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Saturday, 22 September 2012
Clouds in the Water Part 3

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The third installment of water and clouds, seen at Hever Castle recently.

Posted by bigblue on 22/09/2012 at 08:07 AM
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Friday, 21 September 2012
Clouds in the Water Part 2

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I took several photographs of water and clouds while at Hever Castle, and will blog these over the coming days.  If you missed Part 1, it is here.

Posted by bigblue on 21/09/2012 at 08:08 AM
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Thursday, 20 September 2012
Twitter bird

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Somebody is making the Twitter bird (and other things) out of glass and
selling them…

Posted by bigblue on 20/09/2012 at 08:03 AM
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Wednesday, 19 September 2012
Clouds in the Water

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As seen at Hever this afternoon.

Posted by bigblue on 19/09/2012 at 08:03 PM
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Saturday, 15 September 2012
Staff Attack Button

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Looking up from my bed in the local A&E I was interested to see that there was a button that invited me to press it in case of “staff attack”. It was a bit surprising because the staff in A&E as well as the ambulance staff who took me there all seemed like angels.

Today I read (in a news report from 2007) that thousands of NHS staff are attacked by patients each year. However I can find no reports of NHS staff attacking the patients. Perhaps the button is simply mislabelled.

Posted by bigblue on 15/09/2012 at 07:40 PM
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Friday, 14 September 2012
Slow worm

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When I first spotted this animal in the road, I thought it was a dead snake.. When it moved I then assumed it was an injured snake but, not knowing the species, I took this photograph of it to aid in identification. After some research I have discovered it is a slow worm. This reptile is actually a lizard, albeit a limbless one. Like all good lizards it can shed (and regrow) its tail. So perhaps there’s hope for this one, which I spotted in Woldingham, with an injured tail.

Posted by bigblue on 14/09/2012 at 08:13 AM
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Thursday, 13 September 2012
Bicycle theft and economics

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I was standing on the beach at Hove on Saturday when the owner of this bicycle rode up, locked her bike to the railing using a U-lock and then came onto the beach. I am always interested in what other cyclists do to secure their bicycles and so I asked her whether she was at all concerned that someone might remove/steal her wheels. For my part I am also always worried that people might remove my saddle, which would be as easy to do on my bike (without tools) as it would to remove the wheels. Furthermore one sees evidence around of thieves stripping parts from locked bicycles in public places (and indeed even the reverse).

The cyclist tried to turn the question back at me by asking whether I thought the wheels of her bicycle would be worth stealing. I didn’t accept her rhetorical question, and gently pressed her again, at which point she said that she didn’t think her bicycle (as a whole) was worth anyone’s bother stealing. I left the conversation there, as I didn’t want to alarm her, but she is probably wrong.

According to the Priceonomics Blog:

It seems like a crime with very limited financial upside for the thief, and yet bicycle theft is rampant in cities like San Francisco (where we are based). What is the economic incentive for bike thieves that underpins the pervasiveness of bike theft? Is this actually an efficient way for criminals to make money?

The whole article, which applies economic theory to bicycle crime, is worth reading, here: What Happens to Stolen Bicycles?

The conclusion of the article in one sentence: It’s dead simple to steal a bike and the consequences are near zero. My own conclusion would be that this crime is not taken seriously by all concerned, including the police and justice system, because the full extent of the problem/crime is not really visible.

Posted by bigblue on 13/09/2012 at 12:11 PM
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Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Two swans

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I spotted these birds in West Sussex on Saturday, between Partridge Green (where we stopped for a pub lunch) and Upper Beeding (where we didn’t stop, as we could almost smell the sea).

Posted by bigblue on 12/09/2012 at 07:58 AM
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