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Friday, 20 February 2009
River, Snow, Berlin

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On the night we pulled into Berlin this week I thought I could see the river frozen with snow on it. However in the dark I couldn’t see clearly from the moving train and the next morning, on a different stretch of river, this is what I saw.

Posted by bigblue on 20/02/2009 at 09:23 PM
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Thursday, 19 February 2009
Berlin Cycle Lanes Revisited

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I thought it would be interesting to visit the scene of one of my previous posts and see the effect of snow. See the non-snow photos from August 2008 here. It was also good today to see many cyclists out and about commuting to work and back in the snow.

Posted by bigblue on 19/02/2009 at 09:02 PM
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Wednesday, 18 February 2009
Comparisons

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You may find yourself shooting through the Swedish countryside on a train, and you may find that the general atmosphere is more dull and depressing than in the UK on a bad day, and you may wonder quite why the people around you are so cheerful and friendly.

Posted by bigblue on 18/02/2009 at 08:37 PM
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Rider in the dark

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They days are noticeably longer already and I’m looking forward to the day (in about 5 weeks) when the clocks go forward. This rider is in Oxford, where UK cycling blog tells us:

At night maybe 40% of cyclists in Oxford won’t use lights. Very occasionally, the police will have a spot check on Magdalen Bridge and fine cyclists £30 for not wearing lights. However, if you buy a pair of lights and present the receipt at a police station, you can get your £30 back - Pretty lenient really.

On the night I was on Oxford I estimated that about 25% of the cyclists didn’t have lights.

Posted by bigblue on 18/02/2009 at 07:09 AM
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Tuesday, 17 February 2009
An evolving sketch

It’s half-term at the moment and I decided to post a sketch that the youngest was working on over the weekend.
Step 1:
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Step 2:
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Step 3:
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It will be interesting to watch how it continues to develop over the coming week.
Update - Step 4: (21 February 2009)
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This is not quite the finished product but is the last version that I will post here.

Posted by bigblue on 17/02/2009 at 07:17 AM
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Monday, 16 February 2009
I am watching you

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Here’s another photo of the sculpture unveiled by Anthony Gormley on the corner of Broad and Turd Streets in Oxford yesterday. The CCTV camera is also clearly visible half way up the corner of the building. I blogged about this Gormley sculpture earlier here.

Today was the day that anti-photography laws were introduced in the UK under the guise of being anti-terrorist laws. Fink writes about the protest by photographers this morning outside Scotland Yard in London, here.

Posted by bigblue on 16/02/2009 at 10:57 PM
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The Last of the Snow

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There are a few sad remnants of snowperson melting on the lawns of Trinity College, Oxford. In a day or two there will just be twigs or carrots lying on the lawn as reminder of the famous snowlidays of 2009.

Posted by bigblue on 16/02/2009 at 04:34 PM
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Don’t Jump!

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I’ve written about Anthony Gormley before. He unveiled a “new” sculpture in Oxford today which is pictured above. [Note: this post was written on Sunday 15 February 2009, but posted the following day].  I put “new” in inverted commas because it resembles precisely those from the Event Horizon exhibition in London that I blogged about at the time.

Still, I like the fact that we are being “watched” by this sculpture of a human figure on the skyline, apparently a model of the artist himself. We are also being watched by a CCTV camera attached to the wall of the building below the work of art.

Posted by bigblue on 16/02/2009 at 12:31 AM
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