richard coulson

richard and ilona

richard coulson

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Middlesbrough April 17th 2011

To celebrate our wedding on Thursday, we decided to have a little BBQ night. A few of my old friends came around with a whole load of beer and wine. The BBQ was a pain to light, especially when wine, and a bucket full of lighter fluid is involved. After pouring 50% of the lighter fluid onto the BBQ Chrissy decided to light the coal, obviously just before i had retreated to a safe distance. End result was a 80ft flame, quite similar to an Iraqi oil field, scorching past everybody's face and mothers pride and joy, the conservatory. With eyebrows partly missing, and body hair singed, i noticed the rest of the contents of the fluid was on fire in my hands, i ran up the garden and threw away the fiery "Molotov Cocktail" It ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire April 12th 2011

We drove back from Stanage, and headed to teeside, after a night at the parents we headed off to Brimham rocks, an easy 1hr drive towards Pately Bridge.The Brimham Rocks are balancing rock formations located on Brimham Moor in North Yorkshire, England. The rocks stand at a height of nearly 30 metres in an area owned by the National Trust which is part of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are many variations of rock formations, caused by the Millstone Grit being eroded by water, glaciation and wind, most of which have achieved amazing shapes. Many of the formations have been named, though some imagination is required and the correct viewing angle is helpful. Examples are The Sphinx, The Watchdog, The Camel, The Turtle and The Dancing Bear. None of them actually look like ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England April 10th 2011

With the weather being very unpredictable, as usual in the UK, we decided not to risk a venture over to the lake district. We filled up the car and headed off to the peak district, and a climbing area named Windgather. We soon found out why it was aptly named Windgather, as strong cold winds nearly had us blown off the top of the crag. we set up and climbed a couple of easier routes, in preparation for our drive to the rock climbing Mecca that is Stanage. After windgather we headed off to a disused quarry for a quick blast on a couple of sport climbing routes, i struggled up a supposedly f5+ which was more of a 6a, i was certainly not strong enough to master the crux and the finishing move to the ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Whitby April 8th 2011

We where again blessed with fine weather as we headed off to Whitby. Whitby was founded under its Old English name of Streonshal in 656, when Oswy, the Christian king of Northumbria, founded Whitby Abbey, under its first abbess Hilda. The Synod of Whitby was held here in 664. In 867, the monastery was destroyed by Viking raiders, and was only refounded in 1078. It was in this period that the town gained its current name, Whitby, (from "white settlement" in Old Norse). In the 18th century Whitby became a centre for shipbuilding and whaling, as well as trade in alum and jet. Tourism and fishing now form the mainstay of the town's economy. There are rail and bus links to the rest of North Yorkshire and North East England. Whitby has featured in literary works, ... read more

Europe » Sweden » Västra Götaland County March 27th 2011

We had a few things to pick up from Sweden so we decided to have a bit of a road trip, we hired a van and booked the ferry from Newcastle to Ijmuiden Holland. Our journey was about 2000 mile round trip, through England, Holland, Germany, Denmark and Sweden. Thé ferry crossing was a little rocky, but we witnessed a beautiful sunset and some very strange robot type dancers. A 50 year old dutch lady on the ferry dance floor, followed by her 60 year old friend who was bashing out moves that shakira would be proud of. Quite disturbing to be honest! After arriving in Holland we put the pedal to the metal. With maximum speed to get out of there as there is not a lot for us to see here (cheese and wooden ... read more
sad drag??
happy to be on a "roadtrip"?

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap March 17th 2011

Arriving in Cambodia, its difficult to imagine the hardship that these people have been through. A brief look a history shows that the U.S dropped over 2.7 million tons of bombs during and after the Vietnam war. (totaling a period of only 14 months) Although impossible to make an accurate accounting, the most conservative demographers calculate that 700,000 dead civilians can be finally listed on the Nixon-Kissinger Menu at their banquet of genocide—around 10% of the Cambodian population. This U.S intervention and tactic against Cambodia then left the door wide open for the Pol-Pot regime to take control of the country with the use of anti government and anti U.S properganda. With in a four year period, the Pol-Pot ideolgy, had seen 1.7 of the countries inhabitants murdered or starved to death at the hands of ... read more
arraiving at Siem reap airport.
we went to shoot guns, some selection!

Asia March 15th 2011

So picture this, after the dentist we jumped in a cab, for the simple operation of driving to the Tune hotel, at the LCCC airport. Along comes our little old Indian Taxi driver, armed with a 1991 Proton sagem. My mouth is completely swollen and numb, already he gives me a funny look, as 5 minutes after leaving the dentist i try to eat an ice cream with a numb face. ( It would probably be easier to eat a Yorkshire pudding through a letter box) end result=face painted. We throw our bags in then we jump in and tell him to go to the airport. Its usually a 45 min journey, which in this old rust bucket is long enough as immediately we realize the air con is broken. He spins the car around blindly ... read more
taxi man

Asia March 14th 2011

We now changed our travel plans completely around, like mentioned earlier, our holiday mode kind of ended after Christchurch. But not only that, we also discovered that just existing around the globe is not funny forever. We both love traveling, but you need to plan your trip very well and make sure you spend your money on what really excites you, rather then laying on a beach for a year, trying to make your money last. We prefer to climb, Kayak, trek or do other more challenging things, than just pass time in a city or on a beach. Our last couple of days in Pangkor involved climbing over piles of trash, ( for some reason the locals here discard everything onto either the street or onto the once beautiful beach) or chasing the staff in ... read more

Asia March 10th 2011

We walk off the ferry and see 1000 malaysian guys that tries to force an motorcycle on you, even if you missed arms and legs im sure they would try to convince you to buy their service. With 500 taxis to choose from we get in a pink taxi bus. even thow the have no work, they will drive you to your destination as fast as the old bus can hold up for, Driving through the villages at night makes everything look so charming, we say to eachother.. here babe,, this is where we will stay for a while.. not knowing that day 3 we will be screaming.. IM SO BORED, This Island is Wank! But we didnt know that when we arrived so we did the same mistake for the millionth time, we prepaid 8 ... read more
monkeys, monkeys, monkeys...
Butters on the phone,

Asia March 8th 2011

Malaysia is a sauna!! it is impossible to keep hydrated...... So we arrived from Melbourne, into a complete Malay sauna! After having our flight diverted to the Panang island due to a bomb scare at the LCCC airport in Kuala Lumpur, and suffering a 3hr delay while the plane was refuelled. Once outside the airport and carrying our back packs we fought our way through the crowds in order to get to the 1 of a hundred busses waiting to shuttle people to the city. With our ticket purchased, for around 8 pound for the two of us, we boarded the coach, along with a mixture of Malay, Chinease and indian people. The bus driver set off and from the word go it was clear that he had spent most of the day watching formula 1 ... read more
midget table tennis sized Pizza
Mobile tuck shop
Matress on floor in sauna room without windows.

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