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Ghent

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I kept seeing these trams bound for “Moscou” and kept thinking “MoscoW” for some reason
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Rows and rows of designer glasses
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There seemed to be quite a few Brompton bikes in Ghent
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This was our “regular” breakfast spot – they do organic croissants and organic coffee
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Artwork next to the canal
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Crossing a canal on a wooden bridge
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There was quite a bit of rain on Sunday – I like the “Apple” logo
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This must have been a more “upmarket” boat trip as they had champagne
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CocoCola ready for the Ghent Festival
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Graffiti next to the canal
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Shoes thrown over a wire
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Iconic canal frontage buildings
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Rainy – a tram goes past the “meathouse”
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Imacs in the hotel lobby – luckily there was free wifi in the rooms (limited to 1MB/s) so I did not have to use so much roaming data (it’s £3 per 100mb bundle with EE payg so about over twice the cost per mb compared with browsing at home)
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One of the few modern buildings in central Ghent
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Inside the hotel
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Sheltering from the rain
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The street behind the hotel
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Crossing a wooden bridge near the castle
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Outside the “meathouse”
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A tram goes past with a t-rex
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Ghent visitor centre
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Hopping on and off the tram
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Sheltering from the rain opposite the Meathouse
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Club Reserva
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Crossing the bridge near the castle
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Boat Trip – it started to pour just as the boat departed so the next 15 minutes was spent sheltering under a bridge!
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the boat trip resumes
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People watch our boat pass under a bridge
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Canalside buildings
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The “bierhuis” – they have about 150 different beers!
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Canalside buildings
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The boat turns around here – this is the edge of the “old town” and there are high rise blocks at the edge of Ghent
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A Michelin starred restaurant featuring lobster
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Outside the Meathouse (again)
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The castle at sunset
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The “bellfort” tower at sunset
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Not sure what this was for – a warning not to sit under palm trees?
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A modern building near the Bellfort tower
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View from the hotel room – the church bell rang for about 15 minutes at 7am every morning so no lie-ins!
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The basement of the hotel
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A vital delivery service for the city
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Bells in the belltower
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This mechanism played a short tune on bells every 30 minutes – as the hotel was next to the bell tower I ended up hearing the same melody many many times!
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A zebra
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View from the belltower – almost all the tall buildings were at the edge of the city instead of in the middle, apart from the church towers.
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A tram stop and ticket machine – 1,30 EU is all it costs for a ticket so good value
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Snorting sculpture
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We walked to the “trappisthuis” to find trappist beers but it was closed. This was en-route there
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Booze Cruise
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Frog & bike
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Peep show
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Bellfort tower at sunset
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The shoes at nightfall
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Hotel entrance at night
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Cool cubist style backlit poster
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The city at night

Phpmyadmin problems

Seem to have been having some annoying problems recently with phpmyadmin – I think it got upgraded by the upgrade was not properly configured and it kept causing mysql to crash.

After a bit of searching I found that using

sudo dpkg-reconfigure phpmyadmin

seemed to do the trick – I can now use phpmyadmin normally again and it seems fewer mysql crashes

Sharks, Dragons, Kingston Loop

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A regular haunt – the royal standard at lyme
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Lyme has a good selection of colourful beach huts although they seem quite small
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this artwork in east reach is quite new – it is to promote a local tatoo parlour
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i assumed this lady is protesting aginst the number of roads that have been closed in central taunton with a “road closure” sign in front of her burnt to cinders – she might just be watching the busker but someone seems to have it in for road closures!
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An eye catching display of bags in a shop in taunton – not sure what the shop is callled but the signs say “outdoors” – not sure if they are bags though
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watch out for sharks in taunton library!
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this footbridge is part of taunton’s 21 million pound nidr scheme – it replaces the old “40 steps” bridge and has ramps that can be used by cycles and wheelchairs – the old bridge just had 40 steps at each end
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cycle racks for tdbc council staff at the deane house offices – they look fairly secure compared with some racks and are covered – i prefer a brompton which can just be parked under a desk but for people who use non-brompton bikes these would be handy racks
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2 flags – one flag for each match
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i wonder how many reflections of myself i can count?
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portaloo – one section of the nidr road connecting the a38 priory roundabout with the a358 near taunton school
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the old “kingston loop” bridge – it appears this bridge will be gone very shortly as it will be replaced with a new road bridge forming part of the NIDR road scheme
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nidr pipes – these pipes lie on the path of the new road adjecent to whitehall in taunton – the 2 main town churches are visible behind the pipes
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it looks from this sign that you cannot enter this area unless you are a shopper or have “written permission” – i wonder how you get the written permission if you are not a shopper and are therefore barred from entering.
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praying that his bus will turn up soon
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there seem to be a lot of dragons popping up in taunton recently – this has been decorated with sharpie marker pens

Guernsey

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arriving in the baggage hall
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boarding the condor express
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up on deck
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full speed ahead
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inside the cabin
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dual time clocks
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first sight of the island of guernsey
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arrival on guernsey
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people still on deck
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tenders from the p&o azura
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in the streets of st peter port
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vintage camera shop
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the old quarter of st peter port
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frog beds
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houses in st peter port
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shoppers
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a yellow bus
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st peter port harbour – the condor express returns with p&o azura anchored behind
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brompton riders