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Monday, 30 April 2007

Mixing Paint

Pinkie decided to change the colour of her room, from pink to cream, and we spent much of the weekend preparing the walls, taping the skirtings, windows and doors, and applying a white undercoat. I was impressed at the paint shop at the speed at which they mixed Pinkie’s chosen colour - a base of white paint with different sized shots of colours K, R and T. After adding the shots they shake the tin for about a minute. I’m not sure what colours these letters represent, but you can view them in the photograph above.  I received at 10% discount at the shop because the sales representative failed to serve me within 2 minutes. He was busy with other customers and I had to wait 20 minutes.

Posted by bigblue on 30/04/2007 at 07:42 AM
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Sunday, 29 April 2007
Leaving a footprint


With all the talk about carbon footprints, perhaps we should rethink that slogan about “taking only photographs, leaving only footprints”.

This coming week we have council elections, and according to the papers a hot issue in some local authorities is waste collection.  According to experts, moving from a weekly to a fortnightly waste collection scheme is good for the environment, as it encourages people to recycle more of their waste. Typically councils will have an alternate weeks approach: collecting normal waste one week, and recyclables the next.  The article I link to above claims that the LibDems lost control of Bolton in the 2006 council elections on this issue. 

Links du jour:

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Thursday, 26 April 2007
Corcoran & May revisited

Corcoran & May

Driving through Sevenoaks this past weekend I noticed that the Corcoran & May shop is still boarded up after the recent incident of the car in the night.

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Wednesday, 25 April 2007
Earth Day 2007

Earth Day - recycling

Yesterday was Earth Day, and the recycling people came round and put up a stall and a dispay on my client’s premises again. I posted recently about their last visit to promote recycling and their visit this time continued with that theme. The photograph above shows the kinds of materials that are collected for recycling under the present (extended) regime. Rather than push the “we burn your materials to produce energy” line, a thrust of yesterday’s message was how the recycled materials are used to create plastic rulers, pencils, notpads, etc.  The photograph above shows the types of materials collected, and the photograph below illustrates the types of materials that are produced from recycled materials.

Earth Day - recycling

Posted by bigblue on 25/04/2007 at 07:48 AM
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Tuesday, 24 April 2007
Back to Uxbridge

Grand Union Canal in Uxbridge

Well after a week of working from home I’m back in Uxbridge, and noticing the signs of Spring. It’s probably high to late spring because many of the blooms are long past their best.  When is the official start of summer anyway?  Please somebody go to that site and vote for the suggestion which goes

Summer this year in the UK is on a Tuesday, just the one day as usual.

Quickly, before global warming makes that joke obsolete!

I think it is interesting to compare the photograph above with the last one I took from this spot, looking up the Grand Union Canal. There are definitely more leaves now on those distant trees.

Posted by bigblue on 24/04/2007 at 07:55 AM
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Monday, 23 April 2007
Graffiti Killers

graffiti poster

This poster by Surrey Police makes an important point.  What if one’s child irresponsibily cleans up a work of graffiti from a public site?

An inquiry has been launched into who painted over a work by the self-styled guerrilla artist Banksy, which was spray painted on a wall near a London Tube station.

London Underground workmen have denied they were responsible for painting over the spray-painted mural of John Travolta and Samuel L Jackson which has become one of the artist’s most popular works.

The mural near Old Street station, depicting the Pulp Fiction actors holding bananas instead of guns, was blacked outto the bafflement of his fans. Transport for London confessed to having covered the mural in thick black paint last week, but after re-interviewing its anti-graffiti teams, it found they were not responsible. It said it suspected someone was “out-Banksying Banksy”, and now there is a suspicion that rival artists may have painted over the mural.

And yet it’s more likely that the anti-graffiti team have now realised they made a mistake painting over Banksy’s graffiti and don’t want to own up to it.  Just like kids: not wanting to own up to doing something naughty…

Posted by bigblue on 23/04/2007 at 10:24 PM
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Sunday, 22 April 2007
Source of hayfever


This is a close-up view of the rapeseed which is causing my hayfever at the moment.  Farmed for its oil, it is a member of the mustard/cabbage family (I never realised these two were in the same family) and the name derives from the old English word rapum, for turnip. And for what it’s worth turnips also have yellow flowers.

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Saturday, 21 April 2007
Source of local honey

Fanny's Farm Shop

This is Fanny’s Farm Shop in Reigate, Surrey. For some reason the owner favours English flag bunting so this is strung both outside and inside the premises, and not only at World Cup time/s.

The thing about Fanny’s is that it’s a source of local honey, which is one of its specialities:

Fanny’s Farm Shop is the site of around 10 hives. At the height of the summer, each one contains approximately 60,000 to 80,000 nectar-gathering working bees.

These locally bred bees are situated to the surrounding downland conditions.

The bees are managed by British Bee Keepers Association Master Bee Keeper Maurice Field for the production of honey from nectar flowers at the Farm Shop and the surrounding countryside.

During the months of May to July, the Fanny’s Farm Shop bees produce honey from the nectar of the rich flora of the surrounding chalk downland; one of the best districts for all-around honey production in the United Kingdom.

Little or no nectar is collected until the spring, beginning with blackthorn, wild cherry, maple, dandelion, sycamore, horsechestnut, hawthorn and cultivated oil seed rape. These give way in the summer to blackberry, white clover, lime trees, rosabay willowherb, sweet chestnut and cultivated field (broad beans), and the small chalk-loving plants of vetches, thyme, marjoram and scabious. Even thistles, traveler’s joy, knapweed, yellow meliot and red clover all contribute to the delicate flavour and bouquet of Fanny’s Farm Shop hone

As I mentioned recently, local honey should be taken to protect oneself from allergy symptoms.

Posted by bigblue on 21/04/2007 at 11:01 PM
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