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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #80 on: Wednesday April 22, 2009, 11:46:20 AM »
Well, I'd take a guess that Matt is about 8 hours away (by car), give or take some - the US isn't small, ;)

It's actually closer to 20 hours by car.  ;D

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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #81 on: Wednesday April 22, 2009, 04:21:27 PM »
Sounds like a plan Caz, great trip!

Are you two in the same neck of the woods, so to speak?


Thinking about that though, most of the US is north a bit and west a bit from here.


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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #82 on: Wednesday April 22, 2009, 05:49:54 PM »
Ooh, I loved the Isle of Skye, Caz.  All windblown, cloudy, rainy and romantic....  And the drive to get there is unbelievably gorgeous.


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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #83 on: Wednesday April 22, 2009, 06:26:24 PM »
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it shows we were related some how to the McDonald's

so you might be able to get discount on a Big Mac perhaps?

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- so I want to see the McDonald castle too
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* andyb removed link to derelict castle image as no longer available

hmm - doesn't look as if there's a lot left... :-\   Nice view though...

Btw - if you are OK with cheap and cheerful, and are able to plan at least a couple of weeks in advance, the Travelodge chain of hotels isn't too bad. A family room sleeps up to four (max 3 adults and 1 child -prices are per room only) and could cost as little as £19 per night if you can book at least 21 days ahead (note: not all hotels offer discount rooms at the same time... but you may be lucky...).

They have hotels in Scotland and a few in Northern Ireland and Eire too...

Try http://www.travelodge.co.uk/saver_rooms/

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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #84 on: Wednesday April 22, 2009, 11:46:29 PM »
Thanks, Andy, and actually it'd be Armadale castle, but that's the one that the McDonald clan lived in. I'll have to have a look at the link, I've searched all over London and area for hotels, I nearly had a stroke when I saw some wanted $800.00 - $1,000 (that's what it'd be in US currency, I converted) for a night in a hotel. All I really need is a double room that is clean and sleepable, I don't need one with a bar and spa and fancy furniture,  :D I noticed they tend to have sales on hotels/rates, but it shows regular prices when no discount and I check ratings and comments too, so my favorites thing has sooo much saved from luggage, hotels in England and Scotland to travel accessories, I'm trying to organise ... I don't know how Matt got through his trip with out a nervous period like I'm having, but probably easier for people who've traveled before (I've never been on a plane or out of the US)

>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armadale_Castle <<


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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #85 on: Thursday April 23, 2009, 12:57:58 PM »
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PS - I'm not sure what you were trying to show me in the message, it just showed up a little red X.

It was an image of the McDonald's castle ruin in Scotland on a very picturesque clifftop/coastline - it worked for a wee while and then disappeared...  ::)
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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #86 on: Thursday April 23, 2009, 01:41:36 PM »
That McDonald castle is kinda neat.  We were driving by and stopped to get a better view... as we were poking around a piper comes out of nowhere and started playing... very atmospheric!  If I'm remembering correctly, the McDonalds were the hereditary pipers to one of the most powerful clans on the island (but I can't remember which clan that was!)

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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #87 on: Saturday April 25, 2009, 12:50:06 AM »
Hmmm..

I had a feel of things to come tonight, temperature wise.

I've just got back from the Friday night eat-out, and as I walked to the car at the restaurant, I thought to myself "Bloomin 'eck it feels warm".

I got back into the car, and the temperature gauge said 89 degrees fahrenheit. I started driving thinking it might go down a bit, cause it didn't seem that hot.

Well, it got down to 81 and didn't go down any more.

81 degrees at quarter-to-nine at night.

Crikey Mavis, that's hot!
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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #88 on: Saturday April 25, 2009, 02:31:50 AM »
Aaaaah, a tropical evening.......was there a trade wind as well?

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PS How are you feet in the heat? We are the ones who walk (walked) about in sandals in the cold if you recall.
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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #89 on: Saturday April 25, 2009, 02:34:43 AM »
Oh, Matty Matt.... That's just the 80's, it's only spring, you haven't seen anything... I'm not too sure how it gets there in the summer.........but I assume it's not too much different than here, and it gets up into the 100's here in summer.  ;)
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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #90 on: Saturday April 25, 2009, 02:58:41 AM »
Oh, Matty Matt.... That's just the 80's, it's only spring, you haven't seen anything... I'm not too sure how it gets there in the summer.........but I assume it's not too much different than here, and it gets up into the 100's here in summer.  ;)

Oh dear heavens........... :faint: :faint: :shake: :crazy: :doh: zzz zzz

Eeek, how far are you away from Matt. That sounds positively scary.

