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Thursday, 08 September 2011
Sunset in Brussels last night

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I’m pleased that I’ll be home tonight.

Posted by bigblue on 08/09/2011 at 09:53 PM
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Mystery sticker

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What can it represent? I spotted it on a lamp post in Ireland last month. The wording seems to have been removed, leaving just the figures of four people, probably male.  My guess is that it isn’t an advert for the local disco/nightclub but perhaps contained a revolutionary and subversive message.  Or it’s an advert for the local working men’s association, the local ferret owners’ club or some kind of hunting and fishing group.  Or ....

The bottom word which has been erased/covered looks like it could be “Rovers” ... there is a Sligo Rovers Football Club but the image doesn’t seem to go…

Posted by bigblue on 08/09/2011 at 08:32 AM
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Wednesday, 07 September 2011
Eurostar at Ebbsfleet

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Here we go… I’ll be in Brussels in 1 hour and 40 minutes…

Posted by bigblue on 07/09/2011 at 01:20 PM
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A follower of fashion

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Young children tend to be the least aware of the group and society values and are the least influenced by the need to conform. However, with more social interactions and more awareness of others, the need to conform grows. Pre-teens and teenagers face many issues related to conformity. They are pulled between the desire to be seen as individuals of unique value and the desire to belong to a group where they feel secure and accepted. The result is that often teens reject conforming to family or general society values, while conforming rigidly to the norms or values of their peer group. An example of this phenomenon is seen when young people join gangs. In joining the gang they are rejecting the community’s way of dressing and behaving. Yet to belong to the gang, they must conform to the gang’s own style of dress, behavior, and speech.

Read more: Conformity, Information about Conformity.

I think the red shoes in the photo above could be one way that the “rebel” is expressing her individuality, while being part of the group/gang.

Posted by bigblue on 07/09/2011 at 08:22 AM
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Tuesday, 06 September 2011
Arms and ammunition

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I’m sure that many comparisons can be drawn between Ireland and the USA.  The one that came to mind in this shop was that the Irish appear to love nature as much as the Americans, as evidenced by all the hunting equipment and weapons on display and for sale.

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The really dangerous stuff was kept in this safe.

Posted by bigblue on 06/09/2011 at 08:17 AM
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Monday, 05 September 2011
Upstream and downstream

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The Garavogue River (once known as the Sligo River) looking up and downstream in the town centre.

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Wikipedia tells us that the name, Garavogue, comes from the Irish “garbh óg” meaning “young rough”, and that it is a “short and small” river located in County Sligo, Ireland. The source is at Lough Gill, from where it winds its way through Sligo town and into Sligo Bay.  The confluence of river and bay (as in many other places) is the original reason for human settlement here, going back to the stone age and beyond.

Posted by bigblue on 05/09/2011 at 08:37 AM
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Sunday, 04 September 2011
Irish skies

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As we find ourselves in a rather grey and dull autumn here in South East England, I’m remembering those heavenly views from last month’s trip to Ireland: the clouds, the light and the blue sky.

Posted by bigblue on 04/09/2011 at 10:03 PM
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