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Stan, our man down under!
« on: February 22, 2015, 01:53:16 AM »

Hi Guys not been on Mayhem for a while. We have been in Sydney and both islands of New Zealand taken lots of pictures of ships of all types while away will post them on my return home.

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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2015, 09:20:04 AM »

Welcome home, Stan! 


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Re: Not Been on Mayhem
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2015, 11:16:41 AM »

Sits back in anticipation! But its always great to be back in God's Own County isn't it Stan.

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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2015, 11:30:20 AM »

You certainly get around Stan. Switzerland last year and now the other side of the world. Hope you had a great time :-))
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Re: Not Been on Mayhem
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2015, 12:42:04 PM »

Hi ya Stan - welcome back and it sounds like you've had a great holiday!
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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2015, 08:20:19 AM »

Hi Guys just had our farewell meal will be leaving Tuesday afternoon. More to follow.


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Re: Not Been on Mayhem
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2015, 08:11:00 PM »

Now waiting for our transfer to the airport take care all.


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Re: Not Been on Mayhem
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2015, 08:40:18 PM »

See ya soon Stan, safe landing.


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Re: Not Been on Mayhem
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2015, 10:15:02 PM »

Stan who !!   :} :} :}

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« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2015, 01:24:33 AM »

Hi Guys its 14 30 here waiting for our transfer should be back in the uk on Wednesday take everyone have missed you all.

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Re: Not Been on Mayhem
« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2015, 02:46:40 AM »

 
Mayhem Jet setters ... living the High Life, Stan!
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« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2015, 10:56:14 AM »

HI Guys just leaving our hotel in Manchester after a good nights sleep. Left Auckland on Tuesday at 3 15 pm arrivied at our hotel in Manchester at 8pm last night just under 24 hrs non stop pictures to follow next week take care.
 
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« Reply #12 on: February 26, 2015, 07:42:03 PM »

Hi Stan,
Who did you fly with? It took us 38 hours from Manchester to Christchurch and 32 hours to return.
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« Reply #13 on: February 26, 2015, 08:01:20 PM »

When we travelled to New Zealand we did a two day stopover at Singapore outbound and a one day stopover inbound which gave us the opportunity of a decent bed for a night's sleep.

Still a helluva long way by plane though and not an entirely pleasant experience but NZ was a fantastic destination which made it all worth it. I have never enjoyed driving so much and don't expect to again!

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« Reply #14 on: February 26, 2015, 09:04:52 PM »

First leg outbound. Manchester to Dubai 7 hrs  2hrs in Dubai then 13 Hrs to Sydney. Five days in Sydney then on to Christchurch 2.5 hrs. Return leg left Auckland 18 00 arrived Brisbane 16 00 hrs  left Brisbane 20 30 hrs  arrived Dubai at 05 00 9 hr lay over in Dubai. Left Dubai at 14 35 arrived Manchester at 19 00. Total travel time excluding lay overs around 23 hrs flying time. New Zealand is a fantastic place to visit. We flew on the Airbus 380 and Boeing 777. During our stay in New Zealand we were about 7 200 miles from home I think we passed through 3/4 time zones. Airline was Emirates.

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« Reply #15 on: February 26, 2015, 09:59:05 PM »

As mentioned earlier, NZ was the best driving experience I have ever had. Every time you went round a bend there was new view. Driving from Dunedin to Queenstown was so good I never wanted it to end! Definitely something to do before you die!

Driving over the Canadian Rockies was also unforgettable but I think NZ edged it.

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Re: Stan the Man - back from 3 Lands down under!
« Reply #16 on: February 26, 2015, 10:33:32 PM »

Topic renamed!  :-)
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Re: Stan the Man - back from 3 Lands down under!
« Reply #17 on: February 27, 2015, 09:07:45 AM »

Stan, you should have told us you were coming, we could have easily got you in to a lot of trouble and could even have involved some model boating! {-)
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Re: Stan the Man - back from 3 Lands down under!
« Reply #18 on: February 27, 2015, 01:43:13 PM »

Just heading off that way. Three weeks in the Bilpin-Kurrajong area. Any model boating around there? Had hoped to get down to Melbourne and Whyalla to see friends, but it's such a big country, and we need to relax.

Emirates and Qantas with stopovers in Bangkok on the way out and Singapore returning. Qantas let you reserve seats on the upper decks of their A380s, the advantage being that there are rows of just two seats. Catch being that it's A$50 a pop.
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Re: Stan the Man - back from 3 Lands down under!
« Reply #19 on: February 27, 2015, 05:45:46 PM »

Hope to have some pictures soon. Still feeling jet feeling jet lagged.

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Re: Stan the Man - back from 3 Lands down under!
« Reply #20 on: February 27, 2015, 09:15:03 PM »

I'm glad you enjoyed it Stan. As Colin said, New Zealand is a very beautiful country, especially the south island. One of my sisters and her husband lived there for over 10 years, and during that time my wife and I visited on four occasions - then they were inconsiderate enough to move back to Australia :o <:( {-)  They lived near Geraldine, in South Canterbury, then moved to Landsdowne Valley, about 20 minutes from the centre of Christchurch. The two islands are very different, scenically, and the south island can be very cold in winter, but it is a spectacular part of the world. I once spoke to an Aucklander who told me that all there is in the south island is scenery :-) , and it's true. There are fewer people in the south island than there are in Auckland. The north island is also beautiful, but in a different way; the volcanic areas of Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe are awe inspiring.


From the perspective of a Britisher, it's a long way away, but the northern hemisphere is just as far away from us  O0  and the long flight is, after all, simply a means to an end.


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Re: Stan the Man - back from 3 Lands down under!
« Reply #21 on: February 27, 2015, 09:49:49 PM »

Couldn't agree more Peter. NZ South island has mind blowing scenery, never seen anything like it. But the North island also has a huge amount to offer with gentler but really attractive scenery plus the volcanic areas are just amazing. Our trip was unforgettable, nothing comes close.

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Re: Stan the Man - back from 3 Lands down under!
« Reply #22 on: February 28, 2015, 07:28:51 AM »

We enjoyed both  south and north islands. The maritime museum in Sydney for me was just the icing on the cake. and the bridge climb is a must if you ever visit Sydney. My internal clock is now getting back to normal still waking around 4am and feeling tired early evening.

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« Reply #23 on: February 28, 2015, 09:53:31 AM »

Hi Sydney Maritime museum is great as is the one at Perth, puts our one in London to shame.

The bridge climb was heavily booked when I was there but my knees might not have been up to it.
However I did helm my son's sailing yacht under the Sydney Harbour bridge, on the way back the "Police" waterborne came along side to suggest it was time to put our lights on.  Very polite as well.

Swimming on the Great Barrier Reef was also one of those boxes you have just got to tick.
I have since snorkelled in the Andaman Sea and that was impressive as well.
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Re: Stan the Man - back from 3 Lands down under!
« Reply #24 on: March 01, 2015, 03:56:16 PM »

HI Guys just got some of my pictures back and I hope to post some every day. First group show some of the vessels moored in Darling harbour. A daring Class destroyer HMAS Vampire and I think an Oberon class submarine HMAS Onslow. Thirsty work all this walking about so before we started a spot of lunch was needed, more to follow.

Stan :-)) :-)) :-)) :-)) :-)) :-))
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