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11th April 2015

They wouldn't get any staff nowadays with those rules.
11th April 2015

Very beautiful
12th March 2015

Lovely photos particularly the birds - glad that you are enjoying yourselves back in OZ.
12th March 2015

I'm delighted that you liked seeing the Linotype machine in operation. I spent many happy hours in my youth, watching one working at my Dad's printing works in Auckland. But I haven't seen one working for over 40 years. Fascinating. Did you
notice how the keyboard wasn't QWERTY. And did he explain "upper case" and "lower case" as being the upper & lower boxes of type at the top right?
12th March 2015

My friend Max Cryer is a researcher of word origins. He says:For many centuries, mustard has been an essential accompaniment to beef. It became associated with vigour and enthusiasm because it added zest and flavour. The phrase “Keen as” is
first recorded in print in 1672 . The word ‘keen’ is used when associated with mustard in the sense that ‘keen’ means ‘sharp, effective and noticeable’ which good mustard is.Another version appears in 1679 – “You shall see a man as hot as mustard against Plot and Plotters." By 1925 the association was so strong that the word was used like this: “That fellow is mustard” ( Edgar Wallace . Note that – people and things were not like mustard, they were mustard). The phrase 'hot stuff' comes from the same comparison. A company called Keen and Sons was one of the early manufacturers of the condiment. They were taken over by Colman's in 1903, although the Keen brand name persists and mustard is still available under the name Keen. There is no direct connection between the firm and the saying – since the saying “keen as mustard” was published in 1672 and Keens the makers of mustard weren’t established until a hundred years later -1742. But there is little doubt that the presence of Keens helped re-inforce the hundred-year-old saying about mustard being “keen.”
26th February 2015

Very elegant.
26th February 2015

you both 'scrub up' well - looking forward to catching up with you this year in your uk campervan - hopefully dressed a little differently!! ... ... ... love pandas x
14th February 2015

Glad you are still enjoying NZ and taking us back to places we have such fond memories off - hopefully catch up with you in the UK some time this year.
14th February 2015

Lovely scenery, not the place to make an emergency landing.
14th February 2015

Super view
11th January 2015

What a beautiful building. I've always loved tiles. It must have looked very incongruous amongst such a mix of modern styles, eh?
From Blog: Decididly Dubai
10th January 2015

Glad you arrived safely in NZ - enjoy your travels and catch up with you sometime in the UK - we will keep an eye out for the van...........
From Blog: Decididly Dubai
9th January 2015

I need one of those. It beats Switzerland where they have sliding Zimmer frames.
From Blog: Decididly Dubai
18th December 2014

So glad you made it full circle and that you enjoyed the company of Ruth & Albert - such wonderful hosts - so many happy memories to take with you and treasure - we often think of our time with them both. Hopefully we can catch up in Du
bai in the meantime a very Merry Christmas from us two.
18th December 2014

Drink up Jim
9th December 2014

Lovely days - all that drama - what fun!!!!
From Blog: Epic Road Trip?
4th December 2014

Sounds like south Africa trip has been fantastic and chalenging. Speak when you are in the uk.Jennyxx
25th November 2014

A bit scary! Beautiful Elephant.
25th November 2014

no Cocktails?
25th November 2014

Brilliant, thats the life
25th November 2014

Handsome cat
25th November 2014

lovely photo
8th November 2014

Brilliant
8th November 2014

Wonderful cat
8th November 2014

Wonderful view

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