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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Fareham April 22nd 2011

Show of Hands are our favourite act. We remember them individually from the 1970s when they did floor and guest spots at Exeter University. We saw them for the first time as Show of Hands at The Evesham Arts Centre early on when there were about 20 in the audience! We have followed their career with interest. They normally now play with Miranda Sykes on double bass, but the bass had met with an accident that day and Miranda had returned early to Bath. So Phil and Steve were back to the duo, the performance was perhaps more fresh and they were doing some older stuff as they needed to replace songs that relied on Miranda. Someone had recently asked why they still called the trio "Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes", I had said you ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Southampton March 29th 2011

Test Blog #1 This is our first blog so i know what i'm doing! As you can see this is a map of our first flight from the UK to Delhi, 9 hours of panicking that we have forgotten something... practice makes perfect!... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Southampton February 26th 2011

Hopefully this is working and you guys can see a couple of updates as I am not sure what I am doing! Anyway, bag packing and setting off for HK on Tuesday at 1230 from Heathrow ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Southampton February 20th 2011

We are making preparations, booking hotels and transport in Honk Kong, Australia and New York. Our broad itinery looks like this 1st March Heathrow to Hong Kong 5th March Hong Kong to Melbourne Australia 7th March Melbourne collect our Camper Van for a two week journey through New South Wales, via the Pacific Highway, Snowy Mountains, and a place called Nowra which is where Clem used to live as a child aged between 4 and 7. 19th March arrive Sydney and deposit camper and collect hire car 20-22nd March Blue Mountains 23rd to 27 fly to Red centre Alice Springs 27 Mar to Darwin and Kakadu via Garn Train 31 Mar fly to Cairns, and onward to Port Douglas, Whitsunday Islands yach trip, Barrier Reef, Gold Coast and onward to Sydney 11 Apr Syndey 13 Apr ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Winchester February 11th 2011

Having spent our entire journey up to this point in the larger and more famous cities in Europe, you might think that going to Winchester would be lacking in something for our grand finale. There's no public transit, no tourist spectacles, no broadway shows and no malls. However, replace all that with cozy pubs, christmas markets, beautiful churches, and people who have been waiting two years to see you again. Winchester has been, to me, a home away from home. It's not often you can walk down a street two years later and still see people you recognize, and who, in turn, recognize you. It's as close to perfect as I've found in the world, and after traveling to Berlin, London, Barcelona and everywhere else, Winchester was the right place to cap off such an amazing ... read more
The River Itchen
The Path to St. Katherine's Hill

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Fareham January 27th 2011

Fri 21st Jan Cold night, left about 9am and said goodbye to “Henry the 7th”, the gateman - nice old soul who insisted on practicing his English on us. Blew Colleen a kiss goodbye, at least I think it was for Colleen. Soon after we left we spotted a scattering of snow on the side of the road! Didn’t see any more after that. Motored on through Loret De Mar and Tossa De Mar and then on towards Montpellier. Near Fronignan we saw the area where they cultivate and farm oysters and muscles, which they grow on ropes hanging down into the water. There are maybe 200 acres of wires strung between poles which hold the ropes. Amazing sight. Went into Fronignan to look for a stopping point but they had put up height restrictions on ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Southampton January 18th 2011

Getting Ready Just a quick note to you to check if you want to receive these short reports. If you want us to no longer send them then let us know and we can delete you from the circulation list. No problem. For those staying with us we are now preparing the van for another trip south to some sunshine. We have recovered from Xmas and New Year (Both a first time for Thomas and Mia, from respectively Anne and Graham and Thomas and Caroline). And then we have had the marmalade making machine in the kitchen producing 85lbs in the last two weeks. But then we are free, apart from the Saints playing Notts County on Saturday, to start our journey. First we are calling on Lesley's brother's family in Folkestone before crossing on Wednesday. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Winchester January 9th 2011

Right well today is the big day, flight leaves in about 9 hours... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Southampton January 5th 2011

Just seeing how this bastard works/providing something by means of an introduction: This is Matt Orton, Kim FitzGerald and Jamie S' (changed just for you big man, apologises to any of our 4 subscribers..) travelling blog - we're going to try and take it in turns to update it, so hopefully one a week from each. Kim and I are travelling this morning, bleary eyed, to Buenos Aires. From there we're headed up to La Paz, down to the salt flats of Uyuni (spelling may, or may not, improve over the course of this blog), across to the Igazu Falls, on to Rio, up to Salvador for Carnival, and then to Spring Break in Cancun. That's the first leg. The second takes us through the well-trodden path of Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, where we'll be ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Gosport January 4th 2011 lucky i am to have such brilliant family and friends!! i have recieved the best gifts..from an inflatable pillow, to a kindle, from a puddle duck to tape recordings! its so reassuring to know ill be taking a little bit of everyone with me..and i know im going to look like a loon when i start laughing or crying to myself when i find something that reminds me of someone!! 8) thankyou just doesnt go anywhere near what i want to say..just know that you are all such special people and mean the world to me..if i could shrink you all and take you in my pocket i would be!! xcx... read more
or hundred acre wood
winter wonderland

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