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Monday, 31 July 2006
Summertime Concert

Summertime Concert

The above poster is starting to go up in Oxted, advertising a Summer Concert of Jazz and Classical music.  Scarlett is organising the concert to fund her trip to Brazil to help a local community in Salvador. She will be working under the aegis of Cross Cultural Solutions

The concert is being held at St Mary’s Church in Oxted on Sunday 13 August 2006 at 5.30 pm. The poster advertises:

  • Young classical and jazz musicians from county and national orchestras;
  • Brazilian flavour;
  • Tickets: £8-  /  £5- concessions (on door);
  • Includes Brazilian-style nibbles and drinks afterwards in the church hall;
  • Raffle to win dinner for 2 at Pizza Express, Oxted;
  • Tel: 07731 500 721

The concert should be good, but there’s a lot for Scarlett to organise before then!

Posted by bigblue on 31/07/2006 at 08:29 PM
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Sunday, 30 July 2006
Emergency Unit

Surrey & East Sussex Emergency Unit

This is one of the entrances to the accident and emergency unit at the East Surrey Hospital.  I spent a couple of hours here this morning after awaking with a severe pain in my neck, back and arm which I couldn’t relieve. I left the hospital happier (having been given a morphine-based painkiller) but frustrated. Thinking about my frustration I think it stems from the fact that I have been an avid fan of the TV series House, but the doctor in the hospital was no Dr Gregory House. An X-Ray showed that nothing was broken (I would have been surprised if I had broken my back in my sleep!). He then told me that I didn’t have frozen shoulder, on the basis that I have too much movement in my shoulder. Yeah, but he should have seen me before the morphine! Basically I have been put on a course of pain killers and told that 95 out of 100 people with my condition cure themselves in a week or two. Can’t wait.  He said if I am still in pain in a week’s time I should embark on a course of physiotherapy: “it can help in these cases”.  Right! I phoned the physiotheraphist this afternoon…

Posted by bigblue on 30/07/2006 at 08:21 PM
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Saturday, 29 July 2006
Redhill

Redhill Shop Window

This morning I dropped Pinkie at the railway station in Redhill then wandered off to have my hair cut.  On the way I passed the above window (a shop called something like the “Stationery Store”). I noticed that they are selling playboy stationery in black and pink: files, folders and pencil cases. These are displayed between the Ministry of Sound, and Little Brittain materials.  Little Brittain is a show I found funny (mostly, when it wasn’t repeating the same joke over and over), but to be fair it does mock gays, transvestites, women, old people, and the poor. When I saw the stationary I thought of Fink’s observation on the bus from Redhill.

Posted by bigblue on 29/07/2006 at 08:37 PM
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Portrait

portrai pinkie mandelat


This is a portrait of Pinkie, submitted to today’s Photo Friday challenge: Portrait. Today she returned home from her orchestra tour of Brittany.

And Carles sent me an article about The top 100 global brands. But where’s the BBC?

Posted by bigblue on 29/07/2006 at 01:39 AM
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Thursday, 27 July 2006
Crossing Children

warning children

This evening I picked up bluemeanie at 9pm from her music rehersals on Bluehouse Lane. The sign pictured above is just outside the venue - I took the photograph because I have an interest in graffitti. The stickers are for Imbue biz. According to the website, the stickers are given out free (just provide your address).

The graffiti itself seems to be from the same artistic studio as the War graffiti I posted about previously.  Or should that be anti-war?  The graffiti is about 20 metres apart.

Posted by bigblue on 27/07/2006 at 10:31 PM
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Tuesday, 25 July 2006
Hotair balloon

hotair balloon

I copied the photo of the hotair balloon from Monday and Hockneyized it using fd’s Flickr Toys.

I have now configured this weblog so I can post a photo and text to this weblog from my mobile phone. I may not actually use it, but perhaps I will witness something exciting. For example driving home this evening I noticed a naked man demonstrating from a pedestrian bridge over the M25 (between junctions 8 and 9, or perhaps 9 and 10). If I hadn’t been driving, and if the car hadn’t been going 70 miles per hour, and if the flasher hadn’t been flashing at the opposite carriageway, etc. etc.

Posted by bigblue on 25/07/2006 at 10:37 PM
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Monday, 24 July 2006
Shattered Dreams

Colourscapes

I was amazed to see on BBC 10 o’clock news tonight that two people were killed as the artwork Dreamspace took off. This artwork is the creation of the artist Stephen Montague who also created the sister work Colourscapes (which I blogged about last week). They appear to be two versions of the same concept.  Dreamspace was recently
destroyed by vandals in Liverpool, so it must have been repaired.

According to eyewitness reports one man inside the sculpture assumed that the take-off was part of the experience. It was the landing that gave it away.  There are some pictures of the accident scene at the BBC site.  There are happier photos dating back to 24 September 2004, over at Flickr.

Posted by bigblue on 24/07/2006 at 12:07 AM
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Saturday, 22 July 2006
Patriotic signs

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I took this photo during the dying days of England’s world cup campaign. It seems to be the location of Pro Stage Europe, in Sunbury.

Posted by bigblue on 22/07/2006 at 01:50 PM
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