Here's a bit of a mixed bag of photos with some from San Fran visiting the Sabans, our Chiefs end of year part,
some with Luc at Heritage Park and a whack from traveling for work to the UK.

Touring San Fran


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The Sabans' backyard pool is a great place to spend a sunny weekend. Keira and Justin also really like it.


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My friend Alex took us on a tour of San Fran. Natalia managed to find both the pickle shop as well as the pie shop.
She quite liked Mission Pie!


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Kirk passed out in the minivan enroute home from San Fran, so I had to take a photo of him looking idiotic.

Business in Victoria


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Carl and I had some business on the island so I showed him around Victoria a little bit. Here we are on the top of the Saanich
peninsula looking out towards Mt Baker.


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Here's Piro and the 1918 observatory on Vancouver Island.


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Coat of arms on the observatory.


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Here's Carl with a view out to the Olympic mountains.

The Chiefs End of Year Get together


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Here's Larry gazing off into the distance, wistfully at the Copper Point Golf Course.


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Here's a view of some of the properties around our friend Pat's 'cabin'. Not too terrible.


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Here's the view out to Invermere on the lake from our friend Pat's private beach.


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Here's the view at the top of Panorama. Not a bad outing for 3 hungover dudes.


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After a decent outing the night before, Larry, Mike, and I decided to take a bike ride up to Panorama. Here's the view looking back
down to the Columbia Valley from the toughest hill I've ever ridden.

Hanging out with Luc


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My sister Renee came down to hang out with us and with our nephew Luc. Here she is at the
Wild Rose Brewery near the garrison in SW Calgary.


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Today was the day that Thomas the Train was all over Heritage Park. This is why Luc was so excited.


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Here's Luc along with Thomas the Train and two of his sidekicks.


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Heritage Park basically dress up the park and throw Thomas on the front of their regular train and charge
a bunch for it. The kids (including Luc) go nuts for it though.


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Luc had a good time playing in the maze.


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Here's Luc, Natalia, and Renee walking around the park.

Video of Luc waving to Thomas from the highest point in the park.



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Luc also got to ride the train that was getting pulled by Thomas. Check how excited he was!


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How happy is this child?


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After a few revolutions around the park, it was time to get off the train.


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Luc, Leah, and the conductor.


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Natalia and Luc enjoying the carousel.


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It was a banner day as Luc also got an ice cream cone.


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Almost as excited as Natalia was Luc for his cone.

Video of Luc eating ice cream


Traveling to Britain on business


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It's not really worth using eUpgrade points for the short flights I normally do, so I thought I'd try to get on the upgrade list for
my flight to LHR. Gotta love the pods!


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Here's a neat-looking pub called the Dartmouth Castle in Hammersmith, where I stayed for a couple of nights.


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I don't know why, but this fast-food joint made me laugh.


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I wandered down to the Craven Cottage (home of the Fulham Whites) to see if I could get a ticket. There aren't
really massive parking lots (it's in the middle of a park on the river Thames) so everyone just walks to the matches.


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I managed to get a photo with the mascot of Fulham.


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I think it's interesting how English soccer has sections of their stadium devoted to home side supporters and away side
supporters. I guess this keeps the conflict down.


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I thought this old sign with the cops in front was kind of a neat photo.


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I wound up finding a guy and after dickering a little, I got him down to my pain threshold and I went to
my first EPL match.


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Check out these seats! (and this dude's hair!)


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I thought it was pretty okay (except for the fact that I forgot a jacket and got 8 deg C rain all over me.


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I was actually really surprised at how small all of the facilities were. Compared to a similar-sized hockey
rink (20,000+ people), it seemed REALLY small, but it also seemed to work okay.


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Here's a dude walking around with a pitchfork to fix the grass before the match.


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Both teams (Fulham v Liverpool) walking out onto the pitch.

Video of the teams walking out



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The Liverpool fans like throwing gas canisters that blow off red smoke. A little obnoxious if you ask me but
apparently, it's done all over Europe.


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Yes, I was this close.


