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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Lancashire » Garstang October 2nd 2013

3D Sun Alert: A coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth's magnetic field at -0200 on Oct 2nd sparked a G2-class geomagnetic storm. G2 Class Definition: Strength: Moderate Power systems: High-latitude power systems may experience voltage alarms, long-duration storms may cause transformer damage. Spacecraft operations: Corrective actions to orientation may be required by ground control; possible changes in drag affect orbit predictions. Other systems: HF radio propagation can fade at higher latitudes, and aurora has been seen as low as New York and Idaho (typically 55° geomagnetic lat.)**. PostScript: I was in South Iceland looking at the sky at -0200 on Oct 2nd. In fact, I was looking at the sky at -0300, -0400, -0500 and -0600 before it started getting light. And I coul... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Lancashire » Garstang October 2nd 2013

Back in Blighty. Weird. They have trees and things. And the people. The people are so unfriendly!! Airport staff in Keflavic were really friendly, laughing and joking with us as they searched Moi's bag. (Mind you, you haven't see what she keeps in there :-). Airport staff at Manchester were grumpy, barking orders as they herded the human cattle through the endless barriers. Ah . . . home. (Fade to black. Credits. Music.) ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Lancashire » Garstang July 10th 2012

Once up we all went to the village of Garstang for a walk, to go window shopping and then for a bacon bun. After an hour the rain started so we drove to the Barton Grange Garden Centre, we spent time walking round the huge displays of flowers, garden furniture and gift shop then we took a seat in the restaurant. Standing looking at all the cakes and cookies it was hard for all of us to decide which to choose, so we made our final choices and took them to our table to enjoy. Shane then needed a pee so off he heads to the toilet to discover the most unique urinals, they are porcelain flowers of all different shapes and colours, almost too beautiful to pee on. Look at the website of the creator ... read more
tree
rest time
sarah and family

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Lancashire » Garstang April 10th 2012

Well, we’re home !! Oh how we’ve missed this drizzle. We’ve done it !! 93 days, 34655 miles (372 miles per day!), 360 degrees (longitude). Plus 61 entries, 589 (out of 7,724) photos and 63 (out of 231) video clips on the blog. Interestingly, the furthest north we have been is a little place called Bilsborrow, just outside Preston in the UK (53°51′ N 2°44′ W) and the furthest south we’ve been is Auckland in New Zealand (37°00′S 174°47′E) which is quite weird ‘cos it means there’s a whole right angle (53° from Auckland to the South Pole and 37° from Bilsborrow to the North Pole) that we haven’t done !! (Yet). Anyway, this is going to be the last blog entry for “On-The-Blog”. What are we going to do with ourselves? I did think maybe ... read more
Us In A Helicopter
Copacabana (Our Hotel Is The Brown One In The Middle)
Heading Towards Sugar Loaf Mountain

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Lancashire » Garstang January 16th 2012

T Minus 1 day. Starting to get real. Just checked in, sitting near the emergency exits, parachutes packed. Window seats, no balcony. So, tomorrow we fly into the future. 5 and a half hours into the future actually - 1st stop Delhi. ( Didn't know that Delhi was 5 and a half hours ahead, how does that work then ? ). Might treat ourselves to an Indian ( food, not person ). Next time we update this, it will not be from Garstang. Watch this space . . . . . ( well, not this one, next one ) . . . .... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Lancashire » Garstang January 11th 2012

T Minus 6 days . . . . oh dear ! Final checklist: Nosi-pants - check. Sink plug - check. Imodium - check. Imodium Plus - check. Imodium Super - check. Germaloids - check. Sheriproct industrial-strength suppositries - check. Everything seems to be in order. Just the waiting now . . . . . . . .... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Lancashire » Garstang January 2nd 2012

Summer 1983. It starts with - "Let's go round the world !" Pause for 30 years while we have kids, get jobs, buy houses etc etc then . . . So, where shall we go ? Whistlestop tour - if Phileas Fogg can do it, so can we. Here's the list . . . UK -> India -> Nepal -> Cambodia -> Thailand -> Malaysia -> Australia -> Peru -> Galapagos Islands -> Brazil -> UK Stopping off in a couple of bonus places along the way. So, we then went to see a very nice man at Trailfinders who has sorted it all out for us. Starting Jan 17th 2012 . . . . Two weeks to go ! Gulp - what have we done ?!?... read more




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