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Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Another misnomer

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The local road sign states:

Caution Cyclists

but I assume it means “Drivers (should exercise) Caution (with cyclists)”  This is not an official road sign.

See here for the last misnomer that I wrote about. Another one I noticed is a visibility jacket that is deliberately designed to make the viewer think of the police. A horse rider that I passed was wearing one.

Posted by bigblue on 17/10/2012 at 08:08 AM
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Tuesday, 16 October 2012
Decending

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From Caterham on the Hill to Bletchingley on a stretch of National Cycle Route 21.

Posted by bigblue on 16/10/2012 at 08:03 AM
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Monday, 15 October 2012
Cycling near Nutfield

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Yesterday afternoon. It was a lovely sunny day, but a bit cool with a steady breeze.

Posted by bigblue on 15/10/2012 at 08:23 AM
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Sunday, 14 October 2012
Monk Bar

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And the Richard III Museum, at Monkgate in York. Richard died during the Battle of Bosworth Field, becoming the last English king to die in battle (and the only English king to do so on English soil since Harold II at the Battle of Hastings in 1066).

With the (alleged) recent discovery of the grave of Richard under a car park in Leicester, I was prompted to read up a bit more about this monarch. It was this that brought me to the website of the Richard III Society. In answer to the question, Why a Richard III Society?, the Society answer:

Ask people what they know about Richard III and a few years ago you would probably have got one or more of these responses:-

  • Wasn’t he the wicked uncle who killed the Princes in the Tower?
  • Wasn’t he a hunchback?
  • Oh and didn’t Shakespeare write a play about him?
Nowadays the public are becoming more aware that King Richard III lived and died during a fascinating and colourful period of English history and that this epoch provides a controversial backdrop for murder, mystery, and suspense.  Moreover, the public now questions whether the dramatic caricature devised by Shakespeare is depicting a real man or somebody who is the target for one of the earliest character assassinations in English history.  The Society was originally founded in 1924 by a generation who had already begun to ask these questions and they laid the foundation for a Society that welcomes people who feel that traditional history, based on the Tudor perceptions of King Richard, needs to re-examined and re-assessed.

For a more detailed explanation of this society, read here.

Posted by bigblue on 14/10/2012 at 12:40 PM
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Saturday, 13 October 2012
A polite notice

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Although the Oxted Down was shorn of sheep when I was there recently.

Posted by bigblue on 13/10/2012 at 08:01 AM
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Friday, 12 October 2012
An open letter

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To Surrey County Council Trading Standards and Morrissons.

I recently bought some of these “wholefood nuts and fruit” at the Morrissons in Oxted. A short while later I felt a little funny. On reading the ingredients list on the packets I was surprised to see that many of these products contain sugar, derived/processed sugars, and several different “preservatives”. In other words some of these products appear to have been deliberatly mislabelled in an attempt to deceive me. Fool me once: shame on you!

See: dictionary definition.

Posted by bigblue on 12/10/2012 at 08:07 AM
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Thursday, 11 October 2012
Oxted to Woldingham via the Oxted Downs

This is the short ride I took on Saturday afternoon, played at 10 times the actual speed.  The embarassing moment comes at 2"02 when a hiker strides out of the North Downs Trail onto the road in front of me and pulls completely away from me.  This was the steepest part of the climb, when I was in my lowest gear.  I caught him up again at 2"44.  The soundtrack to the video is from Downfader, who describes himself as a musician, cyclist, photographer and philosopher.

Posted by bigblue on 11/10/2012 at 08:43 AM
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Wednesday, 10 October 2012
We need bees

How to help bees in your garden. A useful video from The Sussex Wildlife Trust.

See one of my previous posts on bees, here.

Posted by bigblue on 10/10/2012 at 08:51 AM
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