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Title: Bluenose's upcoming UK adventure
Post by: Bluenose on December 16, 2015, 06:04:28 AM
OK, all you Pommie HAFers, be warned of an impending Aussie invasion by the aforementioned me. I'm arriving in the UK in mid May 2016 and departing mid July.  I am planning on spending the first 2 weeks or so in the London area, then I'll be touring around, visiting various friends and family and stuff. I would love to get to meet any of the HAF crew that would like a visit from a wayward colonial. I'm happy to meet individually, or a group get together, or indeed both of the above. I'm looking to share tall tales and true, have a laugh (or twenty), maybe test you favourite local public house and/or restaurants or even a good fish and chippery or curry house if you know one. Suggestions of good things to see and do are most welcome.

If you can give me an approximate idea of your location it will help me plan a logical route around the country. Things i definitely want to visit are several of the museums in London (science, British & natural history) Grenwich, stonehenge, Portsmouth, the Fleet Air Arm museum at Yeovilton, and i don't know what else.
Title: Re: Bluenose's upcoming UK adventure
Post by: Tanksinatra on December 16, 2015, 06:50:00 AM
I'm in Leeds, Yorkshire. Google the following
Royal Armouries
Fountains Abbey
Whitby
York

I'll add more ideas later.

Are you on your own?
Title: Re: Bluenose's upcoming UK adventure
Post by: Bluenose on December 16, 2015, 08:36:07 AM
Yep, I'll be travelling alone, so I'm completely free to do what I want!  <grin>
Title: Re: Bluenose's upcoming UK adventure
Post by: Tanksinatra on December 16, 2015, 12:41:19 PM
I expect Claire will chip in with some iconic Yorkshire locations. If you get up to Leeds over the weekend we'll be able to get over to Manchester to see Crow and Claire if they're up for it.
Title: Re: Bluenose's upcoming UK adventure
Post by: Guardian85 on December 16, 2015, 01:11:30 PM
If I can find gainful employment by then or somehow magically conjure up some coinage, I might pop over again if there is going to be a thing.
I did miss Claire last time, after all.
Title: Re: Bluenose's upcoming UK adventure
Post by: OldGit on December 16, 2015, 01:28:28 PM
I hope you'll come and stay with us near Telford.  That's not a wonderful place to visit, but it's surrounded by places which are.  For example, Shrewsbury, Wroxeter, Ludlow, Ironbridge.

That's if our move goes OK.  If not, we'll still be near Hereford, which is a splendid town and surrounded by excellent places.  Either way, we'll be close to Wales.
Title: Re: Bluenose's upcoming UK adventure
Post by: Buddy on December 16, 2015, 04:07:55 PM
Well I know classes finish at the end of May and I will be finding employment soon so perhaps I can try to scrape up a plane ticket.
Title: Re: Bluenose's upcoming UK adventure
Post by: Tanksinatra on December 16, 2015, 06:45:38 PM
Well I know classes finish at the end of May and I will be finding employment soon so perhaps I can try to scrape up a plane ticket.
You might be able to do London this time!
Title: Re: Bluenose's upcoming UK adventure
Post by: Claireliontamer on December 16, 2015, 07:26:55 PM
After my disaster last time, I'm not signing up to anything!












*whispers* However, if you do make it up North then hopefully I'll be able to join in.

Title: Re: Bluenose's upcoming UK adventure
Post by: Tanksinatra on December 16, 2015, 07:49:43 PM
After my disaster last time, I'm not signing up to anything!




*whispers* However, if you do make it up North then hopefully I'll be able to join in.
Well this time we'll plan for when you know that you're in control of the day and come to you so there is no mix up.
Title: Re: Bluenose's upcoming UK adventure
Post by: Guardian85 on December 16, 2015, 10:21:57 PM
And if your ex starts screwing things up again we'll go have a little "talk" with him...  ;D
Title: Re: Bluenose's upcoming UK adventure
Post by: Bluenose on December 17, 2015, 07:44:53 AM
Great! I plan on catching up with all of you! Fun!  I'll start making more definite plans after xmas

Oh, and Claire, I will be going up north, so you don't know what you've let yourself in for!  ;)
Title: Re: Bluenose's upcoming UK adventure
Post by: Tanksinatra on December 17, 2015, 08:06:17 AM
Will you have your own car?
Title: Re: Bluenose's upcoming UK adventure
Post by: Bluenose on December 17, 2015, 11:28:17 AM
Will you have your own car?

I have not decided whether I'll hire a car or a small camper van. Either way I will be mobile.
Title: Re: Bluenose's upcoming UK adventure
Post by: Tanksinatra on December 17, 2015, 12:52:03 PM
Will you have your own car?

I have not decided whether I'll hire a car or a small camper van. Either way I will be mobile.
The camper van would be great. You can get all around Scotland. It would be a brilliant way to see the country once you've done London.
Title: Re: Bluenose's upcoming UK adventure
Post by: Crow on December 17, 2015, 02:09:52 PM
If you are going to hire a vehicle do London first without it as it is much easier to get around the place via public transport, cars and London are a ball ache.
Title: Re: Bluenose's upcoming UK adventure
Post by: OldGit on December 17, 2015, 03:09:03 PM
^ Right!
Title: Re: Bluenose's upcoming UK adventure
Post by: Tanksinatra on December 17, 2015, 06:01:43 PM
^^ Right!!!
Title: Re: Bluenose's upcoming UK adventure
Post by: Bluenose on December 17, 2015, 10:09:38 PM
Yes, my plan was to use public transport in London. After that most likely I'll use a combination of a car and a campervan. The former while visiting family and friends then the camper for wider travels. Definitely want to visit Scotland but I'd also like to visit the part of Wales where my old man was evacuated to during the war. I realize that I'll not be able to see everything, but i figure I can fit in a lot in 60 days!
Title: Re: Bluenose's upcoming UK adventure
Post by: Essie Mae on December 17, 2015, 10:28:06 PM
You could take a return boat trip along the Thames to get to Greenwich. You may like to take in a Shakespeare play at the Globe theatre.  The audience stands for the performance in the way they did in Shakespeare's day. They might even be able to heckle the actors in the way they did in Shakespeare's day, but I'm not sure about that. From the Chop House restaurant by Tower Bridge you can see the river traffic and the bridge opening and closing. I will also give you the names of a couple of pubs and bars.  If I am around it'd be great to meet you and other HAFers, although there don't seem to be many in the London area.