Hi there! :o)

Hi! I’m in seattle right now and we will be get­ting on the plane in about four hours so I thought i had bet­ter write about what we’ve been doing.

Jane arrived in Portland last Friday and she was very impressed by Helsers (break­fast cafe) and Powells (the biggest ofline book­shop in the world!). Then we went to Orcas island.

We were on orcas island for four days and we went swim­ming in lakes (but not the sea [but we did paddle in Oregon])

We got to seattle two days ago and saw Pike Place mar­ket, the first ever star­bucks(©®©) and went up the second tallest sky scraper in Seattle.

I was very excited to hear that the cham­bers street museum will open today! I can hardly remem­ber what it was like!

bye now! CALLuM

PS this is what a flamingo looks like:


More translations

Graham Stone kindly informs me that in Papua New Guinea pidgin, ‘My hov­er­craft is full of eels’ becomes the epic:

Balus em i no goupim bilong me em i pul­lup long lik­lik pela snek bilong solwarra

(Literally: My aero­plane (balus)  that can’t fly (no go up) is ful­lup of little salt­water snakes.)

Aeroplane main­ten­ance is quite a mouth­ful too. Propellor becomes ‘tingt­ing bilong balus em i go raun­raun’. If dam­aged, this becomes ‘tingt­ing bilong balus em i go raun­raun em i bug­gerup tru’.

All of which is just and excuse to say that we will be adding more to the blog soon, hav­ing just about recovered from the jour­ney home. And the pho­tos will be up on Flickr very soon, with a link pos­ted here of course.

Sleeper trains

I’ve always wanted to sleep on a train but I don’t really like courgettes!!!!

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  1. I am look­ing for­ward to wak­ing up in Venice!
  2. I am look­ing for­ward to sleep­ing in a triple decker bunk! (it’s not often I get to sleep in a bunk bed let alone a triple decker one)
  3. I want to wake up in a dif­fer­ent country!
  4. I want to have break­fast on a train look­ing at the scenery and names of sta­tions I can’t pronounce!

The reason I’ve not said this about a boat is because I’ve already slept on a boat two years ago but I’ve never slept on the deck of a boat in a hot country!

=) Callum

WARNING this blog does not have anything to do with hovercrafts or eels!

HovercraftThe Hungarian Phrasebook sketch from Monty Python’s Flying Circus

Set: A tobacconist’s shop.

Text on screen: In 1970, the British Empire lay in ruins, and for­eign nation­al­ists fre­quen­ted the streets — many of them Hungarians (not the streets — the for­eign nation­als).   Anyway, many of these Hungarians went into tobacconist’s shops to buy cigarettes…

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