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name:

Jason Fletcher (Wilf)

comments:

Joe ...

Congratulations m8 i wish u all the best for the future you have a beautiful girl thats always smiling from what i can see :)

good on ya m8 take care of yourself bro all the best

Way to go joe!!!!!!

21st July 2007

response:

Thanks Jason, great to hear from you!

How are you doing? Any plans to cause some more riots in Asia?!

lol

name:

Karamoon

comments:

Joseph, I'm exporing your sprawling website, and finding the experience very enjoyable. Thanks for all the work that you've obviously put into it. I wish you many more years of travel.

20th June 2007

response:

Your comments are, as ever much appreciated!

Was good to speak to you on skype too!

Look forward to meeting you in Japan when I get back after graduation.

Till then, jaa ne!

name:

Emma C (Titch)

comments:

Hi there

Good to see you're still enjoying life and all it's pleasures. I hope you're having a wild time in Japan. I'm back in Hereford after living in Bristol for a while. I'm still in touch with Trud. One of my good friends has connections with Islay too - small world really.

Take care and keep up the website, it's fascinating and entertaining!!!!

Em

16th February 2007

response:

Wow Emma, it's been so long! Like, 10 years or so!

So good to hear from you, I was always sorry to have lost touch with you. Good to hear that you're ok. Another of the Hereford crowd that's done the Bristol stint - myself included!

I'm glad you like the website, it's comments like that that make it all worthwhile! Anyway, do keep in touch, let me know your email address next time!

Lotsa love, take care

joseph

name:

Firmin

comments:

Wow. Exellent stuff- distracted me for ages! Surely the ultimate in blog society. As usual captivating, interesting, amusing, informative, and there's so much to see. Amazing. Thanks and good luck!

Ps. if I was there I'd be on that hike

27th January 2007

response:

Hi Firmin,

Thanks so much - and thank you for the inspiration you provide with your own writing - it is superb, and has me gripped!

http://firminstravels.blogspot.com/

joseph


name:

Aniela

comments:

Happy New Year Joseph!

Sounds like you're having a fantastic time in Japan, keep up the good work - we're all proud of you! Hope you had a good Christmas and New Year.

Gossip: M J is getting married!

I'm doing ok, busy on my teacher training course (music secondary) and practising my 'teacher look' whenever I get a moment... Oh yes, and Happy Birthday for when it arrives, I'm afraid I can't remember the exact date (13th?) but better early than late/never!

Take it easy

love and peace

Aniela xx

4th January 2007

response:

Hi Aniela,

Thanks so much for your message - a Happy New Year to you too!

Great to hear from you, and exciting to hear you're doing a teacher training course - we need people like you, and we especially need more music teachers to bring more smiles and joy to the world! I still find myself surprised at the incredible power of music to lift one's spirits when they're down.

Thanks for the gossip! I've dropped him a congratulatory line, great stuff.

You are in fact spot on re. my brithday - thank you for the birthday wishes. Unfortunately this year it falls bang in the middle of exams, ce la vie! I'm sure *Twinkle* will help me make the most of it though!

Christmas and New Year were great! Christmas was spent with Emmie (of HWS fame) and her pro-turkey stuffing fella Russ - what fantastic hosts, it was an absolute treat. New Year was spent with *Twinkle's* folks, having a very merry time!

Anyway, revision calls...

Take care over there, and hope to see you when I get back.

Much love,

joseph


name:

Fae

comments:

PINCH PUNCH FIRST OF THE MONTH!!!

Big tradition in my family. I was born in England and moved to Canada in 1993. I get odd looks when I pinch and punch people over here, but I still keep up with the tradition!!!

Good luck for 2007!

1st January 2007

response:

Hi Fae,

Thanks for your Pinch Punch First of the Month - I get funny looks here in japan when I do that too!

