Apparently England didn't win

Trip Start Apr 28, 2010
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Trip End Jul 08, 2010


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Sunday, June 27, 2010

The roads out of Dover are helpfully signed "Drive on the left" for several miles no doubt from bitter experience. It was very strange, especially on roundabouts, and looking for traffic when pulling onto the road. We both like riding on the right, it felt very natural. We've written before how European bikers acknowledge each other constantly, and it's probably because it's easy - you move your left hand a little way off the bar and - instant nonchalant wave, very visible to your new best friend. Do that with your right hand on right hand drive roads and you'll have someone furiously honking away at you from behind as they take desperate action to avoid ramming you up the clacker - your right hand being your throttle hand of course.

It's a pretty short drive from Dover to Boughton -being one of England's hundreds of lovely old villages, and a very short distance from Canterbury. We stayed at a pub which was built in the 1400s and restored in the 1980s. We had two nights, Saturday and Sunday. It's another beautiful pub. The interior had loads of the original rough sawn timbers still. Back to English breakfasts too. We felt a bit sorry for this German couple who were standing at the breakfast buffet looking at the little packets of rice bubbles wondering where all the food was. The waitress said to them "Having the full English this morning are we?" and we could see they didn't have a clue what she was talking about. It was a treat to see them staring from the baked beans and fried bread on their plates to each other and back again. Of course they got their revenge only a few hours later when Germany flogged England in the World Cup.

We've seen the World cup unfold in Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany and Holland. There's been flags flying from cars, young women with stick-on flags on their faces, t-shirts, all about the same. All good natured as well as passionate. We have to saay it isn't like that in England. It was a bit desperate. The papers ran a jingoistic anti-German line the day before, and several of them went on about "the war". After it all came crashing down, the papers were baying for blood. Even the BBC morning show was asking why England lost to Germany. The England captain summed it up rationally - he said, they're a brilliant side and they deserved to win. We saw four seperate incidents on the afternoon of the match - one before and three after. All involved young male England fans and all included ugly racist/anti-German bile and menacing behaviour to random passers by. One was directed at a group of German school students on an excursion in Canterbury. We saw nothing like it anywhere else. We wonder why it is so hard to accept a loss graciously, at least in this competition. And we got bailed up by a very drunk bloke in the pub who gave us a very long and tedious post-mortem.

That's the serious bit over. The weather is still fabulous - 30 degrees and blazing sunshine. We've both had the consistently best summer weather we've ever experienced - who'd have thought it in Europe and Britain? How lucky are we...

Canterbury is lovely as lots of people will know. Dave hasn't seen it before but Di has. Of course we should stay longer but we can't have everything. We really enjoyed the stay in a little village again. As with our  friends in Wezup, Holland, it allowed us to smell nature and walk on the grass and soil.

We've put some photos of both Boughton and Canterbury on this page. We've also put three short videos on of a ride through the back roads of Kent. It's such stunning country that instead of cutting the footage down to about two minutes, we've put three up of two plus minutes each. Our biker friends I reckon will enjoy the roads and loads of people should find some scenery to enjoy.  They're each about 25 Mb so you may have to start them then pause them for a short while to let the buffering catch up. It's worth it. Dries and Paula - these are perfect for 80 km/hr rides on old English iron - although the roads are pretty rough. We wish we'd shot some on-bike footage of rural Holland too. It's beautiful in a different way.

A certain someone has made a subtle reference to V8 Holden utes and perhaps implied it's a bit excessive? Our response is, you don't need a 5.7 litre V8 - until you've got one of your own...

We're in London now, back at Earl's Court - Jackson Browne at the Albert Hall tomorrow night. Can't wait!
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Comments

John and Mary on

Have really enjoyed your blog and will be sorry to see it come to an end .

PHIL on

jackson browne is a great act always loved his musical ability especially songwriting. he doesn;t seem to age! AND HIS VOICE IS AMAZING, SHOULDBE A GREAT CONCERT. DAVE WE ARE ADDING A FEW NEW SONGS IF YOU AGREEN WITH GOOD BASS RIFFS. HAVE YOU HAD A CHANCE TO PLAY OR ARE YOU TOO BUSY TRAVELLING GETTING EVERYTHING IN. UNREAL JOURNEY YOU HAVE MADE AND WITH WEATHER SO SIMILAR TO MT GAMBIER (NOT), MY SENSE OF HUMOUR REGARDING WEATHER IS STARTING TO SUBSIDE! CHEERS PHIL

Mum on

Thank you for the beautiful account, photos and videos of Kent. Takes us back to England's green and pleasant land with its lush greenery. You are probably there at the best time before the higher temperatures which Britain now experiences, kill the grass. The villages look classical. These are the things we still miss even though we love Australia and are so grateful for what it has given to us. Must go and pick up Erica for our regular Wenesday outing. We may go to see Shrek 3 this arfo. Haven't seen films 1 and 2 but it probably doesn't matter. On a Mt. Gambier winter's day of ten degrees, the pics. are a good option. Lots of love. Mum and Dad.

clockmaker on

Aha, some cold feet coming up, but changing the subject from pedigree to amount of cilinders won't help. Thing is that I realised that a certain make of car has origines in Chevy's who are GM products as are Vauxhall's and Opel's. So one could argue whether a certain make of car is not sort of a beefed up Opel Kadett. Because these happen to be originating from Germany one could conclude that certain Australian's are driving German SUV's.
cheers from a fellow SUV driver

Baz on

As a card carrying member of the v8 ute club ,im here to reassure you dave , that the club ,as a whole ( yes it includes pedro), totally supports your statement

broniahenty
broniahenty on

Holdens are clearly overrated rubbish European knock offs - I think that's the message getting through and quite rightly so. Come on guys I know you're back in boring England that you did last time but I have withdrawal symptoms for some updates!!

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