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Its here at last ….

Jul 02, 09

The long awaited iPhone 3.0 update is here and hot on it’s heals is the iPhone-dev teams jailbreak and unlock. My phone has duely been updated, jailbroken and unlocked. To do this you need to : 1. Install v3.0 via iTunes 2. Download the torrent for redsn0w 3. Install redsn0w to jailbreak the OS ( this also adds Cydia) 4. Configure Cydia to then download and install the ultrasn0w app on the iPhone to unlock it. v3.0 is fantastic check out some of it’s new features here :- • How to use the 40 best features of iPhone v3.0 • 22 more features of...

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Au Revoir Cambridge

Jun 02, 09

After a final frantic flurry of shopping its sadly time to bid au revoir to Cambridge. Annelies managed to buy 4 dresses a casual top and a skirt in the space of 4 hours ably abetted by Julie and my Mum. I managed a more modest shop in the local music store where I bought some new Jazz Improv tutors and a new Tenor sling. Cambridge is every bit a most charming and cozy English city as there can be. Julie has chosen to study in a truly remarkable and unique place. Theres still so much to see and experience …… We shall return...

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Botanical Odyssey

Jun 01, 09 Botanical Odyssey

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Today we visited the wonderfully tranquil Cambridge University Botanical Gardens. They were first opened in 1846 by John Henslow a teacher of Charles Darwin. They really are an oasis of beauty right in the heart of Cambridge. They also proved a useful source of inspiration for our new garden. The weather was superb, hot and...

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An English Idyll

May 31, 09 An English Idyll

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Its been a perfect English summer day in which we have somehow packed a whole host of activities. We walked into Cambridge centre this morning under a perfect, clear, summer sky to partake of a good old English roast and a ploughmans meal. Afterwich we went on a tour of the famous Kings Chapel. The word magnificent is too small a word to describe the overawing architecture and grandiose, gothic fan vaulted ceilings. The builing of the chapel & college was initiated by Henry VI in 1441. Kings was one of his two royal and religious foundations, the other being Eton College. However Kings College wasnt fully completed until a century later. The awesome and inspiring nature of this edifice is as impressive today as it mustve been to medieval minds when it was built. Even the large wooden doors inside, and still used today, bear the royal seals of Henry VIII and Anne Bolyn carved into them. After our tour we met up with some of Julies friends and drove out to a charming village called Grantchester. Here we had afternoon tea and scones in a tea room called The Orchard. The Orchard was, at the start of the century, a meeting place for a group of intellectuals amongst them Virginia Woolf (author), Rupert Brooke (poet), Bertrand Russell (philosopher) and Maynard Keynes (economist). Right next door is the house and residence of Jeffrey Archer, in the front of which, is a life size bronze statue of Rupert Brooke in WWI military uniform. Rupert Brooke was sadly to die in 1915 but is immortalized by the words of his poem “The Soldier” …. ” If I should die, think only this of me: That theres some corner of a foreign field That is forever England ” After this we headed off to Ely, a small town north of Cambridge were we able to walk around the towering Ely Cathedral. The countryside around Ely is lush and green, made so by the extremely rich and...

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Culture overload

May 30, 09 Culture overload

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Weve had a fantastic day touring Cambridge with Julie again. The weather has been glorious and we took an open top bus tour around the city followed by lunch at a cost little pub right on the river Cam. Afterwards we went punting on the river expertly piloted by one of the students. Im so glad I didnt go for the self drive option. Its incredibly hard going and judging by the efforts if those who did take this option , its not at all easy. The trip down the river was delightful. We passed the truly majestic and ancient Kings College, Queens College and Trinity. Mum and Dad arrive back in the UK from their 3 week China trip today and will be joining us in Cambridge...

