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Sunday, 04 March 2007
Corcoran & May

car accident

Spotted in Sevenoaks about an hour ago: on the corner of St Botolph’s Road and Tubs Hill (A225) a car has ploughed into a soft-furnishings shop, Corcoran & May.  Police were on the scene and extracted the car from the shopfront.  It looked like it was more in the line of an accident than a ram-raid.

Posted by bigblue on 04/03/2007 at 08:09 PM
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Saturday, 03 March 2007
Tonbridge Castle

Tonbridge Castle

This is Tonbridge Castle in Tonbridge, Kent.

Tonbridge boasts Kent’s best example of a Motte-and-Bailey Gatehouse, and its mighty gatehouse is among the finest in England.

Yet its glory lies not only in what can be seen. Its story is interwoven with that of kings and archbishops, tyrants and heroes, murderers and mercenaries who, on this ancient site and inside these weathered stone walls, have helped write 900 years of English history.

Audio tours of the castle are available in English, French,  Dutch, German and Spanish

So clearly not a place of beauty. If you are looking for that look here or here.  The latter is in East Sussex, for a list of the best castles in Kent alone, check here.  For a panorama of the, er, parking area outside Tonbridge Castle check here.

Posted by bigblue on 03/03/2007 at 09:07 PM
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Friday, 02 March 2007

vending machine

Spotted at work: the jammed vending machine.  What’s nice about this machine is that it gives change, and it gives your money back if the product jams and isn’t dispensed.

Meanwhile the BBC was forced to pull a story on the Cash for Honours investigation after the attorney general obtained an injunction preventing them from publishing. Benedict speculates about it.

Posted by bigblue on 02/03/2007 at 09:19 PM
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Thursday, 01 March 2007
Victoria Concourse

Victoria Station, London

I’m back after two days and a night away on work. Nothing exciting unfortunately.

Last weekend I met up with an old school friend in London. Coming home I had a wait in Victoria Station, and took this series of photographs on my mobile phone camera.  It was good to catch up with the friend, who I haven’t seen in flesh for many years. He has done so much: travelled to over 120 countries, written a children’s book, ... and he is on the verge of moving back to Africa (tomorrow) to do some more good work. I wish him all the very best. As (I think) he pointed out last weekend, it is easier in such a situation (meeting up with a childhood friend) to understand the saying:

I am another version of you, and you are another version of me.

The photographs of the Railway Station concourse symbolise for me the passing of people, strangers and acquaintances, in life. Generally we don’t make connections; sometimes we do.

Posted by bigblue on 01/03/2007 at 09:23 PM
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