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Otter and Fish Dancin

Hello! I’m finally back in the UK. Woo! But Cookie and i are in a bit of a pickle as we’ve not got a place to stay. Oh noes!

We’re looking for a home for 4 weeks in July. Somewhere in London Town. Do you know of a spare room we could rent ? Maybe a flatmate has just moved out ? Or maybe you have a spare room that could be earning some cash ? Either way – any hot tips appreciated!

Tweet me on @NickyGibson or mail me at Nicky{at}Monster-Munch.com

Muchos muchos Gracias. Bonus Link: Amazing Otter dancing skills
x

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Nicky and Cookie finish the 3000km Te Araroa trail in Bluff NZ

Old news now ;) But in case you missed it – We did it!

Did what ? Walked 3000km on foot across New Zealand along the Te Araroa trail.
It a loooong story. But if you’re interested, and not bored to tears of hearing about it, you can follow the whole journey start to finish ( Oct 2010 – April 2011 and onwards ) over on our combined Nicky and Cookie blog!

I can shut up about it all now ;)

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Nicky and Cookie about to set off

Hi everyone! If you’ve not heard from me in a long while there’s a very good reason! I’m hiking New Zealand – the full length in fact … Or that’s the hope / plan. Cookie and I are just starting out on section 3 of the walk, over the in the Bay of Islands on the east coast. We’ve made it this far down from the far North at Cape Reinga, and we’ve been blogging all the way over at our new combined blog Nicky And Cookie .com ! So head over there for the latest news and photography from our foot busting kiwi expedition :D

Nicky and Cookie's New Blog ... exciting!

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Essential kit:

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So it’s the middle of the afternoon on day one in Auckland and we’ve already had an awesome fry up, some local pilsner, local lime larger, and I’m currently enjoying a Monteith’s crushed apple cider. Not bad, you might say – but then we decided to add some cracking Fash and Chups ( the best in town apparently ). Not to mention, and quicker than expected, we buckled and bought an iPad! Sweet! :D Very exciting. So hopefully we’ll be blogging away happy as Larry!

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We’re ‘ere! Bloody hell it’s a long way. I’ve been held captive on an aeroplane shaped time machine for a couple of days, but I’ve woken up to find myself in a comfy bed with a crazy Futurama style building outside. Time to go check out what a Kiwi fryup is like and then set to work on this holiday business.


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Hi there. Long time no Blog! :D It’s been a hectic summer at Poke towers working hard on something very special, coupled with preparations for a very exciting trek across New Zealand that will take us from October to May 2011, over almost 2000 miles. Hardcore!

More info to come soon … ;)



Above – surf at Kennack Sands in Cornwall. Popped home for a bit to say hi to Mum and Dad, and catch the last of the British sunny days :)


People sunbathing with tops off in October? Only in Cornwall! ;)



Gwendreath palm trees :)

WordPress on iPhone seems to be working well. Had to upgrade both my WordPress CMS, the app itself and my iPhone OS to v4.1, but all working now. Should be able to keep you all updated on my adventure as it unfolds … Flying on the 16th! Wish me luck :D

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Nicky and Cookie leaving for New Zealand!

Come on down! Everyone welcome, we’d love to say goodbye to everyone before we head to the big New Zealand adventure :D

Follow me on Twitter @nickygibson and i’ll let you know where we’ll be. ( Thursday 3oth September ).

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Farnhill's Shakey Leg Ale

I’ve been hiding for ages. ‘Recovery’ you might say ;) But i have very good reason. And it’s this lot’s fault :D

Meet Poke, the bunch of talented mentalists i ‘work’ with. What happens when you lock 50 creatives in a house for the weekend? An impromptu improvised, spur of the moment Wedding…. Home brew… Falling in lakes…. and not to mention a Sexy Disco Volcano. Full-on laser-rave. I can’t really explain any of that. You’ll just have to take my word for it. Suffice to say, the bits i can remember, will not easily be forgotten!

Above is my label for Mike’s tasty custom brewed Ale. Paying homage to Nick Farnhill’s infamous shak(e)y leg… er … the Ole English spelling ….. ahem (!)

Team Awesome

Above: Team Awesome, trying to maintain the illusion of respectability for as long as possible.

Mike proudly presents the Brew!

Mike proudly presents ‘The Brew’ … then we swiftly slide downhill into …

Carnage ensues at Sexy Disco Volcano

Sexy Disco Volcano! Carnage ensues …. and the monumental unveiling of Will’s ‘very fitted’ shiny gold hot-pants – Crikey!

Three shots above by the Marc Davies – aka Mr.Lomo! The Poke Wedding photographer of choice.

Thanks everyone for an unbelievable weekend! Love you all :D xx

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Gwendreath Farm Holiday Park

Hanging out in Cornwall hunting for easter eggs.  Awesome being by the sea! Been setting Dad up with his first Flickr page – check it out!

Happy Easter!

