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July 31st & August 1st

Dinner with the Munns & Lunch with the VK`s

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This afternoon I headed off to town via the tube and met up with Hugh. Hugh and I caught the train out to the Munns place... well it didn't exactly drop us at their door but it was pretty close. After a wee chat and a bite to eat, George Munn, most of his kids, Hugh and I headed out to a river which was about half an hour away. We also brought along a couple of Kayaks and a canoe.
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We went for a spin up the river taking turns as can be seen in the pictures. After watching a few boats go through the wear or whatever its called and then headed back to the Munns place. We settled down for a very enjoyable dinner although I think I ate enough to cover me for Sunday as well. Hugh & I headed back to Finalys place which took about an hour or so and that was about it for Saturday.
ON sunday after the first service i headed back to Roland and Jane VK's place with hugh for dinner. We had and extremely enjoyable dinner which once again filled the spot and then some. Then for dessert... Wow! Amy had made this incredibly good chocolatety cheesecake that was sensational! :-)

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26th - 28th July

Planning

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Well over these days I have been organizing hostel accommodation in Poland and Ireland. I have also had to reschedule two of the two and a half weeks that I had organised in Ireland due to the customs debacle that I had. That done and a new flight purchased I think that every thing is pretty much organised! I have researched what sights I would like to see in the next country that I go to and the best places to eat. I went out shopping once and watched a couple of movies. I'm absolutely loving skype as not all of my family has got it so i have been making phone calls from my PC to phone numbers and one that lasted over an hour to NZ cost only about $3. I went to church on Wednesday night and well, with all the delays in rail transport I ended up arriving about 15 minutes from the end of the service. After one of the shortest services of my life I headed into town and sat by the Thames to devour a nice meal from Maccas. London by night is quite a pretty sight!
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July 24th

Farnborough International Airshow

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Today I got up at 6:50am or there abouts, showered, shaved and headed out the door to meet Alastair. Finlay dropped me off at the train station and i ran to the ticket office. I purchased the ticket and ran up to the platform to just in time to see the train I was meant to catch leave the station. Well, that made me really late! I jumped onto the next train and got talking to another guy who was also heading to the airshow. we hopped off the train (not literally) and found that out connection was running 10 minutes late which would mean that we would miss our next connection. He checked his paperwork and found that there was another train leaving in about 12 minutes which was direct to the station we wanted t go to so we took that one. I arrived and Alastair picked me up and took me back to his place. He had a spare ticket to the Farnborough International Airshow which is absolutely huge. It is a week long show with only the last 2 days of it opened to the public. Last time at he 2008 show I think they sold 88 billion in aircraft at this show. Well there was a long list of aircraft on show including the Euro fighter, FA-18, F16C, F15E, Airbus A380 and Vulcan Bomber. We headed in through what looked like a big queue but when we were in and looked back the queue seemed to have become 3 or 4 times longer! We checked out some of the army choppers and headed straight on to the A380. After a few shot we continued on and learned that it would be opened up to the public later in the day. We continued on as we only had a couple of hours before all the aerial stunts started. We took a few picture of the FA-18, F16C & F15E checked out some of the Pakistani air force.
We found the Vulcan which was the 1950's nuclear bomber. It is one huge aircraft! We headed over to the Spitfires, Lancaster bomber etc. We walked over to the rides and the kids went for a ride in a mini ferris wheel. We all went for a ride down an old 1800's style ride called "helter skelter". We sat down for a bite of lunch old chap and then met up with the Munn family and tried to find a spot to watch the airshow. The only problem was that it was over crowded and there was nowhere to sit. So while George Munn and Alastair were watching the airshow, two of the munn boys, James and I waited in line for a tour around the FA-18, F16 & F15 display.
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The pilots gave us a run down on the aircrafts capabilities, missile capabilities and answered any questions we had. After the tour I walked around and finally found a stand selling cold drinks and bought a couple. We watched the A380 take off and go directly upwards, then turn hard right and bank in a circle all the way around. I cant type here all the spectacular stuff i saw as you would probably be asleep before I have finished! We finished up the afternoon by watching an acrobatic show put on by the red arrows who were flying jets as well. We also watched the humongous Vulcun bomber. We headed back to Alistair and Ruths house for a very enjoyable dinner. I headed home on the train and after switching lines once arrived into Raynes Park at about 10:40pm.

