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A tales from a cabin in the woods

There’s a certain romanticism attached to a cabin in the woods. People retreat to them to write a novel or an album forged on a broken heart. Mention to people that you’re staying in one and they’ll go all glassy-eyed

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New Zealand trip – Aug/Sep 2011 (part 5)

Saturday 10 September 2011 After sleeping in the campervan for a few days, it’s good to be back in a proper bed. I have a day of pottering and sorting out menial stuff (washing and cooking a curry) before heading

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New Zealand trip – Aug/Sep 2011 (part 4)

Thursday 1 September 2011 It’s Adam’s 40th and Ethan’s 7th birthdays today and there are loads of presents and cards everywhere. It’s a day of recovery for me following the snowboarding and sorting out my washing – oh the glamours

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New Zealand trip – Aug/Sep 2011 (part 3)

Tuesday 23rd August A bit of a false start as I get my days for when I’m going snowboarding mixed up. I was a bit a bit sheepish when I left the Hake Tours hostel but everyone was good about

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New Zealand trip – Aug/Sep 2011 (part 2)

Thursday 18th Aug, 2011 (cont’d) On the bus journey (takes 25 mins and I have the bus to myself) through the Christchurch suburbs to town there is evidence of the earthquakes they’ve had with some homes still fenced off, others

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New Zealand trip – Aug/Sep 2011 (part 1)

Saturday 13th Aug, 2011 The journey starts in Manchester airport, trying to get a glimpse of the Emirates A380 that will be taking me to Dubai. However, for a plane so big, it’s very shy and you can’t see more

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