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Wednesday, 15 June 2005
Colliers

Durban House

This is the front view of the building in Eastwood that I referred to yesterday. It is called Durban House and houses the Eastwood Heritage Centre and, since Wednesday 8 June, a café/restaurant known as Colliers.

Posted by bigblue on 15/06/2005 at 10:33 PM
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Tuesday, 14 June 2005
Suffering the tortures of the damned

graffiti on tree

This photo is taken in the town of Eastwood, Nottinghamshire. This is the birthplace of the English writer, poet and artist DH Lawrence (1885-1930), and where he lived until the age of 23 (when he moved to Croydon).  According to a nearby notice

The large red brick building near this sign was built in 1876 as offices for Barber Walker & Co., a major colliery company in Eastwood and the surrounding area. As a boy D.H. Lawrence - called ‘Bert’ by his friends and family - collected his father’s wages here on many occasions. As a shy and awkward child it was a task he always disliked. He wrote about this experience in Sons and Lovers, where his character is described as suffering the tortures of the damned.

The building referred to is in the background of the above photograph.

Posted by bigblue on 14/06/2005 at 11:27 PM
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Monday, 13 June 2005
Housemartin nest

housemartin nest

Housemartins are a European swallow that migrate every winter to Southern Africa and return to Europe in summer in order to breed.  This nest is situated above my window, which is apparently not ideal from a parasite point of view.  I keep the window closed (besides for sticking my hand out to take this photograph).  There is a lot of information about housemartins at the RSPB website.

Posted by bigblue on 13/06/2005 at 09:21 PM
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War signs - detail

war graffiti

This is a detail of some of the graffiti on the mailbox outside Oxted School.  With the word war on an image of an envelope one assumes that this is a political theme.  It’s clearly a more sophisticated message than the je nique la police I found in Alsace last year.

Posted by bigblue on 13/06/2005 at 12:46 AM
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Sunday, 12 June 2005
Mailbox graffiti

war graffiti

This is the Oxted mailbox with graffiti on it. It’s situated just outside Oxted School.  Graffiti is a growing problem. It is very expensive to clean up.  Some people who are continually hit by graffiti clean-ups take the join them approach.  Another approach is to accept it as a form of expression and to provide designated legal spaces for it. 

The BBC recently took flak for a radio series which appeared to glamorise graffitos, although they denied this.  Their website does provide clear legal information on this activity. I liked some of the reader comments at the end.

Posted by bigblue on 12/06/2005 at 11:50 PM
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Lost in Smisby

abandoned car

I found this abandoned car at the end of Forties Lane.  If you are the person who lost it, kindly retrieve it at your earliest convenience.

Posted by bigblue on 12/06/2005 at 12:09 AM
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Friday, 10 June 2005
Smisby Evening

image

I seem to be innundated with sunsets at the moment. I took this photo this evening of the sun setting over Smisby from the Manorial Earthworks.

I had some complaints from a colleague at work about all the sunsets and flowers lately. I won’t mention any names, you know who you are cough! Lynn! cough!.  It was therefore good to see some appreciation of my sunset photos.

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Thursday, 09 June 2005
Here it is

flower with spider

In answer to Carles’ question.  I took this photo last April in Mme Wolff’s garden in Haguenau. I only noticed the creature later.

If you like photos of flowers, I recommend the Yeti’s doings on Flickr.

Posted by bigblue on 09/06/2005 at 10:21 PM
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