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Sunday, 31 August 2008
No guts? No glory?

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One of the members of my household has taken to wearing this t-shirt since her return from South Africa (where she did volunteer work during her holidays).

I think it’s a rather negative view of the Springboks: certainly there is no glory in coming last in the current Tri-Nations competition but we did see some ‘guts’ splatter in the process.

Posted by bigblue on 31/08/2008 at 05:19 PM
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Saturday, 30 August 2008
ANC Express

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The three letter acronym ANC stands for a number of different things. One of the things that it can stand for, which is not mentioned on the Wiki page I link to is Anti Natal Classes.

Posted by bigblue on 30/08/2008 at 07:56 AM
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Friday, 29 August 2008
Cycle lanes of Surrey: Chertsey

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Dear Surrey County Council,

Your ingenuity is boundless. Unlike Paris, Berlin and other places, you not only provide cycle lanes where there is convenient space, but you provide cycle lanes where ever there is even just the smallest amount of convenient space.  Such dedication.

In the photo above you have found about 12 metres of space for cycles exiting the roundabout straight ahead. Such grandeur and style: Not for you the basic stuff of how a cyclist is going to approach the roundabout or traverse it. You couldn’t have done better if, as an afterthought, you had noticed a bit of spare space where the traffic-separating island goes, and asked the question “What could we put here?”.

Here’s a video that I did earlier. The “action” starts 15 seconds (about half-way) in:



In case you think this is an exceptional case, here’s another 10 metre cycling lane from Surrey.

Posted by bigblue on 29/08/2008 at 08:43 PM
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Pole-faced in Paris

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I like the attention to detail on this lamppost in Paris.

Previous lamp posts:

And it’s now time to see how my invented word is coming along on Google.

Posted by bigblue on 29/08/2008 at 08:14 AM
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Thursday, 28 August 2008
Incoming cold front

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An amazing view today from the Woldingham viewpoint of a cold front coming in over Oxted like an ocean wave about to break. And yet, at the time of writing, the five day weather forecast for Oxted looks good (until the thunderstorms on Sunday). Not a day for the beach then.

Posted by bigblue on 28/08/2008 at 10:18 PM
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Tuesday, 26 August 2008
Sunset

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On my way back from my last cycle ride, I passed through this field which is now planted with maize but is the field bought by developers for the purposes of building housing. It is the site that triggered a local campaign to protect the Green Belt in Oxted.

Previous photos of the field are here and here (both taken before the current crop was planted).

Posted by bigblue on 26/08/2008 at 10:34 PM
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Monday, 25 August 2008
Dear Surrey County Council

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You still haven’t attended to these nettles and weeds on your cycle-paths.

Posted by bigblue on 25/08/2008 at 10:37 PM
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Friendly neighbourhood cat

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Exercising her powers of mind control and asking me to open the glass door so she can come into the kitchen and seduce me into giving her a snack.

Must. Be. Strong.

Posted by bigblue on 25/08/2008 at 10:29 AM
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