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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 1:12 am

Beware - An Aussie is coming to SignUK...

Just giving you guys the heads up..... I'm coming to SignUK 09 :o

I'd like to apologize ahead of time if I've just ruined your plans :lol1: :lol1:

I'd also like to thank everyone who have encouraged me to come this year, and those who have offered me a bed for my stay.

I'm still finalizing my plans, but I'm looking forward to meeting as many as I can.

Looks like I'll be hiring a car to try and get around without being a nuisance.

A good chance a pommy mate might be going over about the same time, so we are trying to see if we can fly together. He's got relatives at Birmingham and London, so if we can work it out, might be able to kill a few birds with one stone.... so to speak..
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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 1:39 am

yep, its true he is coming over and we be ready to welcome you.. im sure we be talking more about it in some private signuk forums as soon as rob's ready.
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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 1:49 am

Shane, looking forward to seeing you mate, leave the nasties behind though....Peter
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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 2:01 am

Dave Rowland wrote:yep, its true he is coming over and we be ready to welcome you.. im sure we be talking more about it in some private signuk forums as soon as rob's ready.


Shame on you Dave, Talking behind Shanes back!

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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 6:45 am

Dave Rowland wrote: im sure we be talking more about it in some private signuk forums as soon as rob's ready.


can I join in? :wink:

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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 8:40 am

Good point Peter. Somebody will need to check Shane's bags for spiders before he is allowed anywhere near me.

I'm looking forward to meeting you Shane.



Now all we need to do is to get Jill here as well. :D
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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:15 am

Good to hear Shane.

Will try to get down to the show this year so we can eventually meet eh!

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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:41 am

Look forward to finally meeting you Shane :D

Wasn't going to go this year but now definitely going :D
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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:31 am

Looking forward to meeting you Shane. :D
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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:39 am

Thanks friends.

Really looking forward to seeing everyone too.

The deception that I'm a 6'6" bronzed aussie will be blown though :oops:
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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:49 am

Blimey that's a long way to come for a Sign Show mate! :o

How long do you plan on staying?

Oh & bring a brolly. :lol1:
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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:52 am

Brian Hays wrote:Oh & bring a brolly. :lol1:


And wellies And woolly jumpers And thermal underwear :lol1:
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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:58 am

Dave n Rob Lowery wrote:
Brian Hays wrote:Oh & bring a brolly. :lol1:


And wellies And woolly jumpers And thermal underwear :lol1:


May have to buy them here, not sure there is a need for any of those where Shane is from. :lol1:
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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 11:11 am

A jumper.... how quaint :P I've got one somewhere.... Hope it fits..... 1988 was the last time I wore it from memory...... :lol1: :lol1:

Brian, about 10 days at this stage. April/May/June is a busy period here, so I'll be hard pressed to stay away too long. The wife is not happy that she is not going either, so can't afford to enjoy myself too much :lol1: :lol1:
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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 11:23 am

10 days will fly by. May just have time to recover from the flight. :lol1:

Hope I bump into you when you are over, have a few questions about Australia for ya. :cool:

Will be a bit hit & miss re the weather. End of April/beginning of May it has been known for some nice weather in the past (by our standards!)
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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 11:36 am

Shane Drew wrote:Thanks friends.

Really looking forward to seeing everyone too.

The deception that I'm a 6'6" bronzed aussie will be blown though :oops:



:lol1: :lol1: :lol1:
Looking forward to meeting you Shane!

If you fancy a visit to the Norfolk Broads you are welcome to stay with us here. Lots to see & do..... We could go on a river cruise! We live 300 metres from the River Ant at Ludham Bridge....

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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 11:38 am

Looking forward to meeting you Shane.........

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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 11:49 am

superb! will be nice to meet you Shane!
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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 1:31 pm

Great news Shane - I hope to meet up with you too :D
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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 2:36 pm

Yay!
I am so pleased that Shane will be at Sign UK.
It really helps in my decision to try to make it.
(especially if he brings Tim Tams)
Love.....Jill
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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 2:44 pm

Great news and look forward to meeting hopefully both of you

(Shane and Jill :wink: )

cheers

see you soon

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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 2:47 pm

glad to hear Shane.

