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Sunday, 15 October 2006
Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara

This is the Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Havelock Road, Southall, London.  It is the largest Sikh Temple in the Europe.  It is also just around the corner from the Delhi Wala Restaurant of 11 King Street.  It was here that Pinkie, Raghs and I had lunch today.  Pinkie was greatly impressed with her Special Dal Kachori starter and her Masala Dosa while I had a variant of this, the Mysore Dosa.  Raghav didn’t seem to each much.

Unfortunately we hit a traffic jam on the way home afterwards. Still, it was worth the journey.

Posted by bigblue on 15/10/2006 at 10:03 PM
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Saturday, 14 October 2006


Relationships - three perspectives on the Finnish basketry with works by Minna Koskinen, Anelma Savolainen and Anna-Maria Väätäinen is the exhibition currently on at the Grace Barrand Design Centre.

A relationship reflects an interval, a journey from somewhere to somewhere else. It can be distant or close. It tells of interaction that makes it posslbe to interpret, analyse and understand basketry in new ways.

Basketmakers work on their own but are not alone. The techniques bind us with the past but also pave the way for the future. The material creates connections, gives ideas and builds bridges into techniques, forms and meanings. The form shapes our world, and meanings communicate our thoughts about the past and about the shared experiences.

In the exhibition Relationships, the makers’ views on the Finnish basketry are based on their current work. Each maker has her own relationship with the technique, material, form, work and working.

It is interesting that even though the starting point for the makers is almost identical, during the work process only some factors, important to each individual maker, become significant. What we emphasise, and why, is an interesting question. To a great extent the deep meaning of doing is seen in the answers: thoughts born of understanding through the use of hands, and of one’s own life experiences.

The works are ideas crystalised with the process. They are stories that reach the viewers and touch them. At the same time the works are also expressons of opinions on the present, material, form and basketry.

The above items are Boat (various) made of birch bark, pine root and plywood by Anelma Savolainen, and Spring made of electric wire and birch bark, also by Anelma Savolainen.

Posted by bigblue on 14/10/2006 at 10:51 PM
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Friday, 13 October 2006


Submitted under the theme of Destruction for the Friday 13th photofriday challenge.

Posted by bigblue on 13/10/2006 at 10:21 PM
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Thursday, 12 October 2006
Not very inspiring

Hope and Clay Builders

Spotted on a building site near work and added to the list of (probably intentionally) funny company names. And it makes sense, because if you’re building with clay you will need hope too.

In the past I have spotted Human and Pitt Funeral Services (in Cape Town) and Patel & Patel plumbers - with the slogan “You’ve tried the cowboys, now try the Indians”. And of course there’s the wewashit laundry.

Posted by bigblue on 12/10/2006 at 06:57 AM
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Wednesday, 11 October 2006
Lights of the park

Master Park, Oxted

This is a different view of the same lights, taken on Master Park, Oxted. I made sure the moon wasn’t part of the composition - it’s too bright. I think this photograph looks quite musical.

Posted by bigblue on 11/10/2006 at 07:03 AM
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Master Park by Night

Master Park Oxted

This is a view of the back of the cenotaph on Master Park, Oxted.  It got cold out there on the clear starry night I was there and I wished I had taken my gloves.

Posted by bigblue on 11/10/2006 at 06:42 AM
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Tuesday, 10 October 2006
Recycled Tomato Bottles

plastic tomato sauce bottle

The once-ubiquitous plastic tomato sauce bottle, that held down plastic table cloths at Wimpy diners in the 1970’s (?). A couple of years ago Pinkie bought one at the Grace Barrand Design Centre and this weekend they appear to have trickled (back) down to the high street outlet of fashion for the masses, Topshop.  The circle turns.

This brought to mind the following scene of the latest Meryl Streep film The Devil Wears Prada about the fashion industry:

and how, when I was watching this scene the first time (in the cinema) I thought about how much stuff the high priests and priestesses of fashion actually borrow for their creations from elsewhere. How much stuff (like denim jeans for example) start out as working class clothes and end up on the high-cutting-table of the fashion industry? OK, maybe not too much but I suspect that a lot of the stuff that starts out being cobbled together by a 3rd year arts student at some city university, for her own wardrobe, ends up in their glossies.

Posted by bigblue on 10/10/2006 at 07:00 AM
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Monday, 09 October 2006
Stupid Sign

stupid sign

Spotted outside Lovejuice in Bluewater.

What kind of person puts a sign saying that

The only fruits available are: Mango, Kiwi, Strawberries, Blueberries and Banana

in front of a display of oranges and apples? I also noticed lemons behind the counter, and so ordered a freshly squeezed lemonade.  According to the menu, this is made of:

Freshly squeezed lemons sweetened naturally with a dash of grape juice.

The drink was delicious and refreshing, but I couldn’t help noticing that about half the drink comprised of grape juice from a carton. So not fresh, and not a dash either.

Anyhow, here are 18 tricks to teach your body. Number 5 is brilliant for someone like me who suffers from time to time from hayfever and sinusitis:

Forget Sudafed. An easier, quicker, and cheaper way to relieve sinus pressure is by alternately thrusting your tongue against the roof of your mouth, then pressing between your eyebrows with one finger. This causes the vomer bone, which runs through the nasal passages to the mouth, to rock back and forth, says Lisa DeStefano, D.O., an assistant professor at the Michigan State University college of osteopathic medicine. The motion loosens congestion; after 20 seconds, you’ll feel your sinuses start to drain.

It works!  And hopefully number 4 will also come in handy the next time I have an injection. (via BoingBoing)

Posted by bigblue on 09/10/2006 at 06:36 AM
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