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    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 18th, 2009 10:11am (Jan 18th 2009)
     
    Well Trevor just left here , :auto:
    it's 9pm in Oz and what a great day we all had. The weather was perfect, Brian cooked us a lovely BBQ and we have seen 5,427 photos!!! :gasp:

    I now know what you look like CC. You look very friendly and welcoming and I could see a clock in the back ground and wondered if that is the haunted one?
    There is a really lovely pic of Trev with Red too!

    Once Trevor has sorted all the photos out he will post more pics of his holiday and also some from today........and I did get my very own Eiffel tower key ring!!!!!! photo to come, yippeeeeeee plus some other little treasures.

    It is wonderful to have Trevor back home again AND he is all caught up on his washing CC!!!!

    I ran out of sherry Ollie, so I had to drink champagne instead!!!:drinkparty:

    Better go and prepare myself for tomorrow it's going to be 35C.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJan 18th, 2009 2:13pm (Jan 18th 2009)
     
    Just send me an outsize barrel of that 35C please. One big enough to get in...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 18th, 2009 2:37pm (Jan 18th 2009)
     
    No, Julie; that's the forrin clock from Oxfordshire that will probably be sold now we've got the longcase! I don't think it's haunted, it just does what it likes. So do I, and I'm not haunted. As far as I know...:) Make sure he posts the blurry picture; he promised!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2009 4:21pm (Jan 19th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

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      CommentAuthorLuke
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2009 4:27pm (Jan 19th 2009)
     
    Wow, that's great. Did you get to keep the kangaroo?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2009 4:40pm (Jan 19th 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: LukeWow, that's great. Did you get to keep the kangaroo?

    Yep, they still got the kangaroo...could do with it here for Australian Night at the union ;)

    That's a brill article dad, and the photo is fantastic - Look at that Tilly posing; actually look at you all posing! :P
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      CommentAuthorLuke
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2009 4:42pm (Jan 19th 2009)
     
    ...even the kangaroo :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2009 4:42pm (Jan 19th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :D
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2009 5:17pm (Jan 19th 2009)
     
    Ooo, we've had a CELEB in our house! :D
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      CommentAuthorLuke
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2009 5:27pm (Jan 19th 2009)
     
    ah so he visited you too?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2009 5:29pm (Jan 19th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yes, and he visited me at Keele as well! He was very busy :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorLuke
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2009 5:33pm (Jan 19th 2009)
     
    wow!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2009 6:52pm (Jan 19th 2009)
     
    Great article, Neil thank you for posting it. It was really wonderful to see Trev over there getting to visit Hencam.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2009 7:52pm (Jan 19th 2009) edited
     
    Posted By: LynnWGreat article, Neil thank you for posting it. It was really wonderful to see Trev over there getting to visit Hencam.


    and the same from me too Neil. We were watching hencam when the interview took place so could hear almost every word, which was really weird and fascinating and fun. Modern technology is wonderful.

    Trevor went back to work yesterday wearing shorts!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2009 8:25pm (Jan 19th 2009)
     
    I hope Trev got a chance to rest up from his trip before he had to go back to work. Globe trotting can wear you out.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2009 8:36pm (Jan 19th 2009)
     
    Well he arrived in Oz Saturday morning 2am, he was home by 4am, had some sleep then up so he could catch up on household chores. He then had a party to attend that evening and the next day he was here from lunch time till 8.30pm. He left to visit other friends so not a lot of sleep. I have never travelled overseas but would probably need a week to get over the jet lag!
    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2009 10:45am (Jan 20th 2009)
     
    G'day. I think I am mostly settled back in to my time zone, so now it is time I catch up on some pics and posts that I have failed to deliver.
    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2009 10:46am (Jan 20th 2009)
     
    Here I am at the Queen's house
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    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2009 10:47am (Jan 20th 2009) edited
     
    Paris
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    This is the first I saw of any snow, on my last day in Paris. (Yes I call that snow !!)
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    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2009 10:49am (Jan 20th 2009)
     
    Amsterdam
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    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2009 10:52am (Jan 20th 2009)
     
