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    Talking My Trip to Sunny England!

    I'm finally getting around to posting my pics. I had quite a lot to do when I got back, but now there are no excuses. I landed in London on April 14 and my inlaws and hubby's uncle arrived on the 19th. They left on May 1st and I left on the 2nd.


    Hubby treated them to a trip there as a gift, as they would never really have the chance to do something like that again. They loved it and we all had a great time.


    OK, so now with the pics. I'll do them in chronological order and subtitle them with the dates.

    Saturday, April 16th


    We went ot see Man U vs Man City at Wembley. Any of you fans know who won this match.


    Arriving at Wembley Stadium
















    20, 000 empty seats....





    The nearby Premier Inn had a beer garden








    I got some fans to pose








    Then hubby got me to pose





    Then I got him to pose - such posers





    Neither of us know what this flag is





    Loads of cops were there, on foot and on horseback





    A nice sign





    Still loads of empty seats about an hour before start time








    Killing time reading The Daily Mail





    Man City players coming out on to the field listening to booing







    All my shots of the Man U players turned out blurry, so I won't post them.


    Another few flags we don't know














    The winners greeting their fans






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    Quote Originally Posted by natalie8
    Any of you fans know who won this match.
    City.

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    You're right. the score was 1-0. Very dissapointing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by natalie8
    Neither of us know what this flag is
    Thats the Scottish Man U supporters most Man U supporters don't come from Manchester its the City fans that support there local team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by natalie8 View Post
    Neither of us know what this flag is





    Stranraer Man U Supporters club?

    Maybe the lonely rangers supporter hitched a lift down with them after getting the ferry across from Larne.

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    Sunday April 17th

    Thanks, DaveBoy.

    On Sunday we met up with my stepaunt and stepuncle (my stepfather's brother and SIL) for a nice lunch at The Mermaid's Tail in Liecester Square. They have a 2-for-1 special on main courses every day.

    Appetizers



    Mains





    My stepaunt is half Swiss and half English and we noticed this sign with all of the Swiss cantons





    The story behind it




    Some Easter humour



    After our huge lunch we went to see my stepaunt's 96 year old aunt in Hammersmith.






    A nice church with homeless people sleeping on its grounds. The weather was really nice, but is this a common thing to see? What about when the weather is cold or rainy?








    Hammersmith Bridge













    None of us could figure out what this is



    This building used to house the Harrods warehouses. Now it has been converted to high end condos.





    The cherry trees were in full bloom







    The name on this plaque belongs to a great-great uncle of my stepaunt's.








    Aunty Jean's door






    Aunty Jean's garden













    I learned on this day that there are parakeets that fly around freely in London. Apparently people had them as pets, then gave them up. I tried a few times to get shots of this one and I was successful even though I wasn't sure. Can you see the parakeet? Good thing he made a lot of noise so I could find him.









    Her next door neighbour has a banana tree



    and a very friendly cat




    This is the one and only Aunty Jean. At 96, she still has her daily gin and tonic




    A funky tree




    We passed this pub on our way back to the underground







    That's it for tonight. I'll post more tomorrow. Enjoy.
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    Nice thread, Natalie.


    Good to see you met-up with Begbie over there too.


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    Thanks, Noodles. I did meet Begbie and we had a couple of small beers.

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    I love Aunty Jean's old Grandfather clock too. My old nan used to have one that was very similar to that. It really brings back some great memories.

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    I love it too. It's right at the entrance and it's the first thing you see when you walk into her house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by natalie8
    None of us could figure out what this is
    They are doing exploratory work on the riverbed for a four-mile sewer. Tunnel to save Thames takes first step - News releases - Thames Water

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    Quote Originally Posted by natalie8
    Neither of us know what this flag is
    Thats the Stranraer branch supporters club and I think you will find thats the 3 people who live there. It is one empty depressing place , so I guess it gives em something to look forward to each week .

    I used to go there to get my lorry on the boat to Larne
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    Some good pics in there. Brings back memories of my time in the British isles.

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    Thanks, EN. I'll read up on that later today.

    Thanks for the comments n&j and backinpd.

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    If your travelling around to the east coast Nat give me a PM , come on down its lovely here in Frinton and Jan will knock you up some Thai grub + while she,s doing that you can run this old boy through the intricacies of posting pics on here as there are lots I wanna post ,, also be good for when we do our house build in Thai cheers

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    Thanks for the offer Nigel, but I'm back in Dubai now. I'm always looking for an excuse to go back though. If I do, it would be around August.

