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Thursday, 05 July 2007
Sign of the times


Spotted in the window of a car while waiting in a traffic jam: a poster for a missing young girl. This is the ubiquitous poster: to be seen at a canteen, airport, waiting room and notice-board near you.  And yet a certain fatigue and hopelessness seems to be building up, despite the best efforts of her parents. A concert is to be held at the end of the month: a sign that the parents’ campaign is jumping the shark.

A contrary view perhaps is that of Brian Cathcart in the New Statesman who wrote:

The McCanns alone could not have conjured up a news phenomenon on the scale we have seen. Big cultural forces of the Diana kind have clearly been at work, which are beyond the understanding of spin doctors and editors. The McCanns, as determined as they are desperate, have harnessed those forces with great skill.

Posted by bigblue on 05/07/2007 at 10:52 PM
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Wednesday, 04 July 2007
If you tolerate this

During the past week we have experienced serious flooding in the UK. According to a Church of England Bishop, the floods are God’s punishment in response to our having provoked him by introducing gay equality. In the same week another group of fundamentalists decided to take matters into their own hands and bomb Glasgow Airport, apparently in an attempt to force God’s will on us.

Are the Bishops a preferable group of fundamentalists (in that they left punishment to God, rather than taking matters into their own hands as the bombers did)? They appear more benign but they also seem to be implying that we must reintroduce discrimination against gays in order to avoid floods and disaster in future. Not so benign then?

Posted by bigblue on 04/07/2007 at 10:44 PM
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Tuesday, 03 July 2007
Fusion food


Uxbridge shows once again how it is a leader in fusion food with:

Contemporary Thai & Nepalese Cusine

The origins of the term, Sangri-La can be studied here or here.

Posted by bigblue on 03/07/2007 at 10:29 PM
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Monday, 02 July 2007
Abstract Expressionism Update

boat painter

The Astract Expresionist I commented on recently has been slowly adding colour to his vehicle, as can be seen above. I also noticed a sign on his dashboard (see inset) which gives some kind of explanation of his activity, and for the bold colours on his van. The road where he parks is alongside the canal at a place called Browns Meadow, and he is a boat-painter who is doing work on them.

Posted by bigblue on 02/07/2007 at 05:37 PM
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This is Symmetry, also by Matthew Chambers (see yesterday’s post).

Looking at my webstats for last month (June) I see many visitors coming to this site searching for the same themes: graffiti tagging, War of the Worlds, the Oxted Pram Race (which is being held this coming week), and various items of local information.

Something that has been quite a popular search that has led visitors to this site over the past months has been Camp Coffee.  From an article last year on brands that refuse to die out, asks why our taste buds are drawn to the past:

Camp Coffee is marketed as coffee and chicory essence with added sugar, but strictly speaking - at 4 per cent coffee and 26 per cent chicory - it is sugar with added chicory and coffee.

Amazingly, for such a British product, Camp is “made in the EU”, according to the bottle, which directs consumers to write to Cathy Richards at McCormick for more info. Surprisingly, Richards exists. “I get loads of people saying they’re 84 or whatever years old and they can’t believe we can still get Camp,” she says. Camp, one must imagine, will soon get a trendy make-over; at least one celebrity chef has included a dash of Camp in a recipe.

Posted by bigblue on 02/07/2007 at 12:35 AM
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