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Avebury

Avebury

Thursday, Aug 9, 2018

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Watching a documentary this evening as Tony Robinson was walking “The Ridgeway” across southern England and passed through Avebury, the village ringed by standing stones. I have vivid memories of a TV series from when I was a child that was set in Avebury, it gave me nightmares for years. Checking up on Avebury in wikipedia and I find the series was Children of the Stones and that: The series is today considered a landmark in quality children’s drama and has been called “the scariest programme ever made for children”
Reading

Reading

Saturday, Aug 4, 2001

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End of my trip, nothing much to do but wander around the shops half-heartedly thinking about duty free toys to use up the last of the spending money. MD and MP3 players here and there, but none caught my eye as being just right. The Polar S710 heart rate monitor looks pretty good, but while it supposedly exists, none of the shops have seen one, one of the bike shop staff confessed to me that he doesn’t believe that any have been brought into the UK yet.
Reading again, or still….

Reading again, or still….

Friday, Aug 3, 2001

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Last night I lay in bed reading until around three, so this morning I slept in until nearly eleven — so much for going away and doing anything today! Rang Jo at noon, having completely forgotten that it was Friday night in Australia and she might be out. She was home and we could have talked for hours, both of us excited that I’ll be coming home soon. Later in the afternoon I headed into town along the Kennet, deciding to go and see a movie, hopefully a better one than the last time I tried!
Day trip to Bath

Day trip to Bath

Thursday, Aug 2, 2001

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Woke to a cool gray day and light showers — the heatwave has broken, but obviously not with the semi-tropical thunderstorms the forecast had us believe. Late in the morning I scurried into town in the drizzle to pick up a postcard for Tuesday (oops!) and then hopped on the train to Bath. I can’t make sense of the ticket prices, they seem one of the eternal mysteries of this trip.
Day trip to Oxford

Day trip to Oxford

Wednesday, Aug 1, 2001

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I thought of packing up some clothes and heading up to Derbyshire to visit relatives, but it all seemed too much effort. Instead I decided to go to Oxford for the day. Caught the train there and spent an afternoon walking around and being a tourist. Magnificent old buildings and shops. Stopped to recuperate with a beer in a lovely little pub called ‘Old Tom’ with its tiny beer garden overgrown with flower pots, petunias and fuschias.
The end is in sight

The end is in sight

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2001

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The end is nigh! Walked in to the bike shop and picked up a bike box to lug home to Liz’ house before cleaning and packing Norky bike away in the box. With each experience comes the reminder to add more packing to the parts of the bike that protrude! Where? Reading(51.4333333,-1.0)
Day trip to Hambleden

Day trip to Hambleden

Monday, Jul 30, 2001

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Joe and Paddy picked me up at lunch time and we drove off through Henley on Thames(51.5333333,-0.9) to Hambleden for lunch. Its a fantastic little village, but with a heap of money tied up in the genteel stone houses — everything from picturesque cottages to the W.H.Smith manor house. Roast duck and a pint at the pub for lunch, then a walk around some of the lanes, then back to Henley(51.
Walking along the Thames #2

Walking along the Thames #2

Sunday, Jul 29, 2001

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Today I walked down the river instead of up. Off along the tow-paths to Sonning Lock. The river and banks were packed, boats and swimmers and people and dogs strolling along the paths everywhere. A pause for an ice cream in the tea gardens at Sonning(51.4666667,-0.9), and on downstream to Shiplake. I called my uncle Joe from the pub, then spent the evening with Joe and Paddy, sitting around in their garden — a great summer evening.
Walking along the Thames #1

Walking along the Thames #1

Saturday, Jul 28, 2001

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Another hot lazy day, at least I managed to force myself out for some exercise! Around lunch time I decided to walk up the river to the next town, but ended up turning around on its outskirts and heading back. The river bank was lined with hundreds of people, all there for WOMAD. Lots of hippies and ferals, narrow boats docked four deep on the banks with people walking over each other to get to their boats.
Southern England heatwave

Southern England heatwave

Friday, Jul 27, 2001

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Four pm and I haven’t stepped out the door all day — hot and humid weather, yet again I’m lying on the couch reading my cousin’s novels. Eight pm and I head out for the evening…. Ten pm and I’m home gain. Three cheap pints while sitting in the evening sun and I decided I’m just not in the mood to go out alone on a Friday night. Instead I sat around the house feeling melancholy and thinking about the nine days until I’m home again.
Reading

