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Wednesday, 24 August 2016
Cycling in Munich


They have these cycle paths on the pavement, which is divided into walking and cycling sections. Pedestrians need to be aware of where they are walking. Tourists with their wheeled suitcases seem to pose the biggest risk to cyclists here, while locals know what they are doing and respect the setup. I have only seen ordinary people cycling in ordinary clothing. 
Yesterday I received a mail about cycling to work which mentioned the need for showers at work. I remember thinking that was a bit strange: people in countries where there are high levels of cycling don’t need showers at work. They have segregated cycleways so they can cycle at a “normal” pace in everyday clothes. In the UK we force people onto roads with motorised traffic where they are forced to ride faster and more aggressively. Is the focus on showers a false or diversionary objective, or one that only caters for the sporting cyclist/jogger/etc?

Posted by bigblue on 24/08/2016 at 08:01 AM
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Saturday, 07 November 2015
der Kindergarten


I found a mini deserted kindergarten at Frankfurt airport, near Gate D1.

Posted by bigblue on 07/11/2015 at 04:40 PM
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Thursday, 11 December 2014
Bunsen burns


Robert Wilhelm Eberhard Bunsen (30 March 1811 – 16 August 1899) is buried in Heidelberg in Germany where this statue in a square also commemorates his life and achievements. He appears to have spectacular sideburns but is more famous for his chemical achievements, including the ‘invention’ of an improved version of the burner used for chemical experiments.

Posted by bigblue on 11/12/2014 at 04:36 PM
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Monday, 24 February 2014
The Rhine River


This was taken at sunset earlier.  Here the river forms the border between Switzerland and Germany.

The smoke rising on the right bank of the river is from a power plant in the municipality of Full Reuenthal, in the canton of Aargau, Switzerland. On the left bank is the village of Dogern which is part of the administrative district of Freiburg in Germany.

Posted by bigblue on 24/02/2014 at 11:08 PM
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Tuesday, 24 January 2012


My reflections on leaving Berlin: I’ve been coming here for three and a half years to visit a long-standing client and this could be the last time I will visit them. I have made friends here and this is a sad thought.

Posted by bigblue on 24/01/2012 at 08:07 PM
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Monday, 23 January 2012
The gathering gloom


Night falls here in Berlin. The ground is wet and the air is fresh. My breaths let off small clouds as I make my way to the taxi rank.

Posted by bigblue on 23/01/2012 at 08:07 PM
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Friday, 18 March 2011
Lost or abandoned?


Who can tell? A cheap green watch found abandoned on the basin in a disabled toilet.

Posted by bigblue on 18/03/2011 at 07:33 AM
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Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Beim Bund ist alles doof


Spotted in Berlin, I have no idea what this sticker is about. The literal meaning is “With the Federation everything is stupid”. My guess is that it is an anti-Nazi message.

Posted by bigblue on 16/03/2011 at 07:36 AM
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