I suppose it IS a recycling centre. There's a big notice as you drive out telling you what percentage of dumped items were recyclable over the last month. K - I know how long it takes up bulk upload and resize I'm looking forward to seeing the result of your efforts
Bixa - our dump is fairly new and very well designed. I wondered why the building you mention was going up next door. It has turned out to be the place where superior dump items are sold on to interested parties. As we passed it last night my friend saw a sign up saying 'CAFE'....so for a laugh I suggested we both meet for coffee there and inspect the goods up for sale.
Deyana - is your town so small that it doesn't deserve a dump?
Imec - What's the dump song? I've never heard of it....Please tell!
I'm going to read that rescued book about physciatry/anti-d's. My friend put me off the idea of grabbing the other medical books (one written by an ENT man I know!) saying I could find anything on the internet! true but not as exciting as finding information in the dump.
That dump cake sounds interesting and we might try it for fun! It would be good to try it when we've guests and we could take turns in dumping the ingredients into the baking tray...then we'd have to eat it at the end!
Today I was invited to join friends for lunch at IKEA
IKEA carpark is on the top floor of the building so there is a good view of Southampton Water and visiting cruise ships.
To the right and left of the ship this is what there is to see
It seems to me that there were few Town Planning regulations in force when those monstrosities were built. Most of Southampton was flattened during WW2. Instead of designing a tasteful city we now have a rambling mess of dual carriageways and uninspiring industrial estates.
But it's time to walk through the store to the restaurant
I enjoyed the salmon fillet but wasn't tempted by the strawberry tarts.
1. The bus stops have a GPS indicator for the arrival of the next buses, updated every minute.
2. Public telephones have not taken coins for years, just cards or free numbers. This enrages many visitors to the city.
3. Paris used to have very stylish trash receptacles, but they were used in the last bombings, about 15 years ago. Nail bombs in butane bottles were placed in the bins to devastating effect. After a few years without any bins at all, this ugly solution was found -- transparent bags marked "security - vigilance". They are so ugly that you will never find them near a monument or on the Champs Elysées, places where they are needed the most.
4. Parking meter. These machines spit out tickets that you put visibly inside your car. You can find these machines in dozens of countries, made by the French company Schlumberger. They do not take coins either.
The first photo is a "colonne Morris" mistakenly called a kiosk by most people who speak English. A colonne Morris announces cultural events. One used to post bills on them. In modern times, a motor turned them slowly 360° exposing 3 different posters displayed from the inside. Since the JC Decaux company must finance the municipal bicycles with its advertising revenue and at the same time reduce its advertising space, the new columns have three rotating ads, for a total of 9 ads per column.
The second photo shows a kiosque, known as a newsstand in English. This is the back side, also an important advertising area.
But what are these things?
Nobody really sees them at the intersections with a traffic light, and the users do not see them at all. These are for the blind. There is a button on the bottom side which activates an audio message concerning the name of the intersection and the moment it is safe to cross.
Spindrift, I understand your dismay at how Southhampton was rebuilt, but that venue near the docks is perfect for Ikea. I imagine yet more sleek, affordable Scandinavian design being brought in daily.
Those are interesting bits of Parisian practicality, Kerouac. However, not only are the plastic bags ugly, I don't really see how they'd prevent a bomb being dropped in.
Here's a little slice of life from today. I was in Nazareno, and had to stop on the road to let this crew go by. Those are windshield reflections in the first one. The second was taken from the open driver's side window as those two hustled to keep up.
I confess that I sometimes invade the privacy of total strangers with my telephoto lens, as I did with this photo of a couple and their dog, all three of whom appeared to be totally exhausted on the Belgian coast in September 2008.
After walking along the beach myself, I returned to the same location and they seemed to have recovered somewhat.