Monthly Archives: December 2007

Old Money

 
 
Nothing reeks of it more than a Range Rover Vogue ( not that new american crap but the proper old enland pukka job) and two very special words.
 
last night we sat sipping beers having a discussion when one of the boys parents joined us. His very charming mother uttered two words that hauled my ass right back to blighty
 
Pudding – yep, i have almost forgotten about this one, from back in the day when policemen would clip your ear before dragging you home by the scruff of your neck to endure the wrath of your parents, then you would go to bed without any pudding!!!!!!
 
Fortnight – this has to be an old money classic, it is just not used by the modern generation and i have to say, i love it! Lets make it come back into fashion! Just make sure you say it loud with a very old english accent.
 
So our stay in antigua is almost over. tomorrow morning we leave for St Barts one more time before heading back to Sint Maarten to drop off our guests. After that, we could be heading to either Martinique or Antigua once more, just depending on where we ship from.
 
New year will begin four hours behind UK time and 5 hours behind you if your name is Paddy Whitelaw so don´t forget to send me a message to my old faithful spanish number.
 
ate a proxima

snorkelling my life away

 
just back from a quick snorkel off of one of the other little islands
 
sea life is pretty cool. its christmas eve and i have been snorkelling in my board shorts!!!!

EU Community Newsflash

 
Breaking news; 
 
Read slowly
and carefully… 
 
 The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility. 
 
As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as ‘Euro-English’. 
 
In the first year, ‘s’ will replace the soft ‘c’. Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. 
 
 The hard ‘c’ will be dropped in favour of ‘k’. This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter. 
 
There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome ‘ph’ will be replaced with ‘f’. This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter. 
 
In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. 
 
Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. 
 
Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent ‘e’ in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away. 
 
By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing ‘th’ with ‘z’ and ‘w’ with ‘v’. 
 
During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary ‘o’ kan be dropd from vords kontaining ‘ou’ and after ziz fifz yer , ve vil hav a reil sensi bl riten styl. 
 
Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru. 
 
Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas. 
 
If zis mad you smil, pas on to oza pepl.

10 dollar cheesecake

 
Still at anchor in Guadeloupe.
 
last night we all went ashore for something to eat.
 
i saw on the menu an cheesecake for ten dollars. Now i figured that a cheesecake must be pretty special for ten bucks so i tried it.
 
It was heavenly!
 
 

the travels continue

 
Yeserday we anchored in the forgotten island of Monserat. You may remember this place from 10 years ago when its volcano errupted burying it´s capital under 20 feet of volcanic ash. it was a strange site, a ghost town of half burried houses. Three quarters of the population left after the erruption and just 4000 ish are left today.
 
As we sailed away, we could still smell the sulphur in the air as the volcano still vents today.
 
Tonight we are anchored in Les Saints, on the french island of Guadelupe. The bay is still and the live caribbean music is wafting across the bay. hard to believe it is almost christmas.
 
Tomorrow i have to rig the fairy lights on the main mast.
 
We will stay here for a few days before heading back to St Kitts and then Antigua.
 
Sadly , we will be leaving mid january and my 6 week carib fest will come to an end. We ship back to palma mid jan and by the end of that month i will be back in palma until we leave for ST Tropez before easter. After that, back to palma before heading for the greek islands again in june.
 
I am using my spanish phone still, if you don´t have that number, i probably don,t want you to have it.
 
until soon,
 
merry christmas to you all, and a special christmas hug to Jo Beach

Merry Carib Christmas

 
I appologise, it´s been a long time. I landed in sint maartin on the 8th decemeber and since then have hopped around a little bit. we left st maartin for st barts, then onto st kitts and are now currently on anchor in Nevis. We have some more island hopping to do before finishing in antigua before new year. aparently there are some good fireworks for new year in st barts so we might head back there.
 
I have been very busy with work but still found enough time to swim with some sea turtles in st barts and yesterday snorkelled with schoales of multicoloured fish here in nevis over the reef.
 
I have not managed to find a new sim card for my phone and at the moment it looks like we may leave mid jan for palma once more, so for now, if it is urgent, please use my spanish number, just bear in mind, it costs me a whole heap of dollar!
 
the water temp here is mid twenties, the air temp in the thirties, high humidity and very sweaty, makes the sea very inviting at the end of each day.
 
so i wish you all a very cold, wet, miserable and expensive christmas period, sitting in front of the TV watching the omnibus of Eastenders while i struggle away here in paradise.
 
 

Elvis Presley

 
I am officially doing an elvis.
 
the only place i can get a good internet connection here is in McDonalds, so expect a serious bloaty next time you see me.
 
i am still trying to get a new sim card for my phone and as soon as i do i will let you know. we have almost finished repairs to the boat and if all goes to plan we will be away on saturday heading for St Kits and Antigua but more on that shortly
 
It is warm here, around 30 degrees every day with very high humidity. it rains about 4 times a day but only for a couple of seconds and if i am honest, you are always glad for the drenching.
 
Of course, the place is full of yachties, which bores the crap out of me, their conversation is always very predictable, wind , beer , sex and drugs!!!
 
Some times i realise that christmas is just around the corner and then suddenly i realise i will be completely detached from it this year, and i like that a lot.
 
almost finished.
 
just so that you know, we are 4 hours behind GMT here.

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