A Cautionary Tale

I have written about urban exploration several times before here, and at least once, I’ve said that if you get caught, it’s all on you.  Today’s tidbit comes by way of Slashdot and is a reminder that you should really plan very carefully before you have a questionably-legal adventure.  (You should plan well before any adventure, actually, and always remember a clean pocket-handkerchief, but especially so if you’re going to do anything dangerous or illegal.)  These four got themselves 10-year ASBOs for doing a spot of urban exploration shortly before the royal wedding last spring, and while I’m not going to say they really did anything bad or that their ASBOs are entirely their fault, they could well have had the sense not to go exploring abandoned bits of the Tube shortly before a major public event when the police were on very high alert.

While you could just skim this article and forget about it, one link does point to a larger time-sink of which I had hitherto been unaware: Silent UK.  I’m way too chicken to engage in any serious urban exploration myself, but I love a good story, especially if there are a lot of pictures to go along with it.

If you’re interested in even more stories of urban exploration from halfway around the world, you would be wise to check out Gakuranman’s Haikyo photoessays, which take readers on tours through the ruins of forgotten and forbidden places in Japan (and elsewhere).  Just make sure you have a lot of time on your hands, because if you’re anything like me, you won’t be going anywhere for a while after clicking over there.


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Hilary B. Bisenieks (Biss-en-yex) n. 1. An author of fact, fancy, and opinion based out of Oakland, CA. 2. A graduate of the Creative Writing program at Warren Wilson college and Mary Robinette Kowal's Short Story Workshop. 3. A man unable to be trusted to update basic biographical information with any regularity. View all posts by Hilary B. Bisenieks

5 responses to “A Cautionary Tale

  • Lawrence Logic.

    Titbit in English.
    Tidbit is American English.

  • Michael

    Interesting tale, and definitely worth noting that situations such as this can occur. As far as I understand it though, the ASBO has not yet been granted. It will be interesting to see how it works out. I hope they aren’t punished as severely as the ASBO threatens…

    P.S. Thank you for the kind words about my website :).

    • Hilary B. Bisenieks

      I haven’t heard any more about the story since, so thanks for the update, Michael. I also hope they don’t take the ASBO to its extremes, especially as I don’t see that it will stop any of them from exploring more, even if they aren’t together–they’ll just be more careful.

      (I have to say, I’m more than a little geeked to know you’ve visited my blog. Thanks)

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