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Monday, 28 April 2014
Penny farthing

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Outside Pandora, which is the York Retailer of the year, 2014.  It sells jewellery from High Petergate. The people who run the facebook page seem to have as much difficulty as me in spelling “jewellery”.

Also the facebook page gives me the impression that they won “Pandora store of the year” - i.e. that they were the best of a number of Pandora shops around the UK.  However, according to the York Tourist site they are a finalist in the Visit York Tourism Awards (2014), as Shopping Experience of the Year, with:

These are not mutually exclusive of course.  I wish them all the best with the awards. I notice that the chocoholic vote will be split.

Posted by bigblue on 28/04/2014 at 03:23 PM
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Sunday, 27 April 2014
A hate crime

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When I was in York recently it was distressing for me to see that the Blue Moon Trading shop on Goodramgate is still displaying and selling Nazi t-shirts.

How can this be legal and tolerated in our country?

Posted by bigblue on 27/04/2014 at 04:48 PM
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Saturday, 26 April 2014
Flying in London last night

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Bicycling is the nearest approximation I know to the flight of birds. The airplane simply carries a man on its back like an obedient Pegasus; it gives him no wings of his own. There are movements on a bicycle corresponding to almost all the variations in the flight of the larger birds. Plunging free downhill is like a hawk stooping. On the level stretches you may pedal with a steady rhythm like a heron flapping; or you may, like an accipitrine hawk, alternate rapid pedaling with gliding.  If you want to test the force and direction of the wind, there is no better way than to circle, banked inward, like a turkey vulture. When you have the wind against you, headway is best made by yawing or wavering, like a crow flying upwind. I have climbed a steep hill by circling or spiraling, rising each time on the upturn with the momentum of the downturn, like any soaring bird. I have shot in and out of stalled traffic like a goshawk through the woods.

~ Birdwatching author Louis J Halle in “Spring in Washington”, 1947/1957.

Yesterday, Mark of iBikeLondon reminded us that the first two pilots were bicycle fanatics (well, co-owners of a bicycle shop).  He has a fascinating little article here.  It is not difficult to imagine that if flying was not yet invented, a cyclist somewhere would invent it today.

I have put my videos from last night’s ride up here:

For more information about Critical Mass, see here.

Posted by bigblue on 26/04/2014 at 08:46 PM
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Friday, 25 April 2014
Three string cigar box

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Played by Brooks Williams at the British Wildlife Centre last night. The instrument was made by Chickenbone John.

Posted by bigblue on 25/04/2014 at 10:05 AM
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Wednesday, 23 April 2014
The 1970s

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Sometimes when travelling to a different place you have the feeling of going back in time.

Posted by bigblue on 23/04/2014 at 03:15 PM
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Saturday, 19 April 2014
Snail

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It seemed to be sleeping. I was thinking of painting its shell with nail varnish to see how far it would travel overnight, but the next morning it could not be found.

Posted by bigblue on 19/04/2014 at 10:01 PM
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Thursday, 17 April 2014
A Spring Courtyard

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 As seen in York recently.

Posted by bigblue on 17/04/2014 at 08:44 PM
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Wednesday, 16 April 2014
bóín shamhraidh

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I spotted the first little cow of summer in my garden today.

Posted by bigblue on 16/04/2014 at 04:39 PM
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