Set a brief to ‘break a world record’, first year Goldsmith’s design student Liz Baldwin attempted to draw a mile-long unbroken chalk line through London in the fastest time. Fifty yards from the end, in a Pythonesque moment, she was stopped by the police
Apparently, the world record for drawing the fastest, unbroken, mile-long chalk line is an hour and 20 minutes. Liz Baldwin set out to break that record, scrabbling on her hands and knees through the streets of east London. Along the way she encountered curious shopkeepers and encouraging passsers-by, dodged dogs and traffic. But just when she was on the verge of making history, up stepped a distinctly unimpressed copper who cruelly, and hilariously, put an end to the fun, dismissing her endeavours thusly: “There’s no real need for it.” Well, quite.
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