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Old 19th May 2012, 15:51
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It is my ambition to travel around with just my passport in my shirt pocket
Aah... remind me never to travel with you then. Those clothes must get a bit whiffy after a couple of days.
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Old 19th May 2012, 15:54
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Slight thread drift - Can anyone explain why those alarm clocks with a blue backlight give a very faint high pitched sound whenever the backlight is on ???
I bought a bedside radio that did that. Assumed it was a duff one and so returned it the next day. But perhaps its something more than just bad parts ?
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Old 19th May 2012, 17:57
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You blokes have got bloooooooody good hearing if you can hear the volt generating oscillator. Years since I could.


I used to take me good old Wesclocks alarm with me. Woke everyone three doors in either direction - and the people below when it had finished vibrating across the table and fell on the floor.


Head out of window for temp and humidity, and zone correction done by a huge knurled knob on the back.





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Old 19th May 2012, 18:30
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I just use/used my mobile phone, never had a problem anywhere in the world. Just need to make sure that it is on local time if it does not automatically switch, no big deal.

So no alarm clock, one less thing to carry and worry about.
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Old 19th May 2012, 20:44
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...........those clothes must get a bit whiffy after a couple of days.
Which is why I haven't quite perfected the technique yet.

In practice, most of my travel these days is between two abodes, both furnished with wardrobes, so the only need to transport a change clothes is to cater for an unexpected hijack - tho' they probably wouldn't let you change your knickers anyway - but Mrs. ExS., despite her annual plea to tell her not to take ANYTHING back, always does, hence the usual African Safari approach to our travel impedimentia.
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Old 20th May 2012, 04:40
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Slasher my smartphone pretty much does it all. You can
even programme in the sexy chick voice if you need to.
Mine too but it doesn't talk dirty.
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Old 20th May 2012, 13:20
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Women and packing.
Remember that women pack many things "just in case". I carted my AR5 off to the Gulf, and never used it. Women regard much of the stuff in their suitcase as being of equal priority.

I have always found the simplest solutions to be:
1) Engineer some part of the trip that will require them to carry their stuff for about half a mile (i.e. rough surface so the wheelie suitcases have to be carried). Tell them; they won't listen, but this has amazing effects on subsequent trips.

2) Impose volume as well as weight limits. Hopefully you will have a means of transport (e.g. yacht, motorbike) which allows this.

3) Keep popping in when she's packing. Laugh a lot. Keep saying "You'll be carrying that".

4) Remind her that Foreign Parts, and even Wales, have shops.

But never criticize any individual item. This would put you firmly in the "you don't understand" category, and mean that every subsequent issue is "your fault".
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Old 20th May 2012, 20:44
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.........and mean that every subsequent issue is "your fault".
not only ' subsequent '.

Akcherly ... the Airlines current practice of charging per extra piece of baggage is having an unexpected side effect. Whereas Mrs. ExS never flinches at spending on things that she 'absolutely needs', she can give Scrooge a lesson when it comes to giving money to an Airline, and flatly refuses to pay for extra baggage - Yippee !! ( 'course, this goes for giving Southwest an extra fee for priority boarding, so there is a downside,too ! )

I'm working on a copy of the Airline baggage policy for when we drive around the Country - just so that I can have enough space left to occupy the drivers' seat!

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Old 21st May 2012, 00:15
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I carted my AR5 off to the Gulf, and never used it. Women regard much of the stuff in their suitcase as being of equal priority.
That is funny.
Funny and true.
The fundamental principle of female packing is; 'You just never know when you'll need it'. We're usually nesters by nature, and travelling means having to take the nest On The Road.

'But I might need xyz...'
[insert sewing kit, small computer, set of mathematical instruments, hurricane lantern and non stick frying pan].

It might be hot/cold/wet/dry/blizzardy'.
[insert beachwear, overcoat, full lenth oilskin raincoat, akubra hat and alpine jacket. Include a full set of spares in case the first one gets dirty or you don't feel like wearing that colour on the day].
Okay so they've never had a blizzard in Birdsville yet, but this might be the first time.

'There might be a fomal do where I need to be dressed properly'.
[insert three formal dresses (see previous statement re colour], matching shoes and jewellry for all three, full makeup case, full hairdo kit and matching evening bags].
Okay so they've probably never had a 'dress formal' function in Birdsville yet either, but...you never know; and what if I didn't have any decent shoes? That's a fate worse than death.