    Berlin. Just looking at this pic makes me feel cold.
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    The Brandenburg Gate
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    Checkpoint Charlie
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    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2009 10:52am (Jan 20th 2009)
     
    Prague
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    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2009 10:53am (Jan 20th 2009)
     
    Rome
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    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2009 10:54am (Jan 20th 2009)
     
    In my tale of Trev I left you all as I went off to sleep, on location in a bedroom at Hencam HQ. A lot has happened since then, so here is roughly how it went. I slept well then arose to the news that media was to arrive. This experience was totally unexpected, and quite a buzz. I answered questions and posed for photos, which most of you have heard or seen. When they left I entered the coop and struggled to catch one of the elusive girls. Eventually Milly succumbed to my efforts and I was able to pick her up, delivering a hug requested by Red. It was amazing to be at the other end of the technological string that ties my computer at home to the coop. The most striking thing I noticed was that everything on camera is smaller in real life, but this matter does not subtract from the greatness of Hencam or the achievement of its success.
    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2009 10:56am (Jan 20th 2009)
     
    After appearing on the feathery stage that is Hencam, Neil took me for a drive. First we went to his place of employment to pick up the new 3D camera, then I was taken for a tour of the beautiful countryside. The narrow laneways and foggy hilltops really set the scene, and provided me with a real life view of Hencams surrounding area. The buildings and roadways are very different to what we have in Australia, so I enjoyed every mile and the video camera was running hot. When we returned, it was time to play with the new 3D camera… the results already seen by most I assume. Throughout the afternoon Neil and Red were in correspondence re my impending arrival at Keele that evening. Kindly Red looked around for some accommodation for me, and with Neil’s help too got booked into a fine room not far from Red.

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    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2009 10:59am (Jan 20th 2009)
     
    The issue here was my lack of detailed maps, and incorrect country maps on my mobile phone GPS. Neil solved this by installing some UK maps onto my phone, but by the time I was to leave Hencam the battery was getting low. All I could do was delay my departure to charge the phone, and miss out on having an English pub meal with Red. Once satisfied that my battery would go the distance, I entered my destination, drove away from Hencam, and obeyed an electronic voice command to “turn right”. Having this map, made negotiating England’s twisting lanes and many freeways very easy… until my phone gave a warning that the battery was low ! As I exited freeway travel, I suspected I was nearing my target, but I knew many twists and turns remained. Finally I observed a sign referring to Keele University, 3 miles. It became a race against the clock, and against a battery insistent on flattening. Suddenly I turned a corner and heard the electronic notification “you have reached your destination”. You do not realize how ecstatic I was. I could not see my place of residence, but a short walk led me to The Crewe Arms Hotel.

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    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2009 11:00am (Jan 20th 2009)
     
    A refreshing shower, a phone call to Red, and a short taxi ride led me to the Sneyd pub, where I met the other lovely person responsible for Hencam’s wellbeing. Red took me inside to meet her fellow drunkards (sorry… uni friends) who were welcoming and friendly. The pub was very nice, and after a couple of drinks we went to Keele Uni to drink some more. Debates on the correct pronunciation of words (i.e. English VS Australian) were amusing for all. “Bus” being one of my favorites that gave me a chuckle. Sitting in the hallway I ordered a pizza and drank some offered alcoholic beverage (thankyou) until the hours got away from us, and complaints about noise started. It was wonderful of Red to allow me to get a glimpse of her life and friends at Uni, I wish them all well with their studies. A taxi returned me to my place of shelter for the night, and I had a good night sleep.

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    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2009 11:02am (Jan 20th 2009)
     
    The next morning I scraped the ice off my hire car and set off in the direction of a petrol station. The directions were given to me by hotel staff, and I figured I could save some battery life in my GPS by doing this bit the old fashioned way. 2 miles down the road I immediately missed a turn… in fact the road I was told to take did not exist (well…I didn’t see it). I continued on until I saw some signs, then consulted a map to determine whether to go East or West. I ended up in another town so I found some petrol, then set the GPS for an address in Normanton where my travel companion had stayed 2 nights at his friend’s house. A little later (2 hours I think) I successfully landed on the correct doorstep, without the drama of trying to beat a flattening battery. While here I consulted my friend on the final leg of our journey. He agreed that we should stay near to Heathrow airport, as we had an early start the next day. I tried to ring CC as her town fitted our needs, and we would probably be able to meet. As there was no answer on the phone, we commenced the journey regardless, hoping I could make contact later.
    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2009 11:05am (Jan 20th 2009)
     