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Those dreaming spires

May 29, 09 Those dreaming spires

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Well here we are in the academic idyle of Cambridge visiting lil sis Julie. Shes just completed her first year at Anglia Ruskin University studying Graphic design. Cambridge is a truly wonderful place. Theyve managed to fuse old and new very well to create a truly charming and cosy place. I arrived yesterday and spent a wonderful time walking with Julie in the centre with modern shops nestling tastefully with the famous Kings & Jesus colleges. Cambridge is celebrating a staggering 800 years as a University. The whole city reeks of an ancient historical timeline that runs right up to and includes contemporary use of these famous sites. Julie is doing really well and is loving her course, working hard and achieving some fantastic results and Im really proud of her 😀 Tomorrow we plan to go on an open bus tour and maybe go punting on the...

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Back in Blighty again

Mar 08, 09

Once again we find ourselves transported back from one world into another. Travelling can be such a weird disorienting thing as we now find ourselves back in our familiar part of the world and as I write this I’m sure that I’m suffering quite a bit of “jet lag”, mixed also with a dose of “culture lag” too. Our trip back was a little fraught, we were supposed to take off from Bangkok at 00:30 on Sat/Sun night but were delayed for 3 1/2 hours until 4:00 am Sunday morning, this meant that after our 13 hour flight we had to dash from Heathrow to Gatwick, via taxi, to catch the Guernsey plane , only checking in with 35 mins to spare until we then took off. Travelling between different cultures & different worlds is easy today, for which I’m eternally grateful, but it sure does leave your head in a spin !  ...

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Bangkok

Mar 08, 09

Our Bangkok stop-over proved every bit as interesting as Hong Kong was on the way down. Once again we found ourselves in a teeming metropolis filled to the brim with life & commerce. Like Hong Kong, Bangkok was an overwhelming cacophony of human life all packed into a very dense space but in many ways felt more “far eastern”.  Bangkok is home to 12 million people many of them coming from the north eastern provinces to work as low paid labourers. There’s no real heart or main historic centre to the city which proved to be a bit of a disappointment. It is a city that has grown rapidly in an organic manner with little or no coherent planning strategy it seems. We stayed at the Marriot hotel situated right on the Chao Phraya river & travelled by boat to visit what is regarded as one of the main commercial areas. What we found was an incredible confusion of ultra modern shops along side simple market stalls & kiosks. Over-arching all of this is the sky train. At one point I counted 3 different levels astride the main road all mounted on huge concrete pillars & flyovers allowing trains to pass over each other. We didn’t do the usual tourist thing of visiting temples & shrines as we didn’t really have time. Like Hong Kong Bangkok is definitely not for the claustrophobic...

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Sydney … Deja Vue

Mar 07, 09 Sydney … Deja Vue

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After returning again to Sydney, we managed to pack in a trip to the National Maritime Museum, where we got to go on HMAS Onslow (submarine) and HMAS Vampire, the last gunship destroyer in the Australian navy. It was deja vue for us because we also visited a replica of the Endeavour, Captain Cook’s ship that first mapped & discovered Australia, the same replica that visited St Peter Port some five or six years ago. However in Guernsey we stood on her decks in freezing, rainy...

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Norfolk Day 15 … Farewells

Mar 04, 09 Norfolk Day 15 … Farewells

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We bade a sad farewell to the family (& our new friends) on Norfolk Island today  🙁 We’ve had a fantastic time & it’s hard to believe we’ve been there two weeks, the time has flown by. We’ve had so much fun with everyone but especially with our little 2 year old nephew River. He’s as bright as a button and just learning to put sentences together in both Dutch AND English …. very impressive indeed.  As a little parting gift Uncle Rob & Aunty Annelies bought him a brand new bright yellow dumper truck ……. Uncle Rob had as much fun playing with it as River ! Tomorrow we’re leaving Sydney to go on to Bangkok for a couple of nights before going on back to...

