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Author Topic: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?  (Read 9293 times)

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Offline phildinftlaudy

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England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« on: January 05, 2013, 02:45:25 PM »
So, I have nailed down the dates for the trip to England (Birmingham, London, and - hopefully, a jaunt over to the Isle of Man ---- to see Ann)...

Any suggested sites to see from those that have been there or who live there? I am beginning to put together my list of things to do and see (pubs are already listed multiple times).

September 13, 2008 - diagnosed +
Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2013, 02:49:01 PM »
Bodega Negra is Prince Harry's favorite Mexican restaurant if you're going through taco & tequila withdrawal.

http://labodeganegra.com/

... and, natch, there's always cottaging on Hampstead Heath
« Last Edit: January 05, 2013, 02:51:35 PM by Miss Philicia »
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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2013, 02:52:36 PM »
Bodega Negra is Prince Harry's favorite Mexican restaurant if you're going through taco & tequila withdrawal.

http://labodeganegra.com/

... and, natch, there's always cottaging on Hampstead Heath

Looks good - but are you sure you haven't mistaken me for Will?   ;)
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Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
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12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
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02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2013, 03:01:06 PM »
Looks good - but are you sure you haven't mistaken me for Will?   ;)

Sorry, but the branch of Chili's at Carnary Wharf is closed according to yelp. Fish & chips are out since you don't eat seafood.
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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2013, 03:08:47 PM »
Sorry, but the branch of Chili's at Carnary Wharf is closed according to yelp. Fish & chips are out since you don't eat seafood.
I actually like some fish and chips (arthur treachers - lol) - Seriously, there is a little British pub in Hollywood, Florida that makes great fish and chips.... I just don't eat "fishy" seafood.

You have been to England several times right?

We are going to make homebase Birmingham and take the rail over to London.... We can take Flybe to the Isle of Man (although Ann tells me that the locals call Flybe, "fly-maybe" - as their flights often get cancelled, delayed, etc.)

I plan on taking in the World of Cadbury, the Bullring, and pubs... in addition to Aston(or is is Ashton) House, and pubs... will also want to take the underground and check out other parts of the area... and pubs...
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12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2013, 03:22:56 PM »
So this is just a day trip to London not even an overnight stay? You won't get much done I'm afraid.

Yes, I've been to London a lot because that's where my ex lives. Would you like his phone number? He's Nigerian, has a lot of muscles, and wears size 14 shoes. He also enjoys fisting.
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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2013, 03:35:09 PM »
Ive only ever been to London, never made it outside the city.  You will have a blast!  Im jealous, and April sounds like a great time to go. 

You wont be at a loss for things to do.  The touristy things that I like are the Eye, the Tower of London, the Jack the Ripper tour at night, seeing the changing of the guards, and some museums.

Of course a trip to London is not complete until you meet a handsome German named Yurg to "show you around" trust me. 


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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2013, 03:39:17 PM »
Phil;  It has been many years since my trip to London, but one of my best memories is Speaker's Corner in Hyde Park.  It will really depend on which speakers are there, but at least you will get a walk through Hyde Park.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speakers'_Corner

I must say, I don't think Speaker's Corner will be as much fun as Miss P's ex.

JM
« Last Edit: January 05, 2013, 03:41:35 PM by Jmarksto »
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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2013, 03:45:46 PM »
So this is just a day trip to London not even an overnight stay? You won't get much done I'm afraid.

Yes, I've been to London a lot because that's where my ex lives. Would you like his phone number? He's Nigerian, has a lot of muscles, and wears size 14 shoes. He also enjoys fisting.

I will be doing London for a couple of days...
And yes send the number   ;)
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Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2013, 05:01:53 PM »
Lots of very nice things to see and do, don't miss a boat ride on the Thames River, lots of history as you know, perhaps up to Greenwich to see the time museum and the separation of the eastern and western hemispheres.  It is a very pretty and bustling city, with little gardens tucked away from the concrete buildings in places.  The museums were, as you would expect, terrific and the food was good. 

Enjoy, and I hope you get to see Ann, give her a hug from me.

