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Sunday, 22 July 2007
Shakespeare’s birthplace

Shakespeare's Birthplace

This is the house where the bard was born in 1564. I spent the best part of today with some friends walking around Stratford-on-Avon, visiting museums & gardens, and looking at the floods.

Posted by bigblue on 22/07/2007 at 08:32 PM
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Saturday, 21 July 2007
Wrong side of the fence

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It’s amazing how you can leap over fences when you find yourself confronted by a large animal in a field, such as a cow.

Today I read the Potter book, had a meeting, did some shopping, went for a walk. Tomorrow it’s off to Stratford with some colleagues. Hopefully the weather will be ok.

Posted by bigblue on 21/07/2007 at 10:15 PM
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Friday, 20 July 2007
Harry dies!

Queuing for Harry Potter


Oops, did I let the cat out the bag? Here’s the “mad rush” outside WH bookshop at Gatwick. Not much Potter mania then. Actually as I write this it’s only 11:50 pm so I have no idea what happens in the book. The plan is to run in when the shop opens at midnight, read the last page, then shout out the ending to the assembled throng. It may or may not pan out exactly like that. wink

Update: The funniest moment was when we got to the queue at the till inside the bookshop. We had been joking outside the shop that we should read the last page and shout out the ending. Clearly the American in the queue with us had heard this because Adam, who was with Pinkie and me, mentioned “I’m going to read the back cover” (there being a blurb on the back cover) when the American blurted out “Dont! read the back cover!” 
Yeah, right, because the American might have found out that:

Harry is waiting in Privet Drive. The Order of the Phoenix is coming to escort him safely away without Voldemort and his supporters knowing - if they can. But what will Harry do then? How can he fulfil the momentous and seemingly impossible task that Professor Dumbledore has left him?

What a shocker eh?

Another update: I have replaced the photo with one that is not as blurred. The American in the story above is standing on the left.

Posted by bigblue on 20/07/2007 at 11:57 PM
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Thursday, 19 July 2007
The Blue Screen of Death

Blue Screen of Death

Strictly speaking this is not the Blue Screen of Death but some other kind of Windows error.  I found it on an LCD display which was streaming video into the London lobby of a global company. I find it preferable to the streaming video message, which is loud and garish.

Posted by bigblue on 19/07/2007 at 07:17 AM
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Wednesday, 18 July 2007
Truck blocks M25

Truck

At 6:30 yesterday morning this truck (with an obscured number plate) drove about 15 miles along the clockwise carriageway of the M25 obstructing and slowing down the traffic behind it.  This was nothing compared to what happened 90 minutes later when another truck blocked the M25 in the same spot this time completely and for several hours.

The most heavily used road is the M25 where flows vary from over 125,000 at the Dartford River Crossing to about 180,000 between Junctions 13 and 14 near Heathrow. Peak flows in excess of 160,000 have been reached at Dartford with July flows of up to about 200,000 near Heathrow. The proportion of HGVs is just below 10%. Standards are generally dual three lanes in the east and four lanes in the west. Although the M25 accounts for only about 6% of the mileage of the motorway network, it carries about 14% of all motorway traffic. Studies show that, on average, a vehicle on any particular section is engaged on a journey of around 150 kilometres with 30% travelling from a location outside M25 to another one outside M25. Just over half of the M25 drivers use more than three sections of the motorway (i.e pass through at least two intermediate junctions) and almost a quarter use more than seven sections. Apart from slightly lower flows during the winter there is generally little variation between most months. Severe congestion occurs at many locations and in particular in the south west quadrant around Heathrow. It is likely that the Dartford Crossing will reach its capacity by 2002. In general the peak hours (7 to 9 am and 4 to 6 pm) for the M25 are spreading with flows remaining heavy over most of the day.

From a Department for Transport 2002 study.

Posted by bigblue on 18/07/2007 at 07:05 AM
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Tuesday, 17 July 2007
Victoria Concourse

Victoria Concourse

This is another view of Victoria Concourse (previous here).  This is not going to be the scene of the next mobile clubbing event in London on Thursday. Details here.

Posted by bigblue on 17/07/2007 at 08:55 AM
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Monday, 16 July 2007
Warning on truck

Warning on a truck

One of the signs on the back of this truck (I know it’s not very clear) reads:

Cyclists beware of passing this vehicle on the inside

There really should be something in Cycling 101 about overtaking a truck this size on either the inside or outside.

Posted by bigblue on 16/07/2007 at 08:39 PM
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Sunday, 15 July 2007
Photographing a photographer

During:
Before

After:
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I have no idea who this man is but he was earnestly taking photographs of the fountain outside Buckingham Palace yesterday afternoon.

The word photograph is derived from two Greek words: photos, meaning light and graphein meaning to write.

Posted by bigblue on 15/07/2007 at 06:13 PM
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