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Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Militarisation

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Even if the other souvenirs of Empire weren’t on display around the town one’s attention is drawn to the fact that twice a day real soldiers in fancy dress parade through the streets of Windsor to the sounds of a marching band. The tunes that the marching band plays are shared with cheap attractions of run down English seaside resorts, reminding one of a rocking-horse ride on a fair-ground roundabout. The entire spectacle is somewhat more sinister though as the soldiers are carrying loaded rifles with bayonets. The young men and women in the parade also serve “Queen and Country” in far off lands.  A hundred years ago (on memorials and gravestones) they wrote “God, Queen and Country”. I wonder how it will be described in another hundred years.

Posted by bigblue on 16/06/2009 at 06:50 PM
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Windsor Castle

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The statue of Alexandrina Victoria Hanover, erstwhile Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the first Empress of the Indian Raj, looks down on the High Street with Windsor Castle as backdrop.

Posted by bigblue on 16/06/2009 at 08:40 AM
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Monday, 15 June 2009
Yogic Flying and Graffiti

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This is the charming decor of the charmingly named Gentlemen’s room at Clapham Junction Rail Station, the self-proclaimed busiest station in the country.

I was always skeptical about yogic flying but it was here that I discovered that we all probably have an inner ability. It just takes special circumstances to discover it.

Posted by bigblue on 15/06/2009 at 07:42 AM
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Oxford Graffiti Tag

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I found this near the Rad Cam in Oxford.

Posted by bigblue on 15/06/2009 at 05:58 AM
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Rad Cam

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At the Radcliffe Camera in Oxford.

Posted by bigblue on 15/06/2009 at 05:48 AM
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Sunday, 14 June 2009
Bay Pond in Godstone

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We’re at the open day of this wildlife centre, which is managed by Surrey Wildlife and used for educational purposes throughout the year.

Posted by bigblue on 14/06/2009 at 04:48 PM
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Monday, 08 June 2009
A Roman Priest

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In Bath, walking around the main pool and making prayers to the goddess, who “breathes out through the water”.  When I say goddess I mean Sulis Minverva to whom a temple was built in Bath at the site of the hot springs during the Roman occupation of Britain. Minerva was the Roman name for the Greek goddess Athena. Sulis was the local deity of the waters when the Romans arrived at what is now called Bath, and which they called Aquae Sulis (“the waters of Sulis”), and this is therefore an example of syncretism.

The springs at Bath are the only hot springs in the United Kingdom.

Posted by bigblue on 08/06/2009 at 08:50 AM
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Sunday, 07 June 2009
If War is the Answer

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It must be a very stupid question. 

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In Bath yesterday I came across this Stop the War Coalition group who were protesting the continuation of the war in Afghanistan and collecting signatures for a petition calling on the immediate withdrawal of British troops from Afghanistan.

Posted by bigblue on 07/06/2009 at 10:13 PM
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