Have a great 2007!

take care,

joseph



name:

Wilf / Jason

comments:

Listening to your year in Japan thingy :P humm lol its well put together in a daft way ofc!
sorry that i seem to be the 1 that mostly signs ya guestbook but i guess ya dont mind :)
will catch u up for a drink 1 day m8! am back in england now as my last email said! glad to be back mixed emotions
enjoy yaself dude ..!
Jase

29th December 2006

response:

Hi Jason

I must admit I was stunned by your news in your last email - "Only you wilf!"

Take care back in the UK, look forward to hearing what you're getting up to next!

joseph



name:

Firmin

comments:

Yo dude. Extaordinarily comprehensive blog. Sheer evolution- I saw it before..... Good gear. Don't get too carried away with it though! All the best!

10th December 2006

response:

Thank you Firmin.

Never mind the size - it's the quality that counts: I'm a big fan of your blog. Keep up the good work and try not to get shot.

joseph



name:

M

comments:

Please, do take care of yourself in that obscure little island.

M (gradually making his way back in to Shef Uni)

13th September 2006

response:

Thank you M, whoever you may be!

joseph


name:

Kylie Booth

comments:

Thank you Jo for some great Pics of Jened. Flip told me about your sight. I have been at Jened in 1994.1995.1996 and 1997 but only for 6 week and then in 2000 ThaWas fantastic to see your collection of photos from the great summer we shared at Camp Jened... How time flies... Hope your keeping well and happy.

Big Cuddles

Kylie No.1

27th August 2006

response:

Hi Kylie,

good to hear from you! Glad you like the photos - I'm glad I took so many as there's a lot of jennedies out there with happy memories - it certainly changed my life :-)

take care

joseph


name:

Kathy Grunnill

comments:

Thank you Jo for some great Pics of Jened. Flip told me about your sight. I have been at Jened in 1994.1995.1996 and 1997 but only for 6 week and then in 2000 Thank you for bringing back some great memories, mind you have them close to my heart anyway.
Kathy

(I was an AC in 1997, the one who you have labelled as music in your pics)

16th July 2006

response:

Hello Kathy,

thanks for your message. Yes, I remember you! (although I had forgotten your name, sorry!)

Unfortunately Ive lost touch with most Jenedies, although some folks do drop by now and then, like yourself!

It really was a life-changing experience!

all the best

joseph


name:

Wilf

comments:

Heyup Joe[seph]

just finished reading ur fish convention couldnt help but chuckle if they could have instant crazy in a can i think Joe Tame would be the main ingredient :) always a breath of fresh air your page :) keep on going!

im still in UK been here errr 3-4 months already fecking ell time flies when ur err... sitting on ur ass :) just found some part time but its crap money and utterly boring the crap out of me :) so i find better things to do in my work time like scribbling on guestbooks of fellow nutters ;) gotta get some dosh together and ill be chuffed planning on going back to Wan sep-oct dunno aint decided yet missing her like crazy we keep in touch everyday with txts emails and phonecalls but its costly u think things will be different when i go back? she cried herself to sleep for the first month or two but now it seems shes got used to it ~(_8o(|) doh!

anyhow stay nutty me ol mucka and ill be in touch once in a blue moon hooooooooooooooooooooooooowl!

7th June 2006

response:

Hey jason,

good to hear from you!

sitting on your ass?!! Life's too short for that! get on with it and get back out there! :-) You know it's not money stopping you ...it's YOU!

take care mate

joseph


name:

Choong

comments:

hey, joseph,

shame on you, asking for donations ,pah! be a man and work for money.

anyway,how are you???

15th April 2006

response:

Hey Choong,

be a man? I'm a student! How can I be a man and a student.

I'm doing great thanks. Haven't seen any of you folks for ages. Hope all's good and you're not buried under a pile of Antonio's washing up!

joseph :-)


name:

Zhenying Wu

comments:

nice website. must take amazing dedication. I had a blog once and couldn't even keep it up for 3 months :-)

found it by accident while doing some search on Japan and got interested because your account linked Switzerland (where I'm from) with Japan (lived in Osaka for a year, one of my favorite places...)

other funny coincidence, actually in the UK now. First time in 28 years... got insulted by cab driver right on arrival. ahhh, miss them white-gloved japanese cabbies, for sure...

anyway, keep up the good work... if you come to philadelphia some day lemme know, will buy you a few beers...