If you fancy coming over a bit further to the Emerald Isle i'm sure myself and Mr Cleary will be fit to accommodate you. ( Far nicer scenery over here :lol1:)

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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 2:54 pm

I concur with my honorable friend Mr Johnston......Guinness, spuds and salty butter....(well it will take your mind off the weather!) how does that sound Shane?
Hope to meet you too Shane and Jill. :D
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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 3:30 pm

Jillbeans wrote:It really helps in my decision to try to make it.
(especially if he brings Tim Tams)
Love.....Jill


Jill, if you are going, I'll bring Tim Tams AND vegemite :P (not to be eaten together of course :o )

I really am very humbled by the response friends.

I'm looking forward to the chance of meeting as many people as possible. I'd love to make the trip to Ireland, Wales and Scotland too, but alas, not enough time me thinks.

If you do make it Jill, that would be the icing on the cake! :wink:
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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 4:07 pm

Shane Drew wrote: but alas, not enough time me thinks.


Loadsa time Shane!!:D

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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 4:30 pm

*rofl*

Summer 1960!

Isn't that the last time the sun shone on Ireland? :D
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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 6:14 pm

Hey when I was in Ireland the first time it was hotter than home.
So was England.
Scotland was still chilly.
Shane, don't worry about the vegemite.
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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:05 pm

I will have to see what my workload will be closer to the time before I decide to go. I think there will be a lot of handshaking going on judging by how many are saying they are going.
Shane if you can get down to South Wales there will be a welcome in our hillside :D

Just had a thought......is Rob going to get the first round in? :oops:
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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:20 pm

Lorraine Clinch wrote:
Shane Drew wrote:Thanks friends.

Really looking forward to seeing everyone too.

The deception that I'm a 6'6" bronzed aussie will be blown though :oops:



:lol1: :lol1: :lol1:
Looking forward to meeting you Shane!

If you fancy a visit to the Norfolk Broads you are welcome to stay with us here. Lots to see & do..... We could go on a river cruise! We live 300 metres from the River Ant at Ludham Bridge....

Lorraine


Shane my friend, great news. I'm coming with you to Norfolk. This lovely lady owns a PUB.

See you at the show

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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 11:18 pm

lets us know what dates you will be here and leaving Shane, will you be here on Monday for 1 week or 2? I mean just staying for SignUK time would be a bit short.
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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 11:37 pm

Dave Rowland wrote:lets us know what dates you will be here and leaving Shane, will you be here on Monday for 1 week or 2? I mean just staying for SignUK time would be a bit short.


Hi mate, I'm looking at getting there on the Thursday or Friday before the show, then leaving on the Monday or Tuesday after the show at this stage.

My mate Dave has confirmed he'll be coming, but he'll do his own thing in Birmingham as he has a few people he wants to see while I'm at the show.

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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 11:39 pm

huh? The Show is always Tue, Wed, Thu... Our standard day is Wednesday + Wednesday night.
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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 11:50 pm

Dave Rowland wrote:huh? The Show is always Tue, Wed, Thu... Our standard day is Wednesday + Wednesday night.


Yeah, I'd like to see a few people before the show Dave, that's why I'll be there a few days early, plus my mate has a sister in Scotland Yard, and we'll visit her too.

I'd like to spend the Tuesday at the show having a look around, meeting a few suppliers from the boards.... annoying Rob for a while, then spend the day Wednesday trying to put faces to names......

Then do the tourist thing back in London.....

.... to be honest I've not really made any concrete plans yet.... I've been offered accommodation by some very generous members here, so I'm keen not to outstay my welcome :oops: I'll be relying on advice from you lot what I should do when i get there.

Of course, if Jill can get there, it would be nice to spend some time with her too. Probably leave the final plans till a bit later.
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Post Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:04 am

ok great.. just a quick suggestion as you are planning... Make sure you do not plan anything on Wednesday + Wednesday night and possibly few hours thursday morning :D then if you visiting London (scotland yard) then perhaps someone take you down there (and leave u there), i know a few will be driving from london and will return thurs morning.
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Post Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:58 am

Thanks Dave, I had already been told that Wednesday was the 'group day', but if anyone that can't make it on Wednesday, and will be there Tuesday, I'll probably see them then.

Should I wear my uniform do you reckon, or will I stand out a bit too much?

I'll be the one talking with the accent I guess, so I'll not be too hard to find... :oops:
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Post Tue Jan 20, 2009 3:02 pm

Shane Drew wrote:Should I wear my uniform do you reckon, or will I stand out a bit too much?


