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Sunday, 30 May 2004
Je nique la police


I took this photo opposite Santé Venir health food shop, 8 rue Puits, Haguenau. My Larousse dictionary gives the meaning of nique as

to thumb one’s nose at somebody ... to poke fun ... to gibe at somebody.

That is the polite version.

We’ll be back from Prague tomorrow afternoon. I will post again tomorrow evening.

Posted by bigblue on 30/05/2004 at 02:56 PM
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Saturday, 29 May 2004


Continuing the party theme, here’s a picture that Peter took at a party that Marti held before he left Alsace last June.

Last night, while packing my bag/s, I decided not to blog from Prague but to rather post in advance by posting an entry that will be activated by midday today (and another that will be activated just before midday tomorrow).

This week I enjoyed reading about how to grow The Three Sisters, thanks to Rebecca Blood. Rebecca is author of The Weblog Handbook and I ‘discovered’ her blog, rebecca’s pocket, when I read this interesting and useful book.

Posted by bigblue on 29/05/2004 at 01:53 PM
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Dalai Lama

Turkish Party

The above photo is from Mette’s Turkish birthday party. It seems to be the season of birthdays right now. 

And the Dalai Lama starts his Posted by bigblue on 29/05/2004 at 12:18 AM
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Thursday, 27 May 2004
bon anniversaire ruth

Azania Mews

After the Posted by bigblue on 27/05/2004 at 08:07 PM
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bon anniversaire david


I grew up in lands that (as far as I know) have no wild poppies. I am still amazed when I see them on the road verges. They remind me of artificial raffia poppies and, for some reason, of presents. The kind you wrap up and give away.

The above poppy is growing on the side of a farm field in Picardie.

It’s David’s birthday today, so here’s wishing him many happy returns!  A strange thing happened to me today: I phoned him at 8:30 this morning, and we spoke for a few minutes. I didn’t realise at the time it was his birthday.  A few minutes later I phoned Spenkers at work and of course she mentioned it was his birthday. Then at 9:00 my ‘birthday alarm’ went off. Woups.

Posted by bigblue on 27/05/2004 at 12:47 AM
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Wednesday, 26 May 2004
en construction


Looking out the same window as yesterday, only looking a bit to the right, I see great progress with the new house compared to the last photo I took when the crane had just been installed. And of course there is now a lot more sunlight, and leaves and less snow and frost.

This weekend we are going to Prague.  I find the In Your Pocket guidebooks to Eastern Europe very useful, but I found most of the hotels they recommended were fully booked, so had to resort to my own research. I started to wonder if it was a bad sign that the hotel isn’t mentioned in any of the guide books.

I like the humourous edge to In Your Pocket. For example they say

For centuries, Prague has been a centre of culture, architecture and enlightenment. Today, she’s full of tourists getting snap happy and attempting to see her marvels in one or two days. That’s impossible, but if you are only here for a limited time, there are some places you must visit. Charles Bridge, of course, will link your walk from Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock to the wonders of the Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral. The Art Nouveau wonders of the Municipal House are right by the Powder Tower, and nearby Wenceslas Square has the statue of the sainted man himself and the golden domed National Museum, on the steps of which Jan Palah burned himself alive. Also, the Jewish area has various synagogues and the cemetery.

Posted by bigblue on 26/05/2004 at 10:49 AM
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Tuesday, 25 May 2004
le jardin


This is what the garden outside looked like when I awoke this morning. It’s early summer, and le temps du coquelicot. So I wandered around taking photos of them, and so my departure was delayed. I didn’t see Mme Wolff this time around - she’s on holiday. Come to think of it, things were hectic for me and I hardly saw anyone.  Oh well, and I had some gastro recently. Not nice.

Posted by bigblue on 25/05/2004 at 08:35 PM
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la plage du cambouis

River Thames beach

Some people are so lucky, they live right on the waterfront in London and have their own private beach (at low tide). This one even has a special feature. I’m not completely sure what it is, but it seems to be some kind of Victorian folly. And it’s a renovators dream as they would say in the property trade.  Actually, if it’s not a folly then it’s probably something that Londoners used to put people to death on.

The other special thing about this photo is that it shows cuz Ruth herself, striding out onto the beach.

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