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Garfield sprays on Snoopy's dog house horror!

Took this in Great Yarmouth... Garfield sprays on Snoopy's dog house horror!

Contiki Coach Tour of Europe 1990 - the photos

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3 week holiday travelling around Europe in a bus 18 to 35 year olds

I took so many photos on this trip, about 180, but lost most of them!













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Contiki Coach Tour of Europe 1990 - travelogue

Page 1 intro - Page 2 travelogue - Page 3 photos

3 week holiday travelling around Europe in a bus 18 to 35 year olds

So I had to get from Thetford, Norfolk, UK to Russell Square, London first. By coach and then tube. In my early days of travel I took a massive suitcase and was wasted when I got there. The woman on Contiki reception said so and I managed to mutter that I had come from Victoria. She replied that load of other people had come a lot further i.e. Australia. ?ot carrying a whacking great suitcase all the way, I thought.

One night was spent at the Russell Square hotel, with a view of the BT telecom tower from the window, then off in the morning by coach to the Dover ferry. As I saw the white cliffs of Dover disappear I was not ready for the crossing to follow. It was very choppy and I had to lay on the floor all the way to avoid throwing up. The ferry was on the way to Belgium and Zeebrugge to meet up with the coach. Here two tours were to combine to make a full bus.

Then …

My Villa Ambron picture on the Telegraph website

Wohoo! I just contacted the Telegraph and might actually get my name on my photo credit that they used, I might also get £25 :) bonus! www.telegraph.co.uk/Villa-that-inspired-Lawrence-Durrell-faces-demolition-as-Egypt-allows-heritage-to-crumble

See also on this blog:
http://justintuijl.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/egypt-2010-following-lawence-durrell-to.html

Shame it didn't help to save the villa!

Part 2 - after the Pioneer

My Stereo(s) (Hi-fi) The rise and fall and rise again. A History of my stereo endeavours.

Part 2 - after the Pioneer

Part 1 | Part 2 | My stereo in June 2015

Creative Zen

Creative Zen Vision M 30gig was my new stereo for a bit. The sound quality was superb and with higher quality mp3 you would not know the difference. My whole cd collection fited on it and more. Now I could take my stereo where I wanted: in the car, at home at the office. I still have my Sennheiser headphones which I use with the Zen. Only problem is the harddisk was too small.

Apple ipod classic 2009

On 25 Feb 2009 my Zen departed to a new owner. Sold on Ebay for £72. I resisted for so long but I now have a Apple ipod Classic 120gb (black). The Zen HD was full for a long time. In comes the Apple for £170. Sound quality is good and will be a long time before I fill up the HD. I thought about a Microsoft Zune 120gb but they just don't seem to get the support over in the UK. I do miss the FM radio of the Zen …

My stereo in June 2015

My Stereo(s) (Hi-fi) The rise and fall and rise again. A History of my stereo endeavours.

Part 3 - June 2015

Part 1 | Part 2 | My stereo in June 2015

My laptop Dell Latitude D830 mentioned in the 2013 update is my stereo now, also mentioned in my computers post

I am using the Logitech 5.1 Surround Speakers (with the centre channel speaker disconnected) plugged into the M Audio Fast Track Pro, plugged into the laptop running itunes. Quadrophonic sound! I have a windows 7 remote control. The laptop sits on a Belkin tray for cooling.

Music wise there is 80 gigs in the itunes library 9000 songs. I have my DJ music too but that is huge and not in the itunes library. 


I still have the Sennheiser HD530 II headphones and bought new earpads from hifiheadphones.co.uk this was my specification with the headphones when I bought them, that I could replace parts. I'd had a string of expensive Pioneer headphones until that point that fell apart in a year. True to the salesman's word ba…

Reedham and Weep

10th of June 2015 - My journey from across the Norfolk Broads - Norwich to Reedham (on road) and on to Great Yarmouth (off road) "Inspirational Cycling" for my extended writing for my access course.

On the 8th I had cycled to Buckenham Marshes and the road works coming out of Norwich had made it a nightmare. It was better on the 10th but still stressful. Added to that my GPS kept telling me to turn back all the way to Cantley and join the A47. I also thought I had on the wrong coat, there was a biting North wind and I had put on my thick coat, and it was a little too warm.




I love my GPS but unfortunately it is better for hiking and as the crow flies stuff. As a road GPS it things you are in a car and should join the dual carriageway and any opportunity.


I had cycled to Reedham many times and ingnored the GPS, it was only at the Cantley Cock that it came back on my side.



I expected to get a coffee in Reedham, but everything was shut.




The Burney Arms is shut and is more like …