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From JR - Thursday, 1st November 2007, 18:10 (GMT)
Hi Clare, sounds like you're having fun and your missing the asda jbp tomorrow, you must be so upset about that!! What is a "Secretary bird"?? Can you send me some pics please!!?? Take care, John x
Hi John! so sad to miss that Asda JBP... I did feel slightly incomplete on the 2nd Nov. perhaps thats what was wrong? I can only imagine what your brain is thinking of with the idea of a Secretary Bird! You, me a secretary bird? It must be Pimm's o'clock!
From Mum and Dad - Thursday, 1st November 2007, 18:49 (GMT)
Good to hear from you and reading this gives a flavour of it all. With all that wildlife you should have some good piccies. x x
Hello! look at the pics and beware for the next update... I nearly drowned and threw myself off a bridge twice! love you both xxx
From Chris - Sunday, 4th November 2007, 12:44 (GMT)
(Jealous, longing ''awwww' noises) - so I'm checking out your blog on a lazy Sunday - twenty to one and not yet dressed, just like our Hammersmith days - and thinking of you watching wildlife and east African sunsets (endless skies...), with fine port and fine company. You utter beeeeeetch :-) Love ya, can't wait for the next update! C xx
*big grins* see you tomorrow fellow traveller!
From Amy - Monday, 5th November 2007, 10:00 (GMT)
Hey hun, good to get an update- sounds absolutely awesome!! Can't wait to hit the road but so much still to do in what feels like a very short space of time now! D-day is 11th March (all signed and sealed). Work still haven't given an answer on career break but notice is going in tomorrow regardless. Whoohoo! Im free, I'm free!

Ames xx
Ames! wicked - cut loose and party like its Xmas. Oh, it is!
From Graham Northfield - Monday, 5th November 2007, 10:44 (GMT)
Hello Clare. Shocked to hear that you are actually on your travels already. I hope you're having a great time, although I'm sure it will be marred by knowing that you didn't say goodbye to me. Don't you know who I am!
Yes! got your I am leaving forever email just before I where are you? I thought goodbye would be too hard on both of us...... ;-)
From Sue Jay - Tuesday, 6th November 2007, 12:53 (GMT)
When will be you be in Delhi? I'll be there 1 March and then back around the 22nd after my travels round Acra, Jaipur, Jalsaimer etc.
Hi Sue! I'm actually in Delhi right now but going on to Mumbai tomorrow.... should be back North round that time... lets keep in touch I reckon we can swing a meeting here!
From Sylvia - Tuesday, 6th November 2007, 18:50 (GMT)
Hi Clare
Glad you are having such a great time. Will log in to see what you are up to next week. Brilliant communication tool this - excellent! Can't PROMISE to keep your mum an dad in check but I will TRY! Spoke to your mum today - she was her usual witty self - but I am getting over it! Love Sylvia
Thanks Sylvia! I spoke to Mum too in Botswana I was soon told off for buying too much stuff!! keep working on Mum for the NZ visit!
From Beth Walthew - Wednesday, 7th November 2007, 17:05 (GMT)
Sounds wicked!! Winter has finally arrived in Cambridge..effing freezing! Good news from here - Anna had her little girl, Beatrice. Nance says she's gorgeous!! Loads of love from the couple Walthew-heim. xx
I heard! how great! hope the next gig goes well hon and tell me when the new songs are up to listen to...xxxx
From Jess - Wednesday, 7th November 2007, 20:21 (GMT)
HI Love!
Been meaning to look on here for a while! Good to hear it's all brilliant-don't you just love the African continent? Missing youoooo!!
Jess xxx (and Joe-the-twin) xx
Hey you (and other favourite twin!) yes.... Africa Rocks! I thought of you in Zim, I think you would really love it... and I bungeed off the bloody Vic falls bridge!!!!!!!!!! update on the blog soon wth pics! xx
From Lee M - Thursday, 8th November 2007, 13:03 (GMT)
Just reading through the other messages you have true none of them have mentioned the freak summer weather we're having!!! Even brought my speedos to work! In all seriousness, it sounds like you're having an ok time, but obviously not as much fun as being here! Will email you soon with goss. Keep having fun.
God Lee, thats a mental image I'm not sure I needed... but through posting your message now everyone can share it with me! Give us the Goss I've heard me email me
From Emma Tustian - Friday, 9th November 2007, 16:49 (GMT)
Hey there Clare,
Hope it's all going swimmingly - sounds fantastic. Make the most of the lovely weather while we freeze and get (potentially) washed away back in Blighty. Things here are the same as usual, nothing interesting to report really.

