Category Archives: Travel

A Change Was Needed….

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Having been in a bit of a rut, unsure of what to do next, decisions have been made and we’re off on a bit of an adventure….

”It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.” Alan Cohen

Faced with 2 options, neither of which we were keen to go ahead with, the 3rd “definitely right” plan, failed to present itself. So until it does, what better than an “extended holiday”….

Breaking the cardinal rule of “never go back”, we’re heading to the UK for a bit, visit family and friends not seen for too many years whilst we have a bit of a rethink as to our next destination. It should be interesting, as those same family members not seen for 6 years, are being descended upon, unaware of our plans, which we kept “shtoom” until now.

So, for now, we bid farewell to the Okanagan as the snow on the tops of the mountains, seen from the windows, hint at the return of winter. Although warnings of imminent –20Deg in the UK mean we ought to pack the big coats and snowboot cleats.

All changes are more or less tinged with melancholy, for what we are leaving behind is part of ourselves.” Amelia Barr

Whilst there, in the pipeline are football camps, stage schools, recording sessions and live gigs. So, for now, stay tuned. There’s a change a’coming…..

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Full-body scanners are waste of money, Israeli expert says….

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Genius….

Thanks for asking if we wanted them, government of Canada and thanks for doing the homework on them before you forked out the cash, OUR cash. Let’s hope someone kept the receipt….

Full-body scanners are waste of money, Israeli expert says

A leading Israeli airport security expert says the Canadian government has wasted millions of dollars to install “useless” imaging machines at airports across the country.

“I don’t know why everybody is running to buy these expensive and useless machines. I can overcome the body scanners with enough explosives to bring down a Boeing 747,” Rafi Sela told parliamentarians probing the state of aviation safety in Canada.

That’s why we haven’t put them in our airport,” Sela said, referring to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport, which has some of the toughest security in the world.

Read Full Article @ http://tinyurl.com/384jrob

Oh well, it’s not like we need the cash is it. I mean, who needs skool buses anyway….

December Sunset…

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Caught the sun going down…

December Sunset....

…. bit like the temperature. We’re expecting -20’odd any day now. No snow though, which is odd for December in Canada… we now need the temperature to go up a bit now, for the snow.

Time To Ditch Your Cell Phone?….

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One of the peeves here in Canada, for me and a few others by the sound of it, are cell phones and their ludicrously high costs. I may have a solution….

I’ve looked on the web and seen a few people doing it, so it may be a go-er. If so, it’s going to make telephone calls a doddle, even when we’re out and about or traveling, (also, thinking about it, instead of needing tri-band, or quad band phones when you go abroad, expensive roaming charges and so on, you simply take your Skype number and iPod Touch wherever you go!), not to mention, and this is the best bit, virtually free….

The iPod Touch, you know, the full screen one, has the ability to run Skype and other VOIP applications. So, with this in mind, I think it is may be possible, to use this as a phone, as long as you have access to WiFi when you’re out and about and, I assume when you are at home by plugging into the computer, or your router. Although, when at home, I use the computer for all my calls anyway. (If you want to do away with your home phone line, you’ll need to access a WiFi signal from somewhere, which may be tricky. Or simply let your calls go to voicemail, again provided by Skype and check them the next time you are in your favourite coffee shop or library, or WiFi hotspot.)

So, in a nutshell, here’s what I’m thinking of doing….

  1. Get an iPod Touch. As large a memory as you can afford may be wise, but it has to be one of the new ones.
  2. Download the Skype App for it.
  3. Get a Skype In number. (If your country isn’t one of the ones on the list, either pick another country, or do a search on the Internet for other providers. As to be expected, Canada isn’t one of the ones provided for, the telecommunications here is nuts. But then, I’ve always wanted an office in New York…)
  4. Get some Skype Out credit, or sign up for a Skype Out subscription, allowing you on some plans, unlimited calls to certain countries.
  5. Use this for all my calls.

Anyone got any thoughts on this? If not, I’m off to get an iPod Touch, no one tell the missus though, eh. She want’s a puppy….

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Wow!!!….

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Sitting on the beach, last weekend, in the Okanagan Campsite, just past Peachland….

South Campsite...

There’s 2 parts to this site, a north and a south. Both a great little sites, but the north part is terraced down to the lake, although the beach is beautiful. The south is all flat and the beach ain’t too bad either. Take your pick, the sites in both parts were excellent in my book, all with tables, fire pit/BBQ’s, some secluded, some open allowing you to meet your “neighbours”.

In true Canadian fashion, as we walked round the bay, back to our bench, we got talking to a couple of guys, a pilot and his old man, down on the dog part of the beach, with a couple of labradors. It didn’t take long before we were offered a beer and we stayed chatting for an hour, as the kids joined in keeping the dogs entertained. They were regulars, on this stretch of beach every weekend, hurling huge sticks into the lake for their dogs to fetch, whilst drinking a few cans and chatting, even apparently in the depths of winter.

We walked back along the beach with them and got the campstove crank’d up and fried some organic smokies, that we have discovered at the Farmers Market, homemade by a German couple. (They make a great breakfast roll, which has now become part of the whole Saturday morning market experience, forgoing the usual toast and cereal. A bit of a habit now actually….)

Organic Smokies...

Sam took this one, as I was handed mine….

Wow!

…. they were bloody tasty though! Wrapped up with tomatos, lettuce and cucumber, a definite hit.

And as we ate them, we had this view, from the camp table, as the sun went down behind us….

South Campsite Beach...

With sites like this, the tent is great, but I’m considering a caravan. Nothing fancy, just with 4 beds is enough. All we need is somewhere to sleep and store the food. Just being able to pull in to sites like this one, for $12 a night, (6 quid, in the UK, roughly….) is tempting. Think about it, a lakefront property for $12! All summer holiday long. Some of these sites even have wifi now, which means I can get some work done as well, whilst the kids play on the beach….

…. I’m off up the caravan showroom tomorrow.

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