What ho George,
Ah, those long lost days of travelling by car to Czechoslovakia 'as was'.
We would drive to Dover and catch the 01:00 ferry to Ostend, this arrived at about 06:00 local time. It took about 3 hours to get to Aachen on the German border, then hack our way across on a 2 lane autobahn to the then West / East German crossing point of Furth im Wald, if we were lucky we would get there about 17:00. That's where we said goodbye to the West and slowly went through what I called "no mans land" finally hitting the Czech border. These guys seemed to have no sense of humour, but maybe I can't blame them, oh and I should have said they were carrying Kalashnikov's. Again if we were lucky we might be processed within the hour, but they checked everything, documents, visa's, had we paid the fixed amount in the equivalent of US dollars per person per day into Czech Crowns (non convertible when you left). then they searched the car, and I mean searched for any non permitted goods. Once given the all clear we then drove through small roads to Klatovy via Domazlice which took about 1 hour. Once in Klatovy I was ready for a nice cool Czech beer, and a sleep. In the early 1980's it was quite unusual to see another UK registered car in the country areas, the other problem was that for the most part you could only get low octane petrol. The trick was to take a can of Redex with you, and give a good squirt when filling up, this reduced the effects of "pinking".
Toodle pip, Les
Looming up out of the green Cheshire countryside, listening to Deep Space, the Lovell telescope is an icon of science. And while it listens, the third largest radio telescope in the world becomes - for just a few days every summer - a massive, animated art installation.
So for the price of a car, you get a sharp, but smaller, image that's less diffraction-limited. I'm pretty sure cheaper telescopes can do a better job.