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Monday, 31 December 2007
Murder and Mayhem

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This is one of the speciality bookshops of Hay-on-Wye, with an atmosphere to match: outline on floor (above), cobwebs, mystery displays. I didn’t buy anything here but it was an enjoyable 45 minutes well spent. 

I wandered around various bookshops looking for Jane Harris’ The Observations, but ended up taking home another half dozen or so titles. As Paul Collins puts it in an old Guardian article:

Hay-on-Wye is not about the books you are looking for, it’s about the books that are looking for you.

Gratuitous link: elsewhere in the blogosphere Mandrake visited this bookshop in September 2006.

Posted by bigblue on 31/12/2007 at 06:59 PM
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Sunday, 30 December 2007
Shepherds of Hay-on-Wye

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This is the inside of the famous Shepherds coffee shop, home of good ice-cream, among other things. It was packed in there, which may have something to do with the wet and cold weather outside.

Today we leave Hay-on-Wye, stacked with books, returning home for the New Year.

Posted by bigblue on 30/12/2007 at 04:04 PM
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Saturday, 29 December 2007
The River Wye

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I woke up this morning next to this rather swollen river, and its peaceful sounds, accompanied by birdsong.

It’s almost a pity that one has to drag oneself out of bed, but at least the sun is shining today.

There is almost no mobile phone network here, so I’ll post this later when we get to Hay-on-Wye.

Posted by bigblue on 29/12/2007 at 02:19 PM
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Friday, 28 December 2007
Just great!

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The local council (Surrey) has just resurfaced this busy road but failed to sort out the drainage problem that causes the road to flood in this spot every time it rains.

I guess that when they eventually get around to it (the problem goes back several years) they will recreate the bumps and potholes that they have just fixed.  Here is my previous picture of the floods in this spot.

Meanwhile, in Bethlehem, do they know it’s Christmas?

Posted by bigblue on 28/12/2007 at 06:57 AM
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Thursday, 27 December 2007
Blocks in the dark

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Well I seem to have survived most of the excesses of Christmas, and am heading off to Wales tomorrow for a couple of days.

Wishing you all the best over this period.

Posted by bigblue on 27/12/2007 at 08:18 PM
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Sunday, 23 December 2007
Things I will or won’t miss - Part III

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Apropos of nothing really (because I am unlikely to return there in the foreseeable future) but another thing I either will or won’t miss is the overpriced coffee counter at my client’s site.

I notice that one of the top read stories on the BBC news site today is Wild boar killed in French shop.  And as I pointed out before (almost four years ago now), the BBC uses the same photos of tame boar for every story they ever have about wild boar!  Annoying really. What’s next: a photo of a moustached man in a white and blue striped shirt and a beret every time they have a story about someone French?

Posted by bigblue on 23/12/2007 at 08:42 PM
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Saturday, 22 December 2007
Oh no, not again!

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I was at the cinema the other evening to see “The Golden Compass”. The film is not as good as the book, obviously. Coming out after the movie I saw this poster and immediately thought oh no, not another Loch Ness monster movie!

Posted by bigblue on 22/12/2007 at 02:41 PM
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Thursday, 20 December 2007
Still cold this week

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The cold weather continues this week as we woke to more ice and frost this morning.

I think everyone is hoping for snow. It’s cold enough but there’s been no precipitation to speak of. Let me rephrase that: I think everyone is hoping it will snow in 5 days time.

Posted by bigblue on 20/12/2007 at 01:26 PM
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