Meet The Crew
Date: 31 December 2011
We are poised to start the great adventure. I will tell
you all about the build up when I have a tad more time, but whilst we are still
in broadband heaven (and therefore still able to send photos), allow me to
introduce you to the crew for our Antarctic cruise:
CapTim – now out of the clutches of the Absentee
Downstairs Skipper who has remained in Buenos Aires, he is once again all
powerful and infallible.
Ewan Edwards – Antarctic scientist – knows everything
there is to know about Antarctic wildlife and a lot more besides. He is highly
skilful at imitating the calls of all the Antarctic seals, penguins and birds at
a volume that shatters plate glass windows.
Peter Barker – chip off the old block, but a lot less
powerful and all too fallible. Intends to make a documentary of the cruise so
the boat is not only full of booze, but also half a ton of camera equipment,
tripods, dollies, booms etc. You can’t even go to the heads without the event
Venetia Kenney-Herbert. Has put more miles under the keel
of Mina2 with me than anyone else. Inventor of the now legendary cocktail, the
“Mango Bomb With A Triple Gin Float”. Her daughter has just got engaged to a
lawyer specialising in libel litigation (congratulations to you both, by the
way) so I will wait until I am in international waters, and will then dish the
dirt on her.
Richard Close-Smith. Another Mina2 veteran. When advised
to buy merino wool thermals for the cruise south he declined the advice saying
“I’ve always found my silk underwear more than adequate for most occasions”.
Able Seadog Snoopy. Ship’s mascot and bon viveur. Had to
have major surgery this morning under a gin and whisky anaesthetic as his head
had nearly come off. Story to follow.