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  1. Just popping by- long time no visit! I really need to update my profile etc though as I'm now caching in Scotland rather than Cyprus and have a 3 month old baby boy to cache with! (and a fiance who got hooked with his Android c:geo app! Hes trying to beat me..... no chance!) I can't ride a bike anymore- not so practical with a wee one and my license isn't valid in the UK! Number 94 on the list- apart from one coin in the hands of RiverCacher/ family, my other two Toadie coins are in the hands of cachers who have been active but not logged any activity on the coins. Am chasing for updates and will keep you all posted. Safe journeys!
  2. I am still a safe biker- sorry I haven't been in here so long now I have a job, I have less 'play' time This morning we went to see a lawyer about the accident I had back in January. So, we go into his office and he asks me to draw a plan of the accident. He didn't even look at it before saying that I was at fault- and even if the guy was driving on the wrong side of the road (my side) it was still my fault. We had to clarify this with him- so basically it is legal to drive on the wrong side of the road, hit someone, cause property damage and personal injury- and it's not your fault. Yes says the lawyer. WTF says we and rants our way out of the office. David gets home and shoots off an email to the head office of the insurance saying that obviously we were mis-sold the insurance as it's worthless and we would like a full refund. I go out cleaning. I get back to the flat and my phone is ringing- someone from the insurance company asking to speak to David. She rants and raves down the phone saying that she should have been contacted first- she is the Head of the legal department. She was so angry that the local insurance guy didn't advise us correctly- and very angry that he had told us to go to a local lawyer! Both of the emails David had sent had been forwarded to her. And the best bit? THE OTHER GUY HAS ADMITTED LIABILITY AND NEGLIGENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We have to contact his insurance company and get the forms to fill out- I can claim for my bike to be replaced and any personal injuries, like the shock I suffered as a result of the accident!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So I will be biking again soon- and will take my local test to prove how safe a driver I am Keep safe on the roads today and remember that road rash is not a sign of how cool you are- its a sign of stupidity!
  3. Some of you may have seen this before- this is the remains of my scooter after my accident in early January. Happier times I shall share here though. I used to ride a 100cc Honda Kinetic- an old old thing- its around 13 years old and its done well for its age but it was getting to the point of more repairs than used time. My Other Half had some money for work he had done and decided that if my bike broke down again, he would buy me a new one. So, one Saturday after the Kinetic refused to start again, he went out with a friend, driving round all the bike sellers and places they knew that sold scooters both new and second hand. He found this one- a beautiful 150cc Chinese scooter, leather seat, fantastic suspension, really comfy ride- and decided to buy it for me- it was around 3 months old, still had 6 months warranty on it and only around 500km on the clock. On Saturdays here in Cyprus, the shops etc are only open in the mornings- so he bought the bike, sorted the registration and then drove frantically to the bank to sort out insurance (having to put it in his name as he didn't have my driving license etc and didn't want to ring me!). So he drives down to where I work- him on the new bike and turns up in my kitchen where I was working as a pub cook and says I have something for you. It was the weekend before my birthday last year. I was busy and had to clear the orders I had, but my boss helped drag me out of the kitchen. They made me close my eyes and dragged me all through the pub, with customers watching. David stopped me outside the pub, told me to hold my hand out and dropped the keys in my hand with a 'Happy Birthday'. I cried when I saw this beautiful scooter sitting there. She was the most comfortable and safe ride ever- and I am now crying cos some idiot hit her and ripped the back wheel off. I miss my bike so much, she's sitting in the local bike dealers and every so often I pass her and boy, do I miss that shiny newness. Thanks for the cointest and the chance to share my bike picture- I don't have many of her- I think my Other Half has some nice ones on his camera somewhere- I just was too busy using her and not taking photos I guess- its also true what they say about not missing something until it's gone.
  4. Here is a video- the slogan is Watch for Cyclists. How many passes do the team in white make?
  5. I don't have a bag for geocaching yet! I will have to take a photo of my coat LOL as all I take out is OH's GPS (Garmin 12), a pen and a couple of bits of swag- local keyrings or magnets- says she who has only found one cache so far LOLOL
  6. oop sorry bad word in web address. Will find clean one.
  7. Signs your cow may have Mad Cow Disease: 1) Your cow insists on wearing a little steak sauce behind each ear as cologne. 2) She refuses to let you milk her, saying "Not on the first date." 3) Your cow takes up painting and cuts off one of its ears. 4) Your cow gets a silicon implant for her udder. 5) Your cow appears on Oprah, claiming to be a horse trapped in a cow's body. 6) Your cow demands to be branded with the 'Golden Archs Logo'. 7) Your cow insists that all Hindus are sacred. 8) Your cow thought Bruce Seldon would beat Mike Tyson. 9) Your cow insists evaporated milk comes from thirsty cows. 10) Your cow quits the family dairy business and applies for a job at Burger King. 11) She starts giving you Milk of Amnesia. 12) Your cow joins the Hell's Angels because, hey, its already got a cool leather jacket. 13) Your cow starts smoking its grass rather than eating it. 14) Your cow spends half the day sitting in the Lotus Position chanting "MOO" backwards. 15) Your cow insists that it can give you chocolate milk if you started feeding it Hershey bars. 16) Your cow seems to actually enjoy being 'Hogtied'. 17) Your cow asks you to brand it again but only if you'll wear something sexy this time. 18) Your cow purposely blinds itself with a dart and yells out "Bullseye"! 19) Your cow starts smoking the cowlick. 20) Your cow becomes a Muslim and asks to be called "LaCream Abdul Milkbar". 21) Your cow insists Milk Duds are the result of stupid cows. 22) Your cow starts laughing hysterically until milk spurts out its nose. 23) You find your cow hiding secret plans to burn down half of Chicago. 24) Your cow keeps wanting to chew other cows cuds. 25) Your cow believes it could really jump over the moon, like in the nursery rhyme, if it got a really good run at it. From HERE please take a look at the page and then click on the Mad Cow at the bottom of the page- I can remember receiving this during one of the Mad Cow outbreaks in the UK and it still makes me laugh today
  8. Oh boy. What a shame I won't be able to get the answers in for FTF! Just my luck that I have started a new job and won't have time to search until tomorrow (my day off!)- good luck everyone!
