Fear is not knowing - terror is finding out

Image taken on a night time photo shoot in the beautiful Joshua Tree National Park.

As an avid walker, I explored the wide open spaces of the  Joshua Tree park and met a elderly  man who advised me on local land boundaries. In the USA there are defined walking routes with little space for roaming off the pathway. The area is dotted with 'Tressassers will be shot signs'. In the UK we are fortunate to have the 'right to roam' and it is perfectly normal to walk freely in the countryside. In the US the supreme court has actioned the 'right to exclude', this means that walking on someone's private property involves the illegal act of tresspassing.

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Papering over the cracks

 'Papering over the cracks' is a metaphor that relates to the history of construction. In the UK Interior walls of buildings were covered with wooden 'lath' which was slathered with plaster that oozed into the spaces between the wooden lath. As the mixture dried it contracted and this caused cracks. One way to deal with the problem was to fill the cracks and repaint or to simply wallpaper the wall. The wallpaper solution didnt 'fix' the problem - it somply covered it up hence the metaphor 'papering over tthe cracks' meaning to hide the problem rather than fix it.

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