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Yes We are Still Here in London!

Working, Drinking, Eating, Entertaining and Sleeping - and Not Necessarily in that Order!

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Hello again, before I begin, I just have to say that it is actually snowing in London here today! Yes, snowing, with big flakes settling on to the ground - 2 days ago we had the warmest day ever for this time of year - 18oC - we thought summer was here - not to be after today!

Due to public demand, we are renewing the blog! We were wondering if the entries were really of interest, however we have learned during the absence of reviews, that you are wanting to know how the Houghtons are getting on in the Land of Hope and Glory.

Our last blog entered in November described how Noel lost his passport, and our amazing trip to Dubai. That whole chapter in our lives seems so distant as we have been kept busy here in Fulham ever since ....

We relished the Yuletide Season here, the English certainly celebrate Christmas very well indeed. We spent many a cold dark afternoon wandering the streets, markets, department stores and parks of London which exhibited their Christmas wares and wonders to all and sundry. We spent an enjoyable evening watching the ice skaters on London's largest open air ice rink in Hyde Park, one of many rinks set up over London especially for the Christmas season, and in awe of the spectacular "Winter Wonderland" which featured an authentic German Christmas market (and it really was, it had all sorts of German food, ornaments, candles, furs, ornate Xmas decorations), a tobaggan slide, bungy dome, helter skelter, carol singers, and we were greeted everywhere we walked by Santa bearing glasses of warm Mulled Wine (a spicy warm red wine with cinammon). I am attaching photos of Regent and Oxford Street Christmas lights, a truly spectacular vision, I haven't quite seen anything like the enormity and splendour of the Christmas lights, decorations, trees, etc etc

Our Christmas was spent in the Fool em Flat huddled in front of the tv as Noel got very sick with an aggressive flu. No alcholol passed his lips for two weeks (even past New Years) so a very sobering and pretty dismal time really. Fulham really quietened out over this time however, the streets were deserted and very little activity around, even public transport was restricted most days - the poms certainly enjoy their public holidays - everyone escapes to the country for Xmas!

As to work - well we are both quite exhausted really! I am employed as a Lettings Negotiator in Parsons Green, I walk to work, and our office is situated right next to the underground station, so I am enjoying "people watching" from my desk. It's a busy footpath indeed, and the flow of pedestrians continues all day and night. Never quiet. I am involved with advertising properties to rent, screening applicants, taking viewings, processing offers and paperwork, and setting up on the computer. I have learned to download, upload, scan, attach, diarise, minimise, use the pdq, and pdf and jpeg and all sorts of wonderful IT stuff, but the monetary rewards are minimal, I seem to do a hell of a lot of work for very little money!

Noel is commuting from Clapham Junction to Waterloo then on the tube to Goodge Street to his office just off Oxford Street, near Tottenham Court Road - takes him 45 minutes. He has had another trip to Dubai since November (his passport was safe and secure this time!), he seems to be working with a good lot of people and is used to the open plan environment where he is surrounded by 70 desks and no windows.

We have had fantastic trips out of London, we have spent many an enjoyable evening with our friend Maria in Burnt Oak where we frequent the best Indian restaurant (and modestly priced too) in Mill Hill Broadway, a fantastic trip to Queen Vic's holiday home Osborne House on the Isle of Wight with our friend Margaret in Bishops Waltham near Wincester, a home made roast dinner with our friends Wanda and Glyn in Godalming, and we have had numerous kiwi visitors at the Fool em Flat, the classic being when Noel's ex workmate Alan arrived for Saturday night, and the Fool em Flat already had Bruce from Auckland using the sofa bed, so where to put our mate Alan ....no spare bed and no spare blankets ....we took the squabs off the couch, bedded him down on the floor of the dining room next to the radiator, and just like Maria in the Sound of Music, we took down the heavy drape in the dining room and used that as a blanket!!! Alan swears he had a comfortable night's sleep and assures us he was warm and cosy on our floor wrapped in a curtain!! Our hotel rating may have lost a ** or two however!!

