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Wednesday, 21 July 2010


I had a great few days. Both daughters doing well and happy, ex-wife and new partner welcoming and civilised, and brilliant weather (it rained non-stop in Wales, ho ho). I managed to get a new and bigger sleeping mat at a camping exhibition in Lincoln, and spent an afternoon at the Imperial War Museum air display at Duxford, just outside Cambridge, which was awesome.

Highlight of the trip (apart from seeing the girls, obviously) was an unofficial guided tour round the new exhibition at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, courtesy of a friend who works there. There were numerous items from the Scott expedition to the South Pole of 1912, including Oates's sleeping bag, slit down the side to allow his frostbitten leg to poke out, and also a collection of brilliant Inuit artworks, which were spookily beautiful.

I'm just sitting here and waiting for our Danish friends to arrive. They called from the Severn Bridge a couple of hours ago, so they can't be far away. There's a Danish flag down on the main road to tell them they are in the right place, and Welsh and Yorkshire flags at the gate to make a welcome from the two host 'nations'. We're fully armed with barbecue materials, and the beer is in the cooler.

Game on.


  1. endemoniada_8830 July 2010 at 00:28

    Pleased to hear you had a good time.
    Weekend away at Silverstone for me, which -apropos of one of your previous blogs - led me to discover that TYRE now includes support for Garmin satnavs as well as TomToms. It's an excellent little program, so thanks for the recommendation!

  2. Good old TYRE. I was sure I had seen something about Garmin on the site recently. Glad you enjoyed Silverstone. I must make the trip one of these days.


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