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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Clapham May 26th 2008

Well I think I have finally got this sorted so that I can get started on this blog to keep you all up to date on our trip so far. What can I say about a long haul flight apart from that they are a pain that one has to endure to get to this side of the world. But what is it about me that people want to frisk me at airports!! Twice - at Brisbane and Dubai!! Do I look like a bomb suspect?? Are those extra rolls around my middle rather suspicious?? Singapore was hot, pristine and orderly and a very expensive place to have drink - $82 for two drinks apiece at Raffles and $75 a bottle of Lake Chalice at a riverside restaurant. Dubai airport is a shambles - no airbridge ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Clapham May 6th 2008

End of the beginning Good evening friends, old & new, welcome to my Blog. Most of you know by now that I have decided to migrate our shores, in search of an adventure in Asia. After some time thinking about my future hear in the UK, I just felt that the quality of life in London is not so good, compared with places that I have come across in my travels. Therefore I have decided to have a little time out, traveling across India. After which I will then decide on settling somewhere in Asia, to possibly teach English, as I now have a TEFL certificate under my belt, or unless anything else exciting comes up, like starting up a Logic music production school or helping out with charity. Only time will tell what will happen. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Clapham April 6th 2008

Well if February was the month of birthdays, with 1-3 birthday parties each weekend, then March was the month of missing touch. What do I mean? Well, let me explain. Anyone who knows us over here knows that the most important event in our weekly calendar occurs from 11am-1pm every Saturday. It’s the touch rugby tournament in Tooting Common. We leave home at 10.30 and cycle, walk or jog to the Common in time to hand over a pound and select our team from the 40-75 people who turn up. Generally the better players tend to arrive a bit earlier, so it pays to be on time if you want to be in a decent team. We then play four 30 minute games with no subs and no half time. Two hours of running around in ... read more
l-r Colin Brendon and Paloma at Canterbury Cathedral
A touch of Spring in the air
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Clapham March 20th 2008

There was me thinking I was going to be queuing for hours. Thrown out of embassy after embassy, refused access to countries because I had made a slight mistake in form filling in (or - let's be honest, it's more likely - one of the boys had). The most difficult part of getting visas so far came when I was cycling home, and had to cycle up by Battersea police station, you know, past the Latchmere Leisure centre, up THAT hill. After two days in which I had cycled in the region of 20 miles a day, in Central London, getting to the top of that beast was no mean feat. Unlike visa applications, which, having never done before, I thought would be an exercise in disappointment. Far from it - for both Chinese and Russian ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Clapham March 10th 2008

I have it on good authority (i.e., my dad) that a Fed-Ex package has arrived for me today from Moscow. Now, barring the possibility that the KGB are recruiting (I've already told them no, but they ARE tenacious), those will be my tickets and my Russian Tourist invitations........ Causes for celebration, combined with the fact I've booked myself some travel inoculations for a week (Yes, I will spend St Patrick's day in post-vaccination bum-injection pain - though Wales having won the 2008 6 Nations, nay, the Grand Slam, will help in no small part I am sure), AND I have received an email informing me that I'm now the proud recipient of an Australian Working Holiday Subclass 417 Visa, and I have just started my last week of work............ it's all coming together in a way ... read more

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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Clapham March 5th 2008

So here we go, about to plow into the planning hardcore. We (me, Rob, Len) have to get at least 5 visas apiece, and a ticket to Moscow, and proof that we are going to leave Thailand within a month of getting there. Except we don't know yet when we will be getting there! Ah well, if it comes to it we can arrange all this when we get to Beijing. We also need winter clothes for our day in Moscow, phrasebooks for China, walking shoes, sleeping bags for the trains, food equipment..... I need to cancel my Orange contract and figure out what to do with my car. Book a ticket from Singapore to Oz, find out out Scuba Instructor courses, and try to work out if that;s really what I want to do with ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Clapham January 30th 2008

Hi all, Well I have officially landed in London and so far the past two weeks since I landed has been extreemly hectic! Between strategically organising my time to fit in Recruitment agents, Interviews for jobs and looking for a home, I've managed to meet with friends I havnt seen in years and catch up with all the goss... oh and off course throw Australia Day into the mix and life has been close to chaos! however incredibly I managed to wrap it all up in two weeks!!!!... which everyone seems to think is record timing!!!...talk about keen! ...or perhaps more accurately, the word broke comes to mind! So as promised this blog is a little about my new life in the uk and of course my new contact info. First and foremost I must thank ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Clapham January 14th 2008

Okay... I just want to precursor this entry by declaring (as I certainly will do many more times by the end of this) that I - Susan Shaw (aka Grotsky) am a knob. Knob... Wanker... Dickhead... Idiot... Tosser... For the purposes of this blog, let's just accept this classification as an indisputable fact. Just so that we're all on the same page, and now I will go on with my story. Actually... first I just want to take a time-out and talk about Dr Hahn from Grey's Anatomy. Haawwt! Like... wow. I remember her as the chick at the end of Silence of the Lambs (you know - it puts the lotion on the skin, it puts the lotion in the bucket...) and then she turns up on Grey's... and I was watching Weeds the other ... read more
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Lannie and I...
Me and Lan

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Clapham December 17th 2007

We did it! On our trip to London we bought ourselves our very first home in the UK....a 1984 VW Transporter Campervan. We had been looking around on Gumtree for some time for a suitable van....cheap and nasty being pretty much the sole requirements. Found this one...went down to London, had a look and going completely against Jason's usual decision making process (look at loads, take your time and make an educated decision using logic and practicality) we decided to go with our heart and just buy her! We're glad we did as she will now be able to take us all on our trip to Scotland...should be a lot more comfy then cramming four of us into Vicky the VW (Karen and Mick's car) or Kit. Our first few days together however were not without ... read more
I think she's smiling
Seamstress hard at work
Trying out the driver's seat

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Clapham October 23rd 2007

Had birthday drinkies at Clapham! Good old Falcon!! Dinner with Kez and Anna on the Tuesday night - was superb!!!! xo... read more
Anna and I
My House Mates
Naughto & Damo




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