Cars, Buses and Trains

My gloss on an excellent little fact sheet produced by George Monbiot.

INTRODUCTION

This post was inspired by a fact sheet created by environmental campaigner George Monbiot which you can read in full by clicking the screenshot below:

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CARS

This short piece outlines some very valid objections to the over-use of cars. However, the pollution aspect of the problems caused by the over-use of cars (which in this country has reached scandalous proportions) is more properly a criticism of the fact that the vast majority of cars continued to be powered by the infernal combustion engine. There are many non-polluting means of powering vehicles available these days. Addressing the pollution issue however does not address the problem of congestion. To avoid misunderstandings: Monbiot’s fact sheet is bang on the money, and everyone should read it in full.

As an example of my own approach as a non-driver, here courtesy of google maps is a suggested walking route from my home to the scout hut on Beulah Street, which I quite often have cause to visit:

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My usual choices of walking routes are actually longer than those recommended above because I prefer routes that spend less time around roads even if they take longer (see this post from yesterday for examples of two routes that I used on Saturday). There is a bus route that I could use if so inclined – there is a stop close to the Wootton Road end of Beulah Street but for a journey of this distance I positively prefer Shanks’ pony.

However, I freely acknowledge that while cars are over-used for short journeys there is another reason why there are far too many cars on British roads, and that leads to the next section of this post…

BUSES AND TRAINS

British public transport is in a shocking state. There are many people, particularly in rural areas, who have no public transport options available to them, and even where there are public transport options they are overpriced and unreliable. It is only by creating a public transport system that works for those who use it that we can seriously reduce car usage. 

I always like to include photographs in my posts, so to conclude this little post here is a shot of the front of King’s Lynn railway station:

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Imaging for the August Auction

A brief account of today at work, with pictures.

INTRODUCTION

I have lots of new pictures, relating to the James and Sons’ August sale (Wednesday 31st). Today’s imaging has involved two types of item…

MILITARIA

You will notice that one item that has been included with militaria is actually not so, but most of these items do count as militaria…

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Lot 197
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Lot 198
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Lot 199
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Lot 200
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Close-ups of both sides of the medallion
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Even closer-up of the ‘heads’ side
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Even-closer up of the ‘tails side’
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The non-military item.
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close-up of the heads side
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close-upf of the tails side.
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Lot 202
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The cover of lot 202
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Lot 203
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close-up of the medal faces
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even closer-up of the obverse
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even closer-up of the reverse

Now it is time to move on to the other auction items I had to image…

EPHEMERA/ BOOKS

This section starts with lot 361, which can be thought of as an anatomisation of a rolls-royce…

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Lot 361
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361 – section 1-b
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361 – section 1-c
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361 section 2-a
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361 section 2-a
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361 section 3a
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361 – section 3b
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361 section 3c
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Section 4a
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Section 4b
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Section 5a
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Section 5b
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361 chamber of horrors

The rest of the items were not quite this impressive, but there were a few other good moments…

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Lot 362
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362-a – this mag still has it’s fold out poster (highly unusual)
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366
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366-a (again still has it’s fold out poster)
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Lot 372 – a box full of old calendars – I chose to showcase this one.
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From the very early history of cricket
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England recorded an innings victory in this match, Arthur Shrewsbury battimg six hours for a then Englan d record score of 164
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The Gabba over 60 years ago.
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Lot 376 – a scrapbook featuring cars
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376-a
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377
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551
Lot 551 – a remarkable album
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EBAY IMAGES

In addition to the auction lots I had to image a few records for sale on ebay (the pictures I have included were only some of the records I imaged).

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