Whale of a Time

March 2006

[photopress:IMG_0280.JPG,thumb,alignright]Iceland was a place of interest on our ‘we’d love to go there’ list! Well, we finally did ‘get there’! With our dear friends Scott and Ains we had a fantastic 5-day break. Although an expensive city, Reykjavik is most definitely worth a visit. We went snow mobiling on glaciers, visiting hot springs and geysers, trekking to see beautiful waterfalls (well, not really trekking – more like sitting on a tourist bus!)

[photopress:P1010013.JPG,thumb,alignleft]We also braved the cold, make that freezing temperatures to follow the Northern Lights. The Aurora Borealis was amazing and well worth standing in the middle of nowhere being colder than we have ever felt before!

The apartment we rented was great and we cooked all our meals there – before adjourning to the balcony where we sat in the massive hot tub whilst frost formed on our hair and froze our towels.

[photopress:IMG_0523.JPG,thumb,alignright]Our one meal out was to dine the ‘Icelandic Experience’, which contained such delights as Smoked Puffin and Whale steaks! Perhaps not everyone’s cup of tea!

The hi-light had to be the Blue Lagoon. A geothermal hot spring that fed up into a natural pool that people bathed in. The mud on the bottom is said to have healing properties and we joined in with the best of them – floating around and covering our faces in a white sticky mud. The place is a must visit as we floated on the plane, all the way back to the UK – completely relaxed!

House Moves

February 2006

After 2 yrs of living in 1 bedroom flats and having our guests sleep on our lounge room floor – we have upgraded!

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[photopress:IMG_0540.jpg,thumb,alignright]We are now in a 3 bedroom cottage – with original Cotswold country stone and exposed beams in the living room! It came complete with a pub next door! A lovely Country dining experience (and not a bad pint either!) can be had the Kilkeneny Inn next door. So plenty of room for visitors now! All are welcome.

Aussie Ahoy

HOORAY an UPDATE!

We apologise profusely for the long time between drinks (updates!) We have no excuse (other than travelling, working and life being generally busy!) So, grab yourselves a drink, sit back and enjoy the read……
December 2005

It has been nearly 2 years since we left Perth. We thought it best be home time for a visit! So much has happened within our friends and family lives that we wanted to drop in and catch up! After getting Narelle’s work permit organised (thanks to the NHS Gloucestershire Trust!) we are guaranteed to be able to get back into the UK.

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We departed London and after a quick stop in Singapore (time for a shower courtesy of the Rainforest Lounge!) we flew into Melbourne
at 500am on Christmas morning. Thanks to Uncle Tony who picked us up at such an ungodly hour!

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Dave’s Cars

[2004 - Present] 1997 Vauxhall Astra Duo.

This is not the most flattering car but it is our first wheels in the UK! So it is worth a mention. It is a massive 1.6L Petrol motor, sun roof (not the same as the convertible). This should be ok as our daily runabout, to get us to work and some touring around the country side.
[2001 - 2003] 1996 Eunos Roadster VR Limited Edition (Mazda MX5).

This was my pride and joy for two years, and with Perth’s weather it was the a great car to take the hood down, even in the middle of winter! I bought this car from a man named Lance Bennet, his father, David Bennet actually knew my Grandfather during the second world war! They then trained as dentists together, they both still remember one another. Once I heard this story (during the test drive) I knew that I had to have that car. I would highly recommend this car, it has a great engine, I know of one that has 240,000 km and is still going very strong so don’t be put off by high mileage cars, just make sure that they have most of the service history as they do need to be looked after. The ride is very firm and the car corners like it is on rails (great fun). Here are some pictures of my baby who has been handed on and hopefully still enjoying the great weather.

[1999 - 2003] 1998 Nissan Pulsar Lx 1.6L

Just before I bought the Roadster this was my runabout car, I bought it in order to trade up from the Cordia, which had been off the road for about a month (I was sick of old cars breaking down!). The car is very reliable, the ride is soft, but what would you expect from a cheap car like the Pulsar. All in all the Pulsar is a good buy and holds its value quite well, we bought ours for 15,000 and sold it for 10,000 three four years later (to my sister so hopefully all is still well ;-) .

[1998 - 1999] 1985 Mitsubishi Cordia 1.8 Turbo.