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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2013, 05:05:27 PM »
Thanks everyone ---
I may have to extend my dates a day or two  --- LOL
There is a lot to do and little time to do it all. This has been a dream of mine for a long time to go to England (even though the currency conversion rate sucks right now - dayummm US Dollar - and could get worse prior to the trip if the debt ceiling deal isn't reached or causes other issues)

Oh, and I am getting ready to eat fish and chips right now (store bought fish sticks and seasoned french fries) -  8)
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Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2013, 05:45:36 PM »

Oh, and I am getting ready to eat fish and chips right now (store bought fish sticks and seasoned french fries) -  8)


You need to begin drizzling your fries with malt vinegar so that you don't have culture shock during your trip overseas. Also learn to eat everything with HP sauce, and find a box of PG tips.

ps: bet you aren't very adept with eating curry either so stay away from Brick Lane
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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2013, 05:51:33 PM »
Since you already have the local pubs covered, all I can add is; have a great time!
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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2013, 05:57:17 PM »
Also learn to eat everything with HP sauce, and find a box of PG tips.

ps: bet you aren't very adept with eating curry either so stay away from Brick Lane

Okay, here goes...
What is HP sauce and what PG tips?
Also, I like curry - most times - my stomach doesn't - but I do
September 13, 2008 - diagnosed +
Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2013, 06:02:43 PM »
Okay, here goes...
What is HP sauce and what PG tips?
Also, I like curry - most times - my stomach doesn't - but I do


HP sauce is a brand of "brown sauce" and kind of like steak sauce but not quite completely, but they put it on more than steak. PG tips are just a type of supermarket tea bag they all seem to prefer. And if you want to soak in local culture you need to drink several cups of tea daily instead of coffee, loaded up with milk and sugar.

Oh, and make sure you find somewhere scones, jam and clotted cream with that tea. Clotted cream is amazing and super-duper fattening! That you will love.

So go to Brick Lane in the East End for curry -- the street is full of curry places and they aren't expensive. If you're visiting the Tower Bridge and Tower of London it's only a few subway stops from there.
« Last Edit: January 05, 2013, 06:05:00 PM by Miss Philicia »
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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2013, 06:06:31 PM »
Excellent - Thanks Ms. P!
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Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #16 on: January 06, 2013, 09:07:28 AM »
If you have an interest in history, I'd highly recommend the Tower of London over the other historical sites. It's the best one, IMHO.

Like I told you, it's mainly the flights to Liverpool mostly carrying people going to doctor appointments (like me) that get delayed or cancelled. The morning red-eye to Liverpool is often 75% NHS patients, sometimes more. The rest are usually people getting connecting flights when going on to holiday destinations served by John Lennon Airport. The other main flights going red-eye are London and Manchester.

They normally make sure the London and Manchester flights go on schedule, because those are the flights mainly populated by business men and women and holiday-makers. I believe they pay full rates as compared to the negotiated rates paid by the NHS. As usual, money talks.

And yes, extend those dates by a few days if you can. I'll kick your ass if you don't get over here while you're... um... over here. ;D
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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #17 on: January 06, 2013, 09:15:38 AM »
The morning red-eye to Liverpool

PLEASE NOTE: incorrect use age

Actually I bet that whole fucking little speck of land uses that term in the wrong manner.
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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #18 on: January 06, 2013, 09:34:07 AM »
PLEASE NOTE: incorrect use age

Actually I bet that whole fucking little speck of land uses that term in the wrong manner.

Well, I feel I have every right to call the early flight the red-eye as I get very little sleep the night before and have to be up for 4am. I find it hard to fall asleep because I'm always afraid I'll sleep through the alarm and miss my flight. And I have done that a couple times. Miss my flight through being asleep, that is. Just ask Spacebar. :-\

Your disdain for the "fucking little speck of land" I live on belies your jealousy. Get over it.
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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #19 on: January 06, 2013, 10:24:09 AM »

Your disdain for the "fucking little speck of land" I live on belies your jealousy. Get over it.

Not at all. You refer to it as mere rock routinely. If a rock isn't literally a speck then I don't know what is. It's sad that you become defensive when someone points out faulty word use age with a factual link.

