Update and photos!

Hey people,

Just thought I’d post an update on what we’ve been doing over the last few days. First up, I’ve uploaded a heap of photos to Flickr, so head over to flickr.com/blinken if you want to check them out. I’ll be keeping this up to date whenever I have a decent Internet connection.

We’ve been busy getting things packed, buying last-minute camping gear, drinking, standing in the rain, getting the car prepped (ie. changing an air filter for the first time in my life), seeing London, drinking, getting haircuts (hai mum!)


So I thought I'd get a different haircut for the rally...
I’ve decided that the UK is however a third world country, based on the following criteria:

  • They can’t afford to buy refrigerators for their beer, so they make you drink it warm
  • It rains continuously, in summer. Except for about 3 months of the year when it sleets.
  • Sunscreen is kept in the “travel accessories” section of the supermarket
  • Doctors are a rare, foreign species here. After asking at the pharmacy, the local hospital emergency department, a medical clinic and a travel clinic we finally found someone capable of writing a prescription at the local Tescos (the equivalent of Wallmart here).
  • They have strange paper money that doesn’t fit in my wallet, and 1- and 2-pence coins which as far as I can tell are utterly useless.
  • The beer is warm.
On the plus side? They have Krispy Kreme donuts (despite Adon’s best efforts to eat them all), so there’s evidently some hope for a recovery.

We’ve also got some shiny new rally tyres on the car. They’re BF Goodrich M51’s, look totally awesome, and appear significantly less likely to fall off the car than the last lot.


We got some new tyres for the car - these look significantly more safe than the last lot. They also make a loud humming noise on the motorway, which I'm sure won't be annoying at all.
So we’re pretty much ready to go. We’ll be heading down to Portsmouth today for the rally start – keep an eye on our tracking page to see where we are.


Until next time,



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3 responses to “Update and photos!

  1. Great, now you’ve sent my British boyfriend on a rant.
    He addresses your points thusly:
    1. RANTSHOUTYRANTRANThowbeerissupposedtobeRANTGRRRRARGHtheyserveitcoldnowadaysanywayTHANKSOTHERCOUTNRIESrantrantrantyrant.
    2. Well, third world countries are usually hot and dry, so by that criteria the UK is doing splendidly.
    3. Yes? And?
    4. Well, pfffft, they just went to the wrong place, and… and… didn’t do enough research. They should’ve just gone to a GP. (Me – they went to a medical clinic, there aren’t GPs at a medical clinic?). Probably… there are… nurses?
    5. At least our money looks like serious money! If your money can be mistaken for Monopoly money, then there is something wrong. And how do you pay for something that is 97p without 1p and 2p coins? AT LEAST WE DON’T CHEAT AT MATHS! In fact, I think they should bring back the halfpenny. HA. (note: when we first met, before we even started dating, he showed me this: http://www.sheldoncomics.com/archive/080330.html)
    6. RAAAAAAANNNNNNTTTTscoffsplutter.

  2. Cordelia

    Loving the hair bro! It.. erm.. suits you! Have a great time!!!!! 😀 😀 D:

  3. cambellM

    Some would say “Thats not a knife is it ?” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01NHcTM5IA4

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