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Friday, 19 April 2013
Animals

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I took this photo on the way to a friend’s birthday party in London yesterday evening. The most iconic image of this power station is from the famous 1973 album Animals by Pink Floyd.

The designer of that album (and many other album artworks) Storm Thorgerson, died yesterday, aged 70.

Posted by bigblue on 19/04/2013 at 01:07 PM
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Wednesday, 17 April 2013
Hello, dry riser inlet

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I didn’t know what this was, but I recognised the hello stickers.

A dry riser, according to Wikipedia:

a main vertical pipe intended to distribute water to multiple levels of a building or structure as a component of the fire suppression systems.
The pipe is maintained empty of water. The dry riser is the opposite of a “wet riser” or “wet standpipe” system where the pipes are kept full of water for manual or automatic fire fighting operations. Dry risers have to have fire engine access within 18┬ám of the dry riser inlet box. Dry risers in occupied buildings have to be within a fire resistant shaft, usually one of a building’s fire escape staircase enclosures.

This one was spotted at Charing Cross recently.

Posted by bigblue on 17/04/2013 at 07:40 PM
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Friday, 12 April 2013
On the North Downs Way

Due to the muddy and slippery conditions in the clay soil yesterday, I didn’t do much off-road cycling. Here’s a short clip of some of it, starting from the end of a very steep climb up Gangers Hill.

Posted by bigblue on 12/04/2013 at 11:32 AM
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Longer route in fast-motion

Yesterday’s descent was a longer route down than the previous one, but I have “speeded-up” the video here.

Posted by bigblue on 12/04/2013 at 08:31 AM
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Thursday, 11 April 2013
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

A selection of some of the people I encountered on my ride this afternoon. As you can see I chose a different perspective (to the normal one) for the camera.

Posted by bigblue on 11/04/2013 at 09:07 PM
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A sign of my OCD?

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My local station has a sign in front (top) indicating that there is cycle parking 30 metres away down the road (bottom). I measured it, and the distance from the sign to the parking spot is between 40 metres and 50 metres. Now would you trust people to run your railway who couldn’t get a simple thing like that right?

Posted by bigblue on 11/04/2013 at 05:18 PM
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Tuesday, 09 April 2013
Sunset of the lambs

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On Botley Hill yesterday evening.

Posted by bigblue on 09/04/2013 at 09:08 AM
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Descending Titsey Hill

I took the offroad route yesterday evening because the path has dried (as you can see in the video). I had noticed that Water Lane (the road at the bottom of the hill) had been closed recently for resurfacing work, so was surprised to notice that only a small part of the road has been resurfaced.

Posted by bigblue on 09/04/2013 at 08:27 AM
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