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A Pleasant Pain

  • Brian T. Robson
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Abstract

There is a strong temptation to see clear goals which charted a conscious course from the ‘then’ to the ‘now’ in one’s own development. Since, no doubt, I shall succumb to the temptation, let me preface what I say by stressing that, while certainly there were firmly developed interests which quickened my pulse and provided a litmus to determine my reactions to events and ideas, it is clear how small a part in my own development seems to have been played by clearly guided aims and how much has been contributed by the collage of rather random influences and serendipitous events to which I both responded and contributed. The same, I am sure, can be said of the subject as a whole. Direction and purpose tend largely to be imposed retrospectively on this jumble of circumstances. Perhaps, then, the only neutral shape can be imposed by time. It is for this reason that I want to look at developments essentially chronologically, and to begin by painting a brief picture of my own experiences against the background of Geography and its apparat in the 1950s and 1960s.

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