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Saturday, 05 April 2008
Facewackt

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On Wednesday this week I noticed the Daily Wail above at a newsagents.  A few questions struck me:

There’s a gratuitous link in here somewhere, but I can’t remember what it is…

Posted by bigblue on 05/04/2008 at 04:15 PM
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A designated public place

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Spotted in Chertsey, this sign reads in full:

You are in a designated public place
If you continue to drink alcohol in this area when asked not to by a police officer, you are liable on conviction to a
maximum fine of £500
You may be arrested if you fail to surrender any intoxicating liquor to a police officer in this area if requested
Surrey Police
Runnymede Borough Council

The Home Office’s Respect website outlines what is meant by a designated public place:

Designated public places orders (DPPOs) are a tool that can be used by local authorities to deal with the problems of anti-social alcohol drinking in public places.

Once a DPPO is in place the police can use their confiscation powers to enforce the restriction. It is not an offence to consume alcohol within a designated area, but failure to comply with an officer’s requests to stop drinking and surrender alcohol without reasonable excuse is.

DPPOs are available in areas that have experienced alcohol-related anti-social behaviour problems. They have been used across the country in areas ranging from a single street or park, to town centre or city-wide areas.

OK, that was my understanding. But look at the scene below:
Road

The sign in question is actually on the lamppost to the left of the picture (below the directional sign to Shepperton).  It is on the A320, and not exactly one that I would have thought would be frequented by pedestrians. I took this photo at midday during the week. Perhaps the situation is different at night or on the weekend.

Posted by bigblue on 05/04/2008 at 03:49 PM
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Friday, 04 April 2008
At Chertsey Bridge

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I found this intriging statue on Chertsey Bridge Road next to the (historic) bridge.  The plaque on the base of the statue advises us that:

In the 15th Century, during the War of the Roses, Neville Audley, a Lancastrian, was captured and held prisoner at Chertsey Abbey. He sent for a pardon from King Edward IV but he was due to be executed at sunset when the curfew bell rang. Blanche Heriot saved her lover’s life by clasping the bell clapper until the messenger brought the pardon.

The original bell now hangs in St Peter’s Church [in Chertsey]

Sculptor Sheila Mitchell F.R.B.S.

St Peter’s Church has some information about the subject of this statue and according to them various versions of the legend place it during different historical times.

Posted by bigblue on 04/04/2008 at 10:56 PM
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Thursday, 03 April 2008
Dead fox

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Found on the edge of a dual carriageway in Surrey: a victim of the daily carnage on our roads. This fox was clipped by a vehicle and only made it to a bush at the side of the road. I was once riding in a hotel shuttle bus when I witnessed a badger going under the wheels of a lorry in front of us. Like this, it was not a pretty sight.

Posted by bigblue on 03/04/2008 at 07:39 AM
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Wednesday, 02 April 2008
Graffiti in a secret place

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A walk through the Surrey countryside uncovers a secret hidey-hole. Luxurious by the standards of a deposed dictator, but drafty at this time of the year.

The graffit tags suggest it was used by local youth as a hang-out.

Posted by bigblue on 02/04/2008 at 09:19 AM
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Tuesday, 01 April 2008
Fire brigade arrives

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They arrived within minutes to put out the burning car. Apparently the driver managed to escape and call the emergency services.

Posted by bigblue on 01/04/2008 at 07:25 PM
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Burning car

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There.‘s a burning car at the side of the road here in New Denham, Uxbridge.

Posted by bigblue on 01/04/2008 at 07:09 PM
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