Wednesday evening in Broadstairs

Firstly a ‘top tip’ for the manager of Asda, Broadstairs.

Don’t deal with long queues at checkout and a growing level of chaos by shouting “I wish I hadn’t come in today” and then closing half the checkouts.

A beautiful day weather-wise here in Fannit, delightful. Allatsea has been on a 5 month sabbatical from the daft world of MWS (now MWS, that is chaos!) and in that 5 months there have been fewer than a handful of ‘nice’ days. It’s been shite, frankly. No wonder half the world’s been out and about today. Everyone’s gone stir crazy. Hence the Asda debacle tonight. Even a trip to the supermarket without being drowned or blown over is a bit of a rare treat for folks and out they go, en masse.

Memsahib’s Toyota went in for a service at Westgate’s ‘Happy Bob’s’, eight and a half years old and 31000 miles on the clock. The body will rot to dust in the next 50 years no doubt but at the current rate of use, the engine will still be going strong. That’s of course assuming that petrol will be still available and indeed, affordable. Reliable old motor and no mistake guvnor. It did as it turned out, need a new battery. Ouch!

Doing some towing and installation reviews for work, it’s for a large floating natural gas storage and offloading unit being built in Korea. About 4 years ago the then ‘biggest in the world’ FPSO was Total’s AKPO. Built in Korea at Hyundai, Ulsan, and towed to location offshore Nigeria. It was 310m long and 61m wide and when fully loaded it was around 420,000 tonnes displacement. The ‘mutha’ of the moment is 487m long, 74m wide and will operate at a draft of 30ish metres. That be some muthafukka. Over a million tonnes displacement. Where will it all end? Hopefully not in the news headlines for the wrong reasons anyway.

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About allatsea

Sixty year old master-mariner. Absolutely gorgeous. Well wedged.....when compared to a Nairobi street urchin. Sorted, in that I haven't been in court recently. Hopelessly optimistic, terminally disappointed. Good with cats and other fluffy things. No musical talent. Generous to a fault provided it's someone else's round. Political centreist with far right and left viewpoints. A green activist from the hydrocarbon position with nuclear leanings. Averse to avarice but always happy to receive lottery wins, gifts, windfalls, legacies, prizes and wet sloppy kisses.
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