Location: Donington - East Midlands, UK
This was a weekend we were looking forward to for a while - Download Festival 07 - A heavy Rock festival that goes for 3 days, at Donington Race Park in the East Midlands. You basically camp there for the whole time and 60 bands played over the whole weekend.
So on Friday we headed with our mates, Jasz, Dave, Erin, Andrew, Glazy and Hales in 2 cars up to Donington with all our camping gear and food. Arriving there it is a sea of Bogans as far as the eye can see. I think someone said they get about 120,000 people there over the whole weekend. I have never seen so many tents in one place!!
It was an awesome weekend, definite highlights would have to be Iron Maiden, Wolfmother, Velvet Revolver, Linkin Park, Dragonforce, there are way to many to mention. Another amazing part of it is that Donington park is just across the road from East Midlands Airport, so while you are watching the bands there are planes flying so low overhead, but it just adds to the atmosphere.
The boys had a great time in the mosh pit and us girls enjoyed taking in the atmosphere and rocking out to some great music. It was a bit of a nightmare getting home on the Monday, we left our campsite at 10am and didn't get home til about 5pm where we finally got to shower after 4 days!! You can imagine it was all pretty feral by then!
Location: Glasgow/Edinburgh, Scotland
25th May 2007
Long weekend time so we though we would head up to Bonnie Scotland for a bit of a look around. So Friday night we headed to Kings Cross train station to meet Ness and Andrew and caught the train from London to Glasgow. I thought I was all good booking us seats all together, little did I realise I had booked us onto the 'quiet coach' of the train! So we were a bit worried getting on with our 2 bottles of Pimms and picnic food, to sit in silence for 5 and a half hours!! Well it started out pretty quiet and ended up in loud whispers (If there is such thing!).
Once we arrived in Glasgow we headed straight to our hotel, The Alexander Thompson Hotel - we had a lovely quad room booked which felt a little like a school camp! We arrived quite late so it was an early night the first night. Then it was up early for Ness and I to check out the shops while the boys kept themselves busy just wandering round. Anybody who has been to Glasgow before will know it's not the most exciting place, so we headed for the train station early arvo and caught the train to Edinburgh.
On arrival in Edinburgh, we had a bit of a mission to get to our B & B - the Granville Guesthouse. It was about a 30 minute walk from the city, a quaint little guesthouse and another quad share room! After settling in and taking it easy for a while we headed in to the Royal Mile - one of the main streets of Edinburgh, found an awesome little restaurant and filled up. Had a bit of a wander around town then it was back to bed.
On Sunday we decided to start the day with Edinburgh Castle - god it is massive - we were there for about 4 hours! Andrew and Pete got the historical headsets and Ness and I just wandered - there is so much history in that place its amazing- we even saw the Crown Jewels there! And it has massive views of the whole of Edinburgh.
After the castle we got on the Hop-On Hop-Off bus and did a tour of the town - I just love that in such cold places they actually have topless doubledecker buses!! It is such a pretty little town, there is a nice park at the bottom of the Castle and its beautiful and green - it was good to get some not so polluted fresh air!
That evening Pete and I did the City Of The Dead tour - it basically starts at the Royal Mile and there is a tour guide dressed in a floor length leather coat and he does a good job of filling you in on the gory history of Edinburgh. Then the tour winds its way through the streets towards the Cemetary where it is rumoured that there is a Poltergeist. They do their best to scare the wits out of you by locking everyone in an old Crypt at dusk and telling ghost stories! Then it was off to a bar called Frankensteins!
Monday was spent back on the bus and looking around the shops before boarding the train from Edinburgh back to London Kings Cross. The scenery on the way back was well worth the train trip.
Ok, for anyone who doesn't know yet, Petes arm turned out to not be broken at all. He went back to the doctor as it was feeling better and they XRayed it again and discovered it was fine. Apparently they had put it in a cast as a precaution because it is quite hard to determine wether or not the bone is actually broken in your wrist. So he was back at work after a 2 week holiday at home!
