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April 6, 2006 10:52 PM   Subscribe

Alan Waddell intends to walk every street in every suburb in Sydney. He has completed 192 suburbs so far. He is 91.
posted by tellurian (13 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Thanks, tellurian! This makes for a surprisingly interesting little travelogue that gives an intimate portrait of the Sydney area - and good for him!
posted by madamjujujive at 11:21 PM on April 6, 2006 [1 favorite]

Interesing link! My home town of Kongsberg, Norway, has done the work for me, with the street's history, a picture and a map link for most streets in town.
posted by Harald74 at 11:27 PM on April 6, 2006

My suburb (Marsfield) is so boring that this guy hasn't even bothered to come here.
posted by dhruva at 12:04 AM on April 7, 2006

At that age his walking technique might match his name.
posted by uncanny hengeman at 12:08 AM on April 7, 2006

how did he hit on this idea though? I guess he just had a hunch.
posted by dydecker at 12:23 AM on April 7, 2006

What a great site! Thanks, tellurian.

I love the secrets & surprises.

dhruva in Sydney? For some reason, I assumed Amrika...
posted by UbuRoivas at 1:04 AM on April 7, 2006

Thanks Tellurian - that's timely, I might try and track him down for an interview on a project I'm about (hopefully) to start. (He's actually pictured outside my Aunt-in-law's house in Llandaff St).

And for anyone who's interested in an anecdotal, visceral, street by street Sydney read, I understand Leviathan is worth a look.
posted by strawberryviagra at 4:00 AM on April 7, 2006

An impressive story to be sure, but even more so because he has the same last name as me! Woohoo! :)
posted by antifuse at 5:12 AM on April 7, 2006

Awesome, I just got back from a trip to Sydney. My parents live in a suburb (one Waddell has yet to visit) so I'll be sending this link on to them.
posted by witchstone at 7:27 AM on April 7, 2006

'Legend has it that the name of the house (Emma Chisett) is a strine variant of the request: "How much is it?"'
posted by George_Spiggott at 10:41 AM on April 7, 2006

Emma Chisett: that interpretation would not be too much of a surprise. There is a bit of a tradition of naming houses in Australia, with the name engraved on a brass or mirrored plate by the front door. One reasonably common approach is some kind of jokey or punny name. "Emoh Ruo" ("our home" backwards, yeh?) is one that springs to mind. If I keep my eyes open on the way to the shops & back I am sure I can provide some others.
posted by UbuRoivas at 6:24 PM on April 7, 2006

Let Stalk Strine!

As compiled by that well known linguist Afferbeck Lauder.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 2:51 PM on April 8, 2006

Is a Map company sponsoring the walk ?
posted by at 8:29 AM on April 9, 2006

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