Antwerpen and dec.

Before the brain cells give up any more ground and I forget, here’s a link to a rather delightful video of chap reciting  his ‘gay’ poem. It’s lovely and worth a look.


Well this week allatsea has mostly been in Antwerp looking at boats. The trip was a bit longer than expected because President Obama turned up too. Not turned up as in being on the boats wot was being looked at, but turning up in the same country as them there boats. Being Belgium this meant that the politically twattish amongst the population decided to take the opportunity to ‘protest’. The protesting malarkey took various forms amongst which was  for  the truckers (now there’s a group known for it’s deep thinking about all things twattish) to block all the main roads around the place. This in allatsea’s case did not prevent the passengers for the 0750 Antwerp to LCY flight arriving at the airport in good time. It did however, quite remarkably, prevent the flight crew. Hmmm. Flight cancelled, no alternatives offered as the airline (Air France…….groan) couldn’t be sure if the following flight would have a crew either. Deep joy. We did all get presented with a 10 Euro voucher for our troubles………………….and nothing else. No help, no alternatives, no advice. Thank you Air France and Antwerp airport, exemplary service and no mistake your honour.

Long story short. Jackson, a Ghanaian born taxi driver, long time resident of Anters and very fine fellow with a big BIG smile, whisked yours truly round  the road blocks (police standing idly by while Neanderthals brought the country to a strop with their  big  boys toys) and on to Brussels airport where he jumped on a plane (NOT Air France) back to Blightyland, albeit 6 hours adrift.

Lessons learned.

Antwerp is a buzzing city with a chilled and easy-going feel to it.

Happy River, was a happy ship.

Jackson the driver was a delightful chap.

Antwerp Central Station is jaw-droppingly beautiful.

Air France are wankers  annoyingly useless gits.

Belgian lorry drivers are bullying arseholes.  ……….. selfish self centred ………………….gits.

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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