Location: London, Fulham, UK
Well, we haven't written in a while so this is going to be a general overview of what we've been up to - are u ready for it??
We headed to the London Astoria with Hales and Glenn to check out Eagles Of Death Metal - if you haven't heard of them they are a bit of a piss take rock band and they are great. The venue wasn't that great but the lead singer really was the highlight - he wore the reflective aviator sunnies and continuously combed his hair and rocked out all night. If u ever get a chance to see them do it!
April 5 - An easter never to forget!
This day started out like any other - we all went to work and it was a nice warm day so we decided to all meet at the pub, The Elk after work. We had a few drinks there then Pete and I met up with some of his mates from work, all Rockingham boys. So we had a few more drinks and headed to Acton to the boys house and were on our way to the Redback in Acton - and this is where it gets a bit hazy! - Pete was mucking around with the guys and they were wrestling or something and Pete ended up on the ground and hurt his knee and his arm. Anyway at that point we decided the night was over and hopped on a bus and headed home.
When we got up on Friday - both a bit worse for wear Pete noticed that his knee was quite swollen and his arm was still sore, so he decided a visit to the doctor was in order.
Anyway - long story short - He got xrayed and his wrist is broken - to be exact the Scaphoid bone is the one he broke, but the knee was fine - just a little sore. So now he has a cast on his arm and he's off work for approx 6 weeks!
Pete's knee was feeling a little better so we headed out to go and watch 'The Boat Race'. Now, I had never heard of any boat race - but mention it in London and everyone knows what you're talking about. Its the annual Oxford vs Cambridge rowing race - happens every year 1 Oxford Rowing boat vs 1 Cambridge Rowing Boat Race from Putney Bridge to Chiswick Bridge, (ok stop yawning!) It sounds kind of boring, but we headed down to the riverfront in Hammersmith and joined the millions of other people down there and watched the exciting 2 minutes of 2 boats going past. I think it is more the atmosphere and drinking in public that people go there for! Caught up with my old mate Frog from Mandurah and had a few drinks, it was a great day weatherwise so was good to be outside enjoying it.
Saturday night we ventured out to a nightclub in London called Ministry Of Sound - yep, the same people that do the music compilation cds. It opens from 11pm to 7am and costs a whopping £20 to get in!! So we went there with Petes Rocko Mates cos it was one of their birthdays - all I have to say is it is an interesting place!
Still feeling a bit worse for wear from Saturday night we decided to make the mission to The Church - being Easter Sunday we thought we should go to Church! Well, for anyone that doesn't know The Church is a pub/event that is only open on a Sunday from 12-4pm. U have to queue up for a while to get in and then once in there it is a big concert venue, with a few bars. Drinks are given to you in a plastic bag in cans and you carry the bag around with you. They have a comedian warm up the crowd and then there is a couple of strippers that do routines on stage. Quite a lot of people dress up to go there, and on this occasion our mate Hamster was the easter bunny! Anyways its another interesting Aussie ritual over here! - check out their website to get a better idea - www.thechurch.co.uk
This past weekend was pretty quiet seeing as Pete is now unemployed due to the broken wrist, but we're back into the AFL season and headed back to the Slug pub in Fulham to watch the derbies - what a great result! GO THE EAGLES!! And the weather is finally getting warmer so summer is on it's way and its already daylight until about 8pm!
So thats what we've been up to, let us know what you've been up to!! Lots of luv to all, missing u all too!
Location: Biarritz, France
Well for those of you who have no idea where it is, Biarritz is located on the South West side of France. If you look to the map to the Right, it is just below Bordeaux near the Spanish border. We decided to go here after I made a boo boo on our original booking to Paris, so we had to go somewhere else - (long story - don't ask!)
