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Wednesday, 05 October 2005
sky is grey

grey sky

The sky has been like this for two days now. My neighbour, who returned from two weeks holiday in Sardinia this week, told me that the change in weather here has been a bit of a shock to his system.  On Monday morning it was particularly dark because the moon cast a shadow over the sun (snicker) but today and yesterday was pretty gloomy regardless.

In the midst of this gloom, the papers tell us that the Met office has advised the weather persons to sex up their reports.  According to the Guardian News Blog, the Met claims that the papers are misrepresenting their (secret) memo.  Journalists creating a mountain out of a mole-hill? Surely not!

Posted by bigblue on 05/10/2005 at 08:47 PM
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Tuesday, 04 October 2005
in a church

church

This is actually from inside Notre Dame de Paris. For the first time in many years Rosh Hashanah and Ramadan both started on the same day last night.

This evening I went for a solitary run as my jogging partners had deserted me. However I set myself a cracking pace and had some very good exercise. I also discovered how low comment spam can go.

Posted by bigblue on 04/10/2005 at 08:46 PM
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Monday, 03 October 2005
Do not be timid

truck overtaking

This is the kind of scene that confronts one on the UK motorways: three trucks blocking three lanes on an uphill stretch of a motorway in Warwickshire. This blockage was not a deliberate go slow (known as operation escargot in France). These selfish and impatient drivers were simply trying to overtake at the same time. They blocked all three lanes for a considerable time, and caused a long tailback behind them.

The BBC reports that this kind of behaviour has now been banned on a very short strech of highway in Warwickshire, and it highlights the objections of the drivers even though the ban will also only apply to daytime.  The objections should be taken with large pinches of salt: such bans apply to large stretches of motorway in neighbouring European countries and work very well. The idea is not to stop trucks from overtaking, but to limit them to doing so in places (and at times) where they will not cause great inconvenience to other road users. 

May this 3-mile stretch on the M42 simply be the start of many other such schemes across the UK.

Posted by bigblue on 03/10/2005 at 08:33 PM
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