We have a full itinarary ahead ....our Danish friends Jorgen and Kirsten are arriving for a couple of days at the end of this month, Lois and Nancy from Maine, New York, whom we met on our travels through Italy are here for a week in June, to Ian and Helen's wedding in Preston in May (ex Newmarket neighbours), to Prague for 3 days in May, and we have Def Leppard and Journey concerts to see in London. We saw the Eagles at the magnificent O2 arena (formerly the Dome) what an amazing arena, and a feat of engineering (this is for Emma, Grandad Tom and for other engineers we know!) - its base is 10 times that of St Paul's Cathedral and Nelson's Column could stand beneath its roof. Its canopy is made from 100,000 sq m of teflon coated spun glass fibre and is held by over 70 kms of steel cable rigged to 12 100m masts. It's not just an arena but it includes residential, hotel, offices, retails and a huge entertainment restaurant facility - so many restaurants, so much choice!

We have been to numerous Westend shows including Noel Cowerd's Brief Encounter (set in a rail station just like in the movie) but great special effects, we thought a real train was actually coming through the theatre! The hilarious Alfred Hitchcock The 39 Steps - 4 actors who played over 120 parts - we were in stiches - and we went to the Royal Albert Hall built in 1871 and modelled like a Roman amphitheatre - it is famous for hosting "the Proms" but we were there to see a Classical Symphonic Spectacular - the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra playing under Laser Lights, fireworks (yes and all set off indoors) with canons (which frightened the hell out of me) to music of the 1812 Overture, Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Brittania - to hoardes of poms waving their Union Jacks (very patriotic indeed), the best being the very moving and goose bump thrilling "Ravel Bolero" the music made more famous by the ice skating duo Torville & Dean (who incidentally are performing here at the moment). What a memorable night - just awesome.

Here are some random photos for you just to show that we are certainly alive and well in this wonderful city of London we are callingl "Home" for now! For those of you lucky enough to be coming over to this part of the world, make your bookings at the Fool em Flat .....the sofa bed is being well and truly used! Maria___Mi.._08_033.jpgChristmas_..007_110.jpgChristmas_..007_037.jpgChristmas_..007_032.jpgMaria___Mi.._08_017.jpgChristmas_..007_018.jpgChristmas_..007_069.jpgChristmas_..007_056.jpgChristmas_..007_009.jpgChristmas_..007_009.jpgMaria___Mi.._08_049.jpgLondon_March_2008_096.jpgLondon_March_2008_074.jpgLondon_March_2008_092.jpgLondon_March_2008_081.jpg93438London_March_2008_089.jpgLondon_March_2008_088.jpgLondon_March_2008_083.jpgLondon_March_2008_058.jpgLondon_March_2008_101.jpgAlan___Bru..008_017.jpgChristmas_..007_110.jpgChristmas_..007_018.jpg

Posted by houghts 09:08 Archived in United Kingdom Comments (0)

DUBAI...WHAT AN EYE-OPENER!

We Nearly Didn't Do it in Dubai!

Do not laugh, this is serious stuff, but with less than 24 hours before we were to depart for Dubai, Noel lost his passport. I kid you not, our poor little 60m2 Fool em Flat was nearly demolished in the process! We pulled everything apart, but Noel's little blue NZ passport was no where to be found. After notifying the Police to obtain a police report, Emirates to change the flight (at extra cost), obtain new photos and complete 10 pages of passport application (yuck), Noel's boss to tell him we would be another day getting there, NZ House to organise an emergency passport, Dennis & Liz Signal who were due to arrive to complete renovations in the flat whilst we were away, and our landlady, we were mentally and physically exhausted in every way. It has to said that this has been the most stressful time we have ever experienced, quite truthfully, the worst, all happening so quick and causing absolute mayhem. Luckily, New Zealand House were absolutely fantastic, the application processed after hours on a Saturday evening, and Noel got his new passport before 9am on Monday to fly out from Heathrow that day at 2pm! Of course, the least of our worries at the time was to have an entry visa for Noel to get back into the UK, another story!

Dubai is a unique city, with its population of approx 1.3million, the population is made up of only 20% locals - with 80% made up from the Phillipeans, Indians, Pakistanis, Sri Lankians, Egyptians and ex-pats. They expect the population to increase to around 3million by 2017, and I would believe that after seeing all the development work and job opportunities there are in the city. Of the 20% local population though, only 8% are women!!

Despite being a desert climate with lower than average rainfall, water shortages are unheard of. The arabs have a complex of desalination plants (the biggest in the world) in Jebel Ali to boost production. All the gardens and parks (of which there are many, with still an abundance being built) all have irrigation systems in place using copper piping (no cheap pvc here mateys it would melt!) and the gardens are plush and green!