  9. More than an hour since my last post and I have been drooling over some of the amazing cache locations you have in New Zealand. I'd also like to visit this one: Once Were Trains (Upper Hutt) GCAFA9 Why? Another train one and a funny tunnel story! My godparents live in Cheltenham (and my godfather Dave is another train nut) One day before we were due to go and see them again, Dave rings my dad and says, I found a new branch line that we haven't 'done' yet (either ridden down the line on a train or walked down the line where the tracks have been taken up). Bring torches and jumpers, there is a really long tunnel there. So we go to see them for the weekend, taking torches and warm clothes (bear in mind, this is an English Summer and it was quite warm!) thinking wow, this tunnel must be really long. Park somewhere near one of the old stations (all that was left was an old platform), clamber down onto the trackbed and walk round the corner to the tunnel. Thinking the tunnel would be long, dark and we would be looking for the proverbial light at the end of it- we came onto something like this: He still hasn't lived that one down- and this is again around 20 years ago! (its not this tunnel- I can't find any photos of it now but this gives you an idea of how long it really wasn't LOL ) So why should you visit it? Because you'd think of this story and smile- and maybe find that it's a proper tunnel and not something that becomes part of family folklore!
  10. Together we make plans for the future But we live for the here and the now The way I feel when we're together So I hold tight, breathe deep and let go. By me c.2002 (woah- updated 2009!) Just a little one thanks for the cointest and Happy Valentines day from Cyprus (have to get the wishes in early as post take so long from here LOL)
  11. This one looks cool Mt Egmont Branch Railway Line (Taranaki) GCB97F Why? I'm a closet train spotter and spent many a happy day in my childhood being dragged around the various branch lines that are open to the public in England (and Wales and Scotland). One memorable year, family (mum, dad, brother and I- I was about 12 years old, so my brother was 7 at the time) stayed in West Wales in a little place in the Mawddach estuary opposite the town of Barmouth. This little place was at the end of one of many now disused railway lines. One fine evening, Dad decided we would walk the path of the railway line to the pub which we knew was a couple of miles down the road. So, off we set with the promise of a fine meal at the end of the walk. Only problem with little railway lines is that they follow the path of the estuary- so rather than going in a straight line, they weave in and out in and out. And what started out being a pleasant stroll (apart from the fact we were walking on the ballast that used to bed the railway lines down- rocks basically so quite uncomfortable for walking on!) just kept on and on to my dad's cries of 'It must be round the next headland', 'okay, round the next headland' ad nauseum. We arrived at the pub to find that Dad had left his wallet at the house and Mum only had money for 2 bags of crisps, two half pints of beer for them and 2 soft drinks for us. And we had to walk home. We never did go back to that pub for a meal. And Dad has never lived down that day and his cries of 'Its round the next headland!'. So I would go to this place knowing that- there's a railway (even disused is cool!), there's no pub and that mountain looks awesome. Thanks for the cointest!
  12. I have another coin ready to race Thank you Rockin Roddy for the cointest (a few pages back by now LOL) TB17DCW Todie's Wild Ride- Chance takers are accident makers Did you notice I have an A B C of safety phrases so far? Thank you everyone- and keep safe on the roads!
  13. Boing boing- I mean bump Thought I saw wavector on yesterday- hope everything is okay with him, it sounded like he was busy with work stuff.
  14. I got one of these from opalsns today in my mailbox! Its my first 'physical' coin (I have two in Todie's Wild Ride! but they are in the US jumping from cache to cache). I didn't realise they are so heavy! Thank you so much! She also sent me one of those awesome bottle cap magnets too- will have pride of place on our magnetic noticeboard! Miracle of miracles, it only took 9 days to get here to Cyprus (and we don't get post at the weekends!) That flew! Our record is 4 months for one item of post from the USA to here so I am doubly surprised- the last parcels we received took 4 weeks!
  15. Happy Birthday Liz Only 30? Why you're just a young'un! plenty of food and lots of rdink! And as we say over here in Cyprus- Chronia Polla (which means Many Years!)
  16. Steelers- 24 Cardinals- 17 Wish we could see it here in Cyprus one thing I really miss from UK Tv!
  17. WINNER!!! Coin info will be sent soon, THANKS for participating! I didn't get an email Please could you try again? thank you!
  18. If the guy is still alive (which it looks like he is) then he is the holder of the copyright and you will have to get in touch with him directly and ask about licensing fees for derivative works. From the Italian White Pages: Bencini Dino Ceramiche Artistiche 59100 Prato (PO) 160, VIA ARDIGO' ROBERTO tel: 0574 42433 (which basically says Dino Bencini Ceramic Artist so I think this is the guy you are looking for- mods if this is wrong then I apologise but the information is freely out there to be found)
  19. *burp* sorry dodgy connection tonight!
  20. I just couldn't find the last answer- and I'm a girlie- what do I know about mechanical stuff?! Well done surteb! (and after doing wavector quizzes that one was pretty easy LOL)
  21. Cointest answers: 1. Kalamazoo County 2. Get the 300th cache since 31/1/06 and Camp! 3. Rockin Roddy's birthday 4. Keeps getting stuck in big deep ruts!
  22. Cool another coin- thank you so much for the cointest
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