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Tuesday, 23 November 2004
Beware of frog!

danger frog

On Saturday I was driving near the village of Smallfield when I spotted this sign.

Of course, it reminds me of Hopkin Green Frog, inspired (I think) by Found Magazine.  I had to stop and take the photograph, much to Pinkie’s frustration.

Posted by bigblue on 23/11/2004 at 12:58 AM
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Monday, 22 November 2004

Smisby snow

The snow has all but melted. The above photo was taken early this morning, before the big meltdown, from the skylight in my bedroom. For a day or so the skylight had been covered in snow but this morning it was clear, so I boldly flipped it open and stuck my head out (I can just do this standing on the bed).

Every Sunday evening for the past month and a half I have popped into the Tesco service station in Ashby to buy some water. Last Sunday I startled the two female assistants who were engaged in a conversation on a rather personal and intimate nature, until they suddenly noticed me standing at the service hatch observing their conversation. (The shop is closed after 8 or 9 pm, so I couldn’t enter the shop). They apologised profusely with evident embarassment and told me that it was unusual for them to be discussing such subjects. They kept apologising, so I said to them not to worry, I remember nothing of the conversation. As I left they were still laughing with embarassment. 

This evening the same thing happened again. I parked my car, walked to the service hatch, and then observed the same conversation. The woman on the other side of the counter turned to me, and I ordered my litre bottle of water. She asked the second woman to pass it to her. They said something to each other about having been caught at it again.  Then it started to dawn on them that I was the same person as last week, and they both turned and asked me if I had been there last Sunday. I replied that I had, and that I was the “same person as last week”.  The uncontrolled and embarassed laughing started again. The woman at the counter dropped the bottle, dropped the money I passed her, and dropped the change.  When I drove away they were still shaking and laughing.  Come to think of it, I was laughing too.

Posted by bigblue on 22/11/2004 at 12:33 AM
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Saturday, 20 November 2004
Snow in Smisby

Smisby snow

This is the sunrise as seen from my bedroom window yesterday morning, looking over the snowfields towards Ashby-de-la-Zouch. For a comparative view, taken two months ago, look at this blog entry.  It normally takes me four minutes to drive to work in Ashby, using the by-pass, and yesterday morning it took ten minutes to navigate the icy route (passing three crashes).

Last night the Derbyshire branch of the family came round for supper. I made my usual vegetarian lasagne dish.

Posted by bigblue on 20/11/2004 at 02:57 PM
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Friday, 19 November 2004
First snow of winter

the bothy

The above photograph shows the Bothy after the snowfall yesterday evening, with a light layer of snow on the roof. It can be compared to the photo from last month

I’m in a bit of a rush today as I am having the Derbyshire branch of the family around for supper tonight. So that’s it!

Posted by bigblue on 19/11/2004 at 05:28 PM
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Thursday, 18 November 2004
Strange signs

strange sign

Last night I went out with four other guys from work (an Australian, a South African, a Yorkshireman and a Lancastrian .... sounds like a joke).  We had supper at the Link Cantonese Restaurant in Measham.  We had some rather amusing conversations. The service was pretty dire, but as we left a generous tip it may improve next time!

On the way home I spotted the above roadsign.  It appealled to me because I once found an odd stone on the beach ...  The N in N Burgoland stands for Newton. I believe that Measham, Odstone and Newton Burgoland are all Doomsday Towns.

I found a site dedicated to pictures from Fallujah, it’s worth a look but not for the squeamish.

Posted by bigblue on 18/11/2004 at 06:49 PM
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Wednesday, 17 November 2004

Limpsfield wreck

The above car-wreck is also from our Limpsfield walk, and adorns the property of a local nursery (garden centre).

Today I learned a new word sesquicentennial, which apparently means the 150th anniversary of something.

This year was the 150th anniversary celebration of the Mormon pioneer wagon trek, in the USA.  The actual trek was also re-enacted, although this ended in July.  I found this link interesting because I have first cousins who have ancestors who took part in the trek (if not that first one, then one of the later trails).  Besides for the historical pioneer biographies I was interested in the recipes and other food information.  They had 14 ways with potatoes, although I personally think it’s cheating to list potatoes mashed and potatoes mashed with onions separately).

On a related topic I was interested to see that the new leader of the Democratic Party in the US Senate is Harry Reid, who is a Mormon from Nevada. There is an interesting bio of him at the NV Dems website although it doesn’t mention his religious affiliations, but stresses his humble origins. 

Edit: With thanks to my colleague Lynn for her careful proof-reading of my blog, I have corrected the perennial error of typing seperate instead of separate (28.04.2005).

Posted by bigblue on 17/11/2004 at 07:22 PM
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Tuesday, 16 November 2004
Sunset in Limpsfield

Limpsfield sunset

I took this picture on Sunday during the walk with Spenkers and her family, of the sun setting over some trees in Limpsfield.

This past weekend was Eid al-Fitr, the end of the month of Ramadan in the Islamic calendar. I forgot to mention during my previous post on Ramadan that I fasted during the daylight hours for this whole month. Strangely, this week I have been eating less, perhaps because I am drinking water during the day and not getting as hungry. I think that I ended up having an unnaturally large evening meal.  So I had to explain to the people at work that “no, I am not a Muslim, but I think it is a good idea to participate in Ramadan from time to time”.  Of course, as a non-Muslim, my participation was limited to fasting.

I have worked out that I have saved about 60 pounds in lunch-money, and will donate a bit more than this to a charity so that others can benefit by my actions.

Posted by bigblue on 16/11/2004 at 11:21 PM
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Monday, 15 November 2004
Master park in early Winter

Oxted Master Park

This is the latest in a regular series of Master Park photographs. The last three in the series are here, here, and here.

Yesterday, after taking some photos at Master Park, I visited Spenkers and went for a walk with them in Limpsfield.

Posted by bigblue on 15/11/2004 at 06:39 PM
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