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  • Sunday and it is much cooler

    03 October 2010

    Also a bit of rain and, on TV, photos of very early snow in Jilin, the next province to us, and a very heavy fall it was too. Online radio is working today so, listening to the Rugby League finals in Australia, New Zealand Juniors League team won, so...

  • We went to Dandong, on the China–North Korean border

    12 October 2010

    It was an interesting trip and we actually did step over the border although they have now built a fence well back from the actual border. Dandong Trip Slideshow: John and Mei’s trip from Anshan, Liaoning, China to Dandong was created by TripAdvisor....

  • Nokia N8 - I bought a new camera and it included a phone

    24 October 2010

    I already had a super duper mobile phone with a good camera and 35Gb of storage but I wanted a new one. I really wanted a very good camera that was not as bulky as my present good camera and I did not like carrying a phone and camera all the time so,...

  • Our weekend

    07 November 2010

    Saturday I had some classes and then Mei and I went to a new restaurant, it sells pizza, and some quite reasonable steak and salads. This is the second pizza outlet in our neighbourhood which is quite extraordinary as when I arrived here I do not remember...

  • Today is another lovely day in Anshan

    22 November 2010

    Our temperatures are averaging 17c above normal for this time of the year. A real balmy Autumn. A busy morning for me. Mei has had an upset stomach for sometime now and I have been a bit concerned so I insisted that today she goes to the hospital for...

  • Well, it is the day of Christmas Eve, it is cool here this morning -23c and expecting a high of -16c

    24 December 2010

    The sun is shining bright and we will do last minute things today to be prepared for Christmas Day. Did a bit of shopping, it was cold out, snd got most things but had difficulty finding icing sugar but eventually got some from my friendly baker across...

  • Missed the Rugby picks this week - no electricity

    18 June 2011

    My brother, David, just called me on Skype crowing on his points he has scored already in the Rugby picks, perfect so far. Anyway, yesterday we had a power cut, they came and took out all the units in our sub-station and replaced them with new ones and...

  • The cricketing Currins

    20 June 2011

    Today, my old mate, Sonny Gough, sent a newspaper snippet regarding my Great Uncle Oliver. I always knew that my Grandfather and his brothers were all cricket fanatics. My Grandfather had a very large framed photo of Don Bradman hanging on the wall of...

  • A shipping notice announcing the arrival of the Prince of Wales and of the Currin Family to Nelson, New Zealand

    21 June 2011

    Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume I, Issue 42, 24 December 1842, Page 166 This article has been automatically clipped from the Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle Prince of Wales Ship: 582 tons Captain: Alexander Alexander Surgeon...

  • Winter is starting today

    08 November 2011

    Apparently today is the first day of winter here in China so Mei wraps me up in many jackets which I found unnecessary. Finished my classes this morning and found that the receptionist had another jacket for me that Mei had delivered to her for me. I...

  • A shot from Malta

    25 February 2012

    For those that remember the Gut!! Courtesy of Stephen Fraser - The ships no longer berth over at the old base. The area to the right is bars and tourist shops. This is HMS Northumberland. I strolled down for a look, and a beer with the sailors, for my...

  • Remember when we used to leave Guam and there was a Russian trawler watching us and the B52's were flying overhead

    27 February 2012

    Courtesy of Jim Neville This is a photo of a Russian fishing trawler in dry dock. This is the peaceful group of fishermen we passed every time we entered or left port. Now, let's zoom in under the nose of this same ship: A sonar dome and torpedo tubes....

  • RNZAF exercise flight real lift

    04 March 2012

    RNZAF exercise flight real lift Home » News » Regions By Sarah Marquet on Sun, 4 Mar 2012 The Regions: Central Otago | RNZAF Previous || > Next Detachment commander, Squadron Leader Andy Scott (left) and co-pilot Flight Lieutenant Pete Barron approach...

