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Tuesday, 31 August 2004
Chichele Road

Chichele Road

This is where Chichele Road intersects with Bluehouse Lane and Station Road East in Oxted. Chichele is the road going straight up ahead. It is pronounced Chicheley, simply being a spelling variation of the same name.  You can see this here in the entry on Henry Chichele. 

When I first encountered this road, in 1997, I thought it was pronounced like the name Michelle.  So it always reminds me of that most boring of Beatles songs of the same name.

As you can see in this photo the Surrey County Council are in the process of putting an “upside-down saucer” in the road at this point.  They are also putting a series of humps in Bluehouse Lane, leading down to Oxted School.

Posted by bigblue on 31/08/2004 at 01:22 PM
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Monday, 30 August 2004
Chicheley Street

Chicheley Street

This is Chicheley Street in Waterloo, London SW1.

I was interested to read here that Chicheley is a town in the English county of Milton Keynes.  I had never realised that Milton Keynes was a county, but it has apparently been one since 1995. Before that it was part of Buckinghamshire.

According to that website, Chicheley (like Oxted) is a Domesday town, so-called because it is mentioned in the Norman “census” of 1086 by that name.  It was spelled Cicelai in those days, and is a word of Anglo-Saxon origin meaning Cicca’s clearing.

Posted by bigblue on 30/08/2004 at 01:10 PM
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au bord du parc

Oxted Master Park

I was going to wake up early this morning and head downtown to take some photos of an empty high street.  However I didn’t wake up early, so am posting another photo from yesterday afternoon.  This is the eastern fringe of Master Park, near the roundabout.  You can make out the “joke oak” of Station Road West in the background. 

This is an architectural term for the half-timber mock Tudor style of building, which is a popular (if uninspiring) feature of the South East of England.

Posted by bigblue on 30/08/2004 at 12:55 AM
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Sunday, 29 August 2004
Master Park in late summer

Oxted Master Park

I am back in Oxted this weekend for the first time in about 6 weeks.  I decided to revive the monthly photo of Master Park, as I have not been keeping up with this since 22 February

I went to Master Park to specifically take some photos for a new project I am starting (as a hobby).  Today was a very exciting day with Kelly Holmes amazing double feat.  Holmes is from around these parts, as she is from nearby Tonbridge in Kent.  I guess quite a few people will head that way on Wednesday when she returns to a double-decker parade in the town centre. 

I was interested to read in the BBC’s Kelly Holmes’ profile that she has a South African connection.  According to the article, her

desire to realise her potential led her to leave behind her roots in Kent and switch training bases to South Africa in 2002.

There, Holmes drew inspiration from living and working with the world’s dominant 800m runner, Mozambique’s Maria Mutola, and her American coach Margo Jennings.

“Maria has so much experience, she has won so much that you cannot fail to become a better athlete by being with her,” Holmes said at the time. “I feel I am stronger than ever.”

At the World Championships in Paris last year, Holmes took the 800m silver medal behind Mutola, in a tactically astute race by the duo.

Not so in Athens, where a fully-fit Holmes ruthlessly put personal feelings aside to overhaul the defending Olympic champion.

“Kelly knows my weakness,” Mutola said after the race - a testament to Holmes’ competitive and tactical nous.

Posted by bigblue on 29/08/2004 at 01:51 AM
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Wednesday, 25 August 2004
High Petergate II

York High Petergate

This is a detail above the entrance of the shop, that I posted yesterday.  When I first saw these streetnames, I assumed that the term gate had some reference to the gates of the medieval city wall.  Of course they are derived from the old Norse word Gata, meaning street. 

The shortest street in York (which is also the street with the longest name) is Whipmawhopmagate. It is said that this is the street where the dogs called whappets were whipped on St Lukes Day. 

Some of this information should surely be taken with a pinch of salt.

Posted by bigblue on 25/08/2004 at 09:11 PM
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Tuesday, 24 August 2004
High Petergate I

York High Petergate

Here is a photo of an interesting corner shop, on High Petergate in York.

This past weekend I drove (with Pinkie) to Haguenau. We left on Friday afternoon, and arrived on Saturday afternoon. However we stopped off in Reims (in Champagne) for a short sleep on Friday night and in Metz (in Lorraine) for Saturday morning shopping.  Sunday was a very busy day packing, and then on Sunday evening we drove back to the UK. I dropped her off at home, and then made my way up to Ashby so I could start work early on Monday morning.  Not counting stoppages, and tunnel crossing, it was only an 8 hour drive.

Posted by bigblue on 24/08/2004 at 07:46 PM
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Friday, 20 August 2004
York Minster

York Minster

Here’s another of those medieval streets in York, this one giving a view of the York Minster.  I took it in the late afternoon.

Tonight I am driving to Haguenau ... via the channel tunnel.  I will have Pinkie with me for company on the drive, but we may have to stay over somewhere if it gets too tiring.  I worked out that if we don’t stop we will only get there at 4 a.m. tomorrow morning. So perhaps we can sleep over tonight in Reims or Metz, and finish the journey in the morning.

Posted by bigblue on 20/08/2004 at 09:42 PM
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Thursday, 19 August 2004
Esk Dale

Esk Dale

I took this photo in the Esk valley, two weekends ago.  This valley has become world-famous recently with the publication of the book, The Da Vinci Code.  The Rosslyn Church, some 57 km (by road) north of where I took this photo, is apparently quite a hot tourist attraction this year.  There is an article in The Telegraph, here, and some background on the church at several websites, such as here, and here.

Posted by bigblue on 19/08/2004 at 05:37 PM
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