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Zwicky the cat by Donald Brun
I was in Amsterdam the other weekend with Cookie. We wondered the streets looking in shop windows and stopping for beer and steaks. The occasional snowflake added to the atmosphere. But my favourite find was a hot tip off from @whatkatiedoesThe Cat Museum! There are real live cats in there. I counted 4 but there may be more…. Filled with vintage posters and painting of cats, cat sculptures, and toys. And a shop of prints to take home.

My favourite by far was the discovery of Zwicky! A charismatic cat drawn by artist Donald Brun. There were several more works by Donald i hope to buy prints of. I’ll let you know when i find them ;)

Posters from the Cat Museum Amsterdam

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Help Monster-Munch make a movie

I know. At first glance that seems kind of coo coo. And maybe it is, but, how much fun would that be ? Cookie and i have a dream to make a documentary about New Zealand. And to do it we’re going to walk from the nothern tip aaaaaaaall the way down to the southern tip. Mental eh ? Yes! We are hoping to do it in about a years time. To help us save up the funds to get there and pay for equipment, and porridge to eat on the road we looking for people to sponsor us. It’s a bit of a challenge! We’ll be camping wild so there’d be no luxuries on this trip. But every penny counts when it comes to making the DVD’s etc as when we get back we’ll be penniless :)

It’s a pretty special trip as the route won’t officially open til next year so ( if it all comes together ) we’ll be some of the very first people to do it. Proper adventurer stuff!

SO! If you’d like to see the documentary of a boy and girl struggling against the elements ( and their will power ) to quite literally walk to Mordor in a Frodo stylie then your luck is in! If you’d like a DVD or want to help us then read all about it here and you can Donate a small amount if you wish towards to costs of the film. Thanks so much Monster-Munch followers! And if we raise the monies you will of course hear all about the trip live here on Monster-Munch :D

Help Monster-Munch and Cookie make a film about New Zealand

Help us :)

Kickstarter are kindly helping us with a donations page – but we only get paid if we raise the whole amount! So we have only less than 90 days to see if we can…. You know we love you! ;) xx  Nicky & Cookie

Get cool stuff made by us

Kind sponsors will receive a selection of things designed and made my me and Cookie ( of Made-In-England.org ) including the DVD, Specially designed A2 Posters, route planners and the right to give us very special challenges to complete on route! Read all about the Pledge Prizes here.

As some of you know, the other special thing about this trip for me is that i’m not, lets say, the most athletic person in the world ;) So this is going to be a mission and a half to say the least! And more than a mountain to climb. In fact you might know that a little while back a was rather ill, and to even dream of something like this would have been unimaginable. So in a way, that’s something that’s spurring me on to try and confront and conquer the impossible :) It might be a bit crazy but i’m damn well going to give it my best! Thanks for listening Monster-Munchers. x

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One week, two weddings, several hangovers, and a biblical amount of rain. That’s a holiday in the UK for you :) Brilliant fun though. We managed to get all over ‘the North’ to a bunch of gorgeous places i’ve never been. The Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Snowdonia, Cumbria, Loch Lomond ( way up in Scotland ), and many a tiny village on route. Many village pubs, and pub lunches too – i think i managed fish and chips at least 3 times. Amazing ;) We tested local ales where ever we went. I quite like Cumberland Ale but the Cocker Hoop was also very much worth a tipple.

We made a wedding cake. Well, Cookie baked it ( his first cake! ) and we decorated it with tiny marzipan characters. A labour of love but well worth it. To see the making-of shots, more pics here.

Cookie and i visited the Wensleydale Cheese making place, watched the cheese being made, and stuffed ourselves with an enormous Ploughmans cheese selection! And then headed underground to the White Scar Cave ….

We stopped off at the Keswick Pencil museum – the village where the pencil was invented! Saw the longest pencil in the world… wooOOOoo … And went nuts in the shop buying one of every colour they had.

( Van Photo by Akrabat ) – It was raining of course!

Cookie became a conductor on a vintage bus, punching tickets of the happy wedding party.

We listened to bag pipes, we smuggled wine, went on a boat trip, ate Haggis for the first time, ( it tasted amazing by the way! ). Did traditional Scottish dancing … and a few ‘power slides’ on the dance floor for good measure.

And we made a few new friends along the way :) Here’s the blushing bride El with The Cake! More wedding photos here.

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Beef Club in Zürich. God it was good! Amazing steak on fire with Cognac, followed by Crêpe Suzette. An awesome conclusion to the holiday. I fully recommend it to Meat Club as an away day trip :)

Nice review by Cookie here.

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Playing at the water park and thermal pools in Brigerbad near Brig ( Switzerland ). Cookie can’t wait for the slides to be open. This is his childhood campsite so we thought we’d see if it’s changed. Apparently it’s “a lot smaller than it used to be” ;) I think maybe Cookie has grown.

They do a wicked salad here. Check out the watermelon portion!

Cookie almost drowned himself earlier by busting into the circuit current pool before it was fully filled and getting a face full of a giant water jet. Very funny.

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