Monthly Archives: January 2011

Tale of Australia from an American Sailor

This is a poem written by an American Sailor in 1944 when he was serving in Australia with my Cousin, Bill Hunter.

This is about the Australians from the American sailors:

 

Down below the South Pacific

In the sunny Tropic Sea,

There lies a country called Australia,

which once was new to me.

Since the time that I have been here,

Which is several months or more.

I’ve met the people, learned their ways

And would like my home once more.

For I’m sick of mates and cobbers,

Trams, pubs and teatime too,

And i’m damned tired of these Aussies

bumming smokes the way they do.

It’s uncle this,uncle that

More planes, more bombs, more guns

and when the nips are whipped

Don’t ever ask who won

Cos you will hear the Aussies holler;

“We Anzacs are the ones

Just give me 2 bob and a cigarette,

I’ll tell you how twas done”

Yes, i’m tired of Australia

and the whole of this Anzac race

If anyone wants to trade

they sure as hell can have my place

Cos now i’ve seen Australia,

and when this war is won

This bloke is going right back home

and on the bloody run.

Recited by William Hunter

(aka Bill “Magic 500” Hunter)

for more info on this time period

go to Ozatwar

see stories about Frank Morill

http://www.ozatwar.com/usnavy/usnavalbasehospitalno10


Freedom Travel

Freedom Travel means no commitments, nothing to return to, no time restrictions and no worries.

 

I have travelled a lot over the past 5 years, but I’ve always had a purpose, a deadline, something that I must get back for or to or someone to go back to. This is the first time I’ve travelled that I haven’t had any thing waiting for me back home.

Before I left australia in December 2010 I sold my car, I stepped down or walked away from a few of my jobs, and I didn’t give a date of return. Although I have a return ticket, I have no extended that 3 times. I love this feeling.

 

I have now graduated University, I am free to choose any career I want and literally the world is my oyster. I can go anywhere and try anything. 23 is a great age to be.

I’m blessed to have so many people around the world supporting me- both emotionally and physically by giving me beds to stay in haha.

 

I hope I can have this peaceful feeling on more of my trips in the future.

 


Snap of the week – 1

I want to start a new thing on the blog called snap of the week.

 

This won’t be exclusively the only photos I post or discuss, but this will be my ultimate favourite from the week and I will explain why!

 

NUREMBERG, GERMANY – Documentation Centre from a distance

This shot evokes a lot of emotion for me and should for anyone else who has stood at this historic site. Behind me was Zeppelinfeld, the Nazi Rally grounds, and in front of me the Conference centre which Hitler planned to be his head of the Nazi party. The scale of this building and the plans he had for the Empire as the Furer are outrageous. It makes your blood boil, but also leaves you with a haunted feeling.

 

I chose to use sepia to show the history and age of this area. Across this enormous lake, iced over at present, was a place of great history and learning, now converted to the documentation centre. Incredible museum and a must see for those visiting Nuremberg.

For more information visit the museum website:

 

http://museums.nuremberg.de/documentation-centre/


British Airways Lifts it’s game

British Airways has often left me feeling underwhelmed after a flight with them. The planes, service and entertainment felt as if they were stuck in the 70’s and I didn’t feel particularly comfortable. The best thing about their flights was the cabin at the back where they kept English snacks including galaxy chocolate and tiny tots. Apart from that, I was not overly fussed with them.

 

 

However, on my most recent flight from Sydney – India (via Singapore) with BA, I was very impressed. If I were giving them a sticker in primary school, I would give “most improved”. The seats were bigger and more comfortable. There was considerably more leg room then I could recall from previous flights.

The entertainment system was great. Up to date films and tv shows, loads to choose from and you could watch it from the ground and during the flight.

The lighting in the cabin was great and the temperature not too cold, which also used to become a problem.

 

 

What most impressed me was the food. I thought after such an impressive beginning to the flight, the food would really let it down. But again, to my great surprise, the food was very tasty. A curry actually, but really I should know this as the national dish of England is Chicken Tikka.

 

I may still hold some skepticism and cynicism towards this airline before I go shouting its praises from the rooftops. This flight was leaving from Australia. In my experience, my flights going out of Australia tend to be more modern, new and up to date technology in both the aircraft and the services offered on board. There is a steep decline in quality when going in the opposite direction and upon my flights home.

I’m keen to fly BA again soon to see if they can maintain the standard of quality to which I would like to become accustom.

