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Sunday, 04 July 2010
London Air

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From a distance (such as above) we can see the dirty air that Londoners breath. Over 4000 Londoners die prematurely every year from air pollution. (See the report from the Institute of Occupational Medicine).  The Guardian recently reported that London will be hit with fines from Europe for failing to clean up its act, although presumably the government of the UK (and therefore all UK taxpayers) are the ones who will pay the penalty, and not London. And yet London Mayor, Boris Johnson, bears responsibility for this.  An interesting article I found on air pollution in UK cities, was by Gary Haq, Pollution, the silent killer. You can also check the current status of pollution at the London Air Quality Network, monitorring site.

See also smog is all around, a view of London from the North Downs.

Posted by bigblue on 04/07/2010 at 10:36 AM
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Food for birds

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I would be interested to know what is growing in this field in Kent: I have some popping out of my lawn under my bird feeder. I would check the ingredients on the bird feed packet, but I finished it recently and threw the packet away.

Posted by bigblue on 04/07/2010 at 08:02 AM
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Saturday, 03 July 2010
Smoking zone

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When I walked through Erasmus University recently, I noticed a semi-enclosed smoking zone outside (and across the road) from one of the main buildings. Erasmus University is named after Desiderius Erasmus

of Rotterdam (who) was a Dutch Renaissance humanist and a Catholic priest and theologian. His scholarly name Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus comprises the following three elements: the Latin noun desiderium (“longing” or “desire”; the name being a genuine Late Latin name); the Greek adjective ἐράσμιος (erásmios) meaning “desired”, and, in the form Erasmus, also the name of a St. Erasmus of Formiae; and the Latinized adjectival form for the city of Rotterdam (Roterodamus = “of Rotterdam”).

I was also interested to read the following on Wikipedia:

Erasmus lived through the Reformation period and he consistently criticized some contemporary popular Christian beliefs. In relation to clerical abuses in the Church, Erasmus remained committed to reforming the Church from within.

La plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

I had a look at the University website and found that they have a number of smoking zones some of which are inside the campus buildings.

Posted by bigblue on 03/07/2010 at 08:11 AM
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Friday, 02 July 2010
A tributary of the Medway

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A tributary of the Medway River flows through Oxted, near my home.  This is another tributary, which I can’t name, in East Sussex.  According to Wikipedia, the River Medway has a catchment area of 930 square miles (2,409 km2), which is the largest in southern England.

Posted by bigblue on 02/07/2010 at 08:58 AM
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Thursday, 01 July 2010
Plasma Skies



Leo Bar has produced this video which contains some of my photographs (with my permission).  May you also enjoy the show!

From here: Plasma Skies.

Posted by bigblue on 01/07/2010 at 09:15 PM
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