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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    Thank you for your interest. Yes Cruise ships do have stabilisers and they do their best to avoid the nastiest bits of weather. (4,000 people being seasick at the same time just isn't much fun.) And there is only one cure for seasickness. (Sit under a tree. ) The VLCC's I sail on can cope with most weather, but there is a big difference between when they are loaded and when they are in ballast. It takes a lot to make things uncomfortable on a loaded tanker, but when unloaded we are so high out of the water that saying is: "They roll on wet grass". We don't have stabilisers or anti-roll gear so things can get rough. The only good thing is that being so broad in the beam we take very long, slow rolls. (And yes, we are so long that the fore end can be rolling to port while the aft end is going to starboard.) Basically even the biggest most stable ship cannot beat Mother Nature. If you really hit bad weather, head into it and do the slowest speed that will keep steerage way. I got stuck behind Hurricane Katrina in the Yucatan Channel on a 250,000 ton ship. Just sat there for 3 days, doing half speed and going nowhere, until she decided to move. Poor old New Orleans. Plenty more tall stories where that came from!
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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    But what happens to the paint pots when the ship rolls? I bring a few paints and cheap figures away with me most trips. Anything more than about Beaufort 4 and the faces start looking decidedly wonky.
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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    Of course, I see cruises for the other side. Human beings: aka the most difficult cargo there is. I've never worked on a cruise liner, but I have failed a job interview. This was for Holland America Line. I passed all the technical stuff, but then they put you in a room with a couple of elderly lady actors, who are dressed up as passengers. They ask you the sort of daft questions that passengers are known for and you have to answer about 30 minutes while keeping a straight face. I was in hysterics after about three questions, so no job for me!
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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    I'd say The First Duke of Wellington, but I doubt that he would condescend to talk to me. ("The Scum of the Earth, enlisted for drink.") So perhaps George Orwell.
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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    Best of three is it? In that case be here again: And as close as this to something beautiful:
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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    New Zealand... And dreams have come true.
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    Raise your hand if it's snowing

    Indian Ocean, 14 degrees North and 055 degrees East. Sea Temperature 77 F, Air Temperature 91 F. Not a lot of snow.
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    77565 Kyphrixis the Glacial Dragon

    Very nice indeed. Perhaps just a little highlight on the claws?
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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    Home brewed, mostly yes. When eating out, probably not.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    The road goes ever, ever on...
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Randomness XV: The Cat herders Lament.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    ... and most of those involve bacon.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Or Government Sett. ... but not this government.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Dr Manhattan, I presume?
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    Do you have a favourite poem?

    "Watch the wall my Darling while the bedstead men go by" Flanders and Swann https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KM-yIBVEgF4
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Stick it to the Man, kristof65
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    Freebooter Succubus: Sophie's older sister

    Thanks for the extra photo... cheeky!
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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    It was just a natural extension of the wargaming/plastic model-making that I was already doing when "Citadel" started up.
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    Freebooter Succubus: Sophie's older sister

    Very creative use of a limited palette. Any chance of a back view?
  22. I have just finished re-reading Kim Stanley Robinson's "Mars Trilogy". I read these first when they were published in the 1990's. And reading each one I wished the author would slow down! He was covering such a huge subject and cast that at every stage I wanted to know more about what each character was doing and how Mars was changing. I still felt that way on a second reading, but I was more prepared and got more out of each book. When I first read these I was expecting a fairly straight-forward conquest-of-the-solar system story. This exists, but alongside this there is are other, more complex themes. Should Mars be terra-formed at all? And if so, for whose benefit? What form might a completely new society on a new planet take? How will living on more than one world affect the human race? Despite many ups and downs KSB seems to largely come to positive conclusions: Mankind does avoid self-destruction and we do find political compromises that allow different societies to co-exist. Good thought-provoking stuff to go alongside the technological wizardry of planet transformation. And it has to be said that the descriptions of Mars are splendid. It takes a really good author to make geology exciting. Just one sour note: The original paperbacks I read had nice little maps that allowed you to follow the changing surface of Mars. Now I'm reading the trilogy on kindle and there are NO MAPS. Very frustrating.
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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    "Do you want fries with that?"
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Please do not go into details.
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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    HND in Marine Engineering. PhD in Blame Avoidance.
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