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Evrything you REALY should know if you're going to visit the UK
Fri 3-Jun-11
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devongarden
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Reading usefully has the RailAir link bus to Heathrow (and Gatwick, but I have never used that bit). We can get to Reading by train, change on to the bus just outside Reading station--I have even worked out how to avoid stairs on the way--and bus to the airport. And for staying in an airport hotel, then get the transport to the hotel from the airport.

And Dan, we stayed in Williams a couple of nights and went to the Grand Canyon from there one January. And years and years and years ago when I went across the US by train with my family, the train car we were in was left at the Grand Canyon. You could get back on that evening, or do as we did and stay for a night or two and then get the train on to LA. I don't know when that stopped happening...eeek

Fri 3-Jun-11
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Danny said:

"Simon, you know that wind turbine near the Madejski Stadium - who owns it and what systems does it feed into. Any idea?"

 

It is run by Ecotricity. It feeds into the National Grid and when at full wind speed (about 31 mph) the machine generates 2.05 MW of electricity (less for lower wind speeds), which is enough to power around 1,500 homes. I have a key to the Substation room where the reverse run (feeding the grid) electric meters are so I can see the feed load.

 

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Fri 3-Jun-11
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So, if it belongs to Ecotricity, the system it feeds into is my house.

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Fri 3-Jun-11
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KateUK said:

So, if it belongs to Ecotricity, the system it feeds into is my house.

Only if you live in Reading's "Chav town" Whitley, about 1500 homes there. Don't think much of it leaks out much further onto the grid.smile

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Fri 3-Jun-11
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the magic roundabout is the most efficient junction in Swindon!  LOL  Shut your eye and floor it!  LOL  dont try it on football home games. 

 

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Sat 4-Jun-11
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When PB's family were here from Canada, they made great use of a national trust visitors pass  http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits.....g_pass.htm

 

and an overseas visitors pass from English Heritage  http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/oversea.....itor-pass/

 

I dont think I have read anyone saying about Lacock, Harry potter was filmed there.

 

Are you coming more to meet people from the forum or to see the sights of the UK?

 

I personally am really looking forward to going to London to meet up with my friend.  and we are going to hopefully do the tour of Buckingham Palace.  They run in the summer.

 

Bath is another place that is really nice to see.  There are bus tours that I have done in London and in Bath, where you can get on and off where you like and they have the commentary as you drive along.  I think I did the Big Bus company in London and the City Sightseeing tour bus

 

I will have ponder on other places

Sun 5-Jun-11
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SOL said:

Are you coming more to meet people from the forum or to see the sights of the UK?

If I have to prioritize its you all I want to see more than the sights.

Dan and I set the ittenarty by everyone who piped up and said "come stay with us!" And that's the way we want it.

The sights will be there for other visits, the people may not, (knock on wood, toss salt, wishing no ill for anyone)!

There are many things in my life I regret and cannot change.

If I never get to the UK to meet all of those that I can, that I will regret.

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Wed 24-Aug-11
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In York, go to Barnitts! Janet, can you see that Michelle gets there, even if it means Dan gets extra time in the Rail Museum? smile

It is so unlike any store anywhere in the US that I think she needs to see it, the whole ground floor at least. (Unless they have tidied it up since I was last there.)

Wed 24-Aug-11
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Ooh Barnitts, my fave shop in york, the emporium of everything housey and tooley, and gardeney.

They've had a bit of an attempt at modernisation, but it still staffed by very odd, but very helpful people, I've always fancied getting a part time job there.

Mon 29-Aug-11
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It just came to my attention that there was a TENATIVE schedule I posted, and then I amended with a DEFINATE schedule

(Feeling like a huge schmock here¦.doh)

HERE IS THE DEFINATE SCHEDULE!!!!!!

Sept 14 Land in Glasgow, Hug Danuta really long time!

Sept 15 -17 with Danuta, hop on a train on the 17th, head toward York and Janet.

Sept 18 Spend day with Janet.

Sept 19 Head towards Cambridge and Danny and Fiona.

(Danny, I'm sorry! I think Dan told you the wrong days!)

Sept 20th  Spend day with Danny and Fiona seeing sights and snuggling Min Pins.

Sept 21 Head towards Barbara in Devon.

Sept 22 Spend day with Barbara (Can you join us Ruth?)

Sept 23 Travel to Val.

Sept 24 Spend day with Val, Val take us to Kate, Bucks Meet-up that night.

Sept 25-26 Spending time with Kate doing silly tourist stuff.

Sept 27 Head home!

I have this schedule posted on the Buckinghamshire Meet-up thread too.

 

Danny or TA, I have the tenative schedule on this thread posted in April, could you amend it/change it/pull it down for me? Its page 5, post 67.

(I'm going to go crawl under my bed now....runaway)

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Mon 29-Aug-11
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Ah, that explains how I had the dates wrong... I was still in April....

So, on the 21st, Michelle, Dan and Ruthie arrive from opposite directions and we have the afternoon together.

Anyone else able to get to a Devon gathering?

Mon 29-Aug-11
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ok for the 21st. I've written in on my calendar! (So it must be real smile )

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Thu 1-Sep-11
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Okay, Michelle, got you down on the definite schedule now ..... how active do you want to be? We have the most part of two days ..... ?   big_hug

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Thu 1-Sep-11
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Are you not going to come up Val?

I'll try that again!

Thu 1-Sep-11
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Hi Toni, I hadn't planned too, actually.

I've just had a look at the map - it is 100 miles away from my home to your home (i.e. 200-mile round trip).

Am I right in assuming it is an evening get-together?

That's quite a trek for an evening ....... smile

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