We are writing this from the beach where the great David Hasselhoff used to reign - Venice Beach! The sun is shining, surf's up 'dude', and laura and kate are wearing bikinis!! Brilliant! After checking in, (we can confirm Phil did have the heaviest bag - BIG GAY BEAR!) we said our goodbyes, redied ourselves for the full strip search and went into departures. Greeting us was a duty-free stall selling top class whiskey and vodka with FREE samples. Luckily using her powers (the BIG thumb she had on phils head) Laura got phil away, before it lead to trouble. So, Phil (wanting more whiskey), Laura (minus all make-up) and Kate (no contact solution for her) boarded 'Mustang Sally' - what a plane she was!! Lots of sleep and movie watching later we arrivd in L..A..X...! While standing getting our bags we noticed Marine McCutheon - Lucy's fav actress! So obviously acting cool, we pointed, stared and whispered before plucking up the balls to speak to her. See the great photos of us with her, laura and kate's new best friend. However, she didnt take to well to phil after he wanted to find out if his kissing techinique was anything as good as Hugh Grants!!
Into Hollywood we go. Am thinking a ticket to Hollywood should come with a warning notice 'Not as good as you think'. Dont get me wrong, Hollywood stars - cool, Hollywood Sign - Nice, Kodak theatre - sweet (see picture of Dick van Dyke hands - what a legend) But for what is meant to be the centre of the universe for movies- a bit poor!! So after a night in Holly-'bit crap'-wood, we got some buses to venice beach. En route Kate got chatted up by a "film writer", who had just appreantly written "Mousetrap" which he later he found to already exist by pretty small time writer Agatha Christie - bit of a plonker hey!! Good on Kate tho, she did ask for tickets to his World Premiere - as always sarcasm is very wasted on Americans. We chacked into Venice beach Cotel - literally on the beach front. Being the home of Baywatch i have to say hello to my mate Geoff Klutz, who was a world record holder in the hard sport of speed life saving - the event Rope throwing. This place is pretty cool. Loads of market stalls, selling loads of random things and weird people including a man who sings/talks a song with a recorder - one lines goes 'problems with your other half - smoke Marijuana' its never gona be a classic but Hey! We had a slight sleep walking episode. Phil sort of woke up, very confused, and said 'I'm just gona go wake Rich and Adam up'! Two problems here - Phil is dreaming about 2 men when in the same room as 2 women. And he is probably scarred from all the polo tours with early morning polo tours. Being extremely active (damn impressive); - went swimming in a freaking cold sea at 9am while it was raining. Pure stupidity. - Kate kicked ass at mini golf. god only knows how she got 2 holes in 1!! - Rented ridiculously gay 'dorothy Gale' (as Lau says) Bikes. - Went for a keen morning run. Phil popped in Muscle Beacha and got intimitated by loads of 'Guns' the size of double barrels Shot-guns, compared to his air pistols. - Had beers in the hostel, was actually gona be a semi-druink night until a mammoth Irish guy stepped in 'Top of the morning to yeeez. playing a few drinking games?' ..... We ended up in trouble. - Kate is attracting numerous weird men. One even started tickling her feet. Think she may hav enjoyed it (remember this Adam!!!) - Played paddle-ball (small version of tennis with crap bats) was Laura and Kate vs. Phil and Drunk old man, who had a mean back-hand but struggled to see the ball and get it in our court. - Played volleyball and swam in the light of the moon, i.e pretty much pitch black. - Had the most amazing fortunes told by a world famous Pykic (sorry bout spelling). Who told so many truths, including Lauras angry temper, Kate's intellegence and rekons Phil will be director of a big company - I like this dude!! Anywhooooos, trip to liquor store is calling. Beer for me and me and me and me and me and me and not you. So, last night in LA, flying to Cook Islands - Laura and Kate still think they r in the far east, and didnt know who discovered them!! THis could be an education!! Will write more next week, enjoy, missing you all apart from James (hadcock) and Tom Gallop!!! Love, Phil, Kate and Lau xxxxx