 

 

images from:

http://topnews.ae/category/companies/british-airways

http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://adam1cor.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/british-airways2.jpg&imgrefurl=http://ukhumanrightsblog.com/2010/06/21/british-airways-strike-and-human-rights-the-union-strikes-back/&usg=__66ao0aZ8vELWfHpNEJVcnjxg8jQ=&h=498&w=493&sz=61&hl=en&start=15&sig2=SoyNM7P5HmHJGuF24YJ91g&zoom=1&tbnid=Pq9MKGBLI5wwUM:&tbnh=150&tbnw=147&ei=19NCTaqeF4Wq8QOn15BL&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dbritish%2Bairways%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dsafari%26sa%3DN%26rls%3Den%26biw%3D1267%26bih%3D621%26tbs%3Disch:10%2C507&um=1&itbs=1&iact=rc&dur=244&oei=ONNCTZblBYGHhQfDn7nFAQ&esq=2&page=2&ndsp=17&ved=1t:429,r:5,s:15&tx=96&ty=101&biw=1267&bih=621


Counties I’ve visited

This is a list of the countries I’ve visited and how many times I’ve been there.

My brother and I decided to do this for a bit of fun.

 

Here goes:

 

  • England x 6
  • Scotland x 4
  • Japan x 2
  • Germany x 5
  • France x 4
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Canada
  • USA x 4
  • India x 5
  • Nepal x 2
  • NZ x 2
  • Bali x 2
  • South Africa
  • tanzania Kenya
  • New Caledonia  (possibly 3 seperate destinations)(Loyalty island, Devine island, isle of pines)
  • Austria x 2
  • Denmark
  • sweden x 2
  • czech republic
  • spain x 2
  • Mexico
  • Singapore x 2
  • hong kong x 2
  • malaysia
  • thailand

 

I have been to 28 individual countries as we counted it.

 

But I have visited countries, i.e. entered a foreign country 58 times. hahha

 

This years plan:

  • Bahamas
  • St Maartens
  • St Thomas
  • Bangladesh.

 

competing with my dad for most countries visited!!

 

How many have you been to?

 


Notes from the Mother Land

God save the Queen!

 I’m in England!

the mother land!

 Literally my mother land as my mum is from here hehe.

Saw the Kings Speech yesterday. (http://www.kingsspeech.com/)  Phenomenal! So interesting and spectacularly executed! Very well done indeed. The film was made more interesting by the fact that I have first hand accounts of events around the time of his coronation and WWII from my late Grandmother, Doris Lovell. She wrote diaries every single year, and kept all her notebooks and date books rom the late 1930’s right up 10 2004!

Doris May Lovell 1942 (aged 17)

 I am currently scanning, typing and reciting on to voice recording these amazing glimpses of history. I’m so fortunate to have a chance to see these. They are extremely personal and give me such a clear image of this wonderful woman. I feel I know her so much better now. I got my lovelly tattoo in honour of this lovelly woman after her passing! I’m very fortunate to come from a family that valued their history and that was so rich in information.

As you can see from some of photos of my brother, he also values the family name and hence got a tattoo of our family crest!

 I’m now staying with my Aunty Linda, dad’s sister, the Marcham family. We are in East Grinstead and have been taking lovely walks, enjoying easter eggs far too early and having a good giggle. 

 Toodle-oo old chap!

(king image from – http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.therealstevegray.com/wp-content/uploads/kings-speech-movie.png&imgrefurl=http://www.therealstevegray.com/tag/colin-firth/&usg=__sGRizEvqJKS_bBCsuvXxsK7jyAE=&h=287&w=576&sz=285&hl=en&start=0&zoom=1&tbnid=y0R0_kBiSje07M:&tbnh=110&tbnw=221&ei=0lw4TYfDJoqLhQeCp9GMCg&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dkings%2Bspeech%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DX%26rls%3Dcom.microsoft:en-gb:IE-SearchBox%26rlz%3D1I7ADRA_en%26biw%3D1291%26bih%3D603%26tbs%3Disch:1%26prmd%3Divnsu&itbs=1&iact=rc&dur=237&oei=0lw4TYfDJoqLhQeCp9GMCg&esq=1&page=1&ndsp=16&ved=1t:429,r:2,s:0&tx=123&ty=54)


2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 7,300 times in 2010. That’s about 18 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 50 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 257 posts. There were 171 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 69mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was February 2nd with 77 views. The most popular post that day was The USA by Brooke Schoenman.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, twitter.com, en.wordpress.com, thomandsean.com, and bigextracash.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for fish spa, jetstar, back brace, bbq pork, and vipin vohra and viva global.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

The USA by Brooke Schoenman February 2010

2

FISH SPA February 2010
6 comments

3

Airport Travel with a Broken Back- Verdict: Not Bad! October 2009
3 comments

4

BEst BBQ Pork Ribs in Bali March 2010
5 comments

5

About me September 2009
3 comments


Top 5 Places to eat in Mumbai

India is famous for food and you are literally spoilt for choice here. It’s not like the indian food selection at home, 4 curries and a couple fo veggie dishes, here you have to first choose from qhich region you will eat- then if you’re having dry or sauce, arghhh it’s difficult. Let alone the fusions of chinese and indian food, and the wide variety of continental offerings.

So I have made it easy for you based on my last visit and some of the delicious food I had out. These places also had a good atmosphere or dining experience.

