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Saturday, 31 July 2004
La Fosse (d’aisances)

Sports Soccer

The Fosse Shopping Centre is a retail park just off junction 21 of the M1, near Leicester.  On Thursday evening I visited the Sports Soccer shop in this centre (see photo above).  A handwritten sign at the entrance invites people to apply for staff positions at the rate of £5,50 per hour.

The current staff are rude and lazy, possibly because they are paid only �5,50 per hour and receive no training.  In any case the company and the management must take ultimate responsibility for the lack of service culture in this shop.  Actually my experience in this particular outlet was not unique: I had the same experience in one of their other stores.  I am not posting this entry to complain, but as a reminder to myself to avoid the insides of any shop called Sports Soccer in future.

There are alternatives.

Posted by bigblue on 31/07/2004 at 10:21 PM
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Friday, 30 July 2004
Breedon Lockup

Breedon on the Hill Lockup

This is the lockup on the green of Breedon, a 17th century jail for minor offenders.  The lockup reminded me of the differently shaped one at Worthington, and indeed Breedon and Worthington are part of the same parish district.

Posted by bigblue on 30/07/2004 at 06:01 PM
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Thursday, 29 July 2004
Breedon Church

Breedon on the Hill

This is a closer view of Breedon Church, from the top of the hill. Another interesting website gives a slightly different angle to the Breedon history.  Read about the Kingdom of Mercia.

Posted by bigblue on 29/07/2004 at 06:53 PM
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Wednesday, 28 July 2004
Breedon on the Hill

Breedon on the Hill

Breedon on the Hill is a village (population 891 according to the 1991 census) at the foot of a hill.

On the hill however is the Priory Church of St Mary and St Hardulph. (Who?) Below the church is an erstwhile limestone quarry, which has created a cliff on one side of the hill (and removed half of the original hill).  The official church website has some interesting history.

In brief: the site was an Iron Age hill fort, a monastery from about 676 CE, and an Augustinian Priory from the 12th Century.

Posted by bigblue on 28/07/2004 at 08:36 PM
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Tuesday, 27 July 2004
The Thames at Windsor

The Thames

Continuing the theme from yesterday, this is the Thames a bit upstream from the castle. These people were feeding the swans. Nearby others were swimming in the water.

Yesterday I linked to an IOL article concerning the the clean state of the Thames today. The problem with the IOL online is that the articles are very dreary as they lack the images of their print version. The BBC on the other hand makes an effort with their accompanying photos, even if they recycle the images (as I pointed out before).  Here was their recent take on the clean Thames.

Posted by bigblue on 27/07/2004 at 06:04 PM
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Monday, 26 July 2004
Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

This week brings more news that the Thames has started to come back to life.  This is a story that seems to run every few months in one newspaper or another. I took this photo approximately a year ago, from aboard a boat near Windsor Castle.  Despite the touristy appeal of Windsor it�s actually a pleasant place to spend a lazy sunny summer day.

Posted by bigblue on 26/07/2004 at 08:46 PM
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Sunday, 25 July 2004
Club Sol

Cuba Cayo Largo Club Sol

This is a photo of the resort that we stayed in, Club Sol, on the island of Cayo Largo del Sol.  The official tourist website for the Island is here.  Under the history section I was interested to read that the Island was used by pirates in the past, including

the renowned terror of the seas Francis Drake.

Posted by bigblue on 25/07/2004 at 05:14 PM
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Saturday, 24 July 2004
First drive

Cuba Cayo Largo

After leaving the turtle farm we drove on to Playa Serina and Playa Paradiso, where we sat on the beach and each had a cold drink. Scarlett had her first stint behind the wheel, captured on camera by Pinkie. I contributed the sound effects, mainly in the form of instructions about slowing down and avoiding certain potholes in the road.

Posted by bigblue on 24/07/2004 at 05:11 PM
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