Stand out :o that's the noisiest uniform I've seen Shane, Don't think any members wear uniforms to the show, I'm sure we'll know who you are.


Be great to meet up with you...if your good I might let you buy me a beer
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Post Tue Jan 20, 2009 3:05 pm

I might even turn up this year myself if the mercurial Shane is in attendance with his corks swinging off his hat :lol1: and did i see Martinos offering to buy beer :o :o that will be worth seeing also :D
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George Elsmore wrote: did i see Martinos offering to buy beer :o :o that will be worth seein



:no1:

Georgio I told you before to get your eyes checked.

It will great to see you aswell G, as long as we don't sit for an hour outside the wrong pub again :D
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Post Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:03 pm

Hi Shane
I'll shall be driving up from London on Wednesday and staying the night.
Have a quick gander round the show Thursday morning in case I've missed something then head back to London
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Post Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:29 pm

cant believe Ive missed this post - Shane (and poss Jill) in town - awesome. Lifts Beds available just shout

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Post Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:31 pm

Look forward to meeting you Shane. Is it true Aussies never get the round in?
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Post Wed Jan 21, 2009 1:05 am

Paul Humble wrote:Look forward to meeting you Shane. Is it true Aussies never get the round in?


Paul, a real aussie drinks any beer that is offered, but is not known to shout for anything :oops: something to do with our heritage I believe :lol1: :o

Looking forward to seeing everyone,
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Post Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:22 am

oh Shane, shame im not going to meet you in person as I have a previous engagement, but I sure as ekk wish you have a great time over here xxx
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Post Wed Jan 21, 2009 12:34 pm

Cheryl Smith wrote:oh Shane, shame im not going to meet you in person as I have a previous engagement, but I sure as ekk wish you have a great time over here xxx


Thanks ... thats a shame Cheryl. I'm there for a few days, we may cross paths... you never know :P
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Post Sun Feb 22, 2009 7:19 pm

Thought I had better warn you Shane.....quite a lot of Scottish members will be at the show, check this out :lol1:

http://www.sundayherald.com/news/herald ... r_each.php
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Post Sun Feb 22, 2009 7:37 pm

50 million litres a year?

I thought that was just Nik! :P
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Post Mon Feb 23, 2009 3:22 am

Dave n Rob Lowery wrote:Thought I had better warn you Shane.....quite a lot of Scottish members will be at the show, check this out :lol1:

http://www.sundayherald.com/news/herald ... hol_a_year
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Must confess I've already noticed that with comments from the Scottish contingent in the past :o
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Post Mon Feb 23, 2009 10:46 am

Thanks ... thats a shame Cheryl. I'm there for a few days, we may cross paths... you never know


yes especially if you plan a day trip to france as cheryl lives near the channel tunnel

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Post Mon Feb 23, 2009 11:38 am

John Harding wrote:
Thanks ... thats a shame Cheryl. I'm there for a few days, we may cross paths... you never know


yes especially if you plan a day trip to france as cheryl lives near the channel tunnel

John


The original plan was to try and get to Paris John, just to say I've been there, but its more than my marriage is worth.... Even the ladies at the travel agent were horrified that I'd consider it without my wife...... so the best I can do is go to Dover and look across the water :( :lol1:
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Post Mon Feb 23, 2009 11:59 am

Shane Drew wrote:The original plan was to try and get to Paris John, just to say I've been there, but its more than my marriage is worth.... Even the ladies at the travel agent were horrified that I'd consider it without my wife...... so the best I can do is go to Dover and look across the water :( :lol1:


I've got exactly the same thing.

Jenny and one of her friends are going on a riding holiday to a ranch in Arizona. The plan is that I fly out with them, a couple of days sight-seeing, then drop them off at the ranch. Then I've got time on my own to kill before flying home.

The lady in the travel agent asked Jenny if she thought it was wise letting her husband have a potential five days getting up to mischief in Las Vegas. :D

Jenny, to her credit, said that there was no problem, that she trusted me implicitly, and had every confidence that I would behave myself. Poor misguided girl. :P
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Post Mon Feb 23, 2009 12:13 pm

I suggested to my wife that if I'm not careful, I might get propositioned by a pretty women while I'm in the UK.

