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Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Rusty old bones

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Found on the seashore, this seems an appropriate image for Halloween.

Posted by bigblue on 31/10/2012 at 06:43 AM
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Monday, 29 October 2012
Oxford night

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An autumn photograph.

Posted by bigblue on 29/10/2012 at 07:01 AM
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Sunday, 28 October 2012
Dismounting

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How to dismount your bicycle at speed.

Posted by bigblue on 28/10/2012 at 07:07 AM
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Saturday, 27 October 2012
Approaching Rain

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Oxted from the Woldingham Viewpoint. I took this earlier this afternoon on a short, slow, wet, and somewhat chilly cycle ride.

Posted by bigblue on 27/10/2012 at 03:46 PM
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Warlington

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As seen in the news lately. Not Warlingham or Wallington mind, but an imaginary place in the direction of both of them.  This name reminded me of Suw Charman’s Argleton, a short story about a fictitious place that appeared on Google Maps.  Perhaps the latest Apple maps, being riddled with errors, will inspire her to write a sequel.

This roadsign was drawn to my attention on Wednesday morning by BBC Surrey on Twitter:

Warlington

The on air discussion of this roadsign, and similar bloopers, can be listened to for the next 3 days: here.  It starts 120 minutes into the programme.

Posted by bigblue on 27/10/2012 at 08:07 AM
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Friday, 26 October 2012
A Toyshop

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Or rather a building supplies company.

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Thursday, 25 October 2012
Old school rice packaging

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Seeing this quaintly packaged rice recently got me thinking: is cotton more environmentally friendly than plastic for this kind of food packaging? Is it healthier? Could the cotton sack be reused and/or recycled? How much energy and waste goes into making different types of packaging? Perhaps there are other, more environmentally friendly materials the bags could be made from, such as hemp. After all modern cotton production requires high levels of pesticide.

The thing is we don’t have that information, and so we don’t know the full cost to us of our products and packaging, including the environmental costs and the cost of dealing with the waste removal or recycling. And so, because information is “hidden”, there is not a free market - perfect information (for buyers and sellers) is one of the preconditions of a free market.

I did do some rudemenary investigations of this product, and the company told me

we use cotton bags suitable for food of kg 1, 2  and 5. We buy these bags from an italian textile company.
 
We suggest you to cook our  rice with mushrooms or with saffron or with shrimps and cooked ham.

This wasn’t unsolicited advice. I had asked them for advice on recipes and they have also actually offered to fax me some recipes. Well I did mention that they are old school… I haven’t had a fax machine in over a decade. I will have to go up into ye olde attic and dust off my fax to email service.

Posted by bigblue on 25/10/2012 at 07:58 AM
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Wednesday, 24 October 2012
A British sweatshop?

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On second glance, no.

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