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Sunday, 21 February 2010
Manneken Pis

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I took this photo recently in the Netherlands of graffiti painted on a wall. The adjacent street sign shows a picture of a young boy peeing. I imagine that if the Netherlands have a problem in that department it is more likely that the big boys are getting drunk and pissing in the streets.

Posted by bigblue on 21/02/2010 at 08:42 PM
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Saturday, 20 February 2010
Grapes on the floor

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A strange message if ever I saw one. Do they really require two sets of packaging to prevent mishaps? (And not one, three or four). Why are grapes on the floor dangerous, compared to other supermarket items (which don’t carry the same warning)?

My own strategy to avoid the “grapes on the floor problem” is not to drop grapes.

Posted by bigblue on 20/02/2010 at 01:05 PM
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Early Christmas Record

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There we have it, my record for the earliest Christmas marketing spotted in a supermarket: 11th February, at this supermarket in the Netherlands.

Posted by bigblue on 20/02/2010 at 07:06 AM
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Friday, 19 February 2010
The Good Food Shop reopening?

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It looks that way, although I peered through the window and it seems to be reopening as something else, maybe a residence.

Posted by bigblue on 19/02/2010 at 05:58 PM
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Thursday, 18 February 2010
The Catcher in the Rye

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Is this an example of ambulance chasing?

Posted by bigblue on 18/02/2010 at 12:01 AM
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Monday, 08 February 2010
Mike Jane

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Is this the baby brother of the famous Mary Jane? When we were very young, the name Mary Jane conjured up the following words*:

What is the matter with Mary Jane?
She’s crying with all her might and main,
And she won’t eat her dinner, rice pudding again ...
What is the matter with Mary Jane?

When we were a bit older it brought to mind other ditties, by Lennon/McCartney, Janis Joplin, Tom Petty, Pete Townshend, Technohead, Alanis Morissette, Tori Amos, Mary J. Blige** as well as numerous other songwriters.

* from When We Were Very Young by A A Milne 1924
** Mary Jane Blige sampled the Mary Jane Girls on her song

Posted by bigblue on 08/02/2010 at 07:13 AM
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Sunday, 07 February 2010
St Paul’s Cathedral

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This is a panoramic combination of three photos, taken inside the cathedral at Mdina, Malta.

The building we can see today was designed by the architect Lorenzo Gafa, it was built between 1697 and 1702 to replace a ruined Norman cathedral destroyed by the 1693 earthquake on Malta. Despite this, several artifacts and edifices survived including the painting by the Calabrian artist Mattia Preti depicting the conversion of Saint Paul, a 15th century Tuscan painting of the Madonna and Child, and frescoes in the apse which illustrate Paul’s shipwreck.

According to Visit Malta the dome interior only dates from the 1950s while the marble-inlaid graves are of former bishops and other members of the cathedral chapter.

Posted by bigblue on 07/02/2010 at 08:38 AM
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Saturday, 06 February 2010
Mort in Malta

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There are a surprising number of pictures of Mort on the gravestones of the faithful clergy in the cathedral of St Paul in Mdina, Malta. This was the only one I saw that showed Mort playing the walk-with-a-balloon-between-your thighs game. Perhaps this is why he is not carrying his scythe.

Posted by bigblue on 06/02/2010 at 07:19 AM
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