Every time the leader is mentioned in any newspaper he is recorded like this: " His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai." Yep, every time in print that is how he is recorded so if his name is mentioned more than once in an article, thats how it is! He is a visionary to achieve socio-economic and political development for the area, and his aim is to join the ranks of the more advanced countries in all fields. There is construction work going on everywhere, with roads and motorways and a new rail system and high rises everywhere you look. I counted 21 high rises under construction within a 1 mile radius (view from the bus window!). Incredible stuff don't you think? And the Emirate is to host the world's richest golf tournament with prize money in excess of $10million (American) in 2009 - wonder if Noel can qualify for that?

I went on a walking tour through the Textile, Spices and Gold Souks (markets) and crossed the Creek (the main river through the city) on an old traditional wooden "abra" (water taxi). The Creek water is so clean, emerald green, and is the life blood of the city with activities going on everywhere. I was mesmerized by the aroma of the fragrant spices with huge sacks filled to the brim with every type of spice, herbs, dried fruits, dates, nuts, chillis, vanilla pods, saffron strands, it blew me away! And the textiles, layer upon layer of beautiful materials, hanging in doorways, outside on the footpath, beautiful ornately designed gorgeous colourful fabrics in every direction - amazing! And gold everywhere! Jewellery, gold, chains, sparkling, yellow, white, diamonds......ahhhh what a dream!

I spent a day on Jumeriah Beach, a golden sanded palm laden stretch of coast to the Arabian Gulf, spotlessly clean water with nets to keep out the unwanted sealife! It was "Ladies Day" and as a result the locals as well as expats (not many other races, they were all working) were there on the beach. The Arab women are absolutely stunning, and most of them wore there designer incey wincy bikinis adorned with jewellery etc. Stunning! No photos allowed although I did take some! There were many though that remained covered from head to toe (and swam like that!).

Dubai is out to be the world biggest and busiest commercial den of the world! The Arabs are doing all they can to make it a fast paced commercial centre, their traffic is shocking. Every single Arab has these huge big brand new European 4WD's and they all go at speed along the 6 lane highways, there are accidents all the time which cause huge traffic jams (worse than Auckland) but no one takes any notice, they all still continue to speed and lane change and dodge through the traffic with great haste! Horrible! And you will see so many young Arabs driving expensive high powered european cars (especially the Arab women) with mercedes, masceratis, lotuses, ferraris, lamboginis, jaguars, bentleys, etc etc Amazing! I couldn't stop staring!

We are captivated by Dubai, we will return here, I regret we didn't get the time to do the Desert Safari trip which involved 4wd over the dunes followed up by dressing in traditional costume and having a meal on a carpet with belly dancing at night in the desert - next time Dubai, We will be back!!

We arrived back in London to 10deg. (after Dubai at 31oC) and Noel impressed the immigration officer waiting for him at Heathrow that he has been granted a temporary 6 month visa, that should give him enough time to deal with the Home Office to secure his ancestry visa - or will it!!

During our 10 day absence from London, we have noticed how dark it gets here now, by 4pm its pitch black and cold, I've packed away the bathing suits, beach towels and sunblock but wondering for how long - there are great deals to Goa, Tenneriffe, the Carribean and Kenya and Christmas holidays are nearly here ....hmmmmmmm watch this space!!Dubai_002.jpgDubai_009.jpgDubai_010.jpgDubai_026.jpgDubai_049.jpgDubai_048.jpgDubai_053.jpgDubai_056.jpgDubai_060.jpgDubai_069.jpgDubai_083.jpgDubai_084.jpgDubai_089.jpgDubai_107.jpgDubai_101.jpgDubai_094.jpgDubai_118.jpgDubai_125.jpg

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ON WITH THE KILTS - SCOTLAND WE WILL GO!

We Only Have 24 Hours in Scotland!

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Noel Moundie and I caught an Easyjet flight from Gatwick to Edinburgh ok, so it may have been 2 hours late in leaving, but we reached our destination, the handsome capital of Scotland, in the dark, but ready to find our "stunning 2 double bedroom prestigous apartment with spectacular water views" in a newly developed and upmarket area called Leith Harbour in Edinburgh. Midnight, with no map, we drove round in circles, constantly having to stop and ask for directions, getting more tired, and grumpy, until the decision was made to find a new hotel and take any bed on offer!
Thank goodness for the Holiday Inn at Queensferry who had a lovely suite available at a decent price, and for their late night bar being open for a much appreciated cold beer - at 1.30am! Boy did we need that!

