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Wednesday, 10 October 2007
Anti-climb paint

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I spotted this notice on a wall in Sevenoaks centre. Never having heard of “non-drying anti-climb paint” I touched it and rubbed my sleeve against it. I am pleased (on account of my rash actions) to report that the paint appears to have none of the powers that are claimed for it.

Posted by bigblue on 10/10/2007 at 10:12 PM
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Tuesday, 09 October 2007
Nona Rosa deliveries

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This is Nona Rosa restaurant in Uxbridge receiving its early morning delivery of fresh greens on the doorstep.

Posted by bigblue on 09/10/2007 at 10:07 PM
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Sunday, 07 October 2007
Out at night

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And another accident on the M25. I have witnessed many accidents and breakdowns on this motorway lately - I wonder if there are more than usual at the moment, and why.

Posted by bigblue on 07/10/2007 at 09:12 PM
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Saturday, 06 October 2007
Wandsworth accident

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An accident that I witnessed in South London near Wandsworth on 28 September. A Royal Mail van knocked down a motorcyclist, who was fortunately not badly hurt. It shows that some people will benefit from the lower traffic volumes during the mail workers’ strike.

Posted by bigblue on 06/10/2007 at 12:02 PM
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Thursday, 04 October 2007
As if by magic

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Overnight these mushrooms appeared in the bedding on the side of the footpath. The larger one is over 10 cm high, and they are adorned with interesting flakes.

Posted by bigblue on 04/10/2007 at 11:33 PM
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Wednesday, 03 October 2007
The Kings Arms

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Wadham College in Oxford is the only college to own its own pub, The Kings Arms (pictured above) and its own theatre (not pictured above) leading the warden to quip that its students are encouraged to lead a balanced life. Most students at any university require little encouragement;

Posted by bigblue on 03/10/2007 at 09:39 PM
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Tuesday, 02 October 2007
Sand Barge

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Spotted on the Grand Union canal at Uxbridge this morning, about to go under the bridge at the Swan and Bottle pub.

Posted by bigblue on 02/10/2007 at 02:31 PM
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Monday, 01 October 2007
Bath Place

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This is Bath Place in Oxford. It is a cluster of houses built by Flemish weavers in the early 17th Century at the site of what is believed to be the old baths. The immigrants were granted permission to build their houses along the outside of the city wall:

Very little of the original city wall remains. However, parts of it are exposed on the back wall of the present dining room, and one can see a well preserved section of it from several of the hotel windows.

The cottages nestle between New College, one of the University’s oldest colleges, and Hertford College, established in the thirteenth century. The New College Bell Tower, which has been in continual use since the thirteenth century, is visible from many of the hotel’s rooms.

The Turf Tavern beside the hotel is the oldest in the city. Originally known as the Spotted Cow, the inn was renamed last century because it had become known as a centre for illicit gambling, including bear-baiting and cock-fighting.

The Bath Place cottages were domestic dwellings until nineteen-hundred. Their occupants were drawn from the lowest ranks of society but the cottages remained important to Oxford’s cultural heritage. The daughter of a stockman born in one of the cottages became the inspirational ideal of female beauty behind the Pre-Raphaelite movement; she was discovered by Dante Gabrielle Rossetti and the poet Edward Burn-Jones. Both fell in love with her and used her as the centrepiece of their work. The buildings are also mentioned in Thomas Hardy’s novel, Jude the Obscure.

In nineteen-hundred Merton College bought the cottages from Oxford City Council for use as student accommodation. The rooms were a sign of status and were often passed on from one privileged student to another.

Ex-students, many now in their eighties often return to visit the hotel, even today.

King Edward the Seventh often visited acquaintances lodging at Bath Place. The well known authoress Dorothy L. Sayers lived at Bath Place in the nineteen-twenties and has written about her experiences here.

(Read the full article here).

Posted by bigblue on 01/10/2007 at 10:58 PM
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