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Monday, 30 June 2008
The Good King

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This is the view down Wenceslas Square from behind the statue of the king.

It was here that the events of the Prague Spring unfolded 40 years ago. On 21 August 1968, Soviet tanks rolled into the square and two young men were killed in the protests that followed.

Posted by bigblue on 30/06/2008 at 03:20 PM
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Sunday, 29 June 2008
Gamelan instruments

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Here are some Gamelan instruments from an event I attended on Saturday with Pinkie. I was telling her this is part of her heritage, as some of her ancestors come from Indonesia.

The last blog entry (posted from my mobile phone) didn’t work so well as the subject was corrupted. I’ll sort it out on Wednesday when I’m home. Hopefully I won’t have the same problem with this one.

Posted by bigblue on 29/06/2008 at 06:18 PM
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“Bells and Smells” Mass

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This is the St Thomas Catholic church in Prague where Pinkie and I came this morning for a serious morning service at which the Wadham College Choir, Oxford, sang. You can see the lingering evidence of the incense in the photo above. After the service we had lunch at a nearby street cafe with Bluemeanie. We then went back to the church this afternoon for a concert by the aforementioned choir, the last of their tour of Poland and Czech Republic.

Posted by bigblue on 29/06/2008 at 04:16 PM
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Saturday, 28 June 2008
Funky African pants

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I think these are so cool. I spotted them yesterday afternoon on the Paris metro (at Chatelet). Many of these so-called African prints don’t come from Africa. I remember reading somewhere that the clothes for the recent Number One Ladies Detective Agency film were made from cloth produced in Scotland.

Posted by bigblue on 28/06/2008 at 02:23 PM
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Friday, 27 June 2008
Meadow grass in Paris

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I like the way this “weedy” meadow grass is cultivated on the pavement verge here in the Western suburb of Nanterre Ville, Paris. The opposite verge was freshly mown.

Posted by bigblue on 27/06/2008 at 07:33 PM
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Thursday, 26 June 2008
Oxfordshire Cycleway: No Bicycles

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A strange juxtaposition of public messages (seen in Oxford recently).

Posted by bigblue on 26/06/2008 at 10:16 PM
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Wednesday, 25 June 2008
We are Leeds, We are Proud!

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Spotted in the car park at work. Nice to see that I have a colleague keeping the faith alive.

Unfortunately Leeds failed to get promotion last year and so continue their struggle next season in the third tier of the football league.

Posted by bigblue on 25/06/2008 at 09:40 PM
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Tuesday, 24 June 2008
Madelaine

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This is the daisy flower, either bellis annus (the annual daisy) or bellis perennis (the English daisy). The French word for daisy is Madelaine but the English Daisy in French is known as the Pâquerette (presumably because it makes an appearance in Spring, at the time of Easter). I like the way that the English wiki article on the daisy has information about the plant propogation and its appearance on one’s lawn[/url] whereas the French wiki article on this flower dispenses medical advice:

La pâquerette est souvent prescrite pour l’hypertension et l’artériosclérose[réf. nécessaire] (utilisation des fleurs et des feuilles). En infusion, une cuillère par tasse d’eau bouillante, laisser infuser 10 minutes, 3 tasses par jour.

Which loosely translates as:

The daisy is commonly prescribed for hypertension and artiosclerosis (utilising the flowers and leaves of the plant). Enfuse one spoon per cup of boiling water. Leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Take 3 cups a day.

The English article did however warn that the daisy is an astringent.  I like the mandala like patterns that are formed by the arrangement of the anthers of the flower.

Posted by bigblue on 24/06/2008 at 11:12 PM
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