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May2011
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Before we visited Bath, we thought we were going to walk into a city with Roman ruins dotted around and normal modern buildings everywhere between. We were very very wrong. Bath is *beautiful*. But in a completely unexpected way. It’s a Georgian city, meaning that most (i.e. 80%) of the architecture was built in Georgian times with Bath stone. It’s everywhere. And it’s amazing. The whole city is a World Heritage site, so any building built there now has to […]

18
May2011
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While Barry and Helen were visiting, we wanted to do some touring around to see the sights. One of these sights was to visit Windsor Castle – the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world! We joined one of the free walking tours on offer at the castle (entry price includes an audio guide as well – bonus!) But first, we got to there in time to see the end of the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Because the […]

16
May2011
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So a few weeks ago mum and dad came to visit and they brought us some prezzies from back home. They came with some of their friends, David and Honor, who came up from London to visit us in the second week. I have to say that mum and dad did bring some wonderful weather and we certainly basked in it with a few lunches in the back garden. The plan was that we would stay in Cambridge for the […]

17
Apr2011
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A few weeks ago, Rob and I got a big treat. We had *2* sets of cousins come visit us in a weekend. We were stoked! My cousins Ngarino and Nepia visited first on Saturday. They were over in Europe for a couple of weeks visiting museums and 2 meeting houses (whare nui). We took them around Cambridge, including into Trinity College below. It was a beautiful day, so was certainly nice to show off the city a bit. A […]

17
Apr2011
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Mel made the move over to the UK just before Christmas. Now she has a job, and has an apartment and is officially living in London. Considering all these factors, it was time to crash on her couch. And we celebrated with cocktails. Our first day out and about, we went to have breakfast at Providores and Tapa Room . It had delicious delicious coffee and yummy yummy breakfast. (Photos below are Mel’s – thanks hun!) The other activity of […]

05
Apr2011
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One of my last hockey games was an hour North of Cambridge in a wee city called Peterborough. Now, we had been told 2 different perspectives of Peterborough. One was that of the tourist book – Peterborough has a stunning cathedral housing the grave of Katherine of Aragon and a pretty market square. The other view from Cambridge locals was that, well, Peterborough was a bit of hole and only worth visiting for the having the only passport office in […]

30
Mar2011
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We’ve had a full season of both soccer and hockey. We’ve gotten to know a bunch of great people and filled many of our weekends. Good points all round. It was also great that we got to have a run around and not turn into beer drinking slugs at the local pub. We’ve only got 1 or 2 games left for the season. My team is in mid-table obsurity. Rob’s is 3rd or 4th in their grade. Bring on next […]

18
Mar2011
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There’s this famous street graffiti artist who makes his graffiti out of ceramic tiles. It makes his work quite distinctive and its often photographed and recorded. We haven’t seen any yet, though there is some around London. We were inspired by his work, this artist called Invader, and decided to emulate his style in a mundane application – clocks. First thing was to come up with some designs. Next we get some tiles. This was more challenging than we anticipated. […]

08
Mar2011
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Another little day trip, and this time to satisfy my need to see a red squirrel. Or a badger. Or some kind of native British animal. I’d settle for some owls. I think we can manage that much. So, we went to a nearby wildlife park for a visit – Shepreth Wildlife Park. Yea. We’d been warned that it was a small park, but nice. And it was small but crammed with animals. Most of the animals there were very […]

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Feb2011
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We still haven’t managed to leave Britain yet for any of our trips. Darn it! But still, there are many beautiful things still to see in the UK. We decided to head out for a daytrip to one of them for a special treat. Norfolk is one of the neighbouring regions to Cambrigdeshire here and it’s coast bends from the north side of Norfolk round to the East. We wanted to go up to the North to visit some sights […]

09
Feb2011
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Mel just posted an awesome post about the London Underground – with pictures too! I never pulled out the camera while we were down in the stations or on the trains. But she did, and they are wonderful images. So here, courtesy of Mel, is the London Underground. “When Tonks and Mad-Eye turned up to escort them across London, they greeted them gleefully, laughing at the bowler hat Mad-Eye was wearing at an angle to conceal his magical eye and […]

31
Jan2011
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Our pub visiting has been very very quiet over the winter. Typically, once you get home on Friday, you don’t want to venture out into the weather and on Saturday you’ll just go somewhere close. I’m sure we’ll be more adventurous once the weather warms up! One of the nice things my hockey club does is have ‘teas’ after every game. That is, we go to a pub and have some food and drinks after the game. The Earl fo […]

30
Jan2011
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For the last four years, Rob and I have been living in Australia away from our family and old friends at home. We knew we were only making the distance  further when we moved to the UK too. But one thing has made the move  a little easier – my best friend Mel has made the move to the UK too. So, while Rob was away in China for his work trip, Mel came up (with Paul too!) to hang […]

11
Jan2011
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While we were in London over the Christmas break, we knew it was important to catchup with people and go to a bunch of social engagements, so of course we did. But we also wanted to do a proper touristy thing while we were there. So, we went out to Hampton Court Palace – the home of Henry VIII. The palace was originally built by Cardinal Wolsey with all the money he skimmed as the King’s chief advisor before he […]

29
Dec2010
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Because we actually know people in London (and not too many in Cambridge), it seemed like the better idea to head down to London for the Christmas holidays. And we had a *wonderful* time. Tripping Around During the week, we did touristy things and caught up with a bunch of people, namely Graham G. and Andrew M., Wendy and Abbey and finally Jess C at a Japanese noodle place I’d been dying to try. We tripped around London a bit […]

28
Dec2010
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My workplace gets a bit into the Christmas spirit. It’s not unusual to have decorations in the office and people buy Christmas pies for snacks in the afternoons. What ARM also does quite well at Christmas time is their Christmas party. It was an Asian theme this year inn cuisne and entertainment. They had Bollywood dancers, Chinese acrobatics, actors on stilts and snake dancers as entertainment, which was all quite fun. The food selection was quite varied, but all asian […]

27
Dec2010
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Merry Christmas everyone! We’ve been in London the past week for Christmas, and we’ll tell you all about that soon. We were tragically disappointed that it didn’t snow *during* Christmas, and all the snow had melted by Saturday anyway! But at least the week before we left, it had snowed properly in Cambridge, and was a beautiful white snowy sight to see. We had a lovely walk around town enjoying the snowy look of the place, and wearing a Santa […]

19
Dec2010
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On the 27th November 1990, ARM split out f Acorn and Apple computers collaboration to create a new microprocessor standard. On the 30th of November is the date of the first RISC processor was labelled ARM. So, on the 30th of November 2010, ARM had its 20th birthday celebrations. And what was the first order of the day? Yea. All employees got an iPad as a birthday gift from management. We can use them personally or for work. Mine is […]

18
Dec2010
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One thing we got from our 3 day weekend was that it was getting *cold* in England. It was the coldest November on record, apparently. I say apparently, because we haven’t had a winter here before, so we don’t know any different. But we were pretty pleased with our first day of snow in Cambridge. Our street. Our backyard. I think we may like having a bit of a white winter. Even though we have to bump up the winter […]

16
Dec2010
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From Dover we headed towards Leeds Castle ( and home ). It started off rather snowy. However when we got to the castle it was a beautiful day. Even though the sun was out it was still a bit cold. Leeds castle is surrounded by a lake. It has a gatehouse to stop nasty invaders which has a flood gate which can flood the moat. The gatehouse originally had a drawbridge to the castle, however it was replaced when the […]