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Sunday, 29 February 2004
l’année bissextile

Victoria Memorial

The above photograph is of the Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace in London.  It never ceases to amaze me how many Posted by bigblue on 29/02/2004 at 10:58 PM
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la girouette

Weather Vane

I am not sure what the above represents. It is a sculpture I found in Crawley, West Sussex. It reminds me of the Roald Dahl story, where the ducks get their own back on the hunters.

Posted by bigblue on 29/02/2004 at 12:38 AM
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Saturday, 28 February 2004
le projet du meteo

Weather Project

I had a lunch “date” with Anne at Oxford Circus in London today. I think she invited me because she hoped to speak French, but we ended up speaking English right up until the end. Her English is simply too good, and my French is still weak. Anyway it was kind of her to pick up the bill (on behalf of her company) and she gave me some useful work-related advice. I kept her waiting for 5 minutes, in the light-falling snow, because I was held up in traffic.

I spent the afternoon browsing the bookshops on Charing Cross Road, the electronics shops on Tottenham Court Road, and then popped down to the Tate Modern, to see the Posted by bigblue on 28/02/2004 at 01:26 AM
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Wednesday, 25 February 2004
la grue

garden

Now that it is light a bit more in the mornings, I am opening the shutters to greet the sunrise before heading off to work. So imagine my surprise when I saw this monster, which in real life looks loomingly over the back garden of Chez Wolff. We had some more snow today, and as I type it is still snowing fairly heavily outside. I don’t think it is very sticky though.

Another surprise was to look at my web-logs ... I mean web server statistics ... and see that someone out there came to bluemeanie via a search engine, using the search phrase nelson mandela personality. Something like this is a challenge to me, so I set off to Posted by bigblue on 25/02/2004 at 10:54 PM
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die närrische Saison

garden

I woke up this morning and opened the shutters of my bedroom window to behold the above sight: a cold yellow sunrise exposing a smattering of snow from the night before.

So, we have hit the pre-Lenten carnival season, the foolish season or the fifth season.  At Café de Paris in Haguenau this evening the staff, and several customers, were dressed as an escaped convict, a 1920’s diva, Fred Flinstone, a dude in a large jumpsuit covered with little teddy-bears and as a Myra Hindley lookalike wearing black leathers. OK, so the last one was probably unintentional.

In England everyone gets to eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday (whoopee?). The rest of Europe seems to really let their hair down.

Posted by bigblue on 25/02/2004 at 12:36 AM
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Monday, 23 February 2004
le sanglier

Sanglier

This photo is of a statue of a wild boar, which is to be found in the small park next to the train station in Haguenau. In the photo are also remnants of snow from a snowfall we had earlier today.

Since I was a young lad, reading the adventures of Asterix I have thought that wild boar are the among most intelligent, peaceful, and graceful animals around. I never quite approved of the way they were scoffed down at the end of each books, and often along the way as well. So it was with great excitement last summer that I received news from Peter that a family unit of wild boar could be spotted in the forest next to the Auberge aux Sept Chenes. After work one evening I made my way to said forest, found an empty hunters mirador, and waited patiently, armed with my camera.

Unfortunately I did not see any of the creatures, and ended up taking photos of an empty clearing in a dark forest. I did however hear a loud grunting sound from nearby, probably of a stag, and the experience will remain vivid in my mind for a long time. This is mainly because of the large number of mosquitos I encountered.

I thought of this experience recently when I read about yet another herd of “wild” boar Posted by bigblue on 23/02/2004 at 11:36 PM
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Sunday, 22 February 2004
Master Park in February

Master Park

This is my February photo of Master Park. The previous one is here

This report on climate change is supposed to be good news because it shows that the risk is starting to be taken seriously. But there is that startling bit where it

warns that major European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a ‘Siberian’ climate by 2020.

In 16 years!!!

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les panneaux de londres

les panneaux de londres

Today Pinkie and I spent the day in London. We went first to the open day/fundraiser at the temple in Waterloo. Unfortunately most of the sample treatments were booked up. Afterwards we walked along the South Bank to the Hungerford Bridge, crossed to the Embankment side and went to the South African shop (where she stocked up on things like

Posted by bigblue on 22/02/2004 at 01:58 AM
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