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Topic: A Kiwi travelling to James-Bond-Land.

I'm Sorry, you might of had quite a few posts like this, Barbel and Sir Miles.
Some of you guys might know me, I've been around this forum since 2010 when I was only, well, a kid.
I found it so helpful because no one I knew was obsessed with James Bond like I was, I've learnt so much here and been able to release that valve with people who enjoy the character as much as I do.
I'm super excited because a dream I've had for years is finally coming true.
I get to live in the UK for six months, to study at Royal Holloway in Egham, Surrey. I arrive in early Jan.
For a Bogan born and raised in New Zealand, this is a dream come true, finally I get to live in James Bond Land.
And this is where I need my AJB family.
What shall I do in the UK?
Doesn't have to be James Bond related (But please do say if they are).
Where shall I go?
Is there a cafe or restauant or a museum or a City I have to visit?
Is there any culture things I should be aware of?
Cheers
JS
(Benjamin)

“The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning. "
-Casino Royale, Ian Fleming

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Re: A Kiwi travelling to James-Bond-Land.

Not my neck of the woods, I'm afraid, but have a good time while you're there!

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Re: A Kiwi travelling to James-Bond-Land.

Frankly there is so much it’s hard to advise without known* your tastes.

For Bond get yourself into London and book a Bond Movie Tour as a staring point. Then take a walk around there are plenty of film Locations documents here and elsewhere. Bond in Motion is a good wander.

There are plenty landmarks to see in London and beautiful historic building all with a story to tell. Museums to cater for all tastes.

If you are into films the the Harry Potter Studio Tour is a good day out but book before you go.

There is a zoo and theme park near you location.

If you are here for a long period of t8me spread your wings and go further afield transport is pretty straight forward.

Do your research and enjoy, you are lucky to be able to travel to the other side of the world, but I hope it also enables you to appreciate how beautiful New Zealand is as well.

Good luck,

Cheers   ajb007/bond

My name is Bond, Basildon Bond - I have letters after my name!

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Re: A Kiwi travelling to James-Bond-Land.

Barbel wrote:

Not my neck of the woods, I'm afraid, but have a good time while you're there!

Thanks Barbel!

Bond44 wrote:

Frankly there is so much it’s hard to advise without known* your tastes.

For Bond get yourself into London and book a Bond Movie Tour as a staring point. Then take a walk around there are plenty of film Locations documents here and elsewhere. Bond in Motion is a good wander.

There are plenty landmarks to see in London and beautiful historic building all with a story to tell. Museums to cater for all tastes.

If you are into films the the Harry Potter Studio Tour is a good day out but book before you go.

There is a zoo and theme park near you location.

If you are here for a long period of t8me spread your wings and go further afield transport is pretty straight forward.

Do your research and enjoy, you are lucky to be able to travel to the other side of the world, but I hope it also enables you to appreciate how beautiful New Zealand is as well.

Good luck,

Cheers   ajb007/bond

Thanks for the tips and advice, Bond44.
haha, yeah New Zealand is a beautiful place, I've realised that whenever I've traveled overseas.

“The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning. "
-Casino Royale, Ian Fleming

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Re: A Kiwi travelling to James-Bond-Land.

I had a ball spending a whole weekend riding the big red busses around London. I would get off, see the sight, etc and get back on another one...I could have spent a whole week and not seen everything. I especially liked the Imperial War Museum, the Tower, and Buckingham Palace. I was stationed in Eat Anglia and went to Dover, Cambridge University and Ely Cathedral...which I think is one of the most beautiful buildings ever.

I took a tour bus to Stonehenge for a day trip, very nice, but a little rushed,,but still, I got to see Stonehenge.

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'Just because nobody complains doesn't mean all parachutes are perfect.'- Benny Hill (1924-1992)

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Re: A Kiwi travelling to James-Bond-Land.

Ammo08 wrote:

I had a ball spending a whole weekend riding the big red busses around London. I would get off, see the sight, etc and get back on another one...I could have spent a whole week and not seen everything. I especially liked the Imperial War Museum, the Tower, and Buckingham Palace. I was stationed in Eat Anglia and went to Dover, Cambridge University and Ely Cathedral...which I think is one of the most beautiful buildings ever.

I took a tour bus to Stonehenge for a day trip, very nice, but a little rushed,,but still, I got to see Stonehenge.

If you don't mind me asking Ammo08, where were you stationed Mildenhall or Lakenheath ? My Dad (stepfather) was stationed at Mildenhall from 73 to 90's then back to the US, Wyoming, until he retired.

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Re: A Kiwi travelling to James-Bond-Land.

