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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London August 9th 2017

Our time in London has been so busy I have hardly had time to stop and think, let alone write this blog. So today I am attempting to sum up what has happened over the past four days or so. Firstly the Championships. These have been action packed with several highlights every night. The crowds here are amazing with sold out sessions even in the mornings. They are knowledgeable as well and great supporters of the British athletes. The presentation has been excellent too. Hero the hedgehog arrives at the start of the night and "warms up" the crowd with his keep fit routine and the beginning of every final is literally heralded by a fanfare of trumpets coming from a group of soldiers. The last two nights it has been the Scots Guards in their ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London August 5th 2017

On Thursday, Fletcher left for the Congress at 8-30am. I had a quiet day. I ventured out and walked across the footbridge and down to the Thames at Canary Wharf. It was overcast and extremely windy but I strolled along the banks, watching the various boats and ships travelling the water. I stopped for lunch at Zizzi's, an Italian restaurant with a view of the river activities. Very nice pasta and gelati. Then it was back to the hotel. Fletcher returned about 6-20pm after a long day of meetings and we went down to the bar for a pre dinner drink. We met up with John Coates who stopped for a chat and then Gunther and Marco De Rosa who works for Dartfish which has developed video performance analysis software. He is Swiss and was very ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Canary Wharf August 3rd 2017

We said our goodbyes to Roger and Judy and set out for London about 9-30am Judy had said to go straight up the A3 and then onto the M25 and we would be at Heathrow. We programmed the GPS and off we went. Because I had entered the "shortest" way into the Sat Nav the lady took us off the A3 and onto the A320. Though this is more scenic and probably cuts a corner or two, it proved to be not a good idea. We were held up at a roundabout where there were roadworks in progress and spent about 15 minutes in a queue before getting through. However, we finally made it and after getting petrol we dropped the car off at the Car Rental depot and rode their shuttle bus to Terminal 5. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England July 31st 2017

Waking with some glorious sunshine we had a leisurely breakfast with much chat and friendly banter. We set out about 10-30 to execute Judy's plan for the day. We drove first to Chawton. This was the home of Jane Austen for several years before her death and I could not resist visiting. As we arrived there were many ladies and gentlemen , all dressed in Regency style costumes, assembled on the lawn outside the house. Judy discovered that they were from the Hampshire Regency Dance Group and were staying in Chawton for the weekend to explore all things, Austen. While Judy and Roger went for a stroll, Fletcher and I paid the entrance fee and went on to see where Jane had lived and written. The house itself is quite small and they have furnished it ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England July 30th 2017

We left the motel about 10am and after scoffing a Subway bacon and egg roll we headed east, our destination, the town of Battle. Fletcher has wanted to visit the site of the Battle of Hastings in 1066 for a while now so this was our chance. It was cloudy but fine as we drove along the A27 and there was not too much traffic.We followed the GPS instructions but decided to take a side excursiion as a pamphlet I had picked up in the foyer described Herstmonceaux Castle as being of interest. It certainly proved to be.This beautiful moated castle was built in 1441 by Sir Roger Fiennes, ancestor of Raph Fiennes. In 1946 it was bought by the Royal Greenwich Observatory and used as their headquarters. Next to it is now a Science Centre ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom July 28th 2017

On Tuesday night we walked with Steve and Sue round the corner to the local pub, the Rose and Crown. It was Quiz night and as we had met through the quiz on the ship we had to get the team partly back together. We had dinner there and then managed to come equal last. The questions were pretty UK based but what did it for us was that there were only 20 general knowledge questions and then 20 identify photos and then a music round and a TV round. Not our strong points!! After the quiz there was a card game where Ace was high and you had to get through all the cards on the board by calling higher or lower. Our ticket was pulled out to go first and the card turned around ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Worcestershire » Worcester July 25th 2017

Yesterday, Monday, we set out for the market town of Worcester. We have had lazy mornings so did not get on the road until about 10-30am. It was an overcast day, coolish but no rain. After a 15 minute drive, we parked the car on the outskirts of Worcester by the Worcester-Birmingham canal and then strolled along the canal to the centre of the city.I love the canals with their narrow boats and bird life and the leisurely felling they evoke. Steve lead us to the Commandeery, a museum of the Civil War. Worcester was the site of a major battle during this time and Charles 1 was supposed to have left a large amount of silver here when he was forced to flee. Unfortunately, the Museum was closed as it was a Monday. We continued ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Worcestershire » Redditch July 23rd 2017

Our trip to the World Champonships got underway on Friday night. We headed to Adelaide airport about 6pm for our flight on Emirates to Dubai. At check-in I was greeted with a cheery "Hi Mrs Mac! It is Lucy Holland" Handy to have an Old Scholar on the check in counter. She gave us seats in the front row of Economy but couldn't guarantee that we would have all three seats to ourselves. In the Qantas Club I asked for the football to be switched on to the TV so we were able to watch the Crows defeat Geelong while waiting for boarding. Once on the plane no-one came to sit next to us so three seats to ourselves!! 3 wins for the night!! I slept much of the way during the 13 hour trip to ... read more
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Oceania June 24th 2017

This year it is forty years since Fletcher ad I first visited Fiji. We went with a University and St Peter's Aths group to the Fiji National Championships and then spent some time at the Fijian Hotel. We took our three children who at that time were 7, 6 and 2 and really enjoyed the country and especially the people we met. This year the Oceania Championships are in Fiji and prior to that the Oceania Congress. We had been here since then and as late as last year for the Melanesian Championships and noticed the changes over time. But the people are still the friendliest in the world with Bula being the greeting from everyone in the street,So we happily returned to Suva. We left Adelaide last Wednesday night and flew to Melbourne and thence ... read more

Europe » Spain May 16th 2017

Geo: 43.257, -2.92344On Thursday morning we were up at 6am and got a taxi to take us to the Madrid Chamartin Railway Station. It was cool and raining as we travelled there. We were there by 6-45 and our train was due to leave at 8am so we had a coffee and a croissant while we waited. The train was very modern and our seats were comfortable. We left Madrid on time and were soon speeding through the Spanish countryside.The trip took five and a half hours and stopped at several stations along the way. The landscape was mainly rural with very green fields and we climbed higher. On time, at 1-30pm we arrived at Bilbao. We found a taxi to take us to our home for the next four nights, the Ibis Centro which proved ... read more
Silver "bubbles" Guggenheim
Main Square Old Town Bilbao
Cathedral in Bilbao

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