    After arriving without incident in Marlow, we began a search for a hotel. Driving around I noticed a very nice little town, but with too many tiny round a bouts, lol. One hotel was full, but suggested another and provided directions to it. We went there and were amazed at its magnificence, it was a Crowne Plaza, the same as we spent 1 night in when in Ningbo China. Now I was able to contact CC, so following her directions I parked the car and walked up a street, found a house, walked down a lane beside it, followed the pitch blackness toward a porch light, squinted at a sign on the gate, then satisfied I was at the correct location, ventured in. CC and Eric were very hospitable, offering me warmth by the log fire and a whisky mac (which I used to warm my insides). They are lovely friendly people, living in a home adorned with tasteful ornaments, clocks, hanging things, trinkets, treasures, and signs. This is continued through to the rear yard, and one could spend days taking it all in. 2 cats basked by the fire, energizing when the laser pointer came out, or when food was offered. Before I knew it the grandfather clock chimed 8pm, but the clock showed midnight on its face, (spooky !!). I took a blurry picture of CC, left with a hug, found my car, and went back to the hotel for my final sleep in another country. Thank you very much CC for welcoming me into your home.

    Here is a blurry CC..
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    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2009 11:14am (Jan 20th 2009)
     
    The final challenge came the next morning when arriving at the airport. I knew I needed terminal 4, so that is where I went. The problem was, I had a hire car I needed to dispose of. The only signs that indicated hire car drop off, were for terminals 1,2 and 3. For those unfamiliar with Heathrow airport, terminal 4 and 5 are a distance from 1,2 and 3. So I drove in circles for over half an hour, and became concerned about checking in on time. Eventually I decided to dump the car at 1,2,3 and get a taxi to 4 if need be. At last I found a strip of hire car companies... and the one I required at the very end. Once out of the car I discovered that they provide shuttle buses to all terminals. I made it in time and boarded. Then sat on the plane for 2 hours because the cargo doors would not close. We were offloaded, given food vouchers... which got me 2 pints and a bag of chips... then boarded onto another "working" aircraft, 5 hours behind schedule.
    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2009 11:30am (Jan 20th 2009)
     
    It was a long flight home to Australia, 22 hours with an hour stop over in Hong Kong. The next day I went to mum and dad's for a barbecue, and to catch up.
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    Here is the Eiffel Tower mum was waiting for
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    Me and my car reunited
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2009 11:51am (Jan 20th 2009)
     
    Trev, I think the photo of CC is called "soft focus" not blurry! Good to see her at last and wearing her favourite colour. Is that LSE in the background?

    I did notice on your previous pictures that your pose was very similar - are you sure you didn't photoshop yourself into them?!!

    Its been so great reading your blog - I hope you had a lovely time touring Europe.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2009 12:09pm (Jan 20th 2009) edited
     
    We could start a competition called Where's Wally...eerr I mean where's Trev? and the prize could be...........Trevor's beanie!:icon_ninja:

    Kateb and CC I am a purple girl too, it's my favourite colour to wear, usually.

    I think Trevor has done a wonderful job putting this all together for everyone, I say that honestly, not just because he is my son, well done Trev.:clap:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2009 12:12pm (Jan 20th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Amazing!! So you went from freezing cold UK to shorts and t-shirt and cold beer and BBQ in under a day...

    Thanks for the excellent write up, v. interesting and great pics too - love the Eiffel tower keyring :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2009 12:19pm (Jan 20th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Brilliant posts Trev and all the pics are amazing - oh dear, us in the slightly disgusting university kitchen! :)
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2009 1:08pm (Jan 20th 2009)
     
    That is a fantastic account Trev.
    I lived it all the way wth you.

    Thank you for taking the time to write it all down.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2009 2:40pm (Jan 20th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The T&A now have a video of us looking like pillocks! You can watch it here!