1. Apoorva

This is my favourite restaurant in Mumbai by far! I have been there on 3 seperate visits to Mumbai and never let down. I went with my badipapa (indian grandfather_ in 2006, with my lovely tour guide Sheila in 2009 and with my adopted family in 2010. The crab is incredible, lobster curry, romali roti and delicious desserts. Iced tea will cool down the spicy curries and leave you feeling refreshed. It’s also a great venue, in a lovely area of south Bombay, a small narrow restaurant with a split floor. Sitting upstairs gives you a feeling of exclusivity and it’s quiet away from the street. Oh this is the best!!

 

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/place?client=safari&rls=en&oe=UTF-8&redir_esc=&um=1&gl=uk&resnum=1&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&q=apoorva+fort+mumbai&fb=1&gl=uk&hq=apoorva&hnear=Fort,+Mumbai,+Maharashtra,+India&cid=1237501599775209450

 

 

2. Sai Sagar

South Indian food is here!!! I love Idli/vada/samba/chutney! haha i woke up in the morning and said to my friend, Sai Baba, I need south indian breakfast. Turns out this place is  just around the corner from him. Bargain prices, amazing tasting food and a great real indian vibe. This is a locals restaurant, so you know its good. And at 10am, the place was packed!! We had delicious cold coffee to cool us down. We also had the crispy rova dosa!! aloo masala of course. Ohhhhh now I’m hungry!!

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/place?client=safari&rls=en&oe=UTF-8&redir_esc=&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=sai+sagar+bandra&fb=1&gl=uk&hq=sai+sagar&hnear=Bandra,+Maharashtra,+India&cid=2906052382303329392

 

3. Shiv Sagar

This is the perfect place to eat for a hearty lunch! Pav bhaji is a specialty here!! It’s samall buttery hot buns, and then you are given like a vegetable stew and you fill the little buns and eat them like a sloppy joe, or runny burfer. Yummmmmm. Serves with lime, onlions and also different veg if you prefer. Great value and nice Air con section.

 

http://www.asklaila.com/listing/Mumbai/Churchgate/Shiv+Sagar/0ze68jWW/

 

 

4. Leopolds Cafe

Leopolds really doesn’t need much introduction. This is the most well known cafe in Mumbai to foreigners. Located right in the middle of the tourist district and on the main road colaba causeway. A fantastic vibe is always going off in here. Now made more famous by the devastating terrorist attacks on 26/11 2008. The bullet holes from the shooting are still in the walls as a reminder of the tragedy. There is great continental, chinese, indian and italian food here. this is a must on your sightseeing trip.

http://www.leopoldcafe.com/

5. Mumbai Times Cafe

Mumbai Times Cafe is a funky, cool and chilled out restaurant and bar. With 2 levels and open roof terrace, you can feel a peace away from the bustling shopping streets of Bombay. Great snacks like spicy chinese. Sheeshah for those flavour smoke lovers! And plenty of vodka redbull for all. Downstairs there is a beach like feel with sand all across the floor and a boat in the room. the building itself is like a converted warehouse and has a great rustic feel.

Oh and the menus are newspapers!!! Clever huh

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Mumbai-Times-Cafe/18016218957?v=wall

 

Happy eating!

 

 

 


Rajasthan Tour Guide

VVS! The best tour guide in Rajasthan

I met VIjay in 2009 when travelling in India. He was our tour guide for the day in Jaipur. VVS was extremely knowledgable, friendly and informative. He was patient, provided valuable advice and made the experience very enjoyable.

His guests on tours have been so happy with him that they often send him pictures of their tour like below:

 

My friend Paul recently went to Rajasthan and met with Vijay and took the tour of Rajsthan with me upon my recommendation. It’s so great to know someone that you can rely on when travelling in a new country.

To Book Vijay, contact him:

 

Email:

vvsingh1_99@yahoo.com

Mobile:

+919829064199 
website:
WWw.jaipurguidesservice.com


 

He also maintains great communications with his guests:

 

As I am traveling with some very important group whom I was recmmended by some of my fellow travellers friends.
The tour is through some of the best places and hotels of India. 
The city of Maysore, Ooty , and on the way we pass through the some of the famous Tiger century of South called Bandipur and mundamaly .
Infact we were able to see some elephants family it was so great , I was excited to share with you.
This place Ooty had great past of Maharajas and British Lords and their polo,parties and hunting.
The Hotel we are staying Saway is great.
The Colour women use in sarees and silk is also Great realy liked by western people.
Tomarrow going to 100 years old toy train.and than to Cochin the ancient trading city of trade root to India by sea.
Greetings 
Vijay



 


Amazing Light in London

Sometimes we are just in the right place at the right time. 4.30pm on Monday 10th December was one of those days.

 

 

I got these incredible shots on London’s Tower Bridge over the Thames River. Just stunning.

 

And it was just a little snappy camera!!

 

Sometimes cloud cover and dim light produces fab images!

 

 

 

Loving London

 

Tower of London


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