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Monday, 21 July 2008
View from second floor

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From my hotel window near Potsdammerplaz in Berlin there’s a view of an old railway station that was bombed. All that remains is the front of the building.

Posted by bigblue on 21/07/2008 at 11:10 PM
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Checkpoint Charlie

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I am back in Berlin today to run a two day workshop with a client. I’ve some last minute adjustments to make to my materials, then will be ready to roll.

The photo is of that famous Berlin crossing between East and West. Apparently at busy tourist times there are “soldiers” in uniform (American, Russian, German) who will pose with you for photographs (for a fee). 

After the revolution, when Buckingham Palace becomes a similar historic relic, London students can dress as beefeaters to pose with tourists.  However they will not be allowed to wear real bearskin hats.

Posted by bigblue on 21/07/2008 at 08:56 AM
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Sunday, 20 July 2008
Itching for arrivals

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I find myself waiting at Heathrow for a member of the Australian punk rock band The Corps who is arriving en route to their European tour.  Here’s a review of their latest album Nail it Shut. Their previous album was Itching for Evil.

I am surrounded by people who either seem to have a cold or have strong body odour. According to the arrivals board the baggage for the flight is in the arrivals hall. According to my mobile phone his mobile is turned off.

Posted by bigblue on 20/07/2008 at 04:28 PM
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Saturday, 19 July 2008
What really happened in Croydon?

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This is the interesting question posed by UK Commentator. The papers have all reported that a crazy crowd attacked and injured two “brave” police officers in Croydon recently.

I notice that the police, like soldiers, are always brave in our newspapers’ view of the world. Somehow this only applies to those wearing the uniform of this country and that of some of our allies.  Strange that.

Anyway, are we certain that the media got this story right? Could our “brave” police officers be capable of the kind of brutality that provoked community riots in previous decades? Shurely not!

Regarding the photo above: I spent the day in Croydon at a friend’s house-warming party. On a shelf in the kitchen he has an array of religious symbols to appease him.

Posted by bigblue on 19/07/2008 at 10:16 PM
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Rearranging words

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Here at the “Top Hand Car Wash” in Nuttall, it’s a quiet day with the rain. There is normally a long queue of waiting customers. And yet I notice service is good because they don’t have to spend as much time drying your car. (One could also make the opposite case).

Something makes me want to rearrange the words on the smart new sign, even if these guys do have “top hands”.

Posted by bigblue on 19/07/2008 at 10:30 AM
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Friday, 18 July 2008
Lost dog in Oxted area

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This is a public service announcement.

Although I’m tempted to comment on some of the spelling in this poster, I am reminded of my own lapses in this area.

Posted by bigblue on 18/07/2008 at 08:59 PM
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Thursday, 17 July 2008
The times they are a changing
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Hat-tip: Deekdeekster who pointed out it was

as funny as the New Yorker wasn’t

Posted by bigblue on 17/07/2008 at 01:46 PM
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Zen of Airports

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This is Dublin airport. If there’s zen here I didn’t notice it, and thanks to British Airways I had a long time to look. There is a lot of stuff on the internet concerning their unhelpful approach to customer relations and complaints. For example here and here.

Posted by bigblue on 17/07/2008 at 09:17 AM
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