    The story is also in the print edition of the Telegraph and Argus (Tuesday, January 20) - Trev pm me your address and I'll get a copy in the post for you and your mum! :)
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2009 4:05pm (Jan 20th 2009) edited
     
    Wow Trev. Thanks a lot for filling us all in on your journeys. It was great! I especially liked the write up on Prague. And the pics are awesome too! :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2009 4:48pm (Jan 20th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Just laughed at you in that vid in another thread dad ;)

    Meant to say trev, the weather in Australia looks a little different to how it is here!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2009 4:58pm (Jan 20th 2009)
     
    No Kate, blurry is the word. Well, he HAD had his first ever whisky mac!
    Excellent job, Trev! :D
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2009 7:21pm (Jan 20th 2009)
     
    Trev, thank you for the pictures and the update on your trip. I enjoyed your trip immensely. I loved all the pictures and especial the ones with you, Red, Neil, CC and your Mom & Dad, in them. :thanks:
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2009 8:38pm (Jan 20th 2009)
     
    Wow I liked your adventure a lot and I wish I could do the same one day hehe and oo I has the exact same keyring of the eiffel tower as you heeeehheeeee did you buy it from the diddy shop right under the eiffel tower ?? =D
    • CommentAuthorluvhens
    • CommentTimeJan 21st, 2009 8:17pm (Jan 21st 2009)
     
    Hi Trevor. I just watched your video and loved it. I can't believe Tilly allowed you to hold her, or was that Penny? Loved hearing about your travels and was very jealous.
    • CommentAuthorluvhens
    • CommentTimeJan 21st, 2009 8:45pm (Jan 21st 2009)
     
    PS. I loved all the photo's too.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 21st, 2009 9:30pm (Jan 21st 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yes that was Tily, luvhens...Penny wouldn't have let anybody hold her, not for a decent length of time anyway :P
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd, 2009 1:26am (Jan 22nd 2009)
     
    Cool pics, Trev! And the write up was great too!
    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd, 2009 7:54am (Jan 22nd 2009)
     
    I finally caught up on all the posts... well in this thread anyway. Thankyou everyone for all the kind comments along the way, your support is appreciated. I am settled back into daily life now, back to wishing I was on holiday, lol.

    I'm not sure if this got answered completely, but yes a "tinny" is a can, specifically a can of beer. Here is an example of it's use..

    "chuck us another tinny" which means...

    "Excuse me, while you are near the refrigerator could you please get me a can of beer, and bring it to me because I am too lazy to get out of my chair"

    and another.. "do ya wanna tinny" which means...

    "seeing that you got me my last can of beer, and I am returning from the mens room, passing the refrigerator, I am asking if you would like me to bring you a can of beer this time so that you can stay comfortable, and refrain from calling me lazy if I don't"
    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd, 2009 8:00am (Jan 22nd 2009)
     
    Wazza... yeah sorry I didn't plan everything out too well, as it would have been great to see you as well... and everyone for that matter. Those last 3 days in the UK were sort of planned as I went, which actually added some elements of danger, surprise, and excitement.

    Lynn... thank you for the welcome home card, as always a job well done.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd, 2009 8:00am (Jan 22nd 2009)
     
    :rollonfloorlaughing:
    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd, 2009 8:03am (Jan 22nd 2009)
     
    If anyone was not watching hencam while I was in the coop, I had a friend record it. I need to cut out the relevant footage and then work out how to show you. I'm not sure I will put it on utube, so maybe I can send it to Neil for adding to this site... ???
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd, 2009 8:10am (Jan 22nd 2009)
     
    I 'd love to see it, Trev..I missed seeing you in the coop..I did get to see the footage from T&A though.
    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd, 2009 8:13am (Jan 22nd 2009)
     
    No worries, I will work something out Lynn.

