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Monday, 15 November 2010
The Bishops of Prague


Looking down on the tourists, streaming off Charles Bridge and making their way up to the old town square.  At the time the statues were put here, Charles Bridge was the only bridge across the Vltava river (and was simply known as the Stone Bridge). One assumes that this is why these statues of important people were placed in this prominent position.

Posted by bigblue on 15/11/2010 at 07:31 AM
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Sunday, 14 November 2010
Paris Gare du Nord


Waiting in a café for the train. Writing postcards, or letters to distant friends and family. Or perhaps writing notes in a travelogue.

Posted by bigblue on 14/11/2010 at 08:27 AM
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Saturday, 13 November 2010
About to fall


This cat, from this car window ledge.  True to form it landed on its feet and scampered into a nearby doorway as the rain started to come down.  In Welsh the word cath (feminine) means cat, according to clic clic Cymraeg.

Posted by bigblue on 13/11/2010 at 08:17 AM
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Friday, 12 November 2010
Hay at Hay-on-Wye


We found the haystack in Wales just outside the town of Hay-on-Wye, which apparently has an unrelated name:

In local terms, the town was known as ‘The Hay’, the name deriving from Norman origin, Hay or Haie, meaning a fenced or hedged enclosure. ‘Y-Gelli’, the Welsh form, means ‘Grove’. In Norman times, for administration purposes, it was divided into English Hay and Welsh Hay. The town was English Hay and the south and west area of countryside, the Welsh Hay.

There was no sign of a needle.

Posted by bigblue on 12/11/2010 at 07:54 AM
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Thursday, 11 November 2010
Mrs Beeton


I was interested to see that the local secondhand bookshop is selling 11 different books by Mrs Beeton, the Victorian matronly figure, who was a publishing success in the 1860’s:

As well as recipes the book contained advice regarding household management, childcare, etiquette, entertaining and the employment of servants. It was illustrated with coloured engravings on nearly every page and was the first to format recipes in the layout still used today.

However despite the image she conveyed, Mrs Beeton was a young woman who died at the age of 28 (of syphilis, which she contracted from her publisher husband Samuel Beeton). There’s an interesting article about Mrs Beeton which reviews the recent book The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs Beeton at the New York Times.

Posted by bigblue on 11/11/2010 at 08:03 AM
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Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Brussels at night


With a distinctive yellow tram.

Posted by bigblue on 10/11/2010 at 08:02 AM
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Tuesday, 09 November 2010
Sainsbury rip-off?


Sometimes we get a glimpse of how we consumers are ripped off. Above a photograph taken recently at Sainsburys where they were selling 400g punnets of plums at “two for £1.99”.  There is even a little sign which says “buy one get one free”.  However the photograph below is the from the adjacent shelf where the same punnets are being sold at 99 pence each.


So that means that if you had taken two of them to the till, they could charge you an extra 1 pence on the unit price because you bought two. This kind of rip-off marketing should be illegal.

Posted by bigblue on 09/11/2010 at 07:46 AM
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Monday, 08 November 2010
Around the bend


When I cycle up this road I am always surprised at the speed of some drivers (going up and down). Just before I took this shot a car overtook me and hooted a warning (I assume), before racing around the bend.

Posted by bigblue on 08/11/2010 at 08:01 AM
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