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Tuesday, 12 September 2006
Home of the muffin man

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This street is in the Covent Garden district of London, once famous for an open-air morning food market. Muffins were probably sold there, and from there to vendors who went door-to-door in London selling them on. As we all know, there are two types of muffin, the American and the lesser-known English. According to Wikipedia the American muffin (as a foodstuff) is a 19th Century invention, the English muffin (as a foodstuff) is barely 200 years older, whereas the word muffin dates back to the 11th Century, deriving from the (old) French word moufflet, meaning soft (for bread). So the word was used before the 17th Century to describe something different, or similar.  In modern French un mouflet is a word meaning kid (American) or sprog (British).

Posted by bigblue on 12/09/2006 at 10:24 PM
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Monday, 11 September 2006
Zimbabwe Vigil

Zimbabwe vigil in London

This is the Zimbabwe vigil which takes place every Saturday afternoon outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London, and has done so for almost 3 years now.  At the time of Zimbabwe’s liberation in 1980 there was great excitement about the prospects of that country in progressive circles around the world. Mugabe was hailed as a freedom fighter and democrat. He briefly led the Non-aligned Movement and was seen as an anti-apartheid stalwart in the region.  A mere 25 years later Mugabe is a cardboard cut-out hate figure, widely derided as a dictator. Mugabe is one of many leaders world-wide who have flown (and fallen) like Icarus.

Posted by bigblue on 11/09/2006 at 11:13 PM
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Sunday, 10 September 2006
A Blue Man

A Blue Man

This is one of the Blue Men from The Blue Man Group show that I went to over the weekend. Like Scarlett, we met them after the show, but we didn’t discover any secrets: no words passed their lips.

My favourite bits of the show involved the audience participation, particularly the old lady they “dragged” on stage to eat and share cakes with them.  On Friday at work we were all talking about our plans for the weekend and, when I mentioned that I was going to the show, one of my colleagues mentioned that he had been to see the show in Las Vegas. He added “you’ll see lots of skin”.  I noticed on the Blue Man Group website that their show varies in the different cities in which it is staged, but I didn’t notice any skin (except for the hands and heads, as show above) during the show. One can only imagine what “blue” shows in Las Vegas exhibit “lots of skin”.

Posted by bigblue on 10/09/2006 at 11:19 PM
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Saturday, 09 September 2006
Blue Men Group

Blue Man Group

A while back Scarlett went to see the Blue Man Group. She liked what she saw, and she bought tickets for Pinkie and me. Today we finally went to the show, taking Raghav with us. It’s a brilliant show. I don’t quite know how to describe it, but the description in the photograph above catches it quite well: a euphoric celebration, and suitable for children of all ages above 5 years.

Posted by bigblue on 09/09/2006 at 10:18 PM
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Friday, 08 September 2006
Accident near Burgh Heath

Burgh Heath accident

It was another crazy Friday evening on the M25 coming home today, so I cut across the “back roads”. Passing Burgh Heath I came across the above sight at the corner of Reigate Road and Brighton Road (KT20 6). It looks like there was an earlier accident involving a vehicle and the house. There were several trucks outside clearing away debris and part of the hedge. A police car blocks access to Reigate Road for traffic coming from Brighton Road.
Edit: I have added a photograph with a better view of the damage (hedge and both houses with chipped walls). Click on the photo above to view it.

Posted by bigblue on 08/09/2006 at 08:21 PM
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Thursday, 07 September 2006
Schnoepie

Schnoepie

This is now officially babyweek on this blog. Today I present a second baby, a friend’s son called Dylan. He is called a number of other things too, such as Schnoepie. Schnoepie is a second cousin of the conceptual artist Christian Jankowski. The top photograph on the webpage of the 24 hour museum of Jankowski’s Noone knows how to say that they are sorry reminds me of the photo I posted of Pinkie’s eye.

Posted by bigblue on 07/09/2006 at 11:00 PM
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Wednesday, 06 September 2006
Former Church

Thermolectrics

I came across the above building on two occassions when forced to dodge an accident on the M25, by cutting across Roehampton, Hampton Court and Kingstone. It looks like an old church that now houses an electrical company, Thermolectrics. The street where it is found is called Church Street, so perhaps it will be remembered in some way long after the ivy tears it to the ground.

Posted by bigblue on 06/09/2006 at 10:52 PM
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Tuesday, 05 September 2006
Doh! A dear

deer

I was surprised to spot these creatures on the steps of the theatre at her school on Sunday when I went to fetch Scarlett.  The school backs onto a park where they roam. They were standing so still that at first I thought they must be models.

Posted by bigblue on 05/09/2006 at 09:13 PM
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