Daz becomes British

Trip Start Oct 11, 2009
Trip End Mar 10, 2010

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

24nd London

As I said earlier the flight to London was thankfully uneventful, I was worried that there would be more snow in London and there would be delays or worse cancelations as had happened several times in previous few weeks. When it comes to flights, boring = good!!

But this was not a trip of choice or pleasure, it was one of necessity, I had to be present for my citizenship ceremony which had taken me the last 3 years and over 3000 to obtain. I had delayed the ceremony for as long as possible so as an attempt to not to disrupt our trip, but time was up and I could not delay any further without financial penalty or furnishing explanations which probably would not cut the mustard with the home office, so here I am back in London.  

The difference in temperature was dramatic... 23 degrees C in Agadir vs 6 degrees in London. I had my thermals on and 2 fleeces to stay warm.

Hayden and Gill were kindly putting me up / putting up with me while I was back in the UK. Even better they beered me and fed my some great home cooked cannelloni.

25th London

Ceremony tomorrow so today spent doing a few chores like picking up some fuses and light globes for Scooby and buying porridge which can't be bought in Morocco.

Few beers in the Narrow with Hayden and Gill, then cooked them dinner... it was OK but not the taste sensation I had imagined I was concocting.

26th London

Well, it’s Australia Day and it is with a great deal of irony that today is the day I become British. The Ceremony was in Bow in East London but not until 2pm, so I spent the morning watching the Australian Open tennis final in an effort to prove to myself that I was not less Aussie for becoming a dual citizen. No, now I was an Aussie with the privilege of being allowed a European passport. For Gypsies like Kim and I this is a real bonus... if we choose in the future to live or work anywhere in the EU we can. Not something we will take advantage of immediately, but I would not be surprised if we decided to live in Spain or France in 5 or 10 years time.

The Ceremony was pretty dry, the Mayor of Tower Hamlets giving us a rundown of what it means to be British and how we can become involved in the community. There were about 25 people becoming British along with me from all over the globe, including Brazil, Singapore, Somalia, NZ, SA and 3 other Aussies. We all pledged our allegiance to Queen and Country and made and "Solemn Oath" before singing “God Save the Queen” for the first time in my life. After the ceremony I had a few brews with the other Aussies in the pub next door to celebrate.

The celebrations continued with Gill and Hayden with a nice Italian dinner washed down with a few Peroni’s... kind of appropriate as its European and now so am I.
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