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Saturday, 13 May 2006
Flooding at Four Elms

flood in Four Elms

Driving back from Sevenoaks, I passed through the village of Four Elms, in The High Weald an area designated as being of outstanding natural beauty.  In Sevenoaks we had had some rain, but here there was flooding from the sudden thunderstorm.  Ten minutes later, back in Oxted, it was dry and sunny: there had been no rain whatsoever.

Posted by bigblue on 13/05/2006 at 09:56 AM
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Friday, 12 May 2006
Lost dog

lost dog

Following last week’s feel-good posting about a dog that was lost, and found, I spotted another lost dog poster near Oxted.  Unfortunately this dog is still missing.

I’m getting quite impressed now with the Lost Dog website.

Last year I went through a phase of publishing found grocery lists.  See here and here.  Yesterday I found (via Boing Boing) that there is a whole website devoted to found shopping lists.

Posted by bigblue on 12/05/2006 at 09:26 AM
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Thursday, 11 May 2006
Found in Oxted

Station Road West, Oxted

Found: One large hole in the road in Station Road East, Oxted.
The hole seems to have been abandoned by its owners, who were seen to be paying it much attention earlier in the week but have now vanished.  The only clue to their existence are the two British Gas vans parked on a yellow line, which are causing a further obstruction to traffic and pedestrians.  At about 12 noon yesterday, three men with reflective yellow jackets walked up to the hole and stared into it fondly for several minutes. However they did not seem to recognise it as their hole, and left shortly afterwards.

Please would anyone with information about the owners of the hole, kindly inform them that it has been found and they can collect it at their earliest convenience.

Posted by bigblue on 11/05/2006 at 09:37 AM
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Wednesday, 10 May 2006
Parking crimes

Parking problems

I stopped for fifteen minutes in Sevenoaks high street yesterday morning. The fifteen minutes turned into 2 hours as I was wedged between two cars and couldn’t get out.  The annoying thing is that the parking area has a limit of 1 hour’s parking (with no return within 2 hours).

As you can see from the photograph above, there is also a car parked on the right hand side of the picture, on a yellow line (registration LV55UDW, sporting a disabled parking badge). This car effectively turned the street into a one-way road whenever a lorry passed.

My car is pictured second from the left. Behind it is the Sevenoaks Cleaning Company transit van (registration HK03EKF). I phoned the company to complain but they asked me to look around for someone cleaning windows while they tried to contact him on his mobile. Eventually their driver materialised out of thin air (1 minute before the traffic warden), and moved his van.

In front of my car is a black Peugeot 307 (registration NU52WKF).  This driver also materilised from thin air within 30 seconds of the traffic warden arriving.  I presume the driver works in an office/shop on the high street. I saw him drive to the (pay-and-display) parking area on Blighs Meadow.

In front of this car is a red Daewoo Kalos (registration LV54UVG), and in front of that a black Volkswagen Driver (registration H638DTP), and in front of that a black Landrover Discovery (registration GF05EKW), followed by a silver Honda (registration RJ53SHZ).  All of the vehicles (not only those blocking my exit) were parked there continuously for well over the one hour limit.

After waiting for one hour I phoned the Sevenoaks District Council to request the presence of a traffic warden. I had intuited that if a traffic warden appeared my problems would rapidly disappear. It took 30 minutes for the warden to arrive (which I am not grumbling about, considering that he had to come from the other side of the district).  However I had to work very hard to persuade the woman at the Council that a traffic warden would be of any use. She pointed out that he would have to note down the registration numbers and then could only issue tickets after another hour had elapsed. I said this was fine and suggested that if a traffic warden arrived and started writing down the registration numbers I was convinced the drivers would appear and the problem would evaporate.  Strangely enough, that is exactly what happened.

The photos below show some of the parking offenders.
parking offenders

Posted by bigblue on 10/05/2006 at 11:58 AM
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Tuesday, 09 May 2006
Come on England!

Come on England!

It used to be that hanging on in quiet desperation was the English way. In recent years the desperation of failed summer sporting hopes has rested on those two words: come on. Am I the only one who imagines that this poster effectively curses the English football team to suffer defeat and failure?

Posted by bigblue on 09/05/2006 at 02:34 PM
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Not in my backyard

Dandylion Lawn

Because the lawn with the dandilions is at a local school. I think dandilions should be left to take over our lawns and verges.  I was really taken by the beauty of them in Dornach, where the grass verges are left to grow high and are full of wild flowers, including dandilion.

Posted by bigblue on 09/05/2006 at 10:08 AM
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Reflected Sky

reflected sky

This photograph is cutting edge Bimbles genre. The trick in this new technique is to wind the window down, and extend your arm outside the car.  Please note that the car was parked. I was not driving and using my mobile phone camera at the same time.  The yellow field in the distance is Canola or Rape Seed.

Fortunately, as you can see, the weather in Surrey was better today. Unfortunately I also got a letter from the taxman saying I owe them some more money (on top of what I have already paid).

Posted by bigblue on 09/05/2006 at 12:28 AM
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Sunday, 07 May 2006
Rain

rain

It’s been a bit wet and miserable so I haven’t managed to get out and about on my bicycle as planned.  I spent too much time in front of the TV and discovered this weird program Lost. It seems to be playing with the general need for humans to find some kind of meaning or purpose to our existence and the world, combined with the general loss of our traditional belief systems in modern society.  The series has a large number of unsolved mysteries and plotlines.

Posted by bigblue on 07/05/2006 at 07:19 PM
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