jaywick – Into the salt flats – 3

The Jaywick saga continues as we trek through the Colne Point nature reserve and check out the desolate land between the the two towns. Running to find something. Colne Point. Dead crabs on the dirty ground. Block jumping. Discovering a … Continue reading

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Astronautalis and the death of Muhammed Ali

Sue Vincent was kind enough to feature my strange and ponderous writing on her blog and today I’ll reblog it over here. This is a short journal excerpt from a personally important weekend in 2016 that reaffirmed my friendships and … Continue reading

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Homelessness and Poverty – Cruelty and The Cold in Pre-World War 3 Britain

  A strange world, where you go on facebook and find people warning you not to give to the homeless. Here’s the initial message, “Do not give any money to the so called homeless people outside Asda and around the town centre … Continue reading

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Jaywick – Leaving this old town – 2

  In this instalment, we head into the surrounding marshland and salt flats to the west of Jaywick. Eating somewhere old. Exploring somewhere new. A journey begins. The Heart of Marshness. 8.6.2013 17:47 The Seafisher’s Hand is an old seaside … Continue reading

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Jaywick – a Fallen Seaside Town – 1

In this short series, I explore and investigate the unique English seaside town of Jaywick, famous for its poverty and negative appearances on Benefits by the Sea. It was named the most deprived area in England in 2015.  A morose, … Continue reading

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