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Saturday, 19 April 2014
Snail

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It seemed to be sleeping. I was thinking of painting its shell with nail varnish to see how far it would travel overnight, but the next morning it could not be found.

Posted by bigblue on 19/04/2014 at 10:01 PM
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Thursday, 17 April 2014
A Spring Courtyard

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 As seen in York recently.

Posted by bigblue on 17/04/2014 at 08:44 PM
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Wednesday, 16 April 2014
bóín shamhraidh

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I spotted the first little cow of summer in my garden today.

Posted by bigblue on 16/04/2014 at 04:39 PM
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Sunshine day

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The weather around here is glorious at the moment, although these fields of rape seed (canola) don’t help my hayfever. 

Posted by bigblue on 16/04/2014 at 08:31 AM
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Monday, 14 April 2014
A ride through a bluebell wood

This is a short section of National Cycle Route 21: one of the more charming sections, at this time of year, since the bluebells are in flower.

Posted by bigblue on 14/04/2014 at 09:26 PM
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Sunday, 13 April 2014
“Cycling Infrastructure” from Surrey Council

In the video I state that this is the “latest” infrastructure from Surrey County Council.  Reviewing my video of last month I see that this is not the case and the cycle lane has been there for some time (unnoticed by me).  The fact that I have cycled this route several times and not noticed the cycle lane before tells me something.  Besides for this, it is clearly bolt-on after-thought infrastructure, lacking vision, it’s part of a piecemeal design, it links up to no other cycle path, it provides no benefit to cyclists, it provides an inconvenience as it forces cyclists to yield to the entrance to Robert Denholm House as well as when rejoining the road, and it will not be used by cyclists. In short it is a waste of money, except as some tick-box exercise.

Posted by bigblue on 13/04/2014 at 04:14 PM
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Speeding in a 30 mph zone

According to my (very rough) calculations this driver (of vehicle registration EN62BTV) travelled over 30 metres in one second, which means that he was going over 60 mph. The road has a number of traffic islands to inhibit overtaking on this stretch, and there is a camera about 500 metres further back (near the primary school).

According to the UK government advice:

The difference of a few miles per hour can mean the difference between life and death. The faster someone is driving, the less time they have to stop if something unexpected happens.

If you kill someone while speeding, you will have to live with the long-term emotional consequences.

Speed limits are there for a reason.

I thought this contains an interesting appeal to drivers to consider the long-term emotional consequences to themselves. The natural appeal in such cases is surely to people’s empathy: asking that they think about the consequences to their victims and their victims’ families.  However perhaps the government is making the right pitch, considering that they are essentially appealing to people with anti-social personality disorders.

Posted by bigblue on 13/04/2014 at 03:56 PM
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Surrey Cycle Lane, really?

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I would love to understand why Surrey Council builds these: Does someone in their transport department prefer these things to proper cycling infrastructure, or do they just say “we aren’t prepared to build cycle lanes but let’s go around trying to pretend (to the unobservant) that we are”?

And did they carefully measure, just to make sure a bicycle could fit into this lane?

Posted by bigblue on 13/04/2014 at 01:50 PM
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