Anyway, what would be the source of this jealousy? Having to make routine travel by flight to another political entity to access an infectious disease specialist, when I can literally walk to mine? okeydokey
« Last Edit: January 06, 2013, 10:26:43 AM by Miss Philicia »
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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #20 on: January 06, 2013, 01:04:40 PM »
PLEASE NOTE: incorrect use age

Miss P:  It appears as though the "rock" you have thrown is from a glass house.  I believe that you meant "usage" as opposed to "use age".

Now, back to the point of the thread:

Phil: We have had great success with bicycle rentals and/or tours as a great way to see a number of cities.  You can cover allot of ground, get off the main tourist areas, and still capture the flavour of the city.

Best,
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02/11/13 CD4   935/41% VL UD
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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #21 on: January 06, 2013, 01:14:46 PM »
Phil: We have had great success with bicycle rentals and/or tours as a great way to see a number of cities.  You can cover allot of ground, get off the main tourist areas, and still capture the flavour of the city.

Best,
JM

Thanks JM -
That is one big goal - to get off the main tourist areas - while I want to do a few tourist spots, I am more interested in capturing the actual flavour of the England --- especially - you guessed it - the pubs  ;D
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Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #22 on: January 06, 2013, 01:21:52 PM »
Miss P:  It appears as though the "rock" you have thrown is from a glass house.  I believe that you meant "usage" as opposed to "use age".

Indeed. I should alter my spellchecker. Word usage should not be confused with misspellings. Our moderator is still incorrect on the substance. I, for one, refuse to enable her obtuse logic and continual mendacity.

I am more interested in capturing the actual flavour of the England

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« Last Edit: January 06, 2013, 01:27:37 PM by Miss Philicia »
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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #23 on: January 06, 2013, 01:25:59 PM »
Well, I highly recommend renting bikes.  Although we have not done this in London we have in Vancouver, B.C., New York, Victoria, B.C., S.F., New Orleans, etc.  We have also rented Mt. bikes in Sedona, AZ and Banff, Alberta.  Again - you can cover quite a bit of ground, your schedule is your own, you don't have to worry about a car (especially if you are at the pubs).

Hint:  Make sure you look the bike over, ride it around the block and make sure the bike is comfortable (seat height, etc.), run through the gears from top-to-bottom to make sure they work properly, and make sure you have a flat repair kit (including a pump).  Those are all lessons from experience!

I wish I could join you!

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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #24 on: January 06, 2013, 01:28:01 PM »
Indeed. I should alter my spellchecker. Word usage should not be confused with misspellings. Our moderator is still incorrect on the substance. I, for one, refuse to enable her obtuse logic and continual mendacity.

If you had a Nigerian with size 14 shoes around you would probably care much less about our moderator's English and logic.
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11/06/12 CD4   819/41% VL 38
02/11/13 CD4   935/41% VL UD
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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #25 on: January 06, 2013, 01:31:41 PM »
It's hard enough for a Yank to cross a street in London with their insistence on driving on the incorrect side of all streets. Now you want someone to navigate a bicycle? NOT ADVISED!
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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #26 on: January 06, 2013, 01:32:39 PM »
If you had a Nigerian with size 14 shoes around you would probably care much less about our moderator's English and logic.

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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #27 on: January 06, 2013, 01:39:27 PM »
Well, I feel I have every right to call the early flight the red-eye as I get very little sleep the night before and have to be up for 4am. I find it hard to fall asleep because I'm always afraid I'll sleep through the alarm and miss my flight. And I have done that a couple times. Miss my flight through being asleep, that is. Just ask Spacebar. :-\


I know!!  :( To think I almost met Ann, but didn't!

London: Well you must go to Old Crompton St. in Soho and check out the Gay scene Phil., Vauxhall if you're into more hardcore clubbing. ;) Also, Camden Town, Brick Lane, the usual Central London hotspots Covent Garden etc.- watch a play, a little touristy cruise down the Thames, Notting Hill saturday market, get on one of those tourist hop on-hop off buses, visit the Tate Modern- modern and contemporary art. And that's a good London flavour for a couple of days.