    I notice that mum has posted on this thread more than I have, lol.... thanks mum for keeping everyone informed while I could not post.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd, 2009 12:42pm (Jan 22nd 2009)
     
    Julie did a brilliant job keeping us informed of your whereabouts...she should be in MI5 trailing spies! :D
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd, 2009 5:47pm (Jan 22nd 2009)
     
    Haven't had time to read everything yet - but I'm looking forward to doing so. :D

    Just had to say that Trev has achieved a monumental feat: Capturing a picture of CC. Excellent job! :heart:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd, 2009 8:04pm (Jan 22nd 2009)
     
    He got me drunk...:drinkparty:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd, 2009 11:51pm (Jan 22nd 2009)
     
    Amazing what you'll do for a glass of cider!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd, 2009 5:41pm (Jan 23rd 2009)
     
    O dear...you heard, then...:blush:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd, 2009 11:28pm (Jan 23rd 2009)
     
    Oh yes, legendary you are!
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeJan 27th, 2009 8:54am (Jan 27th 2009)
     

    no longer a member

    ooooooooooh CC actually appears in a Photo... Trev must have blackmailed her or paid her in lots of Chocks.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 27th, 2009 5:32pm (Jan 27th 2009)
     
    Nope, he got me DRUNK!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJan 27th, 2009 5:53pm (Jan 27th 2009)
     
    I'm surprised you hadn't thought of that approach, Wazza...
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 28th, 2009 4:47am (Jan 28th 2009)
     
    Posted By: wazzaooooooooooh CC actually appears in a Photo... Trev must have blackmailed her or paid her in lots of Chocks.

    Now wazza should that be Chocks or chooks???? he he!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 28th, 2009 4:50pm (Jan 28th 2009)
     
    Either...I'm not fussy!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJan 28th, 2009 5:41pm (Jan 28th 2009)
     
    Just not chocolate chickens - that would be cannibalism. Well. Kinda. I mean. I'm not saying CC IS a chicken. Its just - I can't eat chocolate bunnies without feeling queasy. And since Hencam - no chock chicks either...
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 28th, 2009 8:04pm (Jan 28th 2009)
     
    so chock eggs is ok and chock blocks is ok and chock chocks is ok but no chockky animals!?!?.
    :bunny_cute::_pecking::cat::squirrel::rat::running_dog:

    Our shops have gone crazy, we have had Easter things available for a couple of weeks already. I guess it's the same everywhere?

    Now getting back on topic, ummm Trevor travelled to work yesterday, it was 43 degrees and they were given regular breaks and cool drinks. My husband travelled to work and they don't have air con so it was like an oven, I travelled to the coffee shop before it got too hot, my grand daughter is travelling 15 minutes to come for a sleep over tonight, the cooooool change is travelling towards us and will hit around Sunday at 4pm. I am now going to travel to the kitchen.:_out:
    • CommentAuthorluvhens
    • CommentTimeJan 28th, 2009 8:49pm (Jan 28th 2009)
     
    Julie, you poor thing. Please stay cool, heat can be deadly as you well know.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 28th, 2009 8:54pm (Jan 28th 2009)
     
    Posted By: luvhensJulie, you poor thing. Please stay cool, heat can be deadly as you well know.


    At present the house is open to catch some cooler air but shortly I will close everything up, shut the curtains in some areas and put on an air con to prepare. It is hard to imagine some of you in the freezing cold and maybe even snow. We dont get temps like this every summer usually stays in 30's, this summer is late but a scorcher.
    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2009 7:57am (Jan 29th 2009)
     
    Hi Wazza, hope your trip to Amsterdam was nice. Yeah sorry I had short notice of my plans to visit CC, I would have loved to meet you too.... although I'm surprised you didn't see me tearing around the UK in my little Fiat Punto, and initialize the road spikes !!

    Yes everyone, like my mum has said... it is quite warm here at the moment. It is great !! It beats walking around in the snow, that stuff is unnatural, lol.
    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2009 8:09am (Jan 29th 2009)
     
    Trev's Travel Tips :

    Always take someone with you that knows what time the planes leave, and where you are staying... even if it is you.

    Do not sit in the emergency seating on long flights... although the legroom is great, sleeping is a problem when everyone else trips over your legs while stretching theirs.

    Check if it is winter or summer at your destination.

    Do not attempt to drive solo around a foreign country without an appropriate GPS.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2009 3:54pm (Jan 29th 2009)
     
    CC's Travel Tips:
    Don't.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2009 8:50pm (Jan 29th 2009)
     
    Some Aussie friends on another group are having a hard time keeping their rats cool, and say that people are dying (literally) from the heat down there.

