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Archives for October, 2011


October 30th, 2011

I spent last week in the US on a business trip. We were staying in the Westborough area which is really isn’t a very exciting place to be, especially if you don’t have a car. However I stayed in Boston on Friday night and spent Saturday doing some fast-paced sightseeing. The results of which you can see below.

The first set of photos are from the Cambridge area which isn’t strictly Boston but adjoined. This has got Harvard and MIT in it which are very pleasant to walk around. Also good is the MIT musem which has a LISP machine on display – but I’m not allowed to post photos.

After that we did the “freedom trail” which is a ~3 mile painted line around the city which takes you past all the historical landmarks. It’s actually quite a good idea, otherwise you’re a bit lost not knowing what to see.

America is a strange place though so I’m quite glad to be back home in England.


October 16th, 2011

Cows. On their own they’re placid enough but it’s a bit unnerving to encounter an autonomous column of them marching down a narrow lane.

Where are they going? And why? Bringing up the rear was a man who might have been a farmer but who was controlling who? I reckon the cows might have been exerting powerful MIND CONTROL.

Later on, having narrowly avoided enslavement to the cow legion, I found this nice statue hidden in a wood near Mapledurham.

Pylons! They are so awesome. This one idling in a field somewhere near Pangbourne.

Now it is Autumn

October 9th, 2011

It doesn’t seem very long since this blog declared that it was officially Spring. Now the weather has sorted itself out it is very much Autumn. I went out for a walk in the hills today, roughly here:

Here are some suspiciously friendly horses near the start:

The weather was a bit grey but I think that’s preferable to the weird heatwave we had last weekend.

This is a village called Turville which may seem strangely familiar as it’s often appeared on TV and films as Generic English Village. Most notably in the Vicar of Dibley. Given that, it’s surprisingly hard to find somewhere to take a decent picture of it. I’ve never ventured this far north into Buckinghamshire so this is all pretty new and exciting for me.

This amazing machine is the NOMMER4000: the latest in harvesting technology. It drives around a field gobbling up everything, digests it, and then spews it out of its spout into the accompanying truck. So voracious is its appetite that it doesn’t stop eating when the truck is full: instead the farmer just brings in a fresh empty one.

Green and pleasant land and what not. This is a village called Fingest. Has a weird shaped church.