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Saturday, 28 February 2015
American irony


It is sometimes suggested that American irony is some kind of oxymoron.  This photograph suggests otherwise. The words on the building are from Martin Luther King’s I Have A Dream speech:

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

On the other hand the images of the three people suggest that one can judge character by appearance - in this case by draping oneself with the American flag. I have no doubt that some fine people and some scoundrels alike, drape themselves literally or figuratively in the American flag.

Posted by bigblue on 28/02/2015 at 10:56 PM
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Wednesday, 25 February 2015
It’s snowing outside


I now find myself in the polar vortex. It should be fun.

Posted by bigblue on 25/02/2015 at 09:39 PM
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Friday, 18 October 2013
First versus The First

Above is the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Oxted. The picture below is of The First Church of Christ Scientist, in Boston. The latter is the original site of the church founded by Mary Baker Eddy in 1879 and is apparently the only one that has the article The in front of it.

Posted by bigblue on 18/10/2013 at 05:14 PM
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Thursday, 03 October 2013
Boston Public Library


This is the first publicly supported municipal library (established 1848) in the United States, the first large library open to the public in the United States, and the first public library to allow people to borrow books and other materials and take them home to read and use.

Posted by bigblue on 03/10/2013 at 07:45 AM
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Tuesday, 01 October 2013
Harvard or No Harvard?


Street sign in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Posted by bigblue on 01/10/2013 at 07:14 AM
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Saturday, 28 September 2013
The Electric Wheelchair

I came across this fellow driving his mobility scooter eratically down a road in Boston recently. After giving him a wide berth, I stopped at a traffic light. He came up behind me, tried to overtake on the inside, and knocked into my leg. Fortunately he didn’t cause me harm, or knock me over. Unfortunately the incident at the end is off-camera.

Posted by bigblue on 28/09/2013 at 08:07 AM
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Friday, 27 September 2013
A musical cyclist

Enjoy the show, which is slightly spoiled by the photo-bomb (by some unknown people).  I spotted this young woman drumming her bicycle outside Quincy Market in Boston last weekend.  I asked her where the other wheel was from her bicycle, and she said it had been stolen.  Noticing that there was a bicycle helmet on the bollard behind her, I asked her if she pushed this bicycle around. She replied that she had another bicycle that she used to get around on and that it was locked up around the corner.

Posted by bigblue on 27/09/2013 at 02:39 PM
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A Segway Tour

I came across this group of people riding Segways on a public road in Boston. (This would be illegal in the UK, where these vehicles can be used neither on public roads nor footpaths).  The people appeared to be doing a guided tour, presumably this one.

Posted by bigblue on 27/09/2013 at 07:30 AM
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