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January 2004...

Apparently Winter, Winter apparently...

Snow? Twice, and not much of it. Freezing nights? Er, not really. This winter was a bit of a let-down, with hardly any real need for the Korean-toughened 'ready for Siberia' gear that we'd dug out of storage to cope with the English winter. Even HAT-FREE days are quite possible, which is a hell of a thing for someone in my skin-maxed situation...

HARBOURSIDE IN BRISTOL WITH THE JOHN CABOT.

BRISTOL'S BOATING HERITAGE. This city is the site of several really notable seafaring firsts: for example, the 'Matthew' is a replica of the ship that carried explorer John Cabot from Bristol to North America in 1497. "Well aged and weatherbeaten with a long and distinguished history" some people say - and that's just ME! This is the Bristol harbourside in late January 2004, and if the pic spurs you on for more, you can always have a gander at some decent 360' panorama shots of the area.

ALL HANDS ON DECK.

WHEEL OF A TIME. Derek had popped up for a weekend's visit from Plymouth, and we did the whole tourist thing in Bristol while L stayed at home with the heating on and her shoes off. Visiting the SS Great Britain was absolutely obligatory, seeing as she WAS the world's first modern ship and was built right here in Bristol. Here we are on the deck at the ship's wheel, which steered her from one end of the world to the other several times before the ship was left derelict and rotting in a small bay in the Falkland islands after the First World War ... See the history of the ship here at the official site.

HARRY POTTER AND THE GRINNING LOON. No, not a new book - just a way of explaining where I am. Not too far from us is the city of Gloucester, famous for its ancient Roman history as well as for its more modern impact as part of Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter films. See more about that on their local BBC site if you want to. Being a bit of a history nut, I was able to spend a really good hour or so wandering around the place in the company of my nearest and dearest as well as a brilliantly-sussed tourguide who could not be stopped from telling us every bit of trivia he could about the place. The others might have grumbled a bit and looked meaningfully at their watches, but this was  just my cup of char. NON-HAIRY ROTTER!

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