Hi JB (James Benjamin), first of all I wouldn't call yourself a bogan from NZ - most likely said in jest but despite not knowing you, if that term has the same meaning as it does in Australia I very much doubt you are a bogan - you are a serious James Bond fan after all ajb007/martini

I think as others have said, where you go and what you see will depend on your interests in real life.  There's so much to do and see in England I'd go with an open mind.  In saying that, when I think of Bond I think more of the exotic locations he's been to (remember he is MI6 ajb007/wink  ajb007/martini ).   If you get a chance, may be consider a trip to Jamaica and visit Goldenye - it' s a lot closer to the UK than it is to NZ.

In saying that if you're in to cars, maybe see if you can do a tour (if they have them) of the Aston Martin plant if that's your thing.  It's located in Gaydon, Warwickshire.  Unsure how far that is from Surrey but looking at the map it shouldn't be a long train ride.  There is always the Sherlock Holmes tours where you can vist 221B Baker St and/or the Sherlock Holmes Pub.

Regardless, good luck with your studies and I hope you have a fantastic time whatever you do and please by all means, if you have a 'Bond adventure' post it here at ajb007.

ajb007/cheers OGG007

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Re: A Kiwi travelling to James-Bond-Land.

OGG007 wrote:

Hi JB (James Benjamin), first of all I wouldn't call yourself a bogan from NZ - most likely said in jest but despite not knowing you, if that term has the same meaning as it does in Australia I very much doubt you are a bogan - you are a serious James Bond fan after all ajb007/martini

I think as others have said, where you go and what you see will depend on your interests in real life.  There's so much to do and see in England I'd go with an open mind.  In saying that, when I think of Bond I think more of the exotic locations he's been to (remember he is MI6 ajb007/wink  ajb007/martini ).   If you get a chance, may be consider a trip to Jamaica and visit Goldenye - it' s a lot closer to the UK than it is to NZ.

In saying that if you're in to cars, maybe see if you can do a tour (if they have them) of the Aston Martin plant if that's your thing.  It's located in Gaydon, Warwickshire.  Unsure how far that is from Surrey but looking at the map it shouldn't be a long train ride.  There is always the Sherlock Holmes tours where you can vist 221B Baker St and/or the Sherlock Holmes Pub.

Regardless, good luck with your studies and I hope you have a fantastic time whatever you do and please by all means, if you have a 'Bond adventure' post it here at ajb007.

ajb007/cheers OGG007

Thanks OGG007!
Your post was too kind. (and No, I guess Im not a bogan as such...  ajb007/lol )
I would love to visit Jamaica some time!

“The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning. "
-Casino Royale, Ian Fleming

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Re: A Kiwi travelling to James-Bond-Land.

I left Mildenhall in September of 2001, I was on temporary duty with the Tennessee Air National Guard...I spent 4 years at FE Warren AFB in Wyoming from 1972-1976 with the regular Air Force.

I also enjoyed my Jack the Ripper Tour of London...lots of fun.

Lord Baden-Powell's house had a line over 2 hours long or I would have visited it...he founded the Boy Scouts.

"I don't know if the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or imbeciles who mean it."-Mark Twain
'Just because nobody complains doesn't mean all parachutes are perfect.'- Benny Hill (1924-1992)

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Re: A Kiwi travelling to James-Bond-Land.

Ammo08 wrote:

I left Mildenhall in September of 2001, I was on temporary duty with the Tennessee Air National Guard...I spent 4 years at FE Warren AFB in Wyoming from 1972-1976 with the regular Air Force.

I also enjoyed my Jack the Ripper Tour of London...lots of fun.

Lord Baden-Powell's house had a line over 2 hours long or I would have visited it...he founded the Boy Scouts.

How strange that you served at the same Bases  ajb007/martini

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Re: A Kiwi travelling to James-Bond-Land.

danjaq_0ff wrote:
Ammo08 wrote:

I left Mildenhall in September of 2001, I was on temporary duty with the Tennessee Air National Guard...I spent 4 years at FE Warren AFB in Wyoming from 1972-1976 with the regular Air Force.

I also enjoyed my Jack the Ripper Tour of London...lots of fun.

Lord Baden-Powell's house had a line over 2 hours long or I would have visited it...he founded the Boy Scouts.

How strange that you served at the same Bases  ajb007/martini

Small World I often say!  ajb007/martini

“The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning. "
-Casino Royale, Ian Fleming

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Re: A Kiwi travelling to James-Bond-Land.

James Suzuki wrote:
danjaq_0ff wrote:
Ammo08 wrote:

I left Mildenhall in September of 2001, I was on temporary duty with the Tennessee Air National Guard...I spent 4 years at FE Warren AFB in Wyoming from 1972-1976 with the regular Air Force.

I also enjoyed my Jack the Ripper Tour of London...lots of fun.

Lord Baden-Powell's house had a line over 2 hours long or I would have visited it...he founded the Boy Scouts.

How strange that you served at the same Bases  ajb007/martini

Small World I often say!  ajb007/martini

ajb007/martini

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