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Jul 13, 2019 - Scotland - Ruined castles and long twilights

Our first night in Scotland was at the old wool trade and spa town of Moffat. There is a statue of a sheep in the centre of town, a bit like our own in Goulburn. Grae couldn't wait to have haggis, neaps and tatties for dinner, I had salmon fish cakes but the highlight was the live music which was a jam session of local musicians playing popular songs from the 60s through to some current hits. They even snuck in The Proclaimers song "I would walk 500 miles". Moffat is also famous for the Star Hotel, the narrowest hotel in the world at only 6...

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Oct 19, 2018 - Manchester (In Transit)

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – England chapter Manchester, Liverpool and Northwest England has to say about the Manchester airport: “The airport is 12 miles south of the city.” KAPOORS ON THE ROAD I think that the Lonely Planet was being exceedingly kind to the Manchester airport in limiting it’s comments to a single sentence, and then just a directional comment. We didn’t have high expectations as it was, but we had to pinch ourselves because it felt like we were in a third-world country, the state of the...

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Jun 7, 2018 - Walking tour of Manchester

We did a 3 hour walking tour of Manchester today - our guide Ben was very informative. This drink was created to try to stop alcoholism in the early 1900's when the water was nasty and the only other alternative was booze! It was originally a cordial but is now a fizzy drink and is very refreshing, tasting very similar to Creamy Soda. The ingredients were, grapes, blueberries, strawberries and vanilla bean. The bees painted on the walls of this pub (22 in all), represent the lives lost in the Manchester bombing last year. There are...

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New Adventures

Jun 6, 2018 - Trains and boats and planes (and bicycles!!)

Last night, after doing a u turn at the winding hole just out of Lymm, we moored at Stretford on the outskirts of Manchester. We were right under the flight path for the Manchester Airport, the train line into Manchester runs alonside the canal and the boats were still going past us at a great rate, not to mention that you take your life into your hands when you try to walk along the towpath where the hundreds of cyclists ride at a million miles an hour. Not happy Jan!!!!!!!!! So after getting some diesel at the nearby marina we set off...

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New Adventures

Jan 15, 2017 - Jan 15, travel to Bangkok.

Sunday Jan 15th. Finally arrived in Bangkok after what seems like an eternity of travelling! Saturday started early as we attempted to reset our body clocks by getting up at 4am - well at least one of us did. The first four hours of the day turned out to be very stressful as first my computer appeared to have a catastrophic failure, and then for no reason at all I suddenly had a severe lower back spasm which saw me on all fours and unable to move. Thankfully the computer seemed to right itself after about two hours of the dreaded "blue...

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Jan 13, 2017 - The day before!

The time has finally come as we set off tomorrow morning for Thailand and Hong Kong. We are doing a ten day organised trip with G-Adventures, starting in Bangkok and making our way north to Chiang Mai where we have three days trekking in the villages and staying with the locals. After that we head to Hong Kong for a few days on our own before flying back home. This is a holiday we have looked forward to for some time, and if it is as good as the G-Adventure trip we did in India it is going to be fantastic.

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Sep 1, 2016 - Choo choo; National Railway Museum, then back to Manchester

Back in Manchester now, getting ready to drop the car, board the plane, and head to France. We spent most of the day in the Railway Museum in York. It is very cool. Rog taught me the inner workings of the steam locomotive, we saw some of the railway coaches the royals have used, and we saw a lot of trains. There was a special exhibit about the ambulance trains used in WWI. We happened to be there when an "explainer" did a talk on the Royal coaches. The Royal acceptance of trains led to the trains' increased popularity; first use of a coach...

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Aug 21, 2016 - Flookburgh

We have flown from Dublin after a bus trip from Belfast; we picked up a car in Manchester and Roger has navigated narrow roads and left hand driving to our friend's cottage in Flookburgh. This morning we have driven around a bit; yesterday our pilot had to do a couple of go a rounds to get us landed because of the wind, so the weather has been far from idyllic. However, the countryside is lovely. Right now we are actually in Keswick (the w seems to be an optional one, not pronounced), and I am coming to you live from the Tourist Information...

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May 26, 2016 - Manchester

We slept quite well and woke around 6.00am. We then joined Xavier for breakfast in the hotel restaurant at 7.00am and planned our day. The first order of the day was a visit to the mall to pick up a few items, followed by a stop at a tanning salon to check out options for Barb prior to the competition. The walk to the mall took about 15 minutes - a good way to get the blood flowing. It was still very overcast with a thin veil of drizzle and it was a chilly 10 degrees, so no sign yet of the British summer. Barb picked up a few warm tops and...

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Thackers Go Fourth

May 25, 2016 - Getting There

Background: At the suggestion of their dance coach, Barb and her dance partner, Xavier, will be competing in the Senior Latin dance competition at Blackpool on Monday 30th June. Clearly it wasn't worth going that far without taking some time to visit some old haunts and discover some new ones. We therefore find ourselves setting off on our first long-haul flight for several years. Our itinerary will see us travelling on Singapore Airlines from Auckland to Manchester UK via Singapore and Munich. From Manchester we'll train to Blackpool, then...

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Thackers Go Fourth

Dec 25, 2015 - Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to everyone. We are spending a few days in Manchester with Julie and Giles getting used to being looked after! They have sorted the house brilliantly and made it feel very festive and have done us proud with a fabulous Christmas dinner. Giles' parents are here as well as his brother and family making it a real family gathering. It is a long time since we have spent Christmas with young children which is making it very special.

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Oct 3, 2015 - Adventure day 19 - Man City v Newcastle

We were up reasonably early this morning as we wanted to leave by 9.00am to head for Manchester. We are off to watch Man City v Newcastle today. Just before we left Coz sent me a message with some awesome news - the Eagles lost the GF............YAY!! Thanks for the good news Coz. I am now guessing all you Hawthorn supporters are intolerable - yes - you guys know who you are!! Again it is quite foggy and I am sure when it lifts it will be a lovely day - however I have learnt that the fog can hang around until 2 - 3 pm.............. We...

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