Monthly Archives: November 2010


Strange how things move on.  Years ago, it would have been a car or bike engine i would have had apart on my kitchen table.  Modern times of course, it has to be my laptop.  Even though i have a new one on the way, i decided to rip this one apart and see if i could get to the bottom of that faulty right click option.

The good news is – i did, so i can now begin posting those old retro emails before the arrival of the mac.

I have decided that when it arrives, i will open it and put it on charge and then leave it until our next charter on 26th December before i start playing with it.  Everyone else will be busy and i wont, so it will be a good time for some self tuition.

Drop by again soon for the first edition of ‘Retro’

Return of the Mac!

I finally did it – please don’t call me fashionable, or not even fashionably late, but today in Philipsburg, i found a guy that can sell me a mac with a spanish keyboard. It was a little over 2 grand (USD – so not too bad) and it would have been here tomorrow if only tomorrow wasn’t thanksgiving.

For many of you, this will mean nothing, for me, it means i can begin posting my historical stuff that i talked about the other day. This wonderful Packard Bell has lost the ability to right click so cut and paste has been hard. Yes, i know there is a hotkey combo for both of these functions, i know it well on an english keyboard but this one too is spanish !

I will inevitably have it apart and see if i can fix it, i did manage to fix the disc drive when that went tits up so i may be lucky. Then, the poor old thing will be retired to surfing porn sites while i keep the mac for serious stuff.

I heard a seriously good quote the other day – i am just waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it

‘You couldn’t hit a cows arse with a banjo’

priceless – countdown to mac time


Mid flow on my email clean up, i found some old retro pre-blog emails from as early as 2004.  I have decided to start adding them here as a stark reminder of how much has changed in the last 6 years.  One thing that kicks me right in the nuts is my car.  Back then, it was a Vauxhall Carlton 2.0CDX – automatic with cruise and electric everything all round.  The car cost 280 quid and i happily spunked it all the way down from england to portugal with my whole life inside. The orignal love bus!!

Now, i have spent a fortune on a quite modern mondeo which also turned out to be a bit of a shit heap.  Back then, i was easily pleased – I loved that Carlton, it was just a very cool cruiser.  I think my style has also changed with my car and i have certainly lost some of that carefree element that i had back then.

I want it back but first, i have a house to build.

Retro coming soon

Plain English

I have just been taking a peek at a few other blogs.  I do find it weird, i wonder if people do actually talk like they write – i doubt it.  If they did, i just don’t think people would talk to them, toss them off as boring twats.

But people still do it.  Come on, think about it – have you ever read a review of a bands latest release and thought ‘ what the fuck was all that about’ – i did it recently when looking on itunes at the new skunk anansie album and found myself questioning what these wankers had for breakfast.

Sorry for my language – personally i like to keep my english simple and free from big words or strange metaphores that people have to question rather than understanding my passage.  Sure, at times, my blogs can be boring as hell – normally that is when i am in work mode but generally i say it like i see it and translate that without confusion.


Lets talk nonsense for a bit.  I am totally miffed that those smart arses at microsoft didnt/couldnt give me the option to grab all of my photos from my old blog.  A full history of being an ex-pat for 6 years lost in an instant.  It really is time to consider a mac but i am scared of being labelled a fashionable wanker by all of the pc users out there.  We will see what the future brings.

Today we heard that we face a 6 week lay over in Puerto Rico.  Nice i say – i always wanted to go there and was tantalisingly close as we steamed past the island last week. St Maarten is a bore and something of a shit hole.  If you ever get the chance to go there – head for the french side.  Infact, if you ever find yourself in the caribbean for any length of time, head for the french islands – they just taste better – a bit like burger king.

The boss is leaving us on thursday, a good 5 days earlier than expected – so we get to go to St Maarten again earlier than expected (hurrah for that). I am hoping that my dive computer has arrived and also hoping to firm up some dates with the lucious Lana so that not only can we indulge in some very energetic bedroom gymnastics but she will also bring with her, my dive gear.  I can’t imagine 6 weeks in Puerto Rico without dive gear.  Sadly, i didn’t have room/time/a car to get my surfboards from Portugal before we left so unless they have rentals – its all underwater action for me.

Time for bed i think

Sleep well

New Arrival

Here comes the boss – well tomorrow evening anyway.

Will be interesting to meet the guy and see what he is like.  I have heard that it can be a lonely life being super rich – well this dude is coming out here on his lonesome!  seems the beetles were right huh.

Have been on board now for getting close to two months, and i have to say that i am working my arse off again – over worked and underpaid is right on the button.  It has to be the worst maintained boat I have ever landed on.  Even worse than that old shitter Yanekee Too, and that was rough.

Thankfully i only gave a 6 month comittment when i joined and i am certainly feeling that i will be itching to get off by the time the 6 months are up.

Whats more – i am really missing my woman.  Not very often in my life have i made such a statement. I dont even know if she reads my new blog, she could be one of the 45 – who knows.  Hey Lana !

So tomorrow, i have to wear my uniform for the first time, white shorts, white shirt, white shoes and epaulettes with three gold stripes and a gold propeller – am i going to look like a complete twat or what ?  Answers on a post card please or better still, leave a comment on my new blog place, i am still learning the whole thing.


The times they are a changing !

well i finally did it – with a little helping shove from those wankers at microsoft – i registered my own domain name and here i am – maybe with a completely fresh attitude to blogging once more.

Of course – a forced change would not be complete without me loosing something – yep, all my photos that have amassed in the last 6 years will not be transferred over, infact i am still unsure if i can even add photos on here but i will be trying hard.

I may have a little time on my hands to investigate this too – we are currently sitting in St Maarten waiting to leave for the Dominican Republic.  I know how exciting that sounds to you guys over there in europe (except of course my canadian and south african readers) but the Caribbean is boring as hell.

We may even make it to the States for New Year – fuck yeah !!

But for now let me go and sleep – this old boat is causing me to work harder than ever before

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