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Friday, 03 November 2006
Better than my bite

bark

His bark is worse than his bite

This is a strange saying because it is based on the understanding that the person in question doesn’t generally bite. However the fact always remains that if the person does decide to bite, that will be worse than his bark. I prefer the philosophy that sticks, stones, and teeth, can break my bones but words can never hurt me.  Sometimes in our haste to attempt to understand something new we overlook the obvious flaw. For example when I was growing up we often said that our dog had a bark that was worse than her bite. This was despite the fact that my mum had to pay damages on a number of occassions to passers-by who had been attacked and bitten for simply walking past our front gate. The only reason that her bark was worse than her bite to us was that she never bit us. Very often we believe what is comforting to believe, rather than what is born out by the available evidence.

Posted by bigblue on 03/11/2006 at 09:51 PM
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Thursday, 02 November 2006
Feather

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According to the Kent Tourist Site:

Emmetts Garden is a five acre hillside garden featured in ‘A Room with a View’ [link added by bigblue]. The garden is noted for its breathtaking views, rare trees and shrubs.

Here are what some other bloggers recently wrote on Emmetts Garden:

Yesterday the former head assassin of South Africa died.  He will always be remembered as the President who almost promised to dismantle apartheid but instead gave a speech along more traditional lines:

(Clears throat)
My fellow South Effricans,
I feel it is time for me to tell you the fects as they relly are:
One, bananas are marsupials (crowd cheers)
Two, cars run on gravy (crowd cheers again)
Three, salmon live in trees and eat pencils (crowd goes wild)
Four, ...

While the condolences fly around for Botha’s family, I think about the graffiti that sprung up around Cape Town during a state of emergency during the 1980’s: Burn Out The Head Assassin. Perhaps he will be cremated. Better late than never?

Posted by bigblue on 02/11/2006 at 05:29 AM
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Wednesday, 01 November 2006
Fungus

fungus

I am not sure what this object is, but it looks like another fungus or some other mushroom that grows in a forest or wood.  It doesn’t look poisonous (to my untrained eye). Then again I wouldn’t eat it anyway - people take their dogs for walks in this forest.

Posted by bigblue on 01/11/2006 at 12:28 AM
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Tuesday, 31 October 2006
The Forest Floor

forest floor

I spotted this pollyp-like growth on the trunk of a tree in a wood at the bottom of Emmetts Garden. I have no idea what it is, but assume that it some kind of mushroom.  Talking of which I have been getting a lot of hits from people looking (on google) for magic mushrooms in Wales, since February this year.

Posted by bigblue on 31/10/2006 at 06:44 AM
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Sunday, 29 October 2006
The Weald of Kent

Weald of Kent

This is the Weald of Kent as viewed on a hazy autumn morning from Emmetts Garden.  Click on the photograph to embiggen, or here to see the uncropped original in all its hazy glory with points of interest highlighted.

This morning I had coffee at Emmetts Garden followed by a brisk walk around the gardens enjoying the sunshine and warmth. According to About Britain:

This charming and informal garden at the highest point in Kent was laid out in the late 19th Century, with many exotic and rare trees and shrubs from across the world. There are glorious shows of daffodils, bluebells and azaleas in spring, roses in summer and the glowing autumnal foliage of acers and cornus in September and October.

The area was transformed by the 1987 storm [link added by bigblue] and dramatic new vistas opened up, which can be enjoyed from the hilltop tea-garden.

Posted by bigblue on 29/10/2006 at 05:15 PM
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Saturday, 28 October 2006
The best red wine in the world

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Wine Spectator magazine named the 1990 vintage Grange The Best Red Wine in the World. This accolade has sent the price of both the 1990 and subsequent vintage releases soaring at auction. The above photograph shows the 1999 vintage available at the largest wine retailer in the UK for 99 pounds sterling. They do not put the real wine on display - the above are display bottles that can be exchanged at the check-out till for the real thing. I believe that this is the cheapest you will get this particular wine, anywhere in the world.  The experts at EveryWine have the following to say:

Considered an outstanding vintage in Penfolds Rewards of Patience (4th edition, 2000).‘Very good. I like this, it’s just about perfect!’, said Tim White, at the Rewards of Patience tastings in September 1999.
‘Very big-boned and just starting to ease into a long final straight. I suspect this is - will be - a classic,’ said Anthony Rose at the same tasting.

Vintage Conditions
Generally good growing season with fine and warm conditions followed by a cool vintage. Another unusual vintage in that the grapes ripened late, but were very full.

Maturation Eighteen months in new American oak hogsheads. The nose has intense, fragrant chocolate/cherry/prune/dried fig aromas. Leading to a palate full of dense and chewy, generously ripe, prune/chocolate fruit flavours, pronounced grainy tannins and superb length. Peak drinking is Now - 2015

Posted by bigblue on 28/10/2006 at 11:11 PM
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Friday, 27 October 2006
The Night Drive

Night Drive

Tonight Raghs and I went out with Shyam and his crew to the Indian Gymkhana Club in London. It was a good evening out - we first sat in the restaurant/bar, then a function room at the back.

I see now that the Indian Gymkhana 1st team hockey play Oxted in the Slazenger England Hockey League Men’s National South Division.

Posted by bigblue on 27/10/2006 at 11:12 PM
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Thursday, 26 October 2006
Countdown Calendar

Ramadan Countdown Calendar

One month ago, at the end of September, I spotted shelves of Christmas goodies - decorations and lights - for sale. Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera (or mobile phone) on me because I think this was a personal record for spotting of inappropriately early Christmas marketting.

Anyhow it was Eid ul-Fitr, the Islamic holiday at the end of Ramadan this week and I spotted these countdown calendars on sale. This is something I would have thought was inappropriate for a month of fasting: every day you open a window and help yourself to a chocolate.  What next? A countdown calendar for Christians to have a choc-a-day while fasting over Lent?

Posted by bigblue on 26/10/2006 at 10:30 PM
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