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Jan 23, 2004 - Travel to London

No problems with the airline flight. Did have to remove our shoes and have our bags examined. Difficult to sleep on the plane but arrived to beautiful weather - clear sunny skies and mild temperatures. We're off to our first destination - the collection of Chris Lane.

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Dec 8, 2003 - Leaving London, UK - arriving Thailand.

Wish we had a photo to show you how nervous and exhausted we were when we set off for the airport on the evening of 8th December! All had been crazy, and poor ole Paul had spent most of the last week in London at work and so was unable to do all the bits and pieces for the trip that he had needed to do. So, not alot of sleep but a fair amount of emotion when we had to say goodbye to the Holloways! Jamie took us to the airport and my best bud Kola turned up too, to see us off. Check in queue was hugely long and tiring and once sorted, we sat...

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Nov 22, 2003 - Flight Delayed

Well, we thought that we had got to the airport in plenty of time to watch the Rugby World Cup final, which was due to kick off at 9 a.m. Our flight was due to leave at 11:30 a.m. so we thought no problem and we had pre-booked a lounge with Sky Sports to ensure that we would be able to watch it. At 11 a.m., just as extra time was due to start, there was the last call for our flight. We ran to the gate and luckily we found a bloke there with a handheld 3 inch portable telly with about 20 other people crowded round him. Sarah joined the queue...

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May 25, 2003 - Adios amigos!

Well here we go, off on the big trip. Thought we'd start off with a couple of snaps of what we're taking with us. Yes all of Cara's clothes are in the two bags in the middle and yes I am taking a bit more than the couple of T-shirts and shorts that I originally planned. By the time most of you read this you'll be in the office on Tuesday morning and we'll be arriving in Rio (sorry couldn't resist!) Thanks for all your best wishes over the last few weeks, we're gonna miss ya! A couple of days relaxing on Ipanema beach should help us to get...

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Jan 5, 2001 - 1974 September 16 - ENGLAND - Westminster Palace

Today Ed Tolbert and I had the pleasure of visiting a man whose work is very similar to ours. He was very gracious in answering our questions. I took a couple of photos from his office window. Our friend, Tom Williamson, who is with Scotland Yard, was instrumental in arranging this visit for us. Westminster Abbey has never been an abbey. It is the “church” of the Abbey of Westminster. The abbey (monastery) disappeared during the reign of Henry VIII. Its legal title since 1560, when Queen Elizabeth I replaced the abbot with a dean, is...

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Jan 5, 2001 - 1974 August 17 - ENGLAND - Bus Tour - Hampton, Windsor and Stoke Poges

Today was a very full and enjoyable day. I took a bus tour to Hampton, Windsor and Stoke Poges. (I love those English place names.) Our first stop was at King Henry VIII’s elaborate Hampton Court Palace, followed by a stop at Windsor Castle. I learned that castles aren’t the most comfortable places to live because they are so difficult to keep warm. All those stones are c-o-l-d. At Stoke Poges we visited St. Giles Parish Church where the poet, Thomas Gray, is buried.

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Jan 4, 2001 - 1974 July 21 – ENGLAND – London - Greenwich Pier

This afternoon I took the bus to Greenwich where I saw the famous tea clipper ship built in 1869. I also saw the yacht which Sir William Chichester had sailed around the world in nine months in 1966. This was of special interest to me because I had read his book about the adventure a few years ago.

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Jan 4, 2001 - 1974 June 22 - ENGLAND - Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens

After the Pinske-Michael wedding, I took a walk around Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Kensington Palace is not actually in Kensington. It is in the Westminster parish of St. Margaret. Almost the whole of the gardens are in Westminster; the rest is within the parochial area of Paddington.

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Jan 4, 2001 - 1974 June 22 - ENGLAND - Wedding of Mannfred Pinske and Eleni Michael

This morning I attended a most unusual wedding of church friends. Mannfred Pinske (German) and Eleni Michael (Greek) were married in the church. The ceremony was conducted in German, Greek and English! I doubt that I’ll ever attend another one like that.

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Jan 4, 2001 - 1974 June 5 - ENGLAND - Buckingham Palace

Today I happened to be walking past Buckingham Palace on my way home from work when I saw some activity at the palace gate. Someone told me that Queen Elizabeth had just returned home from the derby. I just barely had time to whip out my camera to catch her limousine.

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Jan 4, 2001 - 1974 May 26 – ENGLAND - London Church Friends

Today I took photos of the pastor and several people in the church where the McGuires, Tolberts and I attend. It is a truly multi-national congregation. Mannfred is German, Ainsley and Sandra are Australians and Eleni is Greek. Of course, we “Yanks” added to the mix.

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Jan 3, 2001 - 1974 March 16 - ENGLAND - London - Regent's Park Zoo

This was an exciting time for me. A few days ago I arrived in London, England on special assignment at Phillips Petroleum Company’s North Sea headquarters. My assignments included studies of their mailing, printing and purchasing functions for the purpose of identifying cost savings. My first outing was to Regent’s Park Zoo with Ed and Lavon Tolbert and Don, Nadean and Beth McGuire. The Tolberts had arrived at the same time as I, but the McGuires had been here nearly two years. We had a good time at the zoo.

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