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Sunday, 23 April 2006
Bee lost and found


While Miney and I were

pamphleteering leafleting today for a local council election candidate in Oxted South I spotted the poster above, concerning a lost dog:

Bee went missing from a secure garden in Brasted,Kent on the 12th February along with a Lurcher dog and 2 red Lakeland Terriers. Please look out for these dogs appearing in your area.

The poster also provides a link to a website where I was relieved to find that Bee has been found.

Posted by bigblue on 23/04/2006 at 09:35 PM
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Saturday, 22 April 2006
Traffic jams

traffic jam

I experienced three serious traffic jams on Friday afternoon driving from the Midlands down to Surrey. The first (pictured above) involved a vehicle fire, according to the traffic report on the radio. In the second accident I saw an overturned truck.  The third traffic jam involved a normal Friday afternoon situation on the M25.

Tomorrow is the London Marathon. Most of us might like to briefly consider why we don’t run these things. Visitors to England at this time might want to consider reading travel advice. The tourist body Enjoy England responded to the description of the English nation as

overweight, alcopop-swilling, sex-and-celebrity obsessed television addicts

as “unhelpful”.

Posted by bigblue on 22/04/2006 at 11:22 PM
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Show me the way to amaryllis

Mitchell Park

There are a number of places in the world known as Mitchell Park: a park in Milwaukee (and various other parts of the USA); a suburb of Adelaide, Australia; and this park in eThekweni (Durban, South Africa).

According to the official city website:

Mitchell Park, once an ostrich farm was named after Sir Charles Bullen Hugh Mitchell who came to Natal as Colonial Secretary in 1877 and 1889 became Governor of Natal for 15 years.

Displays of amaryllis may be seen in season and refreshment facilities, bird aviaries and children’s play facilities attract the visitors. Park rangers are on duty with a security guard service during the night. There is a small charge to enter the zoo, with group tour concessions available.

I added the link to a rather sparse article on Charles Mitchell at wikipedia. There’s a photo of him here. It seems that the park is about 105 years old this year.

Posted by bigblue on 22/04/2006 at 12:41 AM
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Thursday, 20 April 2006
Spring at last


Spring is here at last. Now if only that pesky rain would go away so that we could enjoy it.

Summary:  Mild tonight with scattered showers tomorrow.

This Evening and Tonight
Mild and fairly cloudy with just the odd shower continuing. Minimum temperature 8 deg C (46 deg F).

Bright with some sunny spells but scattered showers developing, some heavy in places. Feeling pleasantly warm with light winds. Maximum temperature 16 deg C (61 deg F).

Outlook for Saturday
Dry with early fog clearing to leave some warm sunshine.

Text issued at: 1800 20 Apr 2006

Posted by bigblue on 20/04/2006 at 10:10 PM
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Wednesday, 19 April 2006
Customer Information

customer notice

This is the high street in Oxted, Surrey, known as Station Road East.  The notice in the window reads:

Customer Information
We wish to advise customers that this store will cease trading on Saturday 3rd September.

The shop has therefore been empty now for over seven months.

Posted by bigblue on 19/04/2006 at 11:26 PM
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Tuesday, 18 April 2006


My blogging feels like it is slowing down at the moment. I have been busy laying wooden floors in my life.

I was interested to read the New Scientist article that suggests that the Goth subculture may protect vulnerable children:

About half of teenage goths have deliberately harmed themselves or attempted suicide, a new study suggests. But joining the modern subculture ? which grew out of the 1980s gothic rock scene ? may actually protect vulnerable children, researchers say.

The study followed 1258 young people who were interviewed at ages 11, 13, 15 and 19. It found that of those who considered themselves goths, 53% had self-harmed and 47% had tried to commit suicide. The average prevalence of self-harm among young people in the UK is 7% to 14%. Self-harm includes behaviours such as cutting or burning oneself. And about 6% of young people admit suicide attempts. Some studies suggest the incidence is rising in society.

Researchers at University of Glasgow found that while most self-harmers started the practice at age 12 to 13, they did not become goths until they were a couple of years older, on average.

Posted by bigblue on 18/04/2006 at 10:27 PM
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Sunday, 16 April 2006
Inside the building

Theatre Royal

This is the view inside the Theatre Royal which is the reflective building that I noticed the other night.  I took several photos on my camera phone and merged them to form the panoramic view above.

On Friday night we went to see a gala performance by the Bolshoi Ballet:

This Gala is a celebration of the greatness of the Bolshoi Ballet and will feature fully staged elements of the Company�s most spectacular and lavish productions such as Act 3 of Swan Lake and excerpts from Spartacus, as well as exciting divertissements including Le Corsaire and Don Quixote.This unique programme will only be performed to Nottingham audiences and is certain to attract ballet lovers from across the whole country. Book now to avoid disappointment!

Contrary to the above information, taken from the Royal Centre website, they performed Act II Scene I of Swan Lake and Act II of Spartacus, with the divertissements in between.

Posted by bigblue on 16/04/2006 at 05:53 PM
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Friday, 14 April 2006


The photograph above is taken through the window of Pret in Hammersmith, London, opposite The Lyric.

Annie Mole, of the London Underground blog, kindly answers the question that someone (indirectly) posed on this blog (by coming to it via a google search for the phrase

How many London Underground stations are alliterative?

I knew Annie would be the right person to ask. The person who was doing the original googling turned up in the comments, and the blogosphere being the place it is, she turns out to be a Flickr contact of mine.

Posted by bigblue on 14/04/2006 at 04:34 PM
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