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Wednesday, 09 December 2009
Ooh fashion!

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Courtesy of a local news agent (beep beep).

Posted by bigblue on 09/12/2009 at 04:37 PM
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Monday, 07 December 2009
A wet day

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A day for the cinema in other words.

Posted by bigblue on 07/12/2009 at 12:21 AM
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Saturday, 05 December 2009
Racism?

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I spotted these people “blacked up” and selling chocolate bars at a railway station in the Netherlands recently. I was taken aback because this would generally be considered racist in the UK. But is it racist behaviour in other cultures and situations?

There are a number of definitions of racism, see the Childline definitions and wikipedia.

My own concern is that the sales staff from Droste Chocolates have not only blacked up their faces but they are dressed as simpletons, possibly clowns. This reinforces my impression that there is an element of “having fun at the expense of another group”. A different impression would be given if they were dressed as Grace Jones clones, say. This is strange marketting from a company that aspires to sell high quality chocolate. It is a big name Dutch company that has an effect named after it.

Posted by bigblue on 05/12/2009 at 06:24 PM
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Friday, 04 December 2009
All that glitters

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Inside every reindeer is a bunny waiting to come out. I’m sure there’s é hidden message about climate change and recycling in this but I can’t figure it out.

Posted by bigblue on 04/12/2009 at 10:09 AM
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Thursday, 03 December 2009
ilawiD yppaH

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I just love the Leamington Spa Christmas lights.

Posted by bigblue on 03/12/2009 at 04:06 PM
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