Without missing a beat, she suggested I should make sure that I've got treats for her guide dog :oops: :-?
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Post Mon Feb 23, 2009 12:37 pm

John Childs wrote:50 million litres a year?
I thought that was just Nik! :P


:lol1: :lol1: :lol1: i wish it was 12 litres doesnt seem that much :lol1: :lol1:

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Post Mon Feb 23, 2009 2:46 pm

The original plan was to try and get to Paris John, just to say I've been there, but its more than my marriage is worth.... Even the ladies at the travel agent were horrified that I'd consider it without my wife...... so the best I can do is go to Dover and look across the water


well if you get down our way i would be happy to offer you a room and a guided tour, paris is an a bit of a slap in one day but a mooch across the water is still very nice :D

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Post Tue Feb 24, 2009 12:34 am

Hope to meet you Shane. I will be at the show this year, keep us inform of your movements!!
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Post Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:38 am

Craig Bond wrote:Hope to meet you Shane. I will be at the show this year, keep us inform of your movements!!


I'll be at the show all three days Craig.... I'll be the guy walking around looking lost :)
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Post Mon Mar 09, 2009 2:33 pm

I will be buying my plane tickets this week.
I was hoping for a direct flight from Pittsburgh to Paris but that won't start here until June.
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Post Mon Mar 09, 2009 3:46 pm

what route will you have to take Jill?
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Post Mon Mar 09, 2009 3:54 pm

I'll have to fly Pittsburgh-Detroit-Amsterdam-London most likely.
I've done that before, on my first time over (first time flying as well) and it's OK.
Anything but Chicago O'Hare!
I get to stay with Lynn and Peter.
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I hope they still like me by the time I leave!
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Post Mon Mar 09, 2009 4:05 pm

I hope you'll still like us Jill :roll:


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Post Mon Mar 09, 2009 7:52 pm

Jillbeans wrote:I'll have to fly Pittsburgh-Detroit-Amsterdam-London most likely.


that's quite a trek ........... how long are you travelling then?
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Post Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:00 pm

It's not that bad. I will leave Pittsburgh Sunday afternoon and get to London Monday morning.
Detroit is only a half-hour flight. I will more than likely be waiting at airports as long as I will be in the air.
(You have to be at the airport 2 hours before International travel)
I find it very difficult to sleep on the plane.
The first day is always kind of bad, by the time I get to the UK I will have been awake about 23 hours and I feel like a zombie.
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Usually I force myself to stay awake until the normal bedtime of the new place, then sleep till morning and I'm fine.
Shane has a lot more airport/plane time than I do!
Any request for any of our lovely American products?
I can only pack one bag so hopefully they will be small items.
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Post Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:10 pm

I'll have one of these, thanks very muchly! :D :D



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Post Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:11 pm

Let me rephrase that:
Anybody want any American candy or soda?
Perhaps a beer or Steelers memorabilia?
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Post Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:28 pm

Cleary, I always knew you were a spoiled brat

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Post Mon Mar 09, 2009 10:49 pm

Jillbeans wrote:Let me rephrase that:
Anybody want any American candy or soda?


yes please jill i love the american chocolate, i dont like chocolate but i like that...oh and the hot chewing gum....oh and the thing you were eating the last time i phoned you, a "tweenie"? always wondered what they tasted like, oh and if you have any spare bottles of beer :D




im kidding jill just you bring yourself over and keep your bag empty for all the irn-bru you'll take back :wink:

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Post Mon Mar 09, 2009 11:11 pm

Do you mean a Twinkie?
I will try and bring one if it doesn't get smashed (I know we will)
and if you can remember which chocolate bar you like, I'll bring that too.
My favorite old candy store was just torn down!
They had all kinds of odd stuff.
:(
And I like Tizer, but I have no idea why!
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Post Tue Mar 10, 2009 2:06 am

I'm flying 28 hours I think. Via Singapore and Abu Dhabi

I've never flown such a long distance before so I'm not sure I'll be totally alert when I get there :(

I'm flying over with a friend, but he is staying longer than me, so I'll be coming home by myself....
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Post Tue Mar 10, 2009 2:17 am

i don't envy either of you... i hate flying!
would do anything other than fly.
it doesn't stop me flying, i just loath doing it... longest i have flown was 11 hours to Los Angels... that was enough for me. :-?
i now do my best to get short flight holidays, max ill consider is 4 hours...
don't get me wrong, i don't sit there like a basket case crapping myself. i just dont enjoy it. :D
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a sacrifice worth making I'm sure....

