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Wednesday, 08 June 2005
Forties Lane

Forties Lane

This is at the end of Forties Lane, looking away from Harry’s Wood (baby trees all). What caught my eye were the whispy clouds.

If it can continue just a bit longer with the sunny weather we enjoyed today, summer might still come around this year.

Posted by bigblue on 08/06/2005 at 10:52 PM
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Tuesday, 07 June 2005
Compare - Canon digital

Sunset

This is a photo of the sunset this evening taken with my 8.2 megapixel digital camera.  There is no doubt that it is a better quality photograph than that taken with the camera phone.  However the difference in quality is not that apparent when the pictures are both reduced to this size.

Posted by bigblue on 07/06/2005 at 11:59 PM
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Compare - New Phone

sunset

I have a new phone. For comparison purposes, here is a photograph of the sunset this evening, taken with the 1.2 megapixel camera which is on the phone.

Posted by bigblue on 07/06/2005 at 11:54 PM
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Monday, 06 June 2005
Boundary

sunset

This time next year it will be 6 minutes past 6 on the sixth day of the sixth month of the sixth year of the century.

Last night’s In Business program on Radio 4 looked at wireless internet access. The aspect about the British ex-IBMer who has set up a wireless internet access company which covers the whole of Amsterdam City Centre is interesting, as are the revelations about the future of wireless networks in ZigBee. The program is available for listening again (or as a podcast) from the above link for the next seven days.

Posted by bigblue on 06/06/2005 at 07:06 AM
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Sunday, 05 June 2005
Vandalism

broken glass

Nothing much to report here except that it seems some youths kicked the window on this shop door.

Posted by bigblue on 05/06/2005 at 11:40 PM
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Saturday, 04 June 2005
The Life of Brian

Brian Haw

This week marked the 4th anniversary of Brian Haw’s one-person demonstration in Parliament Square, London.

I have previously mentioned Brian Haw, here and here.  Brian is a fundementalist Christian who is opposed to war and who is mounting a 24 hour vigil outside the British parliament.  In our recent elections he also stood for election, but lost.  Since November last year Brian has a Wiki entry which gives a very brief overview of this peacenik, and gives some additional links, including Brian’s imagine a man election manifesto.

Brian is not only the longest running one-person protest in recent history, he is also an important voice of concience in our generally selfish society. This is why it is shameful that Brian has had to endure attempts by the Westminster Council to remove his placards, a twice-broken nose (first at the hands of a US embassy worker, and then at the hands of an Israeli), a fake security alert by the police, attempts by parliament to pass a law aimed specifically at outlawing his protest. The last-mentioned is still a threat to Brian’s democratic rights.  There is a full chronology of Brian’s protest on his website, and an interview by Walrus Magazine is here.

On 7 April 2002, on a visit to the USA, Tony Blair gave a speech at the George Bush Senior Library and said:

When I pass protestors every day at Downing Street, and believe me, you name it, they protest against it, I may not like what they call me, but I thank God they can. That’s called freedom.

Well now we no longer have that freedom.

Via: Londonist, and Lotus in the Mud.

Posted by bigblue on 04/06/2005 at 11:20 PM
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Friday, 03 June 2005
Sad news

lucas radebe

Today brings sad news: Lucas Radebe’s wife Feziwe has been diagnosed with cancer of the stomach.  Lucas announced the news yesterday, and advised that he was setting up a cancer trust to direct funds to needy treatment centres in South Africa.  As a result of her illness, Lucas was unable to travel to South Africa to attend the launch of his benefit year activities in South Africa.  Details here.

There is a short-but-sweet Wiki entry on Lucas here and a detailed article which chronicles Lucas’ career and achievements in terms of his countries footballing progress and the increasing role of African footballers generally in the UK game, in the Observer here.

Posted by bigblue on 03/06/2005 at 10:04 PM
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Thursday, 02 June 2005
Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

This is Windsor Castle, at Windsor on the River Thames.  I adjusted the above photograph to make the clouds more visible.  The untouched version is here.

When I went to Windsor I did a guided river trip on a barge. It lasts about half an hour and you see a few sights from the river. Then I didn’t have enough time to walk around the castle so I took a guided horse-buggy ride around the town and grounds of the castle.  I had lunch at Browns on the promonade, near the boat jetty.

There is a history of the castle here.

Posted by bigblue on 02/06/2005 at 11:05 PM
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