Trip Start Dec 26, 2005
Trip End Jan 25, 2009

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

My new email address is I've ditched hotmail, but will keep the old address to assist in the transition. Hotmail is pathetic - should of ditched it ages ago.

I've received my new passport... don't know whether to celebrate or commisurate.

I'm so glad I've had the opportunity to visit Cambridge for it was absolutely beautiful. Can highly recommend it to other tourists coming to England. Being spring here makes it even more spectacular. If only I had of had the opportunity to do an international student exchange to Cambridge instead of University of Missouri-Columbia back in 1995! I have since found out that many foreign students do PHDs here... so there is still hope... can just imagine the competition though, and the expense:) Our guide said it costs about 3000 a semester plus the cost of housing. I did a two hour structured walking tour around Cambridge which was sufficient... the Cham River is beautiful and gives the students a wonderful place to relax and catch up with their mates. What an unreal location to study!

I spent most of today travelling (4 hours return coach trip from Victoria Station to Cambridge). I spent 5 hours in Cambridge - it was long enough given the rain. But I would of liked to have stayed a few extra days so as to meet a student or two and get a local perspective on what it's like to study at such a presigious institution. But the students had other things on their mind given it's exam time. Given the exams, tourists were not able to roam the university grounds but I still managed to get a good overview. I visited several of the famous colleges such as King's, Trinity and Corpus Christi. Prince Charles attended Trinity. The grounds are heavily manicured and the tourists are not allowed to walk on the grass.

Fellow Aussies... we have no claim to complain about the price of petrol given it is 96p, or $A2.33 a litre here. Talk about exhorbitantly priced. Last time I checked, the petrol in Australia was about $1.30 a litre.
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qmtan36 on

Went thru your one week in the UK in 40mins!!!!
Hey Shane...good to hear you are in better spirits and that you've got your pasport back! the next challenge is to see if you get your insurance claim back or whether they will start with denying the claim till you kick up a royal fuss!!!!

Now...back to my interesting work on Wed, I was assigned to take possession of charged asset, a building in the city centre (you might have seen it in your travels within the city)... As expected, there was resistance from the ex-director of the company...and her solicitor was already there waiting for us... This lady is in her 60's and really, should be sitting back and enjoying life and her grandchildren... but she decided to be mean, angy and outright rude and uncouth! Kept on calling me and my teams gangsters, and sreaming at the top of her voice at the foyer of this magnificent 30+ storey building! Anyways...halfway thru our effort to come to an understanding of the situation (We were appointed Receivers and Managers pursuant to a security debenture...whihc they are disputing of course!) She came over and looking sternly my core managers and said, I'll kill you all... In my line of work, that is fairly common to be threatened, but never in front of solicitors...and never had my pictures taken by her staff...that got me a bit worried as she is known to associate herself with triads in that area... We have since then made the necessary police reports and I have taken the extra step to contact a few of my friends in the press and legal practice to let them know of this threat, JUST IN CASE! One never knows:-)

So, everyday is a blessing to me these days:-)

Now...on your next trips...when are you planning to be in Amsterdam? If you are looking for fairly decent digs at a reasonable price, I can recommend a friend's place right in the center of the city, on Waterlooplein...a beautiful loft apartment with a fantastic balcony which faces the city hall and the blue bridge and round the corner from Rembrant's House... Let me know and I will get in touch with my friend to see if he has a vacancy:-)

Have a great time:-)


shanewilson on

Hope ur around to read this:)
Hey Quin, I do hope you're around to read this after what you've been through... what on earth was that woman thinking? She sounds to me like she has many, many issues to contend with and needs to retire asap... or better still, be admitted to a mental institution. Anyway, England is just like home and I'm loving it, bar the weather of course. Things are going well, and I've scored myself a £11 a day car hire in Ireland which will be great. My digital camera has recovered... I needed to reformat the camera so I could rotate the side photos via the camera. As for Amsterdam, I would be more than interested in taking you up on that offer... due to arrive in Amsterdam on Monday, 12th June and plan up to a week there. Hope you managed to have a great w/end after that nasty incident. Until next time, Shane.

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