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Tuesday, 27 February 2007
Parallel oaks

Oak Street

I’m going to be away on business for a couple of days sso may not be able to post until Friday.  I believe some people have received “You are not authorized to perform this action” messages when posting comments. I have too, and am looking into it. It is something to do with the site security and efforts to stop spam. It might take a while to get to the bottom of this problem.

Posted by bigblue on 27/02/2007 at 09:33 PM
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Monday, 26 February 2007
Keep Clear

keep clear

Another photo from Parliament Square.

Alcohol is a very necessary article… It makes life bearable to millions of people who could not endure their existence if they were quite sober. It enables Parliament to do things at eleven at night that no sane person would do at eleven in the morning.

~ George Bernard Shaw (1907). 

It seems that not much changed in this regard over the past 100 years. While Parliament is in thrall to the bottle, what hope is there for young people in this country who are in the grip of an endemic problem of alcohol abuse?  Late last year there were reports that alcohol kills 22,000 people a year in this country.

Anyhow, Urban 75 has a panoramic view of Parliament Square.

Posted by bigblue on 26/02/2007 at 08:58 PM
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Sunday, 25 February 2007
Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

This oversized, and rather menacing, statue of Winston Churchill in Parliament Square in London reminded me that one person’s war hero is another’s war criminal.

I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilized tribes. The moral effect should be so good that the loss of life should be reduced to a minimum. It is not necessary to use only the most deadly gasses: gasses can be used which cause great inconvenience and would spread a lively terror and yet would leave no serious permanent effects on most of those affected.

and

I do not understand this squeamishness about the use of gas. I am strongly in favour of using poison gas against uncivilized tribes. The moral effects should be good, and it would spread a lively terror.

Although the actual use of chemical weapons against the Kurds by the British in the 1920s is disputed, it is known that in the 1990s the government removed records on this subject and Churchill’s role in it from public access. For more about Churchill see here. In his personal life he seems to have been a difficult character. My favourite quote (allegedly) by him is when he replied to Lady Astor’s “If I was your wife I would put poison in your coffee” with “Nancy, if I was your husband I would drink it”.

Posted by bigblue on 25/02/2007 at 02:47 PM
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Saturday, 24 February 2007
Police State

police state

These are some of the police officers who guard the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. I was amazed at the amount of security around Parliament.  Perhaps it is more noticable now as Parliament is in session. Or perhaps it’s the dramatic new(ish) security fence that now surrounds Parliament. I didn’t notice it last time, or it only went up after I last walked past.

Posted by bigblue on 24/02/2007 at 10:22 PM
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Stop Trident: March and Rally

Stop Trident: March and Rally

I’m leaving shortly for central London to see a few people. Checking my route, I see that Transport Direct is advertising the Stop Trident: March and Rally today in London.  This month sees the fourth anniversary of the Iraq invasion, following plans which have recently been described as delusional by the USA National Security Archive, an independent research institute at George Washington University.

Posted by bigblue on 24/02/2007 at 10:56 AM
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Friday, 23 February 2007
Brian Haw

Brian Haw

Another shot of the Most Inspiring Political Figure of 2006, as overwhelmingly voted by Channel 4 TV news viewers earlier this year.

Posted by bigblue on 23/02/2007 at 09:49 PM
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An award for Haw

Brian Haw

Earlier this month, veteran Peace campaigner Brian Haw won the Channel 4 TV News award for Most Inspiring Political Figure of 2006

That’s Westminster

Cathedral

Abbey in the background (deceptively small); The Houses of Parliament are behind the phtotographer.  Haw has faced numerous travails since beginning his picket outside parliament on 2 June 2001.  His protest was also recognised by the British Artist Mark Wallinger, who recreated his protest in the Tate Art Gallery in London in an exhibition called State Britain.

Posted by bigblue on 23/02/2007 at 09:23 PM
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Thursday, 22 February 2007
Nonna Rosa III

Nonna Rosa III

On Tuesday night some of us from the project went out for supper at this Ristorante Italiano in Uxbridge, Nonna Rosa III. The occassion was to say goodbye to one of our client’s team, who is leaving to take up a position at another company. It was a good evening out, other than the fact that I had to drive a long way home afterwards.

Posted by bigblue on 22/02/2007 at 06:35 AM
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