I reckon the wife should still be cranky I'm not taking her and probably not start talking to me till about April 2010, so I'm guessing it will be a quiet few months when I get back....

... as I say, worth the sacrifice (I hope) :wink:
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Shane Drew wrote:... as I say, worth the sacrifice (I hope) :wink:



Blimey, you haven't met us yet Shane... :-?

we will try and get some warm weather sorted out for you when your over :cool:


Jill I don't think you can get 'Tizer' over here anymore, forgot all about that.. what about 'Cresta' anyone remember that?

totally off topic but a nice link to look trough during your coffee http://www.doyouremember.co.uk/memory.php?memID=4310



BTW Jill, I booked my tickets to go in Statue of Liberty last night.. for this Friday morning..woo hoo.
And £ is now £1.37 dollars getting worse :(
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Post Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:09 am

Tizer is not crucial to my enjoyment.
:D
Martin looks like your weather will be right in season:
http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/fin ... ct=WEATHER
Have fun!

I am glad I don't have Shane's flights, also hope someone who is a scaredy-cat is not sitting beside either of us crapping their pants!
I don't like flying either but I like most airports. I am a people-watcher.
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Post Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:35 am

Jillbeans wrote:Tizer is not crucial to my enjoyment.
:D

Orrible stuff, don't think it was crucial to anyone's enjoyment Jill :D



Been keeping an eye on the weather in NY, because of the snow threat,
Three clear day's :cool: :cool: they must know I was coming.

Wouldn't fancy Shane's trip, I would have to go first class that distance must only be about another $50,000 to upgrade.. and as he's not bringing the Mrs I'm surprised he hasn't done so. :D



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Martin Cole wrote: as he's not bringing the Mrs I'm surprised he hasn't done so. :D

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:o Going to England AND going business/first class WITHOUT the missus would be more than my future happiness is worth :-?
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Post Tue Mar 10, 2009 1:35 pm

Shane Drew wrote: :o Going to England AND going business/first class WITHOUT the missus would be more than my future happiness is worth :-?


:D :D


Shane, you would only need a one way ticket, because once Kathy found out you'd booked business class you wouldn't want to go back home.

I'll start looking at permanent accomadation for you :lol1:
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Post Tue Mar 10, 2009 3:06 pm

Well it's officially official, just bought my tickets.
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Jillbeans wrote:Well it's officially official, just bought my tickets.
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looking forward to meeting you Jill :)

Martin, you'll get me into more hot water if the missus reads your comments.. :wink:
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Shane Drew wrote:Martin, you'll get me into more hot water if the missus reads your comments.. :wink:



Shane, all in good fun, I just can't believe how expensive it is to fly first class, I know it's where the airlines make their money...but jeez it's a lot.

It's a long old haul over here but I'm sure will be worth the trip, very much looking forward to meeting you
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I'd leave the statue of liberty Martin, it's warmer here in Arizona.

Enjoy mate, but take your thermals. :D
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Bog off John

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Post Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:06 am

Shane,
This thread is going all over the place , but going back a couple of pages you say you expect to be at the show all three days. Interesting as the show is, it would be a shame to come all this way and spend so much of your time here inside some exhibition halls rather than see some of our country.

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Post Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:17 am

martin its the same traveling by train first class mate... a bloody rip-off!
i mostly travel to signuk by train now and prefer to go first class so i can get some work done or relax during the 5 hour trip. but at the end of the day it is just a seat.... and way over priced. i just charge it to the business though, so cushions the blow a bit. :-?
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Post Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:47 am

Steve Morgan wrote:Shane,
This thread is going all over the place , but going back a couple of pages you say you expect to be at the show all three days. Interesting as the show is, it would be a shame to come all this way and spend so much of your time here inside some exhibition halls rather than see some of our country.

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I know what you say Steve, but I have a few people to see on Tuesday arvo, wednesday is fully booked, and then thursday morning I have a couple of peeps I'd like to catch up with. The guy coming with me is catching up with his family in Birmingham, so he'll be kept busy.

A few here have offered to spend some time with me and show me the sights while I'm in the UK, so I'm going to be spoiled in that sense.