    Its about time you shared some of that sun with your pommie mates.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2009 10:25pm (Jan 29th 2009)
     
    Except me. Thanks but no thanks, Trev! :) (You ought to emigrate down here, Kate; we've had lovely sunshine all day here!)
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 30th, 2009 4:22am (Jan 30th 2009)
     
    Posted By: chief chickenCC's Travel Tips:
    Don't.

    Ha ha ha that's very funny CC.:mdr:
    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeJan 30th, 2009 11:06am (Jan 30th 2009)
     
    Trev's Travel Tips :

    DO NOT buy an umbrella off a man in the street, no matter how many times you are offered by numerous men.... IT IS NOT REALLY RAINING. (and then later when the sun comes out, and they swap to selling scarves, make sure you say "no no, I am looking for an umbrella").

    When in Rome... don't trip over all the rubble.

    Do not automatically expect that attractions in Paris will provide fireworks on new years eve... It's not as if they are famous landmarks or anything...

    If you are Traveling anywhere within the Northern hemisphere... ensure a Hencam visit is on the agenda.

    Always be prepared for spontaneous media interviews.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 30th, 2009 11:39pm (Jan 30th 2009)
     
    Posted By: chief chickenExcept me. Thanks but no thanks, Trev!<img src=" ismap="false" hspace="0" loop="1" src="http://www.hencam.co.uk/images/smileys/icon_smile.gif" width="15" vspace="0" />(You ought to emigrate down here, Kate; we've had lovely sunshine all day here!)


    Yes but there's no bloomin' warmth in it!! I'm fed up of being cold! :( :snow:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 31st, 2009 5:10pm (Jan 31st 2009) edited
     
    Ain't you got no thermals, woman?! :)
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st, 2009 2:51am (Feb 1st 2009)
     
    Thermals is 'portant 'cos I even sent Trevor off with long Johns and short Johns and woolly knickers and vest and a wool lined beanie and lambswool earmuffs (poor cold lambs!) and a nose warmer and arctic proof sox and gloves and a heater for his wallet so the notes and coins didn't freeze together!!!

    I once went camping and it was so cold that I wore my boots to bed.

    I once went camping and we stayed in huts that weren't designed for winter and you could feel the cold creeping into your bones so much that it actually hurt.

    Australian homes are not usually designed for extreme cold, no double glazing etc, more open and airy for summer living.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st, 2009 4:32pm (Feb 1st 2009)
     
    Posted By: chief chickenAin't you got no thermals, woman?!<img src=" ismap="false" hspace="0" loop="1" src="http://www.hencam.co.uk/images/smileys/icon_smile.gif" width="15" vspace="0" />


    Not proper ones no. I wear lots of layers but am always cold. Even in summer I've been seen in jumpers and jeans when the rest of the population are in t-shirt and shorts. My nan would say its cuz there's no fat on me bones!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st, 2009 4:48pm (Feb 1st 2009)
     
    Quite. EAT A PIE, as they'd shout round here. But not to me...;)
    Julie, he was wearing his hat and gloves when he came here, you'll be pleased to learn. Nothing else, just his hat & gloves...:rolling:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st, 2009 5:37pm (Feb 1st 2009)
     
    Kateb said "My nan would say its cuz there's no fat on me bones! "

    Don't believe it. I have been thin and fat, yet always felt the cold more than most in either condition...
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2009 1:36am (Feb 2nd 2009)
     
    CC said: Julie, he was wearing his hat and gloves when he came here, you'll be pleased to learn. Nothing else, just his hat & gloves...

    ha ha ha I'm so glad because they are the most important anyway!!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2009 9:01am (Feb 2nd 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I thought that was the national costume?

    Posted By: chief chickenJulie, he was wearing his hat and gloves when he came here, you'll be pleased to learn. Nothing else, just his hat & gloves...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2009 12:52pm (Feb 2nd 2009)
     
    :rolling:
    No, Neil, I think that's speedoes with a hat with corks round it...:) I nearly didn't let him in because he wasn't wearing 'The Uniform'...
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2009 1:47am (Feb 3rd 2009)
     
    FOFL. Poor Trev, his reputation is ruined...