Next day bright and early, the boys headed off to play golf at the Ancient Course at St Andrews. They had put their names into a ballot - all very formal - but regrettably had been told they had been unsuccessful in getting a tee off time. However, not to be outdone, the boys were determined to play, after all they had not come all this way not to play golf, nor see the famous old course. But luck was against them, there were absolutely no free tee off times available. The boys meandered around the course and explored the pro shop, and drove out with their hearts heavy and heads hung low.

As for Elsie, well, she met up with a very old acquaintance whom she worked for in 1977! Nigel Davies. It had been 21 years since Elsie had seen Nigel, an ex-lawyer who now lives on the Scottish Borders and is now an amateur farmer. He apparently is the "beater" in a local pheasant shoot, (which means he uses a broom to shoo the birds out from under the bush!), he owns a couple of acres of hardy land that isn't much use but but otherwise it was a pleasant afternoon spent with him in the Dome, a converted old Bank building with huge high stud plastered ceilings and fancy chandaliers, all very posh. A stroll through the famous Princes Street gardens, then some pub grub in a quiet backstreet pub. A fantastic afternoon! Til next time Nige....

Edinburgh is a "sobering" city, we did find it quite dull and colourless in its surroundings, perhaps because of the medieval and georgian architecture and the ancient stone buildings, and there are two distinct areas, one being the Princes Street area, the main thoroughfare and commercial centre with the adjacent Princes St Gardens under the proudness of the majestic Edinburgh Castle.

Then the other being the Old Town with most of the city's medieval history clustered in the alleys of the Grassmarket and Royal Mile areas. Edinburgh is of course a beautiful proud city, its a shame we never quite warmed towards it

Back to London and next day a trip to the famous British Airways London Eye - - what an engineering masterpiece. It stands 443ft high, 32 capsules each allowing unobstructed 360 degree views - each holding up to 25 people, luckily, we only had another 5 or 6 other bods in with us, and it takes a gentle 30 minutes round trip. On a clear day the Eye affords a unique 40 km view which sweeps over the capital in all directions and on to the countryside and hills beyond. Our day was rainy and cloudy unfortunately, but we had a most enjoyable "flight", see photos below. Some stats for you: 80 spokes made from 6 km of cable hold the structure in tension, two cables 60 metres in length suport the entire structure from concrete bases, the wheel rim was floated down the Thames in sections and assembled on site, and more importantly, it cost 14 quid a ticket!

Noel and I have enjoyed 2 full on weeks with our friend Moundie, as the photos depict, we had so much fun, visiting Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, Gordons underground Wine Bar in Charing Cross, (our kiwi visitors know where that is), the local Peterborough and The Ship Pubs, Mama Mia musical, Picadilly Circus at night, Tower of London and a visit to the jewels, a curry meal with our friend Maria and her friend Judy, drinking loads of red wine and listening to music til the wee small hours, and generally having a fun and memorable time. Moundie heads off to South Africa now and we are sorry to see him go. Come back soon buddy!

More adventures follow....Noel is off to work in Dubai for 10 days and I am joining him, what will be in store for the Houghtons on this trip.....?Moundo_Visit_001.jpgMoundo_Visit_005.jpgMoundo_Visit_015.jpgMoundo_Visit_007.jpgMoundo_Visit_018.jpgMoundo_Visit_019.jpgMoundo_Visit_025.jpgMoundo_Visit_032.jpgMoundo_Visit_034.jpgMoundo_Visit_038.jpgMoundo_Visit_045.jpgMoundo_Visit_048.jpgMoundo_Visit_054.jpgMoundo_Visit_061.jpgMoundo_Visit_070.jpg

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WE'RE LONDON COMMUTERS ...LIKE IT, OR LUMP IT!

London - it's a Different World

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Well, it can be said......the Houghtons were sick and tired of being on holiday, yes, I have no hesitation in announcing that to the world! We were delighted to be able to think that, at last, we would continue with our "normal lives" (is there such a thing?) and at last get back into jobs and begin to earn some long awaited British pounds to enable our poor little bank account to recover and keep the bankruptcy proceedings at bay. Celebration at last, the Houghtons have jobs, only thing...... there is "trouble at mill"!