Basically, my real motivation for coming was to meet, in person, the community of people that I've grown to know and respect over the last 4 or 5 years.

In a business sense, I have to show the tax office here that I actually went to the show, and provide diary entries of who I spoke to & on what days. But that is not the motivation, its just one of the benefits.

After the show we will travel the scenic route and eventually head to Dover. The guy I'm coming with is a pom, so he is largely responsible for the sightseeing. Not got any concrete plans other than that. I have people who have been very kind to me over the years, and I'd like to call in and see their operation and perhaps annoy them for an hour or two. I'd love to do it for everyone I know here, but sadly I don't have that much time.

I'm a keen photographer though, so that is something I'd like to pursue too.

Never having been there before, I'm sure I'll enjoy the country and the people no matter what I see.

My only disappointment is that my wife and family will not be with me.

It will be the first time my wife and I have been apart for longer than a few days in the 25 years of our marriage. But, hopefully I'll bring the family back some time in the future.

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Post Wed Mar 11, 2009 5:50 pm

John Childs wrote:I'd leave the statue of liberty Martin, it's warmer here in Arizona.

Enjoy mate, but take your thermals. :D


Arizona, you kept that quiet.

Hope your having a great time John :D

Yep I know NY is bloody freezing, may have to put a cardie on over my T-shirt.
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Post Sun Mar 15, 2009 10:17 pm

Martin Cole wrote:Arizona, you kept that quiet.

Not intentionally Martin.

My wife and one of her friends had booked a week on a ranch, but wanted a bit of sightseeing first. I joined then for the sightseeing then dumped them at Phoenix airport on Tuesday morning and carried on on my own for the rest of the week, before flying home tonight. I think Jenny is back on Wednesday.

For anybody that's interested - the Grand Canyon is impressive, Sedona is pretty, good eats and shopping in Scottsdale, Tombstone is well worth a day or two, Yuma is as boring as bo11ocks, Lake Havasu City is not bad and I got the chance to walk over the old London Bridge.

Route 66 in Arizona, apart from stopping at some of the historic diners, is a bit boring - too straight and flat, but other parts of it might be better, like through the mountains.

The only thing I would avoid next time is Las Vegas. Despite the tens of thousands of people walking the strip, it is the only place in America where I have ever been unable to find someone prepared to spend a few minutes chatting. For all the bright lights and glitz, I would imagine that it is an easy town to be lonely in.

Apart from a wee bit of snow up in the Canyon, it's been in the eighties all week, so T shorts only. :D
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John Childs wrote:For anybody that's interested - the Grand Canyon is impressive, Sedona is pretty, good eats and shopping in Scottsdale


The only thing I would avoid next time is Las Vegas. Despite the tens of thousands of people walking the strip, it is the only place in America where I have ever been unable to find someone prepared to spend a few minutes chatting. For all the bright lights and glitz, I would imagine that it is an easy town to be lonely in.



I'd agree with that John. We stayed at a resort in scottsdale for a few days - dry and hot with the biggest pool I'd ever seen, and the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dams were impressive too.

The wife an I enjoyed Las Vegas, but we were on a tour with a heap of aussies and kiwis so always had plenty of people to talk too...

Worth seeing though.... never seen so many people and lights at one place at 3am anywhere...
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John Childs wrote: I got the chance to walk over the old London Bridge.



I bet you already know that when they bought the bridge they thought they were buying Londons "Tower Bridge" and were disappointed to discover that London Bridge was in fact a different bridge that no one had ever taken any notice of :-?

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Post Mon Mar 16, 2009 12:31 am

I'm not a big Vegas fan either.
There is an underlying coldness (to me) in the city.
It was the first place I've ever seen a real beggar sitting on the sidewalk.
And so many porn ads. I am no prude, believe me, but these all seemed dehumanizing to me.
I have always wanted to go to Tombstone.

I really just wish it was already time for SignUK!
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Also wondering how Martin and Mrs. Martin enjoyed The Big Apple.
Remember, if you saw the Brooklyn Bridge, it was designed by a man in the next town over from me.
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Post Mon Mar 16, 2009 12:31 am

Phill wrote:
John Childs wrote: I got the chance to walk over the old London Bridge.



I bet you already know that when they bought the bridge they thought they were buying Londons "Tower Bridge" and were disappointed to discover that London Bridge was in fact a different bridge that no one had ever taken any notice of :-?

