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I’m back!

Just back (yesterday) from a three week trip to the UK and Belgium. Hello Melbourne! I'm back. Did you miss me? You're looking good today! pic.twitter.com/U45oRMnrrv— Daniel Bowen (@danielbowen) July 24, 2017 Apart from seeing family, we visited Cardiff, Bath, Penzance, Brussels and London. In summary? Had a great time! As you can see, I'm really delighted to be back:

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A few hours in Singapore

Backdated. Posted 7/11/2017 We'd booked with Singapore Airlines, so unsurprisingly our stop-off back from Europe was in Singapore, where we landed at 6pm local time. Our connecting flight wouldn't leave until 2am, so I decided to see if we could leave the airport for a few hours and have a quick look around the city. It was no issue to exit; the hardest bit was knowing what to say on the

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Overground, Underground, wombling free

Backdated. Posted 29/10/2017. Before we headed back to Australia, one more day in London to explore... at least for most of us. Three of us were catching an evening flight, but M had to head back 12 hours earlier, departing on a morning flight. I walked her to the station and helped her (and her luggage) get on the right train to the airport. For the rest of us, we packed up all our stuff fr

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See London by bus

(Backdated. Posted 21/10/2017) Our second last day on London. While the others had breakfast, I ducked out of the flat to try and find a post office, as I'd neglected to give one of my relatives a souvineer from Australia, and thought it best to mail it while we were still in England. The nearest post office was embedded in a kind of supermarket/newsagent, a not unfamiliar scenario that occu

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Sent to the Tower

(Backdated. Posted 1/10/2017) Our mission today was to get locked up in the Tower Of London. Oh, sorry, I mean to see the Tower Of London. We headed on the Tube to the Tower. Tickets booked in advance the night before meant we could bypass at least one of the queues, but it was still pretty busy, and the weather was grey and drizzly from time to time. Inside the grounds there are plen

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East meets west

(Backdated. Posted 29/9/2017) Good morning! It was garbage day in our street in Chiswick. As usual, you notice the little things that are different from home. In the London Borough of Hounslow, the garbos (what's the local term? Not sure) don't have an arm on the truck that grabs the bins; they have to manually put the wheelie bins into place. On this occasion, we could hear raised voices

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The border incident, and London sightseeing

Backdated. Posted 21/9/2017 Time to head back to London for the last few days of our holiday. We packed up our stuff and left the Air BNB flat. A word about the flat. It had been chosen for its location (walking distance to Brussels Midi/Zuid station), which along with the price, which were its best features. The layout was curious (one bedroom on the ground floor, stairs up to a small li

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Brussels from above

(Backdated. Posted 18/9/2017) Monday! Our last full day in Brussels, and also a day when, generally, most museums in Belgium are closed. It was raining in the morning for the first time on the holiday, apart from some drizzle in Penzance. We got a little wet walking down to the Metro, and decided to use the closer station that required changing trams/trains along our journey. Again, this

transport

Congestion is not the enemy

This in the Herald Sun a few weeks ago: Melbourne traffic congestion on par with world's biggest cities like London, Rome and New York (paywall): TRAFFIC congestion in Melbourne is on par with New York and could rival the worldโ€™s worst cities if nothing is done to combat the problem. Figures supplied by Tom Tom show congestion levels in Melbourne are at 33 per cent compared to its population

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In Brugge

Backdated. Posted 15/9/2017. We headed back to our Brussels Zuid/Midi Station, wary again of infestations of pickpockets, but again seeing none. Seriously, I was doubting the numerous reports of this -- either they're invisible to me or they simply aren't there since the military and police have moved in following recent terrorist attacks. I bought tickets from the ticket machine, and this t