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Sep 4, 2010 - On to Robyn Hode Territory

Now before you start on me about my spelling, the earliest surviving ballad of Robin Hood is "A Gest of Robyn Hode", about a fugitive from justice in about 1225. Stories have now been told for over 600 years of Robin Hood (or Robyn Hode as I prefer to call him now!) and his band of Merry Men, but likely the ballads and stories were a mixture of various colourful characters, along with metaphors for the fight of the common man against the authority figures of the time. Sherwood Forest, where Robyn, a master bowman and fearless outlaw, hid...

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Dec 8, 2009 - Finally made it out of customs

EAST MIDLANDS AIRPOR, GB 08/12/2009 23:55 DEPARTURE SCAN 08/12/2009 18:59 BROKERAGE RELEASED SHIPMENT. SHIPMENT IS SUBMITTED TO CLEARING AGENCY FOR FURTHER CLEARANCE 08/12/2009 18:59 SHIPMENT ON HOLD AWAITING PAYMENT OF DUTY & TAX / RELEASED BY CLEARING AGENCY. NOW IN-TRANSIT FOR DELIVERY 08/12/2009 14:44 SHIPMENT ON HOLD AWAITING PAYMENT OF DUTY & TAX / RELEASED BY CLEARING AGENCY. NOW IN-TRANSIT FOR DELIVERY 08/12/2009 14:44 PACKAGE DATA PROCESSED BY BROKERAGE. WAITING FOR CLEARANCE 08/12/2009 14:44 SHIPMENT ON HOLD AWAITING...

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Dec 7, 2009 - Stuck in Customs

EAST MIDLANDS AIRPOR, GB 07/12/2009 23:15 SHIPMENT ON HOLD AWAITING PAYMENT OF DUTY & TAX / RELEASED BY CLEARING AGENCY. NOW IN-TRANSIT FOR DELIVERY 07/12/2009 23:15 PACKAGE DATA PROCESSED BY BROKERAGE. WAITING FOR CLEARANCE 07/12/2009 23:15 SHIPMENT ON HOLD AWAITING PAYMENT OF DUTY & TAX 07/12/2009 23:15 PACKAGE DATA PROCESSED BY BROKERAGE. WAITING FOR CLEARANCE / RELEASED BY CLEARING AGENCY. NOW IN-TRANSIT FOR DELIVERY Had to stay the night in customs and they still won't let me through. They say that they have tried to contact...

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Dec 6, 2009 - Landed in England

EAST MIDLANDS AIRPOR, GB 06/12/2009 23:45 SHIPMENT ON HOLD AWAITING PAYMENT OF DUTY & TAX / RELEASED BY CLEARING AGENCY. NOW IN-TRANSIT FOR DELIVERY 06/12/2009 23:45 PACKAGE DATA PROCESSED BY BROKERAGE. WAITING FOR CLEARANCE 06/12/2009 23:45 SHIPMENT ON HOLD AWAITING PAYMENT OF DUTY & TAX 06/12/2009 23:45 PACKAGE DATA PROCESSED BY BROKERAGE. WAITING FOR CLEARANCE / RELEASED BY CLEARING AGENCY. NOW IN-TRANSIT FOR DELIVERY 06/12/2009 22:00 ARRIVAL SCAN PHILADELPHIA, PA, US 06/12/2009 10:35 DEPARTURE SCAN 06/12/2009 9:58 DEPARTURE...

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Sep 26, 2009 - Have arrived!

London to Hong Kong the long way (and possibly the wrong way). Qatar Airways to Doha, 6 hours 30 mins, 6 hour wait in Dohar then 8 hours 45 mins Dohar to Hong Kong, total 21 hours 15 mins !! One compensation, well looked after on both flights, 5 star airline. Hong Kong - city of contrasts - clean, ultra modern Metro and buildings right alongside run down and impoverished buildings and people. Ripped off by taxi driver who dumped me at the wrong hotel.

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Wwoofing in China

Sep 24, 2009 - Nottingham

I have been signed up to a blog, so am now obliged to use one... Day -1: I am leaving tomorrow, I am really excited but most of all, my friends have made it really hard for me to leave as I have been treated and fussed over for 2 weeks. I am mostly packed up and ready. My ipod is rubbish; it has selfishly run out of memory space and I can't take any new music with me. I will really miss new music, but not Starbuck's cause apparently they have those all over the world..... I will try and write something interesting when I arrive in Bangkok....

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Sep 16, 2009 - Stonehenge, Bath & Nottingham - in 1 day !

First on the list today is Stonehenge, but only after yet another bacon and egg, full English breakfast which of course was included in our Bed&Breakfast. We headed out and found Stonehenge, which Colin had described to us as ‘a bunch of lego blocks in a field’. The site is quite breathtaking. They give you your personal electronic tour guide which you listen too as you make your way around the stones. It was a great place to visit we spent over an hour at the site, despite the howling wind. After Stonehenge we travelled onto the town of...

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Aug 28, 2009 - 28th Home!

Home at last! Cats still alive! Horrible drive back from Dover, gale force winds nearly blowing us over a few times! Bank holiday traffic added to our woes! 5 hours from Dover to Nottingham. Myrtle has done it! 4300miles in total our trip! Up mountains, 45deg road temps and this old Citroen never missed a beat! Now when can we go again? Anna & Michael

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Aug 7, 2009 - Nearly off!

6.30pm and waiting for my good wife to return home from the hairdressers. Then we are pretty much good to go. Instructions have been left for the cat sitters! Thanks Sis and thanks to Liz, Ian and Nathan for helping! Im sure Max and Paddy the cats will be okay. theres a months worth of food and treats. Van had a good clean this afternoon, needed to shift the pattern of muddy paw marks! I had my desk cleared by 4pm and so got all those random bits and pieces loaded that you seem to accumulate. Kites, jerrycans, warning triangles, spare bulbs...

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Aug 6, 2009 - Departure date looms!

Hi everyone! We hope to keep this updated as we go so you can all keep up with our adventures! Please add your email address to receive notifications every time we update our blog! Or if you like just bookmark this page and do drop in from time to time! Leave a comment or two if you please! Its nice to hear from everyone! Michael and Anna Thursday 6th August 2009. Mid afternoon and bored at work! Thursday afternoon and the blogging begins! Departure is tomorrow evening and is now sooo close theres no time for errors! The excitement is...

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Jul 20, 2009 - First, become a Member of China Wwoof

Membership of China Wwoof costs $40. For that you get a list of approximately 100 'Wwoof Hosts' Wwoofing is basically giving your labour in return for board and food, Check out WWW.Wwoof.org. I have been invited to visit a teacher of English in Guangdong Province of China. The English language has to be rescued from the clutches of the Americans and Aussies before it's too late!! I am a 61 year old Welshman who is about to spend his remaining years on the move. China is my first stop and I could be there some time, in fact as long as...

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Jun 9, 2009 - Nottingham: Home of Robin Hood

On Friday, June 5, the entire Maryville contingent traveled to Nottingham, a city of about 275,000 with a completely revitalized city center and a tram system which can take you all the way to Hucknall, the burial place of Lord Byron in St. Margaret's Church. Nottingham Castle is the highest point in Nottingham with a spectacular view of Sherwood Forest. Yes, Sherwood Forest is a real place!! Several students also set off on the tram and on foot to see Byron's grave, which they did in St. Margaret's Church in Hucknall, the last stop on the...

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