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Monday, December 12, 2005

No smoke without fire 

Unless you've had your head in a pit for the last two days you won't have failed to notice the rather large bonfire at Buncefields Depot in Hemel Hempstead making headline news.

Now you may not already know this but Buncefields lies about 3-4 miles away from my house, so for a change, I actually now the geography behind the headlines.

Buncefields lies next door to one of the major retail parks called Maylands Avenue, which services the Hemel Hempstead area and beyond. This means that all the major depots lie within the cordon and are inaccessible. This is bad news for businesses like 3Com, Marks & Spencer, Dixons and Currys who all have either depots or offices there.

I was going to upload my own pictures, until I saw how bad they were!
So instead, here's some maps and links to some amazing photos taken by the Flickr Community.

Map showing Buncefield Oil Depot 1

Map showing Buncefield Oil Depot 2

Buncefield PhotoPool Jenstr's Buncefield Photo Set

"Now Public" Buncefield coverage

Friday, December 09, 2005

On the mend 

Apologies dear readers for the unscheduled hiatus, but I've been in hospital. Nothing serious, just keyhole to remove my Gallbladder (Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy). I now have 4 neat little scars and a stone in a bottle to remind me!

I'm stiff, but reasonably active. Not good driving yet though. The cat is enjoying the company. It's good to have him around.

In other news we sold the house yesterday, so I could be moving soon. They're "first-time buyers" and need to be out of their property in February. Doubly good news is the first property we ever looked at, six months ago is, astonishingly still on the market, so I'm hoping we can make an offer. We've seen nothing that comes close and it really is the "house of my dreams". Watch this space.