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Wednesday, 17 October 2007
A night shot

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I took this photo in the middle of the night of a dark tree in order to check the qualities of my new camera phone. A good quality camera will show little “interference” (often in the form of white dots) in the dark parts of the photograph where there was no light available.

I was pleased with the result.

Posted by bigblue on 17/10/2007 at 10:51 PM
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The Great Haul

Great Haul of China

This is a shop in Sevenoaks, with a punny name and with one of those nasty flash-only websites with the annoying animations.

Posted by bigblue on 17/10/2007 at 08:57 AM
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Tuesday, 16 October 2007
Iron Bridge

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I have forgotten where I found this iron bridge over the road. But it wasn’t Ironbridge. It might have been on the way to Oxford (from London).

Posted by bigblue on 16/10/2007 at 10:53 PM
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Sunday, 14 October 2007
The oldest building

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According to the Oxford City Guide:

St Michael at the Northgate is a church in Cornmarket Street, at the junction with Ship Street, central Oxford, England. The church is so-called because this is the location of the original north gate of Oxford when it was surrounded by a city wall. Dating from 1040, it is Oxford’s oldest building. The church tower is Saxon.

The Oxford Martyrs were imprisoned in the Bocardo Prison by the church before they were burnt at the stake in what is now Broad Street nearby, then immediately outside the city walls, in 1555 and 1556. Their cell door can be seen on display in the church’s tower.

Besides for the cell door of the martyrs, the tower also hosts an exhibit of church treasures, John Wesley’s pulpit, William Morris’s marriage certificate, a 19th century chiming clock, a set of churchwarden’s accounts from 1437 and a charter of 1612 bearing the seal of King James I.

The tower also offers a good view across what Samuel Johnson referred to as the “city of dreaming spires”, and boasts a number of famous visitors including William Shakespeare.

Posted by bigblue on 14/10/2007 at 11:09 PM
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Saturday, 13 October 2007
Foot and mouth

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There are currently restrictions in Surrey on the movement of livestock in response to an outbreak of foot and mouth disease among cattle, but the latest news is that these are to be lifted from Monday.

There’s an interesting article on the BBC about travelling by airship.  I have read for years that this old form of transport is on the cusp of a come-back, and I hope that it’s true. Not least because my old friend, Robin, is working very hard to make this a reality.  He’s behind the Yahoo group AirshipWorld which is organising a conference next year.

This group was formed to discuss the First International Airship Investors’ (IAI) Conference, now to be held in Berlin in 2008. We also invite all airship enthusiasts, fans, engineers and potential investors to participate; to ask questions, and to positively assist with transformation of the airship industry into a major aviation factor in the 21st century.

” ...it is given unto a few good men to dream GREAT dreams !”

AirshipWorld now has a website and blog too.

Posted by bigblue on 13/10/2007 at 06:24 PM
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Friday, 12 October 2007
Geometry

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Was here again last night at the Deli Wala restaurant in Southall.  It was a less raucous evening because the usual crowd of boppers weren’t there.

Posted by bigblue on 12/10/2007 at 11:45 PM
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Thursday, 11 October 2007
Yesterday

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A comparative photo to illustrate the fog.

Posted by bigblue on 11/10/2007 at 08:09 AM
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Today

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A view of the fog this morning that caused accidents and delays in the morning rush hour around London and the South East.

Posted by bigblue on 11/10/2007 at 08:08 AM
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