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Monday, 15 June 2015
Rush Hour on Pilgrims’ Way

It became unexpectedly ungulating on the road home near Titsey this evening.

Posted by bigblue on 15/06/2015 at 10:01 PM
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Friday, 12 June 2015
What happened next?

A driver reverses out of a driveway into the road in front of a cyclist.

Posted by bigblue on 12/06/2015 at 03:20 PM
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Thursday, 11 June 2015
The Windsor Flyer #audax

At the end of May I did this 110 km ride from Old Windsor into the Chilterns and back.  I “lost” about 15 minutes of footage (due to not noticing a flat battery). This is the rest of the ride, at about 60 times the speed in which it happened. It was a very pleasant ride, but the Saturday traffic wasn’t very pleasant near the start and end of the ride.

Posted by bigblue on 11/06/2015 at 07:17 AM
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Wednesday, 10 June 2015
Why do they do it?

Not a big deal in the end, but totally unnecessary. It probably had something to do with the fact that I had overtaken this driver a few minutes earlier in the traffic jam at Streatham Common.  The driver was restoring his pride or something.

Posted by bigblue on 10/06/2015 at 08:06 PM
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Friday, 05 June 2015
Westminster from Hungerford Bridge

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I usually cross on the Eastern leg of the Hungerford Bridge so this view towards the West showing the London Eye and the Westminster skyline is unusual for me. 

Posted by bigblue on 05/06/2015 at 09:36 AM
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Thursday, 04 June 2015
Desiderata in the woods

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In the woods of Woldingham I stumbled across this bench which evoked The Desiderata by Max Ehrmann. This prose poem, writen in 1927, is full of little homilies and has an interesting history.

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.

And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

The plaque on the bench indicates that it was placed there by the Woodland Trust, who manage this wood.  The bench is dedicated to (or by, it is not clear which) Amanda Rix, who is a local animal homeopath. The plaque also contains the last 12 words of the poem.

Posted by bigblue on 04/06/2015 at 03:52 PM
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Wednesday, 03 June 2015
The view from my lawn

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My neighbour grumbled at me, “When are you going to do something about your weeds?”. I had to point out that a weed is a plant that is in a place that you don’t want it to be, and that as I had planted these wildflowers they could not be weeds. She was unconvinced and tried to tell me that some of them were weeds.  I pointed out that the bees and the butterflies like these wildflowers but she says they also like the flowers that she grows in her garden (which are not weeds, obviously).

Disappointed in my response she withdrew from the discussion. I expect that she will come back and complain again sometime.

Posted by bigblue on 03/06/2015 at 05:49 PM
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