Anyways, we flew out of Stansted airport on Friday morning, after a 75 min bus ride from central London. We flew Ryanair direct to Biarritz - 1 and a half hour flight. A quick Taxi ride and we were at our apartment in Biarritz, located 300 metres from the beach. And after not seeing the beach for 6 months that sight and smell was amazing!! And Pete nearly wet himself when he saw the surf!
So, the rest of the day was spent looking around and at the same time searching for a decent 2nd hand surfboard for Pete to buy. We walked miles but at about 6:30pm finally found a board! So with a smile on Petes face from ear to ear we then headed out in town for a meal. Now with French being the 1st language this was where we came into difficulty! We decided on a quaint little restaurant and sat down to study the menu. We were determined to try the french delicacy of snails - or escargot, and chose one other thing on the menu we had no idea what it was. Well the meals came out and the snails were really nice, but the other meal was 2 big pieces of animal bone hollowed out with some weird white stuff inside and a couple of pieces of bread to dip in it. It just tasted like animal fat and we later found out it was Bone marrow - mmm lovely! We then headed out to the local casino to throw away some money - pretty small cas and felt a bit like the high rollers section of a normal casino, but nice enough. It's off season so there wasn't much else going on in little Biarritz.
On Saturday, Pete got a few waves and we checked out the rest of Biarritz. It is an amazing little town, kind of French/Spanish Gold Coast only smaller. The Pyrenees are not too far away, so it rains a bit, but we were really lucky to get some good weather. On Sunday we got temps up to 25C so the white legs were out in Boardies, but it was amazing to get some sun for a day.
So it was such an amzing weekend enjoying the sea and sun, and on Sunday it was time to head back to dreary London. When we came in to land we passed through a lot of cloud and it was pouring down with rain when we landed. Then we had a lovely hour and a half bus ride back into London. And back to work Monday, but surprisingly we've actually had a little bit of sun this week, and the days are getting lighter earlier. Daylight savings starts at the end of the month so hopefully the summer weather wont be fare away!
Location: Fulham/Holborn, UK
NEWSFLASH - SNOW IN LONDON!!
Well just a quickie on the general life we're living in London. The wether in London so far this winter has been what they call 'mild' over here, which means average daily temps of about 8C - well to me thats cold. Anyways it's nothing compared to what we are starting to experience this week! We are having what I have repeatedly heard described as a 'cold snap', well thats what the weathermen call it. Well I don't care what they call it, I call it f***ing freezing!! So freezing in fact that I was woken this morning to Pete coming back in from outside to tell me that it snowed! Now I'm not just talking about a little bit of snow falling, I am talking about 3inches of ground cover! Apparently it actually snowed for 8hrs straight last night.
Now I don't really mind the snow, although I am a bit peeved that there was more snow from last night than the entire 1st week of our 'Snow holiday' in Austria!! Ah well, you gotta get over that fact, so the snow is exciting - everything looks pretty covered in white stuff and it's very festive. But then you have to deal with the Tube! Cos anything to do with the weather here affects the tube. For some reason their signals fail every time there is Rain, Snow, Sun, Leaves, Hail, sleet... you get my drift! Oh the fun of public transport in London! So while all u aussies are in Oz enjoying the beautiful summer we are dealing with having to wear 5 layers of clothing! Ah the joys!! And Pete is lucky enough to be working on a roof outside in this lovely weather!
Well thats my whinge and I've had it! Back to the fun, we had our first house party last Saturday night. Fun was had by all, we were all taught to play Beer Pong by the master Glazy, and that was pretty much the focus of the party. All in all we had a pretty good turnout and Shaun was back from his Contiki to enjoy it as well. The cleanup wasn't even that bad either and we didn't have any visits from the Cops, unlike the weekend before, but thats another story....
So the next big event will be Friday - Australia Day - should be good, we all have to work but then we're heading to a bar in Clapham thats broadcasting the Triple J Hottest100 countdown and serving aussie beers and food, can't wait!