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It’s not just the Mediterranean Sea you know?

The Medditerranean Sea and the Subdivisions

The Medditerranean Sea and the Subdivisions

It wasn’t until I started thinking about an Italian holiday this summer that I realised that different parts of what I thought was just the Mediterranean Sea have different names. Our final destination is Pietra Ligure which is on the Ligurian Sea. I am going to publish a write up in the motorhome rental section of MotorhomeFreedom.com when I get back so do look over there towards the end of 2014 for some photos, videos etc. It’s true that on a holiday in Rhodes many years ago I was aware than on the east side of the island was the Mediterranean Sea and on the west side was the Aegean Sea, but I didn’t think that much about it to be honest. I was however aware that the two seas looked different though. One day we went down to the most southern point of Rhodes to a lovely place called Prassonissi.

Prassonissi is a small island which is connected by a strip of sand to Rhodes in the summer time when the water levels are low. When Prassonissi becomes a Peninsula rather than island it becomes a haven for windsurfers and sunbathers. Having the sea on either side of the beach is wonderful. The day I was there the Mediterranean was as flat as pond with people swimming, suba diving and generally having a superb beach holiday. On the other side of the beach is the Aegean Sea that was rough and choppy with the windsurfers having a fantastic time. So what are these other ‘seas’ then? Well they are actually subdivisions of the Mediterranean Sea according to the IHO which is the Internation Hydrographic Organization. So let’s look at them starting at the very west of the Meditteranean.

The Strait of Gibraltar

Between The Rock of Gibraltar (which is actually crown property of the UK) and Morocco is a small strait of water which is just less than nine miles wide at its narrowest point. It is very important shipping route between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The Strait of Gibraltar extends slightly to the west where it meets the Atlantic.

The Alboran Sea

Between Spain and Morocco to the east of the Strait of Gibraltar is the Alboran Sea. The Alboran sea has the biggest population of bottlenose dolphins in the western Mediterranean.

The Balearic Sea

Between mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands of Mallorca, Ibiza, Minorca and Formentera is the Balearic Sea. This is one of my favourite parts of the World and definitely my favourite part of Spain.

The Ligurian Sea

North of Corsica, between Corsica and Italy is the Ligurian Sea. This is the sea that prompted me to write this article as I am going to Liguria this summer on my motorhome holiday.

The Tyrrhenian Sea

The Tyrrhenian Sea is somewhere I really want to go! It’s enclosed by Sardinia, the Italian peninsula and the island of Sicily. If you are into your volcanoes like me, this is the place to go. You will be able to see Stromboli and of course the magnificent Etna. A stunning part of the World, but sadly just a little too far for this summer’s trip.

The Ionian Sea

This is between Italy, Albania and Greece. This is the part of the Mediterranean that is underneath the ‘foot’ of Italy

The Adriatic Sea

This is the almost rectangular area between Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania. The only one of these countries that I have visited so far is Italy. I have yet to explore the east coast of Italy, so this will be a fun adventure for the future. At the moment I am tied to school holidays and I have been told that July and August is NOT the time to go, unless you love crowded beaches!

The Aegean Sea

The Aegean Sea is between Greece and Turkey and possibly my favourite part of the Mediterranean. I have loved ever single Greek island I have ever been to and a sunset across the Aegean has never disappointed me.

Happy Holidays!

Tony Lambs Boogie Box

Tony Lambs Boogie Box

I’ve been having a bit of a weird time, remembering my old Aberystwyth days (1981-1983) and my old band Tony Lamb’s Boogie Box. The more I think about it, this band was totally legendary not because of our musical ability, but the songs we chose. I’ve just been having a go on YouTube to remember some classics. Can you you add to this list? Please comment, email, FB or whatever:

  • LA Woman – The Doors
  • Bad and Nationwide – ZZ Top
  • Slow Train – Status Quo
  • The Pusher – Steppenwolf
  • Waiting for the bus/Jesus just left Chicago – ZZ Top
  • The Snake  – Pink Fairies
  • Shaking All Over – Cliff Richard

At the moment I cannot think of any more, help!

I’m just putting this page up here because I seem to need lots of these things. When I first moved into my house we had a lot of fittings for these GU10 – 220V bulbs. In particular the kitchen has 6 of these above the table and a further 8 in the rest of the room. Traditionally these bulbs are 25W which means we would be looking at a total power consumption of 350W, which is rather excessive. By replacing them all with these LED bulbs we are looking at a total of 32W. That is a considerable saving.

