Re: Seasons Variations

Wed 12 Dec 2007 09:36
Good Morning Jigsaw from a very frosty London - 10 mins scraping the ice from the winsdscreen this morning. Brrrrrrrrr. Enjoy the sunny Atlantic. Hope the Trade Winds are helping you along. I am sending the following again as you don't appear to have received it.
(special hug for Ian x)
Hi Mary,
its good that P & I can't remember the land of Oz so that they can join in playing the game. You might want to have your entertainment manager take charge from this point.
The Land of Oz
I'm going to tell you about a very strange land where :-
there are lots of trees but no leaves and no branches
they don't have rain but the sleet is terrible
no fish but they do have kippers
woods but no forest,
butter and cheese but no milk
no cats, but rabbits galore
don't grow flowers, plenty of weeds
they don't wear shoes  but everyone has slippers
feet without toes
no Toms or Kates but loads of Mollys
You get the idea? Its best if only one person knows the rule (only things with double letter in the name). As soon as someone cottons on to the rule they can join in telling the others about life in the land of Oz, (as funny, clever or silly as you like). Warn them not to let on what the rule is, just demonstrate it. It can keep on going for a while especially if Ian and Paul have really forgotten - which I'm sure they will have.
More later
Sorry I can't pop a kitchen timer in the post for Paul!
----- Original Message -----
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Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2007 1:07 PM
Subject: Seasons Variations

Noon position on Tuesday 11th December 22.58N 30.02W first weeks run 881 miles, still got another 1800 to go.
We may be in the middle of the atlantic ocean and suffering from too much, or not enough wind, however there are some advantages that I can think of:
1. We are on are way for 5 months in the Caribbean;
2. We have countless opportunities for wonderful moments of contemplation (from navel to putting the world to right);
3. We are being treated to the most wonderful sun sets and sun rises;
4. We get a chance to study the constellations in all there glory (although i can't for the life me make out the full Ursa Major all can I see is the plough), we even get to make a few up of our own; and
5. Best of all, we miss all that Christmas shopping (although I wouldn't mind a good party right now).
That may sound like a bit of positive thinking and you would probably be right, but in the grand scheme of things I guess what we can say is that life is pretty good.
Wanted good easy games suitable for 10 year olds and over 40's in a rolly cockpit? Any ideas would be most welcome.
I like the fishing, have caught a couple of decent Dorado now, very very good eating, but not as good as my sardines, and nowhere near as wonderful as my squid in garlic! Already looking forward to those when I get back to Europe.
Under engine all last night which was a drag, especially as I could not find my kitchen timer that allows me to sleep for 15 minutes at a time whilst on watch, as long as there is no shippping around.
Whilst doing my nightly considearion of the universe I was reminded of the Brecht Play "Gallileo"  where he is hounded by the Catholic hierarchy because of his and Copernicus's advocacy of the helliocentric nature of the solar sytem. Watching the planets Mars and Venus move around the night sky I was profoundly impressed by how detailed the observations and resulting calculations would have to have been to demonstrate this notion in the face of the ancient orthodoxy. Wonderful play too!!

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