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 Post subject: Re: Around The World Hamilton
PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2016 4:45 pm 
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Dive boy, why don't you fire up an around the world Elgin?

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 Post subject: Re: Around The World Hamilton
PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 12:54 pm 
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Young Merritt has arrived for a winter vacation in Detroit. Unfortunately he has not seen many sights and sounds...yet.

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 Post subject: Re: Around The World Hamilton
PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2016 5:14 pm 
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HamiltonIllinois wrote:
Young Merritt has arrived for a winter vacation in Detroit. Unfortunately he has not seen many sights and sounds...yet.


Good stuff Rick. My hand is up to reeceive him back when you are done showing him around..... I'm about to commence a business development role based in Dubai with responsibility for Europe, Africa, the Middle East plus Russia and the Stans. Tons of travel, tons of photo ops for the little guy.

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 Post subject: Re: Around The World Hamilton
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HamiltonIllinois wrote:
Young Merritt has arrived for a winter vacation in Detroit. Unfortunately he has not seen many sights and sounds...yet.


Needs to visit a local pub, no? 8 mile?

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 Post subject: Re: Around The World Hamilton
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I'm about to commence a business development role based in Dubai with responsibility for Europe, Africa, the Middle East plus Russia and the Stans. Tons of travel...

Roger, that is unbelievable! Think of the frequent flyer miles! :lol:

P.S. I haven't forgotten I owe you a note. ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Around The World Hamilton
PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 6:13 am 
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HamiltonIllinois wrote:
Young Merritt has arrived for a winter vacation in Detroit. Unfortunately he has not seen many sights and sounds...yet.


Needs to visit a local pub, no? 8 mile?


LOL, I have been waiting for a proper snowstorm to take him skiing, but this winter that seems impossible. We could visit 8 Mile... but I then might need to use my CPL to get him home safe. ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Around The World Hamilton
PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2016 10:13 am 
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Well now that Hayden is gone and in the absence of young Merritt, it's up to my latter day Ventura to be pressed into service.....

Here we are earlier today in front of the Burj Al Arab, the 3rd tallest hotel in the world and about 10 minutes down the road from my new abode in Dubai.



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 Post subject: Re: Around The World Hamilton
PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2016 9:59 pm 
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I'd love to see a few pics of your new digs. The place is Africa was pretty swanky by any standard.

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 Post subject: Re: Around The World Hamilton
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Dave wrote:
I'd love to see a few pics of your new digs.


Dave you should know better than to encourage me....

We arrived in Dubai one month ago today. Never been there before but now it's home. Went into temporary accommodation in the Marina District, only a few blocks from the office. Our first ever taste of "downtown" living. I must say it was a contrast to the suburbs of Zambia....

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Marina District by night. We are staying in the building on the LHS of the bridge, the one with the vertical white swoosh.

On the second night we hosted a mate of mine from Australia who was passing through Dubai and knows the place well. He suggested we go to the Rivington Restaurant at the Dubai Mall because it had a great view of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. Actually, at 829.2m (2,720') it is the world's tallest artificial anything. It's difficult to get into a single frame.

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And if that wasn't impressive enough, each night it shows off.... Here it is one of its MANY show pony moments:
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Dave, you asked to see a pic of the new digs. Well, we've signed up for a place at the head of the Marina; to the centre top right of the night time shot above. We move in on Wednesday and you can bet that after a day of unpacking we will be enjoying a GnT on the balcony checking out the view:

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 Post subject: Re: Around The World Hamilton
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:shock: :shock: :shock: That is just spectacular. Welcome to civilization. :D :D :D

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 Post subject: Re: Around The World Hamilton
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That nighttime city shot is fascinating. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Around The World Hamilton
PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 8:06 am 
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Fantastic stuff.

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 Post subject: Hamilton Goes To Lisbon, Portgal
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A short business trip to Lisboa (aka Lisbon), Portugal last week was a good opportunity to the share the sights of this beautiful old city with my Modern Ventura – and wife!

Lisbon is:
• The capital and largest city of Portugal, with a population of nearly 600,000 in the central administrative area,
• The 11th-most populous urban area in the European Union,
• Continental Europe's westernmost capital city - and the only one along the Atlantic coast,
• The westernmost point of Continental Europe,
• One of Europe’s major economic centres, with a growing financial sector and one of the largest container ports on Europe's Atlantic coast,
• The 7th-most visited city in Southern Europe, after Istanbul, Rome, Barcelona, Madrid, Athens and Milan,
• One of the oldest cities in the world and the oldest in Western Europe, predating other modern European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome by centuries.