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It was definitely an action-packed match.


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This was most definitely not as good as a Harvest Hot Dog from Yorkton, SK, Canada.

Video of the match



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Monday morning, I went for a run around the Thames from my hotel in Hammersmith and Fulham. Not a bad view across the water
to the Craven Cottage.


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This sign near the British Museum made me laugh. Everyone loves the big salami.


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The front and columns of the British Museum, one of my favourite places to spend an afternoon in London.


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The interior of the museum is absolutely gorgeous.


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I thought this photo of a modern baby sitting in a 6th century BC Roman potty was funny.


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Possibly one of the worst haircuts I've ever seen. The crazy thing is that she tries to look like this. What a waste.


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After standing in line for lottery tickets, the Book of Mormon was totally sold out. So, I was hanging out near the
ticket counter and this dude had bought 10 seats and needed only 9, so I happily bought the other one.


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This is a little tough to see but the Indian dude at the Indian restaurant I had dinner at had a beautiful mullet.


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Since you aren't allowed to record during the musical, I did snap a quick shot of the Prince of Wales Theatre. A pretty nice place.


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The next morning, I went for a train ride out to Oxford and found this little gem at a pub in town. It definitely gives a guy
some ideas for sure.


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Here's part of the Oxford Castle that's been here for ~1000 years at least.


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There is no shortage of old stone buildings in Oxford.


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Another beautiful building near the castle.


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As I started walking towards the campus, I saw this building and thought it was really nice.


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As I walked through one of the markets, I found a cake shop so I took photos for Nati.


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An Oxford wedding cake.


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Some father's day cakes.


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Oxford is a collegiate university meaning that it's all split into different colleges. I think this is Exeter.


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The ivy-covered buildings on the other side of one of the cooler bookshops I've been into.


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Check this sign out on Magdalen Road in Oxford - All behaviour related: To Drinking, To Drugs,
Of a Sexual Nature, or of Illegal Activity, is prohibited.


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A theatre designed by Sir Christopher Wren.


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More buildings around Oxford campus.

Video of some buildings at Oxford



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I think this is part of the Divinity School


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There are something like 3.5 miles of bookshelves in this academic bookstore in Oxford.


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I had such a busy morning, I decided to take a bit of a pre-lunch break.


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I found these for Natalia since she really likes baked beans but definitely can't eat a whole can.


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This is the Guildhall in Portsmouth, UK.


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They've completely rebuilt the harbour around Portsmouth and it's actually quite nice. With the amount of military history here
though, it's not surprising that they still kept a few torpedos around.


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I think this is the piece from the bow of the HMS Victoria, but I'm probably wrong.


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The Spinnaker Tower is the crown of the new harbour development. At 170m to the spire, it's quite a sight to see.


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The Isle of Wight is only 5 miles off the shore of Portsmouth.


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Here's the view looking west from the top of the Spinnaker Tower. Note the old dry dock and the 18th century ships.


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Here's the view looking out to the east from the tower and into Old Portsmouth.


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Similar to the CN Tower in Toronto, the Spinnaker Tower also has a glass floor to stand on.


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On the top level (that's open-air), they have a plastic owl to keep the birds away. Pretty smart idea actually.


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I thought this sign in someone's window in Portsmouth was funny.


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A look back at the Spinnaker Tower from Old Portsmouth.


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The Spice Island Inn and the Still and West Country House, both old pubs that date back to when this area was a little rougher.
Now it's all yuppies in BMWs and Lotuses.


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Here are the average fish and chips I had at the Still and West. It was neat that it came wrapped in paper, but it just wasn't
amazing.


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A mural from the Bridge Tavern harkening back to the days where it was all sailors and prostitutes in old Portsmouth.


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I thought this sign was appropriate for both my wife and for JB.


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My pub crawl also took me into the oldest pub in Portsmouth at the Dolphin.


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Can you dig it - Roast Beef and Mustard Chips??!!!


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Any good outing has to finish with some greasy food. I found a donair at Ken's Fried Chicken.

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