'I'll want something to read.'
[insert most of the library because I don't know what that something will be. Fortunately kindles are making this less of an issue].

'I don't know what activities will be on offer.'
[insert diving gear, hiking gear, shooting gear and roller skates].

There, packed! Nothing left to chance. A little heavy (the 4WD springs sag a bit when it gets heaved in the back) but you never know when you'll need...

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Old 21st May 2012, 01:51
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..But women never pack really important things "just in case"
now do they.

"Oh hon I'm taking a 6-pack in case you bump into old mates
and all the pubs are closed. Shall I pack some beer nuts too?"

"I'll pack a couple of your old Playboys if I go out to do a long
shopping trip and you get all bored at the hotel. Do you want
Miss April and Miss October?"
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Old 21st May 2012, 02:27
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and flatly refuses to pay for extra baggage - Yippee !!
Doesn't this mean that all your stuff gets left out EXsp?

Very funny Worrals!

Absolutely correct Slasher!
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Old 21st May 2012, 02:37
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"Oh hon I'm taking a 6-pack in case you bump into old mates and all the pubs are closed. Shall I pack some beer nuts too?"
I pack a six pack and beer nuts in case I bump into old mates and all the pubs are closed.
Shouldn't you be packing your beer and porno mags in your own bag? Mine's full.

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Old 21st May 2012, 03:06
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Shouldn't you be your packing beer and porno mags in your own bag? Mine's full.
Um...do I infer correctly that your bag is already full with your own beer and porno mags Worrals?

In that case you'd be my ideal travelling companion - I wouldn't need to pack nothin'!
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Old 21st May 2012, 03:49
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I'll own up to the beer, but not the porno mags, sorry.

Plenty of the female equivalent though; gossip mags, cooking mags and design mags. IME women much prefer perving at pictures of food, other people's misfortune (particularly if they're skinny and famous ) and swanky new bathrooms.

Probably none of that's your thing.

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Old 21st May 2012, 06:27
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Doesn't this mean that all your stuff gets left out EXsp?
Just about, hence the passport and shirt pocket requirement.
( this is where we came in )

We're shortly about to embark on a 4 hour car trip down to the Big Smoke (Auckland) staying one night in a hotel, back next day. I've already spotted 4 coats/jackets across the back seat - and we probably won't even be walking anywhere, shoes are now being thrown out of closets - Help !
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Old 21st May 2012, 08:47
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Okay so they've probably never had a 'dress formal' function in Birdsville yet either, but...you never know; and what if I didn't have any decent shoes?
Then you'd have to wear thongs. (The rubber ones that go on your feet.) Back in the '70s before it became commonplace, three colleagues who were working in Birdsville took dinner suits (but only thongs) to wear at the races and the ball afterwards. They were spotted by the Adelaide paper, interviewed, photographed and featured. All very well, except that instead of giving their correct names, they gave those of their department heads.
Questions were asked.

It is my ambition to travel around with just my passport in my shirt pocket
I met a bloke who did almost that. And one who came nowhere near it.
A few years ago I cycled from Brisbane to Sydney. Along the way I met two other cyclists. One was a young Japanese who carried a tent, complete with tent poles strapped to the bike, four panniers, a backpack, a rack with his washing drying on it and a small bag on his handlebars complete with walkman, with speakers at each end of the handlebars. By contrast, I carried a small, coffin shaped tent and two panniers with a couple of changes of cycling gear and other clothing.
The second cyclist I met had a small saddlebag containing one set of non-cycling clothing. When we stopped at the hotel he had booked into for the night, Mrs. publican had offered to wash his cycling clothing before we finished our first beer. His other clothing was to be rinsed before he went to bed, and hung in the bathroom to dry overnight.

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Old 21st May 2012, 19:46
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All very well, except that instead of giving their correct names, they gave those of their department heads.
Questions were asked.
Nicely done!
OAN, biking from Sydney to Brisbane? Nearly 1000km...
How long did it take you?
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Old 21st May 2012, 19:50
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Blimey, and it's uphill.
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Old 21st May 2012, 20:08
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Downhill from Brisbane to Sydney, though . . .
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