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Tim's Travelling Adventures

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Well, this started out as a way that my wife could follow my lone progress in my little sports car from Birmingham UK to Orkney.

Been there, done that 2 day there, 13hour return trip.

So now follow me: an Englishman representing Americans and based in a French office near Paris. With an appartment in Versailles and trips back to the UK anything can happen and, frankly, I've no idea where this will lead!

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Washing Machine

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My washing machine doesn't work. Took it apart. Still doesn't work. Going to
take it apart again. What are my chances?
28th Feb 2006, 17:09   comments (0)

Sensible people, the French, but don't tell them I said so!

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If you head to Paris from the Calais EuroTunnel by going in the opposite direction to the way the signs to Paris take you, you'll actually get there quicker.
The weekend before last I took the A16 and, having got the train that arrived in Calais about 10:30pm, I saw no more than 8 lorries and 5 cars on the whole motorway (that's more than 2 hours' driving!). They even have a British lane on the Payage (at the Calais end, anyway).
I can't see them being so thoughtful in the UK. Sure the EuroTunnel has booths for both British and European cars, but as soon as he's away from the port Jonny Foreigner is on his own. Not complaining though, The EuroTunnel works a treat.
28th Feb 2006, 16:35   comments (0)

What do you get for 4?

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28th Feb 2006, 16:03   comments (3)

My new friend

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I have an office on the first floor of a factory on the edge of a forest.
Just before Christmas I swore I saw a mouse on this floor. Last night my
little friend came back and came into my office, ran behind a cabinet and
looked out at me from a little gap between the skirting boards and the
cabinet. I'm going to call him Harvey, 'cos I'm the only one to have seen
him. And I've seen him a few times now. This is my "Loch Ness Monster" photo
of him. Blurry but it might be something if you squint a little. I'm
thinking he's probably more likely to be a vole as he hasn't got a tail to
speak of. But I'm not a rodent expert. He's cute though.
28th Feb 2006, 15:54   comments (2)

White Stuff

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Big solid lumps of snow fell this morning. :) It was all gone by lunchtime
though :(
28th Feb 2006, 15:42   comments (1)

Wooden Roses

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Only ever seen these in Paris. Wooden roses. They're beautiful and last
forever.
14th Feb 2006, 17:28   comments (1)

Cirque du Soleil

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Flew back to the UK to see Cirque du Soleil at the Albert Hall. We'd got the
front 4 seats in an 8 seat box. It was even catered so we had coffee and
sandwiches and really nice puddings. Hmmm, classy. Check out the Cirque du
Soleil it is really fantastic. CLICK HERE FOR THEIR WEBSITE
14th Feb 2006, 17:26   comments (0)

Washing Machine

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Woohoo! Got given a washer drier by the project manager of my supplier! It
hasn't been used in about a year and a half. Got it from the boot of my car
to my first floor apartment on my own (phew). Fitted it and there were no
leaks. Cleaned out a bit of mildew (no biggy) and ran it through a rinse
cycle to see if it would work. It did. (Yay!). Ran it empty with some powder
to clean the insides and it worked ok. (Yay). Went to put some washing in
and it was full of water. Pump has gone phut. (BOOOO!). So I'll be stripping
the machine down tonight. Also, very nice Parisian Policeman wrote me a
parking ticket as I was parked illegally outside the very, very posh
apartment building from where I was collecting the machine. He saw me with
the machine and got back in his car saying he'd not quite finished filling
the ticket out anyway so all was well. Sweet!
14th Feb 2006, 17:22   comments (0)