01
Oct2012
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Rob is fascinated by Ancient Roman history. A magnificent society with an empire that sprawled across entire continents and then collapsed. Emperor Claudius ordered the first major Roman invasion of England in 43 AD and by 50 AD the Romans controlled most of England. In 122, rather than conquering the wild north British tribes, Emperor Hadrian built a coast to coast barricade. At 73 miles long, this was one of Rome’s greatest engineering projects. We had to see it. Housesteads Roman […]

03
Sep2012
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Scotland is a long drive from Cambridge – 9 hours without stopping. Yikes! To break the trip up we stopped in Yorkshire for 1 night on the way up and 1 night on the way down. I may have also arranged the Yorkshire stops to be near some Harry Potter movie locations. Yes! Malham Cove Our first stop on the way to Scotland was at the small town of Malham in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It’s a beautiful part of […]

17
Aug2012
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Because it was the Queen’s Jubilee this year (that is, she’d been the Monarch for 60 years), Britain got a 4 day weekend instead of the usual 3 for Queen’s birthday. We figured that was an excuse to go for a trip, so took some friends to Norfolk for a look’n’see. First stop on our drive to Cromer was Sandringham House, where the Queen has spent her winters since she was a child. We got to be good Samaritans on the way […]

10
Aug2012
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As most people know, there’s a big sporting competition going on – the London 2012 Olympics. One of the pre-Olympic activities that we’d been seeing on the news for weeks was the Olympic Torch. We figured we should see it when it came to Cambridge. Particularly since it was planned to go past our street. So we wandered the 100m down the road, met some of our friends, and watched the parade. The streets were packed with locals, but unfortunately […]

05
Jun2012
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As many of you know, I’m a Harry Potter fan (Liz, not Rob). I’ve read the books, I’ve seen the films, I even have a few collectables. So when I heard about the Harry Potter Studio Tour, there was no question about it. We were going to see it. And Elly too. The rumour was that Warner Bros. Studios had kept every prop, set and costume so they could be put on display. Normally, a film studio will sell everything […]

19
May2012
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For easter weekend, we decided to go for a roadtrip to North Wales. We had been told to expect castles, mountains and rain. We didn’t climb any mountains but weren’t disappointed on the other points. The castles were amazing and it rained most of the time we were there. But first we had to get to Wales. We convinced a couple of Rob’s friends from NZ (M&M) to join us on our wee adventure. First adventure stop was the town […]

10
Mar2012
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A few weekends ago we decided to go for a road trip out to Suffolk to have a look around. Primarily to see Bury St Edmunds, the Greene King Brewery and a small town called Lavenham. When wandering through Bury, the walkway went through a derelict cemetery.. I still don’t understand how they treat cemetery’s like they do. Bury St Edmunds is a lovely old town with quite a bit of history. Below I am standing outside one of the old Abbey gates. It is host […]

11
Dec2011
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Our friend Richard introduced us to Sloe Gin – a sweet syrupy after-dinner drink that’s made from sloes and gin. Now, we didn’t know what sloes were, but we have a much better idea now. And we didn’t know how to make sloe gin, but thanks to Richard we now do. Firstly, we have to pick the sloes. Stage 1: Picking the Sloes Well, before you actually pick the sloes, you have to walk a long way to the sloe […]

02
Aug2011
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I have these wonderful friends. Well, I have many friends, but there’s particular group that’s quite special. They’re my crew from our undergraduate days when we all were studying Computer Science. What’s quite cool is that out of 10 Compsci mates (Mel, Andrew, Belle, Eugene, Charlie, Bruce, Dave, Simon, Jude and myself), 6 of us live here in the UK now. Mad, right? We have caught up with them at various times over the last year but never in Cambridge. So, I sent out […]

31
Jul2011
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On the way home from Bournemouth after our lovely time in the sun, we stopped off at a Wildlife park in Southampton – the New Forest Wildlife Park. The main reason we wanted to go was to see owls and otters, and we certinaly weren’t disappointed! The otters were a highlight though. There were 7 little guys in this one in enclosure (they were all quite young) and they were continually crying and mewling up until feeding time. They were […]

