Reality Checkpoint


Reality Checkpoint

Reality Checkpoint is the name given to a large lamp-post in the middle of Parker's Piece, Cambridge, England [cite journal | last = Baker | first = Mike | title = Not in front of the parents: How 'education speak' prevents teachers from being heard | journal = Critical Quarterly | volume = 43 | issue = 1 | pages = 19-24 | year = 2001 | url = http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118970435/abstract ] where the park's diagonal paths cross at its centre. The name comes from an unofficial inscription which has been painted on the lamp-post since the early 1970s. The lamp-post is also believed to be the oldest electrical lamp-post in Cambridge. http://www.cambridgeonline.co.uk/articles/Parkers_Piece/] The crime novel "Reality Checkpoint" by Peter Turnbull - set in Cambridge - makes reference to the lamp-post as an allegorical device to describe the victim's state prior to murder. [cite book
title = Reality Checkpoint
last = Turnbull
first = Peter
publisher = Allison & Busby
year = 2004
isbn = 0750524545
]

Interpretation

There are three main theories as to the meaning of the name:

* It may mark the boundary between the central university area of Cambridge (referred to as the 'reality bubble') and the 'real world' of non-academic locals living beyond. One is warned to check one's notions of reality before passing. [cite web
url=http://catb.org/~esr/jargon/html/R/Real-World.html
title=Real World
work=The Jargon File
date=2003-10-29
publisher=Eric S. Raymond
accessdate=2008-02-11
]

* It may be because the lamp-post forms a useful landmark for people crossing the park at night — perhaps drunk or in the fog — since it is the only light for hundreds of yards.

* It may be because the lamp-post is situated in the middle of two walking paths that intersect. Anyone walking whilst not tuned in to "reality" will likely collide with the lamp-post, hence "reality checkpoint".

Inscription

One report claims that the name was first painted on the lamp-post by students from CCAT (now Anglia Ruskin University) under the guidance of one of their teachers.

It has been repeatedly re-painted since then in response to removal by the council or obliteration by graffiti. For the first half of 1998 the lamp-post carried an unofficial plaque bearing its name.

References

External links

* [http://cam.misc.org.uk/faq436.html "What is Reality Checkpoint?" on cam.wiki]
* [http://books.google.com/books?id=hcXNAAAACAAJ&dq=isbn:0750524545&ei=ACTdSKvuK4XCywS_4pXPDA Peter Turnbull's "Reality Checkpoint" synopsis at Google Books]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Reality Checkpoint — Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd lors d’un concert à Earls Court en 1973. De gauche à droite : David Gilmour à la guitare, Nick Mason à la batterie, Roger Waters à la …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Reality checkpoint — Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd lors d’un concert à Earls Court en 1973. De gauche à droite : David Gilmour à la guitare, Nick Mason à la batterie, Roger Waters à la …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Reality television — This article is about the genre of TV shows. For the European channel once called Reality TV , see Zone Reality. Reality television is a genre of television programming that presents purportedly unscripted dramatic or humorous situations,… …   Wikipedia

  • Logistics — Мэтт Грешем Matt Gresham Дата рождения 1981 год(1981) Место рождения Кембридж Страна …   Википедия

  • Trinidad, Washington, D.C. — Trinidad is a neighborhood located in Ward 5, in the northeast quadrant of Washington, D.C. and is a largely residential area. GeographyTrinidad is bounded to the north by Mt. Olivet Road, to the west by West Virginia Avenue, to the south by… …   Wikipedia

  • Hospital Records — Founded 1996 Founder Tony Colman (London Elektricity) and Chris Goss Genre …   Wikipedia

  • Town and gown — are two distinct communities of a university town; town being the non academic population and gown metonymically being the university community, especially in ancient seats of learning such as Oxford, Cambridge and St Andrews, though also in more …   Wikipedia

  • Parker's Piece — is a perfectly flat and very roughly square green common located near the centre of Cambridge, England. The two main walking and cycling paths across it run diagonally, and the single lamp post at the junction is commonly known as Reality… …   Wikipedia

  • Logistics (artist) — Logistics Birth name Matt Gresham[1] Born 1981 Origin Cambridge, England, UK Genres Drum and bass …   Wikipedia

  • Hospital Records discography — This is a list of releases from Hospital Records and its sister labels.*NHS01 Peter Nice Trio Harp Of Gold / Son Of David 12 1996 *NHS02 Peter Nice Trio Flight Of The Vulture / The Last Supper 12 1996 *NHS03 London Elektricity Sister Stalking /… …   Wikipedia