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07 Oct 2010

Cambridge

Cambridge

On Wednesday we drove to Cambridge. We had lunch at Steve's friend Robyn's house & then we went punting on the canal. It was really fun! We kept bashing into the banks, getting tangled in overhanging willow branches & Robyn was pecked by an almost tame cygnet. ...

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07 Oct 2010

Henry IV Part 1 at the Globe, London

Henry IV Part 1 at the Globe, London

The second day we were in Cambridge, Thursday the 7th  we went to see a Shakespeare play (Henry IV part 1) at the Globe Theatre which is a replica of the origional Globe that burnt down. We had standing seats so it got a bit annoying after a while but it was fine. It was really good and all the actors were really funny. (One of the main actors looked like the new Doctor Who by the way.) And at the end they all did a dance which was very funny as well. Very good play. ...

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06 Oct 2010

Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire

Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire

Hebden Bridge is a cool little town on the edge of the Pennines in Yorkshire. It's a 500-year-old former mill town that by the 60s was apparently dying after the British textile industry collapsed, only to undergo a rebirth in the 70s and 80s as uni students, artists and hippies moved in (see http://www.hebdenbridge.co.uk). Hebden has a feel that reminds me of Bellingen - a lack of chain stores, alternative energy, cafes, culture, the feeling that it's slowly getting more gentrified. We st...

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01 Oct 2010

Kendal, Hawkshead & The Lake District

Kendal, Hawkshead & The Lake District

Kendal, Tarn Hows, rain, mint cake by Annette, aka Mum who is 'a pig from another country, whilst in a small Cumbrian tea shop, because my scone made crumbs scatter all over the table' (refer to Minnie next time you see her). Thursday 30th September Where does one start? We are staying at the YHA in Kendal. Our room is up approx. 12 flights of stairs in the servants quarters of a Georgian House; low beams, no window, but it is nice and cosy. I was imagining we would be doing 2 or 3 walks pe...

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24 Sep 2010

Lacock, Wiltshire

Lacock, Wiltshire

Ah, Lacock Abbey. Beautiful, circa 1200AD. Took a few photoes of Pip & Min in the 'cloistery' where some scenes for 'Harry Potter' are filmed. Other rooms here were also used for filming Professor McGonigal's classroom, etc. Those of you into a good bonnet drama on a Sunday evening will be thrilled to know that the village of Lacock was also the setting for 'Cranford',one of my favourite bonnet dramas. I think I found Dame Judy Dench's characters' house, you know, where she stands broo...

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24 Sep 2010

Bath

Bath

Wow. 2000 year old Roman Baths and relics. One of the main things I was awed with here was the enormousnous of the terrace houses and the use of the same stone on practically all of the buildings in Bath. The Abbey was spectacular and huge. Inside is full of headstones on the floors and walls. The ones on the floors are fairly worn, but the ones on the walls look as if they were mounted very recently, but of course they weren't. They contain quirky, detailed descriptions of the deceased. A...

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23 Sep 2010

Wroughton Wiltshire

Wroughton Wiltshire

Some pictures from a day wandering around the village where I grew up and where lots of my relatives still live (see a map). I left when I was 10 so it brings back lots of memories. View Larger Map...

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21 Sep 2010

Stratford On Avon

Stratford On Avon

Went here with the ever resourseful and fun to be with June, Alan, Babs and Martin. Strolled around the town of beautiful thatched buildings and cobbled streets. Visited Shakespeare's birthplace and Anne Hathaway's cottage - both amazing with insightful talks by the National Trust's volunteers. Minnie was excited by the barges on the canal which inspired Babs to organise a barge ride for us on Sunday. ...

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20 Sep 2010

Avebury and Stonehenge

Avebury and Stonehenge

Hit the ground running on our first day in the UK. We arrived around 5.30am and were picked up from the airport by Uncle Alan. After driving us back to Wroughton and feeding us he then drove us off to see some of the sites of Wiltshire. Avebury Ancient stone circle much larger than it's more famous cousin plus a great old church. Stonehenge We all know what it looks like and it is incredible. Although I knew it was going to be busy I was still surprised at how many people were there. Ambienc...

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20 Sep 2010

Flying from Brisbane to London

Flying from Brisbane to London

It's been 20 years since I've done one of these flights. Things I notice that have changed No smoking Lots less talking and reading -  everyone has their own video screen with a choice of things to watch Hot towels delivered with tongs Cold - I'm sure the air conditioning wasn't cranked up that high in the past Thing that haven't The coffee The feeling your body gets after trying to sleep whilst sitting up crammed into a small space The queue for the toilets, particularly ...

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