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Sunday, 09 September 2007
Mixed emotions

Whitewater Rafting

The photograph above is from earlier this morning at Canolfan Tryweryn, the whitewater rafting centre near Bala in North Wales. You may want to click on the photograph to view the bigger version in order to better appreciate the mixed emotions. This was one of the smaller rapids, but it was our first one.

Posted by bigblue on 09/09/2007 at 08:52 PM
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Saturday, 08 September 2007
No Thanks

Ag ma, nee!

On 7 Sep 2007 12:16:06 +0100, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) wrote:

Thank you for your application to attend the Labour Party Annual Conference in September.

Your application will now go through a series of security checks. If your application is successful, you will be notified that your credential has been sent in the post. Credentials are despatched from the end of August. If we have any queries with your application, we will contact you direct.

If you would like further information about the Labour Party Conference and Bournemouth, please visit

If you have any queries regarding your application, please contact the Conference Services unit on 0870 xxx xxxx or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

It seems that someone has registered me for the Labour Party conference. I wonder if it’s the same person who’s tried 4 times recently to reset my password.  I wonder too if it’s related to the emails that I receive for someone called Mary who shares the same surname as me.

Posted by bigblue on 08/09/2007 at 11:02 AM
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Friday, 07 September 2007
Another bollard


This is another one of those Illuminated Traffic Bollards. This one is unusual in that it has the number 1 on it.  The makeshift sign on the left of the bollard is for the P&R HQ. Presumably it indicated to turn left at that exit from the roundabout, but the sign has lost its arrow.

Posted by bigblue on 07/09/2007 at 03:51 PM
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Wednesday, 05 September 2007
The night frog

frog at night

I would like to say that I rescued this frog’s life, but I barely got my fingers around it when it wriggled loose and jumped off into someone’s garden.

Posted by bigblue on 05/09/2007 at 08:13 AM
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Sunday, 02 September 2007


This is an Illuminated traffic bollard. They are used to provide a visual cue to approaching drivers (during hours of darkness) that an obstacle (such as a traffic island) exists ahead.

Posted by bigblue on 02/09/2007 at 10:37 PM
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Saturday, 01 September 2007
A Working Class Hero?

Jabez West Memorial Fountain

This is the Jabez West Memorial Fountain in Southwark Park, London.  It represents the first public memorial in London to a working class person. The inscription on the fountain reads:

- 1884
Erected by
to commemorate
life and labours
Jabez West
Working Man

A rare specimen
of a rare class.
Dr Burns

According to one of his descendants:

He was a champion in the Temperance Movement and a granite drinking fountain was erected in his honour in Southwark Park, London. According to a 1881 Census he was: Born in Scotland and was a Fellmonger by trade. At the time of the Census he was living at 51 Frean Street, Bermondsey, Surrey, England. Apparently Jabez married twice; once in 1838 and again in 1874. He was buried on the 17th May 1884 in the Forest Hill Cemetry.

Elsewhere Jabez is described as a skinner & tanner, but I guess this is more or less the same thing as a fellmonger.

Kingsmere Crafts describes a fellmonger as follows:

Dealer in hides and skins. One who removes hair or wool from hides in preparation for leather making. Also recycled inedible animal parts for glue, fertiliser; horn, bone, gut etc. By the end of the sixteenth century, the trade of the fellmonger began to develop to the detriment of the gloving trade. A fellmonger took the sheepskins from the butcher or farmer, removed the wool from the skin and sold the wool to the textile trade and the pelt to the whittawer or glover. Previously this trade had been controlled by the whittawers. As the wool was more valuable than the pelt, care was not always taken with the quality of the skin.

Posted by bigblue on 01/09/2007 at 11:46 AM
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