..I digress a little :oops:
Urban Myth Mate :D

I walked over the original London bridge, when it was timber build and had shops on it, so I should know :D

This one

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Post Mon Mar 16, 2009 12:33 am

John you are right The Grand Canyon is very impressive, we saw if first in a helicopter that flies quite low so you have no sight of it until you get over it :roll: that was tummy churning it's as if the ground has fallen away :-?


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Post Mon Mar 16, 2009 12:47 am

Peter Normington wrote:I walked over the original London bridge, when it was timber build and had shops on it, so I should know :D

Was that when you went to see Guy Fawkes and his fellow plotters heads placed on London Bridge Peter?? :D :D :D
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Post Mon Mar 16, 2009 12:51 am

Chris My memory is not what it used to be, I thought the heads were placed on traitors gate in the Tower, but it could have been someone else...

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Post Mon Mar 16, 2009 12:56 am

Just me trying to be a smart @rse Peter, I took it from the London Bridge time-line:

"1605 - Guy Fawkes and fellow plotters' heads placed on the bridge after the Gunpowder Plot to blow up Parliament"

And there's me thinking you weren't a day over 50 mate!!! :D :D :D
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Post Mon Mar 16, 2009 3:44 am

I can remember walking over the previous London Bridge, although not the one Peter remembers, sometime in the mid '60s.

I have to say that our American cousins have done a good job with it and I wondered why we had replaced it. Not wide enough for modern day traffic I suppose. :(


Jill, if you get the chance of going to Tombstone, take it. Well worth a day or more looking around. I don't want to post a bunch of pictures on Shane's thread, but if you would like a look, pm me your email addy.

On a more general note, I know that America doesn't have much history, only about three hundred and odd years, but my experience is that what they do have they do well. They seem to have an enthusiasm that we in the old country lack, and this shows in the overall visitor experience.
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Happy for you to post pics on this thread john. Keen to see them myself.
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Peter Normington wrote:I walked over the original London bridge, when it was timber build and had shops on it, so I should know :D
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I bet you also used to go skating on the Thames every winter when it froze over :lol1:
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Shane Drew wrote:Happy for you to post pics on this thread john. Keen to see them myself.

OK. Here's a couple...
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Post Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:43 pm

is that tomb stone John?? we went to a ghost town that was built out of bottles well mostly :roll: how did you travel whilst you were there ?? you did a fair few miles


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Lynn wrote:how did you travel whilst you were there ??

In style Lynn, in style. :D

I did about 1,400 miles in the seven days, so only an average of 200 per day. Not onerous.

And yes, that is Tombstone main street. Also had a look around the OK Corral and Boot Hill.
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Shame on you John - all dem CO2 footprints that you have polluted our planet wiv during your escapade :-?
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So John, is Tombstone one of those 'living towns' that everyone gets dressed up in costume? or is it a 'real' town and thats just the way they dress :roll:
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Post Tue Mar 17, 2009 12:36 am

It's a real town Shane, but they keep the old main street liked that. Some of the people walking around in costume are employees of the attractions, some are trying to gently sell you stuff or entice you to otherwise part with money, but most are genuine enthusiasts who either live in Tombstone permanently, or take their holidays there to live the cowboy/pioneer dream.

There are a lot of stores selling the clothes, and I think the frock coats look smart, but only to wear in those sort of surroundings. Kitted up like that I'd feel a bit of a pillock down the pub on a Wednesday night. :D
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Thanks for the pix. Now I really want to see Tombstone even more.
Isn't that where the Birdcage Theater is located?
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John Childs wrote:It's a real town Shane, but they keep the old main street liked that. Some of the people walking around in costume are employees of the attractions, some are trying to gently sell you stuff or entice you to otherwise part with money, but most are genuine enthusiasts who either live in Tombstone permanently, or take their holidays there to live the cowboy/pioneer dream.

There are a lot of stores selling the clothes, and I think the frock coats look smart, but only to wear in those sort of surroundings. Kitted up like that I'd feel a bit of a pillock down the pub on a Wednesday night. :D


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Be honest have you bought a frock coat for Signuk?

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Yes, you would look good in a gunslinger coat.
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Peter Normington wrote:Be honest have you bought a frock coat for Signuk?

No Peter, no coat, but I've got the hat. :D

Thanks for the kind words Jill.

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