Graduation!

Oct 12, 11 Graduation!

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The family’s all here in Cambridge to celebrate Julie’s Graduation!

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It’s a 1st !

Jun 08, 11 It’s a 1st !

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Congratulations to my ‘little’ sister Julie !!!! She’s been awarded a 1st Class Honours Degree in Graphic Design from the Anglia-Ruskin University in Cambridge. Am so very, very proud of her indeed...

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Au Revoir again …

Jun 05, 11 Au Revoir again …

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Time to leave Cambridge again (for now). We’ve all had a great time. We stayed in a CityStay apartment very close to Julies digs. It was a very swanky modern apartment … I think that we’ll be using this type of accommodation...

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The Exhibition

Jun 04, 11 The Exhibition

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Today we went to the Anglian Ruskin Degree Show to see the students final year exhibits. We met up with Julie’s friend Karen who’d traveled up from London to see the exhibition. We were also joined by some of Julie’s Cambridge friends Gavin, Annie, Richard and Dee. After lunch the whole posse headed off to the University to see the exhibition. Julie’s chosen subject was ‘Observed Expression’. It was very slick and professional, most impressive. But then again … I might be a little biased 😀 After bidding farewell to Karen and the others we also managed to fit in a spot of shopping later on as well as a meal in Jamie Oliver’s famous Cambridge restaurant “Jamie’s Italian” … A good...

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Feeding the fishes …

Jun 03, 11 Feeding the fishes …

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“Feeding the fishes” … No we’ve not tangled with the Cambridge Mafia … but the girls have been to an ‘alternative’ beauty therapy where you immerse your feet into a tank of water for 15 minutes and let Garra rufa fish nibble away all the hard skin. I’m sure Annelies is now a centimeter shorter ! We’re back in the English idyl of Cambridge again to see Julie’s End of Year Exhibition. Yes, it’s the end of her 3 year degree course when the students display their projects for the public and wider Graphic Design industry to view. In a couple of days time shell know her final result! 😀 I can’t believe that its been 3 years now since Julie left Guernsey to start her degree course. I have to say I’m very proud of my little sister. She’s worked very hard and produced some fantastic work ( have a look here and you’ll see what I mean … jooles.co.uk). She’s also settled in and made a great circle of friends. Friendships for life. Tomorrow we’re off to see the exhibition but today we’ve spent ‘feeding the fishes’ and picnicking in the rather spendid National Trust Anglesey...

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A la Perchoine* Cambridge

May 23, 10 A la Perchoine* Cambridge

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This morning we had a late brunch with Julie before heading off to the Fitzwilliam Art museum. The museum houses works from antiquity right up to modern abstract art. We were able to get up close to works by Monet, Cezanne, Picasso and Rembrandt amongst many others. Also, and what I found most impressive, there were carvings and treasures on display from Greek, Roman and Egyptian culture. However, (sigh), it’s time to say goodbye to Cambridge again. I’m all ‘superlatived out’ describing the exquisite & cosy beauty of this place (well apart from that last bit 😀 ) so I’ll simply say … “â la perchoine” *Guernsey French – “Until the next...

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Shop till ya drop

May 22, 10 Shop till ya drop

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Met up with Julie for a leisurely brunch in a little cafe on the river Cam. We then spent the afternoon wandering the charming streets and alleyways of Cambridge shopping like people possesed (we’re returning home with no less than 5 new pairs of shoes between us!) This evening we went to Great St Mary’s Church to attend a service led by the very entertaing and hilarious Jeff Lucas as part of the year long celebration of Cambridge SA’s 125th...

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Tally-Ho !

May 21, 10 Tally-Ho !

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Today we visited the nearby Duxford airbase. Now the site of the Imperial War Museum for aviation. Duxford has a long history of military aviation right from WWI through to the 1960s. Most famous of course for its “Big Wing” during the Battle of Britain. It’s from here that the famous Douglas Bader flew with his squadron during those long hot days in the Summer of 1940. Duxford now hosts a very impressive collection of aircraft right from WWI to the present day. The aircraft we’ve seen today are a veritable roll call of all the most exciting and iconic classics in aviation history : a WWI SE5, a Hurricane, a Spitfire, a Lancaster Bomber, a Vulcan bomber, Lysander, Anson, a Meteor, an ME109, a Harrier Jump Jet, a Sunderland Flying boat, a Mosquito, a massive B52 bomber (cf “Doctor Strangelove”), two flying fortresses, the first proto type Concorde, a Euro fighter … the list is almost endless. The sheer size and beauty of them all was breathtaking. Also housed on the airfield is The Royal Anglian Regiment Museum. It contains a truely staggering array of mitary hardware. British, German, Italian and Russian. All arranged in tableaux depicting them in action … FANTASTIC! 😀 This evening we went out for a meal with Julie before going on to the Cinema where we treated outselves to an artery hardening and mouth watering mountain of ice-cream : I had a Ben and Jerrys Vanilla plus Cookie dough tub of ice-cream hollowed out to contain hot fudge all topped with thick cream and nuts – yum...

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Cambridge Revisited

May 20, 10 Cambridge Revisited

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Well we’re back again in the outrageously cosy city of Cambridge, visiting Julie in her ‘new’ digs. Cambridge is a lovely as ever and even the weather has perked up so that it’s hot and sunny. After arriving today we visited Wood Wind and Reed where I deposited my beloved Tenor Sax for repair and service after carelessly dropping it whilst playing in the New Wine band a few weeks ago. I also took the opportunity to spend some time trying out some new metal mouthpieces and ligatures … after years of searching and with the help of an extremely helpful and knowledgable assistant I’ve taken the plunge and bought a Metal Yanigasawa mouthpiece along with a new funky Francois Louis ligature … yeaaaaaaa! 😀 This evening we went to Jamie Olivers restaurant in the heart of Cambridge and were treated by Julie to a wonderful...

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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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