Back in England

June 28th, 2011 at 7:15 pm by David Farrar

Had to head back into for the stag party. We detoured off the M4 to Bath for lunch. Didn’t have much time to look around, but seemed quite a nice city.

The stag do was very civilised – a black tie affair at one of the private clubs.  Gin and tonics before dinner, wine during dinner and port after dinner. Lots of very funny speeches.

On Saturday headed to the famous Portobello Market in Notting Hill. It is huge, and has different sections ranging from antiques to fruit & veg to new goods to fashion to second hand goods.

We grabbed lunch at the aptly named Duke of Wellington pub, where this photo is from.

The apartment for the weekend was on Tower Bridge Road, and they lifted the bridge for this boat during our stay.

Sunday was the start of the drive up to Scotland. We drove via and spent three hours looking around there. This is the Round Church, more formally known as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

In the UK they are very unimaginative with their street names. Almost every castle we went to in Wales was located on Castle Street. This church was on Round Church Road and the parking building was on, yes, Park Street.

This is inside Queens’ College, Cambridge. What a wonderful place to study at.

The River Cam. As you can see there is almost a traffic jam with all the punts. They have touts asking you every 50 metres or so whether you want to punt on the river. They were almost as bad as the touts in Egypt. It would be nice to punt on the river, but only if not crowded.

The famous Mathematical Bridge, at the back of Queens’.

After Cambridge we drove to , where we stayed the night. There are no photos of as there was nothing to see!

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9 Responses to “Back in England”

  1. James Stephenson (2,172 comments) says:

    For uncrowded river, you need to head upstream to Grantchester (Brooke, Byron, Pink Floyd)…trail a couple of bottles of wine in the water and by time you reach the meadows they’re perfectly chilled.

    You’ve got some cheek calling the English unimaginative considering the number of “Rugby Parks” in NZ…

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  2. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    Where’s Luc??????????? Shit take a look at the water, bloody cockies, dirty bastards !!!!!!!!!!!. They need a fucking good carbon tax, that will sort them out.

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  3. Michael (909 comments) says:

    Stephen Fry talks about the original punters in Cambridge from the time he studied there in his autobiography. A couple of students friends punted tourists around and made a little money out of it, so naturally more students started doing it…

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  4. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    I had a go at punting years ago when I was living in Cambridgeshire. The trick seemed to be that you steer by using the pole as a rudder. Too many people try to steer by pushing against the river bottom and you end up with the collision fest pictured. Once you have the steering worked out then you give the punt an enormous push to build up speed, then maneuver around the river dodgems like you’ve been doing it for years.

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  5. AndyC (28 comments) says:

    Ahhhhh Darlington , make sure you wipe your feet on the way out.

    In case you havn’t seen it there is a website that’s a bit more “informative” than the Lonely Planet , http://www.chavtowns.co.uk/, checkout yor next ovenight spot :)

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  6. Fairfacts Media (372 comments) says:

    A bit harsh on Darlington, David.
    There are nice places there, but you do have to look.
    Now, check out Wetherby, my home town 40 minutes south on the A1(M).
    Nice pubs, a river, best fish and chips at the Wetherby Whaler.
    Will buy you a pint or three should you drop by.
    I’ll be back late tomorrow.
    Oh, and do give Cornwall a miss.

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  7. James Stephenson (2,172 comments) says:

    @davidp – that’s the basic level technique, but after a while you find yourself pushing in the direction you want to go. Alternatively you can do as us school kids did and use the paddle supplied for propulsion, which frees the pole up for jousting…

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  8. hubbers (139 comments) says:

    That is a nice sounding stag do. Not like the one I am going on on Thursday to Las Vegas >:-D

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  9. Nookin (3,341 comments) says:

    If we are talking Cambridge, my boy, then maybe we should say “.. at which to study.” None of this hanging participle nonsense that is so rife in the colonies, old chap. There’s a good fellow.

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