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Tuesday, 30 September 2008
Razor Barb Danger

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A health and safety warning to would-be burglars.

This is very thoughful of the construction company in Greenwhich which has placed the warning on the walls of their site. I guess it’s owned at a certain category of burglar: stupid, but not too stupid to read.

Posted by bigblue on 30/09/2008 at 11:31 PM
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Sunday, 28 September 2008
Stairwell

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This is the stairwell of the Maximilian hotel in Prague where I stayed earlier this week. The hotel comprises (at least) two adjacent buildings that are joined on a mezanine (1st) floor. According to the literature, the interior of the hotel was completely remodeled by Czech architect Eva Jiricna in 2005.

Posted by bigblue on 28/09/2008 at 05:58 PM
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Saturday, 27 September 2008
Cycle Lanes of Surrey: Short and bendy

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I have pointed out how Surrey County Council like to take cyclists to a tricky intersection and then abandon them.

The lane above falls more into the category of doing something futile for cyclists. What the Council seem to be saying is “intersection ahoy! Mount the pavement, take the corner, get back on the road”. So there is no consistent allocation of space to pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. This also sends a mixed message to road users: yesterday’s lane says “make space for cyclists at the intersection”. Today’s lane (which is actually the same intersection but a different approach) suggests that “cyclists should move out of the way of cars at the intersection”.

Posted by bigblue on 27/09/2008 at 09:11 PM
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Friday, 26 September 2008
Cycle Lanes of Surrey: 2 metre special

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How are cyclists meant to connect the dots of all these cycle lanes? Following my post earlier today on the 15 metres long cycle lane in Chertsey here’s the joke on the other side of the road.

Posted by bigblue on 26/09/2008 at 08:02 PM
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Cycle Lanes of Surrey: 15 metre special

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The Surrey County Council seems to put cycle lanes whereever this is convenient to their road engineers and there is just a little bit of space. Where road navigation is tricky or a lane might impinge on motorists’ space it abandons the lane, often at the most dangerous point.

A couple of weeks ago I posted about the short cycle lane in Chertsey which guides cyclists off one exit of a roundabout (but provides no other clear function). Here is the cycle lane leading up to that roundabout. It’s also about 15 metres long, and it starts and ends about 100 metres before the roundabout in the previous post. Again the general impression is that Surrey County Council decided “oh, we have a few metres here, why don’t we put in a short cycle lane”.

A map of the cycle lanes around here must look like a connect-the-dots puzzle.

Posted by bigblue on 26/09/2008 at 01:54 PM
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Thursday, 25 September 2008
Outside the hotel

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And here’s the view from outside the hotel, at street level, looking up at the church opposite.

The map they give out in the hotel identifies many pubs and only a few churches but I suspect this is the 13th Century convent of Saint Agnes of Bohemia. A sister of King Wenceslas I, she was only made a saint very recently (in 1989). The convent is one of the earliest gothic buildings in Prague and now houses part of the National Gallery.

I do hope that I haven’t misidentified this building!

Posted by bigblue on 25/09/2008 at 01:11 AM
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Wednesday, 24 September 2008
Town Square Prague

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This photograph of the Town Square, looking towards the astronomical clock, reminds me of the Weather Project.

Posted by bigblue on 24/09/2008 at 06:06 PM
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Tuesday, 23 September 2008
Prague at night

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Here’s the same view out of my hotel window (as yesterday but this is the night view. The church opposite worried me at first but thankfully I never heard the bells once.

Posted by bigblue on 23/09/2008 at 08:12 PM
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