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What do I think of Museums?

This was in danger of turning into an ABM trip.  But in fact I’m quite enjoying some of this.  Surprisingly so.

The Bonaparte Exhibition (British Museum)

This demanded a lot.  Beautiful and detailed cartoons.  But understanding them is impossible without reading the information.

Here is one example:WellingtonAnd the meaning?

Wellington 2


visit to Greenwich | Gondola etc

We stayed overnight near Waterloo.
View from the hotel:5 Hotel View

Tube to Gteenwich.  At Greenwich is “England’s only Urban Gondola”
5 Gondola small

View from the top
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The O2 (the white tent like thing in the background) – a massive movie and eating out place.  We succumbed here to Hollywood and watched MI5.  Which was largely set in London.
5 Gondola 3 small

As I referred to last week: the evil seagulls
5 Seagull Small

That was quite a nice tourist experience.  The whole gondola thing is sponsored by Emerites, called the “Air Line” As often happens, the local city council picked up the 65M pounds cost shortfall.

We are Winning over tiredness,

Current reading: from Janet’s cook book shelf, The Dukan Diet.Links: – Dr Dukan claims the Paleo diet and the Aykins diet both came from his idea.  Iam reminded off the Paleo food at Pure where Mark sometimes works.
Is it sound?  Who knows!  See for Dukan’s view, but he was preregistered in France.

W are eating well at Janet’s.  This smiley mushroom from yesterday.






The Mousetrap

On Saturday night we squeezed ourselves into the highest seats in the upper circle of the Mousetrap at an old theatre. This is a classic Agatha Christie whodunnit. Extremely well done – excellent acting – and of course we are sworn to secrecy as to whodunnit!

Sunday saw us using the tube more comfortably and we left our luggage at our hotel and went to the British Museum, walked around Covent Garden, and took the tube to the Emirates gondola that goes high over the Thames – and back. Great views of London!

Hampton Court | Henry VIII

The trip over was pretty tiring, but no-where near as bad as I was expecting.  Having a few days in Brisbane (2 hours time difference) seemed to help.

We did try 1above as a fluids replacement.

We did a trip to Hampton Court Palace.  Billed as “Wander the corridors of royal power and pleasure” this was a fascinating visit.  You can hire it out for functions.

3 Palace

3 Palace Roof

To be walking through the inner rooms where Henry the VIII lived was surreal.  Not too crowded.

The royal commode.
3 Royal commode

Question for the day.  A biblical allusion.  Who is this?
3 Painting

Shakespeare in the great hall.
2 Shakespeare

A world famous name:
3 Dexter
We may not be able to see Dexter this time.

Local News: We all have our unique local problems.
3 Urban seagulls

France.  The serious news has been to do with the Calais   eg
I saw an interview on the news which focused on the words the PM used: ‘swarm’.  The debate was “What is the problem: British economy and 3000 British trucks” or “Immigrants and refugees”
I has been interesting to me to be here and close to the news.  Also the significant air crash was about 15 miles away.



A bit of a retrospective

A few smaller highlights.

In Australia, the rough inner peaks are blue.  This is a view towards the sea above Coffs.
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Trying to sort out our body clocks. It was quite east to get up early and see the sunrise at 6.20 am. Already some memories we will take back with us.  Coffs again.
2 sunrise

The final day in Brisbane was quite special.  We met up with Guilliano who stayed with us for several months.  He came for three days on 20th December after the first big earthquake 2010 and ended up staying for over three months as he worked out visa issues.  He and I share a birthday.  Fast forward four years and he has finished study and is working as an associate pastor in Brisbane,

Here we are outside Chris’s flat looking at photos.
2 Guilianno

Looking back over his 1000+ photos brought back a lot of memories.

The inevitable selfies.
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And the inevitable cafe shots.
2 Coffee


We have found some great coffee.  This place (above) was great for some reasons I cannot put in a public post.  I have switched to espressos at the moment.  There was a silly post on Stuff this week on  cafes.  Some people will do anything, even defy sensibility and logic to get into the news.  If this can be considered news.

I’m having real difficulty at this moment with internet.  I’m  going to save this and return later just in case I loose the typing.  My plan to go to a shop yesterday was foiled.  Suburban London.  No Subways, McDonalds or anything.  Just a score or more of delightful eating places which reminded me of Kerbside eating at it’s best.  No internet.  Bliss actually.

Stage 1: Brisbane and Coffs.

