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    I was thinking about how, as we get older, the World seems to get so much smaller. When I was a kid, about six or seven years old, I thought the country that I lived in was so big. We had a road map of the south of England (we lived near Southampton at the time), and there was a big, red splodge at the top left edge. That was Birmingham, and I remember looking at where we lived near the bottom, and then at the top where Birmingham was, and thinking that was so far away, and this country was huge. And Scotland was an interminable distance away, with strange lands in between full of big, grey towers with steam coming out of the top. Those journeys from the South to Scotland would take a whole day, as we would navigate past London (no M25 in those days) towards the M1 or the A1, and it would be ages before you saw the signs marked, rather ominously, at the top in big letters "THE NORTH", and even longer before it said " SCOTLAND ".

    And now, this little island of ours seems so small, you can see from one side to the other from a plane, and it takes about an hour to cross the former void between the South and the North. I can't properly recall the exact feeling of when our little island seemed like the entire universe, I can just remember that's what I thought, and how small my universe was way back then.

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    Default Re: Notes from a small island ...

    after the nuclear winter it will seem big again

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    The world definitely seems smaller when you're a kid.

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    It seemed bigger to me. I once went back to my first school to see what it was like, and it was still there, just as it was before, except that it seemed tiny compared to what I thought I remembered. There was a big wall that someone once threw my Jersey over and at the time it seemed that it was lost forever in a faraway land, as that wall seemed huge to me. When I saw it again it was only about three feet high. :-o

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    Haha, I sound really dim. I meant bigger, but I'd only just got up so that's my excuse.

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    Haha, I think I see what you meant now though. Your own world seemed smaller, is a smaller part of the overall world, but things in it were bigger, and the rest of the world seemed huge, outside your own world.

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