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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #91 on: Saturday April 25, 2009, 03:04:52 AM »
Well so far the heat hasn't been much of a problem, simply because there hasn't been too much of it.  :-\

The good news is the apartment, the office and the car are all air conditioned, and I've brought the sandals with me, so keeping cool is fairly easy. I mut remember to leave the sunroof on the car open though. The leather seats were too hot this afternoon after work.

If things start getting tingly in the feet department, then the medical centre is just across the way, and there's a pharmacy at Walmart.

I'll be fine (Ithink)

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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #92 on: Saturday April 25, 2009, 12:23:18 PM »
Yes, you will need AC, I'm fairly sure... most places here get to at least the 90's, in the hottest summer months. (with the exception of a few cold states, or cooler states) I'd die without it, heat isn't good on my conditions either, so you aren't alone. With the car, I think it'll get warm either way, maybe cooler if you park in the shade. Well, if you can find a shady parking place.


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Oh, and Jane, I imagine where he lives gets to the 90's or higher... But when I was younger, I remember it not getting so hot, in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kansas (I went back and forth from those states and eventually lived in all 3) The weather I remember usually being in the early 90's, over the last few years I've seen it get up to 103-110 - this makes me think this probably has to the with global warming, to be honest.  It's been reported in a lot of the world up temp rise above what was considered before the normal. Look at the polar bears, the ice melted and they are struggling to survive, it seems temp change is going all over.  :-\
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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #93 on: Saturday April 25, 2009, 01:09:02 PM »
I mut remember to leave the sunroof on the car open though. The leather seats were too hot this afternoon after work.

You might consider just keeping a towel in the car to sit on.  I'd worry about rain if I left the sunroof open.

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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #94 on: Saturday April 25, 2009, 07:48:42 PM »
Oh Matty...

Bless your dear heart. If you think the 80s is warm, I'm going to feel a little worried about you now. North Carolina gets mad hot in the summer... the 80s is "nice."

TF is right about the sunroof. The best thing to do is get a reflective sunscreen for the windshield. That and (although I bet you've figured this out already) open all the car doors to let the heat escape before you actually get in. It comes out and looks all wavy - it's kinda neat. Don't touch the waves; they're hot.

And I know it sounds odd, but stay outside as much as possible. You really do get used to it, and then you don't feel it as bad. But don't overdo it, and get plenty of water.

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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #95 on: Saturday April 25, 2009, 08:26:06 PM »
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Bless your dear heart. If you think the 80s is warm, I'm going to feel a little worried about you now. North Carolina gets mad hot in the summer... the 80s is "nice."

* andyb crosses North Carolina off the 'Places to visit' list... and Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kansas...

*thinks* hmm I wonder what Iceland's like in the Summer...
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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #96 on: Saturday April 25, 2009, 08:55:57 PM »
I like it.

It's just unexpected, that's all.

In good old Blighty, in April, we usually have rain. Well acually, it's rainy most months.

I can cope with the heat.
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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #97 on: Saturday April 25, 2009, 09:43:12 PM »
Northern Ontario (in fact, most of Northern Canada.... and the coasts) doesn't get that warm, Andyb!

90's bearable, but when you start factoring in Humidexes, that's when I want to move into the refrigerator for the summer.

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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #98 on: Monday May 18, 2009, 11:47:13 PM »
I've put my Mod hat on and split the discussion away from this post and created a new thread 'Visiting Caanada etc' as we were hijacking Matt's Big thread!

It can be found here: http://www.skincell.org/community/index.php/topic,24604.0.html

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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #99 on: Friday May 29, 2009, 11:45:43 AM »
Well, it's 3 months today since I started the new job.

That's a quarter of the entire stay.

A quarter! Already!!!!

I can't belive how quickly the time is flying by!

Anyhoo time for another day at work :)
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