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Thursday, 20 September 2007
Lack of fervour

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There’s always an abundance of patriotic English flag displays during the football world cup, so the absence of this during the current rugby world cup is conspicuous. The rare example in the picture above is the single exception I have seen this month.

Is the difference in patriotic flag fervour between the fans a question of class difference or are the rugby fans more realistic (i.e. downbeat) about their prospects of winning the competition?

Posted by bigblue on 20/09/2007 at 09:50 AM
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Wednesday, 19 September 2007
Coffee shop

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This is the coffee shop at the Grace Barrand Design Centre in Nutfield. And the coffee is excellent by the way.

Posted by bigblue on 19/09/2007 at 11:22 PM
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Tuesday, 18 September 2007
And they’re off!

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All over London there are these green spaces reserved for bicycles at traffic lights. As illustrated in this photograph they are widely used by motor cars whose drivers fancy themselves as some kind of Lewis Hamilton, revving their engines as they wait for the lights to change from red to amber to green.

Posted by bigblue on 18/09/2007 at 07:13 AM
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Sunday, 16 September 2007
Same old new original

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Whatever you can say about Dove’s campaign for real beauty, their advertising on this product is surely misleading in claiming that it is now both new and original?

Posted by bigblue on 16/09/2007 at 11:29 PM
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Saturday, 15 September 2007
No smoking in Wales

No smoking

The letters are all familiar but they seem to be in the wrong place.  A bit like mirror-writing. 

See the Welsh language guide for meaning and pronunciation. Also, the Spelling Society’s History of Spelling for why English speaking people shouldn’t snigger at Welsh spelling:

When an Anglo-Saxon word is properly written down, there is only one way in which it can be pronounced. The spelling was phonetic; that is to say, a particular symbol meant a particular sound, and no other. The sound might vary according to what precedes or follows the symbol; but if the whole word is placed before you there is no ambiguity. This is, of course, the principle upon which the excellent Latin alphabet was originally founded, a principle still preserved in some modern languages; as, for instance, in Welsh. Englishmen often try to raise a silly laugh over Welsh spelling, in entire ignorance of the fact that it is immeasurably superior to their own. The only doubtful letters in Welsh are e, u, and y; there never the slightest doubt as to the meaning of the symbols for the consonants. You have only to realize that we must not judge them by modern English standards, and they are then easily learnt. It does not matter that the sound of oo in boot is written in Welsh as w. What does matter is, that this Welsh symbol w should never mean anything else; and it never does, unless when it is shortened to the sound of oo in good, which is of no great consequence. We do far worse things than that.

Posted by bigblue on 15/09/2007 at 01:37 PM
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Friday, 14 September 2007
Another Ellis

Thomas Edward Ellis

This is the statue of Thomas Edward Ellis on the High Street in Bala, North Wales.

He appears to be no relation to the more famous Ellis.

Posted by bigblue on 14/09/2007 at 01:24 PM
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Wednesday, 12 September 2007
Railway chic

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Do you remember the days when a railway guard in this country was always a middle aged man with three days of stubble, dirty overalls and a beer belly? Something has changed. It’s like entering a parallel universe. Even the carriages on my Southern Trains route now have air-conditioning. It’s all cool now.

Posted by bigblue on 12/09/2007 at 07:02 PM
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Monday, 10 September 2007
Oxford Road starts here

Oxford Road

The road to Oxford starts at this point, and it’s about 42 miles long (to the centre of Oxford).

The mornings and evenings are now gloomy, and this photograph reflects this.

Posted by bigblue on 10/09/2007 at 10:32 PM
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