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Tuesday, 08 August 2006
Parking in Oxted

Parking in Oxted

There is a parking shortage in Oxted - for commuters (mainly on weekdays) and for shoppers (mainly on weekends). There are a couple of parking lots where whole-day parking is available, but all the bays in the town centre are restricted to 1 hour maximum, no return within 2 hours (in addition a couple outside the station are restricted to 20 minutes only). However these rules are never enforced, and at busy times people even park on yellow lines. Generally I prefer this situation to that in other places where an outside company has a contract to enforce parking, this becomes a revenue generator, and the contract rewards the outside company for imposing fines on the maximum number of people.

Still I noticed the above scene today, and think it’s a bit of a cheek.  For clarification: it shows the Oxted Florist parking their van outside their shop in the restricted parking zone. It was here for most of the morning and into the afternoon.

Posted by bigblue on 08/08/2006 at 09:12 PM
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The Blues Brothers

Blues Brothers dolls

This is a close-up of the Blues Brothers sculpture by Arja Jappinen, sculptor/artist, artisan dollmaker, feltmaker and entrepreneur on display as part of the Filtti exhibition I posted on over the weekend. They are the most expensive item on display, with a listed price of £2,800.

Posted by bigblue on 08/08/2006 at 08:26 AM
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Monday, 07 August 2006
2nd Rowfant Jazz Festival

Rowfant Jazz Festival

This flyer dropped in my email inbox yesterday, so I thought I would give it a plug here. This is a free-entry festival:

This, the 2nd Rowfant Jazz Festival promises to be even bigger and better than the first.  Bring and picnic or simply indulge in the hospitality provided by Rowfant House. Entry is free for all, and collections will be made for the St Catherines Hospice Charity throughout the day.

The lineup includes:

There will also be various Jam Sessions held throughout the day, and activities for kids.

The venue is Rowfant House, Wallage Lane, Rowfant, West Sussex (Telephone: 01342 714 823) .

Posted by bigblue on 07/08/2006 at 06:18 PM
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Sunday, 06 August 2006

Filtti - Focus on Finland

Another composite image from the Filtti - Focus on Finland exhibition at the Grace Barrand Design Centre in Nutfield.  From left to right (I think): The Blues Brothers, a 100% Finnship wool, needlefelted work by Arja Jappinen, Puzzle a 12-piece textile comprised of 100% Finnsheep wool, hand-dyed, by Marjo-Riitta Kaminen-Kanelin, Sleeves for Gold and Silver Circle and Felted Capes of Merino Wool, Silk Organza and glittering silk fabric, by Leena Sipila.

I enjoy these artist’s names: there is a fairytale quality to them, and even the name of the exhibition - Filtti) - invokes in me the warm feeling I get when visiting Ikea and marvelling at the product names. Where else could you buy a childrens’ desk called fartful (meaning speedy in Swedish)? Clearly I am not the only person amused: the quaint naming conventions of Ikea have even spawned the Ikea Game.

Posted by bigblue on 06/08/2006 at 11:13 PM
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Saturday, 05 August 2006
Miss Snowflake


This is a rather strange photograph: it depicts Miss Snowflake, a felted wall textile made of 100% Finnsheep wool, linen, cotton thread and artificial pearls. It was created by Miika Saarinen, textile artisan, feltmaker and entrepreneur and is on display at the Grace Barrand Design Centre this month, as part of Filtti - Focus on Finland. Incidentally, I couldn’t notice any artificial pearls.

The photograph above is a strange representation because it is a composite of several shots that I took and stitched together. Whereas the original is elegant and straight, this photo makes it look as if the owner has not followed the cleaning instructions and put it through the washing machine thereby changing the perspective and distorting the image.

This evening we went to The Barn Theatre in Oxted to see Scarlett in Iolanthe the comic Opera by Gillbert and Sullivan. It was fun but I think I prefer Opera in Italian, or French. It makes it more sophisticated and intelligent if you don’t fully understand the words, perhaps?

Posted by bigblue on 05/08/2006 at 11:09 PM
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Friday, 04 August 2006
Playing Cat


This evening I popped in to say goodbye to my sister and her family as they are off on holiday for two weeks. This is the family member they are leaving behind: Billie. She was very friendly today: rubbed against me, miaoued, and climbed on my lap to be stroked. I suspected she wanted someone to feed her, but Alex and Holly insisted that she simply wanted love. Perhaps she senses that they are leaving tomorrow and is unsettled. In this photograph I feel she is playing Mouse without the mouse. Scarlett is going to feed her while they are enjoying Lake Garda and environs.

Posted by bigblue on 04/08/2006 at 11:35 AM
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Thursday, 03 August 2006

derelict building in Holland

I found this building walking back from the physiotherapist yesterday afternoon, in Holland, Surrey. I would never have noticed it in the car, so have one reason to be thankful that I can’t drive. I still can’t use my right arm properly, so can’t type this easily either.

Posted by bigblue on 03/08/2006 at 08:03 PM
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Wednesday, 02 August 2006
Oxted Health Centre


This is the construction site that is the Oxted Health Centre. Fortunately it’s not like this inside. I needed to go here this morning as I had used up my 8 day supply of painkillers in 3 days.

Posted by bigblue on 02/08/2006 at 07:52 PM
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