Reading

Thursday, Jul 26, 2001

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Again, the morning held only a comfortable couch and an escapist novel. The riding yesterday really wore me out! I spent the afternoon shopping and emailing and walking about, then came home for a rest before going out for the evening. I’d decided to sample some beers and entertainment, so it was a couple of beers at O’neals, then a walk, then a couple of Guinnesses at the Walkabout. Franchised Irish bars to franchised Aussie ones.
Brighton to Reading

Brighton to Reading

Wednesday, Jul 25, 2001

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dst. (km) Today 110.0 Trip total 3159.8 Today’s distance estimated. Oooh, Guinness hangover. Too little sleep, too little food, and too much Guinness. After a quick breakfast and goodbyes to Andy, I felt terrible for the first hour this morning back on the bike. A few pastries at a bakery seemed to fix things up a touch, from then on it was just a long day of riding, made more than a little frustrating by the maze of roads and villages that make up Surrey.
Brighton

Brighton

Tuesday, Jul 24, 2001

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A hot sunny day, a holiday feel in the air again. Breakfast was yet another episode of the English B&B’s game of advertising a “full English breakfast,” and then seeing how small a portion of each item they can deliver. I spent the morning walking around the Brighton Pier, then the aquarium. The aquarium was a bit of a disappointment, after reading so much about it I found it full of uncontrolled kids running around hammering on the glass and yelling at each other.
Reading to Brighton

Reading to Brighton

Monday, Jul 23, 2001

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Yet another morning spent reading in Reading(51.4333333,-1.0). I seem to remember spending most of my time at Elizabeth’s house lying around on the couch reading novels. I did remember to check the clocks though, so as not to get caught and miss the train. About lunchtime I walked into town to the station to find a train to Brighton. I had managed to cram enough clothes and stuff into my shoulder bag, including an empty pannier, to make overnight survival a non-event, and should have no problem carrying it all back tomorrow on the bike.
Reading

Reading

Sunday, Jul 22, 2001

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Lazy me sat around all day reading and watching SciFi TV. I did get out around 1 pm for a walk down the Thames and up along the Kennet canal. (That name still amuses me, depending on your political inclination, Jeff Kennet was a very popular/unpopular politician in Australia. A bit like finding a “maggie thatcher canal” I guess.) Then foolishly, I decided to walk into town to see a movie, and chose Jurassic Park III.
Reading

Reading

Saturday, Jul 21, 2001

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Vegetated around Reading(51.4333333,-1.0) some more. I started to look in the shops for presents for myself, something to use up any outstanding spending money. The Polar Heart-rate monitors caught my eye, but I’m not sure what the prices are compared to Australia, or even if they are available: Model GBP price AUD price S210 £130 $349 S410 £150 $399 S510 £170 $449 S610 £180 $499 S710 £200 $549 S810 £?? $849 During the day I fiddled with one of the blogging bits of software on my Palm pilot.
Recovering in Reading

Recovering in Reading

Friday, Jul 20, 2001

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First success of the day — I found that the Debenhams chain store operate a decent, cheap, internet café , I managed to connect back to Monash, and to read and sort through my 950 incoming emails! Even managed to reply to the important ones and check both bank balances. Joey’s shopping list: duty free gin Bootes ear plugs Where? Reading(51.4333333,-1.0)
Lille to Reading

Lille to Reading

Thursday, Jul 19, 2001

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Thoughts on Lille — for the first time in France I seem to have seen lots of beggars and homeless people. Maybe it’s just the first time I’ve been in a big city, maybe I just haven’t noticed. Two-star hotels, kebab shops and sex shops. Maybe I should have tried to move further away from the train station. A big bustling city, certainly lots of construction around the two stations. French police uniforms suddenly struck me as appearing very functional, Australian and British appearing more symbolic by comparison.
Swanage to Jersey

Swanage to Jersey

Monday, Jun 18, 2001

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dst. (km) Today 29.20 Trip total ?? Odometer 1077.1 Six weeks until I see Jo, and I’ve got a broken tooth. Feeling just a little depressed today, the grey English weather isn’t helping. On re-checking the calendar I found that it’s seven weeks, not six. A lazy day, I rode the 12km or so through Studland and the coastal park to the ferry then paid my 80p to cross to Poole.
Portland to Swanage

Portland to Swanage

Sunday, Jun 17, 2001

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dst. (km) Today 89.45 Trip total ?? Odometer 1039.7 Worst part of the day — stopping to grab some fish and chips in Swanage from The Fish Plaice and breaking a tooth on a piece of grit in the second chip I ate. Staff in the shop couldn’t care less, grabbed another chip out of the fryer, poked it with their fingers and declared “nuffin wrong with em”. I’m staying in a B&B because the YHA is shut!
Torquay to Portland

