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Monday, 25 October 2004
Inside the Ossuary

Douamont ossuary

This is the view inside the ossuary at Douemont. A black and white photo couldn�t do it justice. The orange effect inside, which is created by the windows in the transepts, reminds me of the Goetheanum at Dornach. And, besides for the large phallus on top, the outside of the ossuary also reminded me of the anthroposophical architecture I saw in Dornach.

Posted by bigblue on 25/10/2004 at 12:18 AM
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Saturday, 23 October 2004
Douamont ossuary

Douamont ossuary

This morning Pinkie and I woke up in Verdun. We had been delayed on route due to heavy traffic in the UK, and in the wee hours of this morning decided to camp at a hotel and get some sleep.

After a sumptuous breakfast we spent the morning exploring the neighbourhood.  At Douamont we found this ossuary, which was erected to receive the unidentified remains of about 130 thousand French and German soldiers killed during the battle of Verdun. The cemetary below the ossuary holds the graves of 15 thousand French soldiers.  According to my guide, the ossuary is the most important French monument of the First World War.  At the centre of the monument, in the shape of a shell and carved with four crosses is the tower of the dead (Tour des Morts).  The first floor of the tower houses a small war museum, while the top of the tower (204 steps high) contains viewing tables to assist viewers to identify the various sectors of the battlefield through windows.

Posted by bigblue on 23/10/2004 at 11:49 PM
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Friday, 22 October 2004
Espaynol-i

Espaynol tapas bar

I took the above photo in London recently. It’s a tapas bar. Other than I like its name, I know nothing interesting about it.

Tonight Pinkie and I are driving to Haguenau for the weekend. I’m left work early and drove down to pick her up in Surrey. Besides for the Eurotunnel, we are driving all the way. The weather looks good for Haguenau this weekend.

Edit: Activated this posting the next day because it hadn’t activated due to an error that I made when I posted it.

Posted by bigblue on 22/10/2004 at 11:42 PM
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Thursday, 21 October 2004
Fire engines

fire engines

Here’s another photo of the big shock of two days ago. The big shock this evening was the thunderstorm and sudden downpour. I didn’t have my camera on me, but would have liked to try to get a shot of lightning.

Today brought news of the strange relations (distant cousins). 

Also a welcome to Miguel and Neil, who are both former colleagues from Strasbourg.

Posted by bigblue on 21/10/2004 at 10:53 PM
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Wednesday, 20 October 2004
What are little boys made of?

The Bothy

For comparison with my photo of 7 October 2004 here are what are left (2 weeks later) of the autumn leaves that covered the front of the Bothy.

The Bothy walls, scene of the recent show,
are denuded. Few red leaves remain. Most,
now dull grey-brown, lie crunchy underfoot,
like snail shells. At night they creep off
in the gentle breeze. After the rain they
squelch underfoot like slugs.

I sent my photos from yesterday’s fire alarm to some colleagues at work. I am begining to wonder if I am surrounded by perverts.  Let me make it clear: I do not have a fixation with firemen, fire-engines, hoses, leather boots, uniforms, ...  I just happened to have my camera on me at the time.

Posted by bigblue on 20/10/2004 at 10:57 PM
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It’s been a while

since I did a personality test.

You are LAWRENCE OBI. You are Bank Manager of Zenith Bank Lagos, Nigeria. You will share with me 30% of the USD26.5 million that BARRY KELLY who died with a WILL left in your bank.  You put the money in two trunks and want me to claim the money.

Which Nigerian spammer are You?

Posted by bigblue on 20/10/2004 at 09:22 PM
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Tuesday, 19 October 2004
Fire, fire!

fire drill

Just after 5 this afternoon the fire alarm went off at work and we all filed out into the parking lot and formed clusters at our designated meeting points.  There was no smoke or evidence of fire, but it seemed an unlikely hour for a drill.  Five minutes later the fire engines arrived and the fire officers streamed into the building. After about half an hour they pronounced that we could get back to work. They told us that the source of the alarm was the kitchen, but when I left work about 20 minutes later they hadn’t narrowed it down any further.

Here we go again .... with Britain’s second hostage. As she is also an Iraqi citizen I wonder if she will get the same attention from the media circus as Ken Bigley did.

On a lighter note, as requested, here is UKIP (parental advisory).

Posted by bigblue on 19/10/2004 at 09:33 PM
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Monday, 18 October 2004
Anne in the morning

chicken

Every morning I awake to the sounds of Anne.  I don’t know if this is her real name, but I call her this after the character in Little Britain because they make the same sounds.

Which reminds me: Little Britain is back.  Series 2 starts tomorrow on BBC3.  It seems to have some familiar and some new characters.

Posted by bigblue on 18/10/2004 at 11:03 PM
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