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Thursday, 15 December 2016
Kid walking home


Outside my office in Barcelona there is a large square with a playground (or two) in the middle, a large pedestrianised area, and two narrow lanes (with restricted vehicle access) which indicate that at a previous time this “square” was a busy road. The street has therefore been reduced in capacity and it seems that only residents can use it now. It is nice to have the children running around, playing, cycling, and zipping around on scooters when you leave the office (not visible here as I left the office much earlier than normal today). There are invariably also groups of carers hanging around and chatting while the kids play together.  By restricting private vehicles the authorities have made the area more pleasant for inhabitants and visitors, safer, healthier, and reduced traffic volumes overall.

Posted by bigblue on 15/12/2016 at 08:10 PM
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Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Recasens of Barcelona


Recasens is a cozy restaurant in Barcelona on Rambla de Poble Nou, with good simple food and great wine. There’s a short and sweet review at Secrets of Barcelona.

Posted by bigblue on 14/12/2016 at 07:50 PM
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Saturday, 10 December 2016
Critical Mass London - November 2016

A ride with the Mass at the end of November 2016. It was quite a pleasant ride and the weather was mild for this time of the year.

Posted by bigblue on 10/12/2016 at 05:17 PM
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Thursday, 01 December 2016
Daylight view


I thought I should post a photo from my hotel bedroom terrace to illustrate how beautiful and sunny the days have been. It was also fairly mild, not as cold as the UK currently is. I took the photo at about 6:30 in the morning, which also illustrates that the sun rises much earlier in Vienna than in London.

Posted by bigblue on 01/12/2016 at 11:00 AM
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Tuesday, 29 November 2016
Funfair in Vienna


So the funfair is in town? This is the view from the terrace of my hotel room.

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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Apparently half of the music video for this impressionistic balad by the group Ultravox was filmed in London.

The other half was in Vienna. We did it on the cheap. There was just us and Nick, our trusty camera man. We took an early morning flight to Vienna, ran round like loonies in and out of taxis as we filmed, and soon discovered that, due to it being the winter off-season, many of the splendid places we’d been counting upon filming were either shut for redecorating or covered with webs of scaffolding. “What do you mean it’s ‘closed for repairs’?!” We finished up in the cemetery for the shots with the statue which had been used for the single’s cover (a gentleman who made pianos for the rich and famous of his time, I believe), did the sunset shot, and then dashed back to London to start editing.

- Warren Cann, explaining the location details to Jonas Wårstad, as reported on Wikipedia

You can spot the London shots quite easily if you are familiar with Covent Garden.

Posted by bigblue on 27/11/2016 at 05:15 PM
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Saturday, 19 November 2016
Arlington Reservoir


It was a lovely sunny autumn day in East Sussex today. I drove down, after having scraped ice from the car, but the lovely weather made me want to drive home and cycle back. Unfortunately I had work to do.

Posted by bigblue on 19/11/2016 at 08:11 PM
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Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Prague Castle at night


The view from Charles Bridge.

Posted by bigblue on 26/10/2016 at 11:45 PM
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