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Thursday, 07 December 2017
Oxford Street

This an interesting short documentary on the history and future of Oxford Street, London. I think it illustrates the stupidity of many city streets where we dedicate 30% of space to 60% of road users. It also highlights the problem of sending vast numbers of busses (near-empty at most times) down a busy shopping street.

Posted by bigblue on 07/12/2017 at 03:15 PM
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Thursday, 23 November 2017
Hip-hopspital

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I’m at the East Surrey hospital, maternity wing. It’s a hipster!

Posted by bigblue on 23/11/2017 at 06:22 PM
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Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Street furniture

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Camden Council seems to have taken the concept of street furniture quite literally on Byng Place outside the Church of Christ the King.

Posted by bigblue on 14/11/2017 at 10:53 PM
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Monday, 30 October 2017
Ebbsfleet International Station

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A dark start to the morning, despite the clocks having gone back on Sunday.

Posted by bigblue on 30/10/2017 at 06:03 AM
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Sunday, 30 July 2017
I’m off!

The moment has come that I depart on London-Edinburgh-London. This 870 mile (1440 km) cycle ride is the longest I have ever done, and I have 117 hours to complete it. Assuming I won’t be writing much for the next five days, I thought I would leave you with this video of some fantastic images from the 2013 edition of the ride.

Posted by bigblue on 30/07/2017 at 01:45 PM
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Wednesday, 12 July 2017
Dunich Dynamo from the air

This lovely aerial footage of Saturday’s Dunwich Dynamo is doing the rounds.
Via: Road.cc.

Posted by bigblue on 12/07/2017 at 05:43 PM
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Tuesday, 11 July 2017
Dunwich Dynamo

This year I had to skip the annual Dunwich Dynamo bike ride, which was the 25th edition of the ride. Someone posted this historic video of ITV’s coverage of the 2006 ride, a wet one. At that time the ride was growing in numbers and had a record 700 participants. This year it was still growing with an estimated 2500 riders taking part. Apparently the story given in this video concerning the origins of the ride (although widely repeated) is a myth.

Posted by bigblue on 11/07/2017 at 11:31 PM
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Monday, 10 July 2017
The Biddenden Twins

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I’ve written about these conjoined twins before, here and here. I passed through the town on Sunday and thought I’d take the opportunity to update my previous photo and also show some of the words on the village sign.

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I’m surprised to read that the one twin’s refusal to be separated from her dead sister is described in a way that suggests this inevitably led to her own death, because in the 12th Century, the era prior to antibiotics (and an understanding of infection, nevermind proper anaesthesia), such an operation would surely have resulted in her death anyway.

I’ve written previously about the village of Biddenden, here.

Posted by bigblue on 10/07/2017 at 01:25 PM
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