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July 22nd & 23rd

The day I exported my backside to the UK

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Well... I am thankfull to say that I slept pretty good last night! I think i got to bed about 1 am after a full day of work and spending the rest of the night packing, cleaning and dropping stuff off. I got up at about 7:30am, said goodbye to my flat mate and continued finalizing my packing. I had most things finished by about 11:30am and headed off for lunch at Letto's (i think), a smorgasboard restuarant, for one last lunch with Wim, Hennie, Jan, Mettie, Henriette, William & Christie.
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After Lunch I finalized a few things like calling Finlay to confirm the ok to stay in London with him, sent off a couple of postcards and few other bits and pieces. Then it was 3:30pm and time for me to head off. I said goodbye to Wim, Jan, Mettie, Henrietteand William, loaded my bags into Hennies Surburban and we hit the road. I snapped off a pictures of lots of stuff along the way figuring that I would probably want them to reminise over some day down the track. We arrived at the calgary airport in plenty of time and I said my goodbyes to Hennie and Christie. I checked in my bags and after chatting one of the check in ladys for a while I headed through customs. I always find it quicker to unload my gear into the trays for customs then putting it all back into my pockets etc. I went through to boarding and purchased some food and a fruit drink. Eventually we boarded and I took my window seat. It was a smooth flight upon which i still didn't manage to get any sleep. We arrived into London at about 11am. I walked through to customs where I was asked many a question and obviously answered one wrong. I waited for about 1 hour for a border patrol person to interogate me. It was a good time to pray! :-) The guy who brought me through for the process was really quite nice! We collected my bags which were lying on the ground next to the carosels and headed to an area to inspect them. After checking through my bags we headed back to another room where i was fingerprinted and photograhed. Then i was put into a detention room for about another hour as the border control guy called Finlay and a few other people on my schedule of travel. Finally he came and took me through to an official interrogation room and asked me a few more questions. Then after a few more minutes in the detention room I was advised that I was ok to enter the UK. PHEW! Many prayers were answered that day! I stuck around in the airport till about 5:30pm as Finaly wouldn't be home until at least 6:30pm and I had 4 bags with me. I jumped onto the train and headed into london. I changed trains and headed out to Wimbeldon station. When I arrived i turned on my UK mobile phone and tried to reach Finlay. The phone couldn't get signal. I waited in line at a dairy and eventually got 5 pound more credit which still didn't work. I found the pay phone that worked and called Finaly. His phone went to message bank. At 8:30pm I called again and he was on his way to pick me up. We dropped my bags off a home and did a shop. We set up the BBQ and Kate arrived from work at about 9:30pm. We had dinner and a few drinks and discussed experiences and I was stoked to get to bed at 11:30pm.

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August 11 & 12

The "Monopoly Board" Walk

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Over these two days Andrew & I headed into London to do our very own Monopoly Board walking tour. As all the streets are not in order and it would have taken us days to finish it we did the walk by the quickest available route. I purchassed a 1 week transport pass for 28 quid and we took the underground to Elephant & Castle train station, jumped on a bus and headed down to Old Kent Road. After walking for ages we finally found the "Old Kent Road" road sign. We then headed to Fenchurch Street Station and came across Vine street on the way. We headed down to Fenchurch Street Station and then headed down to the Tower Bridge to meet up with Justin. We headed to a local for lunch where I ordered a large bangers and mash and ended up with about 8 sausages, potato and gravy. We then headed to White Chapel Road, Liverpool Street Station, Angel Islington, Pentonville Road, Kings Cross Station, Euston Road, Marylebone Station, Oxford street, Park Lane & Mayfair. On our way through Mayfair we encountered an unbelieveble amount of Aston Martons, Porsches, Ferarris etc. We also popped into a very expensive store for a quick look around as there were a couple of elephants in the window which had taken our attention. The Gentleman in the store explained that the elephants where made in 1880 by a mint company and the pair where worth 6.5 Million pounds. He then took us to see a chandalier worth 650,000 pound and a small statute worth 1.25 million pounds. He was a top bloke as he got all the assistants for the different areas to come and tell us what each piece was worth and all the details of it. Somehow in between all this I managed to loose my 1 week train pass and also a 1 day pass which I bought to replace it. We then headed off to meet up with Finlay and headed back to Jane VK's place for a game of Monopoly.
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The next day Andrew, Justin, Jeremy & I headed back to Hughs so we could change and freshen up. We then continued our Monopoly Board walk around the city. After arriving in Westminister Station we headed to Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, Pall Mall, White Hall... where I got a picture of the Florence Nightingale Statute, and continued on to Whitehall, Northumberland Ave, The Strand and Trafalgar Square. This is about were we stopped and all got indivdual caricatures drawn.
Then after a slice of Italian pizza we headed on and went to Leicester Square, Bow street, Coventry Street, Bond Street and to finish it all off... Marlborough Street. We had a quick dinner at a local and headed off to church. After church we all headed back to a Kiwi burger place called GBK's for a real dinner. It took way longer then I thought it would to do the Monopoly Board, but all in all... Fun!
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