Julius Caesar made Lisbon a municipium called Felicitas Julia, adding to the name Olissipo. It was ruled by a series of Germanic tribes from the 5th century before being captured by the Moors in the 8th century. In 1147, the Crusaders under Afonso Henriques reconquered the city and since then it has been a major political, economic and cultural centre of Portugal. Unlike most capital cities, Lisbon's status as the capital of Portugal has never been granted or confirmed officially – by statute or in written form. Rather, its position as the capital has formed through constitutional convention.

This first picture shows the old city from the vantage point of Castel de Sao Jorge (St Jorge’s Castle), looking towards the 25th of April suspension bridge across the Tagus River. The bridge was renamed to commemorate the final (well, most recent….) revolution, the Carnation Revolution, which took place on 25 April 1974, ending the right-wing Estado Novo (New Estate) and reforming the country into the current Portuguese Third Republic.
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By coincidence, not only is the 25th of April tomorrow and a day of significance to the Portuguese, it is also a day commemorated by us Australians and our Kiwi cousins. We mark it as ANZAC Day, the day in 1915 when the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (and other Empire allies) stormed Turkish beaches on the Gallipoli Peninsular. After eight months of slaughter more than 44,000 Empire troops and 85,000 Ottoman Turks were dead and the battle had stalemated. Lest We Forget!

Another view from the Castel de Sao Jorge.
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The Praça do Comércio (Commerce Square) is situated right on the bank of the Tagus river. It is still commonly known as Terreiro do Paço (Palace Yard) because it was the location of the Paços da Ribeira (Royal Ribeira Palace) until it was destroyed by the great 1755 Lisbon earthquake.
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The oldest part of Lisbon sits in the bottom of a valley so, travelling away from the Praça do Comércio, things get steep rather quickly. The streets are cobbled and narrow and there are many sights such as this:
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The Elevador de Santa Justa (Santa Justa Elevator) also called the Elevador do Carmo, is an outdoor elevator in the civil parish of Santa Justa, in the heart of the historical centre of Lisbon. For a EUR5 ticket charge you will be transported from the lower streets of the Baixa district to the higher Largo do Carmo (Carmo Square).
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The view from the top of the elevator is fantastic. We were out and about early so the number of people was minimal – giving one a good view of the footpaths’/sidewalks’ famous mosaic cobbling.
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And finally, the main boulevard in and out of the old city centre, the mile long Avenida Da Liberdade (Avenue of Liberty). Built in the 19th century in the style of the Champs-Elysees in Paris, this is the main avenue of the city, running from Restauradores to Marquês de Pombal Square. The footpath mosaics here are just incredible:
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If you ever have the opportunity to visit this beautiful window into all the best that historic Europe has to offer then, as we say in Australia, “do yourself a favour” and go.

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 Post subject: Re: Around The World Hamilton
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Roger, I am so enjoying my vicarious travels with you and Ventura — thanks so much for the fabulous posts!!

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 Post subject: Re: Around The World Hamilton
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Does anyone have an idea of the exact location of the original ATW Hamilton aka Hayden? North Wales seems to be the last known location, but it's not exactly precise. If someone knows where to look I'm not too far away geographically.
Come to that what's happened to ATW Hamilton II aka Merrett?


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 Post subject: Re: Around The World Hamilton
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:08 am 
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Great question.

"Ash" pretty much screwed the pooch and ran off with the Hayden, never to be heard from again. If one of the mods knows his actual name (or whoever sent it to him does), then maybe you can hunt him down.

If you happen to see a guy that looks like this in a pub with a Hayden on his wrist, perhaps you can inquire on our behalf.

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I suspect the owner of the Merritt still has it and it goes around the world strapped to his 9" Australian wrist. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Around The World Hamilton
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left Australia ages ago...

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 Post subject: Re: Around The World Hamilton
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If you folks go back to the preceding page of this thread (p. 20), you'll find that Merritt arrived safely in Detroit about this time last year but as of March was still awaiting a sightseeing tour. Merritt was in good hands, so I expect we'll soon see it again.


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 Post subject: Re: Around The World Hamilton
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 3:28 pm 
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If you happen to see a guy that looks like this in a pub with a Hayden on his wrist, perhaps you can inquire on our behalf.


Given that Hayden went missing in action in my neck of the woods, I see it as my duty to personally visit every pub in the locality to see if I can track him down. To quote Captain Oates, "I am just going out and may be some time" :lol: :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Around The World Hamilton
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I am the derelict who has the most recent "ATW Hamilton" -- a Merritt. (Frankly, it keeps TERRIBLE time.... and I wanted to get it serviced, but after some health issues the last 2 years... I'm a bit forgetful and never sent it to my friend who services my watches.) Sorry about sitting on it FAR too long! I will attempt to get a few shots taken this week and pass it along. Who wants it next?

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