8th March 2006

response:

thanks for your message!

Yeah, I remember on my first day back in the UK I was shocked by the attitude of the taxi driver! Boy did I wish I was back in Japan!!

Hope you enjoy your time in the UK.

take care

joseph :-)


name:

Willow

comments:

hello,

dont know if you remember me from last year but i was just cleaning up my emails and stumbled across the ones u sent me and there was a link to ur site so i thought i would come and say hi, how have u been?

incase ur still wondering who the hell i am im the girl from stevens camp last year leighs daughter..........and i had a friend with me called lucy who was extremly loud (shes not anymore lol)

well hope ur doing ok, and u havnt pooed urself recently hehe

willow xxxxxxxxxx

7th March 2006

response:

hello Willow me deario, indeed I do remember you as I don’t think I know any other willows apart from those by the river. I also remember loud Lucy who was indeed, loud.

How’s it going with the ACM these days? Had any fights with Keely over sam? Mind you that was about 15 months ago… I was in Ashburton for chrimbo at stephen’s and loubie’s which was jolly good fun, and if there’s any camping going on this summer I may well join in.

all’s good with me, about as busy as a very busy (dung) beetle that has just heard that this week is “National Busy Week” and the first prize is a lovely fresh pile of dung.

Speaking of which, and thank you for asking, no, haven’t pooed myself lately. Incidentally that story is top secret…

well you take care and I may well see you in the summer. In the meantime have fun and don’t get in too many fist fights with the Red Lion Crew.

joseph :-)


name:

Jason Fletcher (Wilf)

comments:

*taps on the computer key in a menacing way with a big hammer*

Mr tame you have been charged with the corruption of many brains due to your waffling within this web page, many people will never be the same again! me included having listened to your stories and then getting off my ass to travel single handedly around the globe!!!! what do you have to say for yourself? how do you plead?

8days m8 .... and i fly back to england would ya believe!!!! school hols and im coming back for a break from my girlfriend and to do some work and save a nice bit of wedge (hopefully) well u know me ill prolly end up spending the lot on the piss :) but ive got a return ticket so it doesnt matter.
have been here 1 year 6 months already .... holy shit!!!! in a way im looking forward to it! in another way i dont want to return u know wot i mean! I got a funny feeling im going to get culture shock again right? in my own home country bah!!! and this is all your fault!!!!!

yes you! mr bloody Tame! you! inspired me to backpack solo and ive never looked back since u should be ashamed ofyaself!!!!

cheers m8!

Wilf
21st February 2006

response:

hey Mate,

coming home for a break eh? Sounds like a jolly good idea - but I must warn you, reverse culture shock is far far worse than going the other way. Think you know what the UK is like? Think Again!!

Still, I hope the journey back goes ok, and you don't find it all as impossibly difficult as I have done in the past!

You're an inspiration to me too you know, it works both ways!

joseph


name:

Coxy

comments:

Hi Joseph,

Tried mailing but don't know if you got it so using this method also.

I had stumbled accross from searching info about Japan.

This may seem long winded but let me say this.

I'm a 21 year old lad from England, I feel I am looking for something. I don't know what it is or where I can find it but I know I need to find it sometime in my life, in myself I think.

I thought I would embark on a journey of self discovery and I thought I would embark on this journey to Australia. So here I am in Perth writing to you now. Though this isn't what I am looking for, I thought I could find myself, discovery myself and know myself here. But now I am here I know this isn't the place for me.

You see I seek solitude, I seek change, I seek new ways of life and new ways of thinking. Australia is just like Home (england) but hotter with nicer beaches. But the culture is exactly the same.

I want somewhere non western, somewhere totally different. Somewhere where I can go and no-one speaks english so it gives me the chance to learn the culture and lifestyle. It will also enable me to be able to truly self-educate myself as I want to do, Read some more, learn the piano maybe, learn a new langauge, learn some spiritual martial art form like tai chi or similar.

