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Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Sailing in Jardin de Tuileries


I remember doing this a few years ago when my children  were young. The yachts are hired from a vendor in the park for a fixed time period.

Posted by bigblue on 27/08/2014 at 08:13 PM
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Tuesday, 26 August 2014
Ide Hill Descent (with dash)

Another video of me cycling down Ide Hill in Kent. Here I am displaying the (closely synchronised) speed and orientation information. The yellow track is the route of my complete ride, with an arrow indicating where I am on the route.  I didn’t think I was going particularly fast here because my top speed was not very high, but my end-to-end speed for this segment of the route is (according to my computer) my fastest recorded time.

Posted by bigblue on 26/08/2014 at 03:12 PM
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Monday, 25 August 2014
Whatever the Cost



Cost is a graffiti writer who blanketed New York in the 1980s and 1990s with a series of stickers. His real name is Adam Cole and, from what I saw in Paris recently, he has recently plastered parts of Paris.

Apparently when asked by a New York Times Style reporter what it all meant (the stickers he produced with a collaborator), he replied “if you could give us the meaning of life, I’d give you the meaning of us”.

From what I saw of his stickers there is no mystery. The banal message celebrates the ubiquitous modern cult of celebrity. Without irony, and without intelligence, he is apparently parodying one of the least attractive aspects of modern society. Probably unintentionally too.

Posted by bigblue on 25/08/2014 at 09:30 PM
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Sunday, 24 August 2014
Lingfield is lovely!

It’s just a pity about some of their daredevil drivers. This chappie put me, the occupant of the oncoming vehicle, his passenger and himself at risk for no reason.

I had a nice ride this morning through Surrey, Kent and East Sussex. I passed more cyclists than drivers (over a three hour period that ended after noon), and everyone was cool and relaxed. However coming home through Lingfield I met a couple of reckless drivers. This is one of them. Perhaps he gets so bored sitting in traffic queues that he takes his chances of excitement when they present themselves?

Posted by bigblue on 24/08/2014 at 06:03 PM
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Thursday, 21 August 2014
Aggressive driver threatens me with his vehicle

As you can see in the video this driver was quite irate at my using the road, and that due to the narrow road and oncoming traffic he needed to slow down and add a few seconds to his journey time.  The question is: do I report his threatening and aggressive behaviour to Kent Police? My previous experience suggests that Kent Police would only be interested if he was threatening me with something other than his motor vehicle, or if he had actually hit me with his vehicle.


The incident occurred on Pilgrims’ Way West leaving Otford in the direction of Sevenoaks at approximately 8:25 this morning. This evening at about 21:10, I followed the advice of commenters on the YouTube video and reported the incident to Kent Police.

As I might have mentioned before, Kent Police handles these a bit differently to Surrey Police (my home county is Surrey). Whereas Surrey Police require you to fill in a form (and discourage you from reporting an incident where you do not have two ‘independent’ witnesses) the Kent Police just take a verbal report over the phone. They log the facts in their database and say that this is then passed to the ‘case review team’ who will then come back to make contact with the reporter.

So, now there’s a wait to see what happens and also to see whether they are interested in reviewing my video footage.

Posted by bigblue on 21/08/2014 at 11:53 AM
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Scenes from Paris

I was playing around with my timelapse camera in Paris last Saturday afternoon.

Posted by bigblue on 21/08/2014 at 07:55 AM
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Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Patience is a virtue?

This video should clarify that all the drivers I come across aren’t selfish and impatient arseholes rushing around with complete disregard for everyone else.  I only realised how patient this driver had been when I got home and reviewed my video footage.

Posted by bigblue on 20/08/2014 at 10:19 PM
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Why not slow down?

This is not the most dangerous driving I have ever seen, but it is the most dangerous I have experienced in the past week. Part of that might be that I was in France for all of last week, where drivers seem to be more respectful of cyclists and other vulnerable road users.  I was a bit cheesed off that this driver was coming down a narrow road, on my side of the road, and forced me to slow right down (there was a patch of broken road/pothole coming up on the left). Meanwhile he didn’t see any need to slow down at all.

Posted by bigblue on 20/08/2014 at 07:58 AM
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