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This section is about the various jaunts I have been luck enough to have.

Some of them are only brief excursions while others are for longer periods the longest being Tokyo, Canada and Australia.

However, most of them are in or around the British Isles where I still believe there is a huge amount to see and do!

The picture above is me on Spiggie Beach in the Shetland snow in February 2009. The dog was called 'Peps' and belonged to the hotel owner, Keith Massey.


Some of the articles are 'stubs' to remind me I need to find more information about the holiday and sometimes even the date isn't clear!


The menu list on the left will show more detail about each event.

NW Scotland, March 2012

March 2012 saw Mark Byrne reaching the ripe od age of 50 and decided he wanted to have hisparty somewhere away from home (I still blame Amanda for this trait!)

He decided on a place called Kylesku in the far northwest of Scotland.


Despite my concerns that we would be travelling to the north of Scotland in March when it was quite likely to be snowbound, preparations continued.

I made tentative arrangements with the ferry company and tried to arrange suitable hotels and perhaps even train journeys but nothing seemed to fit.

In the end, I made the decison that I would leave it until the last minute, see what the long-term weather forecast was and then decide whether to go or not.


As it happened, the weather was fine and I made a decent trip out of it.

First calling in to see Mum & Dad in south Wales for a couple of days then travelling to Glasgow to stay with Sandra & Stevie before making the final push north to Kylesku. Each time, a reassesment of the weather provided me with the opportunity to abandon the trip but thankfully, it stayed nice!


I took the east coast route to Inverness then across to Ullapool and on to Kylesku but because of space limitations, I was actually staying 10 miles further north at a place called Scourie. On the way, passed Ann & Tony Cooper-woods and stopped for a brew in Ullapool.


Saturday we went on a boat trip and stopped close to the tallest waterfall in Europe with a drop 0f over 700 ft fall.


In the evening was the meal...


The Sunday was a rest day. Apart from a awalk around the village and a bit of sunbathing (yes, really!) I didn't do much. Went to the local hotel in the evening which is one of the only ones up that far north in the GBBG!


Unfortumately, I had to be back on the Island for workmen to commence fitting a new kitchen so I had to ride straight home on the Monday, including a 10-hour ride from Scourie to Lancaster before the boat home the next day.



ILTMS reunion 2011

The 2011 reunion of ILTMS/Primex took place at the usual venue, the Masque Haunt in Old street, London on the 15th November.

Sadly some faces were missing and the pub didn't seem to be very well stocked with beer when we arrived being offered one of only two beers: Fullers ESB (5.5%) or a Christmas ale from Adnams at 4%.

On the good side, a couple of new faces were seen: Chas Smith, John Gobel and Gary Rutledge.


Those in attendance were:


Arthur Whittle, Bob Freese, Bob Heath, Chas Smith, Colin Thornton, Dave Smith, Dave Thorpe, Frances Pennell-Buck, Francis Scoltock, Gary Rutledge, Gary Taylor, Graeme Porter, John Gobel, John Raper, Keith Brandham, Kingsley Abakoon, Martin Bottwood, Martin Cooper, Martin Tett,  Mike Crouch, Mike Pharoah, Peter Hooton, Peter Leach, Phil Everett, Phil Gerry, Phil Little, Ray Sawyer, Richard Martin, Robert Crane, Rodd Judd, Roy Foord, Sean Clowry, Steve Hill, Terry Keslake, Tom Bassett, Tom Day, Tom Goddard, Tony Manning, Tony Seward, Vince Dooley,


As part of my trip to Shetland in Jan/Feb 2009, I had arranged to stay at a hotel in the South Mainland called the Spiggie Hotel.

Read more: Spiggie


In ?, I went on holiday to Portugal with Steve Jolley.

He had just finished the latest album by Imagination and wanted a break - I had enough A/L left and he invited me to join him.


We stayed at Praia Da Rocha in a very nice chalet



April 2011

Although technically starting in March (29th to be precise) and extending into May (return to the Island on 12th), April was the main month hence the title for this article!

Now safely back on the Island after riding over 2000 miles on my new ZX6R and having a thourougly enjoyable time including:

Read more: April 2011

ILTMS reunion 2010

November 16th was the date of the reunion of members of the I.L.T.M.S (later Primex) group from BTI (British Telecom International).


Held as usual near Old Street in the centre of London, this year saw a number of new faces in attendance which included Martin Cooper, Phil Gerry and Terry Keslake; Tony Seward as well as the regulars like Tom Day, Dennis Gardener, Tom Goddard, Dave Smith plus, of course, Roy Foord who organises the whole thing.

Thanks Roy and look forward to next years.



Continuing my fascination for remote and isolated places, especially Islands, as well as my interest in strange and exotic ceremonies (no, not like that!) I had always wanted to visit the Shetland Islands (or just 'Shetland' but not, according to the locals 'the Shetlands'!) so in January 2009 I made my initial journey.

Read more: Shetland


In January 2005, I set off for a trip around half of Australia. This was at the suggestion of a friend, Trevor Currie, who was double-celebrating both his resignation from BT and his 50th birthday.

Read more: Australia

Berlin - 2002

Rod's birthday in Berlin

Rod, not wishing to be left out of birthday celebrations like Mark Byrne's in May, Caroline's in August and Amanda's scheduled for March 2003 in Las Vegas, he decided one evening that he would like to go to Berlin...
So, 6 days later, here we are, just the three of us.


Read more: Berlin - 2002


In 1984, I was asked to go to Japan to attend a training course on a new computer system BTI (British Telecom International) were going to be running in London on behalf of Toshiba.

Read more: Japan

Canada - 1976

First Visit to Canada

I first went to Canada on the 11th September 1976. It was the first time any of the UK family had visited our far-flung family.

During my time there, I stayed with Bill & Joy McGaughey in London, Ontario.

Read more: Canada - 1976