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De barco pelo interior da Inglaterra

7 anos atrás ----- Blog Cinema The Insider The Insider

por Milo Steelefox, de Londres*

Round about once every month or two I escape London to go home and see my family and friends in Worcester, home of the classic Lea & Perrins sauce (molho inglês), about 2½ hours away by train. Not a lot happens, but that’s half the appeal, and I wanted to tell you about one of the best ways to while away the time there.

So there I was, getting up lazily one recent Saturday morning and who should call but my oldest and tallest friend. ‘Wanna row up to The Camp?’, he asked. This is a silly question. ‘I’m game’, I obviously replied.

I wander out into the garden and rouse my little brother, sunbathing with a book. He’s game too, and before we know it the three of us plus two friends are strolling over to the River Severn to a chap who hires out rowing boats. The lovely big one (called Munchkin) is already booked, so we get two small ones and set off upstream. The goal? A delightful old pub called The Camp!

It’s a perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon; you paddle against the current for a little over and hour, then sit back with sandwich and a cider or two at the pub, and then literally drift back downstream a couple of hours later. And of course, it’s all giggles and fooling around, taking turns to row, splashing water and waving at passers by on the banks.

I’ve known this pub since I was a little boy, and although some of the playground items have gone, it’s very much the same. And the best bit, apart from a lovely great big tree, is the fact that there are not just chickens roaming around in between the tables, but there are also peacocks strutting their stuff and wailing to each other – such bizarre and beautiful birds.

Back we get into the boats to head downstream, floating along, meandering, paddling a little and crashing into each other or low branches, but mostly drifting along and enjoying the sunshine.

There’s nothing better than being on the water in the warm weather, and don’t worry if you never make it as far as visiting Worcester – your best bet for a lovely day in a boat would be to check out Shakespeare’s Stratford, or better still do a spot of punting in the very scenic spots of Oxford and Cambridge.

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Punting


GLOSSARY

  • To while away the time: to spend time
  • I’m game: I’m up for it, I’m keen
  • Rouse: to get the attention of
  • A chap: a man
  • Strutting their stuff: showing off, parading as if on a catwalk
  • Best bet: This is literally the best advice you can offer, the best suggestion
  • Punting: a form of boating, like rowing but instead of using two oars you use the one, propelling the boat along by pushing on the bed of the river, rather like they do in Gondolas in Venice

Um fim de semana nas gélidas águas de Gales

7 anos atrás ----- Blog The Insider The Insider

 

por Milo Steelefox, de Londres*

So I’ve finally booked a train to Aberystwyth on the coast of Wales.

I had friends to see, friends from home that only all get together once in a blue moon, and they just so happened to be doing so in Wales, a place that for me brings back nostalgic childhood memories of camping, beaches, rivers… and rain, and grey, and cold.

I’m painting a lovely picture aren’t I? In truth though it was the most beautiful of weekends, with blue skies and good times.

The day we spent on the beach was full of tomfoolery, as we did our best to play cricket, football and frisbee, which would’ve been fine only the wind wanted to play too!

And I’d been telling one of my friends we simply HAD to go in the sea, no matter how cold it was, but the water was simply f-r-r-r-r-e-e-z-i-n-g. So all we managed was a paddle till our feet were numb.

On the way back to the house we dropped by a cute little harbour town called Aberaeron where there was a fun looking annual children’s football tournament going on.

We found an amazing sweet shop nearby and got a few bagfuls of old fashioned goodies, and then we wandered down to the harbour in search of some local honey ice cream, and we sat eating it in the sunshine looking at the boats and all the kids playing, catching crabs, or even throwing jelly fish at each other!

Perhaps the best bit of the whole weekend though was the next day when we ventured back into Aberystwyth, and what did we find but the ultimate holiday activity… crazy golf. And you know what, it must’ve been the cheapest crazy golf I’ve ever played – a mere £1.65 (you could usually expect to pay almost 4 times that).

My home friends and I get very competitive (immaturely so) when it comes to this particular sport, and so it was great when one of the lads won rather unexpectedly, beating us all by a good 5 shots.

Back to the house we took one last stroll along the pebble beach nearby as the sun was beginning to set, and still hellbent on perhaps going in the sea I told the others to carry on home as we started to head back.

Maybe it was the ‘what would my dad do in this situation’ feeling I always get, or maybe it was the text I received from a jealous friend saying to dive in, but I did it, all on my own, and jumped in the sea for a very, very, very cold 5min swim, at 8pm at night. What an idiot.

Links

Aberaeron: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aberaeron


GLOSSARY

  • Once in a blue moon: seldom, once in a while (or less!), basically something which happens very rarely
  • To paint a picture: to describe something, to set the scene (telling a story)
  • Tomfoolery: messing around, fooling around, joking around…
  • Goodies: nice things. Can also be used to describe the good and the bad guys in films, i.e. the goodies and the badies
  • A mere £1.65: using the word mere is like saying ‘only £1.65’, used as a diminuitive
  • Hellbent: uncontrollably keen to do something, determined, adamant

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