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Wednesday, 12 October 2005
Autumn colours


Here’s another photograph that captures the autumn colours that are currently on display.

Tonight I am travelling to Sevenoaks to see a play by Molière, The Hypochondriac (Le Malade imaginaire).  This play was first performed in 1673, shortly before Molière died.  He was born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin in 1622 and was a master of comic satire.

Some of Molière’s works are available at the Gutenburg Project.

Posted by bigblue on 12/10/2005 at 08:38 PM
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Tuesday, 11 October 2005
Pietersen effect

Autumn tree

Here’s another example of what can be called the Pietersen effect.

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Monday, 10 October 2005
Autumn trees

autumn tree

At this time when the season starts to shift it is also possible to notice irregularities within a single plant. Certain branches seem to respond quicker to the colder weather: perhaps the leaves that are North-facing are affected first, or perhaps areas of the tree are shaded for longer periods of the day. In the case of the trees in this photograph neither explanation holds.

I am a bit late with this, but from 43 Folders come: Five fast email productivity tips and How to write sensible email message. In the same vein there are tips on managing your e-mail.  Nod to Guardian Technology blog.

Posted by bigblue on 10/10/2005 at 10:40 PM
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Sunday, 09 October 2005
Before Winter

autumn tree

In early autumn I enjoy the colours of the leaves on the trees, as they start to change and to be shed. I always find it interesting how, despite the mass display of the change of season, there are also local variations. Sometimes two adjacent trees of the same species are unsynchronised for a time.

Posted by bigblue on 09/10/2005 at 11:00 PM
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Friday, 07 October 2005


This is a composite image of three photographs that I took last night in the Birmingham underpass, which forms part of the concrete jungle for which it is famous.

In summer last year this underpass was the scene of a mistaken flyposting when an artist had his work removed by a council clean-up squad after it was mistaken for illegal flyposting. 

You can see some more glamorous photos of this formerly seedy area here, here and here.  I recommend these photos because the colour of the images I took with my camera phone are bleached.

Posted by bigblue on 07/10/2005 at 10:09 PM
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leaves are red

red leaves

I love the colours of autumn, especially the reds and oranges that appear in shop windows and supermarket shelves, as we approach Halloween. Pyramids of orange pumpkins will shortly appear overnight on pavements around the land as we enter the pagan season of Halloween.

This evening I went to Jongleurs comedy club in Birmingham with a large group of people from work. It was Joanne’s 30th birthday and they gave her balloons, a cake, and a bottle of champagne. I drove there and back so had restricted alcohol intake and left early (at about 11 pm).

Posted by bigblue on 07/10/2005 at 12:48 AM
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Wednesday, 05 October 2005
sky is grey

grey sky

The sky has been like this for two days now. My neighbour, who returned from two weeks holiday in Sardinia this week, told me that the change in weather here has been a bit of a shock to his system.  On Monday morning it was particularly dark because the moon cast a shadow over the sun (snicker) but today and yesterday was pretty gloomy regardless.

In the midst of this gloom, the papers tell us that the Met office has advised the weather persons to sex up their reports.  According to the Guardian News Blog, the Met claims that the papers are misrepresenting their (secret) memo.  Journalists creating a mountain out of a mole-hill? Surely not!

Posted by bigblue on 05/10/2005 at 08:47 PM
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Monday, 03 October 2005
Do not be timid

truck overtaking

This is the kind of scene that confronts one on the UK motorways: three trucks blocking three lanes on an uphill stretch of a motorway in Warwickshire. This blockage was not a deliberate go slow (known as operation escargot in France). These selfish and impatient drivers were simply trying to overtake at the same time. They blocked all three lanes for a considerable time, and caused a long tailback behind them.

The BBC reports that this kind of behaviour has now been banned on a very short strech of highway in Warwickshire, and it highlights the objections of the drivers even though the ban will also only apply to daytime.  The objections should be taken with large pinches of salt: such bans apply to large stretches of motorway in neighbouring European countries and work very well. The idea is not to stop trucks from overtaking, but to limit them to doing so in places (and at times) where they will not cause great inconvenience to other road users. 

May this 3-mile stretch on the M42 simply be the start of many other such schemes across the UK.

Posted by bigblue on 03/10/2005 at 08:33 PM
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