On the Road

Posted on 29th Sep 2012 by ian under Travel Tales | No Comments »

Apologies for no posting lately but will have heaps of tales soon – have been to Dubai, currently in Bath, soon to Yorkshire where I should find time to give an update on how we are faring with the travelling wheelchair – for the general travel diary – visit www.MyMS.com.au The photo is the view out the window from where I am typing. More ASAP…  


On This Day, September 27

Posted on 27th Sep 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

Today is Crush A Can Day! 1066 – William the Conqueror and his army set sail from the mouth of the Somme River, beginning the Norman Conquest of England…and all that. 1631 – Puritans were outraged as Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ was performed on a Sunday. Seeking punishment for those who participated, the Puritans required that the cast member who played “Bottom”, a donkey, was required to spend twelve …read more


On This Day, September 26

Posted on 26th Sep 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

Today is Shamu The Whale Day!!! 46 BC – Julius Caesar dedicated a temple to his mythical ancestor Venus Genetrix in accordance with a vow he made at the battle of Pharsalus.  Didn’t he hang out with Asterix and Obelisk as a kid?? 1687 – The city council of Amsterdam voted to support William of Orange’s invasion of England, which became the Glorious Revolution. They were obviously all very juiced …read more


On This Day, September 25

Posted on 25th Sep 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

303 – On a voyage preaching the gospel, Saint Fermin of Pamplona was beheaded in Amiens, France… wow, they really just loved doing that there didn’t they? 1066 – The Battle of Stamford Bridge in York marked the end of the Viking invasions of England.  When one rapes, pillages and burns apparently it is important to do so in that order… Fun bit of trivia here… when I lived in …read more


Travel Diary, Sept 24

Posted on 24th Sep 2012 by ian under Travel Tales | No Comments »

Well, we head off late today and most of the OS trip is now booked with a few things in concrete but enough flexibility for serendipity to play its tune. We have two nights in Dubai en route, staying at the Novotel World Trade Centre in the city. We want to check out the shopping malls, skyscrapers etc and plan the next day at Jumeirah Beach – and hope to …read more


On This Day, September 24

Posted on 24th Sep 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

“Aren’t today National Punctuation Day in the USA??!!!!   I always thought an ellipsis was when the moon moves in front of the sun… In 1493, Christopher Columbus departed on his second voyage to the “New World” where he picked up a couple of clean skins for the trip back. In 1664, The Netherlands surrendered New Amsterdam (New York) to England. Inspiring the phrase, “pass the Dutchy to the left hand …read more


Travel Tales

Posted on 23rd Sep 2012 by ian under Travel Tales | No Comments »

About to embark on a wee adventure.  Since being diagnosed with MS I have had a few trips to various places around Australia and a couple of trips to Vanuatu – but they are both sort of my own ‘backyard’.  This week we (Annie, Laura and me) go to Dubai, then on to England and leave from Paris on October 12.  A little away from the ‘comfort zone’ but very …read more


On This Day, September 23

Posted on 23rd Sep 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

In 1122, Pope Calixtus II and Holy Roman Emperor Henry V agreed to the Concordat of Worms. Worms is one of the oldest cities in Germany.  Today the city is an industrial centre and is famed for the original “Liebfrauenstift-Kirchenstück” or Liebfraumilch wine… and danke for that! In 1846, astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovered Neptune… quite a pretty planet, isn’t it? In 1930, flashbulbs were patented by Johannes Ostermeier… In …read more


Weekend What’s On – Elaine Paige

Posted on 22nd Sep 2012 by ian under Weekend What's On | No Comments »

Elaine Paige – actress, recording artist, producer and broadcaster – is known in the industry as “The First Lady of Musical Theatre”. Elaine has starred in West End and Broadway productions, having swept to fame when she created her award winning performance as Eva Peron in Evita. Shortly afterwards she created the role of Grizabella in the original production of Cats and the classic song Memory became one of her …read more


On This Day, September 22

Posted on 22nd Sep 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

Today is Hobbit day! Bilbo & Frodo Baggins both celebrate their birthdays today! So it’s off to the Prancing Pony for some roasted ‘taters & a brace of coneys with a few ales to boot! 1598 – English playwright Ben Jonson killed an actor in a duel and was indicted for manslaughter…Well, no wonder he was stripped of his Olympic medals!!! Pardon?  Oh I see… he’s not THAT Ben Jonson… …read more