I am wondering if I could find this in Japan? I totally different way of living and experiencing for myself?

Away for the 'normal' western mentality and prowess.

As I was reading your journals on japan I got the feeling this is what you were after also. So i write to you seeking any advice, tips or help on the matter.

I have signed up for WWOOF japan and think this could be what I am looking for... I have looked around specifically at WWOOF hosts that only accept 1 WWOOFER and for a long stay but have not had any replies yet.

Anyway I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks

Coxy

12th February 2006

response:

Hi Coxy,

Many thanks for your message. If you would like to contact me again, do try emailing following the instructions on this page, it's very easy.

I must firstly apologise for not being able to write you the respomse that I would like to due to time contraints.

Reading your message reminds me of myself before I went travelling. I also wanted to go to Oz when I was at college, but by the time I reached about 20 I got the impression that it really wouldn't be able to offer me all that much in the way of completely new experiences. Thus I went to Japan.

Basically, yes, I definately would recommend it as a means to broaden your internal and external horizons...

I would love to write more about why etc, but no doubt you have picked that sort of thing up from what I have written elsewhere on TGW.

Practically speaking, your best bet is a Working Holiday Visa. i am assuming you don't have a degree, thus the Working Holiday Visa is ideal (as you can't get a work visa without a degree).

I'd be more than happy to answer any specific questions you have if you email me directly. I guess you've already checked out what I had to say here. Oh, and WWOOF - great organisation. The hosts differ immensley in terms of what they have to offer you, but you will come up a changed person at the other end if you go through half of what I found myself going through over there!!

take care

joseph


name:

TRICE

comments:

HELLO EVERYONE I WANTED TO KNOW IF ANYBODY COULD SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCE WORKING AND LIVING AT CAMP JENED??? I'M CURIOUS BECAUSE I'VE NEVER BEEN TO CAMP AND I'VE BEEN OFFFERED A CABIN LEADER POSITION YOU CAN EMAIL ME AT patriceann2003[at-mark]yahoo.com THANK YOU!!

5th February 2006

response:

Hi Trice,

I'm afraid I can't offer you a lot of advice Re. Jened, not because I don't have any advice (I was there for 3 months in 1997) but because you have written in UPPERCASE, which, as regular views will know, is strictly forbidden around here, being a sign of laziness, being too lazy to take Caps Lock off.

Also, publishing your email address online is a very silly thing to do. I made it slightly less silly for you, but still, it was silly.

Are you American by any chance?

tee hee

joseph

p.s. Jened: It's tough. Really tough, But, if you are in search of a challenge, then you've found it. It was life-changing for me, especially that night when I had a mixture of kitchen cleaner, chicken fat and cold water tipped over my headm, resulting in me having to spend the night hidden inside a tumble drier. I kid you not.

Good place to *meet* people... Locked on site for weeks on end with the same bunch of folks...


name:

Gareth

comments:

Hi, you have a very interesting site with some amazing pictures!

I am planning on doing some travelling in Europe myself and was wondering how you got on with the various language barriers. I am a native English speaker myself, with only a bare minimum of knowledge in german and spanish and am not sure how far this would get me....

Any advice you could give would be greatly appreciated.

Regards,

Gareth.

3rd January 2006

response:

Hi Gareth,

I would say you don't have to worry about a thing. Just make sure you have a decent guide book (such as Lonely Planet) which will contain useful phrases. f you are staying in any one country for several months etc I'd advise you to get hold of a short language course (book and CD etc), available form all good bookshops.

I never found language barriers to be a significant problem. Just make sure you don't foget to take your open mind and sensitivity towards others. And don't try speaking louder if your audience doesn't understand your English :-)

joseph


name:

Brian

comments:

Hey man

Just stumbled onto you site. I stayed pretty much to your home page, and I think it's great. I hope you feel the time and effort is both enjoyable and worth the effort.