See you
Thanks Em! yeah I heard the weather has gone a bit chilly over there... I'm annoyed actually, I had to put a jumper on the other day.... I didn't sign up for jumper weather!
From Lucy Squire - Sunday, 11th November 2007, 19:33 (GMT)
Hey you! see it is go go go with you as expected! Things are all good here. Just got back from Chris's 'tube' fancy dress party - outfits so hilarious - managed to get Chris quite messy! Keep the updates coming on the blog! x
Hey hey girl! yeah that party sounded fun... did you go as Cockfosters or Shepherds Bush?
From Alexandra Pallut - Thursday, 15th November 2007, 15:36 (GMT)
Great to read about your trip. Sounds like you are having a great time. All well here. Was just home in Colorado for 10 days. Going to San Diego for Thanksgiving weekend (next weekend(. Not as exciting as you but am happy to do some surfing!
Thanks honey! hope you had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed being back in Steamboat for a bit.... go get some gnarly waves dude xx
From Emily - Friday, 16th November 2007, 13:16 (GMT)
Hey Tilbury!
How's it going?
Sounds like you're having a fab time! Obviously things are just as exciting here at you can imagine! Bet you're missing sunny MX loads!

Take Care
Em x
yah darling, yah, the beaches here remind me greatly of VenueMX.... Cx
From Jo - Sunday, 25th November 2007, 23:13 (GMT)
Hi Clare-bear,

I hope you are thoroughly enjoying yourself in Africa and can't wait to see some photos! I have been keeping an eye on the blog and it sounds amazing. We are both very jealous!!

We have been busy with parties and DIY since you left, both Lucy's and Chris's parties went well. We had a poker night for Mike's 30th the other week which was quite low key but very good fun. Mum and Dad have been up quite a bit and will be joining us again this week - they have been a huge help with the DIY and with any luck by the time you return the house might even look normal!!

The wedding is booked for Saturday 9th May 2009 and we very much hope you will be able to attend. We have hired exclusivley for 24 hours an 18th century manor house complete with croquet lawn and putting green, so should be good fun.

Please post some pictures, it would be great to see some of the animals, scenery, and of course you! Oh and update this blog!!!

Love Jo xxxx

Wow! sounds brill... of course I promise to be there if there's Croquet! As long as Mike doesn't bloody win... he seems to be good at these sort of things!
From Lady companion - Thursday, 29th November 2007, 12:49 (GMT)
Your benefactor has agreed I'm to be paid in full before my departure so I will be pleased to accompany you around India. I have been advised my tasks are to include pretending to be your 'old friend from back home', being sycophantic at all given opportunities, paying you aggrandizing complements when in company of gentlemen suitors, upholding the untruth that you are a famous movie star , who's left the UK to go incognito and carrying your bags. (the latter I will do my best to achieve with the stooped back I have acquired from a lifetime of lackying - I have my stick.) Pleased to let me know the items you shall be requiring me to bring from the Motherland. Yours faithfully, Your Lady Companion (The contract entitles you to call me by whichever name most serves your ladyship's purposes. Perhaps something tawdry like Mildred might work?)
Mildred it is.... you wierdo!
From Toby - Tuesday, 11th December 2007, 15:48 (GMT)
What-ho Tilbers!