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Norfolk Day 11 … The Big Day

Mar 01, 09 Norfolk Day 11 … The Big Day

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Mariëlle & Sylvan’s big day has come at last after much preparation and activity. We’ve all pitched in with different alloted tasks including the decorating of the reception & wedding location, setting up the bar, cleaning & cooking. My day started at 8am when I helped out with the washing and cleaning of the bridal “cars”. No ordinary cars ….. but a WW II American jeep and a WW II RAAF personel carrier no less ! Both of these were  kept secret from Sylvan so the first time he’d see them was when his bride to be and her bridesmaids rocked up in some sexy ‘WWII hardware’. The vehicles were left in Norfolk Island by the Americans and RAAF after the island was used as a staging post for aircraft & supplies in the South Pacific war. The day went beautifully. Marielle and Sylvan were married in a short service in a clearing on the cliffs on the Eastern side of the Island in a place called ‘Simon’s Water’.  Despite sounding like a label in a path lab, it is a beautiful place overlooking the crystal blue waters of the pacific and the lush green cliffs of Norfolk Island. After the short service the bride & groom drove back, in the Jeep of course, to the reception which was in the grounds of our holiday home. The grounds had been tastefully decorated by Marielle & Sylvan’s friends & both families. The previous two days we have had torrential non-stop tropical rain. It’s estimated that at least 20cm fell in those two days, but it all came good on the day and the sun shone & the weather was warm & balmy !                ...

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Norfolk Day 8 … Hens and Bucks

Feb 26, 09 Norfolk Day 8 … Hens and Bucks

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Last night was Marielle & Sylvan’s Hens & Bucks party …. and did they go with a bang! The boys kicked off with paintball (& beers) at about 3 in the afternoon …. & man was it FUN, FUN FUN ! The overalls weren’t much  protection at all and so we all got our t-shirts & shorts liberally “redecorated” with various paint colour, in addition to the huge purple bruises we all got from the paintballs . Plus after crawling through a creek which was ankle deep in mud & goo I finished up in a truely ‘glorious’ state for the rest of the evening 😀 . The bridegroom to be was of course dressed up by the best man in a white dress & veil so we could all identify him more easily for target practice. Honours were pretty much even between the red & blue teams although my moment of glory came when I captured the red team’s flag & was half way back to our base when I was unfortunately brought down by a hail of red team paintballs. We then adjourned for a barbie (&beer)  & re-dressed the bridgroom in a lovely little nightie after tieing a heavy chain around one of his ankles. We then moved on to one of the local clubs to play Guitar Hero on their massive overhead screen. It was at this point that Sylvan was further trussed up like a turkey & led to the roundabout in the centre of town & left for a while, much to the amusement of a passing busload of tourists who also came back to watch. Unbeknownst to Sylvan a little “arrangement” had been made with the local police. So after we’d blindfolded & tied him to a palm tree in the middle of the main high street the police duely turned up, “arrested” him, bundled him in the back of the police car & drove off, sirens going.He was eventually delivered back to us at the campsite...

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Norfolk Day 7

Feb 24, 09

We spent a great day down at Emily bay on the south coast snorkeling. Emily bay is naturally enclosed by a huge reef and we were able to snorkel right up to it where the waves were crashing against it on the other side. The marine life we saw was incredible; highly coloured parrot fish , Angel Fish and numerous other shoals of brightly coloured fish along with the beautiful towering sides of the coral reef itself. The water was warm & crystal clear so we could dive right down to inspect the lower levels of the coral. I bought a disposable underwater camera and had reeled off 20 or more shots in minutes. Fingers crossed they’ll come out ok as aiming it isn’t exactly an exact...

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Norfolk Day 5 … Reunion

Feb 22, 09 Norfolk Day 5 … Reunion

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The whole family has now finally arrived in Norfolk! Ma & Pa, Gerard & Herma all flew in from New Zealand today. Gerard & Herma have spent just over 4 weeks touring New Zealand whilst Ma & Pa flew in direct from Schiphol via Hong Kong. We’ve celebrated tonight in true Aussie style by having a ‘barbie’ We’ve moved from our temporary accomodation in with the four of them into a very swanky holiday home literally next door to Marielle & Sylvan. The grounds of our holiday home will also be the location for Marielle & Sylvans wedding reception. The Hen and Stag (or Bucks as they call it here) night is planned for Wednesday. The guys are going paintballing followed by a barbie …. the hens are having some sort of pyjama party....

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