    I'm reading all this about heat, while my hands are so cold I can barely type. *Brrrrrr*
    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2009 6:42am (Feb 3rd 2009)
     
    Oh very good.... but the thing is, I do not own any gloves, lol. Maybe it was the squirrels I was holding in each hand, to keep them warm. (to warm my hands, not the squirrels).
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2009 6:59am (Feb 3rd 2009)
     
    Posted By: DianeonWhidbeyFOFL. Poor Trev, his reputation is ruined...

    I'm reading all this about heat, while my hands are so cold I can barely type. *Brrrrrr*


    Do like Trev does, Diane..hold squirrels to keep your hands warm.:squirrel: :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2009 7:02am (Feb 3rd 2009)
     
    Posted By: LynnW
    Posted By: DianeonWhidbeyFOFL. Poor Trev, his reputation is ruined...

    I'm reading all this about heat, while my hands are so cold I can barely type. *Brrrrrr*


    Do like Trev does, Diane..hold squirrels to keep your hands warm.:squirrel:":bigsmile:


    ..but watch out for the RP! :rofl:
    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2009 7:19am (Feb 3rd 2009) edited
     
    LOL. That is why I left them outside when visiting CC.

    Here is a pic I found among my holiday snaps. When in Rome....
    Photobucket
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2009 10:20am (Feb 3rd 2009) edited
     
    :_photos: What amazing pictures we have on here!

    I think that pics are now taken with a lot more spontaneity than we used to when one photo was quite expensive to produce, so great are was taken to compose the frame.

    I can well remember as a little girl, my Dad taking my photo using a phosphorus flash gun and a big wooden camera and the negative glass in a big chunky frame that slides in and out.
    I still have that camera.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2009 5:23pm (Feb 3rd 2009)
     
    Posted By: hqtrevOh very good.... but the thing is, I do not own any gloves, lol. Maybe it was the squirrels I was holding in each hand, to keep them warm. (to warm my hands, not the squirrels).
    When(whilst)wearing nothing but a hat, one might reconsider using live squirrels as hand warmers...
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2009 5:24pm (Feb 3rd 2009)
     
    LOL - Lynn, I thought "RP" meant Royal Pronunciation. *Momentarily confused.*
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      CommentAuthorVictoria
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2009 8:00pm (Feb 10th 2009)
     
    When I first read the name hqtrev I read it as hgtrev. Which seems to be pronounced 'hugtrev'. Which is just weird when I don't know him.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2009 8:13pm (Feb 10th 2009)
     
    Perhaps it's a subconscious cry for help on Trev's part? Or perhaps you're an enormously friendly touchy-feely person, Victoria? :D
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      CommentAuthorVictoria
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2009 8:19pm (Feb 10th 2009)
     
    I KNEW admitting that would make me seem really odd and creepy!
    I often read things, subconsciously form alternative pronunciations for them and then find myself thinking the wrong thing whenever I read them again. It's like when my Dad reads 'city' and thinks 'kitty' and his mind goes off on a cat tangent because he thought it was pronounced kitty when he was small.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2009 8:21pm (Feb 10th 2009)
     
    When I were a brat, Kellog's ran a 'Spot the mistake in the picture' on the back of a cornflakes packet. One of them was 'Par Cark'. Ever since then I've kept saying it! :\
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      CommentAuthorVictoria
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2009 8:24pm (Feb 10th 2009)
     
    I think of Pork Chops as Chalk Pops because it was in a book where someone's day was all back to front. They read a Mat Ban comic at one point in the story. Never again will I think Batman...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2009 8:27pm (Feb 10th 2009)
     
    There was the programme 'Playaway' where Brian Cant read a story about the Wugly Old Itch...that's lodged in my brain'ole too...
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      CommentAuthorVictoria
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2009 8:27pm (Feb 10th 2009)
     
    Oh, brilliant!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2009 10:15pm (Feb 10th 2009)
     
    What a great discussion - I couldn't think of anything to add though! :(
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th, 2009 6:26am (Feb 13th 2009)
     
    LOL - Kate, that's what I was thinking. :D :D