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Slartibartfast’s finest work (part 1)

Douglas Adams fans will recall that, in his sci-fi comedy novel ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’, Slartibartfast, designer of planets, won an award for the Norway fjords, and I have to agree – they are spectacular. The fjords (spelt ‘fiords’ … Continue reading

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Stone and history

Cockatoo Island is made of sandstone – the same beautiful sandstone from which many old Sydney buildings are fashioned, quarried mostly from Pyrmont in the early days. Convicts hewed the stone to make barracks and residences for their overseers, and … Continue reading

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An adventure in time (part 6/7)

From part 5 … 13 July 2008: Still in Tintagel, and Boscastle First thing in the morning, we drove from Tintagel to Rocky Valley (by coincidence I live in Rock Valley at home) to see the two famous labyrinth petroglyphs. … Continue reading

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An adventure in time (part 5/7)

12 July 2008: Peat Moors Centre, Tintagel and Port Isaac From gothic cathedrals to the Iron Age – I love this country! We left the run-down Wessex Hotel and drove via the Peat Moors Centre to Camelot Castle Hotel, Tintagel. … Continue reading

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An adventure in time (part 4/7)

11 July 2008: Bath and Wells Continued from part 3 … “What have the Romans ever done for us?” “… apart from better sanitation and medicine and education and irrigation and public health and roads and a freshwater system and … Continue reading

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An adventure in time (part 3)

Continued from part 1 and part 2 … 9 July 2008: Lacock and Glastonbury The morning was scheduled as free so I wandered around Avebury and followed Helen’s directions to a lovely elm grove. It was raining so I had … Continue reading

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An adventure in time (part 2)

8 July 2008: Uffington White Horse and Castle, Wayland’s Smithy, Woodhenge and Stonehenge After breakfast we drove, then walked up from the car park to the White Horse of Uffington. You can’t actually see the whole of the horse from … Continue reading

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An adventure in time (part 1)

6 July 2008: Dragon’s Eye Tour of West Country of England Arriving by plane from Oslo in the afternoon, I met Christine and the rest of the tour group at Heathrow airport in London. I normally don’t do tours, preferring … Continue reading

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Too fast in Oslo

2 July 2008: Flight to Brunei, Dubai, London, Oslo I got up at 5.30 a.m. to drive to Brisbane international airport at 9.45 a.m. Christine was at the Royal Brunei check-in to meet me. The aircraft was blessed before take-off … Continue reading

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