I'd pick Oxford (an hour's train from London), Cambridge, Bath, and Brighton over Birmingham, any day. But that's me- I don't much care for Birmingham. If you have time go up to Lake District in the North of England that's awesome too.  :)

Enjoy your holiday!
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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #28 on: January 06, 2013, 01:39:38 PM »
It's hard enough for a Yank to cross a street in London with their insistence on driving on the incorrect side of all streets. Now you want someone to navigate a bicycle? NOT ADVISED!

Now Miss P - you are recommending the men's room in a KFC, but not riding a bike?

We rented bikes in Melbourne too (which is also left hand drive) and had a great time.  We also rented a camper van for a few weeks in Australia - I only made one mistake and that was because a VERY pretty lady caught my eye as I was making a right turn. I do recommend waiting a day or two to get your bearings. 

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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #29 on: January 06, 2013, 01:52:24 PM »
Now Miss P - you are recommending the men's room in a KFC, but not riding a bike?

We rented bikes in Melbourne too (which is also left hand drive) and had a great time.  We also rented a camper van for a few weeks in Australia - I only made one mistake and that was because a VERY pretty lady caught my eye as I was making a right turn. I do recommend waiting a day or two to get your bearings. 



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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #30 on: January 06, 2013, 02:00:48 PM »

I'd pick Oxford (an hour's train from London), Cambridge, Bath, and Brighton over Birmingham, any day. But that's me- I don't much care for Birmingham. If you have time go up to Lake District in the North of England that's awesome too.  :)

Enjoy your holiday!


Bath was great when I went, and the Cotswolds are in between there and Birmingham. That's very English if you want small, picturesque villages. Stratford-upon-Avon is around there too.

Old Compton is kind of tired but of course we seemed to be on it every other day. But the general Soho and Covent Garden areas are full of good shopping. Camden Market is always a fun afternoon.
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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #31 on: January 06, 2013, 02:03:50 PM »
And make sure you stand on the right side on the escalators on the tube.

Or you will be very unpopular with us londoners.

Also it is customary to not speak whilst using the underground.

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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #32 on: January 06, 2013, 02:21:34 PM »
When I was in London I got on the big red bus that went round and round the city and got off when I wanted to do something . My plan when I visit a city is to not make too many plans .

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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #33 on: January 06, 2013, 02:32:06 PM »
If you'd lost your ass due to lipoatrophy you'd not want to ride a bike either :)

Miss P: You are right.  I am glad what ass you have left is here with us.

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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #34 on: January 06, 2013, 05:33:56 PM »
Thanks again for the suggestions and guidance -
I will make sure to do my best to adhere to the cultural expectations  ;D
Don't know if I will do the bike or not - as I haven't been on one for years (and years) - and exercise disagrees with my body  ::)

Looking forward to the trip - although, I have a feeling that it is going to go much too quick.
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12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #35 on: January 06, 2013, 06:10:18 PM »

It's sad that you become defensive


~sigh~ It wasn't defensiveness, it was an attempt at humour but I thought you knew me well enough to not need the visual prompt of ;D Get over it. I have. :P

Anyway, it's not "a rock", it's THE ROCK. Quite a nice one too, as rocks go. :) <-- inserted to insure you understand I'm not being serious in the least. OK?



Our moderator is still incorrect on the substance. I, for one, refuse to enable her obtuse logic and continual mendacity.


Pot, meet kettle. At least I haven't broken my New Year's resolution to be nice, unlike some I can think of. I wasn't foolish enough to make such a resolution in the first place, so I win.


you don't have to worry about a car (especially if you are at the pubs).


You can get done for drunk in charge of a vehicle while on a bicycle over here. It happened to a mate of mine. (In England, not THE ROCK.)


I know!!  :( To think I almost met Ann, but didn't!


I was mortified and still am! I couldn't believe that one of the few times I missed my flight (due to my own fault, not a cancellation) just had to happen when I was supposed to be meeting up with a forum mate after clinic. That really sucked, particularly when you consider that I was ready to go, bag at my side and jacket on, when I fell back asleep on the couch while waiting for the taxi to arrive. Served me right for being ready far too early, I suppose. >:(



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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #36 on: January 06, 2013, 06:15:29 PM »

Phil, you'll have to get together with Newt. Not Gingrich, the other one.

