Day 5 – Kampong Cham

Our next destination was Kampong Cham, an old port town slowly fading now the Japanese have paid for a bridge over the Mekong River. We journeyed by local bus with 16 seats reserved at the front, a mix of local people and a few tourists taking the other seats. The journey was about as memorable […]

Day 4 – Angkor Temples & Tonle Sap Lake

We managed to get up even earlier today but still had to wait until 4:45am to leave as the ticket office didn’t open until 5am. If not first we were second to receive our tickets and we then set off 13kms west of Siem Reap heading towards the Roluos temple area, specifically the Bakong temple. […]

Day 3: Siem Reap and the Temples of Angkor

We were up and ready, waiting for our ride shortly after 4:30am. Unfortunately we didn’t realise our driver was sleeping by the hotel counter and he slept though our quiet walking so we headed off a little later than planned. This worked out OK and after getting our day passes we were soon walking the […]

Day 2: Cambodia, travel to Siem Reap

The next morning we all congregated in the hotel foyer at 7am and then started our journey towards the Cambodia border. We had two vans to transport us to the border, eight of us in each. Our van was very bling, the ceiling was an array of garish lights (thankfully not turned on) and there […]

Day 1: Bangkok

We’re currently on holiday in Cambodia, travelling with the tour company Intrepid from Bangkok (in Thailand) to Ho Chi Min city (in Vietnam). Today has been the first of two days in Siem Reap, the largely tourist town nearby to the temples of Angkor Wat. We arrived in Bangkok very late at night (early in […]


I have a few things to blog about, a few photos to show, but for now please make do with a quick post to a gallery of photos of the Wedding of Sonya and Oliver on Waiheke Island. Click on the link or on the picture below for the gallery. The Wedding of Sonya Goodchild […]

Mark Oliver Everett and Varekai

On Thursday evening I headed down to Picadilly after work to get in line for a gig. Mark Oliver Everett, aka E from the Eels, was playing to mark the release of his new book; “Things the Grandchildren Should Know”. After a few hours of queuing in the cold we were let in and everyone […]

Weald Country Park

The weather was mild and sunny as we set out to visit Weald Country Park, a short drive to the north-west of Brentwood. We’ve been through the park a few times on walks from home but normally we just walk through. This time we would be spending a bit more time seeing what there was […]

New Years and day one, 2008

Bridget, Keryn and I had a quiet New Years at home watching the terrible coverage of the London New Years fireworks. Patricia and Sam braved the crowds and weather to be in London for the show, and even managed to escape London in reasonable time. Earlier in the day we had all gone in to […]

The park and dinner with Family

Patricia and Sam came with us from Manchester to Brentwood and we’ve had their company for the last few days. Today Bridget and Dean also turned up so there is a family atmosphere at the Doran stronghold in Brentwood. Earlier today we, being Keryn and I, went for a walk in the Thorndon Country Park […]

Christmas Day

Today was spent preparing food, watching DVD’s, eating said food and relaxing. There was also a little walk as the evening went from sunset to dusk. Rather than go into details here are a few photos of our hosts and the house where this all happened. Preparing dinner Walking after dinner At the hilltop New […]

Christmas Eve

Today we had a lazy start before heading out into New Mills for a bit of shopping. Christmas dinner is going to be Mexican flavoured this year, just for something different. We purchased food and wine for tomorrow and then walked back to the house for a bit more relaxing. The guys over the valley […]

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