16th December 2005

response:

Hi Brian,

cheers for your message. Oh yes, it will all be worth it when the film towards which this is all leading sets the scenes for a worldwide TGW revolution...

joseph


name:

JuneStar

comments:

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.... HILARIOUS....

.. i apologize for the capital letters.. i know you dont' like them, however i deemed them necessary to emphasize my great admiration for your entries. i was particularly fond of your writing during your stay in Singletown.... i have to be honest though, i found your page doing a report on beastiality for my women's studies project (ODD I KNOW... it was for academic purposes...) I love that picture of the elephant man. Keep up the great work.

please do take care and have your self a wonderful & safe holiday season...

Merii Kurisumasu & Akemashite omedetou to you...

june || toronto, canada

11th December 2005

response:

Thanks June, your message gave me a good laugh!

Yes, I am aware that since my departure from Singletown the lack of misery in my life has resulted in a drop in visitor numbers. Still, I think it's a price worth paying!!

Beastiality eh? Academic purposes? Right... I wonder what kind of institute you work for...

tee hee

joseph


name:

Nansy

comments:

Hello Joseph!!

I have found your site as the most interesting until now!!!I was very excited at the idea of a life like this!!!and this site is very informative for all those who want to make this a way of living....!

I did not see anywhere though your photos or description of Greece!!Have you been here??

Regards,

Nansy

20th November 2005

response:

Indeed I have Nancy. The photos are here, but unfortunately I have not committed any words describing my time there to the keyboard!

joseph


name:

Gail From Canada

comments:

Hi Joesph I enjoyed reading your page and it is always nice to talk with other people who had [epileptic] seizures , I have taken grandmal seizures on and off since 1994 , enjoy your week oh and P.S. I sent you an email its a long letter though sorry about that

14th November 2005

response:

Thanks Gail, no doubt you got my email reply...

joseph


name:

Shari

comments:

I'm sorry to hear that your studies have been a bit overwhelming this time around but I'm sure you can do it. Sometimes each step up seems impossible but once you get there, you wonder why it seemed so difficult at the time. Remind yourself that you'll eventually have that perspective and all will be well again.

BTW, I'm leaving OBC so you'll have to come 'round the apartment and say hello next time you're in Tokyo.

13th November 2005

response:

Hey Shari,

Thanks for your message! Yes, it's a bit of a struggle, but I suppose that's better than it being so easy it's dull! You're quite righttoo regarding perspective - I recall thinking exactly the same last year - and now that all seems like it was so easy!

You're leaving OBC??? Really? What will Mr. Darryl do without you? Hmm, well I hope that you are happy with the change of circumstance, and that it is not the result of some gaijin-fearing manager being in charge...

all the best, see you next year

joseph


name:

Veronika

comments:

I just found this website. i went to the Hereford Waldorf School for a few months as well and it was funny to see all these people and places again! your pictures are great!

11th October 2005

response:

Hello Veronika,

You went to the HWS too?! Have we met? Maybe not, I guess it' s a while since I left now! Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed the photos and stuff,

all the best wherever you may be

joseph


name:

Dana

comments:

Hallo Joseph, super Webseite, Du kommst ja ganz schön in der Welt rum.

Grüsse aus München

30th September 2005

response:

Dana Hallo!

Wonderful to hear from you again! I hope that you are well and that all is going well for you.

Take care

love joseph


name:

Sandy moon

comments:

heya joseph ,

i was so delighted to find yr site and see my crusty japanese toilet online.what memories! It's a great site ...can u tell me how u set it up.

oh by the way im still on the move... went back again to japan and nepal twice and about to go to nepal again.... if u wanna see what else ive been up to google sandra moon nepal and you might find an article i wrote in kansai scene..... okay possum ta ta

25th September 2005

response:

darling hellloooooooooo!

Hisashiburi! Gosh, you have been busy, I was wondering where you'd got to. I was moved by your tale of the goings-on in the orphanage, sounds like an immense challenge.

Sending you my love, and I hope our paths cross again one day.

p.s. what's your new email address?

love joseph

 

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