Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

The Reading Room at the British Museum

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

Now THIS is a library. The Reading Room made my jaw drop, and my photos didn't do it justice. This photo does. Sorry, I have no idea who took it.

Way To Ruin A Joke

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

Strange Sign Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. While the Australians are giggling at a sign in Melbourne warning about 'attack seagulls', and lining up to have their photo taken next to it, unfortunately the British aren't getting the joke. That's because instead of ...

Samurai Warrior Statue

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Samurai Warrior Statue Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. See in a park, near the Imperial Palace, in Tokyo.

The places in the world I’ve been

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

I've visited 15 countries. Mexico, the United States, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Vatican City, France, Monaco, the United Kingdom, Japan, the Philippines and Thailand. It sounds like a lot, but according to World66, that's a mere 6% of the world.


Sunday, July 9th, 2006

Went to Greenwich today for the National Maritime Museum, but I found other interesting places. There aren't many original London pie shops left. They sell mash (packet mashed potato), pies, jellied eels and liquor (parsley sauce). I had a chicken and mushroom pie, gravy and mash. It wasn't bad, although ...

Kew Gardens

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

Apologies about the delay in getting this up. There are more photos in this post than any other post I've made and they took some time to upload and organize. A whole week, in fact. I went to Kew Gardens last Sunday. *** In hindsight it wasn't a good idea to go ...

Wireless broadband

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

City-wide wireless broadband has finally come to London. It's been in Sydney, in the form of Unwired and iBurst, for years. It's called and it's only available in the West End at the moment.

Robbed again

Saturday, July 1st, 2006

What did I do this Saturday? Well, I had to cancel my UK credit card again. I used my netbank this afternoon, the only way to view transactions, and I noticed a transaction for over 100 pounds that I hadn't made. Though my credit card was in my wallet, it ...

Tracky Dacks in Harrods

Sunday, June 25th, 2006

The Globe was closed for a dress rehearsal today so I didn't get my Shakespeare. I made up for the disappointment by going to the Tate Modern and seeing the stuff I hadn't see last time and taking one of the free tours, this one around the Surrealists. Love gallery ...

Regents Park

Saturday, June 24th, 2006

Can you spot the Dickens novels in this memorial? It's near Baker Street Station. Had lunch at Eat and Two Veg again. Schnitzel with a cream sauce, spinach and chips. Delicious and completely vegetarian. Had Pinkus vegan lager, and that was delicious as well. I'd never thought of lager containing animal ...

By the Thames

Sunday, June 18th, 2006

Call me oversensitive but the last two words I want to hear in the same sentence are the words "Crypt" and "Cafe". The thought of sitting on a recycled church pew and drinking a cappuccino six feet above desiccated corpses puts me off my lunch entirely. But I must be ...

Portobello Road Market, Notting Hill and Baker Street

Saturday, June 17th, 2006

One last photo from last weekend. Here's a squirrel eating a pistachio in St James Park. Now to this weekend. Went out to a pub called The Old Fire House on Friday night with work friends. Old is right, they have a memorial to the victims of the Great Fire of ...


Thursday, June 15th, 2006

Sorry I haven't been posting every day. I work full time now. I'm up at 6.45am and I get back from work around 7 or later. It's a long commute and going out afterwards with work friends or food shopping makes me later. I spent Saturday at the National Portrait Gallery ...

Bag snatchers

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

I see evidence of bag snatchers at work everywhere in East Ham. This morning, not far from my house, I saw a handbag lying emptied on the ground and there was nothing left but a scarf, a hat and the bag itself. On the Greenway, on Saturday, I saw evidence ...

British Taste Tests #4 and 5

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

British Taste Test # 4 - Cherry Brandy Ice Lolly In Australia, water ice blocks on a stick are icy poles or ice blocks. In Britain, they're ice lollies. There was an ice cream van near the park where I had lunch and I bought a cherry brandy ice lolly. If ...

Kill your wife

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

A real street sign, that I walk past everyday on the way to Upton Park station.

St James Park

Sunday, June 4th, 2006

Lovely Sunday. Walked around central London with James. Had lunch in China Town at Piccadilly, then walked past the Ritz to St James park. We had a quick stroll through the Ritz but didn't stop. They book up weeks ahead. Plus the place looked a bit tizzy. Tried a bit of ...

Spring Watch

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Goodies fans may like to know that Bill Oddie has his own program, called Spring Watch on the BBC at the moment, which follows the passage of Spring through Britain. It gives you an idea of how cold it is here that it's nearly Summer but they're still talking about Spring. ...

East Ham Nature Reserve

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

Just came back from a walk through the local area. I found 2 geocaches, one at the top of a hill, that looked like it might be an ancient burial mound of some sort, though now heavily developed. East Ham isn't a pretty place, it's residential and industrial, but it ...


Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

I didn't bomb the interview. I've got the job! :-) Actually, I was offered 3 jobs in the end. A customer service job in Corby, a government office admin temp job and a sales job at Haymarket, the magazine publisher. I took the publishing job. I start next Wednesday. I can't ...