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Monday, 12 February 2007
Mind the Gap #1

London Underground

This is the first of two photographs which I took with my mobile phone on the London Underground recently looking at that Mind the Gap theme.

Posted by bigblue on 12/02/2007 at 10:20 PM
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Sunday, 11 February 2007
Stop Global Warming

A message from three of our “brothers” in the Blue Man Group.  (No relation actually!).

Posted by bigblue on 11/02/2007 at 09:26 PM
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Saturday, 10 February 2007
Oozing on the M25

oozing truck

What is this stuff oozing out of the back of a truck on the M25 on Wednesday afternoon this week? It has nothing to do with the snowfall, which was the following day.  The truck was photographed heading in the general direction of Dover, and presumably the European mainland as it has a Polish number plate.

Bird flu recently hit a turkey farm in England.  It seems that the news outlets were quick to repeat the same mistake as last year and blame wild birds, when it appears to be our own intensive farming methods which lie at the centre of the problem.  Here’s the chronology of blame.  The company involved may not have transported infected birds from Hungary to the UK - it may have been animal feed: do you know what factory farmers feed their livestock?

The advent of “mad cow” disease (also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy or BSE) raised international concern about the safety of feeding rendered[1] cattle to cattle. Since the discovery of mad cow disease in the United States, the federal government has taken some action to restrict the parts of cattle that can be fed back to cattle.

However, most animals are still allowed to eat meat from their own species. Pig carcasses can be rendered and fed back to pigs, chicken carcasses can be rendered and fed back to chickens, and turkey carcasses can be rendered and fed back to turkeys. Even cattle can still be fed cow blood and some other cow parts.

Under current law, pigs, chickens, and turkeys that have been fed rendered cattle can be rendered and fed back to cattle—a loophole that may allow mad cow agents to infect healthy cattle.

Animal feed legally can contain rendered road kill, dead horses, and euthanized cats and dogs.

Rendered feathers, hair, skin, hooves, blood, and intestines can also be found in feed, often under catch-all categories like “animal protein products.”

Bear in mind that the latest research on the bird flu outbreaks last year indicated that it was factory farms infecting wildlife and not the other way around, and that most contamination was through fecal matter and you don’t need a PhD in biology to see where this story is heading to.

Posted by bigblue on 10/02/2007 at 11:06 AM
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Friday, 09 February 2007
Big cup, little people

big cup little people

I spent the last two days at Beaumont House in Old Windsor on a work event.  It was good to get away from my busy project and get some perspective on the rest of the company - the other lines of business and overviews of what we are doing with other clients. The highlight was the heavy snowfall and the winter wonderland around the conference venue, prompting spontaneous snowball fights.  Just joking, the highlight was the question and answer session with our CEO and founder (not pictured).

Posted by bigblue on 09/02/2007 at 09:08 PM
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Thursday, 08 February 2007
Yellow Wall

This wall was not originally yellow, it just


photoshopped that way.

Infoplease (or should that be “Popups Please”!) outlines how colour affects one’s moods. Strangely colours affect us all the same, and yellow is not a sickly or cowardly colour at all:

Cheerful sunny yellow is an attention getter. While it is considered an optimistic color, people lose their tempers more often in yellow rooms, and babies will cry more. It is the most difficult color for the eye to take in, so it can be overpowering if overused. Yellow enhances concentration, hence its use for legal pads. It also speeds metabolism.

Mmm and I thought yellow was used for notepads because it provides the most striking contrast with black.

Posted by bigblue on 08/02/2007 at 07:01 PM
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Wednesday, 07 February 2007
Moss on Wall

Moss on Wall

Tomorrow Pinkie jets off on holiday to Cape Town, followed by Bluemeanie on Friday.  Meanwhile I have a team event this evening (meeting/dinner/fun) and am attending a two day company event in Old Windsor on Thursday and Friday, and may not be able to blog during this period. I will see what is possible, but have set up a couple of posts to activate automatically during this period.  In the meantime why don’t you buy your + lembrança do senhor do bonfim da bahia + wristbands here.

Links du Jour, courtesy of Rebecca’s pocket:

I am a big fan of House.

Posted by bigblue on 07/02/2007 at 08:53 PM
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Tuesday, 06 February 2007
Grand Union Canal


This is the Grand Union Canal in Uxbridge, London, looking in the opposite direction to a photograph that I posted last year.  If you follow the canal in this direction you will arrive (eventually) at Birmingham.

Elsewhere you can easily find photographs of more scenic sections of this canal.

Posted by bigblue on 06/02/2007 at 09:38 PM
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Monday, 05 February 2007
Fart pole

fart pole

I think this is what is known as a fart pole (ignore the urban dictionary definition), a pole that is built to relieve gas emmissions from an underground source (such as a sewer or sewage pit).  I’m not sure though.  Unfortunately the light was fading when I stopped to take this photograph last night, and I only had my mobile phone on me to take the shot with.

Posted by bigblue on 05/02/2007 at 09:06 PM
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