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A Legacy Of Shame

Last weekend we went on a tour around the Parque Minero de La Union. (La Union Mining Park) La Union is a town just a few miles East of Cartagena, we’ve passed through it a few...

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The Right Tools

When I left school I was an apprentice fabricator and coach-builder. I learnt to beat panels straight, to weld and fill, to paint and polish. Later in life I worked as a car mechanic. I’ve dismantled...

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Sailing Yacht ‘A’

Astounding. Amazing. Awe-Inspiring. Astonishing. Alien. Abomination. All words that could be used to describe Sailing Yacht ‘A’. Others might include Obscene and Ugly. One thing’s for sure though. Every single person who gets to see SY...

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Waypoints

Waypoint One Tomorrow I will have been on this planet for 21,910 days. I was born on Wednesday February 27th 1957 into a world very different from the one we live in today. Harold MacMillan was...

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Blowin’ In The Wind

Cartagena is less than 200 kilometres from the nearest point of the North African coast. The Sahara desert isn’t much farther than that. At this time of year there’s a weather phenomena that brings the sands...

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A ‘Working’ Week

A bit of a break from my ‘normal’ routine this week as I spent a lot of time doing some paid work on another boat. It was a simple job but quite a taxing one. Long...

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Ascendance

This week I’ve been climbing out of a dip. It’s gone well. WRITING The book word count hasn’t increased because my ‘writing’ time wasn’t spent writing. But it’s been productive just the same. I’ve been using...

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Zen & The Art Of Boat Building

As I ease into the second of the fifteen months I’ve set aside for ‘work’ I’m entering a dip. You know what I’m talking about right? You’ve had them too. One of my ‘mentors’ Seth Godin...