Year: 2019

A View From The Cockpit: Boobies and Border Control

Sailboat Strange flight, the body Held at a threshold And never quite freed   Or quite revealed— One wing taut with wind, One wing concealed   Until the wind grows calm And it shimmers in a shadow-world, The shape of a sail, yet softer—   The drifting boat A bird half in air, Half in… Read more A View From The Cockpit: Boobies and Border Control

To and Through The Gulf of Aden: Between Farts and Cockroaches

In 1856 the Great Trigonometric Survey calculated the height of Everest to be 29,000 feet. An irritatingly round figure for all concerned. Fearing that their hard work to ascertain its dimensions precisely would be received as a mere estimate, Andrew Waugh resolved to add a little bit on to the measurement, all in bringing it… Read more To and Through The Gulf of Aden: Between Farts and Cockroaches

Miscellaneous and Mechanical Misfortunes in Malaysia

It is quite an unnatural phenomenon on a boat, which should always be found creaking or sighing in some way, to find silence. Whilst I had fallen asleep to the pleasantly monotonous drone of the engine, I was roused from my slumber not by that, nor by the usual whirr of the wind generator, nor… Read more Miscellaneous and Mechanical Misfortunes in Malaysia