  • Navy Helps DOC Reach Sub-Antarctic

    06 March 2012

    Navy Helps DOC Reach Sub-Antarctic Tuesday, 6 March 2012, 4:46 pm Press Release: New Zealand Defence Force Navy inflatable operating in Tagua Cove in the Auckland Islands. HMNZS WELLINGTON in background. Media Release 6 March 2012 Navy Helps DOC Reach...

  • For all history buffs

    07 March 2012

    March 6, 2012 Captain James Cook's exploration of Australia A few months ago, we showed you Colin Hazlehurst's excellent tours of James Cook exploring New Zealand and South Island, New Zealand. Colin is back with a new presentation and it's simply amazing....

  • Air Force rescue

    07 March 2012

    Air Force rescues fisherman at sea for a week MICHAEL FIELD Last updated 11:26 07/03/2012 Share Print Text Size SPOTTED: On a lonely expanse of the Pacific. South Pacific Sea Shepherd claims whaler shut down 1955 Pacific mystery to be finally marked Fiji...

  • I remember seeing the Joyita in Levuka, Fiji while serving on HMNZS Kaniere

    09 March 2012

    My first ship was HMNZS Kaniere and my first overseas trip was an Island cruise which included Levuka, the old capital of Fiji. It was very much an Island colonial type of town and something that had always intrigued me was the mystery of the Joyita....

  • It is March and I am nearly into a serious fitness regime

    14 March 2012

    Mei decides to buy me a running machine so I relax in a massaging chair It feels good So I sit and watch doing some hard bargaining Mei is quite formidable when she is dealing wit bargaining She gets it down from 6,000 RMB to 4,000 RMB and signs the deal...

  • RE: Pacific atomic test survivors

    14 March 2012

    Law Pacific atomic test survivors cannot sue Ministry of Defence The mushroom cloud of the British H-bomb during a test at Christmas Island in the Pacific Ocean. Photograph: Popperfoto Read by 31 people Remove from timeline Wednesday 14 March 2012 Court...

  • Navy Merlins at world’s biggest submarine hunt

    15 March 2012

    Flying sorcery from Navy Merlins at world’s biggest submarine hunt off Sicily News Flying sorcery from Navy Merlins at world’s biggest submarine hunt off Sicily 14 March 2012 Two Merlins from 820 Naval Air Squadron in Culdrose flew a 2,800-mile round...

  • Courageous Sailor Wins Top Navy Award

    15 March 2012

    Courageous Sailor Wins Top Navy Award Thursday, 15 March 2012, 4:59 pm Press Release: New Zealand Defence Force Media Release 14 March 2012 Courageous Sailor Wins Top Navy Award When a fellow shipmate was injured during the Navy’s response to the MV RENA...

  • Garden Island Naval Base t host cruise ships?

    15 March 2012

    Sydney cruise-navy decision still in the dock Print page Email this Permalink 1 Share By Lucy McNally Updated March 15, 2012 10:26:05 Mega-cruisers such as the Queen Mary 2 already use the Garden Island naval base, but the industry and the NSW Government...

  • Navy role for China's carrier later this year

    15 March 2012

    Navy role for China's carrier later this year By Yang Jian (Shanghai Daily) 09:41, March 09, 2012 China's refitted aircraft carrier will begin serving in the navy officially this year, seniormilitary officials said yesterday. Fighter jets will soon be...

  • HMS Bulwark

    16 March 2012

    Cold steel in cold weather as Bulwark lands commandos in the Arctic News Cold steel in cold weather as Bulwark lands commandos in the Arctic 15 March 2012 Royal Marines from 42 Commando have been landed on the shores of Norway as Britain’s flagship HMS...

  • HMS Protector in the Antarctic

    17 March 2012

    Protector punches through Antarctic ice in a race against time to pick up scientists News Protector punches through Antarctic ice in a race against time to pick up scientists 16 March 2012 Worsening ice conditions forced survey ship HMS Protector to cut...

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