Archive for the ‘Diary’ Category

New Car in New Zealand

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Been back in New Zealand for 5 weeks and we finally bought a car today. Was quite keen to get a manual Toyota station wagon. After watching TradeMe for a while, we finally found one up in Dargaville at

It’s a 2002 Toyota Camry, 2.2 litre, manual with 141,000 kms on the clock, New Zealand new with only one owner. After a nice drive back, we’re happy with the purchase.

Here’s some more pictures:

Some more details on the car here:

Toyota Camry

Mechanical Guitar Machine

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Saw this guy and his cool machine a few years ago. Cycled there last Saturday and he was back and I had my camera ready. Click on the photos for the video. Here’s Phils website:

Bath Street Performer with his guitar machine
Bath Street Performer with his guitar machine

Active Circuits Ltd

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

This is my company! The name now officially registered with companies office all ready to start when I get home to NZ.

Bristol Beer Festival

Friday, March 20th, 2009

An annual event for us with Richard, Ian, Adam & Friends was great fun as usual, this year I did particularly well in choosing my beers, following my skilled analysis of which names sound the best, and did not choose any I didn’t like.  I was a little disappointed in the lack of bearded men this event normally draws – the men of the south west must have finally found razors.  After beer we had the necessary curry to round things off.

Oliver – London

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Thursday 26th Feb, Amy organised for a group of us to see the musical Oliver with Rowan Atkinson playing Fagin.  It was brilliant, we had great seats in the front of the stalls, so close you almost felt part of the show.  The cast really was amazing specially the kids, their performance was so good it was hard to believe they were only 10-13 years old.  I know I’m raving like a lunatic about the show but it is the best show I’ve ever seen.  For this performance we had Laurence Jeffcoate as Oliver, Ross McCormack as the Artful Dodger, Jodie Prenger as Nancy, Jay Bryce as Bill Sikes and of course Rowan Atkinson as Fagin.  View Oliver website

We also had a nice surprise while waiting out front of the Theatre Royal, Daniel Radcliffe walked right past me on his way into watch the show – my very first celebrity!