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Saturday, 16 May 2009
Gangers Hill and Council Dues

The Tandridge District Council website tells us exactly when our streets are swept and refuse is collected. In the case of Gangers Hill we are given the following dates for street sweeping:

Gangers Hill is swept every twenty six weeks.
Street cleaning is due to take place in the weeks beginning -
28-April-2008
26-October-2008
15-April-2009
20-October-2009

As this is a road that I cycle up several times a week I take an interest in this matter, and at the end of October 2008 and in mid April 2009 I looked for some indication that this street had been swept by the council. The road is covered with horse manure, stones, soil and other debris.

This is what the street looked like shortly after it was “swept” by the council in October

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and this is what the street looked like shortly after it was “swept” by the council in April

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I’m not a specialist in road maintenance but I would suggest that the only thing that has swept this road in the last 12 months has been the wind, rain and snow. The council is still due to sweep this street. Now if my council dues had not been met for the past 12 months I would be in trouble…

I have written previously about Gangers Hill here, and here, and here.

Posted by bigblue on 16/05/2009 at 10:05 PM
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Thursday, 14 May 2009
Must graffiti in Oxted

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Be unimaginative?

Previous examples of this hand: in Oxted and in Crowhurst.

Posted by bigblue on 14/05/2009 at 06:16 AM
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Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Must Graffiti in Crowhurst

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Crowhurst is a village in Tandridge, near Oxted. The graffiti on this abandoned skip presumably has the same meaning as the other recent must graffiti in Oxted.

Posted by bigblue on 13/05/2009 at 09:18 PM
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Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Westerham Brewery

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This is my local brewery, The Westerham Brewery which is based at Pootings near Westerham. Founded in 2004 the brewery celebrates its 5th anniversary this month but is proud of the traditions it has revived using local hops and malt, local water, and local yeast recovered from the National Collection of Yeast Cultures (deposited by a now-defunct brewery). More details here.

Posted by bigblue on 12/05/2009 at 10:24 PM
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Monday, 11 May 2009
Fibonacci

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This link, the Fibonacci Sequence Illustrated by Nature, has been doing the rounds on Twitter recently (and still is). I thought of it yesterday in Staffhurst Wood when looking at these young fern fronds.

Posted by bigblue on 11/05/2009 at 05:58 PM
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Sunday, 10 May 2009
White bluebells in Staffhurst Wood

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My bicycle had a puncture this weekend but I went for a walk in the woods today and discovered more of these white bluebells. I also picked up a puncture repair kit and have patched my problem tyre.

Posted by bigblue on 10/05/2009 at 04:47 PM
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Tuesday, 05 May 2009
A Daily Wail

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Isn’t it terrible, these foreign doctors, coming over here and killing our patients for us?

Posted by bigblue on 05/05/2009 at 05:22 PM
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Monday, 04 May 2009
White bells?

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From the road I thought this looked like Lilly of the Valley, but when I dismounted my bike and came closer I saw that it was not.

I went out for a two hour ride this morning climbing up and down the North Down (well up and down twice actually, once on the London side and once on the Oxted side). Now that the weather is warmer and dryer I am sticking mainly to bridlepaths.

Posted by bigblue on 04/05/2009 at 10:42 AM
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