Torquay to Portland

Saturday, Jun 16, 2001

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dst. (km) Today 145.31 Trip total ?? Odometer 950.2 The hostel last night was far less crowded, our eight-bed room only held me and the two Swedish girls, and neither of them snored. Woke up to yet more drizzle though, a theme that continued through the day. I dodged the rain; I got caught in the rain. I made it to Starcross just on 10.15 am, and since the ferry runs on the hour, I either had a forty five minute wait or I could ride up to Exeter and back along the other side of the river.
Torquay

Torquay

Friday, Jun 15, 2001

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dst. (km) Today 0.00 Trip total ?? Odometer 804.0 Drizzle in the morning, fine in the afternoon, then pouring with rain in the evening. Not the best day to spend wandering around through the shops, although I did manage to go for a walk up along the beach path quite a way. Visited Torre Abbey, but I didn’t feel like paying the £3 entry fee, so I just walked around the outside and looked in.
Plymouth to Torquay

Plymouth to Torquay

Thursday, Jun 14, 2001

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dst. (km) Today 67.02 Trip total ?? Odometer 804.0 A grey day, a grey mood, a cold south-easterly head wind and about 10km extra due to my inability to read road signs. Somewhere along the way I detoured off the A370 and ended up at Underwood, then had to retrace my steps as I was determined to not ride on the A38. Felt rotten all morning, that the riding was just a chore to be finished.
Falmouth to Plymouth

Falmouth to Plymouth

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2001

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dst. (km) Today 112.24 Trip total ?? Odometer 736.9 A few minor misreadings of the map and my estimated 80km trip turned into 112km! Three ferry crossing during the day; three very different styles of ferry. There was a very touristy pedestrian one from Falmouth to St. Mawes, at Fowey a creaking little car ferry drawn along on chains, then another pedestrian ferry right at the end of the day into Plymouth(50.
Sennen to Falmouth

Sennen to Falmouth

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2001

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dst. (km) Today 77.51 Trip total ?? Odometer 624.5 No breakfast at the backpackers so I cruised out at 8:30 and rode down to Lands End. It’s the sort of place that everyone knows is tacky, but everyone visits all the same. At nine in the morning before it all opens up everything looks even sadder and more depressing than normal. It was dead still, no wind, no people, just flat sea and gulls calling.
Newquay to Sennen

Newquay to Sennen

Monday, Jun 11, 2001

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dst. (km) Today 94.66 Trip total 687.66 Odometer 547.0 Jo’s email yesterday and my thoughts of her were heavy on my mind all day, a melancholy day, and it’s only one week into the nine so far. Right now its 7 pm, the sun is miles up above the horizon out over the Atlantic. I’m sitting on the headland up above Sennen Bay. It is incredibly peaceful here, the only sound is the waves on the shore, the sea is quite flat.
Boscastle to Newquay

Boscastle to Newquay

Sunday, Jun 10, 2001

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dst. (km) Today 64.97 Trip total 592.7 Odometer 451.9 Woke at 5.30 am as usual, but managed to sleep for another two hours with my mask on and ear-plugs in. When I finally did get up it was to see a gray dismal sky and listen to the howling of the wind. At breakfast an old man celebrating his 40th wedding anniversary observed, “In my day, you was a sissy if you ‘ad gears.
Lynbridge to Boscastle

Lynbridge to Boscastle

Saturday, Jun 9, 2001

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dst. (km) Today 125.?? Trip total 527.7 Odometer 386.8 I discovered today that my panniers are falling apart! The right one has lost one of the bolts that holds a hook on, and the left one has come half-undone. The threads on the left hand side are stripped and the aluminium bar is bent where the hole weakens it. Will they last seven more weeks? I got lost in Barnstaple in the Saturday morning market crowds, then it took ages to get out of town onto the Tarka Trail, and as soon as I found the trail I punctured the rear!
Glastonbury to Lynbridge

Glastonbury to Lynbridge

Friday, Jun 8, 2001

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dst. (km) Today 115.4 Trip total 402.7 Odometer 261.7 A long ride, with some amazing hills. I discovered that gradients of 1:4 are scary downhill, and nearly impossible to ride uphill. Leaving Glastonbury I got a little bit lost, heading north-west instead of west I’d turned off the A39 somewhere near Northove, desperate to get off the A road, and added a few more miles onto the route. Part of the problem was getting breakfast.
Bristol to Glastonbury