28
Jul2011
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Last month, we had our first English beach holiday. We drove down to Bournemouth so that: Miss could learn to kite surf (one of her list items) Rob could hire and kite surf (he misses it much) I could do some reading (I’m reading a good series right now!) Well, we accomplished the first and last one. Unfortunately, Rob was out of luck (no kite surf hire available) but Miss got to learn how its done. She started on the […]

26
Jul2011
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Over the past year since we moved to Britain, we’ve been visiting various film locations where different Harry Potter films were shot. I updated the list with new sights from the more recent films, however there’s still plenty of older ones we haven’t seen yet. I’ve been holding onto a couple of these, but now it’s time to post them. The first one here is from HP3 – HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban. When Harry rides the Knight bus, […]

25
Jul2011
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Recently, there was big thing on in London. You know? They booked the whole of Trafalgar Square and people slept on the streets to get a place in there. Yea, the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 premiere. So, we didn’t sleep on the streets. But we did go down and check out the madness. It was Harry Potter crazy down there! There were so so many fans there, some dressed up, some parked in their positions that […]

28
Jun2011
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Every year since 1974 (with the exception of last year, apparently) Strawberry Fair has been on in Cambridge. It’s is a free volunteer run community music, entertainments, arts and crafts fair. In other words, a hippy-fest. For a free event just up the road, we thought we should go have a nosy. The fair is *packed* with food stalls, retail stalls, rides, activities, performances and demonstrations. There was even a stall of New Zealand products – pounamu and other taonga. […]

27
Jun2011
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As the weather started to get warmer, we started migrating back out to the pubs, many are new, as we endeavor to visit every pub in Cambridge. Let’s continue on with our list then, eh? The first pub here is the Corner House, a popular haunt of the my hockey team after matches. After every game, we’d have a meal and a pint – an English tradition I might have to take home with me. I’m wearing my hockey gear […]

20
Jun2011
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Twice a year, Cambridge has a beer festival. We missed the last one in October, but made the effort to go to the next one, especially since the weather was warmer. It’s a fairly popular festival. Essentially, this festival is a large beer tent with kegs of over 200 real ales and 80 ciders and perries. They give you a booklet to try and choose some, but really, there’s no way to choose. Some of the beers we tried included: […]

19
Jun2011
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As many of you will know, I (that is, Liz) would attend conventions when I was in NZ and Oz. You know, sci fi conventions, and some expos too. However, for budget reasons and having time to spare, I haven’t been to one here. Until last month. Yea, I dragged Rob along too. One of the reasons we committed to the event was 1) James Marsters was attending and 2) the convention was in Northampton, a city we wanted to […]

11
Jun2011
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While Dad and Mum (aka Barry and Helen) were visiting Cambridge we went and saw the Imperial War Museum in Duxford. The place is a massive complex – it used to be an Air force base. The museum has planes, cars, artillery and guns from most of the wars Britain was involved with. There was also a whole building dedicated to The Blitz, which was very interesting. They had a large selection of planes including b-17, b-52, Concord, and even […]

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May2011
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Absolutely everybody the Commonwealth over was talking about the royal wedding. Whether in love or disgust, you knew it was happening. Bath was no different. We decided to treat the whole occasion as a tourist attraction, and went down to the local park where they had setup some big screens to watch the festivities. I may have gotten a bit excited by the whole affair. There was a terrible amount of patriotism in the park. Flag waving abound by everyone! […]

29
May2011
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Wiltshire is a region just below Bath that has several ancient sights to see. The two we wanted to see were Salisbury Cathedral and, of course, Stonehenge. But the cathedral first. Built in the 13th century, it’s the oldest church we’ve seen yet! It’s very typical early English Gothic style, which was quite cool to see. The outside was all darkened and decorated, but the inside was all simple and plain. The cathedral also has the tallest spire in England […]