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Saturday, 25 August 2012
Abandoned mini

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On Tupwood Scrubbs Road, Caterham. A year ago police, firefighters, two ambulances and a helicopter attended the scene of an accident nearby when a woman fell from a viewing platform into a ravine. There was no suggestion of foul play.

Two years ago police were reported to have uncovered a “cannabis factory” in this secluded road. One presumes that cannabis is cultivated and that this was what most people would refer to as a farm. Some reports, such as this one quote a police spokesperson as saying

This raid proves Tandridge is successfully disrupting the illegal supply of drugs.

which is simply an illogical statement: the police may very well be disrupting the illegal supply of drugs, but this raid proves nothing of the sort. I could think of several other things that could prove it…. for example if people were falling off platforms while high on drugs, and this stopped for a while after the raid because people were unable to get drugs and were consequently sober….

There is a nearby helipad at The Chalet, a property on Tupwood Lane owned by the Chairman of West Ham Football Club, David Gold. See here. I suspect the police helicopter would have had to use Mr Gold’s helipad to land.

Posted by bigblue on 25/08/2012 at 08:22 AM
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Friday, 24 August 2012
Weavers Fields, Bethnal Green

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This park, in centre of the photograph was laid out in the 1960s on an area that was cleared of housing by the GLC in the 1960s, following World War II bomb damage. Residents were moved into high rise flats. The original site was intended to be much larger. Much work was done in the 1990s and 2000s to create a park from open grassland. According to Wikipedia, 41% of the population of Bethnal Green is of Bangladeshi origin, making this the largest ethnic group. Every year since 1997 the Baishakhi Mela has been celebrated in Bethnal Green, and since 1999 it has been held in Weavers Field. This event celebrates the Bengali New Year.

The name of the fields probably date back to the 18th Century when the silk-weaving trade spread eastwards from Spitalfields into Bethnal Green, attracting many immigrant Huguenot and Irish weavers to the district. In the 19th Century Jack the Ripper operated at the western end of Bethnal Green and in neighbouring Whitechapel.

The fields today consist of a dog walking area, a small children’s play area, two football pitches and a Community Cafe in the centre of the fields.

Posted by bigblue on 24/08/2012 at 07:49 PM
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London from the air yesterday evening

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It was a bit dull, as you can see, but London Bridge and the Shard Tower are visible approximately one third from the right of the photograph and about a quarter from the top.

Posted by bigblue on 24/08/2012 at 08:50 AM
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Thursday, 23 August 2012
The London Shard

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For the third time I am postIng a photograph of this recent addition to the London skyline. Previous pictures here and here. I’m not sure what those structures protruding from the building are; perhaps they are window cleaning devices.
Update: it turns out that this is the fourth photo of the building I have posted as I have already posted a third photo of the Shard, from a completely different angle, here.

Posted by bigblue on 23/08/2012 at 05:14 PM
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A field of Ragwort

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On National Cycle Route 21 near Caterham.

Posted by bigblue on 23/08/2012 at 08:19 AM
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Wednesday, 22 August 2012
The North Downs Way

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Climbing up to Marden Park and Great Church Woods, an area of outstanding natural beauty on the North Downs. This area was described as follows:

Made up of Marden Park and Great Church Wood, this is Surrey’s largest Woodland Trust property. It sits on relatively high ground on the narrow plateau and steep slopes of the North Downs, with the western tip of Marden Park separated from the rest of the wood by Chaldons Farm. A¬†particularly rich mixture of trees, including beech, whitebeam, yew, field maple, lime, hornbeam and ash populates this mostly native woodland, and the autumn months see an explosion of deep reds and yellows. Many ancient beech trees are scattered throughout the park, rising from dense carpets of fern, foxglove, clematis, bramble and bluebell. Roe deer, sheep and goats graze on the areas of recreated chalk grassland, throughout which are dotted bee orchids, greater butterfly orchids and abundant twayblade. Grasshoppers and butterflies (up to 25 species) keep the meadows vibrant and restless with fluttering colour.

~ The 10 best woods and forests for seasonal colour, The Observer, Sunday 10 April 2011.

I will never forget that I received a letter from my MP Sam Gyimah, justifying the proposed privatisation of publically owned woodlands, on the day that the government capitulated to pressure and withdrew the proposals. Clearly he had been left somewhat exposed by a sudden u-turn by the government.

Posted by bigblue on 22/08/2012 at 08:55 AM
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Tuesday, 21 August 2012
Speed kills

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Police attend to the scene of an accident on the B269 between Botley Hill and Warlingham earlier this evening. This stretch of road is notorious for speeding boy racers who tail-gate and have a have-to-overtake mentality.

Posted by bigblue on 21/08/2012 at 06:39 PM
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Woldingham

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A framed view of the North Downs between Woldingham and Caterham.

Posted by bigblue on 21/08/2012 at 08:54 AM
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