July 17th.  We left in a blur. I ‘lost’ my wallet. It turned up in a small zipped pocket in my backpack. Sad really, after cancelling my cards and booking a new drivers license while we were in Auckland

Jetstar to Brisbane

July 18th  To Coffs Harbour.
Coffs (2)
At the coast.  Quite cold really.
Coffs Harbour is 5 hours south of Brisbane. Remarkable piece of coast with lots of waterways, walks and things to do. Very peaceful.

Coffs (3)
I wish.  :-)

Coffs (4)
Dorrigo National Park. One hour inland you rise 750m.

Coffs (5)
Waterfall way.  Really good to have a few outings with Chris: shopping, walks, discovering the worst cheap lunch deal in Coffs, iced banana, BBQ and tons of walks.

Coffs (1)
They are very polite at Coles.

Coffs (1)
Gym time.

Coffs (2).
A new Drink.  Very very refreshing.  I’m going to ask Jenny for help to make some fermented tea stuff when I return.

From Derek: At Coffs: Complete computer meltdown that meant I had to reinstall Windows.  Slept a lot.
Arm: recovering from rotator cuff surgery, finally making progress. I never knew there were so many varieties of pain, and it really is surprising how many people pat uo on your left shoulder.

From Phillipa: Yes this is me at the gym in Coffs Harbour! I went twice. Chris was a great incentive. Need to do it more!

Its been great having time with Chris. Today we met with our Brazilian boarder Giuliano and enjoyed lunch with him at Chris’s place – he has a lovely outside area that will be a huge asset in the coming Spring and Summer. It has been so mild in Brisbane. We loved Southbank and I went to a musical at the Lyric Theatre at Southbank Sunday afternoon – yesterday.

Tonight we go into town and stay at the Sofitel – a complimentary night on our Accor card. From there we will get the train to the airport and fly out! xxoo

Blog Makover

I’ve had two blogs floating around, on two different providers.  I’m going to combine the two:  One mainly China (2007) and the other mainly Italy (2006).

It’s Christmas Day here: have just finished the activity of the day, winding down. I have missed this blog.  Tried to keep Light in the Shadows to work related stuff.  Now I’m back her as well.  I think I benefit from having a place to write.  Just need to do it.

One year ago we were in China.  Salvadores, our favourite little coffee shop in Kunming was yesterday bombed.  Seems it may have been a mistake (some guy calling in for coffee and waffles before going on to some other place with his bomb) About SalvadoresPost at ShanghaiIST.

Today we were on Ohoka.

I’m back: Mum has gone away

It’s Saturday here. No hot water (not sure why, no-one has owned up to leaving a tap on) For some reason Mark decided to get up early this week, setting a computer alarm to play loud progressive rock at 6.20am each morning. This has been good for us all. Getting up early I mean, not the rock music.

School reports have been another problem wit Mark. So to NCEA. (One of the teachers from the school has described it as No Chance of Educational Achievement). And so has the piano.

Me: Mark, please do some piano practice. Your Mother is out getting you a Big Mac, and if you are practicing when she comes back you will make her heart glad and win some brownie points.

Mark: I’d rather make some brownie.

The only thing that has not been a problem is the coffee roaster project.

PS. I’m back. I think none of my friends read this blog. But my mother does, and she is now in Aussie, so I need to get back to writing.

GTD: getting things done

GTD = “getting things Done”  I’ve been tinkering with this for weeks now.  GTD, if you google it, gets 19.5 Million hits.  (Approx)  The first two show the wikipedia definition and the next is the reference to the Author if the book “Getting things Done”.

Getting Things Done – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Getting Things Done is also the title of two other books on time management: (ISBN A capsule description of GTD from Allen’s book Ready for Anything: – 37k

David Allen, Getting Things Done and GTD

Getting things done: time management for productivity success and increased focus. Winning at the game of work and business of life.

There are some superb concepts and metaphors here.

Back to blogging

Well, not really. I’ve had one persona ask “Why are you not posting?” (I mean, lots has happened: Graham and Margaret’s 50th, NCEA updates with Mark’s school, merger, Front fence reconstructions, Cracked ribs, Mum’s 80th, Anna’s activities, Uncle Murray passing by, Physics news, West coast trip, RSI . . . . .)

It’s a good question.

  • I think my activity has just gone a little bit elsewhere. SCoPE forums have taken a little time I had no idea they would. First a workshop on Blogging, then one on Facilitation.
  • Work has been interesting. It has NOT settled yet, but the trajectory is good. Politics and money feature large.
  • And with my mother being close a bit recenty I have not needed to post so much for her to read.

All excuses I know. The other three readers of this blog have missed out.

Maybe I just lost my focus. Anyhow, here I am back for at least a little.