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Sunday, 20 May 2012
Another sick cycle lane

Surrey County Council probably thought that they were doing something great here: creating a path for cyclists to avoid the roundabout. They really needed to have thought a bit harder ...

Posted by bigblue on 20/05/2012 at 11:39 AM
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Friday, 18 May 2012
Two views from the North Downs

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The first is of Oxted, and the Weald of Kent.

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The second is taken in the opposite direction, looking up towards London. Both photographs were taken yesterday evening at different spots on my cycle ride.

Posted by bigblue on 18/05/2012 at 10:50 AM
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Ploughing

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A tractor does what tractors do on the chalk downs in Kent.

Posted by bigblue on 18/05/2012 at 08:47 AM
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Thursday, 17 May 2012
Absentee

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Whenever I see these fields, I think of the song Absentee by Emmy
the Great, which is a tale of childhood bereavement:

One goodbye for everyone
Old pair of shoes the last place they were left
Out by the door where they always were kept
Brown laces
We stand in line to hear the news
We’ve not been together since Christmas last year
Room full of children all sad in the ear
Small faces
And church music playing, playing
Our parents sleep and sleep
They don’t remember the ones they have left
We find the magazines under your bed
Strange pictures
I play out in the street
And trip on the sidewalk all covered in blood
Tears not allowed and I pick myself up
No stitches
And absentee
Kyrie eleison
Your memory like disease holds on
The fallow has grown out again
And all, all the fields are yellow
Your CD’s, car keys, diaries
My family kept these secretly
Your memory like disease holds on
Absentee
Kyrie eleison
Kyrie eleison

Here’s Emmy playing the song, live:

Posted by bigblue on 17/05/2012 at 08:31 AM
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Wednesday, 16 May 2012
Spring pond

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The pond at Crawley Down.  See here for the Winter view and here and here for other views of this pond. (Or rather the same view at different times).

Posted by bigblue on 16/05/2012 at 08:46 AM
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Tuesday, 15 May 2012
More clouds in Worth

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I took this near the spot where I took the photograph that I published yesterday.  It shows not only the clouds, sky and fields, but also the crossing of power lines.

Posted by bigblue on 15/05/2012 at 08:44 AM
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Monday, 14 May 2012
Pedestrians and Cyclists in conflict?

Finally I have evidence of what everyone has long suspected: cyclists and pedestrians are in serious conflict over shared pathways!  We need to do something, urgently, about the dangers ... before any cyclist is harmed ...

Posted by bigblue on 14/05/2012 at 07:34 PM
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Clouds in Worth

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It was good to get some sun again over the weekend after the recent wetdrought.

I have written previously about WorthAbbey which is situated near where I took this photograph. I said that:

the word Worth is apparently an Old English word for a settlement or village that was fenced or enclosed, and is Saxon (Germanic) in origin.  It therefore dates back to between 350AD and 1000AD.  Worth is similar in meaning to the place name suffix “-ton” but worth was generally used to describe larger settlements.

I also wrote in 2004 about the Alsatian town of Woerth, which I suspect has the same etymology, but at the time I linked to a local website which claimed that it derived from an Old German word meaning “island” (typically in Marsh).

Posted by bigblue on 14/05/2012 at 12:43 PM
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