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Wednesday, 20 April 2011
My new best friend


We only met recently but we hit it off right from the start.  We love each other’s company, we share all the same interests and we never tire of playing with each other. We find each other highly amusing and both laugh a lot when together. If there is one imbalance in our relationship it is that she doesn’t talk as much as I do, but she’s a very good listener. Our favourite game so far has been peek-a-boo.

Posted by bigblue on 20/04/2011 at 08:33 AM
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Tuesday, 19 April 2011
Royal Wedding


I went to the Hobby Craft superstore and saw a sign that read “make something creative for the Royal Wedding”.  So I was disappointed to see that they only had sentimental tat.

Here are some more creative royal wedding souvenirs:

Posted by bigblue on 19/04/2011 at 08:42 AM
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Monday, 18 April 2011
Going for the gap


Earlier this year I highlighted how commuters from out of town were parking on Church Lane, Oxted, causing obstruction to traffic. Since then I have witnessed a few hairy incidents at this spot, which is on the bus route, as well as queues of traffic in both directions at certain times of the day.

I noticed last week that Surrey Council had painted a single yellow line down the length of Church Lane. According to the Surrey County Council website this means that:

Parking is prohibited within the times stated on the adjacent sign plates.

As there are no adjascent sign plates (yet?) one can only speculate that motorists will be prohibited from parking on this road during the day.  I’m not sure this has been fully thought through because it will increase the parking problem on nearby residential roads. It could just move the problem elsewhere in the town rather than dealing with it.  Anyway I had a laugh when I noticed that Surrey Council had not painted the full stretch of road. They left a small gap unpainted - presumably because someone was parked there at the time.  And now, as you can see in the photograph above, someone parked their car on this gap. The driver surely deserves a recognition award for opportunism.

While doing my online “research” into this story I found that Surrey council has signed a contract with a local firm to paint all Surrey’s road markings including yellow lines, pedestrian crossings and lane markers for the next six years.  This deal will cost the Surrey Council 9 million pounds, and covers all A, B and C roads.  It doesn’t mention whether the Council will get a rebate if the firm leaves a gap in the yellow lines…

Posted by bigblue on 18/04/2011 at 08:39 AM
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Sunday, 17 April 2011
Last night I dreamt


I dreamt that I was racing down this hill on my bicycle and crashed on the sharp bend.  In real life I nearly crashed further down the hill this week on a more gentle bend: because the bend was gentler I was going too fast.

Posted by bigblue on 17/04/2011 at 09:35 AM
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Friday, 15 April 2011
Sackville College


I discovered recently that this is not a college as I would know it, but a Jacobian Almshouse located in East Grinstead, East Sussex.

It was founded in 1609 with money left by Robert Sackville, 2nd Earl of Dorset. Throughout its history it has provided sheltered accommodation for the elderly.

Robert Sackville left £1,000 for the building and a rent charge of £330, for the endowment of a ‘hospital or college’ for twenty-one poor men and ten poor women, to be under the patronage and government of his heirs. This may have been an imitation of Emmanuel College, Westminster, founded by his aunt, Anne Fiennes, Lady Dacre. The building of the almshouse known as ‘Sackville College for the Poor’ at East Grinstead was commenced about 1616 by the executors, his brother-in-law, Lord William Howard, and Sir George Rivers of Chafford. It was occupied before 1622.

I was interested to read that the Revd. Dr. John Mason Neale, who wrote the hymn Good King Wenceslas was warden of the college from 1846 until his death in 1866, that the college still houses an elderly population and that it is open for visitors on certain days during the summer.

Posted by bigblue on 15/04/2011 at 08:43 AM
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Thursday, 14 April 2011
Panoramic view of Oxted


From my usual spot. The notorious Oxted chalkpit is in the bottom right of the photograph. Other recent photographs from this spot are here and here. I think I identify a slight temperature inversion in all three photographs.

Posted by bigblue on 14/04/2011 at 09:00 AM
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Wednesday, 13 April 2011
Basilica de la Sagrada Familia


This building might not have been apparent in some of my earlier photos of Torre Agbal, so I thought I would post this one taken with my zoom lens. It shows more clearly the Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family in Barcelona, at sunset. According to Wikipedia this building is a:

Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in November 2010 was consecrated and proclaimed a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI.

Though construction of Sagrada Família had commenced in 1882, Gaudí became involved in 1883, taking over the project and transforming the project with his architectural and engineering style—combining Gothic and curvilinear, Art Nouveau forms with ambitious structural columns and arches.

Gaudí devoted his last years to the project and at the time of his death in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was complete. Sagrada Família’s construction progressed slowly as it relied on private donations and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War—only to resume intermittent progress in the 1950s. Construction passed the mid-point in 2010 with some of the project’s greatest challenges remaining and an anticipated completion date of 2026—the centennial of Gaudí‘s death.

The basílica has a long history of dividing the citizens of Barcelona—over the initial possibility it might compete with Barcelona’s cathedral, over Gaudí‘s design itself, over the possibility that work after Gaudí‘s death disregarded his design, and the recent possibility that an underground tunnel of Spain’s high-speed train could disturb its stability.

My other photos of the Torre Agbar, where you can make out the Basilica in the background are:

Posted by bigblue on 13/04/2011 at 08:26 AM
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Tuesday, 12 April 2011
By the setting of the sun


Another photo of Oxted from the Woldingham viewpoint, this one marking my fastest ascent of the North Down this year.

Posted by bigblue on 12/04/2011 at 07:43 PM
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