Alas, there is something to be said about commuting in London....and I know that in a week or two we will think nothing of it, because Noel and I will have adapted, but commuting here really is a "life experience" and one that needs to be addressed.....

We should never take for granted how we travel to work....our own car with radio, air-con, automatic, stereo, cd player, driving along the Southern Motorway in a mere 3 lanes of traffic, - a dream come true in our minds....the Pakuranga Highway, Waipuna Bridge, Eastern Arterial .... piece of cake .....! Come and work in London.

We live close to all amenities and public transport, which is fortunate for us as we can use the buses, the tube or the overland train which takes us into one of the busiest(and largest) stations in London (Waterloo) from which the famous Eurostar departs from as well.

Noel works off Oxford Street. I work off Fleet Street. Journey time takes one hour (easy stuff we hear you say!). HELL NO! Both of us leave together in the mornings (after a 6.30am alarm) and we head off on different tube lines to be at work by 9am. But what a trek.....no matter what time you leave in the mornings, the tube arrives at the station to a very packed platform. The double doors on the train open wide and you just cannot get on the train ...the commuters are squeeezed in like sardines, the isles are jammed packed, the windows fogged up on the train, and although we look up at those lucky ones on board with pleading eyes to let us on, no one says a word, no one even looks at us, the doors suddenly close, the tube chugs away, you remain left behind, and again you wait for the next tube ......and time ticks by.....

And the same thing happens, another packed train full of commuters, too full to allow you on, and again you step back and wait .....and again....what? third time lucky.....we wish!! And suddenly you realise you have spent 15 minutes trying to leave the station! Time ticks by .....9am is creeping up real quick!

But what's weird about this whole scenario is that the English never complain about it, our workmates just shrug their shoulders and carry on with their work, I seem to arrive in a huff and puff and ready to blow hot air around the room, just to recover from my morning commute, hot and sweaty (yuck), but the POMS are blase and just continue on with their working day....you gotta admire them for their patience and politeness, no road rage (er should I say tube rage) here, I guess that's why we love Londoners so much!

The time will come (and I think sooner rather than later) when Noel and I won't even notice a packed tube, people pressing themselves up against you and invading personal space without making eye contact, still reading their paper in the process, holding on to anything for balance, a full platform, a queue to get through the "oyster barriers", a long ride up the escalator to the top, that feeling of cold fresh air against your face as you head for the station exit. This, we realise, is London. This is how one commutes, conquer this, you will accept the London lifestyle.

For those of you who know London, we spied out a great tee-shirt ...."Mind the Gap" is recited thousands of time over the loud speaker through all the stations to deal with the wide gap between the platform and the tube train. We found a great tee shirt in a souvenir shop which sums up the daily commute in this wonderful city of London ...."f**** the gap!" We just gotta buy that soon!

Job wise though all going well, we are both fitting in nicely, getting on with our jobs, coming to terms with having no coffee or tea making facilities on site, and having no proper lunch hour, no one seems to leave their desks all day, and sharing an office, desks, phones, stationery, printers, with about 50 other colleagues no windows or natural light.......gotta love London. Maybe our kiwi employers want us back??! You can see why we question ourselves as to why we are here.....!

We had Teva (Noel's golfing buddie) stay at the Fool em Flat who enjoyed a golf game at Stockley Golf Course last week (Noel won 2 and 1) much to Teva's disgust. He reckoned the room service wasn't up to scratch! We caught up with our lovely Danish friends at the surprise dinner in Nottinghill last weekend, Kirsten, Bende and Regina (lots of laughter), we caught up quickly with Carol Woods and Suzanne from Howick (on Sunday) in a quiet little mews street right behind the hustle and bustle of Knightsbridge and enjoyed a drink, great girls, great kiwis, great fun....

Better go, have a train to catch (ha ha).....we are heading to Edinburgh this weekend to enable Moundie and Noel to play golf at St Andrews (no doubt another adventure follows), and I am catching up with a NZ couple whom I have not seen since 1985! Keep up the good work on the emails, we love hearing from you all, from a rather "harrassed working couple of commuters"! Til next time, Elsie and Noel!Teva_s_visit_002.jpgTeva_s_visit_005.jpgTeva_s_visit_008.jpgTeva_s_visit_010.jpgTeva_s_visit_015.jpgTeva_s_visit_016.jpgTeva_s_visit_017.jpgTeva_s_visit_018.jpg

Posted by houghts 08:13 Archived in United Kingdom Comments (0)

NO MORE LAZY WEEKS, ITS WORK AS USUAL!

