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Beyond the Pale - A 'pale' is a fencepost. The English Pale was a boundary in Ireland marking out the part of Ireland under direct English rule circa 1450 (which included Dublin and environs). Those that lived 'beyond the pale', outside of English rule, were considered out of control and uncivilised. You decide...

Thursday, November 30, 2000

Fragments from the Australia Diaries 2000 (part 28) - NZ Abel Tasman

Team Ireland, storming it!
THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT WENT TO SEA...

It was our first really really sunny day and we were going kayaking with the Kiwi Experience in the coastal nirvana that is Abel Tasman...


Tuesday, November 28, 2000

Fragments from the Australia Diaries 2000 (part 27) - NZ Nelson

New Zealand ferrari
LET'S SEE WHAT THIS BABY CAN DO...

Our first port of call was Nelson, a beaut of a place. We went Quad Biking there. I honestly think I have found my calling, I feel the need for speed. We were bombing it through forests, up mountains, over lakes (OVER lakes, what am I, walking on water now). There were a few scary bits, when I had slowed to the back so I could get a clear stretch to myself (a major no no apparently) and I went out of control and nearly swan dived into a gorge!


Sunday, November 26, 2000

Fragments from the Australia Diaries 2000 (part 26) - NZ South Island




SOUTH ISLAND...SWEET AS

We arrived in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, our last stop before the South Island. Wellington is terrific, I took to it a lot more than Auckland. It's got a great harbour that the town and its hills have bloomed around, and that's exactly what it feels like, a 'town'. It's very easy to get around, has a great relaxed friendly vibe and is confident in its coolness when it comes to food. music, and the arts.


Sunday, November 19, 2000

Fragments from the Australia Diaries 2000 (part 25) - NZ North Island


NEW ZEALAND - HIGHS AND LOWS

My brain is bursting with all the activities this country has to offer. You come here as a mouse and you leave a lion...


Sunday, November 5, 2000

Fragments from the Australia Diaries 2000 (part 24) - NZ North Island

Great seat, lots of leg room
NEW ZEALAND, ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND OR LARGE SHEEP FARM?

New Zealand is the BOMB Baby, having said that...


Friday, November 3, 2000

Fragments from the Australia Diaries 2000 (part 23) - Port Stephens

Who's drivin' this thing...

ROAD TRIP CONTINUES

Next up, the high speed boat which we picked up on a whim at the harbour of Port Stephens. It was superb!


Thursday, November 2, 2000

Fragments from the Australia Diaries 2000 (part 22) - Hunter Valley


ROAD TRIP

Well, I had the best weekend last week (it was road trip time). The morning was a mad dash as we had to get over to Katrinas house in Sydney's North Shore, she had picked up the rental car. The car was perfect, very city slickers. We piled in, threw some road music in the CD player and away we were. I was pretty quiet on the way out, things on my mind. We arrived in Hunter Valley, that’s a wine valley about 2 hours from Sydney. We were sooo lucky Katrina was with us, aside from the dazzling company, she knew the place like the back of her hand and was able to scoot us along to one vineyeard after the other.