Bristol to Glastonbury

Thursday, Jun 7, 2001

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dst. (km) Today 62.41 Trip total 287.3 Odometer 146.2 Sitting in a pub in Glastonbury, the second of two pubs this evening, having a beer and watching the sun go down. The distance today was a little less, I didn’t feel so pushed for time. Got in around 3 pm in plenty of time for a shower and a wander around town. I caught the bus out to the Tor and walked up to the top — then nearly got blown off by the icy wind.
Devizes to Bristol

Devizes to Bristol

Wednesday, Jun 6, 2001

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dst. (km) Today 79.72 Trip total 224.9 Odometer 79.9 I must write this down while I remember it, sitting here in a pub in Bristol. Somewhere along the canal in the past two days I came to a little bridge, a narrow boat had stopped and a lady was carrying a bag of rubbish across to the bin. A stereotypical west-country old codger was sitting on a bench nearby, just watching the canal and the world go by.
Streatly to Devizes

Streatly to Devizes

Tuesday, Jun 5, 2001

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dst. (km) Today 80.0 Trip total 145.0 Odometer ??.? Today’s distance estimated. The sun comes up at 4.30 am! Jet lag kicks in and I’m wide awake. Lie around until 7 am dozing and listening to the birds — and trying to stretch my neck and shoulders. Ouch! Pore over the maps and changing my mind — my original plans were to go further north, I think I’ll explore Cornwall!
Heathrow to Goring

Heathrow to Goring

Monday, Jun 4, 2001

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dst. (km) Today 65.0 Trip total 65.0 Today’s distance estimated. Day the first, long and arduous. Out of Heathrow and found that the airline had ripped off the speedo cables — finally, after years of the cables looking “nearly ready to rip off.” Then I managed to twist the valve while trying to pump up the rear tyre and flattened it — always the rear. After removing wheel and tyre I repaired it and finally got on my way.
Melbourne to Heathrow

Melbourne to Heathrow

Sunday, Jun 3, 2001

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I woke up this morning feeling that my trip wasn’t really happening — I just haven’t prepared anywhere near as much as I should have! It was noon before we went out looking for a box to put my bike in. The first three shops were shut, finally Lawrencia Cycles in Glenferrie road came through — with the only box on their floor! Absolute dismay at the size of the box, but after dropping the seat, removing wheels and pedals, and spinning the bars around it all went in.
Sunday: Bramham to Reading

Sunday: Bramham to Reading

Sunday, Nov 15, 1998

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dst. (km) Today 0 Trip 3442.6 John cooked us a big fry-up breakfast before we headed off to Warwick to catch up with Amy. We got there around noon, but she still hadn’t got home from her party in Oxford the night before. Such is the life of a first-year university student. She was stuck at the station waiting for a friend and eventually turned up around 2:30, then the seven of us went out for a late lunch at a pub in a nearby village, three pretty 19 year-old girls, Toby, John, Lynn and myself.
Friday: Bramham (and Leeds)

Friday: Bramham (and Leeds)

Friday, Nov 13, 1998

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dst. (km) Today 0 Trip 3442.6 A strange coincidence — yesterday afternoon as I was walking through Leeds I passed a shop called “Teenage Kicks” and started singing the song of the same name…. This morning Lyn left the TV on at breakfast and there was a brief interview with Fergal Sharkey, ex singer of The Undertones and now on the Radio Licensing board. They opened the interview with a twenty year-old video clip of the Undertones playing their most famous song — “Teenage Kicks”.
Thursday: Matlock to Bramham

Thursday: Matlock to Bramham

Thursday, Nov 12, 1998

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dst. (km) Today 0 Trip 3442.6 Where? Matlock(53.1333333,-1.5333333). Hope(53.3500000,-1.7500000), Sheffield(53.3666667,-1.5000000), Leeds(53.8,-1.5833333), Bramham(53.8833333,-1.3500000).
Tuesday: Reading to Matlock (the hard way)

Tuesday: Reading to Matlock (the hard way)

Tuesday, Nov 10, 1998

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dst. (km) Today 0 Trip 3442.6 Slept most of the way to Derby in the bus, being exhausted from staying awake reading until 2 am, and from all the running around with bus stupidities. It was noticably cooler at Derby than down south, my breath fogging, everyone wearing thick jackets. I asked someone for directions to the train station and they were of the “up there, keep left, right at the pub… you can’t miss it” variety — I thought I didn’t have a chance, but luckily quite quickly ran into signs pointing the right way.

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…The Site

Vanity site? Technology experiment? Learning tool? Blog? Journal? Diary? Photo album? I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you…

I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.

Its all been here a fairly long time. Like the papers on my desk, or the books on the bedside table, the pile just grew… and it all grew without much plan or structure. I try not to break URLs, so historical oddities abound.

Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried PHP, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on Emacs Org mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is Org mode and hugo.

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