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Boxing Day Miscellany - 26th/27th December 2005

After a quiet Christmas day staying at home under a personal cloud of gloom, Nosher heads off on the 220 miles journey to New Milton on the south coast to meet up with Sean, Michelle, god-daughter Sydney and old mate Phil, who's been living out near New York for the last 14 years or so (and who I haven't seen for nearly 5 years). The first rendezvous is round Phil's parents' house in Hordle. Afterwards, Nosher heads off round to Sean's to crash for the night before heading back to Suffolk via the "road to hell", otherwise known as the M25, which is up to its usual tricks and is depressingly solid all the way from the M3 to the M11. There's not the remotest chance to trigger the variable speed-limit Gatsos. Sigh...

next album: Walk Like a Shadow: A Day With Ray Mears, Ashdown Forest - 29th December 2005
previous album: Pre Christmas Roundup: Wigs, Beers and Kebabs - 24th December 2005

At Fleet Services on the M3, someone's journey has ended abruptly judging by the oil-slick on the parking spot next to Nosher's car

Chris, Bernice and Phil

Michelle

Sean poses

Rob scopes out something on a laptop

Chris and Lou-la

Chris, Lee-lou and Phil on a laptop

Phil looks for some bizarre 'World of Warcraft'-based films on the internet, whilst Kai looks on

Sydney and Rowan

Sydney and Rowan again

Lee-lah and Bernice

Sean and Michelle head off to feed the kids

Back in the kitchen, Kai lights candles on a banana menorah

The clan in the kitchen

Gran and granddaughter

Lolly on a laptop

Phil sets up for a game of whist

Next day, round Sean's, it's Sean's turn to do the laptop thing

Sydney plays around with a watch

The cat, Holly, watches fish in the tank

Holly the Cat

Sean's done his leg in, so Michelle has to apply a sock to his foot

Sydney

Sydney hugs 'Dora the explorer'. Rowan looks worried

Sean gets breakfast

Sydney plays up for the camera

Rowan poses

Holly slurps the left-over milk from Rowan's breakfast

On Barton-on-Sea cliff top

The Road to Hell: M25 near Junction 16 for the M40. Stacked traffic as far as the eye can see.

The M25 at Junction 16

Somewhere near Rickmansworth on the M25 - the road is still hosed.

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At Fleet Services on the M3, someone's journey has ended abruptly judging by the oil-slick on the parking spot next to Nosher's car