Sitting on a couch

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In the only inane post in a while, I would just like to say that I am sitting here on my couch at home posting this with my new Ipaq h2210. I like being back in the land of the handheld and will write more about getting it to work when I have some spare time.

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It never rains, it pours

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During the last wek of my trip, Catherine was driven into whilst giving way at an intersection. She sustained whiplash, and the Lancer is in for $3,500 worth of panel beating. Luckily we’re insured.

Now, a garbage truck just drove into me. It was low speed, and we’re all ok, but the driver of the truck has to pay $163 for a new passenger side mirror for the Falcon. I think I might have a little lie down now…

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Back in Australia

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I got back into Australia on the morning of Friday 6 August. Singapore seemed to be all about shopping, which was nice for about a day, and after which I became bored — I don’t much like shopping.

Catherine had someone drive into the back of her car the Monday of the week I came back, so she needs lots of help with the boys again. The car went into the panel beaters, and will apparently take until the end of the month to fix. Lovely.

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Geneva and Gex

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Paul and Sheila are friends of Catherine and myself, who live in Gex which is just outside of Geneva. Sheila works for the WHO, which is why they’re in Geneva. I liked the alps — it was nice. It’s hard being in a country in which you don’t speak the language however.

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London

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Well, the plane to London was delayed for three hours, so I got into the airport about 10:30 in the morning. Customs and immigration were a breeze, and I was soon on my way via the tube to the hotel.

The tube with luggage isn’t too bad, but having only one suitcase instead of two would have made it nicer. In the end I got lost on the way to the hotel and called a cab. Cabs in London are expensive, in fact, everything in London is expensive.

I was a little underwealmed with the hotel (the Hyde Park one), as the rooms were very small, and I got charged $300 Australian for one night. The TV didn’t work, and a phone call cost one pound fifty in connection fee. They adverstied a wireless hotspot, but I certainly couldn’t find it. The staff didn’t even know what a computer was. They thought I was looking for a phone. I would recommend avoiding the Ramamda Jarvis Hyde Park.

Breakfast was funny. I shouwd up 10 minutes after the advertised opening time, and the staff were still getting dressed. It was quite exciting, you had to guess what big of clothing they would have on next each time they walked out. The food also took ages to appear.

Coffee in England is crap. At least coffee in the US is only weak.

The train to Wokingham was nice, the people in the UK office lovely, and the Thai resturant in Wokingham whose name escapes me delightful. The porsche ride to the Radisson Edwardian at Heathrow was fun too. The Radisson Edwardian was much nicer than the previous night, for the same price and in a very expensive location…

I was surprised by how brown Kensington Gardens were, but the Diana memorial children’s playground looked like a lot of fun. It was chockers.

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