Stop pratting around and get back to Blighty to earn a proper living!
We have thunderstorms here too you know!!
Thanks for that useful comment you don't often find yourself peeing under a tree in them though do you? Do you realise I've now heard people other than you use the term Memsahib but in the right context?
From - Wednesday, 12th December 2007, 10:48 (GMT)
Hi Clare
Walking with lions - what next - there will be something else equally spectacular in a future blog - I don't doubt for a minute.
Glad you have having such a great time and have met lots of new friends.
Will keep checking to see what you are up to.
Just wondering how you will spend Christmas Day...?!
Love Sylvia
Thanks Sylvia!

Just arrived at my Xmas spot actually, a lovely place on the beach in Kerala... just have to find a cheap guest house for 10 days and I'm in business! Hope you are revving up for a fun xmas period too?
From Amy - Friday, 14th December 2007, 17:06 (GMT)
More news Clarey, more! Some of us have boring office jobs we need distracting from!!
not for long though! ha ha ha!
Will add photos from Vic Falls this week and try to get up to date with India too...
From Vic - Monday, 17th December 2007, 17:45 (GMT)
Hello gorgeous!

Well aren't you just having a dandy time of it.

Swimming with elephants - that's nuts! I can't believe how many amazing animals you are coming into close contact with - I thought Africa trips normally involved hours of waiting for something to never appear!

Needless to say I am missing you - but much rather you were out there doing what you are doing!


PS. Gerard says hello and hopes you are having a good time.
hello my dear boy! You know he prefers to be called Gerry but I'll try to let that one go!

Hope you and Matt have a lovely xmas and sorry I couldn't make your last show, it was right before I left and things were a bit manic!
From Jess - Saturday, 29th December 2007, 17:28 (GMT)
Hi lovely, great reading! Happy Christmas and New Year!! Now about to look at your you lots xxx
Thanks honey! Happy new year to you and my twin too... hope you had a lovely xmas and are enjoying the wintry weather ;-) xx
From Dan Stone - Sunday, 30th December 2007, 17:18 (GMT)
Hey Clare. How you doing? Souns like you're having a wonderful time!!

It's Dan Stone here and I'm flying into Cochin on 6th Jan for a few months travelling. Can't wait!! I think youre mum and my mum are hatching maternal plots and are quite keen that we meet up for our collective safety.

I'm planning to spend a little time chilling around Kerala / Cochin before slowly wending my way north, so if you're anywhere nearby and fancy seeing a friendly face (or a beer), let me know..

Hope I enjoy my trip as much as you are yours!

Hi Dan! good to hear from you... I agree we are the unwitting victims of a maternal plot! I'll drop you an email with my plans and we'll see if we can't raise a glass to 2008 soon..

Cheers! Clare
From Graham Northfield - Friday, 4th January 2008, 13:31 (GMT)
Happ New Year clare-bear! Hope you had a good festive season. I am enjoying the tales of your travels & to be honest I am slightly jealous - your photos look amazing. You went to a place called Cochin. Heh Heh...
Thanks Graham!
Not only have I been to Cochin, but there is a Blockbuter film here called Jism (think it means something else in Hindi) and an actress called Madhuri Dixit - they pronounce the x which a ksh noise..!
From Jane - Sunday, 6th January 2008, 07:38 (GMT)
Happy New Year to you wherever you are. No blog since 24 December, getting desperate now, want to know what you've seen and heard and done. Please please blog as often as you can, it's so interesting to us stuck at home in an English winter.
Jane xx
Sorry Jane! am on now so will write an update - though the computer is rubbish so no photos today I'm afraid... they will be on their way. Happy New Year to all at Pyewell Cx
From Alex Boy - Sunday, 6th January 2008, 16:47 (GMT)
Hey Clare,

Happy New Year love! Sounds like you're having a fab time (jealous, me? nooooo!!)

I look forward to seing you later this year at C+G's wedding if you are still planning to join us.

All the best,

Thanks hon, I knew you you wouldn't be VERY jealous! Happy New Year and see you in Sept! Cx