Is there such thing as a "normal routine"?

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As our last visitors checked out of the 'Fool 'em Flat' Noel, I headed north to Oxford for a "surprise" birthday party for David Gibbs (Highland Park) whose lovely daughter Victoria, was organising. Noel and I hired a car and headed to a National Trust manor along the way called "Waddesdon Manor" a late 19th century in the style of a 16th century french chateau. The manor was built for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to entertain his guests and display his vast collection of arts, furniture, carpets and enormous collection of french porcelain. It was all too grandeouse for us wee poor kiwis in Fulham still it was a gorgeous sunny day and we enjoyed the Houghton homemade ham sandwiches in the victorian garden.

We managed to arrive in time for David and Sue Gibbs' 'surprise' entry to the hotel at Shillingford, where we dined on fine red wine, seafood and pork, it was lovely to see David and Sue and meet their extended family, who made us feel extremely welcome.

We arrived back to London to be greeted with fantastic news that Noel had secured a job with a Danish/UK engineering company called Ramboll Whitbybird based off Oxford Street near Tottenham Court Road. The job is in the finance department and it will involve some travelling to Dubai. Poor Noel, had a slow start to working, as it had been 5 long months since he had sat behind a computer desk and put his brain to use, and he had to get used to the open plan office, 50 colleagues working alongside each other, and not a lunchroom in sight! The poms here seem to sit at their desks all day long, and not take any sort of breaks at all, Noel decided he needed to enjoy his homemade vegemite and cheese sandwiches whilst endeavouring to complete the daily suduko. God, how he missed his old workmates at Eurolift last week!

And the luck of the Irish shone down upon Elsie as she was fortunate to secure a staff recruitment position as a consultant in Holborn, the heart of the legal district in London, with potential to set up a Legal desk and recruit staff for legal firms, whilst also securing solicitors firms to use the recruitment company. The company is called Parkhouse Bell and already Elsie has started chatting up prospective business contacts in the local pub! Hey, its called networking - Go Elsie!

We have met some more interesting people here, we met a lovely couple, Elise and Fraser Devere from Fielding way, who are neighbours and we entertained them with Elsie's famous lasagne, chocolate cake and cheap red vino (is there any other sort?) and we ended in the tiny kitchen all night eating wining and dining - great fun, a typical kiwi party in the kitchen!

We have more friends arriving from New Zealand, the 'Fool 'em Flat' is really busy, one of Noel's great golfing buddies, Teva Loos, is arriving this weekend for a game of golf with Noel, and following we have Moundie (Ian Mound) arriving for a 10 day visit, so there will be loads of entertaining and fun times ahead.

This is written the day after the disappointing loss to France, and I hesitate to even mention the rugby at this point, but Noel and I, together with our friends, Wanda & Glyn from Godalming, took a "Beige Brigade" bus tour to Cardiff for the event. We have never ever seen so many kiwis bonding in a foreign country ever, quite honestly, there were 1,000's of us there all wearing our supporting black and Cardiff was inundated with kiwis and the frogs everywhere, Cardiff had an electric carnival atmosphere, the town was alive and every bar in town was bulging at the seams with rugby revellers in every corner. The beer flowed like water, the tongues were wagging, there was a real sense of party fun in the air, colours of black, blue and red everywhere......fun and frivolity and great excitement ahead...

The bus trip home was very sombre indeed, very few words were spoken, tears flowed, hugs galore, a very bleak and sobering atmosphere, the black garb seemed appropriate, everyone in mourning, and the grieving and the pain of a loss to the french was overwhelming.

Enjoy the photos, keep up the comments, we appreciate news from home, and hearing from you all, Noel and I cant believe its 5 months since we left you all behind.London_sig.._07_009.jpgCardiff___.._07_012.jpgCardiff___.._07_019.jpgCardiff___.._07_025.jpgCardiff___.._07_033.jpgCardiff___.._07_042.jpgCardiff___.._07_051.jpg

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