What a great little car! Front wheel drive, but with the turbo makes it for some fun driving. Apparently these cars were such a threat to the police that a few made it into the police force, similar to that of the WRX now, I guess the WRX will be a great buy in 10 years (as long as the motors and turbo’s hold out). I don’t have any pictures of the Cordia, but its boxy square rough corners make it somewhat attractive in a weird kind of way.

[1996 - 1998] 1975 Ford Escort Ghia 1.6L

My first real car that I purchased. I was 21 and was offered this car for $1500, it was very reliable and the engine was so simple that I could work on it without any trouble. Had a few electrical issues (fuse box rusted out as it is under the hood protected by some shoddy plastic work). The suspension mounts were also cracked which did not help the ride or safety. Great first car, helped me understand the internal mechanics of the engine which I have not used since!

[1992-1996] 1980 Holden WB Ute One Tonne

I used this car during the building of my parents home. I was the general labourer on site doing all odd jobs. Once the house was complete I used the car to go to Uni and out to the pub. I lost count the number of times I was pulled over by the police just for a “random” inspection check. The car was canary yellow which attracted a lot of attention, often called the beast. The car died an ugly death and was given away (well almost).

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Dave & Narelle

Hello!

Welcome back to the new look DavidNarelle.com. We have been busy gathering all of our old content and migrating it across to the new web site so you will be able to see where we have been and hopefully we will keep things up to date. The new web site uses new techniques for the layout which will give us more control in the future and also allow us to style it to how we like…which will come in the next few weeks.

Windows XP & Slow Network browsing

Tuesday, 13 September 2005
[ed 12-Aug-2006: The acutal issue at our office was that the DNS server was having kittens and wasn't doing its job. Once we fixed this all our network browsing issues were resolved. It is still interesting that Windows XP has these issues but this was not the cause of ours]

This is one for the people that use Windows XP on a Windows 2000 domain (possibly 2003 domain) where the network browsing is very slow. At first I put up with it, but it came to a head today where I just couldn’t take it any more! Read more to see the fix…

To fix this issue you will need to update the registry, I have made this change and it has made a huge difference, at last no lag when browsing my network shares. Yipppeee! :-)

The details of the fix are here: KB 834350 The fix is an official Microsoft fix.

The details (for those interested):

For some reason Microsoft decided not to cache any names that do not fit the old 8.3 naming format, this format was droped in 1995 – 10 years ago! with the release of Windows ’95 however some bright spark decided that this should be the default for Windows XP! Anyway Service Pack 2 does not fix this problem, the hot fix is do the registry ‘hack’.

Hope this helps.
Dave.

Thanks to

Here is an archive of our thanks going out to people who helped us during our time traveling.

[26-Feb-2004]

A very special thanks to Neil for finding us a car, house (flat) and helping us settle into the Bristol way of life. Best of luck with the job searching and finding a flat of your own. If anyone is in need of a great Chemist (in the Bristol area :-) although willing to travel :-) then this is your man, drop me a line and I will get him to give you a call.

[22-Jan-2004]

Words cannot express our special thanks to the Fabulous Catherine Turnbull. We are forever in your debt for granting us with Venice and our five star experience. We thankyou sincerely and look forward to Christmas Sicilian Style.

[06-Jan-2004]

A very special thanks to Andrew & Jennifer Ellerton for a great week in Zurich. We have had a great time here and wish you all the best in your work, travel and general Zurich life, as strange as it (sometimes) is. We hope you enjoy your fondue set, you must let us know how it goes.

[14-Jan-2004]

Thanks to the Parisoto family for the company, book, tea and general chat. Thanks also to David and Karim for the accommodation in Roma, it was great. Will post further details when we have time.

[01-Jan-2004]

Thanks to the three Families: Lyons; Rosa and Zorins (didn’t catch your surname – sorry). Thanks for letting us celebrate new years together, it was fantastic. Hope the rest of your time in Bintan was great – especially the villa.

[27-Dec-2003]

Thanks to the Barkers for putting up with us for five nights, we had a great time in our Melbourne apartment. Also thanks to all of our relatives (you know who you are :-) that we caught up with, your well wishes will make sure we keep this page up to date.

[22-Dec-2003]

Special thanks to Anna and John Christophersen for our accommodation in Melbourne for the first two days.