Qingdao Map

Later he reluctantly taught me the few words of Tibetan that Qingdao Map he can speak: How are you – Cho-temo; thank you -Qua- Qingdao Map dun-chay; and goodbye – Ba-day-mor. But he was sulky about teaching me because he disapproves of anything Tibetan. He wasn’t keen to let me leave the truck before Lhasa but when we were about halfway across Tibet, in a region of wide green valleys dotted with Tibetan tents, I insisted on being dropped. Wang still didn’t like the idea, and suggested that he would pick me up again on his way back in three days’ time. Since it would save me some trouble and since he genuinely seemed to be worried, I agreed to his scheme. Then we waved goodbye and I went striding across the dry marshland toward some distant tents.

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At the commencement of their investigation into automobility, Sheller and Urry described the motorway as a site of pure mobility within which car-drivers are insulated’ (2000: 746). This negative connotation ascribed to the spaces of the motorway as solitary and alienated environments with motorists enveloped in high-speed travel are located in the theories of Paul Virilio and Jean Baudrillard. Sean Cubitt suggests that for Virilio the motorway remains the scene of picnolepsia, the suspended consciousness of auto-pilot driving’ (1999: 140), where the car becomes a device which isolates the driver from the world’ (1999: 139), and a device for immobilization and subjection’ (1999: 140), encompassing a roadscape effectively smeared across the windscreen, devoid of detail, no longer a world of objects but a landscape flattened into a perpetual and undifferentiated present’ (Cubitt 2001: 62). Baudrillard writes that driving at high speeds reduces the world to two-dimensionality, to an image, stripping away its relief and its historicity’ (1996: 70). Definitively labelled as non-places, a term instigated by Auge, and reinforced in the familiar trope of the single-occupant driver speeding programmatically to and from work along unstimulating and desocialised’ (Edensor 2003: 152) auto-routes/ passages; these spatial conditions of the motorway are alternatively characterized as abstract’ (Lefebvre 1991) and placeless’ (Relph 1976; Casey 1993).

An alternate argument in relation to motorway driving is located in Peter Merriman’s cultural-historical investigation of the landscape of England’s M1 Motorway, Driving Spaces (2007), wherein he counters the malign position of travelling by car on the motorway by arguing for the potential of these types of urban typologies to afford a wider spectrum of experience. As Merriman suggests:

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