Wherebouts is Newt at in England? I will have to send him a PM and see about meeting up.... Perhaps, at a....... wait for it...... wait for it....
a Pub.  ;)
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Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #37 on: January 06, 2013, 06:20:02 PM »
Wherebouts is Newt at in England? I will have to send him a PM and see about meeting up.... Perhaps, at a....... wait for it...... wait for it....
a Pub.  ;)

He's either in London or Brighton these days. Can't remember which. Both locations have pubs.
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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #38 on: January 06, 2013, 06:23:39 PM »
He's either in London or Brighton these days. Can't remember which. Both locations have pubs.

Okay
I thought he was a Brummie...
I have to see where Brighton is in relationship to Birmingham.

Hey - Ann, they will let me fly from Birmingham to Isle of Man with just a US passport, right?
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Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
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12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
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02/12  1,102  42  <20
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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #39 on: January 06, 2013, 06:39:51 PM »
In 1985 I went to Camden Town Market and thought it was just fabulous, as flea markets go. I bought hair dye from a Siouxsie Sioux look-alike and some groovy jointed skeleton earrings of which I still have one. If you like shopping it might be worth a go, but if not then it might be nice to do just a walk-through if you're on your way to some place else.

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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #40 on: January 06, 2013, 06:48:58 PM »
In 1985 I went to Camden Town Market and thought it was just fabulous, as flea markets go. I bought hair dye from a Siouxsie Sioux look-alike and some groovy jointed skeleton earrings of which I still have one. If you like shopping it might be worth a go, but if not then it might be nice to do just a walk-through if you're on your way to some place else.

Thanks Sir!   ;D
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Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #41 on: January 06, 2013, 10:04:32 PM »
I agree with Ann -- Tower of London and nearby, quite memorable, is the HMS Belfast--tour at your own pace.

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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #42 on: January 07, 2013, 12:58:03 AM »
I'm kinda surprised that Philicia hasn't recommended any bathhouses or XXXBookShoppes.  We all know that PhilD will be missing his favorite joint on 167th street after a couple of days.
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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #43 on: January 07, 2013, 09:00:05 AM »

I have to see where Brighton is in relationship to Birmingham.


Brighton is on the south coast directly south of London. I believe there are direct train-routes and that "day trips" from London are totally doable. But I could be wrong ie ease of travel. Brighton is a nice place to visit if you want a taste of the "real England" and has a vibrant gay community. And plenty of pubs of all different flavours.


Hey - Ann, they will let me fly from Birmingham to Isle of Man with just a US passport, right?


Yes, all you need to travel from mainland UK to THE ROCK (hehehe) is a government photo ID. All I use is my government-issue, photo ID bus pass when I travel back and forth to Liverpool.

One of these days I'm gonna get my passport renewed. It drives my partner up the wall that I don't have a current one. :-\
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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #44 on: January 07, 2013, 05:05:11 PM »
During my fantastic trip to London in 2010 Hermie and I stayed at a quaint bed and breakfast in Vauxhall, with eggs and fruit and bacon and such a friendly place and you are correct about the bar scene, I don't think I fit in terribly well at one place. ;)

A bunch of us, Emma, Charles, Claas, Keith and of course dear Cliff got down to Brighton one day, Newt couldn't make it, he was working.  We walked the rocky beach, I went in the water briefly.  We ate fish and chips on the beach.  It was a bit like some of the New Jersey shore communities or one of New York's beach towns.  At Victoria station we boarded a commuter train and we got there pretty easily through the countryside, with its own color of grass unique to England as bluegrass is to Kentucky.  I hope to get back to London soon, see more museums and more of Great Britain as a whole.  Jan wants me to go to Edinburgh.

