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(Feb 2010 Update): Haloscan is no more. Therefore the comments on this blog are no more. Sad, but true. I'm not paying $12 a year for the occasional comment with Echo. Apologies to all those who have commented. I have saved them and may well stick them somewhere else at some point.

Friday, April 27, 2007

"Listen Very Carefully....

... I shall say this only once". And the sign in the hotel car park in Rouen, said it exactly like this -:
French Car Park Sign

Which, if you read very carefully, does make some sense as after all :)

Yes, the week was spent in Chartres and then Rouen. I shan't bore you with the work details, but I will show you a piccy of me getting blasted to death by wind and salt water on the sea cat/hover thingy going from Dover to Boulogne, with the French coast in the background somewhere. (It's the best self photo portrait I could do under the circumstances!)-:
Paul Flanagan At Sea

And for the nautical types amongst you, (and just to show that I'm not being overtly racist in any manner), here's a piccy of the back of the sea spouting jet foil machine - with the White Cliffs of Dover disappearing in the background:
White Cliffs of Dover

It wasn't really a fantastic trip for photos, (as I only had my phone with me), but I was intrigued by these fire hydrants that were dotted around, very obviously, on the pavements in the industrial estate in Chartres...
French Fire Hydrant

It was bloody hot there last week! And, unfortunately, my hay fever was playing real havoc with my breathing/sleeping etc. So, in some ways, it was nice to cross back over the channel to a bit of rain today :)

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Off To France!

Going off on a business trip to France for a week tomorrow. Be back next Friday. Be good :O)

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Monday, April 16, 2007

A Sign Of The Times

Spotted in Lakeside Shopping Mall...
A Sign Of The Times

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

My First Speeding Ticket

Yes. For the first time - EVER(!) - I got a speeding ticket last week. Yes - I was speeding, but unintentionally. There I was minding my own business, on Bank Holiday Monday, (and that's one of the most galling part of this - being given a speeding ticket "in my own time", and NOT at work), tootling along - and whoosh - up behind, in the rear view mirror was a blue flashing light attached to a white Jag, or some such fast car.

Quick as a flash, the policeman jumped out and opened my car door, and asked me to come to his car. Quite scary really, as I've never been "pulled" by the police at all for anything - honest! Anyway, we sat in his car and he showed me what looked like a very large car radio sticking out of his dashboard. This, apparently, held all the data which confirmed that I had been speeding. It was interesting, because I expected to see a video of me - HA ! - but it was just a LCD display with numbers on. I suppose I could have said "I'm sorry mate - but that's a load of bollocks! How does all those numbers relate to my car? Prove it!" - and let's be honest, he wouldn't have been able to would he? It probably wouldn't have been the best defense in court, but it would have been a bit of fun, eh? :O)

Anyway, back at the roadside...... there I was - a bag of nerves. So, in order to try to sound a bit more human and compassionate, the policeman says to me - "I'm sorry Mr Flanagan, we had to meet under these circumstances..." ???? I didn't really give a S**T what he was feeling. And anyway - what "other" circumstances was I going to meet him under? Could he just have decided to stalk me and murder me in my bed one night...... instead of stopping me for the speeding offence? But he did his best to alleviate the tension from the situation.

Of course, he could have "alleviated the tension" a whole lot more by NOT giving me a speeding ticket ;0)

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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Jimi Hendrix At Chislehurst Caves

Yesterday, Saturday 7th April, we went to Chislehurst Caves - an underground labyrinth of chalk caves which have been excavated since druids times. The Saxons and the Romans also had a dig in there. During the early 20th century in the 1930's the cold caves were used to "farm mushrooms" - yes, they there. And during WWII the caves housed up to 15,000 local residents - making it, probably, the largest underground air raid shelter in the world.

During the 1950's and 60's the caves were used as a venue for skiffle groups and burgeoning rock n' roll bands. Here is the stage where Jimi Hendrix once played.....
Jimi Hendrix at Chislehurst Caves

And I touched the stage where Jimi Hendrix played.... okay, it was also the stage where the Rolling Stones played - as well as many other household 60's pop band names.

Get along to Chislehurst Caves if you can - it's a very alternative few hours! :)

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Mirror In The Bathroom

We went to some farm animal zoo type place the other week, and I had need to use their toilet facilitates. Well, one normally finds some rundown dilapidated toilet block etc etc, but I was weirdly surprised to find this....
Mirror In Te Bathroom

What I liked about it was the funky Cat Woman Mask-A-Like shaped mirror. Naturally, I had to take a photo..... another toilet photo, I know. One day I'll get caught doing that - blimey! ;O)

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

The Time Is....

Far too big to be strapped to your wrist...
sun dial

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Leaves In The Park

It was a sunny day in the park. There were leaves.... er .... "leaving" around. In fact, some of them had "left" the trees altogether -:
leaves in the park

And the leaves looked so scrunchy and photogenic - that it was worth getting down on my hands and knees with my Sony 800i phone to get a good piccy! :)

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Sunday, April 01, 2007

Mbankment Station

London Underground have opened a new station at Mbankment:
Embankment Station
Mbankment Station

Here you can see here a photo of the new signage at the new Mbankment Station. The old Embankment Station will be closed today Sunday April 1st. Passengers wishing to travel on the new Mbankment Station will find it in exactly the same place as the old Embankment Station.

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