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Wednesday, 31 August 2005
Sunset tonight

Smisby sunset

This is the view from my bedroom skylight at about 7pm this evening.

There’s an interesting article in InformationWeek about using Wiki’s for Business.  It’s worth reading about the nonsense of knowledge management though.

There are fantastic 360 degree panoramic views of The Louvre at VirtualSweden (of all places).  Unfortunately none of the views are of my favourite rooms at the Louvre.

Talking of rooms, this small London House is only 165 cm (5 foot 5 inches) wide, has 3 bedrooms and is on the market for over half a million pounds.

Posted by bigblue on 31/08/2005 at 10:05 PM
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Scratch that itch

cygnet

This is a cygnet at Painshill in Surrey. It struck me that a disadvantage these birds have is that when they are scratching themselves under the wing then they have no idea if a predator is sneaking up on them. Perhaps they have no natural predators in the park.  After witnessing a stand-off between my eight year old neice and this bird’s aggrestive mother, my money would be on the (fully grown) swan to win in the event of child/swan hostilities breaking out.

Posted by bigblue on 31/08/2005 at 12:06 AM
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Saturday, 27 August 2005
Cancale

Cancale

The houses, the seaside, the pier, the beach and the oyster beds of Cancale in France (near St. Malo). Across the bay Mont St Michel can be seen rising through the haze. High tide comes in at the speed of a galloping horse. The oysters from the oyster beds at Cancale are highly regarded, and are said to benefit from the dramatic tidal reach in this bay.

Posted by bigblue on 27/08/2005 at 11:02 PM
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Friday, 26 August 2005
Over and Under: Under

Louvre Paris

This is part II in a study which examines the same object from two different angles.

If you ever get bored of GWB’s speeches, you can write your own.

Posted by bigblue on 26/08/2005 at 10:02 PM
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Thursday, 25 August 2005
Over and Under: Over

Louvre Paris

This is part I in a study which examines the same object from two different angles.

I have been looking into the airline situation as I will be travelling to Carles’ wedding at the end of next week. Great news! There won’t be a full blown strike until at least next week if at all. Talking of Spanish Weddings, there were interesting developments on that front over the summer.

Posted by bigblue on 25/08/2005 at 09:35 PM
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Wednesday, 24 August 2005
Swanning

swans

I took this photo a month ago on the River Thames, near Runnymede.  A local advised that the bird on the right of the photograph is the father of the 10 cygnets, and that the mother had disappeared a few weeks previously (and was therefore presumed dead).

Wikipedia has a good encylopedic description of swans, and advise that the male swan is a cob and the female swan is a pen, although these terms are seldom used nowadays. Apparently the notion that swans mate for life is a bit of a myth, but they are mostly but not exclusively monogamous (for a season, like most other birds).

I came onto this a bit late, but Khalid Jarrar of Baghdad has an interesting post about his recent arrest by the Iraq security forces.

Posted by bigblue on 24/08/2005 at 10:05 PM
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Lights

lights

I didn’t go running today, but went for a reasonably lengthed walk with bluemeanie and pinkie.

Here are a few links:
What’s in the food you eat.
Dust storm crosses the ocean.
Erotic images do turn you blind.

Posted by bigblue on 24/08/2005 at 12:56 AM
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Sunday, 21 August 2005
The one that stood still

billie

This afternoon I visited my sister and saw the amazing models she had built out of lego. Which reminds me of the “joke”:

Q: Why are pirates pirates?
A: Because they just arrrrgh!

My sister has two cats: the exquisitely beautiful Starlight, and Billie (above). Starlight does not pose for photographs.

Posted by bigblue on 21/08/2005 at 12:54 AM
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