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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #45 on: January 10, 2013, 03:25:00 PM »
I have to say, living near Birmingham, it's not as nice a city as many others... you definitely want a day or two in London, the city centre has so many famous landmarks like Big Ben, Tower of London, Buckingham Palace... and depending on if you like history, you may want to check out Hampton Court, or Windsor Castle... York or Durham are both great historic towns to visit. Stratford-upon-Avon, home of Shakespeare, is just 30 mins south of Birmingham. Personally I would advice you to visit EDINBURGH it's such a stunning city and you can't miss out on Scotland! Beautiful architecture, great scenery dominated by Arthur's Seat and the Castle, cool clubs and bars and people... You've got too much choice for your visit. Just don't get stuck in Birmingham!

Both locations have pubs.
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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #46 on: January 10, 2013, 04:35:06 PM »
I have to say, living near Birmingham, it's not as nice a city as many others... you definitely want a day or two in London, the city centre has so many famous landmarks like Big Ben, Tower of London, Buckingham Palace... and depending on if you like history, you may want to check out Hampton Court, or Windsor Castle... York or Durham are both great historic towns to visit. Stratford-upon-Avon, home of Shakespeare, is just 30 mins south of Birmingham. Personally I would advice you to visit EDINBURGH it's such a stunning city and you can't miss out on Scotland! Beautiful architecture, great scenery dominated by Arthur's Seat and the Castle, cool clubs and bars and people... You've got too much choice for your visit. Just don't get stuck in Birmingham!
lol :) understatement for all of the UK...!

Thanks for the tips lost boy! 
While Birmingham is my landing and departure spot - I plan on moving around a lot.... Will probably only spend one day or two actually in Birmingham - the rest will be hitting as many other locations as possible.
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Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #47 on: January 10, 2013, 05:05:19 PM »
Have a great  trip...I lived in England  for  4 yrs  and still never  got to all the  great places there are..... but was able to provide a fun day  experiences  for  visitors when they  wanted to spend a  day.    1. decide on a day  "plan"...  tourist?  local colour type  places?   evening places/events?  literally hundreds to  choose. (  watch for the  "bucket" stalls neat the  theatre area  get  cheap  seats for that evening performance..)
2.  decide on eating schedule...casual? pub? ethnic?  formal?
3. scout out the  bus/train route to  fit your choices.......   buy a" AtoZ"  guide book especially for London
4  before  you leave  USA  go to  Library  or online  and scan the " AA Guide to England"   it has  all the  details about places , times , directions, comments,  closing days, market days  and so much History you will love it  all with  great pictures and comments

have a great  time  and give Ann  a big  hug  from us...for me

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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #48 on: January 10, 2013, 05:14:21 PM »
Have a great  trip...I lived in England  for  4 yrs  and still never  got to all the  great places there are..... but was able to provide a fun day  experiences  for  visitors when they  wanted to spend a  day.    1. decide on a day  "plan"...  tourist?  local colour type  places?   evening places/events?  literally hundreds to  choose. (  watch for the  "bucket" stalls neat the  theatre area  get  cheap  seats for that evening performance..)
2.  decide on eating schedule...casual? pub? ethnic?  formal?
3. scout out the  bus/train route to  fit your choices.......   buy a" AtoZ"  guide book especially for London
4  before  you leave  USA  go to  Library  or online  and scan the " AA Guide to England"   it has  all the  details about places , times , directions, comments,  closing days, market days  and so much History you will love it  all with  great pictures and comments

have a great  time  and give Ann  a big  hug  from us...for me

Nick

Wow - Thanks for the tips Nick! I appreciate it.
I will definitely give Ann a big hug from everyone! Hopefully, she will hug me back (while we are at the pub - of course)  ;D
September 13, 2008 - diagnosed +
Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

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Re: England (April 3 - 10) - Suggestions?
« Reply #49 on: January 10, 2013, 05:24:06 PM »
almost  forgot  have a  "alternate "plan"  for  rainy  days.....  usually went to the  one of the  huge  variety of  Museums  The  grandest is the  British Museum  but that is a  5 day  tour (  the  Brits  gathered all the  best  stuff from every place they set foot  and put it there) ... there is a super  guide book to the   unique Museums      everything from  the  Piano  Museum to  the Military  museum  (  fantastic stuff  from all centuries)

Nick  (  like I said  never got to see it all over a 4 yr  period in spite of  trying)
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