They do seem to come from China, so can take a week or so to arrive, but even so they are way cheaper than you can get in France.

Amazing Best Man Speech

Nicole, George and Anthony and an amazing best man speech

Here is an example of an amazing speech by Anthony, the brother of George. George and Nicole were lucky to have an excellent well delivered speech from Anthony, who managed to thoroughly engage his audience straightaway. Anthony delivered a powerful sincere message in the first two sentences and then in his third sentence turned it around into something incredibly funny. From that point on, he had the audiences attention and they absorbed every word he said afterwards. This is a great example of a best man speech, which you can use as inspiration for your own best man speech.

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they meet their one true love: their soul mate. The person that’s going to know and love them for the rest of their life. That moment came for George 25 years ago, when he met me. I guess I should introduce myself to those of you who don’t know me. My name is Anthony, I’m George’s younger brother. To be asked today by George to be his best man is an honor for me, but it’s also very honorable of him because he’s finally admitting to each and every one of you that I truly am the best. I would also like to say how beautiful most of you look tonight. I’m glad to see that some of you actually made an effort. Speaking of beautiful, our bride, Nicole, looks absolutely stunning. It’s scary to see how George has become so enchanted by her, but to be honest – her beauty tonight is making George a little bit more handsome than he actually is. Sorry!

Now, for those of you who don’t know and are amongst those who do, growing up, George and I were polar opposites. He was smart and driven, I was the funny goofball. He was athletic, I was and still am incredibly good-looking. It is because of our different but distinct personalities that we did fight, a lot. In fact, George was always so much bigger than me that my parents forbid him from hitting me when we got into fights. I used to take advantage of that, and I would torture him all the time. I apologize for that after all these years.

But we did have our good times. Playing football in the yard. Playing hockey up front with Jessie and Jamie, or when we would play American Gladiators with our Nerf guns. It’s memories like these with my big brother that I’m never going to forget.

High school is where I first met Nicole. I met her in my freshman year because we were both members of the digital yearbook. I remember instantly liking her because she didn’t compare me to George like many of the upperclassmen and even some of the teachers had. Beyond that, she was just a good person and I felt like I could actually be myself around her – I didn’t have to try and impress her. I love you for that.

Then, I’ll fast-forward to college. I remember coming home, my parents and George were in the living room. I go to put my stuff down and I realize someone else is in the room and its Nicole. It was at this point that I found out the two of them had been dating, and the first of many that I would find her sitting in my favorite couch, which I’ll still get you back for! After George and I graduated college, we got much closer. We still fought, but we hung out a lot more often as well. Nicole and George were having a low key night, gong to the movies, going bowling; they’d always invite me along and neither one of them made me feel like I was a third-wheel. I remember one night we were driving around afterwards, smiling and having a great time. At that moment, I knew Nicole was going to be around for the long-haul. She made my brother happy in a way that I hadn’t seen him smile like that in a while. I can honestly say, Nicole, that you might be the reason why George and I are as close as I am now.

The last four years, our relationship in our brotherhood got tighter. We do still fight, of course, but for different reasons. We fight hard because we love harder. A few weeks ago, George, you and I were at the car wash and we were talking about the wedding. Out of nowhere, you turned to me and said: you know, I’m really glad that you and I got so close. I remember looking at you and thinking this was kind of out of left field, and responded: me too. And then you said something to me I know I’m never going to forget, you said: I just want to let you know that I’m always on your side, I am now and I will always be your biggest fan.

The truth of the matter is I could say the same for you. Through thick and thin, good and bad, you’re my big brother. I always look up to you and I’ve always admired you. Nicole, I couldn’t be any happier that you are now part of our family. Seeing the two of you together just looks complete. I wish you nothing but happiness, love, and success for the rest of your years. If you’ll join me in raising a glass to toast a happy couple, George and Nicole. Love is a force more impressive than any other because it is invisible, it cannot be seen but it can transform you in a moment and offer you more joy than any material possession ever could. Congratulations.

What is Guesstimation?

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What is GuesstimationI have told this story quite a few times, but at the moment I seem to feel like I ought to get it down once and for all. Back when I were a lad I went to Wolstanton Grammar School in Wolstanton, Staffordshire. [click to continue…]