    I'm uploading more pics to my Photobucket account right now, but Flash Player is giving me some troubles. :-(

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    Wow lucky you ! well you will both be more than welcome in August if you get over PM me before you come along , we will be here then . We are only 15 mins walk from a beautifull beach and 15 mins walk the other way into a small town . We are quite self sufficent as I grow most of our veg and baking Jan supplies all the Thai grub . Enjoy Dubai sorry cant help with flash player ,, only can suggest deleting + reloading the latest version

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    Thanks so much Nigel. I might just ber able to go there in August since Ramadan falls in the second week of August this year. I like the fact that you grow your own veggies and that you have a nice Thai chef at home. ;-)

    I've downloaded Firefox and things seem to be OK now. I'll upload another day now.

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    Wednesday April 20th

    My MIL did most of the cooking, which meant great Thai food. My husband went out to Sainsbury's in the morning with his father and uncle and they stocked up. They picked up loads of great stuff including gorgeous Scotttish salmon. Sooooo, my MIL used it for breakfast - in gaeng som! What a way to ruin some beautiful salmon. When she said that she was making gaeng som, I asked her to leave some salmon aside adn I would cook it on its own.



    A bit of vino with brekkie.



    Stratford Station



    They brought in this engine that week



    We took the tube to Canary Wharf and went to Canada Square



    Loads of people enjoying lunch outside. It was 25 degrees and sunny for almost a week.







    I noticed this long queue at a tiny little place. Curious, I had to see



    Yum!!!



    There was a Ducati display there



    Green Park, St. James Park & Buckingham Palace







    What kind of tree is this? I was thinking chestnut, but I'm not sure.





    Nice deck chairs for rent



    A bit pricey, but OK once in awhile on a nice day



    A clue that we're nearing Buckingham Palace



    Decorations for the royal wedding











    We looked out on to the water and saw that this duck had built a nest right in the water. A floating house.















    This tree had some support

















    Poser shot











    When I saw that there were tons of coins in the fountain, I explained to mu hubby about throwing a penny in and making a wish. I did two.





    So many flowers







    There were lots of fat squirrels in the park









    We stopped for a late lunch at All Bar One near Waterloo Station





    and took a double decker bus home



    The Strand



    The Tower of London. I didn't realize I had the flash on







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    Nice start to what is going to be another good thread Natalie.

    Glad to see you 'out and about' so to speak.

    I'll be sending you a green if the system allows.



    Quote Originally Posted by nigelandjan View Post


    I used to go there to get my lorry on the boat to Larne
    Hi Nigel, did you know the lads from McBurney's fleet or their oppos from Connolly's?

    I know McBurney wagons are still going strong, but the drivers I knew will all be retired now.
    All the women take their blouses off
    And the men all dance on the polka dots
    It's closing time !

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    Lovely stuff!

    Hammersmith Bridge - the IRA's favourite!

    Heading south from the Bridge along Castelnau, go over Barnes Common and you are at the part of town I was born and raised in.

    SW London - its finest.

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    Thanks, mathos for your kind comments.

    caller, I learned about the IRA's 'love' for that bridge as we were crossing it. :-0 You were born and raised in a lovely area. I also learned that there's a conservation area righ behind the area where Aunty Jean is. I don't know if that's the right word, but it's a protected area.

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    I have to go out this morning, but I have two more folders ready to post late this afternoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathos
    Hi Nigel, did you know the lads from McBurney's fleet or their oppos from Connolly's?
    Hi Mathos no didnt know any of them but ,just did my best to avoid them as the rolled their lorries on that poxy bend the other side of Annan on the old road lol ,, brings back memories you mentioning that ,, allways remember them doing a naughty on the red diesel pump at Penrith BP " er your fridge motor seems to have an extrememly large tank sir ! " lol the good ol days . While were up that way I did know old John on Bowkers of Blackburn bless him a lovely old boy used to polish up his old Mk 1 Atkinson Borderer even the brass taps on the 3 airlines on the back of the unit , lived on a canal barge when he was home.

    Sorry Nat loving your pics ,,,,,, I am originally from just south of the Thames so its like opening up an old photo album of home for me . Some of the best days of my life many happy memories . Took my Jan on the London eye and National Gallery and along the South bank it was day over ,, its knackering walking round doing nothing ! She keeps on at me to go back + we will but its time as we love to go motorbike racing and have to work every other weekend .

    If you get chance next time you go ,, try and find the OLD Guys hospital which is now a museum ,, all I can tell you is its down a side street on a low level by London bridge and its not easy to spot , looks like a little barbers sign on a wall go in a tiny door then up a spiral staircase ,,,,,,,,,, it will scare the hell out of you as you enter the old operating theatre and you see all the old equipment + the alcohol used to perform amputations ! the dental equip leaves a lot to be desired to !

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigelandjan
    the dental equip leaves a lot to be desired to !
    That expalins a lot!

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