Thursday, 26 March 2009
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
He's a professional musician trapped inside the body of a man who works for a bank in London. Some say that he looks like me, and sometimes if they see us together they shout "twins!". He's husband to Claire and father to Thomas (7) and Sophie (3), and lives just north of London. Here he is playing to the Queen in the Royal Albert Hall recently. Olly
Sunday, 22 March 2009
Above, the grain ship unloading.
Thursday, 19 March 2009
Surely, thousands of tooth-sticks must be made from each piece of wood. It takes two strong guys to carry each log, the end of which is painted with the owner's colours for identification - yellow stripes in the photo above, and blue-and-white in the photo below.
Above, the Hospitality Centre from the outside. Two Land Rover ambulances drive between the ship and the centre every 15 minutes, ferrying patients, supplies and crew.
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Monday, 16 March 2009
Saturday, 14 March 2009
And then to the Mayfair Supermarche somewhere near the new bridge, which was a bizarre experience. A lot of their supplies seemingly come from England and we were surprised to see many of our favourite chocolate bars (Kit Kat, Milky Bar, Bounty, Picnic, Maltesers, Snickers, Crunchies, Penguins, Lion Bars,Whispas, and various Cadburys bars)...
Friday, 13 March 2009
Moses with the Ten Commandments.
The Last Supper.
How very cool. Didn't have that when I was a lad. There were trees all around here then too. And aren't these new 5p pieces fiddly? Olly
Above, fishermen head for home in the rain.
Above, patients seeking shelter.
Thursday, 12 March 2009
Sunday, 8 March 2009
And here's a not-so-lovely photo of me posted on Facebook by Emily. Taken in late 2004 (wasn't I skinny?), when I was working in the Anastasis accounting department; I had to count all the cash at the end of each day. Olly
Here's the dock - beautifully made by Dominic.
Friday, 6 March 2009
Thursday, 5 March 2009
Monday, 2 March 2009
Sunday, 1 March 2009
Above, the President of Benin visited the ship on Friday evening. Here, fellow crew try to negotiate with the soldiers guarding the President to be allowed to leave the dock in one of our Land Rovers. Score: Scary men with machine guns one; crew with Land Rover nil.
Our fruit basket is almost as full as it was in Tenerife (again, a far cry from Liberia). The local fruit & veg market sells everything: apples, oranges, lemons, pears, bananas, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, beans, courgettes, onions, garlic, avocados, pineapples, yams, breadfruit, mangos, papaya...you name it, they've got it!
Above, the M/V Albatros (last seen in Tenerife) arrives in Cotonou harbour whilst cruising the West Africa port cities. One of our old Gurkhas is on board. To see their itinerary and the view from their bow click here.